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Cocktail Recipe – Christmas Inspired Cocktails

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Let’s raise a glass of Christmas cheer. It is only a week away, so if you weren’t in the holiday spirit how about we try some holiday… spirits! Whether you like them filled with holiday flavors of mint, cinnamon or orange or enjoy them creamy, or light, I have a Christmas cocktail just for you!

Christmas Cocktails

 

White Christmas inspired Sobieski Vodka cocktail brings the cheer with cinnamon spice

Sobieski Sleigh – Creamy Vodka Cocktail

2 oz. Sobieski Vanilia Vodka
½ oz. Kerrygold Irish Cream
Splash of pomegranate juice
Cinnamon stick for garnish

Combine Sobieski Vanilia Vodka and Kerrygold Irish Cream into a glass with ice. Top with a splash of pomegranate juice. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and serve.

 
 
 
 

Even the Grinch will smile with the cheer in this Christmas cocktail made of absinthe and mint

The Grinch – Absinthe Cocktail Recipe

1 ½ oz. Lucid Absinthe
½ oz. ginger liqueur
6-8 mint leaves
Soda water

Muddle mint in bottom of glass and fill with ice. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, Lucid Absinthe and ginger liqueur. Shake vigorously and strain into glass. Top with a splash of soda water. Garnish with mint leaves and serve.

 

Inspired by rudolph you will be raising your glass to him for sure.  Christmas cocktail recipe

Reindeer Red – Gin Cocktail
Inspired by Rudolph.

1 oz. Ungava Gin
1 oz. Campari
3 oz. lemon seltzer
1 oz. sparkling wine
Peeled orange slice for garnish

Combine Ungava Gin, Campari, and lemon seltzer in an ice-filled glass. Stir gently to combine. Top off with your favorite sparkling wine. Garnish with a peeled orange slice and serve.

Ring those bells with this Vodka cocktail recipe perfect to celebrate Christmas this year

Jingle Bell on the Rocks – Vodka Cocktail Recipe
1½ oz. Sobieski Raspberry Vodka
½ oz. Crème de menthe
2 oz. Cranberry juice
Lime twist and lime-flavored salt for garnish

Moisten rim of chilled martini glass with crème de menthe; dip into lime-flavored salt to rim, add fresh ice, and set aside. Pour all liquid ingredients into an ice-filled shaker. Shake and strain into garnished martini glass. Garnish with a lime twist and serve.
 
 
 
 
 

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NFL’s Chargers Are Staying In San Diego, For Now

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As if there was any real doubt, but the San Diego Chargers are staying in San Diego! The football team announced last night that they have no intention of going to Los Angeles, at least for the 2015 season. But, between you and me, if San Diego wants to keep the Chargers as part of the Southern California Lifestyle, they should start thinking of ways to get a new stadium.

Chargers Training Center in San Diego, CA

Statement of Mark Fabiani

Special Counsel to the President of the San Diego Chargers

December 16, 2014

On February 1st of every year since 2007, the Chargers have been eligible to terminate the team’s lease for Qualcomm Stadium. And each year since 2007, the Chargers have announced that the team will not exercise the termination clause and instead continue to work toward a permanent stadium solution in San Diego.

Today, the Chargers are making the same announcement that the team has made each year since 2007: The team will not be exercising the lease termination clause and will keep working to find a publicly acceptable way to build a Super-Bowl quality stadium in San Diego. Calendar year 2015 will constitute the team’s fourteenth year of work on a San Diego stadium solution.

(Chargers.com)

14 YEARS of looking for a solution. That is crazy. I must admit that Jack Murphy Stadium, now Qualcomm, holds a special place in my memory, and it is not a terrible stadium, but come on now, 14 years is way too long to sit around wand wait for change. Get it together San Diego!

The Chargers have been in San Diego for almost all of their existence, and with so many season ticket holders here in Southern California it is nice to see that the Chargers want to stay, at least for now.

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Holiday Entertaining: Appetizer Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe

Stuffed Mushroom Appetizer Recipe.  Enjoy this mushroom appetizer recipe before a sit down dinner, with cocktails, or as part of a casual dinner with friends this holiday season

Holiday Appetizer Recipe

This season is full of parties, get togethers and late night snacking. BusyBeeBlogger has the perfect appetizer recipe for your parties. This stuffed mushrooms appetizer recipe is an especially tasty finger food that can be served prior to a a sit down dinner or as part of wine night with friends paired with other appetizers.

Stuffed Mushrooms Appetizer

Ingredients
12 large mushrooms
3 cups stuffing
½ cup green beans (chopped)
¼ cup onion (chopped)
1 tsp garlic (finely minced)
1 tsp parsley (chopped)
1 cup Just Mayo™
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
½ cup panko breadcrumbs

Directions -
Preheat oven to 375˚F Lightly grease a sheet tray. Remove stems from mushrooms and hollow out using a damp paper towel. Pat dry and set aside.
In a large bowl, mix vegetables, stuffing, and Just Mayo™. Then add in spices and seasoning.
Scoop mixture into hollowed out mushrooms, ensuring they are rounded out over the tops.
Sprinkle breadcrumbs over the mushroom stuffing to create a crispy texture.
Bake mushrooms for 10-12 minutes, until tops are golden brown.

