Cocktail Recipes

milano mule

milanomule

We’re making icy, refreshing Milano Mule cocktails this evening for date night on the deck. A Milano Mule is a Moscow Mule with an Italian twist. Instead of vodka, we use the always awesome limoncello. Some people make their mules in a lowball glass, but I think the copper mugs are a must! for one…

lemon meringue pie milkshake {cocktail}

lemonmeringueshake

This is a beautiful, dreamy, lemony, creamy cocktail that I created featuring my favorite: limoncello. Limoncello is an Italian lemon liqueur that is produced in Southern Italy almost exclusively in the regions of Naples, the island of Capri, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. Some of my favorite commercial brands include: Argiolas Tremontis, Badia, and Villa…

the bees knees {burnt honey whiskey sour}

beesknees

Are you a fan of sweet whiskey drinks? This is one of my favorites. I love the bee theme. My first name, Melissa, means bee, and therefore, I dedicate this drink to me. for one cocktail: 2 and 1/2 oz. whiskey (I used Jack Daniel’s) 1 and 1/2 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 and…

tipsy shamrock shakes

tipsyshamrock

Looking for a creamy, minty, sweet libation to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? When I was little I always loved going to McDonald’s to get a Shamrock Shake on St. Pat’s. This is that same, nostalgic drink… all grown up. Serve these without the Bailey’s and Jameson for the kiddos, and for teetotalers. They’re delicious either…

voodoo bloody mary

voodoomary

My daughter Andrea is an amazing mixologist and she created this sultry cocktail for happy hour today. She uses only the best ingredients and the end result is nothing short of outstanding. for one voodoo bloody mary:  2 Tablespoons jalapeno pickle juice OR pepperoncini juice 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 1 and 1/2 oz. Stoli vodka…

mile high bbq chicken skillet nachos

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I am sooooo darn excited to be working with the awesome company Food Should Taste Good. One of their reps contacted me and asked if I would like to develop some unique recipes using their chips, to which I replied an enthusiastic “YES!” She also asked if I would provide a drink pairing for each…

pancake breakfast shot

pancakebreakfastshot

Here’s another fun cocktail shot to enjoy during happy hour. It really tastes like pancakes! Add a strip of bacon to each shot before serving, if you like. for one pancake breakfast shot: 1/2 oz. Irish whiskey (I like Jameson) 1/2 oz butterscotch schnapps (Buttershots) a strip of crispy bacon (optional) Pour whiskey and schnapps…

salted caramel apple pie chai latte

applepiechai

This is a very easy, delicious, autumn beverage to prepare. I used a mix that I bought at Trader Joe’s. If you don’t have access to a Trader Joe’s, simply heat a cup of apple cider and brew a chai tea bag in it until it reaches desired strength. Remove tea bag and add almond…

oatmeal cookie shot

oatmealcookieshot

Another fun drink shot for happy hour! The Oatmeal Cookie Shot! ~ for one oatmeal cookie shot ~ (double or triple this recipe as needed) 1/2 oz. cinnamon schnapps 1/2 oz. Buttershots liqueur 1/2 oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream For shot glass rims: Dip tops of shot glasses in a little dish with water in the…

scooby snack shot

scoobysnack

Here’s a fun little libation for your Friday night and weekend festivities. I like to make these around Halloween. Love the name! 1/2 oz. Malibu coconut rum 1/2 oz. creme de banana 1/2 oz. Midori melon liqueur 1/2 oz. pineapple juice 1 and 1/2 oz. sweetened whipped cream Pour rum, creme de banana, Midori, and…