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Grapefruit Sage Vodka Cocktail

This grapefruit sage cocktail is already so fresh and crisp. But, drinking it out of these amazing Anthropologie copper mugs makes it that much better! At $24.00 per mug, they are a dreamy addition to any Pinterest-worthy bar cart!

The copper mug keeps this drink icy and refreshing – and has us dreaming of summer already!

Ingredients
1 – 2 fresh squeezed grapefruits + extra slice to keep in drink, if desired
1.5 – 3 oz. vodka
Sage simple syrup + extra leaves to garnish

Squeeze 5 tablespoons of fresh grapefruit juice, and pour 2 tablespoons of sage simple syrup (recipe here) into a shaker, and shake it like a Polaroid picture. 😉 Strain into glass and add 1-2 shots of vodka. Top with either a flavored grapefruit water, or Izze grapefruit soda (this will make it sweeter). You can also use tonic water for no added flavor. Garnish with sage leaves.

It’s the perfect fizzy, fruity concoction.

Enjoy!

February 2, 2017
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Vanilla Grapefruit Whiskey Cocktail

While we enjoy sipping a nice whiskey on the rocks – sometimes you just need a little something extra. This Vanilla Grapefruit Whiskey is a simple but delicious take on an all time favorite liquor. The vanilla bean is crisp, subtle, and perfectly balanced by the acidic fresh squeezed grapefruit juice.

We are not fans of sweet cocktails, which makes this Dry Vanilla Bean Soda a great mixer find! Re-creating this libation is simple: Pour your whiskey shot(s) in a glass with the fresh squeezed grapefruit juice [over ice], top off with the Vanilla Bean Soda – and there you have yourself a quick cocktail!

Ingredients
½ cup Dry Vanilla Bean Soda (or 3/4 of a can)
3 oz. whiskey (Jack Daniels is our go to)
3 tbs (or more) fresh squeezed grapefruit juice + a slice to garnish

Cheers!

January 18, 2017
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Espresso Vodka Martini

Still in a lull from the holidays? If you need an extra boost to get back in the swing of things, this espresso vodka martini is perfect for your next happy hour. The mixture of vodka and espresso will give you a relaxed martini buzz, with just a little boost of energy!


Ingredients
1.5 oz martini grade vodka
1 oz coffee liqueur
1 shot of espresso
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Fill the martini glass with ice to chill and set aside. Pour the vodka, coffee liqueur and espresso into a cocktail shaker and top full of ice.  Shake vigorously because you want the ice to smash up while chilling the liquid down; that’s what creates the frothy top. Try to use fresh ice, as melting ice is watery and will dilute the martini. Empty the ice out of the Martini glass, then place the strainer on top of the shaker and pour the contents through a sieve directly into the glass. Using the strainer and the sieve helps create a rich, smooth, froth. Garnish with a few coffee beans and get your sip on!

Instead of the traditional mimosa for your next brunch cocktail, try our Espresso Martini 

Enjoy!

January 11, 2017
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Blood Orange Cocktail

This blood orange vodka cocktail is so delicious, you won’t even believe it only has two ingredients!

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It just doesn’t seem right to spend 30 minutes putting a cocktail together, to drink it in less than 10. As they say, “worker smarter, not harder” – and this also applies when mixing drinks. 

Ingredients
Blood Orange Italian Soda from Whole Foods
Tito’s vodka (our favorite)

Simply pour 2-3 shots of vodka into a glass over ice, top with the Blood Orange soda, place a blood orange slice, and a sprig of rosemary. To bring out the flavor of the rosemary, place rosemary on a cutting board and gently rub with a fork to release the flavor and aroma before putting in your drink.

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If you prefer a more natural option with less sugar – skip the blood orange soda, and use tonic + the juice of 1 whole blood orange. Make sure to save a slice for the top! 

If you want to have a stronger rosemary flavor, you can always make a rosemary simple syrup to add in. Make a traditional simple syrup, but add rosemary.

This should definitely be on your go-to list for vodka cocktail!

Cheers

December 6, 2016
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Raspberry Chili Margarita

chili_margarita2This Raspberry Chili Margarita is the perfect cocktail for your holiday party this year. With December just a few days away it is officially time to start party planning and this drink is a must for your menu! It has the perfect bit of spice, and just the right amount of sweet… plus tequila! The ice cubes for this recipe are made using this raspberry chili soda. If you cannot find it in a store near you, plain raspberry soda + dash of chili powder will work just as well (if you make your own you will need to shake together to mix well). This cocktail is festive, easy to make, and best of all delicious.

Make sure you make the ice cubes at least an hour before you make the mixer.

