Red and Pink Valentine’s Day Cocktails

February 6, 2010

Red is the definite color of Valentine’s Day – the red of a beating heart, a red rose or a Cosmopolitan.

Cosmopolitan

The Classic Cosmo (as made famous in Sex and the City) is made as follows and has become a classic red Valentines Day cocktail.

4 parts vodka
2 parts triple sec
2 parts cranberry juice
1 part fresh lime juice

Combine all of these ingredients into a cocktail shaker along with some ice and shake well. Strain into a martini glass to serve – beautiful.

Now with Valentine’s Day approaching there are different variations on the Cosmopolitan which are very delicious including one that really intensifies the color red in the cocktail which is aptly named the Valentine’s Day Cosmo. This cocktail, along with other delicious (and red) Valentine’s Day cocktails can be found at Top Five Red Cocktails for Valentine’s Day.

Pink is also a popular color for Valentine’s Day as it represents the blushing that sometimes accompanies the first flush of love that a couple feel for one another. Pink is basically just a very soft and romantic color.

The Pink Squirrel (I have no idea where that name came from, I’d rename it something more romantic if you’re serving it up!) combines the lovely pink color along with a creamy chocolate flavor. To me Valentine’s Day and chocolate go hand in hand so this cocktail wins on so many points.

Pink Squirrel

1 shot grenadine
1 shot white crème de cacao
1 shot half and half

Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker, along with some ice, and shake well. Strain into a martini glass to serve and enjoy! This goes really well when accompanied by some chocolate covered strawberries if you really want to impress :)

Now because you shake these ingredients together you don’t need to make up half and half if you don’t want to – I often ‘cheat’ myself – just put ½ shot of milk and ½ shot of cream into the shaker instead.

If you fancy the sound of a Blushtini as your pink Valentine’s Day cocktail of choice, or you just want to have a look at a good selection then you’ll want to check out Valentine’s Day Cocktails.

National Champagne Day

August 3, 2009

Aug 4th is National Champagne Day or should I say yet another excuse to have a drink or two!!! Now I don’t mind a spot of bubbly, but I find it a bit boring on it’s own which is why I’ll be having a Champagne cocktail to celebrate.

I haven’t quite decided on with one I shall have, I quite feel like a classic such as the Kir Royale where you put 1/4 oz of creme de cassis into a Champagne flute and gently top with bubbly. If you fancy this, but don’t have creme de cassis you can substitute raspberry liqueur.

Then again I’ve been hankering for a stout this week so a Black Velvet may be the way to go. Fill a beer glass half way with Champers and then slowly top with stout.

However you enjoy your Champagne on the fourth have a great National Champagne Day!

National Daiquiri Day

July 18, 2009

Well National Daiquiri Day is nearly here – just one more sleep. I’m sure you’re already prepared for it but just in case here’s a site that will help you – Be A Daiquiri Diva.
This webpage will take you through the steps of making a Daiquiri and all you have to do is buy the ingredients and invite a few friends around!

July is a fantastic month for Cocktail holidays – first National Daiquiri Day then it will soon be National Tequila Day followed by National Scotch Day.

Maybe we should call July the National Get Pickled Month :)

Baileys – Cocktails & Shots for St Patty’s Day

March 5, 2009

Baileys Irish Cream, you just have to have some on St Patrick's Day. It's hard to believe that this liqueur has only been around since the 1970s - it is so important in the making of creamy cocktails and delicious shots!

Made with the finest Irish cream, whiskey and chocolate Baileys is one of my favorite liqueurs. One of the main reasons is that it 'mixes well' with most other spirits. It is also delicious on it's own, especially the different flavors that are now available.

Anyway I always think that St Patrick's Day is a great excuse to crack open a bottle of Baileys and make some cocktails. There are heaps of Baileys Cocktails around and also Baileys Shots and Shooters.

A delicious one that I will be drinking this St Patrick's Day is a Choc Caramel Bunny.

Choc Caramel Bunny
1 shot Baileys Caramel
1 shot Kahlua
chocolate milk

Shake the Baileys and Kahlua with ice in a shaker and then strain into a highball glass. Top up with chocolate milk - delicious!


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Hats off to you on St Patrick's Day!

St Patricks Day – Go Green!

March 2, 2009

Well it’s March already and if you haven’t already done so you need to start thinking about St Patrick’s Day. Are you going to throw a St Patrick’s Day Party this year? Or go out somewhere?

