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


Sideline shooterSideline Shooter

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.



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.


Friday Unwind – Yummy Citrusy Spring Fever

March 23, 2012 - Written by Diana

Tonight’s drink brought to you by Ketel One Citroen Flavored Vodka – a lemony, limey floral tasting vodka.  I liked this one a lot, not sweet, but has a dry crisp citrus flavor.  This is not lemonade in a bottle, it doesn’t have a sugar or saccharin finish, but finishes with a lemon/lime floral note.  My husband and I both liked the sip plain and then we tried Spring Fever and loved that too. I think you could have it for breakfast, it’s so yummy.

My photo looks pinkish because I used a blood orange – and don’t you think it’s a very pretty drink with that blood orange.  Makes you think of cherry  or apple tree blossoms.


Friday Unwind - Yummy Citrusy Spring Fever
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Spring Fever is a delicious refreshing citrusy cocktail made with citrus fruits, lemon/lime flavored vodka, simple syrup and lemon lime soda.
Recipe type: Cocktail
Serves: 1
  • 1½ ounces Ketel One Citroen Flavored Vodka
  • ¾ ounces Fresh Lime Juice
  • ½ ounces Simple Syrup
  • 3 lime Wedges
  • 2 Orange Slices
  • Lemon Lime Soda
  1. Muddle 2 lime wedges and 2 orange slices in the bottom of a rocks glass.
  2. Fill with ice and add Ketel One Citroen, fresh lime juice and simple syrup.
  3. Top with lemon lime Soda.
  4. Stir gently and garnish with a lime wedge.


Disclosure:  I was given a bottle of citroen vodka to try this cocktail recipe out… I’m glad I did, it was good.  My opinions are my own.


One Last Summer Tequila Round Up

September 22, 2010 - Written by Diana

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA           Summer didn’t end yet, not yet, not until September 22, at 11:09.  Tomorrow’s the last of it, and I think we should still celebrate with one last Cookerati Tequila Round Up.  I’ll share a few oldies, and a few newies because I think tequila has been one of my favorite liquors of the Summer of 2010.  I want to express to you that it’s important to buy really good tequila for your drinks and it will make such a difference.  Right now, I’m trying out Don Julio Blanco, a really delicious tequila – great for making your last summer cocktail.

Here are some recipes and cocktail suggestions for YOUR last day of summer relaxation.  Sit back with your feet up and absorb that summer vibe because it’s only around for one more day. 



Tequila Lime Chicken

Grilled Garlicky Agavero Tequila Shrimp Kabobs with Lemon and Fresh Bay Leaves – halfway down the page

Margarita Cupcakes – gotta have dessert

Tequila Lime Steak Fajitas -  This uses a London Broil  – I love fajitas

Shrimp Pasta with Chipotle Lime Tequila Sauce -  Pasta and shrimp are a great combination



Watermelon Limeade – It’s my favorite drink of the Summer – just add a splash of Tequila to your glass.

Sweet Summer Cocktails – Slurp, don’t sip.

Tequila Sunrise   – or maybe just Sippity Sup

The American Flag Cocktail – for those of you who want to end the summer with a patriotic salute.

Watermelon and Peaches – Oh My!  This really is the best of the summer.


Enjoy your last summer day of the 2010 season – and for my friend Linda Lindsey who has summer coming up  – These can start your summer off just right.



Disclosure :  I’ve been given Don Julio Blanco to try out, and I did.  My opinions are my true opinions.

One Last Summer Tequila Cocktail – Nectar of Gods

September 22, 2010 - Written by Diana

Try this Tequila Cocktail for your last day of summer refreshment. 


Riazul Octli (Nectar of Gods)


Shake tequila, pulque, agave nectar, lime juice and hibiscus syrup with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass and serve.

Tequila Lime Chicken

September 22, 2010 - Written by Diana

There’s still time to grill on this last summer day, though if you are my brother in law (Deb’s husband) fall or even winter snow won’t keep you from your grill.  Here’s a great end your summer with Grilled Tequila Lime Chicken Dinner.   This recipe uses 1800 Silver Tequila – gotta love it, go with the good stuff.

