Spiced Pear Cocktail for Fall Entertaining

Spiced Pear Cocktail for fall entertaining.I don’t drink anything with pear any other time of the year except for fall. Don’t be fooled by my flip flops. We don’t really get fall weather. Well, we do but it comes and goes. One day it will be 70 (fall) and the next it will go up to 85. So we kind of just decide when to start enjoying fall-like things. Like the day when I cranked the air conditioner so eating an apple crisp didn’t feel wrong. Then the weather just skips to winter after the new year. So pear cocktails it is. And I totally wanted to call this one Gin(ger) and Juice.

Spiced Pear Cocktail for fall entertaining.I’m totally in to fresh nutmeg this year. I can’t tell if the bottle of ground nutmeg I have is bad but it seems funky to me. The smell is slightly off. It should probably be thrown away (she says as she lazily looks up at the spice cupboard and continues typing…) but fresh nutmeg. That’s where it’s at. I’m going to start grating it on everything. And go research right now where you can find edible flowers near your home. You need them.

Spiced Pear Cocktail for fall entertaining.It is a super simple cocktail with just a few good ingredients. Including spiced rum. Remember this cocktail from the summer. It made me realize just how much I enjoy spiced rum. And spiced rum is perfect for holiday cocktailing. You know, on account of the spices…And if you haven’t tried this holiday pear cocktail, you NEED to. It’s my fave.

Spiced Pear Cocktail for fall entertaining.I love a good muddle, don’t you? This one calls for muddled ginger. Be sure to really smack the shit out of it. I didn’t get as much ginger flavor in my cocktail as I had been hoping. Which is crazy town since it’s raw ginger. I’m guessing I didn’t manhandle it enough.

Spiced Pear Cocktail for fall entertaining.Then you simply add in the juice. Grate in a little fresh nutmeg for kicks.

Spiced Pear Cocktail for fall entertaining.There are not any flowers IN this drink. But they look so pretty sitting on top. And the orange color is perfect for fall.

Fall cocktail idea : spiced ginger pearStrain the drink over a glass of ice. Can I gross you out for a minute? Take a look at that gnarly hot glue burn on my middle finger! Yuck, right? It was so bad. I did it on this craft. My hot glue gun and I broke up for a minute but we got back together. I can’t stay mad.

Spiced Pear Cocktail for fall entertaining.Grate on a little bit more fresh nutmeg to make your nose happy.

Spiced Pear Cocktail for fall entertaining.Top it off with an edible flower, because why not?

Spiced Pear Cocktail for fall entertaining.Then enjoy your beverage. This cocktail would be a great one for Thanksgiving. There aren’t a lot of ingredients and it doesn’t take too much time so you won’t be on cocktail duty all night. The only problem is I have to fight my youngest son for the pear juice. He loves the stuff.

Spiced Pear Cocktail for Fall Entertaining

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Spiced Rum
  • 6 oz. Pear Juice
  • 4 slices of fresh ginger
  • Fresh nutmeg for grating

Instructions

  1. Muddle the ginger and pear juice in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add spiced rum, a few grates of fresh grated nutmeg and ice.
  3. Shake well.
  4. Strain in to a cocktail glass filled with ice.
  5. Top with fresh grated nutmeg.
  6. Edible flowers are optional.
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Orange Spiced Iced Coffee Recipe

Orange Spiced Iced Coffee Recipe. I’m addicted to coffee. I can’t quit it. I tried once. And I realized I really liked the flavor. And I was pretty much at the mercy of the headaches. And as someone who has had a history with severe headaches since I was 4 years old, ain’t nothing like a caffeine headache. My love of coffee is actually getting worse. It used to just be my one cup in the morning. And now I’m up to two. And it doesn’t stop there. It moves in to iced coffee in the afternoons. Before I got my Keurig, I had a delicious coffee recipe that I used to make. And for some reason I used to always make it at the holidays. So for me, this is a holiday tradition that I wanted to share with you. My iced coffee recipe is based on this recipe by Anne Thornton (although they don’t have that recipe on the site for some reason…)

Orange Spiced Iced Coffee Recipe. I mentioned Whole Foods iced coffee bar but they also sell their cold brew by the bottle. So I picked one up, because I knew it would be bold and flavorful. I ain’t got time for weak, wussy coffee. Then all you need is an orange for the zest and some warm, holiday-like spices.

My microplane is my fave. Especially at the holidays. It's perfect for orange and fresh nutmeg.There is something about the smell of fresh orange zest and nutmeg that makes me want to wrap some presents.

