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Christmas Cocktails

Christmas through New Years Eve is all about friends, family, dressing up and great parties, cocktails and food. Cocktails are a way to enjoy those time together. Think of the cocktails as another layer of taste that should bring something to the table regardless of if it is the food or cocktail. We have punches, classic drinks, dessert drinks, low proof and well higher proof but all tested and tasting like they should. Find one or more that appeals to you and add them to your menu!

 

 

 

We just love this drink.  It came to us via a friend who imbibed this cocktail at the Liberty House in Portland.  He didn't remember the mixologist's name but did remember the drink.  This is just enough twist on a martini to be very special and unique.

 

This is an interesting drink made with organic Gin and Root Liqueur.  Root is a very cool liqueur made from some of the same ingredients used (a long time ago), to make Root Beer.  We've been having a blast playing with it and if you're interested check out their link.  Root

 

 

If you like pears you'll love this.  Equally good server on the rocks or straight up this drink from from fall to NYE with ease.  Fun fizzy and light this drink is a sure crowd pleaser great for a party or brunch.

 

 

Enlightened Martini is one where the ingredients do matter.  We tried out the line of Dry Fly organic spirits and we really like both the Vodka and the Whiskey.  Here we paired the Vodka with an organic Elderflower liqueur.  All we can say about this is one is not enough.

 

 

Sweet Yule is sweet and spicy all at the same time.  We used Myer's dark rum and Crave to give it a rich robust flavor and then added a little Orange Blossom honey to sweeten it up.  Then we added a hint of citrus with a squeeze of time and dropped some chocolate stars in the bottom.  Bottom's up!

 

 

 

Boxing Day is traditionally December 26th when the wealthy would give gifts to those less fortunate.  Well we're fortunate to share this with all the Bourbon drinkers out there and you don't even have to save it till the 26th!

 

 

 

If you love ginger and Tequila this is a great combo.  The tastes of ginger, lime and fresh cranberries give this drink a tart kick.  We sweetened it up with just a little simple syrup but if you prefer you can omit for a wonderful clean tasting margarita.  We added the limes and cranberries for garnish for a colorful and pretty drink.

 

 

Can you say Christmas Luau?  This is a fun drink that balances the right egg nog with the flavor of the dark rum and coconut vodka.  They combine to create quite a kick.  A fun twist on the classic egg nog drinks so put pull out the flowers, make a lei and do the hula around the fire pit!  It's all fun.

 

 

We worked really hard on this one, in fact we just kept making them so we could refine and try the results.  Well, that's how we spun it...  This is really good and great for a holiday dessert or festive cocktail.  To set these up for parties rim the cocktail glasses in advance and put the stars in the bottom.  Chill in the refrigerator until guests start to arrive.  Everyone loved the little sprinkle of editable gold.  Perfect to ring in the new year with class!

 

 

 

This is our answer to too much sweet.  We love the tart of the cranberry juice and lemon.  Add in cranberry Vodka and Aperol for just a little sweet and you have a great citrus and fruit drink that looks as good as it tastes.  We garnished it with fresh cranberries.

 

 

 

A Christmas riff on the classic Mule.  We used ginger beer Tito's Vodka, we love this vodka it's one of our favorites, and a bit of Green Chartreuse.  Clean, crisp and interesting you can garnish with fresh cranberries on a pic and lime wheels.

 

 

 

Tennessee Honey fits perfectly with the holidays, sweet and savory it makes a great cocktail.  We blended it with rosemary, lime juice to cut the sweet and an egg white foam.  Yum, this is a step above your normal cocktail.  Great for smaller parties where you have time to mix those special drinks.

 

 

We used Wild Turkey 101 to this cocktail with Chai tea and Cherry Heering.  It not only is delicious but has a nice little kick to keep Santa warm as he makes his round the world trip on Christmas Eve.

 

 

 

This is a candy cane in a glass dripped in white chocolate.  A fun festive drink make sure to prepare the glasses ahead of time and store in the fridge.  If both the glass and the syrup are cold they will stick better and not run!  Enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

What would the holidays be with out sparkling wine and Champagne.  This is a deceptively light drink with a sweet finish.  The Vodka and Pama play well with the sparkling wine and the pomegranate seeds add some visual interest and well some anti oxidants if we want to be a little healthy. 

 

 

 

 

 

Hot chocolate, brandy and chocolate liqueur.  What could be better?  Topped off with whipped cream and a chocolate star this cocktail will help keep your guests warm and toasty.  Make the hot chocolate in keep warm in a crock pot then add the brandy and liqueur as you serve.  A chocolate lovers dream.

 

 

 

 

As if the Nutcracker wasn't sweet enough we put together this very sweet but oh so good drink.  One goes a long way and it's more of a dessert than an all evening long cocktail.  Frozen or on the rocks this drink will be the perfect way for the girls to finish up a night at the ballet.

 

 

 

One of the best we've tasted and oh so different.  We started seeing vegetables used in cocktails and we love the color that beet juice gives drinks.  A great blend of flavors and botanicals this one is awesome.

 

 

 

We keep going back to Root, it plays well with so many things.  A twist on a Dark N Stormy we added cloves and fresh ginger to finish up this spicy interesting drink.  Give it a try and you'll see what we're talking about.

 

 

 

This is too fun.  Colorful and pretty with fun ingredients that mix well together.  A interesting combo of east meets west. 

 

A punch that is on the lighter side for those guests who like to keep thing going all night.  Mixes up well in advance and just pour over a glass with fruit and ice already in it for color.  A nice option for a lower proof.

 

 

 

Holiday brunches don't have to serve just boring mimosa's, not that there is anything wrong with them!  The cognac and port go beautifully with coffee and the egg white foam is pretty without adding too much sweet.

 

 

 

After the holiday rush you need a spa day.  Even if you spent all your money and can't afford one it still feels like a day at the spa with this drink.  We used Prairie organic Vodka, amazing. 

 

 

This drink is just fun.  If you love Rum Chata you'll love this drink!

