A pink drink is a classic go-to for a bridal shower. The addition of the rose water and lemon juice add a nice touch to the simple syrup and vodka, creating a refreshing balance between bitter and sweet. It may not be as good as catching the real bouquet when wedding day comes along, but it certainly will make your guests feel good.
- ½ ounce premium vodka
- Splash simple syrup
- Splash freshly-squeezed lemon juice
- 1 ounce rose water
- 1 cup ice cubes
- Fresh rose petals, for garnish
Shake the ingredients together in a shaker over ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with rose petals.
7 Valley Bartenders Share Their Favorite Cocktail Recipes
It’s been almost a year of staying in, leaving many of us to suffer through the trial and error of our own cocktail concoctions. It’s never as good as when your favorite bartender makes it, no matter how many recipe variations you try. That is, until now. We consulted with some of the Valley’s best bartenders to share seven quintessentially “guy" cocktails in honor of our annual men’s edition.
34 Easy Cocktail Recipes to Kick Off the Memorial Day Weekend
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15 Delicious Cocktails To Make For Girl’s Night Out
Even if you’re not usually a fan of fruity, flouncy “girly drinks”, sometimes it’s fun to enjoy a treat with a little more novelty to it for Girl’s Night out. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, helping someone forget an ex, or even just catching up, making and sipping silly flavoured drinks together is just plain fun.
Check out these delicious Girl’s Night Out cocktail recipes that will have you texting your friends to set a date in minutes!
1. Smirnoff sorbet light sweetheart-tini
This delicious fruit drink by Hairspray and High Heels is a classic “girly cocktail” and we’re pretty please about it. You’ll need:
- 1.5 oz of Smirnoff Sorbet Light Raspberry Pomegranate
- 2 oz of lemon-lime soda
- 1.5 oz of cranberry juice
2. Rock candy martini
Who doesn’t love a good candy recipe, especially if it’s a little unconventional? To make this drink by Helene in Between, you’ll need everything listed around the cocktail in the picture!
3. Skinny strawberry green tea mojitos
Do you want the great fruity taste but without the sugary calories? Mom on Time Out has a great recipe for that! You’ll need:
- 4 fresh strawberries
- 8 frozen strawberries
- 1 lime, cut into wedges
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 cup of Lipton Diet Green Tea
- 4 oz of white rum
- A small handful of mint leaves
- 1 Tbsp of super fine sugar
- Club soda
4. The Painkiller
If tropical tasting drinks are your favourite kind then you’ll absolutely love this “painkiller” cocktail recipe by Ann’s Entitled Life. You’ll need:
- 2 oz of white rum
- 1 oz of cream of coconut
- 4 oz of pineapple juice
- 1 oz of orange juice
We’re big fans of any excuse to use pretty coloured sprinkles, if we’re being honest. This “sparkletini” by Venus Trapped in Mars is the perfect celebration cocktail! You’ll need everything listed around the cocktail in the picture.
6. Red Apple Sangria
Sangria is always a popular option, but changing up the flavour makes for a fun night! Cooking on the Front Burners shows you how to make delicious red apple sangria with the following ingredients:
- 2/3 cup of Cabernet Sauvignon
- 2 1/2 oz of apple liqueur (not green colored)
- 1 oz of grenadine
- 3 oz of cranberry juice
- 3 oz of pineapple juice
- Sierra Mist
- 2 garnish (try an apple, an orange wedge, a lime wedge, or a maraschino cherry)
7. Chocolate cake martini
If your Ladies’ Night is celebrating a special occasion (or even if it isn’t, really) then there’s nothing better than a chocolate cake martini, like this one from Delightful-e-Made! You’ll get all the deliciousness of a piece of chocolate cake without feeling bloated or smudging your lipstick on a fork. You’ll need:
- 1½ oz of Godiva Chocolate Liquor
- 2 oz of cake flavored vodka (like Smirnoff or Three Olives brands)
- 2 oz of half and half cream
- Chocolate syrup
- Chocolate shavings (optional)
8. Strawberry and blackberry Bellini
If you love a good Bellini at brunch or in the evening then you’ll absolutely adore this strawberry and blackberry version from Hot Eats and Cool Treats. You’ll need:
- 3 cups of fresh strawberries
- 1 cups of fresh blackberries
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- 1- 750 ml bottle of Moscato d’Asti (or your favourite sparkling wine)
9. Cinne-sugar vodka hot chocolate
Perhaps in the winter you and your friends will choose to have a Girl’s Night In instead! While you huddle up against the cold weather, why not enjoy a delicious adult hot chocolate like this one from A Night Owl! You’ll need:
