Amen. The kids are back in school! So grab your mom friends and share some watermelon mimosas in celebration! And in preparation of my youngest finally being in school for a full day, I’ve prepared a list of the Netflix movies and TV shows I plan on watching. Because I can.
Hi Guys! I’m taking a blog vacation this week so I’ve decided to do a round-up of some of my favorite cocktails I’ve shared in the past few months. If you missed these posts, check them out! I like to keep things simple and delicious. Easy and good. Now break out your cocktail shaker and get making!
The Corpse Reviver 2. Do it! Don’t be scerd. It’s so good!
We Rum This Punch. Created for a contest and uses the most amazing vanilla bean and cinnamon simple syrup!
White Russian with Vanilla Coconut Milk and Coconut Rum. OMG. Best ever! Brunch bound for sure.
Strawberry Mint Moscow Mule. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
Best Champagne Punch Recipe. No joke. It’s easy and it’s the best. Make this for your next celebratory function.
Spiced Rum Cocktail with White Zinfandel. Seriously. This was my favorite cocktail last summer. This is a poolside gem.
Cucumber Margarita. YES!!!!! This is so super refreshing. Make a big pitcher!
This delicious cocktail is called an Aperol Spritz and it is super refreshing and perfect for summer! I invited a few girlfriends over a few weeks ago for a Spritz Break. We had a blast! I’m sharing the details and recipe below!
*This #SpritzBreak post is sponsored by Aperol.Summer is going by really fast and it’s been hard for me to get in to any kind of schedule. That means spending time with my girlfriends has taken a back seat to being mom. But a few weeks ago, I decided to have some friends over for happy hour. I hired a baby sitter to watch my kids so that I could enjoy my backyard “mom oasis” area with my friends. And instead of going with an old favorite, I decided to try a recipe for an Aperol Spritz. Doesn’t the word “spritz” sound so girly and sophisticated at the same time?Aperol is an Italian apertif with a slight bitter orange flavor mixed with herbal undertones. Although it looks like it might be sweet, it isn’t. The Aperol Spritz recipe is super simple. It’s 3 parts Prosecco, 2 parts Aperol and 1 part soda water. It is served over ice, with a slice of orange. And oh my gosh! It’s so refreshing! I prepped our bar area before the girls arrived and got my orange slices ready and set out some fun paper straws. None of us had tried an Aperol Spritz before so I was excited to experience something new with them. And getting everything together ahead of time meant that I could enjoy the night right along with them. We started by adding ice to a stemless wine glass and added an orange slice. Why do orange slices smell so good?! Oranges are like an instant vacation. The smell is invigorating and comforting. The perfect combo for a fun girl’s night. Next we started pouring the cocktails. To make sure we were making it correctly, we used a jigger for the first one to make sure we got the measurements right. But you really don’t need to use it. It’s perfectly okay to eyeball it. Check out this video to see how the people at Aperol make one! Our Aperol Spritz Break was SO much fun! As usual, I created a playlist to set the tone. I also brought out all my colorful outdoor sofa pillows to make the space really colorful. I love how vibrant the color of Aperol is so I wanted the the area to match. I also set out some snacks to munch on before we ate a delicious salad I had picked up from a local restaurant earlier in the evening. We all really enjoyed getting some time to hang out together in the middle of a really busy week. This is definitely something I’d like to do more often! And I’ve totally been craving an Aperol Spritz! I fell in love with the herbal flavor of the Aperol. This is totally a drink for those hot summer days where you need something to cool you down. And who doesn’t love a little bubble from the Prosecco and soda water?The Aperol Spritz is a total show stopper. The color alone will stop your party guests in their tracks. And it is so amazingly simple to make! I encourage all of you to host your own Spritz Break this summer! It’s as simple as 3-2-1! If you do, share it on instagram using the hashtag #SpritzBreak!!
Thanks for supporting the rad companies, like Aperol, that let me have happy hour with my girlfriends!
- 3 parts Prosecco
- 2 parts Aperol
- 1 part soda water
- slice of orange to garnish
- Add ice to a stemless wine glass.
- Add a slice of orange.
- Add 3 parts prosecco to the glass.
- Add 2 parts Aperol.
- Top with 1 part soda water.
