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!

 

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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.

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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…]

Cocktail Recipes with Sauvignon Blanc

Strawberry and Sauvignon Blanc Martini  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.com*One Hope Wine sent me wine to use in this post.  Which is super awesome so I could spend money on taking my kids somewhere fun instead of buying the wine I needed to produce this series.  That’s rad.

If you missed yesterday, then you don’t know that I am in day 2 of Wine Cocktails Week.  Yesterday was red wine based cocktail recipes. It had to be done. I couldn’t cram all these delicious cocktail recipes, featuring wine, in to one post. And so we have a full week of them! Sauvignon Blanc is my favorite wine. So I couldn’t wait to add it to a few drinks and see how they tasted. I used this recipe as a guideline but swapped the watermelon juice (too much work, I’m lazy, and I’m not a huge fan of watermelon) for muddled strawberries. YUM!

Strawberry Vodka Martini Recipe with White Wine //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThis drink could be considered a martini due to the vodka. (I know that doesn’t MAKE a martini but in my head it does and I don’t know enough about James Bond to know how he drinks them…) The vodka, wine and club soda are tasty.  Then add the lemon juice and strawberries…WOW!

Cool quote on the side of a @onehopewine cork!  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI absolutely loved that there was an inspiring quote on the side of the One Hope Wine cork.  A pretty cool touch if you ask me.

Wine based cocktails with @onehopewin  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comSo I muddled the lemon juice and some fresh berries then topped it with some wine and the vodka.  Shake it up with some ice and you are done. Super easy and totally different.  Make these for your friends.  You will totally impress them.  And that is what friendship is all about, right? One-upping them? No? Oops.

White wine based cocktail recipe: Strawberry Sauvignon Blanc Martini //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comStrain in to a martini glass and you’ve got yourself a delicious Strawberry Sauvignon Blanc Martini.

Strawberry Martini with Sauvignon Blanc  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThis cocktail was super tasty.  The strawberries added a nice sweetness and the lemon juice really brightened it up.  I’ll admit to being a total nerd about these cocktails.  I had a blast trying them all out! (A note: my neighbor got super lucky because I would make a drink, taste it, shoot the photos and then take it to her house and keep working on the other ones. I’ll let you know if anyone ever moves out of my neighborhood so you can move in…)

Strawberry Sauvignon Blanc Martini

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Sauvignon Blanc (I used One Hope Wine)
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 3 fresh strawberries, stems removed
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice (I used Meyer lemons. That's my jam.)
  • 1 1/2 oz soda water

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add lemon juice and fresh strawberries.
  2. With a muddler, muddle the berries.
  3. Add vodka and Sauvignon Blanc.
  4. Add ice and shake well.
  5. Strain in to a chilled martini glass.
  6. Recipe adapted from here: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/food-cocktails/g2121/cocktails-made-with-wine/?slide=13
http://www.cupcakesandcutlery.com/cocktail-recipes-sauvignon-blanc/

Sauvignon Blanc from @onehopewine  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThank you for supporting the brands that allow me to create projects, series, etc. by providing product, compensation, etc. One Hope Wine is good people.

Day 1:  Red Splash cocktail with Pinot Noir and Tequila