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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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Cocktail Thursday: Candy Cane Cooler

The Candy Cane Cocktail brings the iconic flavors of the Christmas Holiday season to your new favorite drink.  Peppermint candy cane in cocktail form.

Christmas Holiday Cocktail Recipe

This holiday season just begs for its own line of cocktails. Nothing pronounces winter and the holiday season louder than the candy cane. The peppermint flavor and iconic red and white stripes bring to mind of happy holiday memories. This Christmas season cocktail is full of tastes and colors for the holiday. With vodka, brandy and creme de menthe the winter cocktail brings a very adult version of the candy cane to your next party for everyone to enjoy.

Candy Cane Cooler Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients:
1 tbs crushed soft peppermint candy
1½ fl oz vodka
splash of white creme de menthe
¼ fl oz brandy
½ fl oz half-and-half
Crushed ice
Peppermint stick for garnish
Mint sprig for garnish

Directions:
Combine the vodka and crushed peppermint. Stir to dissolve. Add the remaining ingredients, stir and garnish.

These would look lovely in a low tumbler or even in copper mugs usually reserved for Cuba libres or Moscow mules. Especially with the sprig of mint of the peppermint candy cane sticking out of the top. Be sure to have all of the copper mugs or glass tumblers out displayed for everyone to see when they come into the party. I just think they look so pretty all in a row together, especially the shiny copper mugs. You do not need to have the cocktails pre-made but having the glasses in a row on a table or counter top adds a bit of a decorative touch to your affair.

What are you favorite flavors of the holiday season? Do you add creme de menthe to any other classic cocktails during Christmas time, or do you stick to the classics?

This cocktail recipe was originally developed by NoMaSocial in New Rochelle, New York.

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Thanksgiving Round Up – Recipes, Cocktails and Fun

pilgrim pinup for thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! How about a great post round up to go with your turkey and football today?

tiny hamster and his friends sit down to Thanksgiving dinner. Wearing their best pilgrim hats, the friends enjoy a turkey dinner until there just is not any more. How cute are they?Tiny Hamster Thanksgiving Video - You have seen his hot dog contest eating video, and his eating tiny burritos, and will continue to fall in love with Tiny Hamster with his Thanksgiving party. Tiny Hamster invited his friends over for Thanksgiving festive feast complete with tiny pilgrim hats, tiny turkey, and tiny pie.

Need help coming up with a dinner blessing? Bless This Food: Ancient and Contemporary Graces from Around the World by Adrian Butash explores blessing traditions throughout the world. You can use any of the poems, prayers and there is even a selection in American Sign Language. You are sure to find a blessing that fits your dinner table.

put a pumpkin spin on your favorite side dish this Thanksgiving. Pumpkin Mashed potatoesNew Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes -

Want something completely different this year? Let us add some much needed spice with some Chipotle Carrot Salad.

My favorite side dish for Thanksgiving has always been the mashed potatoes. But how about we take this favorite side and boost the vitamins with added pumpkin for Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes. It tastes just as delicious and you do not have to tell anyone that about the health benefits.

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

Cocktail Recipes

Autumn On The Rocks Hard Cider Cocktail – Add some autumn flair to your cocktail hour. This Thanksgiving cocktail combines hard cider but with the anise of Absinthe. Great if the weather is a bit warmer than expected. Pour over ice or just serve chilled.

Cozy Hot Toddy - Sparkling cider, cloves and honey take this hot toddy recipe all the flavors of fall. The addition whisky or apple brandy make it a delicious adult cocktail to be enjoyed before dinner or with your dessert.

Bring some style to the table with the vodka Cynamon Toast. Rim your martini glass with cinnamon-sugar and shake your cinnamon vodka cocktail for a drink that brings the warmth but also an elegance to your party.

Cinnamon Hard Cider – Another cinnamon vodka cocktail but this time with added hard apple cider, lemon and vanilla.

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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.

Cheers!

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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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