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18th Jul2014

Circus Carnival Theme Party Favors

by Dinah Wulf

Circus Carnival Theme Party Favors

My daughter is turning four next week and instead of having an elaborate birthday party we are taking her and her two best friends to the circus. Since we are saving money on food, decorations, a bounce house, shaved ice booth (we have this every year), and everything else that goes along with a party, I thought I’d spend a few extra dollars to make three special Circus Carnival Theme Party Favors for my three favorite little ladies.

I found these adorable plastic bottles at a craft supply store. I wrapped some red and white paper around it and filled them with blue candies.

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I also found these candy shaped plastic containers and filled them with red and gold candies.

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Cute, right?

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I filled some candy pretzel bags with animal crackers and iced animal crackers and tied them with red and blue ribbon.

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I also bought a bag of candy peanuts and divided into three. I put them in small plastic sandwich bags, stuffed the bottom of these cute popcorn treat boxes, and placed the peanuts on top.

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I designed a little Happy Birthday sign on my computer for the front of the treat box.

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I stuffed the box with all the goodies I made including a blue felt flower hair clip and a little stuffed elephant. I also decorated it with some carnival tickets I bought at the craft store.

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They turned out so cute and I only spent about $15 per girl. I thought it was well worth it for my daughter and her best friends.  I can’t wait to see the looks on their faces when we take them to the actual circus!

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If you need more carnival or circus inspiration, check out these posts!

16th Jul2014

Sun Shaped Key Lime Garnish How to

by Dinah Wulf

Sun Shaped Key Lime Garnish How to

Ah! There is nothing more relaxing to me than spending summer vacation on the beach. OK, well, maybe there is ONE thing more relaxing. That would be spending summer vacation on the beach with a margarita in hand. Lucky me; I had the privilege of spending four days and three nights at the gorgeous Villa del Palmar at The Islands of Loreto resort and spa. I can’t wait to tell you about it all including hiking, paddle boarding, the amazing food and staff, my incredible private suite, and my clam diving excursion. But first, I just wanted to share a little Sun Shaped Key Lime Garnish How to. My friend Sharon and I had a special tutorial by our bartender, Jorge, on the beach when he made us some tasty and refreshing cucumber margaritas with a chili lime rim.

You only need three things:

  • Sharp Knife
  • Key Lime
  • Cutting Board

OK, well you also need a margarita of course! First, slice the end off of the key lime and discard.

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Cut a thin slice saving the rest of the lime for later and follow the lines of the flesh and cut, stopping at the inside of the rind.

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Invert the ring as shown.

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Use the remaining part of the key lime, and maneuver the ring onto the edge of the lime forming a sun.

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Lay the sun flat onto the cutting board and cut a slit into the rounded end.

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If desired, groom the sun with your knife to shape the perfect sun.

How to Make a Sun Shaped Lime Garnish

Place it on the edge of a salted margarita glass using the slit on the body of the lime.

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Isn’t it adorable? It was such a beautiful and thoughtful touch to help make our sun bathing THAT much more special. Jorge went over and above for us, especially taking the extra time to show us how to make this unique margarita garnish.

Here are more of my adventures in Loreto!

 

19th Jun2014

Summertime Ice Cream Party DIY Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

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My best friend from Simply Creative Ways and I threw a fun end of school year ice cream party for the kids and parents in their preschool class. It was simple, no stress, and casual… a great way for both the parents to connect and the kids to play together outside of school.  I made these ice cream invitations for the party and passed them out a week before school let out.

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I made some fun ice cream cone banners out of real sugar cones and ice cream cones and water balloons (check out the tutorial).

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We even used two of them as table centerpieces, using tape on the bottoms to keep them upright.

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Jenny had a great idea of using lanterns as ice cream, and made paper cones which we hot glued on.

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What’s an ice cream party without an ice cream bar? I made a simple ice cream parlor sign the night before.

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Jenny had the ingenious idea of repurposing a candle holder into a waffle cone holder. She punched holes in cardstock, and hot glued it to the candle holder. The cones fit right in and we filled them with ice cream toppings.

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We also had chocolate, strawberry, and caramel syrups available, and I made little “happy summer” party favors for the kids to take home.

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It was such a fun time for both the parents and adults.  Since our kids will probably remain in school together for several years, we exchanged emails and phone numbers as well.