 

 

 

We love discovering new liqueurs to play with.  Pisa is a very interesting nut liqueur and we love the Trader Vic's macadamian nut liqueur.  And yes the Pisa bottle is leaning on its side.  Read about this wonderful liqueur from Tuscany.  Pisa

 

 

 

For easy party giving a punch is the way to go.  Mix up all ingredients except sparkling wine and store overnight or for 4 hours pre party in the fridge.  Pull out and add sparkling wine.  Set the bowl on ice so it doesn't get watered down and set up the punch glass with the fruit in the bottom.  Add an ice bucket and guests and serve themselves!

 

 

 

We're made for this Cinnamon Pear Soda from World Market so we had to come up with the perfect cocktail for it and I think we did.  Give it a try.

 

 

Espresso, Kahlua and Vodka.  A little fine brown sugar on the rim and sip.  ahhhh.....

 

Ginger and Turmeric

Ginger and Turmeric: The miracle spices. Detox while you drink!

With the holidays approaching, you may be planning to overdo it a little. After all, what's Thanksgiving without a bottle of wine? Christmas without Cognac or Eggnog? New Year's Eve without champagne?

No matter how health conscious, your body is probably going to take a hit this month, between the rich food and the alcohol. The holy trinity of sugar, cheese, and booze will bless us all. And many of us might regret it, come January 2nd.

But there are some potent anti-inflammatory spices to add to your food and drink to combat the aging effects of all that revelry. Ginger and turmeric, antioxidants extraordinaire. Versatile little roots, they do everything from soothing heartburn to calming stomachs to fighting acne to warding off that winter cold you're just bound to catch on your flight home for Christmas.

The best curries use ample supplies of both. Ginger's heat has curative properties and turmeric is a purifier like no other. Stir fresh ginger into stirfries and add a hefty shake of ground gurmeric to add a kick to your dinner. Boil peeled fresh ginger root in a tea to aid with digestion.

The great news is that both ginger and turmeric can be added to cocktails, so you can detox while you drink! Ginger adds an herbal, fragrant tanginess to any basic cocktail, and is pairable with almost every kind of liqueur or alcohol. Turmeric is the perfect spicy addition to your classic bloody mary. Its anti-inflammatory agents will work in tandem with the lycopene in the tomato juice to help your body eliminate a buildup of toxins. Turmeric has also been shown to improve memory, which is helpful when you're trying to recall what damage you did at the office holiday party or remember all the names of your second cousins at the family Christmas.

The French Word

 

 

A French spin on the classic, and under rated, Final Word one of our contest entries by Matt Cowan:

Ingredients:

3/4oz Cognac (Courvoisier) 
3/4oz fresh lemon juice
3/4oz yellow Chartreuse 
1oz Ginger liqueur (Domain de Canton)

Preparation:
Build the cocktail in a tin or glass. Add ice and shake all ingredients together. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass or champagne flat. Garnish with very thin slices of ginge

http://midnightmixologist.com/french-word

 

Santa's Mule

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An earthy botanical drink with the combination of the sweet of the cranberry Vodka and the spicy notes of the Green Chartuese and Ginger Beer, this is a different kinda cocktail that could make Santa trade his reindeer in for this mule. Move over Rudolf!

Ingredients: 

1 1/2 oz Cranberry Vodka
3/4 oz Green Chartuese
1 oz Ginger Beer
Splash of Cranberry Juice

Preparation:

Pour all ingredients into a shaker glass filled with ice.   Shake well strain into a copper cup fresh from the freezer filled with ice and garnish with a lime wheel and a cranberry pic. 

http://midnightmixologist.com/Santas-Mule

 

Healthy Bloody Mary

From http://my.clevelandclinic.org/giving/news-events/publications/catalyst_e_news/archive/7-12/healthy-indulgences.aspx

Ingredients:

1 tbsp kale
2 tsp fresh ginger 
2 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp turmeric
1 1/2 oz vodka
4 oz tomato-based vegetable juice
1 celery stalk, for garnish

Preparation:

Purée kale using a blender or food processor. Grate ginger into a bowl.

Combine puréed kale, ginger, ground pepper and turmeric in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Add vodka and vegetable juice, and shake. Strain over glass filled with ice, and garnish with celery before serving.

 

It's important to remember not to go overboard this holiday season. But if you do, employ some ginger and turmeric in your food and beverages to help get your body back on track.

 

Lauren Eggert-Crowe (laureneggertcrowe.com)

@laureggertcrowe on Twitter

Thanksgiving Cocktails

Thanksgiving is all about friends, family and food. Cocktails are a way to enjoy those time together. Think of the cocktails as another layer of taste that should bring something to the table regardless of if it is the food or cocktail. We have punches, classic drinks, dessert drinks, low proof and well higher proof but all tested and tasting like they should. Find one or more that appeals to you and add them to your menu!

 

 

 

 

Perfect for family gathering, Thanksgiving or parties where you want to offer a lower proof punch, this cocktail is perfect. Amaretto Cider makes up well into a batch and keeps everyone enjoying the party for those long Fall afternoons.

 

Fall drinks with Cider signal the coming of cooler temps and football games. One of our favorite times of the year. Spiced Rum, Cider and Apple Juice make a great drink that will make your party something special. Try Bobbing For Apples for you next party.

Classic drinks are classic for a reason!  This is a great low proof drink that goes well in a party situation or to sip with dessert.  

 

 

Fall in Tennessee is the quensiential Fall lDrink. Smooth and sweet with a back end of ginger and a hint of cinnamon this one checks all the boxes.

 

The origins of the French Connection is vague but the drink is not. This is a great after dinner drink. Great for sipping with Cognac and Amaretto it counts on great ingredients instead of mixers to give it its unique taste. With drinks like this it is always best to use the best ingredients you can afford. We like Amaretto DiSaronno and Hennessey VSOP in ours. Affordable but still great quality.

