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Sweet and Spicy Mango Jalapeno Margaritas

Sweet and Spicy Mango Jalapeno Margaritas


These mango jalapeno margaritas are a little sweet, a little spicy, with just a squeeze of fresh lime! They're a perfect Cinco de Mayo drink, and a great summer cocktail recipe.

If you love margaritas, you should also check out my Peach Margarita Cupcakes! Super easy, super delicious and super festive!


I love the taste of jalapenos, but my biggest complaint with a lot of jalapeno cocktails is that they're way too spicy. As in, not at all enjoyable. So I set out to create a jalapeno margarita recipe with all the delicious jalapeno flavor, and just a hint of spice. Combined with the sweet, fruity mango, this is a margarita you'll enjoy all summer long!



Makes 1 Margarita

Mango Jalapeno Margarita Ingredients:

1 oz tequila
1/2 oz fresh orange juice
1/2 oz jalapeno simple syrup (recipe below)
1/2 cup mango juice
Juice of half a lime
Ice
Margarita salt

Directions:

To rim the glasses in salt and lime zest, dip the glass in a shallow bowl of fresh lime juice, then dip the glass in a bowl of salt and zest.

Combine the tequila, orange juice, jalapeno simple syrup, mango, lime juice and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake until combined, and then pour into combined cocktail glass! 

Jalapeno Simple Syrup Ingredients:

1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
2 fresh jalapeno peppers, stemmed and sliced lengthwise

Jalapeno Simple Syrup Directions: 

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, and stir constantly until all the sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil, continuing to stir. Once you reach a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 3-5 minutes.

Remove from heat, and steep for 10 minutes for mild jalapeno simple syrup and 20-30 for spicy jalapeno syrup. Be sure to taste the syrup along the way, so that when it reaches your desired spice level you can strain the pepper out. Strain through a fine mesh strainer, and remove all the pepper. Allow to cool completely.


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Blackberry Moscow Mules

Blackberry Moscow Mules


It feels like spring is just around the corner here. Almost all of our snow is melted, and I'm SO ready for those warm temps (I'm not asking for much, maybe like 65? 70?), fresh flowers, the smell of cut grass...ahh!! I'm ready!

One thing that Jordan and I love to do in the warmer weather is make ourselves a special cocktail, and go sit out on our back patio after Charlotte goes to sleep. We have a pond back there, and in the summer it's full of frogs and sounds like a sound machine. It's such a nice and relaxing way to end the day!

That moment is what I had in mind when I was putting together this blackberry moscow mule recipe! The fresh blackberries are a delicious way to add natural, fruity taste and jazz up the recipe a bit! Plus with no extra equipment or specialty ingredients needed, it's an easy twist on the classic cocktail too.


Whenever I'm mixing cocktails, I always use the best ingredients that I can, because it honestly makes such a huge difference. For moscow mules, I care most about a top quality ginger beer. We've always found Fever-Tree to have really good, fresh ginger flavor which is so important in a moscow mule! This post is not in any way sponsored by Fever-Tree, it's just what we always use! Also I definitely recommend using fresh lime juice - there's just nothing that can compare! 


Ingredients:

1/4 cup fresh blackberries
1 mint leaf
1 oz vodka
1 oz fresh lime juice
6 oz ginger beer

Directions:

Place copper mug in the fridge to cool. Muddle together the blackberries and mint in a large glass. Add the vodka, lime juice and ginger beer, and stir to combine.

Fill your chilled copper mug with ice, and strain the blackberry mixture into the mug. Garnish with extra blackberries and mint, and enjoy!







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Easy Strawberry Bellini Champagne Cocktail

Easy Strawberry Bellini Champagne Cocktail


We've made it to Friday! Another week behind us, and the weekend ahead! I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Valentine's Day yesterday. With the holiday on a Thursday this year, I feel like that lends itself to being celebrated all weekend, don't you? And these strawberry bellinis are a perfect weekend brunch cocktail!

