Spicy Blood Orange Margarita

Recognizing this is VERY similar to the last cocktail I made, I apologize. I just cannot get enough citrus and spice at the moment. It’s probably subconscious wishful thinking… summer will eventually be here, right? None the less, ’tis the season for my most favorite of citrus fruits: Blood oranges!

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One for the Classics

It’s back to the classics this week. I wanted to make a traditional beverage that I haven’t really gotten to enjoy much of, despite its simplicity. Whether you’re in the camp of a London or Paris origin for this drink, one thing is certain: It’s classy. Ladies and gentlemen, The Sidecar:

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Ingredients:
• 2 oz cognac
• 1.5 oz Triple Sec or Cointreau
• 0.5 oz lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until cold. Pour into a glass over ice, and enjoy!

Cheers,
Taylor

Holiday Fizz

Lately I’ve been craving really light and refreshing drinks. Afterall, who says all holiday cocktails have to be heavy or warm? Not me!

This week I’m combining my favorite spirit with a staple at the Thanksgiving dinner table: cranberries. The result: A Cranberry Gin Fizz!

Added bonus? A sneak peek at one of my exclusive holiday designs! I call this one the Northwoods Cabin. (Currently only available at my in-person holiday events.)

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Ingredients:

2 oz gin
1.5 oz cranberry juice
1 oz triple sec
Prosecco
Cranberries for garnish

Combine gin, cranberry juice, and triple sec in a glass with ice. Stir. Then top with prosecco until the glass is full. Garnish with cranberries and enjoy!

Hosting tip: Not everyone is a fan of the gin (crazy I know!), so I bet if you made this with vodka it would also be tasty!

Cheers!
Taylor

The Witching [Happy] Hour

You guys… I have the perfect drink for your upcoming Halloween party! The best part? It looks SUPER creepy AND is low maintenance. WIN. WIN.

I spent quite a bit of time scouring the internet to try and find something that wasn’t so full of sugar that you felt sticky just looking at it. Luckily, I happened across this beauty courtesy of HGTV. It felt pretty perfect, so I added my own little twist and gave the sucker a new name. “Black Magic” just didn’t feel right, so, without further adieu: my Witches Brew:

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 1/2 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 2-3 oz black vodka*

Step 1 is to combine the OJ, triple sec and lemon juice in a shaker with ice, and pour or strain into your glass. (Tip: I used medium pulp orange juice because I think the floaties make it creepier, but it’s totally bartender’s choice!). From there, slowly pour the black vodka over the back of a spoon so that it settles on top of the OJ mixture. I opted to garnish with an orange slice dipped in black food coloring, and a straw that reminded me of witches tights.

And that’s it! Now you have a tried-and-true tasty drink (since it’s basically a screwdriver) that people will love. It won’t take you hours to make, and if anyone spills it on your kitchen floor, you won’t be trying to get rid of the stickiness for days.

Now, I bet you’re wondering why I decided to rename it. Well… because it looks awesome when you make it, but you probably don’t want to drink it that way. (If you did, you’d basically be sipping straight vodka by the time you got to the bottom, and that just doesn’t taste as good in my opinion.) However, when you stir it up… it starts looking like a nasty potion of some kind. With that in mind, Witches Brew just felt more fitting.

Happy Halloween everyone! Go get your spook on!

Cheers!
Taylor

In case you were wondering, this is what it looks like all mixed up… kind of gross, right? Good thing it still tastes great!
My productivity saboteur decided to make an appearance. Luckily she's the perfect prop for Halloween!
My productivity saboteur decided to make an appearance. Luckily she’s the perfect prop for Halloween!

*Scratching your head wondering where the heck to I get black vodka? Scratch no more! It’s crazy easy to make. Here’s the how-to. Or, if you’re feeling a bit lazy and don’t want to click on the link: the food coloring ratio for 1 750ml bottle is 10 drops blue, 10 drops red, 9 drops green. You’re welcome 🙂

Can’t Beat a Classic.

You guys, it’s hot. It’s like 90°F, and a margarita is my favorite hot weather drink. That is why this weekend, I am making it my mission to make sure you have the knowledge to make a classic margarita. No Cuervo mix here!  Let’s get at it!

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Ingredients:
– 1 1/2 oz. tequila (100% agave a must, preferably a “reposado” simply because I think they’re better)
– 1 1/2 oz. triple sec (or Cointreau if you prefer)
– 1 to 1 1/4 oz. of lime juice
– Optional: Salt for the rim of the glass

Glass prep: If you’re a salted rim kind of person, rub part of your lime around the rim of the glass and dip in salt. I can never make up my mind, so I usually do about half of the rim.

Drink Makin’ Time: Add all the ingredients and some ice to a cocktail shaker and Shake, Shake, Shake, Senora. (preferably while listening to Jump in the Line. Trust me on this one.) You can also add some simple syrup or straigh up sugar if you like yours a little sweeter. After you’ve finished shaking and dancing, strain into a glass over more ice because it’s hot out people!!!. A slice of lime as a garnish and drink, drink, drink, senora!

Cheers,
Taylor