 

 

 

 

What a great drink! If you like gingerbread you will love this Honey Gingerbread. Smooth, sweet and flavorful it is a great drink to serve with food and for parties. It will go with anything! The lime cuts the sweetness a little and adds a tart after bite.

 

 

This is amazing, it's pumpkin pie with a kick. If you love pumpkin pie with a scoop of ice cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon, you will love, love love this drink. Pumpkin Pie Martini is like fall in a glass. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

OMG, this is like drinking your favorite candy bar! Salted Caramel Martini is awesome if you you want something sweet and yummy. Vanilla Vodka, Frangelico and Kahlua along with some salted Caramel Syrup blend to perfection.

 

 

 

Cider and Gin, what's not to like. Try the Stiff Upper Lip and enjoy the taste of Fall. We used a smoother Gin like Blue Coat American Gin versus one with heavy juniper notes. Your preference but either way this one was a winner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This drink can be served warm or cold. Great for a Halloween party or family party this drink has a little kick but not too much. This also can translate well into a non-alcholic drink for those designated drivers. Try the Warm Apple Glow and you'll know what I mean.

 

 

 

 

Anyone for pie? Apple Pie Martini is just that, lots of apple pie taste with a nice little kick! Save one of these for after dinner or just to get the party started.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a great drink for fall and holiday parties!  The Pecan Pie Martini is sweet, beautiful to look at and tastes just like a Pecan Pie.  

 

 

 

 

If you like pecan pie, this Chocolate Pecan Pie Martini is for you. Amazing good and the perfect holiday drink for those family get togethers or fun parties. They go down easy and sweet with just the right amount of kick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drinking in LA as Summer turns to Fall

When people ask if I'm a white wine girl or a red wine girl, I say it depends on the season. When the temperature drops, give me a robust oaky wine to enjoy alongside pasta or roasted vegetables. But this time of year, it's all about the Sauvignon Blancs, the Pinot Grigios and the Chardonnays.

 

It's also all about the delicious bubbly cocktails. Best enjoyed on patios, lawns, and roofs.

 

Here are some of my favorite places in L.A. to enjoy the nectar of Dionysus. Make sure to get a designated driver, walk, or take public transit, because these concoctions are so good, it's hard to just have one!

 

Sunset Beer, Echo Park

Not even two years old, Sunset Beer is already an Echo Park fixture. There's something for everyone here, as they offer an incredibly broad selection of craft and imported beers. I'm partial to their Belgian lambics, the Maui Coconut Porter, and, yes, the Banana Bread Beer. Take a six pack home from their well-stocked refrigerators, or have one of their very friendly bartenders pour you a glass of whatever's on tap (it changes regularly). Show up for Beer Flight Night and get a reasonably priced sampling of the latest drafts.

 

No matter how crowded Sunset Beer gets, it seems like there is always plenty of seating room, whether on the outside patio or the leather armchairs indoors. If you've got a group of friends, order a pizza for delivery from Two Boots down the street or some burritos from the Tacos Arizas truck, and set up a board game (Sunset Beer has plenty to choose from, whether you like checkers, Battleship or Settlers of Catan)

 

Barnsdall Park Friday Wine Tastings, Los Feliz

 

Feeling high brow? For $25 you can spring for tickets to this swanky sunset event. It's a mellow evening that, for the price of admission, includes a limited edition wine glass, and a sampling of four wines from Silverlake Wine. Bring a picnic lunch and watch the sunset over the Hollywood hills and feel oh-so-classy.  They've closed for the season but will be back in 2014!

 

Berlin, Long Beach

 

For $20 you can get a delectable brunch and a bottomless mimosa at this hip outdoor cafe in the heart of downtown Long Beach. Take the Metro Blue Line there from downtown for an extra-romantic (and responsible) experience. Mimosas get overlooked when we think about the best summer cocktails. But there is something so refreshing, satisfying, and yet gorgeously simple about them.

 

Perch, Downtown

If rooftop dining is your style, you can't miss Perch. Atop a vintage art deco building, Perch is the kind of rooftop bar you see in movies and TV shows all the time. There are fireplaces and firepits, lounge seating, and plenty of room to stand and mingle. Their cocktails are artfully made, with evocative names like Hemingway on the Beach, Midnight in Paris, and Violent.

 

We can count on that summer weather lasting at least another month here, but the days are getting shorter, and that bright-hot feeling of summer will soon fade. So celebrate it before Red-Wine-at-Home season starts.

Drinking Vinegars and Shrubs hit Mixology

Drinking vinegars have been around for centuries and have been showing up in Mixology Bars and recipes over the last few years.  There are a few ready made drinking vinegars and shrubs that are readily available to be used in drinks like the SOM brand produced by the Pok Pok restaurant in Portland, OR.  Another good source is Shrub and Company which also has some great recipes for using their vinegars.  Pok Pok Drinking Vinegars include Apple, Pomegranate, Pineapple, Tamarind, Raspberry, Ginger and Thai Basil.  We tried all of them and we liked the Pomegranate, Pineapple, Raspberry and Ginger the best.  The Apple, Tamarind and Thai Basil were earthier and would most likely take a little longer to find the perfect drink to complement their unique taste.

The great part of drinking vinegars is the they are very easy to make and great fun to experiment with different fruits, vinegars and sweeteners to make the ones that fit your taste profile. 

The history of drinking vinegars goes back to ancient Babylonia and have been used for multiple purposes.  From its healing properties, ability to kill germs, preserve food and as a digestive aide, vinegar has been around since people determined that wine will eventually turn into vinegar if left long enough.  Caesar's armies drank vinegar as did Hannibal's.    There are many Biblical references of vinegar that was drunk after being sweetened with honey.  The drink may go all the way back to Hippocrates and was called Oxymel which was used medicinally.  It was just a mix of water, honey and vinegar.

One of the best ancient stores involves Cleopatra and a pearl.  She bet her lover Marc Anthony that she could spend 10 million sesterces on one meal.  In order to do this she put a very large pearl in vinegar disolved it and then drank it as a cocktail.  For many years this was supposed to be just legend but Discovery channel set out to replicate the experiment just to see if it could be done!  Click here to read the full story of a very expensive bar bet.