Tequila Lime Chicken

Mix lime juice, tequila, orange juice, cilantro, jalapeños, chili powder,
salt and pepper in bowl. Coat chicken in marinade and cover to chill overnight.
Grill chicken over medium heat until cooked through, turning occasionally, for approximately 18 minutes. Serves six.

Marcela Valladolid & Sauza Tequila Team Up

September 22, 2010 - Written by Diana

Marcela Valladolid,the TV chef from the Food Network show Mexican Made Easy and author of the cookbook FRESH MEXICO: 100 Simple Recipes for True Mexican Flavor developed some great recipes using  Sauza®  Tequila .  How about these to try out on your last day of summer?  We’re  lucky they asked to share them with our Cookerati readers.


Tequila Lime Shrimp Tequila Lime Shrimp

A twist on sautéed shrimp that cooks up fast and is easy to eat.  A fantastic dish.

Ingredients—Serves 4:


Toss shrimp with salt, green onions, lime juice, kosher salt and coarsely ground pepper.

Heat butter in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium-high heat until foam subsides, then sauté shrimp, turning, until pink and just cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes. Reduce heat and add tequila, then increase heat to  medium-high. Tilt skillet over gas burner to ignite tequila (or ignite with a long match; use caution, as flames may shoot up high). Cook, shaking skillet gently once or twice, until flames subside. Remove from heat and stir in crema. Serve sprinkled with chili powder.


Apricot Tequila Drumsticks Apricot-Tequila Drumsticks

This is a sweet and spicy dish. The apricot preserves provide a sweet and crispy outside. The tequila and spice give it an interesting kick that blends perfectly.

Ingredients—Serves 4:


Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine apricot preserves, chile de arbol and tequila in medium pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

Season drumsticks with salt and pepper on all sides and place on glass baking dish. Brush apricot mixture on drumsticks and pour left over    mixture all over chicken. Roast for 80 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked and crispy.


Marcela Margarita Marcela Margarita

This drink is sweet and tangy and the grapefruit pairs perfectly with

tequila. It’s great for a hot summer day.

Ingredients—4 servings:


Combine all ingredients in a pitcher.  Mix well and serve cold.


Citrus Cooler Margarita Citrus Cooler Margarita

The perfect way to combine tequila and wine! The wine makes the

tequila taste so fruity. It is irresistible!

Ingredients—Serves 6:


In a pitcher combine white wine, limeade, soda and tequila.

Serve over ice.

Girls Night In with Godiva Liqueurs

May 5, 2010 - Written by Diana

This past weekend was a big blur of family time.  Two nephews, from different sisters had events going on this weekend.  My husband and I wrangled my mother in law to stay with our teens (leave them alone, I think not), and drove 600 miles for a long weekend visit.  Long days of driving, they were.  Saturday while we were at my sister’s enjoying each other’s company, I brought out the Godiva Liqueurs I was sent to review.  First off, I must tell you I was totally caught off guard because my mom who doesn’t like sweet stuff, enjoyed the white chocolate a lot.  I mean, she tasted and sent the glass back for another taste, because it was that good.  I confess, I didn’t bring the mocha, I wanted to share the mocha with my in laws.  I thought chocolate and white chocolate for my family, mocha to share with the in-laws and caramel just for me.  After eating, we picked up some ice cream and made our own desserts.  My sister doesn’t own ice, so the ice cream worked as a milky base, plus to help make it cool and thick.

It was fun seeing how each person made their dessert.

Me:  I took some coffee, added the ice cream and Godiva Chocolate liqueur.  It was more of a drink than a shake or an ice cream, but so good.  My husband stole some of mine. – My husband wasn’t interested in baseball, so he hung out with us and said that he thinks he would have gotten thrown out of the he-man woman hater’s club (Little Rascals).  In spite of getting kicked out, he enjoyed his half of the big mug o goodness.