Warm holiday spices add a little something extra to the iced coffee. And then when you add in these other spices, well, it’s all over. I might as well stop what I’m doing and deck some halls.

Orange Spiced Iced Coffee Recipe. With the pre-made coffee, this is super easy to make. You just add the coffee, spices and orange zest in a cocktail shaker and shake it off, shake it off . Heart breakers gonna break break break break break…Sorry, Taylor Swift gets me.  As you may know, sometimes when you add spices to beverages they don’t mix in well. So I used a cocktail shaker to really incorporate them. And it chills it nicely. And it reminds me of cocktails. And it looks cool.

Orange Spiced Iced Coffee Recipe. Then you grate a little more fresh nutmeg right on the top. It looks pretty and the fragrance is like,whoa.

Orange Spiced Iced Coffee Recipe. So simple, so delicious and so flavorful. I added a touch of agave for sweetness but this is by no means a sweet drink. Feel free to add more for your liking.

Orange Spiced Iced Coffee Recipe. You know how orange goes really well with chocolate? Well it goes equally well with coffee.

Orange Spiced Iced Coffee Recipe. The flavors are bold. Like my shirt.

Orange Spiced Iced Coffee Recipe. This is the perfect afternoon pick me up for this holiday season. Oh and I forgot to mention I added a little half and half to cut the bitterness and make it a little creamy. Have I mentioned how weird I am about my coffee? I don’t like to put sugar in it to save calories and I only use a little half and half to not make it too fattening, but I will eat 6 donuts while drinking my coffee. Crazy town.

Orange Spiced Iced Coffee Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of strong, cooled coffee
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg (I prefer fresh grated)
  • 1/8 tsp ground clove
  • 1/4 tsp orange zest
  • 3 TBSP half and half
  • 1 TBSP agave syrup

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add ice.
  3. Mix well until shaker is frosty on the outside.
  4. Pour over ice in glass.
  5. Top with a little extra fresh grated nutmeg.
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School Milestone and Chocolate Soy Nut Butter Shake

Soy Butter and Chocolate Shake Recipe #StreamTeamMmmmm.  How yummy does that look? This is a chocolate soy nut butter shake. It may sound a little odd to you if you’ve never had soy nut butter (one of our fave pb alternatives). But for those of you who have tried it, you know that it is a great substitute when you are trying to get a peanut butter like taste or texture without it having any devil nuts. And I’m about to tell you why I made it.

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So I am happy to announce that I just became a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam! What that means is that, monthly,  I will be posting about my favorite movies and shows that can be found on Netflix. Let me give you a quick background on myself. I’m pretty obsessed with television. I graduated with a degree in Communications with an emphasis in TV and Film. It is my happy place. When I’m watching my favorite shows, it is my absolute escape and all is right with the world. I prefer sitcoms but also love reality, well written one hour shows (like Nashville and Revenge) and made for TV movies.

Netflix will be sending me prompts to help me round-up the shows and movies on their site that I want share with you. This month, they wanted us to talk about “firsts”. And there is one first that instantly jumped out at me and is totally relevant in my world right now. You guys, I joined the PTA. First time ever. Now, I don’t mean I joined by paying my $10 and getting a membership card. No. I mean, I joined and I’m involved. I’m making sh*t happen. I am the Recording Secretary and chairperson to two events as well as serving on several other committees. So far, it has been a bit crazy. A lot of us are new and learning as we go. But I am realizing just how important PTA can be to the students. That is not to say there hasn’t been any drama. Because there has. From what I am hearing though, that is par for the course. I’m excited to be part of this great group of parents, trying to give the kids the best school year ever.

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That is not to say that there aren’t times when I feel like I am in an episode of Parks and Recreation. With the red tape Leslie faces to get anything done and the running of a city department full of big personalities, there are some parallels to what one may find in a PTA experience. But that kind of stuff makes me happy. I love people watching and schools are kind of one of the best places to do that. Not in an I’m totally making fun of these people and judging them kind of way. But schools are their own little communities with mini mayors like my youngest son who like to know and say hi to each and every kid we pass to the “graders” as my oldest calls the upper graders, who are trying to figure out their sense of style and where they fit in. And, of course, the parents are pretty fun to watch too. From an observation stand point, schools are ripe with story lines.

