75+ Fun and Festive Holiday Drinks

Over 75 Fun and Festive Holiday Drinks at www.kitchenmeetsgirl.com
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XO, Ashley

 

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Pineapple-Vanilla Agua Fresca

Happy Friday!

If everything has gone according to my plan, I should be sipping an umbrella drink as we speak.

Well, not if you’re reading this at 7 am, because I plan to still be snoozing.

I am on vacation after all.

But by 5 o’clock, I plan to have something fruity and cocktail-like in my hand.

And since I do like to share, I made you one, too.  This is actually a non-alcoholic beverage {super great for entertaining on a hot summer day}, but if you add in some coconut rum, I won’t tell.  In fact, I recommended it.  I sampled it that way {for blogging research} and it was great.

Pineapple Agua Fresca

from Mexican Made Easy

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped fresh pineapple
  • 3 cups cold water
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons sugar, to taste
  • ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Put the pineapple, cold water, vanilla, and sugar in a blender and process until smooth.
  2. Strain into a pitcher, pressing on the solids to extract all the liquid. Discard the solids. Serve over ice.
http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/pineapple-agua-fresca/

Have a wonderful, super, fabulous Friday!

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Chocolate Margaritas

Yeah, you heard me.

Chocolate margaritas.

I’m sure it’s not a new thing–although I have to tell you, I’m a master at trying flavored margaritas, and somehow I missed the boat on this one.

But ohmygoodnesswherehasthisbeenallmylife?

And if you knew about it and didn’t tell me–shame on you.

You know chocolate and me arelikethis.  And I am pretty much locked at the hip with Mexican related stuff (or um, it’s locked on my hips from the consumption of waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too many chips and salsa), so the minute I spotted this recipe I had to make one right away.

You should, too.

It is a great way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, after all!

I’m not going to lie: it is a super-sweet drink and is probably best served as a dessert drink rather than a cocktail.  It’s also a super-strong drink (well, it was for me, though I’m actually not a big drinker), so if you don’t like ‘em that way, cut back on the tequila a bit.  Even the Tall Boy, not typically a sweet-drink fan, enjoyed this one!

Chocolate Margaritas

adapted from Mexican Made Easy

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chocolate syrup, plus more for the glasses
  • 1 cup tequila
  • 1/2 cup Kahula
  • 1/3 cup Triple Sec
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Moisten the rims of 4 cocktail glasses with chocolate syrup. Dust lightly with a mixture of cocoa powder and cinnamon, if desired.
  2. Whisk together the syrup through the cinnamon until well combined.
  3. For each drink, fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add about 3/4 cup of the chocolate mixture. Shake well and pour into prepared glass.
http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/chocolate-margaritas/

Have a happy, happy Friday, and a great Cinco de Mayo! Cheers!

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Strawberry Sparklers

I know the northeast got snow this week, but it’s already into the 90′s where I live.

It’s also practically raining cotton, so my throat is swollen, my eyes are little watering slits, and I’m sneezing like nobody’s business.  Ahhhh, Kansas in the spring.  There’s nothing quite like it.  =)

Anywhoo, this kind of weather makes me awfully thirsty, you know?

What’s great about this drink is that it’s just about as good sans alcohol.  The mint sprigs and lime juice really crisp up the drink, with just the right about of sweetness from the berries to keep it extra interesting.  Perfect for sipping on the deck while Doodle practices his t-ball swing (can you see the baseball bases in my first picture?  Whoops.).

I’m thinking this might be good with blueberries and lemon–what do you think?

Strawberry Sparklers

For a non-alcoholic version, just omit the wine. You can even use plain water--this makes for a pretty presentation when entertaining!

Ingredients

  • one bottle sweet white wine (I used a Moscato)
  • sparkling water (I used a strawberry flavor)
  • 4 to 5 limes
  • mint sprigs
  • 1 pint strawberries

Instructions

  1. Slice the strawberries into vertical slivers, tear mint leaves roughly, and add both to a large pitcher. Squeeze the juice of your limes into the pitcher and gently muddle (mash) the ingredients using a wooden spoon.
  2. Add equal parts wine and sparkling water, and lots of ice.
http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/strawberry-sparklers/

Happy Friday, everyone!

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Tuaca Nutter

I am seriously glad it’s Friday.

