White Lady

A nice, smooth, delicious cocktail that is easy to make.

Top 5 Cocktails for your extra tequila

The top 5 cocktails to make with tequila

S'moretini

Now you don't need a campfire to enjoy a delicious smore.

Red Velvet Cake

Why can't you have your cake and eat it too?

Happy Birthday Tini (HBT)

The perfect cocktail for your birthday celebrations.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Bohemian

Day 198



Bohemian
4 shots out of 5


We made it!!  It's officially Friday at 5:00.  The weekend.....holiday weekend that is......is here!  Time for some pizza, beer and of course cocktails.  We've got a long, action packed weekend planned so this cocktail is absolutely what I need to get the weekend started off right.

I gave tonight's cocktail 4 shots out 5.  I found this cocktail recipe on the St. Germain website.  They have quite a few recipes on there.......I may have to break down and buy an actual real life sized bottle of this stuff to try some more of them out.  I honestly can't tell you which ingredient I can taste more of in this cocktail.  The three main ingredients in this cocktail are mixed together so well that they all just kind of blend together in a chilled scrumptiousness.  Guess I'll have to keep sipping and sipping and sipping to figure it out............then make another?  Wait do I have enough St. Germains.........yikes, I don't.

Here is the recipe for a Bohemian:

  • 1 oz gin
  • 1 oz St. Germains Elderflower
  • 3/4 oz grapefruit juice
  • 1 dash of Peychaud's Bitters
In a shaker add ice and all of the ingredients above.  Strain your mixture into a martini glass and enjoy!

Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






Here's to the weekend!  Hope you all enjoy your holiday weekend......or non-holiday weekend if you don't live in the U.S.A.

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Frangelico & OJ

Day 197



Frangelico & OJ
3.5 shots out of 5


It's Thursday night and our first week of school is coming to an end.  We're already back into the swing of school days and getting up early.......well, having to leave the house early I should say.  
The little ones ALWAYS get us up early.

I gave tonight's cocktail 3.5 shots out of 5.  Jenny had emailed me today to let me know that she bought a big bottle of Frangelico and now needs some cocktails to make with it.  I think she came to the right lady with that problem!  I went straight to the Frangelico site and found this quick and easy cocktail to try.  It's not half bad, I must admit.  I think you really need to have a taste for Frangelico to enjoy tonight's cocktail as well as a lot of the cocktails that I've made with it, such as the Slippery Panties, Chocolate Cake Shot or Chocolate Covered Pretzel.  

Here is the recipe for a Frangelico & OJ:

  • 1 oz Frangelico
  • 3 oz orange juice
In a cocktail glass filled with ice, add your Frangelico and orange juice.  Stir up your cocktail and enjoy.

Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






Here's to one more day of school this week and then an action packed weekend.

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Island Cake Cocktail

Day 196



Island Cake Cocktail
3.5 shots out of 5


Today was a hot one!  Actually it's still quite warm in our house.  I'm definitely needing a nice cool cocktail to end this hot day.  The kids first week of school is half over and our oldest daughter will be starting tiny tots next week, we're super excited.

I gave tonight's cocktail 3.5 shots out of 5.  This is a pretty good cocktail.  The cake flavoring in the vodka gives it such an unique (when I say "an unique" it sounds totally wrong and I want to change the "an" for an "a"......but I guess I have to go by the rule that "an" goes before a word that starts with a vowel) twist.  I think with just a regular flavored vodka, this cocktail simply would not be all that great.  I got tonight's recipe from the Pinnacle website (once again), but I halved the recipe......because that's all I really felt like drinking.

Here is the recipe for an Island Cake Cocktail:

  • 2 oz Pinnacle Cake Vodka
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 2 oz orange juice
Fill your cocktail glass with ice and pour in all three ingredients above.  Stir it up well and enjoy!!

Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






Here's to an Island cocktail.......it's the closest I'll get to visiting an island anytime soon.

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Dirty Swinger

Day 195



Dirty Swinger
3 shots out of 5


It's Tuesday night!  Softball tonight, yeay!  Since it's softball night, I'm once again going to go with a shooter.  Something quick and easy so that I can get out there on the field and play!  Have I mentioned that we are sponsored by our local Irish Pub?  One guess where we go after our games!