As close as you can get to a peanut butter chocolate shake without nuts. #StreamTeamAnd since I’m focused on school, I decided to make a treat that my nut allergic son could eat. You guys, some of the best gossip I hear from my oldest son comes straight from the nut free lunch table. And while he won’t be eating this shake at school, I thought it would be the perfect treat for eating while watching some movies about school. All you need is some vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and soy nut butter (or Sunbutter which is made with sunflower seeds and is super yummy) and some milk. I need to pause her for a moment and tell you that this Midnight Moo syrup from Trader Joe’s is crazy good. It is much thicker than normal chocolate syrup and more rich. It was perfect for this shake. And also perfect for squeezing straight in to your mouth hole.

Soy Nut Butter and Chocolate Shake Recipe. #StreamTeamI just made a single serving so to my small blender cup I added two scoops of vanilla ice cream and soy nut butter.

Nut free soy butter and chocolate shake. #StreamTeamThen I added the chocolate syrup and milk and blended away.

Soy nut butter and chocolate shake. #StreamTeamSo yum! I added some mini chocolate chips to the top to give it a little more visual interest and a little bit of crunch when you sip. The straw is really just for show. Straws are just a way to make you drink your shake slower and make your head feel like it is going to explode from all the work you are putting in just to get to the shake. My son loved it. And so did I. I’m hoping next month’s prompt is something about losing weight though…

Netflix picks for school themed movies. #StreamTeamThese first four movies are for the adults and older kids, if you think they are ready for them. I am probably going to hold off with Ferris Bueller’s Day off for a while because my kids would get too many ideas. But School of Rock would be awesome for them. While these don’t focus on the parliamentary process they are school focused and awesome. And you can totally celebrate some “firsts” with these movies as your guide.

School of Rock : First time on stage, first band, first time you really find what you are passionate about

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off : First time calling in sick to school while not really being sick (but having to deal with consequences, of course…)

The Breakfast Club : First detention, first time realizing that people sometimes aren’t what they appear

Rock ‘n’ Roll High School : Lots of firsts in this one, should only be shown to age 14 and older and probably with a parent to explain and talk about most of it…but it has the Ramones.  So thumbs up.

School picks for kids on Netflix. #StreamTeamFor the kids, there are awesome school movies for them too.

High School Musical : First love, first major life decision about where to go to college, lots of talking points in this one.

Spy School : First lesson in trust and telling tall tales and the consequences that come with it.

Casper’s Scare School : And since Halloween is next week, it just makes sense to go to scare school.

Which of these have you seen?

*I was provided compensation for being a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Pretty Drink Recipe Printables

Cocktails in the pool in Palm Springs. Photo by @alexandrahedin. Image credit: Alexandra Hedin

Thanks for following along all week on my #campmixalot creative retreat to Palm Springs. Today I’m excited to share with you a printable of the amazing hand-lettered drink recipe cards Lauren created to put in the girl’s goodie bags. You should totally print these out and keep them in your kitchen. I can’t stress enough how awful Tortuga Nights sounds but how good it really is. You HAVE to try it! We will be hosting a goodie bag giveaway soon so check back! You want to win it, I assure you.

Hand painted printable cocktail recipes from #campmixalot done by @laurenv

These cards also include really pretty instructions on how to DIY your own infused vodka and also a quick how-to on the frozen melon ball sparkling wine cocktails we served. Do it.

Lauren put marks on the card to tell you where to cut but really you are just cutting the page in half one direction and then again the other. Super easy. But SO pretty! Print them out, use them and share with your friends. Tag us on social media if you post them! @cupcakescutlery @afabulousfete

Download here: camp-mixalot-printable-coctktails

See all the #campmixalot posts here:

Day 1 Recap

Day 2 Recap

Catered dinner in Palm Springs

A Fabulous Fete’s Recap

Melon Ball Mimosas

Infused Vodka Favors

And in case you are headed to Palm Springs – here are some of my favorite places to eat!

Do you want to come to our next creative retreat? Just fill out this form here!

Host a Fall Fiesta

Fun fall party beverage idea. Just open a can, add a little garnish and you are ready to party! #ad // cupcakesandcutlery.comDisclosure:  Compensation was provided by Anheuser Busch via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and not indicative of the opinions or positions of Anheuser Busch.

We’ve been in school for a week now.  And while the temperatures are still pretty warm here in California, you can tell that fall is just around the corner.  Holiday decor is starting to show up in every store. (tear) Life is just flying by. Early fall is the perfect time to try to slow it all down a bit and spend some quality time with friends. Entertaining closer to the holidays can get really out of hand. So why not throw a fall fiesta?! Throwing a party early on in the season is a great idea. And there is no need to get crazy in terms of party set up.  Keep it simple then sit back and enjoy your Bud Light Lime Apple-Ahhh-Rita.