16th May2014

Lychee Martini Recipe

by Dinah Wulf

Lychee Martini Recipe

A few years ago, I was at a fancy bar in Newport Beach and I saw a Lychee Martini on the drink menu and ordered it immediately. It was fantastic! Since then, I always order one if there is one available. With my Mom visiting, I thought she would enjoy trying one so I attempted to make one at home and came up with a SUPER simple Lychee Martini Recipe.

I have grown up eating lychee fruit ever since I can remember.  If you are unfamiliar with it, it’s an exotic tropical fruit cultivated in Asia, Australia, and Africa. They are about the size of a large walnut and have a red spiky exterior.  When you peel the fruit, the inside is a white fleshy pulp and it’s sweet and delicious!  You only need four ingredients to make the martini.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Vodka
  • Splash Simple Syrup
  • 1.5 c. Lychee juice
  • Lychee fruit

Materials:

  • Martini Shaker
  • Ice
  • Martini Glass
  • Toothpick

Instructions:

Place the Vodka, Simple Syrup and Lychee juice in a martini shaker filled with ice. Shake it vigorously and pour into a martini glass. Garnish it with the Lychee fruit.

You can buy the fruit and juice at an ethnic or natural foods store. Many Asian markets sell them fresh. If you cannot find the fruit, you can also buy it in a can.  This martini is perfect for the warm weather season and a fun and interesting drink to serve at parties. They are a great source of Vitamin C as well! That’s my kind of martini!

21st Apr2014

Give Bakery Because Cookie Lollipops

by Dinah Wulf

 

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Give Bakery Because Cookie Lollipops is a part of the Give Bakery Because. It’s Gifting Made Delicious. campaign sponsored by Rich Products.

The Grocer’s Bakery is a convenient and ideal destination for purchasing baked goods that can be customized for any gifting occasion. My daughter just started dance this year and she always talks about her teachers, Miss Michelle and Ms. Kathy.  I wanted to give something to them just because. I thought it’d be a nice gesture to show our appreciation for them.

These easy cookie lollipops save time because there is no baking involved and very affordable because you only need a few products:

  • Your favorite cookies from you Grocer’s bakery
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Cookie icing
  • Treat bags
  • Baker’s twine or ribbon
  • Gift tag

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To make the lollipops, simply apply a generous amount of cookie icing to the back of each cookie. Insert a lollipop stick in the center of two cookies. Place them in a treat bag. I chose pink sugar cookies with colorful sprinkles for Mia’s dance teachers.

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Add a little tag for that special someone and tie it with ribbon of baker’s twine.

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Tah-dah! In minutes you have quick, adorable, and affordable gifts for anytime gifting.  What’s great about the bakery at the grocery store is that they have a variety of cookies to fit the season or holiday. One package of a dozen cookies will make six just because gifts!

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18th Apr2014

Jelly Bean Martini Recipe

by Dinah Wulf

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Today, my friend and cocktail expert, David Edessa is sharing a sweet and tasty Jelly Bean Martini Recipe.

Written by: David Edessa

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz. Jelly Bean Infused Vodka (recipe below)
  • 1 oz. Triple Sec
  • ½ oz. Sparkling Wine Brut
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • Cocktail Shaker

Glass Preparation:

Add sugar along the rim of the martini glass. To do this, place blue curacao (blue), grenadine (red), or lime juice (white) on a flat plate (depending on the color of the rim you wish to create) then dip the glass into the liquid to wet the rim. Place powdered sugar on a flat plate or surface then rim the wet rim glass into sugar and coat the rim. Place rimmed prepared martini glasses in the freezer to chill.

Instructions:

Put all liquid ingredients and squeeze a lemon wedge into a cocktail shaker half filled with ice and shake vigorously and strain into chilled prepped martini glasses. Float on top of glass the sparkling wine.

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Jelly Bean Infusion Instructions:

Ingredients:

  • 750ml bottle of vodka or rhum
  • 16 oz. of jelly beans
  • Glass jar
  • Fine mesh sieve

To create jelly bean-infused vodka, place 750mL bottle of vodka and 16 oz. of jelly beans in a glass jar for about 48 hours and shake throughout the day. Strain using a fine mesh sieve. Use one color of jelly beans for best results. Also, a great alternative to vodka is rhum. For a different flavor you can try vanilla flavored vodka or rhum.

{See more Easter Themed Cocktail Recipes by David}

24th Mar2014

Easy DIY Hello Kitty Party Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

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Making your own decorations for a theme party doesn’t have to be hard.  One of my friends did a Hello Kitty Themed Party that has been a hit! She spent a lot of time and thought into making it absolutely fabulous! I thought I’d put together some easy DIY Hello Kitty Party ideas that you can do if you have little time and money. You can use these tips for any themed party as well!