- 8 oz of hot chocolate
- 1 cup of whipping cream
- 2 tbsp of Smirnoff Cinna-Sugar Twist Vodka
- 2 tbsp powdered sugar
10. The blue bomb
Do you like the idea of fruity cocktail drinks, but not the idea of having to go to great lengths in order to prepare them for your friends all night? In the Kitchen with Jenny has the perfect simple fruity cocktail recipe for you. You’ll need:
11. Tropical paradise drink
This recipe by In the Kitchen with Jenny is the ultimate tropical fruit flavoured summer drink! It’s perfect for a Girl’s Night Out near the beach where you can see the sun going down. You’ll need:
- 2 oz of Malibu Rum
- 2 oz of Peach Schnapps
- 3 oz of orange juice
- 3 oz of pineapple juice
- 2 tsp of grenadine
12. The lava flow
Are you favourite drinks for summer the ones made with crushed ice? Keep cool on your Ladies’ Night outings through the warm months with something like this “lava flow” cocktail by ! You’ll need:
- 1 cup of crushed ice
- 1-1/2 oz of Malibu (Coconut) Rum (or 1/4-1/2 tsp of rum extract for a non-alcoholic version)
- 3 oz of piña colada mix
- 3 oz of strawberry drink mix liquid (used to make daiquiris and margaritas)
13. Adult cherry limeade
Cherry limeade is the kind of fruity, sugary drink that kids go wild for, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it as an adult too! Adding a dash of vodka, like I Love My Disorganized Life did transforms it into a “grown up” drink. You’ll need:
- 4 oz of cherry flavored vodka
- 6 maraschino cherries without stems
- 2 maraschino cherries with stems
- 1 lime
- Lemon-lime soda
14. Basil and garlic bloody Mary
Maybe you’re a huge fan of Girls’ Night Out but you’re not actually crazy about all these sweet fruity drinks we’ve been listing. Don’t worry! Frugal Foodie Mama has the spicy-savory recipe you’ve been hoping for. You’ll need:
- 1 cup of infused vodka (you’ll find these instructions in the tutorial)
- 1 cup of plain vodka
- 2-3 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
- A handful of fresh basil leaves, roughly torn
15. Blueberry ginger mojitos
We couldn’t finish this list without just one more fun twist on a classic drink recipe! These blueberry ginger mojitos by Frugal Foodie Mama are fruity and flavourful rather than being really sweet. You’ll need:
- 1 lime, quartered
- 1/3 cup of fresh blueberries
- A handful of mint leaves
- 1/2 cup of light rum
- A splash or two of ginger ale
- Simple syrup to taste
Do you know someone who’s hosting a Girl’s Night Out soon? Share this post with them for a little bit of extra fun cocktail inspiration!
26 Pink Valentine's Day Cocktails to Treat Your Loved One
Valentine's Day is the time to celebrate love&mdashwhether that's the romantic kind, the love between close friends and family, or simply love in general. So whether you're celebrating a spouse, a friend, or a general feeling of gratitude, it's a good time to hoist a deliciously fruity, pink cocktail in a toast on February 14. These cocktails will pair well with a big batch of Valentine's Day cupcakes you've baked to deliver to all your favorite Galentine's friends. Or, you might be on the hunt for a special concoction to drink with your significant other while the two of your share a romantic Valentine's Day dinner. No matter the evening&rsquos festivities, these delicious cocktails (and mocktails, so everyone can enjoy!) will suit whatever purpose you need.
There are several frozen cocktails that will instantly be devoured if you&rsquore spending Valentine&rsquos Day with friends. Believe it or not, you can easily whip up a batch of frosé with just two ingredients. How's that for an easy Valentine's Day treat? Your friends will also adore the rosé lemonade sangria or raspberry Bellini over brunch. Mix up the &ldquoLove Potion&rdquo vodka cocktail for an evening with you and your partner, and sip on the chocolate covered strawberry martini alongside a tasty Valentine&rsquos Day dessert. Regardless of who you&rsquore spending the day with, any of these flavorful Valentine&rsquos Day cocktails will be a fantastic choice for some celebrating.
What’s the Best Champagne for Mimosas?
In fact, the best Champagne for mimosas may not be Champagne at all. Because mimosas were introduced to the brunch table via France and the UK, people tend to assume they have to be made with Champagne. But we now know that early forms of the mimosa were enjoyed all over Europe for centuries, using various different sparkling wines, so there’s really no need to limit yourself to just one.