In Colonial times vinegar was used in "Haymakers" punch.  Other names it went by included switchel or switzel.  It contained water, a sweetener, (honey, molasses, maple syrup or sugar), ginger and cider vinegar.  This drink helped rehydrate the farmers working in the fields harvesting the hay by hand, hence the name, Haymaker.  Since all the ingredients were high in potassium it allowed them to work longer and experience less fatigue.  Much like the energy drinks of today.

There are also shrubs, vinegars that include fruit and sometimes alcohol.  The name most likely is from the Arabic word for drink.  There are multiple ways to make shrubs some take a couple weeks others in less than an hour.  We've gathered a couple of recipes to get you started.

Strawberry Shrub:

1 cup of mashed fruit most berries work really well we used strawberries for the example below.

1 cup cider vinegar

1 c sugar

Blueberry Shrub:

Mix vinegar and berries together and heat to boiling.  Continue to boil for 10 minutes.  Strain out the berry pulp using cheese cloth.  While still hot add sugar then allow to cool.  Mix until the sugar dissolves.  Stores in the refrigerator for up to 30 days.  Mix with club soda in a 1:5 ratio or to taste.

4 cups fresh blueberries

2 cups cider vinegar

2 cups sugar

Using non-metal container add blueberries and vinegar.  Refrigerate for 3 days.   Pour through a sieve into a bowl mashing the fruit to release the liquid.  Pour the liquid into a medium sauce pan and add sugar.  Boil for 3 minutes then allow to cool.  Chill and use in a 1:4 ratio with either water or club soda.

We adapted a couple of our drinks, Strawberry Thyme Lemonade and and Basil Blueberry Lemonade, to try out the taste of our homemade shrubs by substituting the shrub for the lemonade.  We also went Organic to try the healthiest attempt at a cocktail.  The vinegar ended up taking on much of the same flavor as the lemonade did, sweet and tart at the same time.  There is a residual smell of vinegar but after the first couple of sips it didn't seem as strong.

Basil Blueberry Lemonade

2 oz of Organic Vodka, we used Square One

1/4 cup Organic Blueberries

4 med sized Organic Basil leaves

1 oz Blueberry Shrub

4 oz of Club Soda

In a large glass shaker muddle blueberries and basil. Add all liquid ingredients except soda. Stir and strain into a collins glass filled with ice. Top with club soda. Add a few blueberries and garnish with a piece of basil.

 

Strawberry Thyme Lemonade

2 oz of Organic Vodka, we used Square One

1 cup Organic Strawberries, save a hand full for garnish

2 med sized Organic Thyme Stems

1 oz Strawberry Shrub

4 oz of Club Soda

In a large glass shaker muddle strawberries and 1 stem of thyme. Add all liquid ingredients except soda. Stir and strain into a collins glass filled with ice. Top with club soda. Add a few sliced strawberries and garnish with a thyme stem and a lime slice and whole strawberry.

Gin Heaven

Most people’s first experience with gin is terrible, I know mine was, but then again most people try a terrible gin to start with.  My first time trying gin was awful and it frankly put me off gin for a long time.  I then went through the long arduous journey that is learning how to drink, from cheap as I can get vodka mixed with those saccharinely sweet mixers, to drinking over proofed rums with any type of mixer that would even remotely mix.  I then started to actually drink like an adult, or so I thought, drinking my vodkas and whiskeys with very little, if any, mixer.  Then came the day that a friend offered me a gin and tonic, I scoffed and said “Really?!  Gin is terrible, you really drink that stuff?” then I tried it.  It was a Bombay Safire and tonic, my drinking life was changed forever, and I’ve never looked back. 

Recently I’ve rekindled my love affair with gin, trying some new, and new to me gins that I have found to be top notch.  My favorite gin at the moment is a newer gin out of Philadelphia called Bluecoat American Dry Gin.  It has a clean crisp gin with notes of citrus making it great for a gin and tonic or a dry martini with a twist.  I love to drink this gin on a hot day with some tonic and a lime wedge.  It makes for a refreshing drink that goes down smooth with a crisp and clean finish that leaves you wanting another taste. 

My second favorite gin is Hendrick’s Dry Gin.  It is infused with cucumber and rose to make it great to mix into your favorite herbal cocktail, I found it quite delicious in an Aviation, 2 oz gin, 1/4 oz crème de violette, 1/2 oz marachino liqueur, and muddled lemon, shaken over ice and served in a cocktail glass. Garnished with a cherry  Or if you prefer to experience it in its own right it makes a fantastic gin and tonic with an unexpected twist. 

Rounding out my top three gins is Fifty Pounds Gin a very traditional English gin.  It has the classic juniper flavor of you expect of a traditional gin.  It makes for the perfect classic martini with a touch of vermouth and a few olives, I like to use some that have been bottled in vermouth themselves.  No matter which you decide to try for yourself you won’t be disappointed, that is if you know how enjoy a quality cocktail. - Midnight Mixologist

Jello Shots

Well Jello Shots and Mixology are pretty far apart but you know what, they're fun! So we thought it would be great to do some layered ones in sports colors like Orange and Blue or Garnet and Gold. They turned out great and really fun. The fans gathered at our house really had a good time with their school colors. So try something a little light hearted and fun. Besides everyone loves jello.


 

ADAM AND EVE

3/4 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 box of Lemon Jello (3 oz size) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/2 cup of cold water, 1/4 cup of Brandy, and 1/4 cup of Pomogranate Liqueur and 1/4 cup of Gin. Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot cups.


ALABAMA SLAMMER

3/4 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 package of Lemon Jello (3 oz) and stir until everything is completely dissolved and then add 1/3 cup of coldwater. Next, add 1/3 cup of Amaretto, 1/4 cup of Southern Comfort, and 1/3 cup of Sloe Gin. Mix throuroughly until everything is well combined and the carefully pour into jello shot cups. Chill for 3 to 4 hours and serve.