Tip #1: Make your own garland.

You can make this adorable and sweet pompom garland by simply using a needle and thread! Just thread a needle and push it through the thickest part of the pompom and they won’t slide.

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Tip #2: Use what you already have.

Typically when you throw a Hello Kitty themed party for your little one, they already have some Hello Kitty toys.  Use them creatively as props to punch up your themed décor.

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Tip #3: Dollar bin bargains go a long way.

One pack of stickers will embellish cake toppers, favors, pinwheels. You can use ribbon and hair bows to place in existing flower arrangements and other things.

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Tip #4: Make your own favor boxes.

I made these using the Fuse Creativity System by Fiskars. Believe it or not was much cheaper than buying gift bags and it’s more fun! Here’s a tutorial on how to use the Fiskars Fuse Creativity System.

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Tip #5: Simple food is less stressful.

Serving simple and healthy finger foods makes it less stressful. Arrange a fruit platter in a colorful way.

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Place candies or other foods in small paper cups. This way, they are portioned and easy to grab.

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Simple recipes like potato salad are filling and tasty.  For this one I made it with red potatoes, salt, pepper, finely chopped sweet yellow onions and light mayonnaise. I garnished it with shredded cheese, green onions, and bacon.

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21st Mar2014

Vodka or Rum Gummy Bears Recipe

by Dinah Wulf

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Today I am excited to share a party cocktail recipe, Vodka or Rum Gummy Bears Recipe, developed by David Edessa.  These are great additions for adult parties for graduation, spring break, or summer barbecues to add a fun and fruity twist to the bar selection.

Written By David Edessa:

Ingredients:

  • 1 (750 ml) bottle Banana Vodka
  • 48 oz. Bag Gummy Bears
  • 8 oz. White Cranberry Juice

Instructions:

Fill a glass or ceramic container (container with a lid is ideal) about halfway with gummy bears. Then fill the container with vodka and white cranberry juice till the top of the gummy bears. The ratio of vodka to juice is 3:1. Allow the gummies to swim in the vodka for 24 hours in the refrigerator.  If you leave them in the vodka for more than 24 hours, they will get slimy and bloated, so don’t make them too ahead of time. Serve with tooth picks. If you have liquid left behind from the soaking, you have great tasting infused vodka….Drunken Gummy Martinis!!! Or Drunken Gummy Bear Snow Cones (my favorite).

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Tips:

  • The soaking time may vary due to the type of candy.
  • If you have stale gummy bears, they actually work great!
  • You can use rhum if you prefer.
  • You can use other gummy candies.

Be careful when eating these adult vodka soaked candies. It’s very difficult to estimate how much alcohol one consumes per gummy bear.

The first batch I made a mistake by not storing the batch in the refrigerator. Also, I had them soaking for three days where it started to dissolve.

For more of David’s original cocktail recipe, visit our very own, Cocktail Corner.

17th Feb2014

A Guide to the ULTIMATE DIY Angry Birds Party

by Dinah Wulf

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I have to say, my best friend Jenny and I can throw a mean party! Ha! We collaborated recently on an Angry Birds Themed Party for one of our favorite five year olds. I wanted to put together an ULTIMATE guide of tutorials that the two of us created to help you throw a great DIY Angry Birds Party. Here are seven ideas for you to consider.

#1 Themed Gift Wrapping

Just say no to gift bags! You can’t attend a birthday party for your favorite five year old without a gift! I wrapped this gift and made a little tag on my computer that said, “Happy Angry Birthday, Adrian”. It took me less than ten minutes and added a personal touch.

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#2 Angry Birds Pinata

Trina, Adrian’s Mom and one of my Besties, bought a King Pig Pinata but it was missing a crown! So I made a King Pig Crown for her out of an old cottage cheese container. You can use this idea for making any type of crown you’d like.

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#3 Bird Cage Centerpieces

This is a quick and easy centerpiece idea, Simply place a stuffed Angry Bird character in a bird cage.  You can buy these at any craft store and it seems like they are always on sale!

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#4 The Golden Egg

To be honest, I’m not too familiar with the Angry Bird game but apparently the golden egg is a VERY important element. Trina spray painted plastic Easter eggs and placed them in little nests. It turned out so cute!

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#5 Sweets and Treats

What’s a birthday party without plenty of treats??? Trina displayed colorful cupcakes on a DIY wooden structure that Jenny made.

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She also had a candy table with favor bags for the kids to fill and take home.

