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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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.

 

 

Best Champagne Punch Recipe

Best Champagne Punch Recipe.This is the best champagne punch recipe. The only one you’ll ever need. It is my family’s go-to celebratory recipe and we’ve been serving it for years. But if you get the chance you really should serve it to your friends out in the middle of the desert. All images via Tammy Mendoza.

Photo shoot out in Palm Springs.Since we were headed out to Palm Springs to shoot some new head shots, we thought it would be fun if we shot a recipe post while we were out there. This is the type of stuff that is so fun for a creative person. So often I have these big ideas in my head but the logistics to pull them off are a little bit too much for one person, or on account of family time constraints. I was SO excited to be able to sneak away with Tammy and Lauren and get to do something totally different.

Champagne and the desert. Two of my favorite things. We found this gorgeous little spot to set up in and got the bottles popping.

Best Champagne Punch RecipeAnd then started assembling the ingredients. This punch is pretty citrus-y so its refreshing and flavorful.

Add the champagne.What I love about champagne punch is that it works well for a crowd and because of all the other ingredients, you don’t need to splurge on the good bubbly. A super cheap bottle is perfect. And since this is SO yummy, you will need to make several batches. Know that going in and have several batches prepped ahead of time.

Slice citrus fruits for an easy garnish for your punch.Usually the garnish is some citrus slices. If you want to get crazy, you can add fresh raspberries. The pop of pink is a really fun touch. And edible flowers would be even more lovely.

Champagne in Palm Springs.Although this is a punch and your natural instinct might be to run towards your standard punch bowl, you should change things up a bit. I like to serve this Here I decided to use a vase to serve the punch in.

Make champagne punch and serve it in something other than a punch bowl to keep things interesting. I love to use things for something other than their intended purpose.

Delicious citrus champagne punch.But if that’s not your jam, simply make several batches and serve them in mismatched glass jars. Empty wine bottles are perfect for this. And this is a great way to make sure that all your guests can get their beverage quickly without having to wait for the ladle.

Best champagne punch recipe..How gorgeous is this?! It really makes me want to throw a whole desert party.

Fur coats and champagne punch in Palm Springs.

Best Champagne Punch Recipe
 
Best champagne punch recipe. Citrusy and refreshing, this punch is perfect for all your festive gatherings.
Serves: 3 quarts
Ingredients
  • 1 can (46 oz.) Pineapple Juice (cold)
  • 1 bottle (28 oz.0 Club Soda (cold)
  • 1 can (6 oz.) Frozen OJ Concentrate (thawed)
  • 1 bottle Champagne or Sparkling Wine (chilled)
  • 1 lemon or lime, finely sliced for garnish
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients, stir and serve.
  2. Garnish with a slice of fresh lemon or lime.
  3. Can be made the night before but wait to add the club soda and champagne until ready to serve.
  4. Should at least plan to double or triple the recipe. It is a crowd pleaser.

All images by Tammy Mendoza of Dez and Tam Photography 

*I did not create this recipe. Years ago, before blogs and Pinterest, when you found a recipe you liked, you wrote it down and emailed it to all your friends and family. The source for this recipe is long gone. If you know the source, please share! I like to credit when credit is due! 

 

Weekend in Palm Springs : 2 #campmixalot

Handmade notebooks with our creative retreat event hashtag. #campmixalot. // cupcakesandcutlery.comDay 2 of #campmixalot is here!! Now I know what you are thinking, Sharon – day 1 had a lot of cocktails…And you are correct.  I was pretty slow the morning of day 2. But there was too much planned for the day so I grabbed another RESQ WATER and got moving. And coffee.  Lots of coffee. 

If you missed yesterdays post, I am recapping the creative retreat weekend in Palm Springs that Lauren and I plan every year.  This year’s took place in the beginning of August and was cocktail themed. [Read more…]