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Cocktail Recipe Thursday: Cinnamon Hard Cider

Fall cocktail recipe featuring Sobieski Cynamon Vodka with hard cider.  Perfect flavors for the season

The weather for the fall and winter just call out for apple cider and cinnamon. The flavors define the seasons, and today’s cocktail is full of both the tastes of apple cider and cinnamon. This fall cocktail recipe features Sobieski Cynamon Vodka paired with your favorite hard cider.

Fall Cocktail Recipe

Cinnamon Cider Cocktail
1 oz. Sobieski Cynamon Vodka
2 oz. hard cider
¼ oz. vanilla simple syrup
¼ oz. lemon juice
Cinnamon stick for garnish

In a shaker add all ingredients with ice. Shake and strain into a glass, garnish with a cinnamon stick and serve.

There are few flavors that just speak to “fall” or “winter” more than apple cider and cinnamon?  This cocktail brings the best of both together in this very tasty fall cocktail recipe.  I also love the touch of lemon that breaks it up a little bit.  Lemon goes well with apple not just in cocktails, but in cooking as well.  Try a little lemon juice in an apple pie recipe some time and let me know what you think about that.

This cinnamon flavored vodka became a standard on my bar last year with the Sweet & Cynful Tea. Hot cocktails do not quite get the love they deserve. If you are looking to add some warm cocktails to your repertoire, the Sobieski Cynamon vodka is a perfect addition. The delicious cinnamon flavor goes well with chai tea, warm apple cider and more.


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Cocktail Recipe Thursday: Autumn On The Rocks Hard Cider Cocktail

Add some autumn flavor to your next get together with this cold hard cider cocktail recipe.  Prefect for that in between weather in Southern California

Hard Cider Cocktail Recipe

The weather is turning and with that comes days that are a little warmer than expected in addition to the sweater weather. On the days that things are a little warmer than expected this fall cocktail does the trick. It still has the familiar comforting flavors of fall, apple cider, licorice, and lemon, but in a nice cool drink.

Autumn On The Rocks Hard Cider Cocktail Recipe

1 oz. CAMUS VS Cognac
¼ oz. Lucid Absinthe
2 oz. hard cider
1 oz. lemonade
Lemon zest for garnish

In a shaker add all ingredients with ice. Shake and strain into a tall glass filled with ice and garnish with lemon zest and serve.

How fabulous is this hard cider cocktail for those warmer than usual fall days? Here in southern California we are still in the 60s and 70s but with a call for rain this weekend. Depending on the way the weather sways we could have this or one of the warmer cider recipes I have waiting for you on the site.

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Like I have said before, I am a fan of the hard cider drinks. They tend to be refreshing with just a kiss of sweet. The lemon and Cognac give this a balance to the absinthe and cider. You might be able to do this drink hot if you replace the hard cider with hot apple cider. I would slice the lemon and let it float on top of the mug for the flavor and as a nice garnish.

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DIY Cocktail Recipe: Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail

joyce ballantyne blonde champagne pinup bubbles

Celebrations and entertaining usually means break out the bubbly. How about we break out the bubbly and make it a little more interesting? The Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail is a great way to take a less expensive dry sparkling wine or Champagne and turning it into a fun cocktail for your party.

Kir Royale Champagne Cocktail’s Cousin

The Kir Royale is the reigning Champagne cocktail with Champgne and Kir or the blackcurrant liqueur ‘Crème de Cassis’. This is a heavenly sparkling wine cocktail, but if you do not have the money to spend to make a Kir Royale, this is a great substitute.

Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail Recipe

One bottle dry sparkling wine | Brut
One bottle of cranberry juice
4 Champagne flutes.
Sugar to run the glasses *optional
Cranberries *optional

Moisten the rims on the flutes dip them in the sugar. Pour cranberry juice in the bottle of the flutes and add the dry sparkling wine. Optional – Use colored sugar on the rims or float cranberries on the top as a garnish.

As for the AMOUNT of sparkling wine and cranberry juice in each glass, some suggest it to be 50/50. I find this to be a little too fruity. I love my dry sparkling wine even on its own and I use the juice just to add a little color and a hint of flavor. I would say that you should really go by color. Just a touch of pink in the glass is how to do it about 1:3 at the most. Try a few different amounts before your party as each bottle of sparkling wine is different.

This can be perfect for a holiday party or even a back yard summer lunch. It is my go to BYOB throughout the season, though, and it never fails to impress my guests.


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The Interview Where We Talk Cocktails, Love and Books #BrujaOnBooks

bruja on books is yolanda shoshana's radio show that explores women and writing

Earlier this week I was interviewed by the wonderful Yolanda Shoshana for her radio show, Bruja on Books. Yolanda is known as an erotica author, a spiritualist, and all around bad ass woman. On her show, Bruja on Books, we discuss how to build a great bar and what spirits to have on hand for the holidays, what my favorite cocktails are to drink at home and while I am out, and we cannot forget the best cocktails to serve when you’re feeling frisky. And since it is a show about books, I also give Yolanda my favorite cocktail books for you to enjoy.

A new episode of my radio show, ‪#‎BrujaOnBooks‬ has dropped. This episode I chat with Cari Bee from Busy Bee Blogger. We talk cocktails, love, and seduction. Me to the ow! (Yolanda Shoshana’s Google plus)

Listen to our interview and get my cocktail book suggestions after the jump

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Fall Cocktail Recipe: Werewolves Of London

This Brokers Gin cocktail will leave your guests howling with delight this Halloween.

Halloween Cocktail Recipe

Halloween is one week away. That is right, Halloween is on a FRIDAY this year! That means entertaining will be a little more relaxed knowing you will not have to worry so much about going to work in the morning. You may have your costume ready, and have eaten the first round of candy that you bought, but what about the cocktails? Do you have your Halloween drinks ready to go for your ghostly friends to enjoy?

I have a delicious gin cocktail recipe for you and yours to sip throughout the night. Festively named “Werewolves of London” after the classic fright movie, this fall drink recipe uses Broker’s Gin (get it, Broker’s is from London.) Make a batch of these and have them lined up looking pretty and your guests will howl with delight.

Werewolves of London Cocktail Recipe

  • 3 oz. Broker’s Gin
  • ½ oz. passion fruit syrup
  • 5 blackberries
  • 3 seedless red grapes
  • Dash of grenadine

Muddle the syrup and fruit together in a shaker. Add ice and Broker’s Gin and shake. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with Halloween Cocktail Stirrers.

This is sure to become a favorite at your Halloween parties from year to year.  And it does not have to be Halloween for you to enjoy the Werewolves of London gin cocktail.  You can call it anything else you want and enjoy it any evening you like.

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