Paw Paw Pineapple Cocktail

September 20, 2013 - Written by Diana
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Paw Paw Pulp – Cookerat.com


Since I’m into paw paws and it’s the right season, I’ll re-post the recipe for my Paw Paw Pineapple Cocktail.

This is very yummy.


National Lemonade Day – For Adults Only

August 20, 2013 - Written by Diana


Today is National Lemonade Day – and to celebrate, we’ve got a nice lemonade recipe to celebrate with.  This was sent to me by Dobel Maestro Tequila – who definitely knows what they are talking about when it comes to cocktails. So, as the dog days are waning (or if you are like me, they were skipped), get something cool and refreshing to enjoy – adult style, quick! before summer ends.




Dobel Lemonade



Mix all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice.

Pour into a chilled rocks glass.

Garnish with a lemon wedge.




Independence Day Cocktails

July 3, 2013 - Written by Diana

Here’s a plethora of cocktails to serve at the 4th of July weekend celebrations.  Since it’s a long weekend and we like variety, I have quite a few that were sent to me to try out.  I can’t try them all, so you’ll have to help.  Here are the recipes, and the pics – if you make one of the cocktails and find it to be delicious, give us a heads up. All of these recipes use a brand name alcohol, but can probably be swapped out with another brand if you can’t find the one you are looking for.  Also, feel free to make it non-alcoholic and share it with us.


4th of July Cran-Apple Cocktail

4th of July Raspberry White and Blueberry Farm to Table Cocktail

Garnish with a Slice of Locally Grown Apples & Blueberries
Serve in Chilled Cocktail Glass





Red, White and Blue Cocktails from Three-O and Maestro Dobel Tequila


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Layer in a shot glass!





three-olives-tartz-cocktail-zippity-dooZippity Doo

Mix all ingredients together with ice & serve in a rocks glass. Garnish with a cherry







blue deviltiniBlue Devil-tini

Shake Maestro Dobel Tequila and blue curacao with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass.  Add tonic and garnish with a lemon wedge.






Combine vodka and pomegranate juice in an ice-filled shaker. Shake with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Top with sparkling wine or champagne . Garnish with a cherry





Pour into an iced mixing glass. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with an orange twist.





Whiskey Cocktails from Alibi.


Red Rocket  Red Rocket 

Muddle strawberries in a shaker. Combine with Alibi, simple syrup and ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a mason jar; add ice. Garnish with mint leaves.





Egg White SourEgg White Sour

Crack an egg and separate the egg white from the yolk. Combine with Alibi American Whiskey, lemon juice and simple syrup in a shaker without ice. Dry shake vigorously until the liquid is white and foamy. Add ice, and shake again until the mixture is cold. Pour into a mason jar; add ice.



Blue AlibiBlue Alibi

Muddle blueberries and mint leaves in a cocktail shaker. Fill halfway with ice and combine with Alibi and simple syrup. Cover and shake vigorously.

Strain into a mason jar; add ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.



Here are some of our previously posted Red White and Blue Cocktails.



Boozy Iced Teas

June 15, 2013 - Written by Diana

Ice tea is great for hanging out in summertime on the deck noshing on good food with friends and family.  If you add a little bit of booze to the iced tea, just a smidge it makes it the perfect gathering.

Here are some Iced Tea ideas from 3 Olives Vodka:



LA iced tea

LA Iced Tea


Tuaca tea



Tuaca Iced Tea



Tokyo Tea


Tokyo Iced Tea



*Photos and Cocktail Recipes provided by 3 Olives Vodka.

Hosting a Wine Tasting with Friends

February 7, 2013 - Written by Diana

One Saturday evening this winter we decided to meet with a bunch of friends for a wine tasting.  Though the wine was provided by a pr company, a wine tasting doesn’t need to be expensive or costly.  It’s a great way to get to know people.  We made some new friends and had time to chat and enjoy each others company and learn about our friends in a relaxing atmosphere. Our party is not the serious wine connoisseur’s party, it’s a fun gathering of friends trying out wine. Would we do it again – definitely!  Here are a few suggestions for hosting a successful wine tasting party.

1. Have wine, spirits, non-alcoholic refreshment, something fun but not too much. Five or six different wines is the limit, so that you don’t overwhelm everyone with too many choices.  The distinction between a big party and a wine tasting is that you aren’t going to seriously drink and forget what you’ve done, you’re there to taste the wine and talking about the wine is key to a good wine tasting.  However, chatting off topic is enjoyed and encouraged; really good gossip is a plus.

2. Agree to disagree – because you are there to relax and have a good time.  There are no winners, no losers, no ties- at the end of the party hopefully you found something new to enjoy, or even something to avoid. Different people have different palates and the goal is to find what suits you – the goal is not a consensus. If you come to an agreement, it could be a really good wine to look for again.

