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.
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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

 

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Tillamookies + Fave Links

New Tillamookies ice cream cookie sandwiches from Tillamook. So good! How delicious do these look? They taste it too! Tillamook sent me some of their new ice cream sandwiches, Tillamookies, to try out over the weekend. They each have chocolate coated waffle cookies to sandwich Tillamook’s delicious, creamy ice cream in the middle. The cookie is so crisp! These are best eaten straight out of the freezer. My youngest and I did a tasting of all four flavors at once, on a 90 degree day, and as they get softer, they start to squish out making them a bit messier, but no less tasty.

New Tillamookies ice cream cookie sandwiches from Tillamook. So good! I’m not usually a plain vanilla or strawberry ice cream fan but those were my two favorite flavors! In fact, 3/4 of our family fought over the last strawberry Tillamookies. My youngest won. Look for these in your grocery store! Thank you for sending them, Tillamook!

Here is what else I’m in to this week:

In case you missed it, my kids were interviewed over on Babble on how they would make over our house…

Are you guys shopping Paper Crush? Their stuff is super cute and it’s the first place I go for holiday themed decor and party goods!

I know St. Patrick’s Day is over now (did you get pinched?!) but I love this green party, especially the large honeycomb garland!

This post is almost a year old but I still want to live in this moon party. Scroll all the way to the end and she has some downloads for you!

It might be time to start thinking about a creative retreat for this summer. Who wants to come. Here’s what Lauren and I did last year.

OH! and I dyed my hair magenta and purple last weekend. On an interesting side note, posting this photo to facebook made me lose 40 followers. My hair and I are not taking it personally.

Have a great weekend!

Easy Tortilla Soup Recipe

Tortilla Soup Recipe. Great for weeknight meals! I want to start off my saying this is NOT my recipe! It is from one of those old church cookbooks you used to get where people submit their most favorite recipes (that they didn’t come up with either). My mom doesn’t have the cookbook anymore but I do remember it was internationally themed and the recipe across from this one included camels and whole chickens…This is our go-to, super easy Tortilla Soup recipe. Like, SO easy. But it is SO delicious. I’m not a fan of soup. But this one is flavorful, not too spicy and can be dressed up anyway you like it. It is the perfect, fast weeknight meal.

Easy Tortilla Soup RecipeYup, this is it. This is all you need to make the world’s best tortilla soup. The star of the show is Snap-E-Tom. It can be a little hard to find but you NEED it. I’ve tried to make this without it and use other types of tomato and chile sauces. They just aren’t the same. If you are in So Cal, you can find it at Stater Bros. Pick up a few cans when you go. It lasts forever and then you have it for when you want to make this soup. You can order Snap-E-Tom here if you can’t find it at your store. Or, I found this recipe for making your own copycat version although I haven’t tried this out yet. And if I were you, I would try the recipe with Snap-E-Tom first so you know what it is supposed to taste like. I’m not a Bloody Mary drinker but I am sure this would be perfect for that as well.

The only other ingredients you need are the French Onion soup, salsa verde and some water. SO EASY!

Easy and delicious tortilla soup recipe.Open the cans and pour them in to the pan.

The easiest, most delicious tortilla soup recipe you'll ever make. For real. Do NOT skip the Snap-E-Tom. Then you just heat it through until bubbly. That’s it. Stupid easy.

Easy weeknight dinner idea: tortilla soup.We usually just make the soup like this but you could easily add shredded chicken to it if you wanted to bulk it up a little bit more. My oldest son is a picky eater and he loves this soup. The French Onion soup and the Snap-E-Tom give it so much depth of flavor. I’ve heard them say that on the Food Network. I’m certain this soup has it.

Chips and cheese for tortilla soup topping.My mom always made homemade tortilla strips to eat in this soup but I am far too lazy for that. I use the Have’a Corn Chips and they are delicious in it! You can also use shredded jack cheese instead of the cubes but I really like how the cubes get all melty and gooey in the soup. And the cilantro is just to add a little freshness but I know not everyone likes it.

Delicious tortilla soup recipe that is SUPER easy! This is a great meal to make for weeknight dinner guests, or make a bunch of batches for a party. It is inexpensive and tasty. If you know the source for the original recipe, please share it with me! I searched around online but couldn’t find it anywhere!

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Easy Tortilla Soup Recipe
 
This is our FAVORITE and SUPER easy tortilla soup recipe! Add shredded chicken if you need more protein!
Recipe type: Soup
Ingredients
  • 1 (11.5 oz) can Snap-E-Tom (available at Stater Bros. stores and Amazon.)
  • 1 (7 oz) can green chili salsa
  • 1 (10.5 oz) cans french onion soup
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1-2 bags Have's Corn Chips
  • Approx. 2 cups jack cheese, cubed
  • Cilantro optional
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan combine onion soup, water, Snap-E-Tom and green chili salsa.
  2. Cook until bubbly.
  3. Gently break up some corn chips in the bottom of a bowl and add some cubed jack cheese.
  4. Ladle soup over the chips and cheese.
  5. Top with more crushed chips and cilantro, if desired.

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.