White Russian with Rum Cocktail Recipe #StreamTeam

White Russian recipe with coconut rum  #Netflix #StreamTeamWhite Russian recipe with coconut rum  #Netflix #StreamTeamWhite Russian recipe with coconut rum  #Netflix #StreamTeamThis post is written in partnership with Netflix because I’m a #StreamTeam member, yo! 

My kids are totally at that stage where they notice, and comment, on everything. Including but not limited to: morning breath, extra arm flab, and adult beverages. My husband and I enjoy the occasional cocktail, wine or beer. If you are a regular reader of the blog, you know this. I post cocktail recipes often. And I love my wine. Our consumption is average. But if you were to hear my kids tell it, it would sound like we are ready for a program. They comment consistently when we have a drink. As my goal in life is to be the best parent I can be, it makes me question myself. Am I doing something wrong? AM I drinking too much. The answer, of course is no, but kids really do have a way of getting you to see something from a different perspective.

The White Lie. Kahlua cocktail recipe. #StreamTeamSo I came up with this cocktail that I call, “The Little White Lie” because it looks like iced coffee. But it’s not. It’s more awesome. It’s sort of like a White Russian. But instead of vodka it has coconut rum. And instead of milk it has coconut milk. And it’s so tasty. And perfect for brunch. To be clear, I would not drink this and tell my kids it was iced coffee. If I am responsible enough to drink a cocktail I am responsible enough to have those conversations with my kids. And quite frankly, I don’t drink a lot of brunch cocktails because when you get old like me, they just make you sleepy. We are super lucky that our kids understand that we won’t tolerate lying and the biggest infraction, so far, is when my youngest lied about not brushing his teeth. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this doesn’t change as they get older. But if it does, we’ll deal with it. And then probably have a large adult beverage after they go to bed.  (I kid, I kid…)

Coconut Rum cocktail recipe. Basically a white russian with coconut milk and coconut rum! So tasty! #StreamTeamIt is SO simple. And only needs these three ingredients.

The Little White Lie (a white russian made with coconut milk and coconut rum!) #StreamTeamAnd you just need a glass and a spoon. And some ice. You don’t even have to exert yourself with shaking anything.

Kahlua cocktail recipe with coconut rum! So tasty! #StreamTeamAnd it totally doesn’t matter what order you add it all in. But dang it, how had I forgotten how yummy Kahlua was?

Coconut rum cocktail with Kahlua and coconut milk. Great brunch cocktail idea! I love the way the coconut milk begins to mix with the Kahlua. I wish you didn’t have to stir it and could leave it all marbley and gorgeous.

Brunch cocktail idea. A white russian with coconut milk and coconut rum. The coconut rum gives it a slight sweetness. And I see this being a big player in my summer cocktails. When I’m drinking them responsibly. From time to time.

White Russian cocktail recipe with coconut rum instead of vodka. Do you like a traditional White Russian? You are going to LOVE this!

Coconut rum provided by Captain Morgan

The Little White Lie
 
This is basically a White Russian, but with coconut rum and coconut milk.
Recipe type: Cocktail
Ingredients
  • 1½ oz Coconut Rum
  • 1 oz Kahlua
  • 1 oz coconut milk
Instructions
  1. Pour all ingredients over ice.
  2. Stir and serve.

This cocktail was inspired by the Netflix series called “Bloodline.” YOU GUYS. I’m hooked! I just read that it is coming back for a second season and I’m so excited. I haven’t fully finished the first season yet but it is SO GOOD! It is about a family that has tons of dark secrets. It’s much darker than the shows I usually watch but by the end of the first episode I was sold and promptly watched the next three. The Rayburn family is stuck between a terrible truth and the lies they tell to keep it from being uncovered. It’s set in Florida keys and the moody location is almost like another cast member. The cinematography is stunning and absolutely draws you in. There are twists and turns all over the place and the people you think are good, aren’t as good as they should be. When I started telling my husband about it he was like, “that’s not a show you would usually watch.” And I agree! Can’t stop, won’t stop.

Sometimes it’s good to gently introduce an idea in a non-threatening way. Sharing these Netflix shows with my kids will make it easy for me to create a teaching moment where we can talk about lying in an easy way instead of trying to deal with it in the thick of an incident. Here are some great Netflix shows that can prompt discussions on lying with your kids:

Care Bears Season 1, Episode 8 Untruths and Consequences

A.N.T. Farm, Season 3, Episode 9 Pants on Fire

Jessie, Season 1, Episode 14 Worldwide Web of Lies

And for older kids:

Revenge (my fave!!!)