ALL NIGHTER 1 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 box of Cherry Jello (3 oz size) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/2 cup of cold water and 1/2 cup of Watermelon Vodka. Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot cups.


ANKLE BREAKER

1 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 envelope of Lime Jello (3 oz size) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/2 cup of cold water, 1/4 cup of 151 Rum, and 1/4 cup of Cherry Brandy. Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot cups.


APPLE PIE

1 1/2 cups ofboiling water. Dissolve 2 boxes of Lemon Jello (3 oz size) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1 cup of cold water, 1/2 cup of Light Rum, 1/2 cup of Sweet Vermouth, 1/4 cup of Apple Brandy and 1/4 cup ofGrenadine. Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot cups.

BAHAMA MAMA (boil 1 cup water, add watermelon jello, 1/2 cup Malibu rum, 1/2 cup peach schnapps)


BANANA BOAT

1 cup of water. Dissolve 1 box of Pineapple Jello (3 oz size) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/2 cup of cold water, 1/4 cup of Coconut Rum , and 1/4 cup of Banana Liqueur. Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot cups.

BANANA SPLIT

1 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 box of Strawberry Jello (3 oz size) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/4 cup of cold water, 1/4 cup of Vodka, and 1/4 cup ofBanana Liqueur and 1/4 cup of Creme de Cacao. Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot cups.


BAT OUT OF HELL

1 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 package of Orange Jello (3 oz) and stir for at least 2 minutes until fully dissolved. Add 1/2 cup of Red Bull, 1/4 cup of Rumand 1/4 Blue Curacao. Stir until well combined and cool before pouring into jello shot cups.


BEER (boil 1 cups water, add strawberry jello, add 1 cup any malt liquor)

BERMUDA TRIANGLE

1 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 box of Orange Jello (3 oz size) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/2 cup of cold water, 1/4 cup of Spiced Rum and 1/4 cup of Peach Schnapps. Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot


BLACK CAT

1 cup of boilingwater. Dissolve 1 package of Raspberry Jello (3 oz) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/4 cup of cold water, 1/2 cup of Black Vodka, and 1/4 cup of Chambord. Stir well and wait until the liquid is about room temperature before pouring into jello shot cups.


BLACK WIDOW

1 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 package of Grape Jello (3 oz) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/4 cup of cold water, 3/4 cup of Blackberry Vodka and 1/8 teaspoon of Ginger Powder. Stir well and cool slightly before pouring into jello shot cups. For a schnazzy garnish, drop a singleblackberry in each cup before chilling


BLUE FIRECRACKER

(boil 1 cup water, add berry blue jello, 1/2 cup vodka, 1/2 cup peach schnapps)


BLUEBERRY

(boil 1 cup water, add blueberry jello, 1 cup blueberry vodka)


BROKEN HEART

1 cup of boiling water . Dissolve 1 package of of Orange Jello (3 oz size) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/2 cup of cold water, 1/4 cup of Vodka, and 1/4 cup of Chambord. Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot cups.


CARIBBEAN

(boil 1 cup water, add strawberry-banana jello, Cruzan banana rum


CARIBOU LOU

(1/2 cup boiling water 1/2 cup pineapple juice boiled, add pineapple jello, 1/2 cup Malibu Rum, 1/2 cup Triplesec)


CHERRY BOMB

(boil 1 cup redbull, add cherry jello, 1 cup vodka and drop in one maraschino cherry, step up before firmed.)


CHERRY COLA

(boil 1 cup coke, add cherry jello, 1 cup cold cola, 1/2 cup amaretto, 1/2 cup spiced rum)


COSMOPOLITAN

(boil 1 cup water with a splash of lime juice, add cranberry jello, 1/2 cup vodka, 1/2 cup triple sec)


COUGH DROP

1 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 3 oz package of Strawberry Jello and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/2 cup of cold water, 1/2 cup of Jagermeister. Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot cups.


CRYPTINI

1 cup of HotCoffee. Dissolve 1 envelope of Knox Gelatin and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/3 cup of Iced Coffee, 1/3 cup of Vodka, and 1/3 cup of Kahlua. Stir well and wait until the liquid has cooled before pouring into jello shot cups.


DEVILS KISS

1 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 envelope of Knox Gelatin and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/4 cup of cold water, 1/2 cup of Goldschlager, and 1/4 cup of Bacardi-151. Stir well and wait until the liquid has cooled before pouring into jello shot cups. if you double up the Knox Gelatin in this one you can eliminate the cup serve these up as jigglers!!


DREAMSICLE

(boil 1 1/3 cup water & 2/3 cup OJ, add orange jello, 1 cup vanilla vodka 1/2 cup raspberry or berry vodka, 1/2 cup KeKe Beach Key Lime Cream Liqueur)


FIRECRACKER

2 3/4 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 box of Orange Jello and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/4 cup of cold water, 1/3 cup of Sloe Gin ,and 1/3 cup of Spiced Rum and 1/3 cup of 151 Rum. Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot cup


FRENCH TICKLER

1 cup of boilingwater. Dissolve 1 package of Orange Jello (3 oz) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/4 cup of cold water, 1/4 cup of Cinnamon Schnappsand 1/2 cup of Vodka. Stir well and wait until the liquid has a chance to cool before pouring into jello shot cups.


FRUIT PUNCH

(boil 1 cups water, add mixed fruit jello, 1/2 cup blueberry vodka, 1/2 cup raspberry vodka)


FUZZY NAVEL

(boil 1 cup water, add 3 oz orange jello, 2 oz vodka, 6 oz peach schnapps


GIN & TONIC

(boil 1 cup tonic water, add lime jello, 1 cup gin)


GRAPE CRUSH

(boil 1 cups water, add grape jello, 1/2 cup plain vodka, 1/2 cup chambord)


HARVEY WALLBANGER

1 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 package of Orange Jello (3 oz) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/4 cup of cold water, 1/2 cup of Vodka and 1/4 cup ofGalliano. Stir well until completely combined and wait until the liquid has cooled before pouring into jello shot cups.