I gave tonight's cocktail 3 shots out of 5.  This shooter was OK.  It didn't make me cringe or make that crazy alcohol puckered up face at all.  It actually had a little bit of flavor, but not a huge burst of flavor like you would expect of a multi-ingredient shooter.  I was a little disappointed with it, but gave it a 3 because it could totally be a penalty shot in one of many drinking games.  If you are up for trying some of my shooters, I would definitely try some that I rated higher before you go for this one.

Here is the recipe for a Dirty Swinger:

  • 1/2 oz melon liqueur
  • 1/2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1 oz Malibu mango rum
In a shaker add ice and all of the ingredients above.  Shake and strain your mixture into a shot glass.

Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






Here's to a hopeful win tonight!  Happy Tuesday everyone!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Monday, August 27, 2012

Red Velvet Cake

Day 194



Red Velvet Cake
3.5 shots out of 5


I have seen those Red Velvet Martinis that have been floating around Pinterest for quite some time now.  The really yummy looking ones call for some red velvet cake mix........which I don't have..........and can NEVER remember to get at the store.  I then went on a hunt for one that does not have the cake mix as an ingredient.  I found one on the..........ready for a big surprise?  Pinnacle vodka website!

I gave tonight's cocktail 3.5 shots out of 5.  The cake flavor in the vodka totally comes through, which is awesome......especially in this cocktail.  It comes through, but does not mask the chocolate flavor in the creme de cacao.  This cocktail is pretty good.  The more I sip it the more I like it.  For me, it's one of those cocktails that I can have one of, and then will need to switch to something else.  Thank You Pinnacle for all of your amazing cocktail recipes, I'm enjoying them!

Here is the recipe for a Red Velvet Cake:

  • 2 oz Pinnacle Cake Vodka
  • 1 oz creme de cacao
  • 1/4 oz grenadine
In a shaker add ice and all of the ingredients above.  Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.

Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:




Here's to Monday nights, and good cocktails to go along with them!!

Cheers!

The Cocktail Lady

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Almond Biscotti Martini

Day 193



Almond Biscotti Martini
4.5 shots out of 5


It's Sunday night!  School starts tomorrow and I have to say that I am kinda excited.  I'll have my 2 boys back in school and our oldest girl will be going to Tiny Tots a couple days a week.  It will be nice to be back in the routine of sending the kids off to school again.

I gave tonight's cocktail 4.5 shots out of 5.  Um, YUM!!!!  This is a very good cocktail!  I haven't had a biscotti in a long time, but from what I remember this cocktail definitely does remind me of them.  This is my first official cocktail using coffee too, which is kinda exciting.  I'm just glad that we didn't polish off the entire pot this morning.  The vanilla vodka, I think, is a perfect flavored vodka to make this cocktail with.  My husband LOVES biscottis, therefore I had to share tonight's cocktail with him.....so maybe I should make another one to make up for it?

Here is the recipe for an Almond Biscotti Martini:

  • 2 oz vanilla vodka
  • 1/2 oz amaretto
  • 1/2 oz coffee liqueur
  • 1/2 oz coffee
  • 1/4 oz milk
In a shaker add ice and all of the ingredients above.  Shake it up good to give it a good chill.  Strain your cocktail into a chilled martini glass.

Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






Here's to a great weekend and a great cocktail to end this great weekend.

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Blue Orchid

Day 192



Blue Orchid
4.5 shots out of 5


We made it to Saturday!  What a whirlwind week we just had.  Between doctors appts, dentist appts., back to school shopping, friend sleep overs, baseball, soccer and a birthday boy....phewph, I'm pooped!!

I gave tonight's cocktail 4.5 shots out of 5.  Way to go Hpnotic!  Another great cocktail!  This cocktail is OH SO needed after this week and I'm more then happy that I made a good cocktail to have tonight!  The Hpnotiq and vanilla vodka work quite well together, I'm impressed.  The orange juice adds a nice little citrusey flavor to it as well.  This is a good addition to the Roq Candy Martini I made on Monday!  Both of these cocktails are winners in my book!

Here is the recipe for a Blue Orchid:

  • 2 oz Hpnotiq
  • 1 oz vanilla vodka
  • 1/4 oz orange juice
In a shaker add ice and all ingredients above.  Shake and strain into a cocktail glass and enjoy!!

Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






Thank You once again Hpnotiq for a fabulous cocktail!!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Friday, August 24, 2012

Orange Whipped-tini

Day 191



Orange Whipped-tini
4 shots out of 5


Well we made it!  My second oldest son is officially 8 years old today!  I can't believe it, time just goes by way too fast.  I'm glad this week is over.  It's been a long, sleepless week and I'm Oh So ready for the weekend!!

I gave tonight's cocktail 4 shots out of 5.  Pinnacle, you've done it again.  Great cocktail!  I am very much enjoying their Whipped Vodkas, they add such a nice creamy flavor to your cocktails.  I can totally taste the orange whipped flavor, as well as the pineapple juice and triple sec in this cocktail.  Not one ingredient completely overpowered another.  I think I can taste the vodka the most, but only by enough to make this an enjoyable cocktail.

Here is the recipe for an Orange Whipped-tini:

  • 2 oz Pinnacle Orange Whipped vodka
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • 1/4 oz triple sec
In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above.  Shake it up well and strain your cocktail into a chilled martini glass.

Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






Here's to long weeks and nightly cocktails!!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Sweet Orange Cream

Day 190



Sweet Orange Cream
5 shots out of 5


Oh my goodness my second oldest turns 8 years old tomorrow.  Am I in denial?  Maybe a little bit.  We ran around ALL DAY LONG today getting everything ready for his family party this weekend.  He's very excited and so am I.

I gave tonight's cocktail 5 shots out of 5.  I am LOVING........yes LOVING this Pinnacle Orange Whipped vodka!!  It smells like a 50/50 bar.....or creamsicles if you're more familiar with that name for them.  I found tonight's recipe of the Pinnacle website.  If you're wondering why I go there to get a lot of my cocktail recipes that include their vodka, it's because they out of all people "should" have the best recipes for their vodkas.  So far I have been happy with what I've found, therefore I will continue to check them out for new, fun recipes.  Tonight's cocktail is one of those that I could make a big pitcher of for a party and everyone would enjoy it.......plus it would go fast!

Here is the recipe for a Sweet Orange Cream:
(Pinnacle's site has each ingredient doubled, but I only had a sampler bottle, so I had to half it.)
  • 1 oz Pinnacle Orange Whipped vodka
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 oz cranberry juice
In a short cocktail glass filled with ice, add all three ingredients above.  Stir up your cocktail and enjoy its deliciousness!!

Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






Here's to you Pinnacle vodka and another amazing flavored vodka!!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Dark & Stormy

Day 189



Dark & Stormy
2 shots out of 5


We've made it to the half way mark of the week, Wednesday.  So far this week has been non-stop and I know it will only continue that way for the rest of the week.  Time to try a bottle that I've had in my bar for some time now.

I gave tonight's cocktail 2 shots out of 5.  WOW.......ginger beer.  Hmmm, well I've actually been quite interested in how this would taste and I have a feeling that I'm not really going to like any of the cocktails I mix it in.  When I first sip this cocktail I taste the Dark Rum.  Then the ginger beer kicks in and I have to admit.......it TOTALLY stings and tingles my tongue......not in a good way.  I would never order this cocktail at a bar.  This cocktail is an exact example of the mistake I would make by ordering it at a bar and then refusing to waste money by not drinking it.  I would sit there and contemplate if drinking it really fast was better then spacing out my smaller sips.  I would make faces and not enjoy it at all.  Maybe less of an amount in a different cocktail that did not have Dark Rum in it would work better?  Who knows.  I got this recipe from Esquire.

Here is the recipe for a Dark & Stormy:

  • 2 oz Dark Rum
  • 3 oz Ginger Beer
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
In a taller cocktail glass, fill almost to the top with ice and add all of the ingredient above.  Stir it up and if you feel the need to put a little umbrella in your cocktail to protect it from it's "stormy" part, go ahead!

Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






Well boo for my first experience with Ginger Beer, hopefully I'll find a good recipe for it before the "drink with in 3 days of opening" hits.

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Cajer Shot

Day 188



Cajer Shot
2.5 shots out of 5


It's softball Tuesday and we're missing 3 of our players, but thankfully we have friends who love to fill in for us.  Today is a nice warm day, but unfortunately we're stuck inside as both of my girls are sick, boo.