I love a good mimosa, but sometimes it's fun to mix up the brunch routine. Bellinis are traditionally made with a fruit puree, and topped with champagne. What that means is that unlike mimosas with orange juice, you can really control how much sugar goes into these. Perfect if you're like me, and like your drinks on the dry side!



And if you love champagne (who doesn't!), check out this post on sparkling wine and food pairings, or this post for 5 tips for hosting a sparkling wine party!

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I love that this is an easy cocktail for a crowd - ladies brunch, anyone? But you can also make the puree and store it in the fridge for a few days, so whenever your fancy strikes for a champagne cocktail, it's prepped and ready to go! 


Serves 2

Ingredients:

1/2 cup fresh strawberries
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon granulated sugar (optional)
Your favorite sparkling wine (I'm currently loving this one!)

Directions: 

Puree the strawberries, lime juice and sugar in your blender or food processor. Top with champagne or sparkling wine and serve!


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Mango Elderflower Martini

Mango Elderflower Martini


Happy Friday everyone! We're only a few days away from the weekend, and boy am I ready! It's been a doozy of a few weeks with colds in our house, and we are finally on the mend! To celebrate, I'm sharing my new favorite cocktail with you! This mango elderflower martini is fruity, flowery and not too sweet - a perfect cocktail recipe in my book!


You may remember last week I shared my Galentines's Brunch Tablescape, which was inspired by the pantone color of the year - coral! When I was putting together this martini, I had in mind that it would be the Valentine's Day cocktail to coordinate with that event!

I think these love cocktail picks are too cute! It's a funny thing - ever since I ordered them, I've been seeing them everywhere! Does that ever happen to you? For these martinis I cut out hearts from fresh mango, which added such a fun touch. Then I coated the martini glass rims in some red sugar sprinkles. Perfect for a fun celebration with friends!





Ingredients: 

1 shot St. Germaine Liqueur
1 shot gin (I prefer Bombay Sapphire)
1 shot mango juice
Ice

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, and shake well. Pour into a martini glass, and serve immediately. Cheers!




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3 Perfect Wines For Valentine's Day

3 Perfect Wines For Valentine's Day


There's only one more week of January - can you believe that?? We're almost one month down of 2019. I should probably start working on my resolutions haha! And that also means that Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and will be here before we know it! Now you guys know me, and you know that I love wine. So I put together a list of some of my favorites that would be perfect for a romantic dinner, girls night, glass after the kids go down and you eat thai takeout - whatever the evening looks like for you, it will look better with a glass of one of these delicious wines in your hand!


Maryhill Winery, 2012 Serendipity

I've loved Maryhill's wines for a long time - we finally joined their wine club about a year ago (we should have joined sooner!) and always look forward to those shipments! They have tasting rooms in Goldendale, Spokane, and are just about to open a new tasting room in Vancouver this April! Definitely pay them a visit if you're in the area. I really love all of their wines, and the Serendipity is no exception. It's really smooth, and would pair well with whatever your Valentine's Day meal looks like! We drank it while eating my White Wine and Parmesan Risotto, and it was soooo delicious! It would also be amazing with a steak or pork. (When you order this wine, also grab a bottle of their rosé! It's my favorite!!)

Merry Cellars, 2016 Dolce Vita

Merry Cellars is our local winery in town - you probably see me mention them all the time on Instagram stories! We love their wine and hanging out in their tasting room in Pullman. I'm not usually a fan of dessert wines, but I looooove Dolce Vita. It's made from merlot that's co-fermented with blackberries, which makes for a really deep, jammy and fruity wine. Dolce Vita is really special, and would be the perfect Valentine's Day treat!

Yarden, 2008 Blanc de Blancs

No Valentine's Day wine list would be complete without a sparkling wine, am I right? This sparkling wine is so good - I love how bright, fresh and fruity it is! It would be perfect with light appetizers like a cheese plate or these smoked salmon appetizers, and would also be amazing for a brunch! If you're looking to pair this with your Valentine's Day dinner, I'd recommend it with my Lemon and Garlic Salmon, or a light chicken. And grab another bottle while you're at it, because I know you'll love the Blanc de Blancs as much as I do!