Easy fall party decor. LOVE these colors! #ad // cupcakesandcutlery.comGuests always want to help out at parties so don’t try to do everything yourself. Don’t feel like you need to serve everyone personally. Instead set up your tables so guests can help themselves.  Try to incorporate some fall colors. I loved this fabric with the warm golds, oranges and reds. I loved the background of a bright-ish navy blue. It think it helps to keep the colors from being too wintery but keep it fun and fiesta-like.  Drape the fabric over your table and don’t worry about finishing the edges.  Or if raw edges bother you, simply tuck them under and use a Glue Dot to keep it tacked during your party. I’m a big fan of being able to reuse things so I like to find quick, temporary fixes rather than permanent ones. 

This apple flavored beverage is the perfect way to celebrate fall. #ad // cupcakesandcutlery.comServe beverages that are easy and don’t require a lot of fuss. These Bud Light Lime Apple-Ahhh-Rita’s are a great choice for this. They come in individual cans, can easily be kept cold on ice and don’t require any mixing or special glassware.  The perfect fall choice is to serve them in Mason jars but a margarita glass would also be perfect if you have enough of them.  Or consider mixing and matching the glassware. Mason jars are inexpensive and perfect for reusing after the party. I use them for salad dressings and other food items but they also come in handy for displaying flowers. 

Cinnamon sugar apple wedge fall cocktail garnish. #ad // cupcakesandcutlery.comTo add an extra special touch, mimic the flavors in the Bud Light Lime Apple-Ahhh-Rita’s and use an apple wedge as a cocktail garnish. I dipped them in cinnamon and sugar to give them a little more flair and flavor. Or to play up the “margarita” aspect of this cocktail, you could rim the jar in cinnamon and sugar. All you would need is a little lemon juice to rub on the rim and then dip the rim in a simple cinnamon and sugar mixture. 

Bud Light Lime Apple-Ahhh-Rita's are a great fall party drink idea! #ad // cupcakesandcutlery.comGuests can easily serve themselves which means you may actually get more time to talk to your party guests. While I love hosting parties, I don’t love that I only see each guest for a few minutes at a time before you are pulled away to take care of someone else. Consider keeping the guests list down so you can focus more on each person and really enjoy your time with them. 

Apple Margarita inspired ready made cocktails for a fall party. #ad // cupcakesandcutlery.comApple is the perfect fall flavor in my opinion and these drinks kind of remind me of apple cider. Served over lots of ice, these Bud Light Lime Apple-Ahhh-Rita’s are totally refreshing and have just the right amount of sweetness.

Set out a drink bar for your fall party. #ad // cupcakesandcutlery.comEven the colors of the can scream fall to me.  I love how they match the rest of the party colors.  The gold pop-tops are a nice touch.

Cinnamon sugar apples make a great fall cocktail garnish. #ad // cupcakesandcutlery.comWhen hosting a party, I try to let my guests decide how they want to enjoy their beverages.  Some people find garnishes bothersome so I set them out in a bowl and let each person decide if they want to use one or not. Or they make a delicious little snack! I also make sure to set out coasters. Nothing worse than finding permanent reminders of the party the next day. 

Mix artificial flowers and fresh finds from the neighborhood for a quick fall party. #ad // cupcakesandcutlery.comTo keep the decor super easy, I picked up some artificial flowers at my local craft store in colors that would match the tablecloth fabric. I do not have a lot of fall decor so these can be used throughout the entire season.  I mixed in a few fresh elements that I found in the neighborhood to add even more interest and to vary the height. If you wanted to make this in to a more traditional fiesta, you could even make brightly colored tissue paper flowers. They are easy to make, inexpensive and add a great whimsical touch.

Plan a simple fall party with easy cocktails and pretty colors. #ad // cupcakesandcutlery.comReady to host your own fall fiesta? Bud Light Lime Apple-Ahhh-Rita’s have got you covered.  Pick them up at your local grocery store, chill and serve. Easy as apple pie. Mmmmm, apple pie. You should probably also make an apple pie for your guests…

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The awesome flavors of Bud Light Lime Ritas are so incredibly delicious that wherever they go a party happens! For more Fiesta Inspiration, visit https://www.facebook.com/budlightlimeritas