HAWAIIAN

(boil 1 cup water, add pineapple or blueberry jello, 1 cup coconut rum)

JAGER BOMB

boil 1 cup red bull (in place of water), add black cherry or orange jello, 1 cups jager.

JAGERMASTER

1 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 box of Orange Jello (3 oz size) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/2 cup of cold water, 1/4 cup of Jagermeister, and 1/4 cup of Amaretto, and a just a splash of Grenadine. Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot cups.

JAGERMONSTER

1 cup of boiling water . Dissolve 1 package of Orange Jello and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/4 cup of cold water ,1/2 cup of Jagermeister, and 1/4 cup of Grenadine. Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot cups.

JOLLY RANCHER

(boil 1 cup water, add melon jello, 1/2 cup vodka, 1/2 cup apple pucker)

JUICY FRUIT

3/4 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 box of Pineapple Jello (3 oz size) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/4 cup of cold water, 1/3 cup of Vodka, and 1/3 cup ofMelon Liqueur and 1/3 cup of Peach Schnapps. Stir well and cool

KILLER KOOL AID

1 1/2 cups of boiling water. Dissolve 2 boxes of Cranberry Jello (3 oz size) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 3/4 cup of cold water, 1/2 cup of Vodka, 1/2 cup of Gin, 1/4 cup of Rum, 1/4 cup of Chambord and 1/4 cup of Triple Sec. Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot cups.

KINKY MALIBU BARBIE

Boil 1 cup water, add peach jello, 1/2 cup Kinky Liquer, 1/2 cup Malibu Coconut Rum.

KOMANIWANALAYA

2 cups of boiling water. Dissolve 1 box of Pineapple Jello and 1 box of Cranberry Jello (both 3 oz size) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1 cup of cold water, 1/2 cup of Amaretto, and 1/2 cup of 151 Rum. Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot cups.

LEMON DROP

(boil 1 cup water, add lemon jello, citrus vodka, top with sugar sprinkles just before its fully set up)

LEMON LIME

(boil 2 cups sprite, add lemon and lime jellos, 2 cups citrus vodka)

LETHAL INJECTION

2 cups of boiling water. Dissolve 1 package of Orange Jello (3 oz) and 1 package ofPineapple Jello (3 oz) and stir at least 2 minutes until completely dissolved. Add 1 cup of cold water followed by 1/4 cup of Amaretto, 1/4 cup of Coconut Rum, 1/4 cup of Dark Rum and 1/4 cup of Spiced Rum. Stir well and wait until the liquid has cooled before pouring intojello shot cups.

LIME IN THE COCONUT

(boil 1 cup water, add watermelon jello, 1 cup Malibu Coconut Rum)

LONG ISLAND ICED TEA

and measure 1 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 2 packages of Lemon Jello (3 oz) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/2 cup of Cola and 1/2 cup of cold water. Now get ready to add the alcohol - 1/2 cup of Gin, 1/2 cup of LightRum, 1/2 cup of Vodka and 1/2 cup of Tequila. Stir until everything is well combined and let it cool before pouring into jello shot cups.

MARGARITA

boil 1 cup water, add 3 oz pkg lime jello, 4 oz tequila, 4 oz sweet & sour margarita mix. sprinkle with salt just before firm. (substitue watermelon jello for lime for a melon margarita)

MIMOSAS

this one varies from the normal method Since champagne isn't as strong as liquor, cut the water out of this one. boil one cup champagne, mix orange jello 2 min, add one more cup champagne and a splash of OJ.

MOJITO

(1 cup boiling water, 3 oz box lime jello, 6 oz white rum, 2 oz cold water. top with mint leaves chopped and crushed. (or substitue mint leaves with a splash of mint extract in the the boiling water.)

NINJA TURTLE

1 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 box of Orange Jello and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/2 cup of cold water, 1/4 cup of Gin, and 1/4 cup of Blue Curacao. Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot cups.

ORANGE TIC TAC

Boil two cups red bull, mix jello two minutes, add two cups mandarin orange vodka

PAIN KILLER

3/4 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 box of Pineapple Jello (3 oz size) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/4 cup of cold water, 1/3 cup of Dark Rum, 1/3 cup ofCoconut Rum and 1/3 cup of Orange Liqueur. Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot cups.

PIXIE STIX

1 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 box of Lemon Jello (3 oz size) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/2 cup of cold water, 1/4 cup of Southern Comfort, and 1/4 cup of Blackberry Brandy. Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot cups.

PURPLE PEOPLE EATER

1 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 box of Orange Jello (3 oz size) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/4 cup of cold water, 1/2 cup of Bacardi 151, and 1/4 cup of Melon Liqueur. Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot cups

RED HEADED SLUT

boil 1 cup water, add cranberry jello, 1/2 cup peach schnapps, 1/2 cup jager

RED HOTS

(boil 2 cups water, add jello, 1/2 cup cold water, 2 cups Cinnamon Schnapps)

RED SILK PANTIES

1 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 box of Cranberry Jello (3 oz size) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/2 cup of cold water, 1/4 cup of Vodka, and 1/4 cup ofPeach Schnapps. Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot cups.

RUM & COKE

boil 1 cups coke, mix in dark cherry jello add 1 cups light rum

RUMMY BEARS

1 cup boiling water, add any random flavor jello and 1 cup berry vodka, 1 gummy bear in the center of each shot.

SCOOBY SNACKS

1 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 box of Pineapple Jello (3 oz size) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/2 cup of cold water, 1/4 cup of Melon Liqueur, and 1/4 cup of Coconut Rum . Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot cups.

SEX ON THE BEACH

boil 1 cup cranberry juice, add 3 oz pkg orange jello, 3 oz peach schnapps, 5 oz vodka

SILK

Boil one cup champagne, mix in jello for 2 minutes, add one cup champagne and splash of lychee juice from the can.