If Champagne is the only drink for you, there are plenty of decadent and delicious Champagne cocktails to choose from, and to find out more about the different types of champagne and how to serve it, check out our handy guide to everything you ever needed to know about Champagne. But if you are willing to experiment with good quality Cava and Prosecco, you will find that you can produce superior mimosas at a fraction of the cost.
- 1 dash Bitter Truth grapefruit bitters
- 1/2 ounce St-Germain
- 3/4 ounce Amaro Averna
- 1/4 ounce mezcal, preferably San Andrés Alipus
- 1 1/2 ounces añejo tequila
- Stir all of the ingredients in a mixing glass with ice.
- Strain into a coupe.
- Express the grapefruit twist over the surface and garnish.
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Desserts with Borage
To Candy Borage Flowers
Pick the borage flowers, each with a small stem, when they are quite dry. Paint each one with lightly beaten egg white, using a water colour paintbrush. Dust them lightly with castor sugar and set to dry on waxed paper in a warm place like an airing cupboard or in a very cool oven.
Tropical Fruit Salad with Lime Syrup
Make a mixture of fruit e.g. Passion fruit, kiwi fruit, pineapple, selection of berries, paw paw, melon, water melon. Combine fruit in a large bowl. Add lime syrup, toss gently to combine, cover, refrigerate for several hours, even overnight.
125 ml lime juice
125 ml sugar
60 ml chopped fresh borage leaves
- Combine juice and sugar in small saucepan, stir over heat without boiling, until sugar has dissolved.
- Bring to boil, reduce heat, simmer, uncovered without stirring for 5 minutes, cool.
- Stir in borage.
9 of the Best Fireball Whisky Cocktail Recipes
Fireball Whisky goes down with a cinnamon burn that you either love or hate (or love to hate). And while drinking it straight (or straight out of the bottle) may be the most common way Fireball is consumed, it’s actually a delicious liquor to mix into cocktails.
Here are the nine best Fireball Whisky cocktails.
Apple Pie on the Rocks
Photo via Vegan Yack Attack
We’re all familiar with apple pie, but do you know the joys of alcohol-filled liquid apple pie? If not, you need to try Vegan Yack Attack’s Apple Pie on the Rocks recipe.
Caramel Apple Fireball
Photo via Mac And Molly
Fireball and apple go together like peanut butter and pretzels. Prime example: this Caramel Apple Fireball cocktail from Mac And Molly.
Photo via GoGoGo Gourmet
Nothing says summertime like sangria. Add this Fireball sangria from GoGoGo Gourmet to your list of must-make sangria recipes.
Fire in Ice Apple Cider
Photo via GoGoGo Gourmet
When the sun comes up, you need a slushie. More specifically, you need a boozy slushie, like this Fire in Ice Apple Cider Fireball slushie from GoGoGo Gourmet.
Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Photo via This Girl Walks Into a Bar
Do you like the milk leftover after eating Cinnamon Toast Crunch? Then you need to mix Rumchata and Fireball like This Girl Walks Into a Bar does.
Photo via This Girl Walks Into a Bar
Take one sip of This Girl Walks Into a Bar’s Fuzzy Fire, and you’ll want a peachy Fireball drink every day.
Hot Fireball Apple Cider
Photo via Grumpys Honey Bunch
Quick drink fixes don’t always taste good. You know what does? the Hot Fireball Apple Cider from Grumpys Honey Bunch.
Girl on Fireball
Photo via The Love Nerds
If you’re strapped for cash, can only afford a couple ingredients, and want to drink something tasty, you need to try this Girl on Fireball from The Love Nerds.
Cinnamon Old Fashioned
Photo via The Native Transplant
Fireball, maple syrup, and orange? Sign me up. Try this Cinnamon Old Fashioned from The Native Transplant.
Hurricane cocktail for Mardi Gras – passion fruit punch
Hurricanes are a fruity passion fruit and rum cocktail. The hurricane cocktail was invented at Pat O’Brien’s in New Orleans during a 1940s glut of rum in the port city. It’s an ideal cocktail for bringing some sunshine into winter gloom and for keeping Mardi Gras season festive.
You will need a 2-quart pitcher and a measuring cup.
Add limeade, orange juice, passion fruit syrup, and grenadine to the pitcher. Add Hawaiian punch to make a total of 7 cups.
To make an individual drink, fill a small cup with crushed ice. Add 3 ounces of hurricane mix, 1 ounce of dark rum, and a cherry. We find that many of our guests do not want their drinks quite that strong. For a party of 40, I suggest 6 quarts of hurricane cocktail mix and 1.2 liters of rum (about 1.5 fifths).