We love mushrooms here at BusyBeeBlogger, and this appetizer is perfect for the Christmas and holiday season. You can serve this mushroom recipe before a dinner, or paired together with an assortment of other appetizers as a very casual dinner with friends. Pop in a copy of “White Christmas” and serve these mushroom appetizers with wine, a cheese plate with fruit and meat and you will have instant casual entertaining.

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Gift Guide: Modern Cocktail Lover

Pinup Girl checking her Christmas presents in wrapped packages in front of the fireplace does not know her nightgown is now see through.

This cocktail Thursday is all about the gift giving this year. You are sure to make your cocktail appreciating friend smile with any of these tasteful gifts this holiday season.

Stir and Shake cocktail calendar makes a great gift for the cocktail lover on your list.

Stir and Shake Cocktail Calendar - This calendar is more contemporary art than it is for tracking your daily appointments. The drawings on this cocktail calendar display a favorite drink recipe: Bloody Mary, Rosemary Ginger Hot Toddy, Blood Orange Sidecar, Mojito, Agave Margarita, Garden Sangria, Cucumber Mint Gin + Tonic, Blackberry Smash, Dark + Stormy, Vodka Dirty Martini, Old Fashioned, French 75. Your friends could even frame each month after it passes and keep it as art around the house, office or their own lounge at home. Beautifully done.

Book on the appreciation of spirits, booze and cocktails.  Booze for babes

Booze For Babes- You heard me talk about this book on the radio show Bruja on Books, and I still love it. Do not let the name on the cover fool you , this book is perfect for anyone that wants to learn more about the spirits in their cocktails. This would be especially great for someone just getting into their love of cocktails.

The Rox Ice Ball form helps to add some cool to your chilled cocktails with globes of ice
Rox Ice Ball Maker- These ice balls are the newest must have for all of the cocktail crowd. More form than new function these globes of ice add a little cool to your chilled drinks.

Solid Copper Moscow Mule Mugs make the perfect Christmas gift for the cocktail lover
Solid Copper Mugs - There are the MUST HAVE cocktail gift of the year. Last Christmas you could not find these on the shelves anywhere, but this year the stores are ready and this is the year to get them without breaking the bank. These “Moscow Mule” mugs can be used for a variety of cocktails, including the Moscow Mule, Mint Juleps, Cuba Libres, and diet soda. Your friends will sure to enjoy these beautiful copper cocktail mugs all year long.

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It’s You Versus the Pine Tree Needles – Shark Rocket Vacuum Review

Shark Rocket Vacuum Review. The versatile and lightweight shark rocket vacuum makes cleaning up easy as pie.

Can we talk about the worst part of the holidays? Cleaning up after all the of the wonderful guests that you have coming into your home. That, and pine needles, so. many. pine. needles. All over the floor. I hate Christmas tree needles.

The best way to battle the Christmas tree needles, and the mess from everyone coming to celebrate in your home has to be my new Shark Rocket vacuum. This lightweight and versatile vacuum can take on whatever you throw at it. Heavy traffic dirt, stairs, fine powders (for all of those cookie baking mishaps that are sure to happen) and yes, even pine needles.

stairs make me not want to vacuum ever again.  Thanks to the Shark Rocket Vacuum for making that chore easier.
What really excited me about the new Shark Rocket Vacuum was how lightweight it is. I recently moved into a place that has a set of stairs. I have not had to vacuum stars in years! Then, once all of the boxes are mostly unpacked, and I could not handle to dirt everywhere, I remembered just how awful it is to have to schlep a full size vacuum up and down the stairs. I do not want to do that. Ever. The shark rocket and its detatchable pieces, make vacuuming my stairs less of a terrible chore. It is light, and the chord is long enough that I can go all the way up without worrying I have to stop and plug in somewhere else.

Not only is this Shark Rocket Vacuum good on stairs, it can suck up your baking mishaps. If you follow me on Twitter, you saw that I may or may not have had to put down an entire box of baking soda in the back seat of my car due to a fish mishap. The Shark Rocket adjusted down to a hand held size small vacuum making it perfect for cleaning my SUV. The baking soda did not stand a chance against the Shark Rocket and was gone in no time.

Switch out the accessories on the Shark Rocket Vacuum and it goes from a full size stand up to a hand held in no time.

If you are looking to have a powerful teammate in your corner this year to fight against mess in your home, I suggest you get yourself a Shark Rocket Vacuum. It is lightweight, versatile, and easy to change out all of the accessories. Make your life as easy as possible, you have enough to stress out about during this time of year. But those pine needles don’t have to be one of them.
BusyBeeBlogger was not not financially compensated for our opinion but received a Shark Rocket Vacuum to review. All views and editorial content is our own.
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