3. Be prepared. Have on hand at least one glass for each person, appropriate for serving the drink. While you might drink out of a juice glass (or in our case – Pom glasses), when hosting a wine party have at least wine glasses. If it was Martini night use Martini glasses. The tone can be set by using the proper glassware. Another good to have on hand is a dump bucket so you can dump out those you didn’t like or want to finish. The object isn’t to drink it all, it’s to have fun. We’re not part of the clean glass club.  Five or six different wines is the limit, so that you don’t overwhelm everyone with too many choices.

4. Over prepare. I got the tasting notes for the wines we tried out and made copies for all of the couples to share. Since we aren’t experts, we liked the suggested notes and also sometimes disagreed with their assessment but it was part of the fun. If you were working with mixed drinks, you would want to include copies of recipes so that it could be duplicated. For the wine tasting, I wish I had made up little score cards. When reporting on a review for a blog, an overall assessment is nice to present, though not necessary for the group itself.

5. Have snacks that everyone can enjoy. We had a potluck, lots of bites to munch on while you are sipping. The only suggestion really is to avoid too much spicy or very heavy foods because it can throw your palate off, and it may mask the flavor of the wine. Fruit and cheese always work well.

6. A theme my not be necessary but a nice to have. Suggested themes could be:

7. Blind tasting – if you are serious wine drinkers, a blind tasting might be the way to go.  Cover the bottle, so that no one knows the name, the brand, the label – and then you can seriously discuss all of it’s attributes. If I were to cover the bottles, I’d probably do guessing games to figure out which attributes went with which bottles.  I’m not so serious.

8. Sniff, Swirl, Sip, Spit –  I think that’s the correct order.

Valentines Day is coming up, and this would be a great couples way to have fun. Gather some of your best pals, a couple of bottles of wine and get some tasting going on.  This would be great for an Oscar party – or Bachelor reunion cat party or just couples night – cause we like to gather and do some sipping.

Here are some websites that could help with your next wine tasting.

Food and Wine – How to Host a Wine Tasting

Epicurious – Wine Tasting Party Tips

The Skinny Gourmet – How to Host a Wine Tasting

Williams and Sonoma – How to Host a Wine Tasting Party


Disclosure: The wines were provided to me and we planned a wine tasting.  It was very nice.


Espresso Cocktails for National Coffee Day

September 29, 2012 - Written by Diana

Here are a couple of recipes from Krups  – this isn’t a review for Krups as I’ve never tried their product, but I’m in a coffee mood and it’s National Coffee Day.  It’s too late for that morning cup, so I’ve decided to share some espresso cocktails for your evening relaxation enjoyment.


Vanilla Espresso Martini


Vanilla Espresso Martini


1 ounces of fresh brewed espresso

2 ounces vanilla flavored vodka

½ ounce of Bailey’s

1 ounce cream de cacao

3-4 espresso beans for garnish (optional)


Brew the espresso according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Combine all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Top with a few espresso beans for garnish (optional). Enjoy!

Iced Mocha Latte

Iced Mocha Latte:


2 ounces of fresh brewed espresso

4 ounces of skim milk

2-3 tablespoons of light chocolate syrup

2 ounces of Kahlúa


Brew the espresso according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Fill a tall glass with ice and pour chocolate syrup, milk, Kahlúa, and espresso over the ice in that order. Stir well to combine. Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings or more chocolate syrup if desired. Enjoy!

What I’m Drinking – Leinenkugel’s Berry Weiss

September 29, 2012 - Written by Diana
Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss

Leinenkugel’s Berry Weiss

Today is National Beer Day but I’m not a beer drinker or at least not a regular beer drinker- and maybe that’s why Leinenkugel’s Berry Weiss has become my summer drink on the deck with dinner.  I wanted something light, with a fruity-ish flavor and some alcoholic fizz and I want it when I walk in the door. Yeah!

Okay, maybe it’s not light in calories, but it is light in taste and not really sweet.  I’m a wine drinker, but my tastes are evolving.  In college we could only afford 3.2 beer, so that’s what I drank though I didn’t enjoy it much.  When I could afford wine, inexpensive but sweet wine was my choice.  Slowly I’ve been tasting and exploring adding new things here and there. I’ve moved from sweet, to more complex in my wine drinking and today  Berry Weiss my drink of choice on national beer day.

Leinenkugel also has Summer Shandy and a Lemon Berry, but the Berry Weiss is my favorite.  The berry flavor isn’t the artifical syrup taste you get in the iced teas, but more of a real berry flavor.  It has a nice foam on top when it’s poured out.  It still has a beer taste, but definitely a fruity beer.  If you are a beer lover, this may not be your thing, but if you are a wine drinker looking for a fruity beer, this one is pretty good – especially for a summer drink.  Only a few more weeks of sitting on the deck sipping something cool before the time change and we’re in the dark at dinnertime, so enjoy!


