cocktail recipes

teddy bear toddy cocoa


Typically a “toddy” is used as an elixir to soothe the symptoms of the common cold. I decided to create an elixir to soothe frazzled nerves after a marathon stint of holiday shopping at the mall, fighting for a parking spot, elbowing your way through crowds of crazy shoppers, putting up with snotty sales clerks,…

bailey’s irish cream cocoa


Oooohhhh! Are you ready for this creamy, dreamy cocoa laced with Bailey’s Irish Cream? Sometimes I make this with the original Baileys and sometimes I make it with my delicious homemade version of Irish cream. Either way it’s delicious and the perfect nightcap to enjoy by the fire while your Christmas lights are twinkling for…

midori melon mojito


Wheeeee! It’s Friday! Tonight we’re headed across the Minnesota/Wisconsin border to a favorite riverside restaurant that does an amazing fish fry. I’ve been craving it all week. This weekend we’re looking to spend some time in the water. It’s been so hot here! We haven’t decided if we’re going tubing down the Cannon river, to…

herbal & floral simple syrups {for cocktails & sodas}


We had so much fun creating these little whimsical libations over our long 4th of July weekend! If you have a flourishing rose garden and herb garden, then you’re in business. You could purchase the rose petals and herbs if you need to… Just make sure they’re organic and unsprayed, or they could contain pesticides…

strawberry rhubarb cordial


This is a recipe that is super simple to put together and then you have to wait a month to enjoy it. I thought I’d bring you along on the process, and you can make some too, if you like. I was going to wait and post everything at once, and then it dawned on…

{#CaptainsTable} fizzy spiced rum mojitos


For The Captain’s Table Challenge, I decided to go with a classic… Mojitos are my favorite rum drink. Your supermarket should carry a wide variety of fresh herbs, including mint, so now it’s possible to enjoy this fresh, festive libation any time of year. Adjust sugar to your personal sweetness preference. In the past I…

better than bailey’s irish cream


A little libation to enjoy during the holidays! Easy and delicious! 1/4 cup heavy cream 1 cup half & half 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk 1 and 1/2 cups Irish whiskey 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules 2 Tablespoons chocolate syrup 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract Place all in the bowl…

milk punch {#CaptainsTable}


The Holidays are in full swing and I’ve been having so much fun creating recipes for the Captain Morgan Spiced Rum Captain’s Table Challenge! This is my cocktail entry for the “Holiday” round. Milk Punch is traditionally served on New Year’s Eve, but it makes a beautiful offering at Christmas time too. I’ve made this…

captain morgan spiced rum pumpkin pie shake {#CaptainsTable}


When I was testing cocktail recipes in my kitchen for the Captain’s Table Recipe Challenge, I kept thinking how I wanted to create something really sophisticated and “grown up” for my entry. I perused the internet looking for such a cocktail, but nothing really caught my eye. Then it just sort of hit me. I…