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Fun Summer Cocktails


Pink Grapefruit Apricot Martini 

2 oz. pink grape fruit-flavored vodka, such as Absolute Ruby Red
3 oz. apricot syrup or (such as Amoretti) 
2-3 fresh apricot (optional)

If opting to have the apricots as garnish - Cut apricots into quarters and allow to soak in the pink grapefruit-flavored vodka for 2-3 hours or more.

Next, mix the vodka, apricot syrup, and ice into a cocktail shaker and mix. Pace apricots at bottom of glass and strain into a martini glass to serve.


Sweet Tart Martini

1 oz Absolut Vodka

1 oz Amaretto
1 oz Blue Curacao
1 tbsp of simple syrup (1 cup water to 1/2 cup sugar)
Two splashes of lime juice (or more, if you like it tart)


Make the simple syrup by heating up the sugar and water in a saucepan until the sugar is melted. Let the liquid cool (this can be stored in the fridge for up to a week)

In a shaker filled with ice, add the ingredients and firmly close the top.

Shake until chilled and pour into a martini glass.

Garnish with a twist of lime.


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Minty Fontaineblue Cocktail


A few of you asked what was the drink we featured in the Mint & Green Wedding inspiration post from a few days ago. The drink is called Minty Fontaineblue.

Recipe for a minty Fontainebleau:

  • 3/4 ounce Mount Gay Eclipse Rum
  • 3/4 ounce Marie Brizard White Crème de Cacao
  • 3/4 ounce Marie Brizard Green Crème de Menthe
  • 3/4 ounce Half-n-Half cream
  • Fresh mint crown, for garnish
  • Shaved chocolate flakes, for garnish

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DIY: Homemade Baileys Irish Cream

Homemade Baileys Irish Cream comes together in less than 1 minute, with ingredients you likely already have on hand. Rich, smooth, creamy, and the flavor is a deadringer for store-bought. You’ll be the hit of the party when you make Baileys from scratch in under a minute!


  • 1 2/3 cups Irish whiskey (I used Jameson)
  • one 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup half-and-half or heavy cream (I used half-and-half)
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup (I used Hershey’s)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules or instant espresso (make sure it’s instant so it dissolves)


Combine all ingredients in the canister of a blender and blend on high speed until smooth, 30 to 60 seconds.

Transfer mixture to a glass bottle or airtight container with a tight-fitting lid and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months (I have read anywhere between 1 to 2 months; the alcohol helps preserve it, but always use the sniff test and common sense).

Shake well before using.

Recipe Credit: Averie Cooks

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Coffee Cocktails


 I’m a girl who loves her coffee. The day just doesn’t seem right if I don’t start it off with the kettle on the stove followed by a big steamy mug in my hands. Served hot or chilled, with bourbon or cognac or amaretto, all of these concoctions just look and sound so tasty.


Caffè Di Alpi


  • 1 Teaspoon of honey
  • 3 Ounces of hot brewed coffee 
  • 1 and 1/2 ounces of bourbon
  • 1 Large dollop of Alps Whipped Cream (see below)
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg


1. Put the honey in a warmed mug.

2. Add the hot coffee and the bourbon and stir.

3. Top with Alps Whipped Cream and garnish with the grated nutmeg.

Alps Whipped Cream


  • 3/4 Ounce of amaro ( A bittersweet Italian liqueur often served as an after-dinner drink.)
  • 4 Ounces of heavy cream


1. In a small bowl, beat the heavy cream until thickened.

2. Add amaro and beat until firm.

Coffee Cognac Cooler



  • 8 oz strong dark-roast coffee, chilled
  • 3 oz cognac
  • 2 oz coffee liquer
  • 2 oz heavy cream
  • 2 scoops coffee flavored ice cream

Blend all the ingredients except the ice cream, with plenty of ice. Divide between two tall glasses and top it off with scoop of ice cream. Garnish with chocolate shaving and serve with a spoon.

The Beccacino



  • 1 oz of brandy
  • 1/2 oz Benedictine
  • 1/2 oz amaretto
  • 1/2 oz Irish Mist
  • 2 1/2 oz of chilled or cold brew coffee.


Built in a mixing glass and stirred. Strained into cocktail glass and topped with whipped cream. 


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5 Ways To Serve Hot Cocktails At Your Wedding

Wintertime may not be the most popular season to get married but there are a number of benefits to choosing a colder month. Namely, all of your wedding details will look decidedly different. One fun winter wedding detail I love is serving warm drinks at cocktail hour. (Think mulled apple cider or hot chocolate with a splash of peppermint schnapps.)  Here are a few ways to personalize your favorite cold-weather cocktail.

Edible Cups

Custom Calligraphed Drink Sleeves

Edible Spoons

DIY: You can easily make your own chocolate spoons. Molds are available here:

Hire A Barista

Heart-Shaped Sugar Cubes

Instructions to make sugar cubes here.


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10 Dazzling Cold Weather Cocktails

Toast your party guests with these fun, festive cocktails.

Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail


Add a unique twist to the traditional midnight toast by blending bubbly with pomegranate (or cranberry) juice.