Mom:  My mom had vanilla ice cream with White Chocolate Godiva Liqueur and then after tasting said it needed nuts.  My mother loves nuts in all of her ice cream, so that didn’t surprise me.  She said the nuts made it, but it was delicious.

Mimi: (My sister’s mother in law).  She took her mug of vanilla and stirred in Chocolate Godiva Liqueur. She kept saying it was so-o-o-o good.

Deb – I can’t remember how Deb ate hers.  I think I was too busy gulping mine down.

Then Monday, we were home and I made some Coffee Mocha Milk Mixers.   Take equal amounts of coffee, almond milk, and ice.  I put it all in the magic bullet and blended it, then added Mocha Godiva.

I seem to be addicted, because tonight I added Caramel Liqueur and stirred it around in some vanilla ice cream.

If you are getting together for Mother’s Day, bring a bottle of Godiva, some vanilla ice cream and maybe a few nuts (for your mom), let everyone make it their own way.  It was a fun delicious sit at the table and gab dessert, fast, easy and fun.  I just wish I had brownies to try it over, that would be so good too. I recommend it.

Deb – tell us what you did, because I forgot.

I had decided to give my sister those Godivas – Dawn chose the White Chocolate, Deb was happy because she wanted the Chocolate Godiva Liqueur.  I still have the Mocha and the Caramel.  MMMMMMmmm good. The bottles are so pretty they make a fabulous Mother’s Day gift, or offering.  The caramel was probably the sweetest.  The mocha a lot less sweet with a nice coffee, mocha taste.  The white chocolate is sweet without being overly so.  The Chocolate was  delicious, though not as strong of a chocolate taste as I thought it would be.

Disclosure:  I received a bottle each of White Chocolate, Chocolate, Mocha, and Caramel Liqueur to review.  The opinions are my own.

Put a Zing in Your Holiday Party Season with Partida Tequila and Spice & Ice

December 9, 2009 - Written by Diana

Tequila is one of our favorite basics for our movie night cocktails.  Recently we tried some Partida Tequila and we think it’s delicious (is that a good word for alcohol?). It really has a clean smooth taste, and has a waaarrrrmmmm in your belly, mmmmm.

Partida Reposado    Partida Tequila  is made from blue agave that it gets from one place,  it’s very own Partida Estate in the heart of Mexico’s historic Tequila region. Partida Estate is a family plantation who have been growing blue agave for several generation. The heart of the agave plant – la pina is baked slowly and gently for 20 hours, then distilled twice – not steam blasted. These agaves are used to create four tequilas: Blanco (not aged), Reposado (aged 6 months), Anejo (aged 18 months) and Extra Anejo Elegante (aged 36 months).

Partida also has an Blue Agave Nectar they produce that is 100 percent made from blue agave plants and is organic.  Blue Agave Nectar is a sweetener made from the blue agave plant, similar to honey, only lighter tasting and it has a lower glycemic index than other sweeteners.  My son uses agave nectar with his peanut butter instead of honey because it gives a little more sweetness similar to honey – and it doesn’t crystallize like honey (but maybe that’s just ours). 




So here I had this great tequila –  that I used to make Margaritas – plus I had this book to review called Spice & Ice by Kara Newman, what a great pairing.  I’m not big on heat in everything but this book is really a neat recipe book for making spicy cocktails.  Some of the ingredients are different from what you might have sitting around, but there are quite a few that use Reposado or Anejo Tequila, so I thought it was a perfect fit. 

image  As the author of the High Spirits column for Chile Pepper magazine, Kara Newman is the perfect coach for crafting beverages that bite.  She offers spicy spins on classic cocktails, including Wasabi-tinis, Jumpin’ Juleps, Blackberry-Poblano Margaritas and Spiced Tangerine Caipirinhas.  Serve Hot Flashes at your next party with the girls.  Get seriously hot under the collar with a sweet/piquant Peppadew Cocktail, a Sangria Scorcher, or The Bloody Scary.  Next time you’ve got a crew of jaded cocktail enthusiasts to satiate, steam up the punch bowl with Spicy Pisco Punch.       