This is the COOLEST thing ever! In my research for creating the most delicious punch recipe I read tons of recipes. I learned a ton from one book in particular, Death & Co. This came straight out of that book, so I do not claim any ownership of the idea. They are pure genius and you need to know about this. This cheater simple syrup is perfect for making one cocktail at a time. Also since I almost never plan ahead, having a batch of simple syrup to use in my cocktails is not happening. This is the perfect way to sweeten a cocktail quickly.
All you need is a sugar cube and some club soda to make the easiest and quickest simple syrup known to man. While Death & Co. suggests Demerara Sugar Cubes I am using white since they are way easier to find. You lose some nuance of flavor but this will absolutely work for all cocktails.
Are you as excited as I am about this?! I usually use agave syrup in my cocktails as my sweetener of choice. But sometimes I don’t want that caramel-esque flavor. Sometimes it’s all about that refined white sugar taste.
Mix is up. Simple as that. The bubbles help to break up the sugar cube pretty quick. Just stir until the sugar is dissolved. It should take about a minute. I also tried a quick infusion with this method. I scraped some vanilla bean in to one batch and it tasted amazing. It wasn’t quite as flavorful as a real vanilla bean simple syrup, but it worked. I also added 2 drops of bitters to the sugar cube before dissolving it which was another great way to get more flavor in there.
I just had to share this amazing idea from Death & Co. for all my lazy cocktailers. They even employ this technique, in a larger scale, for their punch recipes! This would also work for sweetening up non-alcoholic drinks like lemonade and tea. I’m totally over excited about this!
- 1 sugar cube
- 1 oz. club soda
- Pour club soda over your sugar cube.
- Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
- Stir in to your drink of choice.
- Works perfect for cocktails but also for lemonade or iced tea!
THIS! This is the best rum punch recipe. EVER. It is sweet with some spice (not like hot spice, like exotic spice), it has citrus but I wouldn’t classify this a fruit punch. It is just plain delicious. I was invited to participate in the Captain Morgan Memorial Day Punch Recipe Competition. I was sent a bottle of their delicious Grapefruit Rum and a stipend to purchase the other ingredients I needed. Then I was set loose to create a signature punch recipe that I would want to share with my friends. And guess what, they are going to vote on recipes and if I win, I will get to go to the Firefly Music Festival. You know what a music lover I am so of course I wanted to participate. And with the promotion hashtag #SunsOutBunsOut, how could I resist. It might be my favorite hashtag ever! So without further ado, I give you We Rum This Punch.
Creating this punch literally kept me up at night. I share cocktail recipes on here all the time but I’ve always kept them really easy because that is my jam. But for this punch I had a definite flavor profile in mind and had to figure out how to get there. I did tons of research, I did a lot of testing (burp) and I am super happy with how this came out! I adore the punch at Workshop Kitchen in Palm Springs and wanted there to be some spice notes like they have. As I read more about punches, I learned that historically, punches always had spice. So I knew I was on the right track. I chose to use the Grapefruit Rum because although it has a citrus flavor, I knew it wouldn’t play too sweet or tropical. And I can’t quit the Captain Morgan 1671 spiced rum (it is a limited edition and not on their site anymore but my BevMo had it – but you could probably also swap it for the Black Spiced Rum for the same effect). I wanted the spice notes to be warm and exotic to play up the spiced rum so I decided on making a vanilla bean and cinnamon simple syrup. I brightened it all up with fresh lime and orange juice and topped it with a little bit of Bittermans Tiki bitters. And water. A punch is 25% water typically. I bet you didn’t know that. This contest has left me full of punch trivia. (note: You will need to make the simple syrup ahead of time. But if you don’t have the time to wait for the flavors to really infuse, 5 hours to overnight, you should make it, let it cool and use it. It will still have tons of delicious flavor.But for optimal flavor give yourself plenty of time to steep the spices).
I finished up with about 6 drops of bitters. I’m OBSESSED with flavored bitters now. I will now be taking payments in the form of Bittermans bitters. And next time I make this I am going to double the recipe. This made about 6 servings. But this is one of those drinks you just can’t get enough of. You can totally make this ahead of time and refill as needed.
Punch is usually served over a large ice block. Because I went with an untraditional size for my punch bowl, I had to create a custom ice block. I found a shape that I liked in the form, this Zico container, and used it to make an ice block. Because the bottom was a little bit wider than the top, I just cut the container off when I was ready to use it.
