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Rum cocktail made with milk, honey and spices

I love fruity cocktails but sometimes it is nice to switch things up a bit! This cocktail is a late night go-to for me especially when served with a little dessert. I first had a bourbon milk punch while visiting New Orleans last year and it was delicious. Since we usually have rum in our household instead of bourbon, I decided to recreate the recipe with a few tweaks. The result is a yummy rum milk punch! It does taste a little like a horchata cocktail, which is a great party-sized recipe.

Rum cocktail made with milk, honey and spices

Ingredients (for one serving)

  • 1.5 ounces of dark rum
  • 3 ounces of milk (you can substitute vanilla almond milk)
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Cinnamon sticks for garnish

This cocktail is best mixed in a shaker over lots of ice. First, add the rum and feel free to add a little more if you want a stronger punch! Next pour in the milk and add the honey. One trick to make sure the honey dissolves is to heat it up in a saucepan with the milk for a few minutes and allow the mixture to cool.

Rum cocktail made with milk, honey and spices

Once the milk and honey are added, pour in the vanilla extract flavoring. You can experiment with other flavorings like almond, coconut or even strawberry. Next I added the cinnamon and nutmeg, a few dashes of each until I had the desired taste. I tend to add more cinnamon than nutmeg, but that’s just my personal preference. Once all the ingredients are add to the shaker, mix, pour and add a cinnamon stick for flavor and garnish.

Rum cocktail made with milk, honey and spices

This rum milk punch is so good with cookies, cake, tarts or brownies. Serve after dinner if you’re having guests over or enjoy during your favorite prime time show. I always like to make a cocktail during New Girl or Scandal. Cheers!

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Refreshing vodka cocktail with blood orange sparkling juice

I love a light refreshing cocktail. It’s perfect for the warming weather as we spend more days outdoors. Light cocktails are also great for the rare lazy afternoons spent lounging at home. This blood Orange Spritzer is perfect for a Sunday afternoon, laying on a daybed while reading your favorite magazines. It’s a cousin to the stronger Blood Orange Bourbon except this recipe is made with vodka and a sparkling juice with a little kick.

Refreshing vodka cocktail with blood orange sparkling juice

Ingredients (for one serving)

  • 1.5 oz of vodka
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • 2-3 dashes of aromatic bitters
  • Sparkling blood orange juice or soda
  • Slice of blood orange for garnish

Start by pouring vodka over ice cubes or use a cocktail shaker to chill the vodka. For this cocktail I like to use a higher end vodka, so that there is less of a burn from the alcohol. Next squeeze lemon juice into the glass, I split half a lemon between two servings. Aromatic bitters adds a wonderful flavor for any citrus fruit cocktail.

Refreshing vodka cocktail with blood orange sparkling juice

Refreshing vodka cocktail with blood orange sparkling juice

I used a sparkling blood orange juice that’s infused with jalapeno and lime. The spice definitely makes a delicious improvement to the spritzer. If using a plain blood orange sparkling soda try adding a little cayenne pepper, like a teeny tiny pinch. Last, stir the ingredients together and enjoy!

This cocktail is great for backyard picnics, bbqs and as a specialty cocktail at special events. It takes only a few ingredients and it is very quick to make. The spritzer can be made in bulk and served out of a pitcher, drink dispenser or punch bowl. Perfect for the hostess that wants more time with her guests!

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A sweet fluffy twist on a classic champagne and gin cocktail

A great champagne cocktail can liven up any party, happy hour or solo celebration. A French 75 is my favorite champagne cocktail. It’s a bit of gin, lemon juice, sugar and the rest bubbly champagne. The cocktail pairs well with just about anything and it’s a great start to evening out. Always served in a flute or coupe, it’s quite the elegant choice.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoonranulated sugar
  • 1/2 ounceemon Juice
  • 1 ounce gin
  • Champagne

This variation is quite simple but adds whimsy and fun! Cotton candy is purely spun sugar and dissolves extremely fast into champagne. It can be substitute for the usual spoonful of sugar in this champagne cocktail. I prepared fresh cotton candy on my mini maker. I like to flavor and color my own sugars. For this batch I added a few drops of pink food coloring and a drop of vanilla extract to granulated sugar. Store bought cotton candy works just fine as long as it is kept fresh in a sealed bag.

A sweet fluffy twist on a classic champagne and gin cocktail

A sweet fluffy twist on a classic champagne and gin cocktail

Using a champagne coupe or other wide cocktail glass, add a large pouf of cotton candy. Make sure the glass is completely dry or the cotton candy will begin to dissolve early.

A sweet fluffy twist on a classic champagne and gin cocktail

Next pour the champagne over the cotton candy until the glass is half full. The candy will dissolve immediately and create a pretty pink color. Pour in the lemon juice, followed by the gin and then top with a little more champagne. I used mini lollipops as garnish and added extra cotton candy around the glass stem.

A sweet fluffy twist on a classic champagne and gin cocktail

The result is absolutely refreshing and it’s sugar heaven! If you have a large amount of cotton candy, make a party-size batch in a punch bowl. Also consider setting up a DIY cocktail station where guests can enjoy playing with cotton candy themselves.