SOUR APPLE

(in microwavable container, mix 1 small box sour apple jello, 1 pkg knox gelatin and 1 tbs sugar. Stir in 1 cup Mt. Dew and mix well. Microwave on high for 1 min. Stir until powder is dissolved. Mix 2 cups vodka & 3/4 cup Captain Morgan Coconut Rum. mix well and let sit 1 min. pour into cups and refrigerate.)

SQUIRM

(boil 2 1/4 cup water, add 3 small pkgs any flavor jello, 2 cups vodka, 3/4 cup ice cold water. add 1 gummy worm to each shot before firm.

STRAWBERRY DAQUIRI

(boil 1 cup water, add 3 oz package wild strawberry jello, 6 oz white rum, 1 oz sweet & sour or margarita mix.

TIJUANA TAXI

2 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 2 packages ofLemon Jello (3 oz size) and stir at least 2 minutes until fully dissolved.Next, add 1 cup of cold water, 1/2 cup of Tequila, 1/4 cup of Blue Caracao and 1/4 cup of Tropical Fruit Schnapps. Stir until completely combined and give it a chance to cool before pouring into jello shot cups.

WATERMELON

(boil 1 cup water, add watermelon jello,1 cup watermelon vodka)

WHITE LIGHTNING

(boil 1 cup water, add pina colada jello, 1/2 cup vodka, 1/2 cup triple sec)

WOOWOO

2 cups boiling water, add 3 pkgs grape jello, 3 pkgs cranberry/raspberry jello, 3 pkgs strawberry jello, 3 cups vodka, 3 cups peach schnapps, 1 can grape juice concentrate and 1 can cran-raspberry juice concentrate (both undiluted!)

Halloween

 

Halloween is the perfect time for a lot of parties and fun drinks.  We've put together a few that are sure to please from the kick butt ones to the ones that are family friendly and can be converted to non-alcoholic drinks for keeping it tasty for everyone.  Try a few of these and let us know which ones you like!  Pair this up with a scoop of fun like dry ice drinks, spiders and bugs frozen into ice and bobbing for apples and it will be a party to remember.

 

 

 

 

 Perfect for a Halloween Theme party, the All Hallows Eve is a scary twist on a Tequila Sunrise. Easy to make with ingredients that are just as easy to find. One of the best!

 

 

 

 

 

An excellent addition to your Halloween drink menu, the Black Devil is a martini alternative using rum as opposed to gin. Watch out too many of these may bring the devil out in you!

 

 

 

 

 

A great party drink, the Black Magic is fun and easy to drink. This cocktails makes the party just different enough to wow your guests - kinda like adult trick or treat candy in a glass! The Caramel apple soda makes it perfectly suited for Halloween parties.

 

 

 

 

 

The Bloody Bones Martini is a fun twist on a beet martini, much more delicious than it sounds to those who are adverse to veggies. Adding the hard candy bones and beet pieces give this drink the perfect feeling for Halloween!

 

 

 

 

 

Candy Corn has long been a Halloween candy staple, now it is also a Halloween drink must have!

 

 

 

 

 

The Poison gets its distinctive look from the use of black vodka, giving it a truly nightmarish look. If you chill the vodka in the freezer it is easier to keep the layering in place, give it a try the look is very cool.

 

 

 

 

 

The Swamp Thing is a fun Halloween drink that is easy to make with only a few ingredients, making it a perfect party drink. Even better you can pick up all your daily vitamin requirements.

 
 

 

 

 

Perfect for family gathering, Thanksgiving or parties where you want to offer a lower proof punch, this cocktail is perfect. Amaretto Cider makes up well into a batch and keeps everyone enjoying the party for those long Fall afternoons.

 

 

 

 

This is a fun Halloween Drink with the eyeball made from a cherry pepper stuffed with a pimento stuffed pearl onion. Dark Rum, Bloody Mary Mix and the garnish that draws second glances, no pun intended. Well maybe intended. Substitute Vodka or Tequila and pick the bloody mary mix you like the most or make your own from scratch.

 

 

 

Red Devil is a sweet like an 80's drink. We're pretty sure that is where this drink originated!  So for all you 80's fans out there how about a Halloween party with a 80's theme!  Not sure if we can pull off Madonna or MJ but hey that's half the fun.

 

 

 

 

 

Fall in Tennessee is the quensiential Fall Drink. Smooth and sweet with a back end of ginger this one checks all the boxes.  Stays relatively low key for the adults when you get back from all the trick or treating.

 

 

 
 

 

This is amazing, it's pumpkin pie with a kick.  If you love pumpkin pie with a scoop of ice cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon, you will love, love love this drink.  Pumpkin Pie Martini is like fall in a glass.  Enjoy!

 
 

 

 

OMG, this is like drinking your favorite candy bar! Salted Caramel Martini is awesome if you you want something sweet and yummy. Vanilla Vodka, Frangelico and Kahlua along with some salted Caramel Syrup blend to perfection.  So while the kids are sorting their candy you can sort yours!

 

 

 

Warm Apple Glow can be served warm or cold.  Great for a Halloween party or family party this drink has a little kick but not too much.  This also can translate well into a non-alcholic drink for those designated drivers.  Try the Warm Apple Glow and you'll know what I mean. 

 

Still want more?  Halloween drinks in recipes has some more drinks to get you going!  Happy Haunting!

 

Fall Drinks

We put together a bunch of drinks to start Fall off and ease you in to winter. So have a party and pull out the cider and cinnamon and get thinking about cool nights, football games, hikes in the woods and sweaters. These drinks are sure to inspire you to pull out the stops as summer turns to Fall. Need an excuse to throw a party? Football or Halloween parties may be just the thing. 

To start we picked the perfect fall drink, the Fall in Tennessee. One of the drinks created by our in-house-mixologist Fall in Tennessee combines Tennessee Honey, Apple Cider and Cinnamon.  http://www.midnightmixologist.com/Fall-In-Tennessee has the batch recipe so that you can mix up a big tub for your friends.