I gave tonight's cocktail 2.5 shots out of 5.  Jager........hmmmmm.  So if you sip this making sure you get the full extent of the whipped cream.....this shooter does taste quite a bit better.  Now if you sip this and miss the whipped cream.... unfortunately the Jager takes over and, um, yuck.  The cake vodka does hold it's own enough to give this shooter a 2.5 with minimal whipped cream, but that's all I can give it.  I got this shooter, again, from the Pinnacle site.

Here is the recipe for a Cajer Shot:

  • 1 oz Cake Vodka
  • 1 oz Jagermeister
  • whipped cream to top
In a shaker add ice, cake vodka and Jagermeister.  Shake and strain into a shot glass.  Top with whipped cream and enjoy.

Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






Here's to another softball game and whipped cream!!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Monday, August 20, 2012

Roq Candy Martini

Day 187



Roq Candy Martini
4.5 shots out of 5


Happy Monday!  This is our last week before school is back in session!  The boys start on Monday and our oldest girl will be starting tiny tots very soon after.  These kids are getting too big.  This Friday my second oldest will be turning 8, it's crazy to think that many years have gone by since he's been born and even crazier to think we had 2 more kids after him!  Wow, just thinking of that lets me know that tonight's cocktail is very, very needed!

I gave tonight's cocktail 4.5 shots out of 5.  I got this recipe from the Hpnotiq website.  This is a pretty darn good cocktail!  I enjoy Hpnotiq and the citrus flavored vodka mixed with it is a nice surprise.  The citrus flavor was a little shocking at first, I have to admit, but by sip 3 it was working very well in this cocktail.  The Roq Candy Martini is nice way to end a Monday.

Here is the recipe for a Roq Candy Martini:

  • 2 oz Hpnotiq
  • 1 oz citrus vodka
  • 1/4 oz white grape juice
In a shaker add ice and all of the ingredients above.  Shake and strain into a martini glass and enjoy!!

Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






Here's to Hpnotiq!  I really enjoy its flavoring and tonight's cocktail!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Skyy Pineapple Sunrise

Day 186



Skyy Pineapple Sunrise
3 shots out of 5


Sunday is here and here begins the beginning of another week.  Baseball, baseball, baseball is how we spent this weekend and now a BBQ with some friends to end this weekend!  It's nice weather outside and my husbands got the BBQ/smoker going, so we're enjoying the smell of smoke........ok, maybe not enjoying it as much as I'd like.

I gave tonight's cocktail 3 shots out of 5.  I found this cocktail on the Skyy Vodka website.  It calls for both Skyy Pineapple and Skyy Citrus vodkas and since I didn't have the Skyy Citrus vodka, my Smirnoff Citrus will just have to do.  First off, I really like the color of this cocktail.  The beginning flavor of my sips are pretty good and the ending of them is not as good.  I'm glad I tried it, but don't plan on making it again.

Here is the recipe for a Skyy Pineapple Sunrise:

  • 1 oz pineapple vodka
  • 1 oz citrus vodka
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • 1/8 oz honey
  • 1/8 oz grenadine
In a shaker add ice and all of the ingredients above.  Shake and strain into a short cocktail glass.


Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






Here's to a fun weekend and baseball!!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Coffee Cake Shooter

Day 185



Coffee Cake Shooter
5 shots out of 5


Welcome to the world of shooters Cake Vodka!  Well at least to my world, I'm sure there have been cake vodka shooters before tonight.  It's baseball tourney weekend for my oldest, so I'm hoping for at least one win!

I gave tonight's cocktail 5 shots out of 5.  The cake vodka and baileys go quite well together!  I totally don't feel like I'm biting into a piece of coffee cake, but it's the next best thing.....with a kick!  I am liking the flavor this cake vodka gives.  I swear each of these different flavored vodkas are like an endless party in a bottle!  Thank You again for your recipe Pinnacle, I am enjoying trying your pdf of recipes!  Until the next cake vodka cocktail, I will leave you with tonight's recipe.

Here is the recipe for a Coffee Cake Shooter:

  • 1 oz Cake Vodka
  • 1 oz Irish Cream Liqueur
Rim a shot glass with brown sugar.  In a shaker add ice and both ingredients above.  Shake and strain your cocktail into a shot glass.


Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






Here's to tasty shooters!  I used to run and hide from shooters, but now (given the ingredients) I hold my head high (or slightly tilted back) and enjoy them!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Friday, August 17, 2012

Gooey Butter Cake Martini

Day 184



Gooey Butter Cake Martini
4 shots out of 5


First off let me say that I can not believe that I missed the fact that last night was my half way mark through my Year of Cocktails!!  Thank You to all of you that have been with me from the beginning and to those of you who have found me along the way.  I am having a blast and thoroughly enjoying these cocktails......well most of that at least.

I gave tonight's cocktail 4 shots out of 5.  Tonight's cocktail was sent to me from Scott.  Over at the Ritz-Carlton in St. Louis they have created a martini that is made after St. Louis's famous Gooey Butter Cake.  Every Friday night at the Ritz they tell the history of the legendary cake and pass out free samples of their martini.  Scott thought it would be fun for me to make it here on my year long adventure, and boy was he right!  Thank You Scott and the Ritz-Carlton for this amazing cocktail recipe!  In the version they make at the Ritz, they use Three Olives Cake Vodka (which I couldn't find, so I used Pinnacle), otherwise I had the rest of the ingredients except for the Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur which I just purchased at my local BevMo!  

Having never tried a Gooey Butter Cake, I must say I like the cocktail version  and I think I'm going to try making the cake one day soon.  If you are interested, here is a link to a blog that Scott sent me with a recipe and a little history of the St. Louis cake.

Here is the recipe for a Gooey Butter Cake Martini:

  • 1 oz Cake flavored vodka
  • 1 oz Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
  • 1/2 oz Frangelico
  • 1/2 oz Amaretto
  • 1/2 oz Butterscotch Schnapps
In a shaker add ice and all of the ingredients above.  Shake and strain your cocktail into a powder sugar rimmed martini glass.


Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






Thank You Scott for the recipe for tonight's cocktail!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Cranberry Martini

Day 183



Cranberry Martini
5 shots out of 5


Nothing better then having a cocktail with a good friend!  Thank You Stephanie for enjoying tonight's cocktail with me!  Is it Friday yet?  I can almost taste the weekend....maybe if I have another cocktail I'll be able to taste it a little more?

I gave tonight's cocktail 5 shots out of 5.  We had initially made this cocktail at Stephanie's Cranberry Party she had, check it out here.  I must admit, we (Stephanie and I) created this cocktail and love it so very much!  I think it's the citrus vodka that makes this cocktail taste super good.  Unfortunately this cocktail goes down quite smoothly and it's too easy to make yourself a few of them.  Actually that's not a bad thing, right?

Here is the recipe for a Cranberry Martini:

  • 1 shot citrus vodka
  • 1 shot cranberry juice
  • 1/2 shot sweet & sour mix
  • 1/2 shot triple sec
In a shaker add ice and all of the ingredients above.  Shake it up well and strain it into your martini glass.

Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






Here's to good friends and good cocktails, and when you have them both it makes cocktail hour even better!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Banana Cream Cake

Day 182



Banana Cream Cake
4 shots out of 5


If you didn't see my tweet, we won our game last night!  After our games we go to our local Irish Pub (they sponsor our team) to have a couple beers.  Unfortunately when we got back to my friends car her battery had died, so we decided to walk to my house and I'd drive her home.  Long story short, I walked home in my socks, but we were armed with our bats in case anyone wanted to give us trouble!

I gave tonight's cocktail 4 shots out of 5.  I got tonight's recipe from the Pinnacle website for their Cake Vodka.  I really want to give this cocktail a 4.5, but it's a little too sweet and sugary for me to do so.  I'm thinking it's that 1/2 ounce of simple syrup that goes in this cocktail that made it a bit too much for me.  That aside, this is a pretty darn good cocktail.  The cake vodka gives it such a different flavor, which convinces me once again........flavored vodkas are here on this earth for a purpose!  Gone are the days that I would walk right past the flavored vodkas and rums on the shelf!

Here is the recipe for a Banana Cream Cake:

  • 2 oz Pinnacle Cake Vodka
  • 1 oz creme de banana
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 1/4 oz lemon juice
In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above.  Shake it up well and strain it into your martini glass.

Here is a photo of the end result:




Here is a photo of the ingredients:






Here's to my brand new bottle of Pinnacle Cake Vodka!  It'll be fun getting to know you!

Cheers!!

The Cocktail Lady