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Cake flavored vodka mixed with vanilla ice is the ultimate dessert cocktail

I love a great martini, but sometimes I prefer something on the dessert side. My birthday is coming up this month and I came up with the perfect martini variation to celebrate. Every year, I enjoy cake and ice cream with a splash of sprinkles. This year I thought why not combine the two into a delicious cocktail. This cake and ice cream martini is very simple to make, potent and absolutely delicious. It’s the perfect recipe for your own birthday, adults at a kid’s party or when you have a craving for dessert!

To transform the classic Martini into this dessert version, you substitute everything savory for something sweet. A cake-flavored vodka is perfect for this recipe instead of a classic vodka. You can substitute a whipped or vanilla flavored vodka to achieve a similar taste. I’ve also tried chocolate and strawberry vodka variations too! Take out the vermouth for ice cream and a cream liqueur. Instead of olives, use maraschino cherries.

Cake-flavored vodka with vanilla ice cream is the perfect birthday treat

Start off by adding 3-5 scoops of vanilla ice cream to the blender. Depending on your glass size, this will make about four servings. For an individual serving just add one large scoop. Add two ounces of cake-flavored vodka for every glass. For an even boozier version add a half ounce of amaretto or another cream liqueur. Blend the mixture until creamy and smooth.

Cake-flavored vodka with vanilla ice cream is the perfect birthday treat

Before pouring into the glass, garnish the rim with nonpareil sprinkles. Just dab a little water around the rim to get them to stick, then dip in a plate of sprinkles. Pour in the blended cocktail almost to the edge, but leave a little room. Top with whipped cream, a cherry for a special presentation and add festive colorful straws for easier enjoyment. This cocktail is the perfect birthday party surprise!

Cake-flavored vodka with vanilla ice cream is the perfect birthday treat

Cake flavored vodka mixed with vanilla ice is the ultimate dessert cocktail

This really is a simple cocktail and tastes so good. Even though it’s like a dessert, this is definitely still a stiff martini! Here are the ingredients again:

  • 2 oz Cake-flavored vodka
  • 1-2 scoops Vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 oz Cream liqueur (optional)
  • Whipped cream
  • Maraschino cherries
  • Nonpareil sprinkles

Cheers to your next birthday with this festive cocktail!

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Champagne cocktail perfect for Valentine

A great champagne cocktail is perfect for any occasion big or small, especially Valentine’s day. I find that a pink drink will brighten anyone’s enjoyment whether that’s a Galentine’s celebration brunch or a romantic dinner for two. This cocktail in particular has a lovely scent as well as taste! It is best served in a flute, coupe or simple party glasses. Really, anything that’s clear glass and pretty to show off the pink color.

Champagne cocktail perfect for Valentine

This variation of the Sparkling Cranberry Rose has actual rose flavoring mixed with a berry juice and then topped with champagne. Adding rose flavoring to any cocktail recipe produces a lovely perfume scent and generally pairs well with berry or cranberry flavors. I used a teaspoon of rose flavored syrup which can be bought at various specialty stores. You can create a homemade version by mixing rosewater and simple syrup.

Champagne cocktail perfect for Valentine

Another alternative is to add a few drops of rosewater to the original recipe with a sugar cube. Rosewater is very potent, so a little goes a long way. If you aren’t a big fan of cranberry juice, try substituting a raspberry, French berry or even a splash of pomegranate juice into the cocktail instead. I garnished with fresh blueberries, since fresh cranberries can be a little hard to find. Strawberries, raspberries or even blackberries are great substitutes as well.

Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be complete without a little pink bubbly! Create individual servings or make a pitcher of the Sparkling Cranberry Rose so it’s easier to host and serve your guests.


Lisa Riedl & Anna Schaber are the duo behind the food website, Garnish with Lemon. Years of answering SOS calls from friends and family about what to make for dinner spurred Lisa and Anna to launch their blog as a resource for approachable, seasonal recipes plus tips to make everyday entertaining effortless. During Minnesota summers, you’ll find them on the back porch, swatting mosquitoes, sampling new cocktails and solving the world’s problems, including how to get their kids to eat more veggies.

Fall is in the air, and for our family that means it’s time for apple picking!

 

Bourbon Citrus Sipper

 

Apple picking is a tradition in our house. We’ve gone to the same orchard every year since the kids were small. And although they are less enamored with the petting zoo and wagon rides as they were back then, they still get excited about plucking fresh apples from the trees. Of course, no orchard trip is complete without a stop in the orchard snack shack for apple mini donuts. And we never leave without at least a couple gallons of fresh apple cider in the trunk. Hot or cold, fresh cider is a quintessential fall beverage and the base for this slow cooker Bourbon Citrus Sipper.

 

Bourbon Citrus Sipper

 

Many of us rely on our slow cookers to save the day when time is tight. Pop a handful of ingredients in that bad boy, and dinner is waiting for you when you walk in the door. But slow cookers are also fantastic tools to use when serving beverages for groups of people. In this BHG recipe, fresh apple cider is mulled with cinnamon sticks and whole cloves for a few hours before adding tangy citrus slices to keep the flavor bright. Bonus: the whole house smells like fall.

 

The original version of this Bourbon Citrus Sipper calls for anise seeds and pouring bourbon directly into the mix, but since we’re not big anise fans, I omitted the seeds. I also kept the crock of mulled cider alcohol-free and placed the recommended bourbon and a shot glass next to the mugs. Keeping the booze on the side is a simple way to create a single beverage option that pleases kids and adults alike.

 

Bourbon Citrus Sipper

 

Plus serving only one drink means less time tending bar and more time enjoying your guests. Who can argue with that?

 


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