Pretty Little Liars

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Pear and Wine Cocktail Recipe

Wine cocktail with fresh herbs. You guys! Pear nectar, fresh thyme and lime juice. Sounds refreshing, right? And chardonnay? Hmmmm. When that recipe showed up in my inbox I just wasn’t sure. It had flavors that I love. It has wine which I love (although I am not the biggest chardonnay fan). But together? I had to try it.

Ice Princess Cocktail with pear and chardonnay.Fresh thyme. Could this be my herb for summer? Last year was all about the basil, but thyme! SO good!

Cocktail recipe with wine and pear nectar. The ingredients are simple. You just need pear nectar, lime juice, fresh thyme, a sweetener (mine was agave syrup) and Once Upon a Vine chardonnay.

Pear and wine cocktail for spring. Add it to a shaker.

Pear, lime and thyme cocktail with chardonnay.Add some ice. Next time I would give that thyme a quick muddle to release a bit more of the flavor.

Pear cocktail with wine, fresh thyme and lime juice. Don’t you just love the color? It’s super refreshing. And the flavor of this particular chardonnay worked really well with the pear. The Once Upon a Vine chardonnay isn’t overly oaky and has subtle honey flavor. It was super yummy on its own, but also makes for a perfect wine to use in a wine cocktail.

Refreshing summer cocktail idea.

Pear nectar and fresh thyme cocktail recipe

Wine cocktails for summerWine is the only alcohol used in this recipe so it is a really light cocktail. This would be a perfect one for a bridal shower or larger party where you are trying to keep your beverage budget in check.

Pear and wine cocktail recipe..Yeah for spring and summer cocktails! I love these lighter, more refreshing recipes.

*Wine and recipe provided by Once Upon a Vine wine. The cocktail was inspired by ABC’s Once Upon a Time and the “Frozen” storyline.

Pear and Wine Cocktail Recipe
 
This recipe was created by Once Upon a Vine Wines and was inspired by ABC's hit show, Once Upon a Time.
Author:
Recipe type: Cocktail
Ingredients
  • 4 oz. Once Upon a Vine Fairest Chardonnay
  • 2 oz. pear nectar
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • ½ oz. simple syrup or agave syrup
  • 3 springs of fresh thyme
Instructions
  1. Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker and strain in to a chilled glass.
  2. Optional, give the thyme a quick, gentle muddle prior to adding ice to the shaker and shaking.
  3. Garnish with a slice of fresh lime and a sprig of thyme.
  4. Be sure to clap the thyme sprig between your hands to release more fragrance.

 

Need more spring cocktail ideas:

Blood Orange Sorbet Gin Float (One of my most pinned cocktails!)

Grapefruit Hibiscus Vodka Soda Cocktail

Strawberry Mint Moscow Mule

Best Champagne Punch Recipe

Lavender Lemonade

 

Apple Bourbon Cocktail Recipe

Bourbon cocktailMy husband and I have really grown in to liking bourbon. There is something so warm and comforting about it. And when you get a decent bottle (you don’t have to spend a ton, but definitely don’t choose something from the very bottom shelf) it doesn’t burn as if you are drinking paint thinner. Whiskey drinks are part of our holiday family traditions and so there is a certain level of sentimentality to it as well. It’s still supposed to be winter here (although it really isn’t acting like it) so I thought an apple bourbon cocktail recipe seemed like a good idea. Trust me, we still do bourbon cocktails in summer, but they really are perfect on a winter night.  Even if you are wearing shorts.

Bourbon Cocktail recipe with apple and citrus.This cocktail came about because I found the cutest bottle of apple juice at Target. I mean, how darling is that bottle! I knew I had to use it somehow. And it’s all natural, cold pressed, yada yada yada. It’s more than just a pretty face. And apple juice and bourbon seemed like a really great idea.

Bourbon cocktail with apple juice and citrus.And I LOVE LOVE LOVE fresh citrus in my cocktails. It adds so much to a drink. So to keep it on the wintery side, I added fresh orange and lemon juice. With a touch of amaretto because why not. Amaretto is delicious. And it reminds me of clubbing in my college days when I didn’t know what cocktail to order so I would get an amaretto sour. How classy, right?