I hope you all find a new wine to love on this list - be sure to let me know if you try one and report back! And if you love wine, check out this recipe for Merlot Chocolate Truffles - they will blow your mind!!

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Ginger Pear Champagne Fizz

Ginger Pear Champagne Fizz


Happy New Years Eve everyone!! One more day of 2018, we've got this!! I'm sharing a new cocktail with you today, to kick off New Years celebrations. This cocktail recipe was inspired by my love of fresh ginger, paired with sweet pear and of course - champagne! It wouldn't be a New Years Eve cocktail without champagne, right? And there is one extra ingredient in there - just a dash of gin! The herbiness of gin compliments the fresh ginger so well, I just had to add it in.


I love easy cocktail recipes. Especially if I'm hosting a dinner or cocktail party, I don't want to be busy mixing cocktails with no time to talk with my friends. Since I know a lot of you are celebrating tonight, I wanted to create a super simple, super quick and super DELICIOUS cocktail for you to share with loved ones as you ring in the new year! You can even mix this together and just top with champagne before serving. Done, done and done! Cheers, and happy New Year everyone!!




Makes 1 drink

Ginger Simple Syrup Ingredients (makes enough for 8 drinks): 

3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
2 full fresh roots ginger, peeled and chopped

Ginger Simple Syrup Directions: 

Combine the sugar, water and ginger in a small saucepan and bring to a boil uncovered on medium heat. Once a low boil is reached, lower the temperature and simmer until all the sugar is dissolved, stirring often. Simmer about 20-25 minutes, then remove from heat and strain out ginger. Allow to cool completely before using in your cocktails, and store in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Cocktail Ingredients: 

1/2 oz gin (I use Bombay Sapphire)
1 oz pear juice, chilled
1 oz ginger simple syrup (recipe above)
3-4 oz champagne, chilled

Cocktail Directions: 

Combine gin through champagne in a glass, stir, and serve! If you want to pre-mix, stir again before serving because the syrup will sink to the bottom of your container. Then top with champagne and enjoy! 



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Christmas Cardamom Mimosas

Christmas Cardamom Mimosas


I love many things about Christmas - the lights, the baked goods, the presents (duh!), but one of my very favorite things is my family's traditional Christmas morning brunch! This year I'm serving up some Christmas mimosas to accompany our morning festivities!


These are very similar to a traditional mimosa, but have one extra ingredient. Cardamom bitters! Cardamom pairs so deliciously with orange, and is perfect with the sweetness from the champagne. I love that these are so easy too - no need to break out any fancy cocktail shaking equipment for this Christmas cocktail!




Ingredients:

1/3 cup chilled champagne
1/3 cup orange juice
2-3 shakes cardamom bitters

Directions: 

Combine all the ingredients in a champagne flute, stir gently and serve! Easy enough, right?


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Warm & Creamy Pumpkin White Russians

Warm & Creamy Pumpkin White Russians


We're already a week into November (what!) and Thanksgiving is just two short weeks away! I've been working away at holiday recipes, and am so excited to share these pumpkin white russians with you today! They're creamy, pumpkin spicy, with just a hint of coffee from the Kahlua! Basically a spiked pumpkin spice latte - I mean what can be wrong about that??



In our family we like to take our time on Thanksgiving, enjoying conversation and catching up with each other for a while before actually sitting down for dinner. When I started working on this holiday cocktail, I was imagining how delicious these would taste while we nibble on some appetizers like these mini savory apple pies that I shared last week!






Ingredients:

(Makes one drink)

2 oz Vodka
1 oz Kahlua or Baileys
1 oz heavy cream
1 1/2 tablespoons canned pumpkin puree
2 teaspoons pumpkin spice (with any leftovers you can make pumpkin spice latte cupcakes!)

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker half full of ice, and shake well to combine. Serve over ice, and garnish with a little more pumpkin spice or cardamom if you'd like!
 

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