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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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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.

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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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La Costa Resort Gingerbread Festival and Tree Lighting Tonight VIDEO

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Tonight, 12-5-2014, Southern California’s own Omni La Costa Resort and Spa will be hosting its 1st annual gingerbread house festival. North San Diego County really is starting to get the hang of this holiday season thing.

Omni La Costa challenges San Diego bakers and holiday enthusiasts to create a signature Gingerbread house for chance to win $1,000 in cash & prizes, a $1,000 donation to the Carlsbad Boys & Girls Club in their name! (

The Gingerbread Houses have all been judged and they will be announcing the winner of the contest tonight at the La Costa Resort and Spa from December 5th – January 5th.
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Carlsbad Park Hyatt Aviara Kicks Off The Holidays In Style

Carlsbad Hyatt Aviara holiday open house in Southern California near San Diego had perfect weather for the Christmas event

The winter holiday season was on full display this past weekend at Carlsbad’s Park Hyatt Aviara Resort.  On Saturday, Aviara held its first annual Holiday Open House and welcomed everyone from the community to join in on the fun.  Attendees were greeted by carolers in Dicken’s style costume, Christmas tress all through the resort, and a winter wonderland outside.  There were beautfilly decorated gingerbread houses on display as well as a model train in the main entrance.

Park Hyatt Aviara Carlsbad Holiday Open House.  Gingerbread houses brought the Christmas feel to this wonderful winter holiday party Children were more than welcome at this celebration.  There was a station just for decorating cookies, as well as a giant movie screen on the lawn playing The Grinch.  There was even “snow” falling outside on the lawn, and a “Peppermint Princess” read stories to the children outside.

Southern California Carlasbad Park Hyatt Aviara Holiday Open house featured Christmas trees that were raffled off for charity

Inside, the hallways were filled with Christmas Trees decorated in their own themes.  Each of which were to be auctioned off  to raise money for charity.  There were also hot chocolate and hot cider stations, complete with plenty of marshmallows for guests of all ages to enjoy.  As an extra special treat, complimentary sparkling wine was available for the adults to sip on while taking in the scenery.

Beautiful Christmas trees were found all throughout Aviara Park Hyatt during their holiday open house.

We had a great time walking around the Holiday Open House at Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad. It was quite the change of pace from our every day and a nice way to kick off the holiday season.  We drank sparkling wine, walked out on the lawn and watched the “snow” fall on the kids playing near the fountain.  There was also a photo booth for everyone to take their pictures in, and we saw plenty of people, adults and kids alike, carrying photo strips around the rest of the night.

This was a lovely evening and we hope that this will become a Southern California tradition akin to the Carlsbad flower field in the Summer.








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New Twist On Your Favorite Side Dish – Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes!

put a pumpkin spin on your favorite side dish this Thanksgiving.  Pumpkin Mashed potatoes

Let’s get one thing straight, I love the classics. I love buttery mashed potatoes smothered in gravy with giblets. That and sausage stuffing. Oh my goodness. That does not mean that I cannot change my stripes for the holiday recipes.

In celebration of the year of the pumpkin, you and your family will LOVE this new twist on the classic mashed potatoes side dish. The added pumpkin brings in vitamins and fiber but you do not need to tell anyone about that. All that they need to know is how delicious this new pumpkin mashed potato dish is, year after year.

Recipe after the jump!


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