Ingredients:
raspberry chili soda
3-5 fresh raspberries
fresh lime juice
silver tequila
chili powder/salt mix (for the rim)
ice cube tray

Take one of the lime wedges and rub along the rim of your glass. Dip the lime rim into the chili/salt mix. Put 2-3 raspberries in the bottom of the glass and use a muddler to slightly mash them up. Pour tequila, a splash of the raspberry chili soda and the juice from 1 lime into glass. Add in ice cubes, and mix carefully.Garnish with a lime wedge, raspberry & party straw

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Taste, enjoy, and cheers to the holiday!

November 28, 2016
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Whiskey Berry Basil Smash

This berry basil whiskey cocktail is one of the best whiskey drinks we have made yet. If you couldn’t tell already, one of us is a whiskey fan- so, of course we had to experiment and find a whiskey drink to compliment our whiskey roasted carrots recipe. 

This cocktail is quick and easy to whip up – and, if you are not a fan of basil you can substitute it for mint or even rosemary.

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Ingredients
1.5-3 oz of a whiskey of your choice
3-4 fresh blackberries
fresh basil (1-2 large leaves, or 2-3 small leaves. basil can be very overpowering so it is better to start with less and add more as needed)
lemon wedge
lemon twist (thin strip of the lemon peel)
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Put the berries and basil inside of your glass and smash them together with a muddler until well combined. Add in a shot (or two) of whiskey and squeeze the lemon wedge into the glass (toss after juiced). Top with Sprite, ice cubes, and lemon twist- stir to combine ingredients. For a less sweet version use club soda instead of Sprite. 

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Cheers!

November 21, 2016
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Prickly Pear Martini

This fall, fancy drinks are trending. Enter: Prickly Pear Martini. Ok, maybe not so much- but, fall is when the all the beautiful [and dangerous] prickly pears are in full bloom. We are fully convinced that these little fruits are the most vibrant and gorgeous color that nature produces- added bonus that they also happen to be delicious! These neon cacti pears provide juice that tastes like a cross between all-natural bubble gum (if there was such a thing) and watermelon. Although the flavor is very subtle, the color is out of this world!

The most common prickly pear cocktail is a Margarita- but since our favorite cocktail is a martini- we decided to get creative and come up with our own recipe.

Please note: prickly pears are actually very, very prickly- so make this recipe with caution! While the ones in markets have been cleaned of the tiny hair-like thorns; the pears fresh off the cactus are covered with them. Be sure to handle these with heavy leather work gloves, and scrub them hard to ensure all the painful little barbs are off. If you buy the already de-pricked pears- peeling them is easy with a veggie peeler.

This Prickly Pear Martini recipe has a bit of a process; so, don’t think you can whip this up in 30 seconds and get your drink on- especially if you plan on picking your own prickly pears!

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Ingredients:
2 oz. Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka
2 Tbsp. Fresh Prickly Pear Juice
1/2 oz Fresh Lime

To extract the juice, place the “husked” and peeled prickly pears into a blender or food processor and pulse until liquefied.

Place the juice into a fine mesh sieve and push out the juice into a pitcher or bowl. Discard the remaining pulp and seeds.

Add prickly pear juice, vodka, & lime into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until cold

Pour into a martini glass, garnish with fresh lime wedge.

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Enjoy!

November 4, 2016
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Pineapple Margarita

If you are looking for the perfect poolside spritzer, look no further! You actually don’t even need a pool to enjoy this pineapple margarita, just a warm sunny day. This recipe is perfect if you have a pineapple that is ripe and juicy, or you just want to finish off that bottle of tequila. It is super quick and easy to make, and will have you dreaming of that next tropical vacation that you know you deserve! For those who like a touch of spice – try slicing up fresh jalapeùo and adding it in!The Arrangement Bar - Pineapple

If you want to get double use of that pretty pineapple- check out this post on how to take that pineapple shell, and turn it into a tropical flower arrangement. The only thing missing will be the beach and a cute cabana boy.

Ingredients
3.5 oz. pineapple juice – fresh or from a can
2.5 oz. agave silver tequila (or less, depending how strong you want it)
1 lime- cut into thick wedges
3 oz. club soda
¼ fresh jalapeno (optional)
½ cup sugar – for rim
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Take one of the lime wedges and rub along the rim of your glass. Dip the lime rim into the sugar (or salt, if you’re not in to that). Pour your tequila, pineapple juice and 2 juiced lime wedges into a shaker. Shake until mixed. If you are using fresh jalapenos, go ahead and add them to your sugar rimmed up, and add ice. Pour the tequila mix over ice, and add the club soda. Taste, and enjoy.

Cheers!

September 9, 2016
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