Hey Mint Lovers Join June’s Culinary Smackdown

June 30, 2012 - Written by Diana

I chose mint as the theme for this month’s culinary smackdown  – see the rules in a previous post.  Basically you enter your recipe in the smackdown, then I choose a winner with a roundup of all the recipes.  The next winner gets to host next month’s smackdown and choose next month’s ingredient or theme.

Since I’ve been on vacation for the last ten days in Crawford, Co, I am going to reshare my drink of 2011 – Peach Mint Vodka Cocktail.  I still need to come up with this year’s drink, this is a good one though and it has yummy mint. Link up below with your minty entries.  I am extending the date to the 3rd since I won’t be home until then anyway.  I will choose the winner and post on the 4th.

Here it is:

Peach Mint Vodka Cocktail
Refreshing Summery Cocktail - great for a seasonal drink when mint and peaches are both at the farm markets
Recipe type: Drink
  • 1 Juicy peach
  • 1 big handful of mint leaves
  • 3 ounces of vodka
  • Lemon Lime Soda or Ginger Ale
  1. Slice a peach into a pint jar.
  2. Throw in mint plus some vodka (OYO again) to soak.
  3. Mash it up with a spoon, then let it sit for a few minutes for the flavors to blend.
  4. Pour into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake.
  5. Divide into glasses and add a little of your favorite sparkly soda (like a lemon lime or ginger ale).
The peaches are sweet, so you don’t need a simple syrup. Light and delicious with a fresh minty finish – oh it’s good.


Friday Unwind – Frozen Strawberry-Basil Margarita

May 26, 2012 - Written by Diana

Strawberry and Basil together are fantastic.  I love the combination of sweet and herb and with a little tequila, it kicks it up to a fun summer drink. Basil is such a great summer herb.  It’s a tender perennial, so won’t last the winter in Ohio, but in the south you may be able to grow it all year long if you keep picking the flowers off.  Make the simple syrup using sugar and water and then steep the basil in it.  You can also throw leaves in the blender with the strawberries to add a little more basil flavor.

You can make this frozen or put the strawberries into the simple syrup with the basil and make it a nice cocktail without the fruit slush.  This is great for your memorial day weekend, up the quantity and make a whole blenderful to share.  Use soda instead of alcohol and you can make a fun non-alcoholic drink.

Frozen Strawberry-Basil Margarita
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Really refreshing Strawberry Margarita with nice basil tones.
Serves: 2
  • 1½ cups strawberries
  • splash of Grand Marnier or Triple Sec
  • 1 ounce tequila
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 cup ice
  • splash of basil simple syrup
  • Basil leaves
  1. Whisk the sugar in the water in a saucepan or small pot until the sugar dissolves and the syrup is clear. Rip up the basil and let steep.
  2. Margarita
  3. Throw all of the ingredients into the blender and blend. Pour into glasses garnish with basil - fresh strawberries with sink, but they make a nice surprise at the bottom.

You will have a lot of simple syrup left over. You can store it in the fridge, or make ice cubes and then stick in a ziplock bag to use as desired.


Chocolate Raspberry Vodka Cocktail – Friday Unwind

May 11, 2012 - Written by Diana


When I get to play with Chocolate Raspberry Infused Vodka by Godiva, I am one of the luckiest people around.  This was sent to me to try out and I love it, vodka with chocolate and raspberry.  Not one of the sticky sweet liqueurs, but a clear vodka (5 times distilled) with chocolate and raspberry infused in it.  It is a little sweet, you don’t need a simple syrup to go with it, but can drink it straight on the rocks.  This would go great for a mother’s day gathering.  If my mom, my sisters and I were sitting around after dinner looking for cocktails, this would be fun to hang out and mess around with.  This vodka might be good to soak some brownies in or maybe use to make the icing.

I didn’t want a foamy or thick drink to use this infused vodka as an ingredient in.  I wanted a clearish drink, with some berries, ice and fizzy added.  I came up with a decent drink, that my husband also enjoyed.  If you are looking for something to share with mom and the women for Mother’s day – start with a little of Godiva’s  Chocolate Raspberry Infused Vodka and see what you can come up with – it should be fun.

Chocolate Raspberry Vodka Cocktail - Friday Unwind
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Using Godiva's Chocolate Raspberry infused vodka and fresh raspberries, the cocktail is really tasty and would be a great dessert cocktail.
Recipe type: Cocktail
  • 1½ ounces Chocolate Raspberry infused Vodka
  • handful of red raspberries
  • ½ ounce Chambord
  • ice
  • ginger ale or other spritzy soft drink
  1. In a shaker mash the raspberries.
  2. Add in the Chambord and Chocolate Raspberry Infused Vodka and the ice, put on the lid and shake.
  3. Strain into a glass, add in soft drink and serve.
Drink responsibly. A nice touch, if you didn't mind a chocolate mustache you can line the rim with shaved chocolate. Freezing the raspberries before using them in the drink keeps the drink cold longer.


Disclosure:  I was given a bottle of Godiva’s Chocolate Raspberry Vodka to review.  My opinions are my own, the recipe is mine.