I was going to offer a St Patrick’s Day cocktail in this post, but I thought that would be too predictable (and there’s plenty of more posts to do that in!!) instead I thought who was St Patrick? One of the things I remember is that he drove all of the snakes out of Ireland. (As a little nugget of trivia Ireland and New Zealand are the only two countries in the world that have no snakes living in them!) What do you do to honor the man who can drive away snakes – you make a snakebite!

Snakebite

1/2 pint lager
1/2 pint cider
1 shot blackcurrant syrup

Pour the blackcurrant syrup into the bottom of the glass, next pour in the lager followed by the cider – delicious.

If you are having a St Patty’s Party check out this site to make sure you’ve got everything covered!

Lady GaGa Zabaglione Martini

March 2, 2009

Well Lady GaGa has been in the news quite a bit of late and the other day I was reading about her loves – David Bowie’s Let’s Dance – good choice, YSL bags - I’m with you there girl and Italian food. Lady GaGa has gone up in my estimation AND she can sing! Now if only someone could talk to her about her fashion sense because the big hair bow only really works on Minnie Mouse!

Anyway this is supposed to be about cocktails and I’m getting sidetracked. Lady GaGa obviously likes to go out and get drunk (listen to her song Let’s Dance) and she loves Italian food. I’ve taken this on board and decided that she needs a Zabaglione Martini!

Zabaglione Martini

2 shots advocaat
1 shot marsala
1/2 shot cognac
3/4 shot fresh lemon juice
1 fresh egg yolk

Shake all of the ingredients together with ice and strain into a cocktail glass to serve.


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Valentine’s Day Cocktails

February 10, 2009

Well Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it – what are you doing to celebrate? I find cocktails are always good whether you’re single and happy, single and sad, in a couple and loving it, or in a couple and hating it. Let’s face it cocktails are always a good thing – hic!

There are always the clichéd ones that you can get when visiting a cocktail bar around the 14th of February such as Love Potion # 9 and now I have thought of that the song is stuck in my head so let’s go with Love Potions today.

Love Potion #9
2 parts Tia Maria
2 parts Galliano
1 part cream

Layer the ingredients into a shot glass in the above order.

There are a range of other Valentine’s Day Cocktails including strawberry (the food of love), chocolate (more love food) and champagne (to celebrate love) cocktails. Of course the person you love may not even drink in which case check out the Mocktail of the Month at Mocktails.

Celebrating Waitangi Day

February 5, 2009

Waitangi Day (February 6th) is a national holiday in NZ and celebrates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. It is also my wedding anniversary so I’l going to kick off by giving you this recipe:-

Black Velvet

½ pint Champagne
½ pint Guiness

Make sure both ingredients are chilled and pour them both into a highball glass at the same time. Do not stir.

Champagne is to celebrate my anniversary and the Guiness is for the black color. It’s not because I’m in mourning………..it’s because of the All Blacks. The All Blacks are a symbol of NZ that is known worldwide.

Personally when it comes to celebrating I feel that a glass (or bottle) of champagne is abit passe, so last millenium! I’d rather try a Champagne Cocktail - much more fun!

one tequila, two tequila

January 23, 2009

I love that saying – don’t you.

One Tequila




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The poster says it all! When I think of tequila I’m thinking shots or margarita’s. Tequila shots always seem like a great idea at the time, but………………….. Margaritas on the other hand are delicious and I’ve just updated my site Margarita Time in time for next months Margarita Day.

There is another cocktail that uses Tequila in an unusual flavor combo – mint!

Tequila Stinger

4 parts tequila
2 parts white creme de menthe

Place the ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a martini glass to serve.

Until next time drink responsibly!

We Are One Concert

January 19, 2009

As part of President Barrack Obama’s Inauguration celebrations is a free open air concert at the Lincoln Memorial. The celebrations kick off at 2.30pm and it is expected to be PACKED! The gates open at 8am, but people have been queueing since the wee hours and I’m not surprised when you consider who will be performing.

Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA perhaps??
Beyonce
Jon Bon Jovi

and more. This is a concert that everyone wants to be a part of and luckily they can. The concert is being broadcast on radio stations around the country check out where you can hear it from here.

To fight off the cold I would be taking in some Snuggler with me, this is a drink that is simply peppermint schnapps added to hot chocolate – delicious! Having said that I doubt that alcohol will be allowed so maybe you should stick with filling your thermos with hot coffee!!

If you are listening at home and want to celebrate the Inauguration with a little Inauguration Party of your own please check out my Champagne Cocktails.


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