And then I topped it with some edible flowers because they are so pretty. Serving punch doesn’t have to be formal. You don’t need a crystal punch bowl to dazzle your friends. You can use anything. Be creative! The point of punch is to share it with your friends.
The first sip pretty much stops you in your tracks. Warning bells go off in your head because you know you’re in trouble. You taste a bit of the alcohol, but this is that cocktail that you can drink all evening. And then all of a sudden, there’s a lampshade on your head.
This was such a fun project to be part of! I am super proud of this recipe and can’t wait to make it again. My fingers are crossed that I win and get to go hear some rad bands at a fun music festival. And now I will shout at you some of the bands playing because they make me so excited! PAUL FREAKING MCCARTNEY! MORRISSEY, SNOOP DOGG, FOSTER THE PEOPLE, MODEST MOUSE, KID CUDI, ZOLA JESUS, HOW TO DRESS WELL, THE GRISWOLDS, PANAMA WEDDING!
You can follow along with all the summer awesomeness that Captain Morgan has to offer by searching for #SunsOutRumsOut on social media. And Chrissy Teigen as Paquita Pantalones?! So great! Watch the video!
And I have to give a little shout out to my friend Erika and Missy Misdemeanor Elliott for helping me name this! Naming drinks is hard!
- 4 oz. vanilla bean and cinnamon simple syrup
- 4.5 oz. Captain Morgan Grapefruit Rum
- 4.5 oz. Spiced Rum (preferably Captain Morgan 1671)
- 3 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
- 3 oz. fresh squeezed orange juice
- 6 drops of Bittermans Elemakule Tiki bitters
- 1.5 cups water
- To a pitcher, add the simple syrup, grapefruit rum, spiced rum, lime juice, orange juice, water and bitters.
- You can find the simple syrup recipe here: http://www.cupcakesandcutlery.com/vanilla-bean-and-cinnamon-simple-syrup/
- Mix well.
- Pour over a large ice block in a punch bowl.
- Top with edible flowers (optional, but it sure is pretty!)
- Serve small-ish portions in punch cups or other short drinking glass.
- Enjoy responsibly.
- You are probably going to want to quadruple this recipe.
Thank you for supporting the awesome brands, like Captain Morgan, who let me be creative and share all the boozy awesomeness with you!
You HAVE to make this! I made it for the punch recipe I’ll be sharing with you tomorrow. But you absolutely don’t have to use this only in cocktails. I put a little bit in some fresh squeezed grapefruit juice for my son and he totally freaked out. I picked up some really delicious Mexican vanilla beans. Really, any kind would work but the flavor profile of these beans really fit what I was looking for to pair with some other flavors I had in my mind for the punch (you don’t want to miss the punch. SO GOOD!) Then I picked up some Cassia cinnamon sticks. Store-bought is totally fine but I assure you the flavor from this syrup has a little bit to do with the quality of ingredients. So if you can, spend the time and track down these products!
First I added the cinnamon sticks to a saucepan and smashed them up with a muddler. I’ve also done this before lying them flat on a cutting board, laying a chef’s knife on top of them and smashing the knife with the heel of my hand. Either way works. You just want to open them up so the flavors can really come out. Next I split 2 vanilla beans and scraped out the seeds. Then put the rest of the vanilla bean in the pan too. I added 2 cups of sugar and 2 cups of water and brought it to a slight boil, stirring occasionally to make sure the sugar dissolved. I let it simmer for about 5 minutes then removed it from the heat. I covered the pan and let it sit for about 5 hours. Some recipes will tell you to let it sit overnight but I wanted to make sure that the flavors were not so intense that they would over power the other flavors of the punch. And believe me, this was SUPER flavorful after 5 hours. I strained it through a sieve into a jar and popped it in the fridge.
- 2 Mexican vanilla beans (split and seeds scrapped out)
- 1 oz Cassia cinnamon sticks (cracked)
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups water
- Split vanilla beans and add seed and bean to a saucepan.
- Add cinnamon sticks to saucepan and muddle them to crack them open.
- Add sugar and water and bring to a slight boil.
- Let boil approximately 5 minutes then remove from heat and cover.
- Let sit for at least 5 hours, up to over night.
- Strain through a fine mesh sieve in to an airtight container.
- Use in cocktail and beverage recipes.