Bourbon cocktail recipe with citrusPut it all in a shaker, shake it up and strain over ice. Done. Easy.

Apple Juice and Bourbon Cocktail RecipeThen just add a fun plastic donkey to your glass, because, why not?

Apple juice bourbon cocktailWhat is your favorite way to drink bourbon? I love me a Kentucky mule!  Just use this recipe for a Mexican Mule and swap out the tequila for bourbon!

 

Need more bourbon cocktail recipes?
Spiced Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail

Whiskey Cocktails for Men and Women

Apple Bourbon Cocktail Recipe
 
This delicious apple and citrus bourbon cocktail is perfect for those last few weeks of winter where you can cozy up with this by the fire. Or in CA, kick off your flip flops and enjoy the sun.
Recipe type: Cocktail
Ingredients
  • 1½ oz Bourbon
  • 1 oz apple juice
  • ½ oz fresh squeezed orange juice
  • ½ oz fresh squeezed Meyer lemon juice
  • ½ oz Amaretto
  • Ice
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add ice.
  3. Shake well and strain over fresh ice in a lowball glass.

Grapefruit Hibiscus Vodka Soda Cocktail

Grapefruit Hibiscus Vodka Soda RecipeI usually don’t like using odd ingredients. I won’t even make a recipe if it requires some off the wall thing that I’ve never seen at the store. But there is one exception to this rule. Cocktails. I LOVE using unique ingredients in cocktail recipes. So when I saw this Hibiscus Liqueur I knew I had to try it. I also knew that it wouldn’t be overly sweet and would have a bit of an herbal note, which are two of my favorite qualities in cocktails. And grapefruit juice. I’ve grown to love it. So I knew it would be the right pairing to create a Grapefruit Hibiscus Vodka Soda Cocktail.

Grapefruit Hibiscus Vodka Soda RecipePlus I really like the branding on the liqueur bottle. And even though using the label has never lead me to a good wine, which I always hope it will, I decided to give this a shot anyway. This time, I was not disappointed. All the other ingredients are straightforward and fresh. It’s almost ridiculous how simple this cocktail is to make.

Grapefruit Hibiscus Vodka Soda Cocktail RecipeSqueeze your fresh juices (grapefruit and lime – if you don’t have fresh grapefruits use Trader Joe’s grapefruit juice. It’s my fave) in to a shaker. Add your vodka, hibiscus liqueur and agave syrup. Shake, shake, shake it up.  With ice.

Grapefruit Hibiscus Vodka Soda RecipeAnd here is where my crazy comes out. Usually I would strain this into a glass with ice. But on this day, I didn’t like how my ice looked…The drink is chilled from shaking it with ice so it really doesn’t need more, but if you’d like to drink this over ice, please be my guest. Top with soda.

Hibiscus LiqueurThis just opened up a whole new world for me. I think I’m just going to add this to all my favorite cocktails. The deep color adds a nice tone to the cocktail. And it adds flavor without being BAM, in your face.

Grapefruit and lime cocktail idea. I know it’s still winter. Although today was 75 degrees (California, I don’t hate you). But fresh citrus makes it taste like summer in your glass no matter what time of year you use it.

Grapefruit Hibiscus Vodka Soda RecipeSo simple. Pretty. Delicious. Make these.

Grapefruit Hibiscus Vodka Soda Cocktail
 
This super simple cocktail recipe has a fun twist of an unusual liqueur.
Recipe type: Cocktail
Ingredients
  • 1 oz. grapefruit juice (fresh squeezed or Trader Joe's)
  • ½ oz. lime juice (fresh squeezed)
  • 1 oz. vodka (or more if you like it on the strong side)
  • ½ oz. Hibiscus Liqueur
  • ½ oz. agave syrup
  • 2 oz. club soda
Instructions
  1. To a cocktail shaker add grapefruit juice, lime juice, vodka, hibiscus liqueur, and agave syrup.
  2. Add ice to cocktail shaker and shake you heart out.
  3. Strain in to a low ball glass (with or without ice).
  4. Top with soda water.
  5. Drink up.

 

 

Iced Tea Bar for BabyShower.com

Set up an Iced Tea Bar for your next baby shower.My latest post for BabyShower.com is up! Head on over to their site to see how I set up a refreshing iced tea bar and what flavorings I used. Hint: they aren’t your average flavors…