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Chinese New Year Baijiu Cocktail – Guayaba Kiss

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with a Baijiu Cocktail bright in red coloring thanks to the strawberry and guava

Chinese New Year Cocktail Recipe

“Kung Hei Fat Choy” Happy Chinese New Year to you and yours.

Will all of the celebrating, I was wondering why there were not any official Lunar New Year cocktail recipes being shared. Don’t most celebrations deserve their own festive spirited drink? So, we found a way to incorporate Baijiu? into a cocktail just in time for the New Year celebrations. Our Guayaba Kiss mixes the traditional Chinese distilled liquor with guava and strawberry. Quite refreshing with the vibrant red color for luck.

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Winter Cocktail Recipe: Tequila Kissed Mexican Hot Chocolate

Pearl Frush Pinup on the beach red swim suit sombrero Mexico

Winter has her hold on us and she does not show any signs of letting go. Why not warm up the winter chill with a little spice and sweet from a Mexican Hot Chocolate?

This twist on the traditional hot cocoa has the sweet from the chocolate, spice from the chili and creaminess from the milk. I love the little unexpected kick that comes from the chili with the sweet chocolate. This Mexican hot chocolate cocktail recipe can be made alcohol-free or with a kiss of tequila. Just be sure to serve in mugs and be prepared for everyone to ask for more.

Mexican Hot Chocolate Recipe

INGREDIENTS
1 pack of Hot Cocoa mix
1½ ounces tequila
1/2 tablespoon sugar
1 pinch cayenne powder
1 pinch salt
Marshmallows/whipped cream

DIRECTIONS

Prepare hot chocolate according to package directions. If you are not counting the calories we suggest you make this with low fat milk and not water. In a mug, stir together 4½ ounces hot chocolate, tequila, sugar, cayenne and salt. Once everything is mixed together top with marshmallows or a dollap of whipped cream.

A great party or entertaining idea is to make a large batch of this Mexican Hot Chocolate and keep it simmering in a crock pot. Just be sure to keep the tequila out until you decide to serve it in a mug. This will make it perfect for anyone that is having a cozy mugful especially your designated drivers.

Original recipe from Self.com

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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

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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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