As fast as the weeks tend to go for me anymore, this week Friday couldn’t come fast enough.

I think it had something to do with the fact that I needed to get my driver’s license renewed. Has anyone else gone through this torture lately?

Fortunately, our DMV no longer requires a written test for a regular renewal.  However, they did apparently decide that in lieu of the written test, they’d force you through a process that you’d gladly exchange for a root canal.

This “simple” renewal cost me three trips to the DMV office, and a huge chunk of my life I’ll never get back.

The first time I attempted to go, the computers were down.  My second visit entailed a seriously disgruntled employee informing me that the wait was two hours, and that I’d better just “come back.”  Look, you sent me the renewal card, okay?  I’m totally okay with my current license, one showing my picture nearly a decade younger, and my pre-pregnancy weight.  It’s not like I’m in any mad rush to change it.

So Thursday morning, I got up nearly an hour before my usual wake-up time (torture!), so I could “beat the crowd” and get there when the office opened.

Except everyone else in the city had the same idea.

So yeah, pretty much all day this little sipper was on my mind.

If you haven’t tried Tuaca before, well…you need to.  It’s an Italian liqueur that one of my best girlfriends introduced me to eons ago.  And while it’s most often served as a chilled shot, it’s also a great way to punch up apple cider.

But, since we’re sort of out of the apple cider season, and I’m really about too old to be drinking shots anymore, I toned mine down with a little cream.  Then punched it back up with some Frangelico (a hazelnut liqueur), and some Kahula.*

Tuaca Nutter

Ingredients

  • 1/2 ounce Tuaca
  • 1/2 ounce Frangelico
  • 1/2 ounce Kahula
  • 1 ounce heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in cocktail shaker; serve over ice.
  2. Sip and relax.
http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/tuaca-nutter/

*See my little rose?  Doodle brought it to me as I was hurriedly taking this photograph.  He’s my doll.

Yippee for Friday!

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Midori Colada

I guess I’m sort of on a “colada” roll this week.

And after the week I’ve had, I could definitely use one of these today. Except I’m now out of Midori, so I can’t make any more until I get to the store…and, at the rate I’m going, I probably can’t get there for another few days. So make one of these for me, would ya?

I wish I had a better picture to show you. But the reality of it is, when I went to take this picture, my camera shut down, thumbing its nose at me and telling me to “change the batteries.”

Except I couldn’t find any.

And, since it was a fairly warm day, my icy drink was melting at an alarming rate. Frantic, I took batteries out of every remote in the house, until I finally found a combination with enough juice to power up the camera for long enough to take one picture.

And then I drank this, ’cause by that time, I kinda needed it.

At which point, the Tall Boy returned home to tell me that he had a stock pile of double A batteries hidden in some super special top secret location I knew nothing about.  Seriously?  Who hides batteries?  Apparently, my husband.  Although it wasn’t so much “hiding” the batteries as it was “remembering” that he tossed some aside instead of putting them away.

You’d think that after nearly 10 years, I’d be used to his methods of “organizing,” but I’m not.  These midori coladas sure help, though.  =)

Midori Colada

Makes two coladas

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce rum
  • 2 ounces Midori
  • 2 ounces cream of coconut (I actually used some of the frozen pina colada mix I had leftover from this salad
  • 4 ounces pineapple juice
  • ice

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients until desired consistency is reached. Best served with a straw. =)
http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/midori-colada/

Happy Friday! What are your weekend plans? I’d love to hear!

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Shamrock-Tini

shamrock tini 1

Whoo-hoo, we made it to Friday!

Not only is it Friday, but it’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend!  Even though I’m not really into celebrating the actual holiday (um, except for imbibing anything that contains Irish cream or mint), I made you a fun cocktail to celebrate.

And, since it’s me making it, this is a drink that tastes like a dessert.

Yeah, yeah, I know it’s not green, but it’s mint-chocolate flavored, so that totally counts as Irish, right?

Also, it only has two ingredients, so it’s easy to make even if you drink one or two too many, if you know what I mean.

shamrock tini 2

Shamrock-Tini

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces mint chocolate Baileys
  • 1/2 ounce vanilla vodka

Instructions

  1. Add Baileys and vodka to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass.
  3. Garnish with green sugar sprinkles and a dusting of cocoa powder, if desired.
http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/shamrock-tini/

Have a totally marvelous, rainbow filled weekend!