 

Gotta love the name, Bitch Slap, is a drink that sounds a little mean but is sweet and inviting. Give it a try as an after-dinner-drink or sippling drink.

 

 

 

Honey Gingerbread tastes just like it sounds.  With Tennessee Honey and Ginger it's like comfort food in a glass.  Also, it's great with food, especially steak or pork.  This one will be one you bring back year after year.

 

 

 

Wanna pick a winner for your next get together.  A Royal Flush will be your drink.  Great for football games or poker night this drink has Crown Royal® as a base.  Fall is all about the move to darker liquors and deep fruit tastes.

 

 

 

A warm apple glow is something you will get from Italian Apple Martini and is sure to be a fall hit. One of our favorites using Vodka, Amaretto and Apple Schanpps with a splash of cranberry it will go down smooth and warm.  Give it a try for a fall twist on a vodka martini.

 

 

 

Hop And Skip is a play on some wonderful fall flavors that would be great all the way into the winter. Using Bailey's, Butterscotch Schnapps and Vanilla Liquor can make it a little sweet the addition of the salted caramel brings to mind the best of a salty/sweet dessert.

 

 

 

Some times you just something that is light and good and will keep the party going! Amaretto Cider fills that spot and then some. Try it out and you may never go back!

 

 

 

This is amazing, it's pumpkin pie with a kick. If you love pumpkin pie with a scoop of ice cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon, you will love, love love this drink. Pumpkin Pie Martini is like fall in a glass. Enjoy!

 

 

 

The perfect after dinner drink or fun drink to share with the girls S'mores Martini is yummy. This drink is sweet, strong and smooth. Not to mention it tastes just like S'mores!

 

 

 

Cider and Gin, what's not to like. Try the Stiff Upper Lip and enjoy the taste of Fall. We used a smoother gin like Blue Coat American Gin versus one with heavy juniper notes. Your preference, but either way this one was a winner.

 

 

 

Dark And Stormy gained popularity during the 70's and has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years. Popular down under it is a great drink with a strong kick! We used the classic Rum and Ginger Beer what a treat.

 

 

 

This drink can be served warm or cold. Great for a Halloween party or family party this drink has a little kick but not too much. This also can translate well into a non-alcholic drink for those designated drivers. Try the Warm Apple Glow and you'll know what I mean.

 

LA Brunch

I speak as a devout parishioner of the Church of Brunch. Sunday morning is a day for a slow-rolling wake-up time, donning a lace sundress and floral slingbacks, and joining the hungry congregation on patios, or oak tables or cushioned red booths. It's a Sunday (or Saturday!) tradition of nourishment, mindfulness, and communion. We Instagram our Florentine Benedicts to remind ourselves, “I am here. This is what I did today. Here is simple beauty.”

 


Brunch is not like other meals. It can start early in the day or as late as 1 pm. It accomodates and forgives all wildness from the night before. Hangovers and walk-of-shamers are both welcome at the Church of Brunch. It's a meal meant not to be rushed, but consumed slowly, with many a deep breath and a sip of tea or mimosa in between each bite.

And of course, brunch is an experience. You want to consider the environment of your brunch place of choice, and how you want to spend your Sunday. To that end, I've compiled a list of my favorite brunch spots in Los Angeles, and the accompanying pre-or-post activities.

 

The Park

 

If you crave some hip East-Side Sunday strolling, get a table at this Echo Park fixture and enjoy their fried egg sandwich with caramelized onions, arugula, tomato and gruyere. Got more of a sweet tooth in the morning? Order the brioche French Toast for rich doughy eggy goodness.

 

Afterwards, walk around the newly reopened Echo Park lake, perhaps joining a pickup game of soccer on the lawn if you're not too stuffed from brunch, or perusing the handbags and shoes for sale at the Swap Meet. Take a pedalboat tour around the lake to observe the lotus blossoms up close. Pick up a used novel at Stories Books & Cafe and some records from Origami Vinyl to enjoy when you head home.

Larchmont Bungalow

The Larchmont Famers Market is one of those Sunday staples that every Angelino should try eventually. Get there early to avoid the lines at this popular artisan bakery. If you can handle heavy sweet richness in the morning, and if you have a companion who will share, go for their famous red and blue velvet pancakes with cream cheese frosting, powdered sugar and walnuts. Emphasis on the “cake” in pancake. If you'd rather have protein, any of their Benedicts or Huevos Rancheros will hit the spot. But the basil-infused hollandaise sauce on their Veggie Benedict is a revelation.

 

Pick up a blueberry smoothie to go, or a bag of neon French macarons for later, and then feast your eyes at the Farmers Market next door. The heaps of waxy purple peppers, bouquets of kale, and crates of watermelons or dark rainbow carrots will tempt you to buy ambitiously. (As an alternative, if you're too broke for brunch at the Bungalow, you can get enough free samples from the peach vendors and hummus and olive booths to last you all day!)

Brunch at home!

Not that there aren't hundreds of terrific brunch spots in L.A., but sometimes there is nothing like a Church of Brunch Service you don't even have to change out of your pajamas for. The aforementioned Larchmont Farmers Market, or the Silverlake Farmers Market, or Santa Monica Farmers Market, will supply you with just about everything you need to feed your hungry family or friends in the comfort of your own breakfast nook. Get aspirational and try your hand at a souffle. Luxe up your basic French Toast by adding a few dashes of cardamom, pure orange extract and pure almond extract to the batter. Or spread your table with yogurt, olives, Armenian bread, breakfast meat, sliced cucumbers, grapes, figs, salt, spices, honey and goat cheese for an a la carte style Turkish Breakfast. Every combination works! Add some of our brunch drinks to pull everything together.

 

We all work hard in L.A., and soon enough Monday will come around and remind us of traffic and deadlines. So give yourself the day off on Sunday. Let's bow our heads at the aroma of fresh pancakes. And go in quiche.

By Lauren Eggert-Crow

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