Funny true story.  I made the Dragonfire Cocktail twice.  The first time I wasn’t sure about the heat so when I put the pepper in the tequila, the first drink was made after it soaked for 2 hours.  My husband and I drank it, no problem a little heat it was fun.  Then I let the pepper sit in the rest of the batch of jalapeno infused tequila (I used a different pepper, I didn’t have a jalapeno available) for days.  I made up the Dragonfire Cocktail again took a itty bitty sip and boy that sucker was hot.  So I brought it to my dear husband  and asked him to take a small sip.  He took a sip, but not an itty bitty one like he should have – and gasped and coughed and drank water. I asked what he thought and he said unbearable.  Letting it sit for days might not be the way to go for us. 

I am keeping the Partida Tequila for us, we like margaritas and other drinks with Tequila plus Partida Tequila is amazingly good.  Spice & Ice is going to be a gift for my niece.  She made her mother a cayenne pepper chocolate cake for her birthday, and then made one for the family for Thanksgiving.  I think she’d get such a kick out of this book that I’m going to stick it in her Christmas gift bag. She’ll forgive the re-gifting because she’ll love the book. This book was very well put together, with lots of fun cocktails.  My grade A, but you have to like heat.


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Mix together the tequila, triple sec, and orange and lime juices in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.  Shake, strain into a tall glass, and garnish with the lime wedge.


Jalapeno Infused Tequila

2 cups Tequila ( Preferably Reposado Tequila)

1 to 2 hot peppers, washed and cut lengthwise

Combine the ingredients in a small container with a lid.  Steep for as little as 2 hours and as long as two days, until desired heat is achieved.  Strain with a fine mesh sieve, cover tightly.



If you don’t like spice, here’s a Partida Margarita Recipe for you.

Partida Margarita with 100% Organic Agave Nectar

Shake all ingredients with ice in standard bar shaker. Taste, Add additional lime juice if you prefer more tartness; add more agave nectar for more sweetness;  serve in glass on rocks.  No garnish, no salt.


Disclaimer: Both Spice & Ice and Partida Tequila were given to me to review.  The opinions expressed are my own.  No payment received, no warranty implied.

More Partida Tequila Cocktails

December 9, 2009 - Written by Diana

These drinks are not as spicy as the previous cocktail, but they are scrumptious. Tequila always warms my insides up, so I don’t always need it spiced up.


Partida Mexican Snow Mexican Snow by Christian Woodside Gonzalez, Bar Manager and Bartender from Miami’s Love Hate


                      Two medium sized strawberries

                      3/4 oz. Partida Agave Nectar

                      Tea spoon of half and half

                      1 1/2 oz Partida Anejo

                      Powdered sugar for garnish

                      Muddle strawberries and Partida Agave Nectar in mixing glass. Add half & half and Partida Anejo. Shake vigorously for

                      10 seconds. Strain into a rocks glass, garnish with a whole strawberry sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Partida Cafe Pacifico Café Pacifico by Jacques Bezeidenhout, Partida Tequila


1 1/2 oz Partida Blanco

1/2 oz Coffee liqueur

4 oz Freshly Brewed Hot Coffee

3 barpoons Cinnamon and Sugar Mix

Heavy Cream

Prepare small warm wine glass. Add Partida Tequila Blanco and coffee. Mix in the cinnamon sugar.

                     Float Heavy Cream on top of the coffee. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar mix on top and a cinnamon stick.

Note: The cinnamon sugar mix is 4 parts granulated white sugar to 1 part ground cinnamon. Mix them together in a bowl.

Partida Anejo Old Fashioned   Anejo Old-Fashioned by Marcos Tello of the Edison Bar, USBG LA Chapter President


2 oz Partida Anejo

1 Barspoon Partida Agave Nectar

2 dashes of Peychaud Bitters

1 Dash of Angostura Bitters

Stir and strain into ice-filled Old-Fashioned glass. Garnish with a grapefruit peel.