30 Days of Cocktails and Mocktails Day 21: Winter Solstice

To honor the first official day of winter!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 ounces orange vodka

  • 1/2 ounce orange-flavored liqueur, such as Cointreau

  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice, preferably from Meyer lemons

  • Ice cubes

  • Club soda, chilled

  • 1 mint leaf, for garnish

  • 1 raspberry, for garnish

Directions:

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine vodka, orange liqueur, lemon juice, and ice; shake until well combined.

  2. Strain into a chilled martini glass; add a splash of soda.

  3. Carefully fold mint leaf in half lengthwise and place the stem end into the opening of the raspberry.

  4. Float on top of cocktail and serve immediately.

This recipe is from Martha Stewart - can you tell by the garnish?

30 Days of Cocktails and Mocktails, Day 20: Malibu Sunset

Ingredients:

  • ice cubes

  • 3 to 4 ounces pineapple-orange juice

  • 2 ounces Malibu Coconut Rum

  • grenadine, drizzled

  • maraschino cherries, for garnishing

  • pineapple and/or orange slices, for garnishing

Directions:

  1. Add ice to glass.

  2. Add juice, Malibu, and stir.

  3. Drizzle in grenadine.

  4. Garnish with cherries, pineapple, and/or orange slices.

  5. Serve immediately.

30 Days of Cocktails and Mocktails, Day 18: Back to Summer Martini

We could all use a bit of summer right now ...

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces Malibu Rum

  • 2 ounces Welch's Orange Pineapple Juice

  • 1/2 ounce Blue Curacao

  • ice

  • 2 maraschino cherries

Directions:

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine juice and rum.  Shake until chilled.  Strain ice.

  2. Pour Blue Curacao into a martini glass. 

  3. Using a spoon, gently pour chilled mixture over top of the Blue Curacao.

  4. Gently layer the rum and juice over top of the Blue Curacao.

  5. Garnish with maraschino cherries.

  6. Serve and enjoy.

30 Days of Cocktails and Mocktails, Day 17: Chilled Cider Punch

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups apple cider

  • 1 750 ml. bottle of dry hard cider

  • 3 12 oz. bottles of ginger beer

  • 1 1/2 cups whiskey

  • Juice of one lemon

  • Several dashes orange bitters, optional

  • 1 orange sliced into rounds, for garnish

  • Cinnamon sticks, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Combine the ciders, ginger beer, whiskey, lemon juice, and bitters (optional) in a large punch bowl or pitcher.

  2. Stir to combine.

  3. Top with orange slices and cinnamon sticks.

  4. Ladle into ice-filled glasses.

30 Days of Cocktails and Mocktails, Day 15: Hawaiian Lemonade

Ingredients:

  • 1/2  of a 12-ounce can (3/4 cup) frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed

  • 3/4  cup water

  • 1/4  cup vodka (optional)

  • 1-12 ounce can (1-1/2 cups) apricot nectar, chilled

  • 1-12 ounce can (1-1/2 cups) unsweetened pineapple juice, chilled

  • 2  cups ice cubes

  • 1-1/4  cups ginger ale (chill in bottle)

Directions:

  1. Combine lemonade concentrate, water, and, if desired, vodka in a punch bowl; add apricot nectar, pineapple juice, and ice cubes.

  2. Slowly pour ginger ale down side of bowl; stir gently to mix.

  3. If desired, garnish with lemon slices and edible flowers.

30 Days of Cocktails and Mocktails, Day 14: Iced Coffee Latte

My girls love drinks like these :)

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup instant coffee granules  

  • 1/2 cup boiling water  

  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)  

  • 2 cups cold water  

  • 1 quart cold low-fat chocolate milk  

  • Ice cubes  

Directions:

  1. Place coffee granules in a small heat-proof bowl. Add boiling water; whisk.

  2. Whisk in sweetened condensed milk and cold water until completely blended.

  3. Pour coffee mixture into a pitcher.

  4. Add chocolate milk; mix.

  5. Chill at least 1 hour.

  6. Serve over ice.