Prep: 5 minutes

Serve it with: A dessert bar featuring decadent chocolate sweets

See Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail recipe

Ultra Alexander


A sweet blend of brandy, creme de cocoa, chocolate syrup, and whipped cream makes the ultimate dessert or party drink.

Prep: 10 minutes

Serve it with: Almond shortbread cookies dipped in chocolate

See Ultra Alexander recipe

Mojito Sparkler


This refreshing blend of rum, fresh mint, lime juice, and sugar is a party favorite. Add a splash of club soda for a bit of fizz.

Prep: 5 minutes

Serve it with: Classic Mexican dishes with a twist

See Mojito Sparkler recipe

Dandy Shandy


Mix up your favorite dark stout with ginger ale to make this classic British cocktail.

Prep: 5 minutes

Serve it with: A buffet of warm appetizers — dips, quiches, and tarts

See Dandy Shandy recipe

Clove Julep


To make this delicious drink, crush mint and sugar at the bottom of a glass and add ice and vodka.

Prep: 10 minutes

Serve it with: Thai Chicken Wings in Peanut Sauce

See Clove Julep recipe

Basil Martini


For a fresh take on the classic martini, shake Basil-infused vodka with a dash of vermouth.

Prep: 5 minutes

Serve it with: An assortment of  appetizers.

See Basil Martini recipe

Ginger-Champagne Punch


Make this icy blue cocktail by blending bubbly with vodka, crystallized ginger, and sugar.

Prep: 10 minutes

Chill: 4 hours

Serve it with: A refreshing Green Tea and Tangerine Sorbet

See Ginger-Champagne Punch recipe

Sake Martinis


Sake replaces gin in this nontraditional martini. Pickled ginger and green olives make a pretty garnish.

Prep: 10 minutes

Serve it with:  Asian spring rolls

See Sake Martinis recipe



Garnish a classic gin martini with cocktail onions or blue cheese-stuffed olives.

Prep: 10 minutes

Serve it with: Creamy Blue Cheese and Onion Dip

See Gibson recipe

Mai Tai Me


Serve this blended cocktail of rum, Cointreau, and fruit juices over ice.

Prep: 5 minutes

Serve it with: An exotic menu of Asian-inspired appetizers

See Mai Tai Me recipe

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Watermelon Cooler

Bar none, my favorite thing about summer is the thirst quenching, heat relieving cocktails that just so happen to pair with it perfectly. Cocktails like this watermelon (and lime!) cooler,  is just as tasty as it is pretty (that’s important, you know). Serve these up at your next next party or cookout and I guarantee you’ll be the talk of the town.



  • 4 cups cubed, seedless watermelon, chilled
  • 1 cup ice cubs
  • 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup rum


  1. Blend all ingredients together until smooth.
  2. Rim glasses with granulated sugar and serve up watermelon lime coolers!
  3. Garnish with a lime wedge or small watermelon slice.
  4. Enjoy!

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Sparkling Sweet Tea ~ Signature Cocktail

Made with a fragrant Black Ceylon tea, this sparkling sweet tea cocktail whispers of picnics and bridal showers in lush gardens. The tea is infused into a simple syrup, creating a concentrated sweet tea flavor.

 This recipe is for one drink, but I like to multiply by ten and make it in a big glass pitcher. Sitting outdoors with friends during a summer cocktail hour, it makes the perfect apéro (an alcoholic drink served before a meal as an appetizer).

Sparkling Sweet Tea
Makes 1 serving

• 1 oz tea-flavored simple syrup (see recipe below)
• 2 oz vodka
• 1/2 oz St. Germain liqueur
• juice of 1/2 lemon
• 2 oz club soda
• lemon slices for garnish

1. Make your tea-flavored simple syrup following the recipe below.

2. In a large mason jar (with a lid) or cocktail shaker, add simple syrup, vodka, St. Germain, and lemon juice. Add 4-5 ice cubes. Put the lid on and shake, shake, shake.

3. Strain into a little jar or glass and top with club soda. Add a few more ice cubes and lemon slice for garnish, and serve.

Tea-Flavored Simple Syrup

Feel free to use any black tea that makes you happy. I chose a pure Black Ceylon blend that has rose and lavender made by Bellocq Tea, but your favorite black tea will work just fine.

• 1/3 cup sugar
• 2/3 cup water
• 2 teaspoons of your favorite black tea

1. Over medium heat, simmer the sugar and water in a pot until dissolved. Remove from the heat.

2. Add the tea to the still hot syrup and let steep for 10-15 minutes. Strain and cool.

3. Use immediately or store in the fridge (covered) for up to 2 weeks.

*Hint: To make an easy cocktail where the tea flavor really shines, simply add 1 oz of the simple syrup to a flute, then top with chilled Champagne or sparkling wine and serve.

* Photo Credits: White Loft Studio,  Original Recipe: Eat Boutique

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Cocktail Popsicle: Blackberry Prosecco Popsicle

Think Kir Royale and trade out the champagne for Prosecco, throw in some blackberries with a splash of lime, some zest and you have a Sunday brunch cocktail re-fashioned into an any-day-of-the-week popsicle treat.