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Midori Sour

Midori Collage

Despite my professed dislike for sour stuff, Midori Sours were probably my favorite drink when I was in my early 20′s. Well, that and a fun little drink we called bizzo and swiped over at the Phi Delt house, but that’s a story for another time. Anyway, I don’t know if I thought the neon green hue was just cool, or if was because the drink tasted like a Jolly Rancher and not actual alcohol.

Both, maybe?

Also, it’s not a super strong drink, and since it is pretty sweet, I could nurse it along for quite awhile.  Annnnnd, I could order one confidently at the bar since it was one of the only mixed drinks I was familiar with back then.

As a side note, if someone orders you something called a “Tarantula” and insists that it is not a strong drink…well, it is.  But you probably already knew that.  Yeah, a drink aficianado I was not at age 21.  Um, it’s more than a decade later and I’m still drinking stuff like marshmallow flufftinis and strawberry smackeroos, okay?

Anyway, in the spirit of finding something green to imbibe for St. Patrick’s Day, I went back to my trusty old friend Midori.

Midori Sour

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces Midori liqueur
  • 3 ounces lemon juice (freshly squeezed is best)
  • 2 tablespoons simple syrup*
  • ice cubes
  • marischino cherries

Instructions

  1. *To make your simple syrup, bring 2 cups of plain cold tap water to a boil. Stir in 2 cups of plain granulated sugar. Turn the heat to low and stir constantly until the sugar dissolves completely. Let the syrup cool to room temperature, then pour into a clean glass jar and store in the refrigerator.
  2. Fill an old-fashioned glass with ice cubes. Add remaining ingredients and stir. Garnish with a marischino cherry.
http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/midori-sour/

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Homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream

Baileys 1

This was not my planned post for today.

But last week, I was totally wasting time on the internet and Pinterest doing important research on St. Patrick’s Day and related food-stuff, and I stumbled onto a recipe for homemade Bailey’s.

Yep, you heard me.  Homemade.  Bailey’s.  As in Irish Cream.  As in, be still my heart.

I was completely intrigued, which meant that I had to make it the very next day.  You know, for research purposes.  You know how I feel about homemade stuff–like eggnog, tortillas, summer sausage–typically you can’t go wrong with homemade anything, but I couldn’t imagine how this would turn out.  I figured it would be okay, maybe even good.  But fabulous?  I couldn’t see it.  Feeling like you’re swimming in a creamy chocolate heaven?  No way.

So I dumped the ingredients into the blender, and literally thirty seconds later, I had the absolute best Bailey’s I’ve ever tasted.  Ever.

If you like Bailey’s, you must make this right away.

You must.

I promise, you’ll thank me for it later.

And while you’re at it, use it to make this, would you?  And then invite me over.

 

Baileys 2

Homemade Bailey’s

from Cupcake Project

the recipe indicates this will keep, refrigerated, for up to two months.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy cream (I used half-and-half, which worked just fine)
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 2/3 cup Irish whiskey
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 2 tablespoons Hershey's chocolate syrup (I used extra dark)
  • 1 t vanilla

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients at high speed for 30 seconds.
  2. Refrigerate in a tightly sealed container. Shake before using.
http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/homemade-baileys-irish-cream/

Happy Friday!

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Apple Pie Martini

apple pie tini

 

It’s Friday–whoo hoo!  And if you’ve had a week like mine, which included having a sick toddler on Valentine’s Day, you’re ready for the weekend.

Well, let’s face it.  I’m always ready for the weekend.

And I really only like drinks that taste like desserts.

Inspired by the apple pie I made the Tall Boy for his birthday, I decided I needed one in liquid form.  This is apple-y, caramel-y, and utterly yummy.  Right up my alley.

 

apple pie tini 1

Apple Pie Martini

For a non-alcoholic version, warm a mug of apple cider in the microwave or on the stovetop. Add in a tablespoon of butterscotch syrup, such as Torani. Top with whipped cream and crushed graham crackers.

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce butterscotch schnapps
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 2 ounces apple cider
  • graham crackers and apple slices, for garnish if desired

Instructions

  1. If desired, rim glass with crushed graham crakers and apple slices.
  2. Pour all ingredients into cocktail shaker. Shake, pour and enjoy!
http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/apple-pie-martini/

Have a wonderful weekend!

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