Blackberry Prosecco Popsicle

Makes 12 2.5oz popsicles

20 oz Prosecco
1/3 cup of blackberries
4 oz crème de cassis
Splash of fresh lime juice
2 pinches of lime zest


1. Place blackberries in a bowl and pour crème de cassis on top and toss to coat. Using a muddler or a rounded blunt end of a kitchen tool, crush berries into the crème de cassis. Add lime juice and zest, toss to combine.

2. Measure out approximately 1 teaspoon of berry mixture into bottom of your chosen popsicle form and pour Prosecco on top.

3. Freeze for about 2 hours or until mixture starts to solidify enough to hold a popsicle stick upright. Insert popsicle sticks and finish freezing popsicles overnight.

A few notes:

1. Do not remove from freezer until ready to serve, or plate over crushed ice as the carbonation in the Prosecco creates tiny air pockets that will make the popsicles melt faster.

2. Cordial glasses were used for the popsicles in the picture, but any form will work.


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3 Cocktails for a Spring Bridal Shower

If you’re hosting a bridal shower this spring, you can impress your guests with these pretty, easy-to-make cocktails!

Happily Ever After

  • 1.25 oz. Frangelico
  • 1.25 oz. pomegranate liqueur
  • Dash of Auchentoshen scotch
  • Splash of soda water

Combine ingredients with ice and stir. Strain to a chilled martini glass that is rimmed with red sugar crystals. Garnish with an edible flower petal.

Lovers Lemonade

  • 1 oz. Frangelico
  • 1 oz. SKYY Infusions Ginger Vodka

Shake Frangelico and SKYY Infusions Ginger Vodka with ice and strain into a tall glass. Fill with ice, top with lemonade and garnish with a sugared lemon wedge.

Only You

  • 1 oz. CAMUS VS or VSOP
  • 2 drops (.25 of oz.) of Raspberry liquor (Chambord)
  • Top with French Sparkling wine (3 oz. of Champagne or sparkling)

Add a citrus twist on top for garnish.

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DIY: Gold Foil Tumblers

Guest Blog: Erin Souder


It’s no secret that I love gold, and you know I could use a good cocktail on a Friday. I made these little gold confetti tumblers after seeing so many similar versions in the market. These aren’t too intense, but are pretty easy and are oh-so-cute!

Fill them up with a little pomegranate juice, some Zonin prosecco, and basil and you’ve got yourself a perfect treat.




ONE tape off the bottom of a glass with blue painters tape and stick some dots onto the bottom, more concentrated at the top and less concentrated toward the bottom.

TWO cover the top of the glass with a sandwich bag and tape it down on the same tapeline as before.

THREE spray paint the bottom of the glass with a bright gold spray paint.

FOUR using a gold leaf pen, carry the dot motif up onto the top of the glass.  More concentrated at the bottom and sparse toward the top.

I think they’re so fun and sure do look festive for spring, right?  Grab just a few ingredients, have a cocktail and Happy Friday!

So, as a disclaimer, I am using spray paint on food and beverage item which isn’t recommended for food contact.  I felt like being on the outside of the glass I was comfortable with that, but if you’re not, please use your discretion. 

* Photos & Design by House of Ernest

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Martini

Prep time:  5 mins
Total time:  5 mins
Serves: 2
  • 2 1/2 ounces Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cup Infused Vodka, (recipe below)
  • 4 ounces milk
  • 1 teaspoon Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup
  • 4 mini peanut butter Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, for garnish

 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Infused Vodka

  • 6 ounces good quality vodka (I used Tito’s)
  • 1/4 cup Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
To prepare the infused vodka, combine vodka and Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups in a clean mason jar. Close jar tightly and store in a cool dry place for 7 days. Give it a good shake once or twice per day.

Once vodka has been infused, strain into a clean mason jar using a fine mesh sieve or cheese cloth. Store in a cool place or in the freezer.

To prepare the martini, combine infused vodka, Hershey’s chocolate syrup and milk in a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice. Shake for 30-40 seconds and pour into two small martini glasses.

Garnish with Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Keep in mind that to make this “candy-like” martini you’ll be infusing your own vodka, so there is a week of planning ahead that you’ll have to do. —It’s totally worth it!

*Special Thanks to Daydreamer Desserts for this delicious recipe

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10 DIY Fall Cocktails


Whether you’re in search of a signature cocktail for your Fall bridal shower and wedding or just looking for some fun drink ideas for a get together with your bridesmaids, here is a list of delicious Autumn themed beverages that just may be the perfect fit!

1. Nutty Spiked Cider


2. Hot Apple Pie Cocktail


3. Pumpkin Divine


4. Pumpkin Ale Shake


5. Winds of Fall


6. Ginger Snap Cocktail


7. Apple Pie A La Mode


8. Ginger Candy Apple Tini Recipe


9. Fall Signature Cocktail


10. Maple Fireside Nightcap


These drinks would be perfect to serve for a ladies night with your bridesmaids, at an engagement party, bridal shower … or even at your Fall wedding!

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