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I also made some super easy Angry Bird Dropping favors that we placed on the party tables.

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Trina also bought this fun Angry Bird cupcake birthday cake.

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#6 Upcycled Cardboard Box Decorations

Both Jenny and I saved our cardboard boxes to create a fun decoration.  Jenny painted hers to look like wooden boxes.

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I hand drew mine to look like wooden crates. I also made some points and TNT signs in a FREE printable download for you to use.

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#7 Life Sized Angry Bird Launcher and Party Game

Lastly, and DEFINITEY not least, Jenny and her husband made a life sized Angry Bird Launcher to launch the painted Angry Bird Balls she made into the boxes.  This was the BEST GAME EVER and was fun for both the kids and adults.

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There you have it… A Guide to the ULTIMATE DIY Angry Birds Party! I hope you enjoyed and are inspired to use these ideas too!

Quick Links for Step by Step Tutorials:

14th Feb2014

DIY Candy Box Treat Boxes

by Dinah Wulf

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I was lucky enough to take a tour of the We R Memory Keepers booth at CHA last month. I received the Candy Box Punch Board and couldn’t wait to try it out. The product was pretty self-explanatory, but the directions were a good reference tool. Here is how I made these DIY Candy Box Treat Boxes.

Materials:

Instructions:

The width of the box will always be 7”, but you can choose any length up to 12”. The 7” side goes horizontally on your punch board. The left side of your paper will align with the guide on the punch board as well.

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Simply push firmly down on the punch and then mover the paper to the left.

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Once your paper covers the mark, use your bone folder to score it. By the way, the bone folder comes with your Candy Punch Board!

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Repeat the punch on the other side.

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You can also add scalloped edges if desired by using the other side of the punch.

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Here is a close up of the scalloped edge.

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Next, you glue or tape the box together.

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Tie one side of the box with ribbon. Fill it with treats, and then tie the other end.

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Aren’t they adorable?  There are so many possibilities for colors, patterns, and themes.  They are perfect for weddings, parties, and even teacher gifts. You can decorate your boxes with messages, stickers, ribbon, or whatever you want!!!!

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Thank you to We R Memory Keepers for sending me this board!

04th Feb2014

Easy DIY Angry Birds Party Favors

by Dinah Wulf

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Today is my birthday! Nah nah nah nah! And I’m gonna have a good time! Nah nah nah nah! Noooo! I’m not having an Angry Birds party for my birthday, BUT my best friend’s son is turning the big 5 and I wanted to make these easy DIY Angry Birds Party Favors for his party coming up this weekend. I know nothing about Angry Birds but I thought, hey, all birds have droppings, so why not make them edible (ew). I’m such a Dork…moving on…

Here’s what you need:

  • Computer and printer
  • Colorful card stock
  • White paper
  • Circle punch
  • Glue or tape
  • Paper cutter or scissors
  • Stapler
  • Small treat bags
  • Tasty treats for inside

At first I was going to buy Angry Birds stickers to put on the favors but then I didn’t want to get ready, get my daughter ready, get in my car, and go to the store… oh AND spend money. So instead, I opened my computer and searched Google images for “Angry Birds characters” and made my own “stickers”. I printed them out and cut them with a circle punch.  I also cut out colorful larger circles to use as a border.

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I also printed out tags that said, “Angry Bird Droppings” (yes, I think I’m funny), cut some card stock to size, and assembled each favor to look like this.

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I filled the plastic treat bags with SweetWorks candies and stapled them together.

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Tah dah!! Aren’t they cute? I thought they’d be a fun and tasty addition to the party that the kids could take home.

28th Jan2014

Easy Duck Tape and Washi Tape Treat Bags

by Dinah Wulf

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You’re going to think I’m crazy, but I couldn’t help it. The other day, a few moms at my daughter’s school arranged a big playdate for about a dozen kids at a local park.  I had about 15 minutes before I had to leave my house to meet.  I decided to bring some treats for the kids and in a few minutes I ended up making these easy Duck Tape and Washi tape treat bags.

Being the DIY’er, Crafter, and Party Planner that I am I already had these supplies handy.  I took out a dozen plastic treat bags, some Duck Tape and some Washi tape.

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Since I only had a short time, I decorated the bags by adding the tape and folding over each side.  They weren’t perfect by any means!

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I put pink Washi tape on the bottom, heart patterned Duck Tape that I won at CHA in the middle, and blue Washi tape on the top.

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I filled them with some SweetWorks Valentine’s treats that I had, closed the top with more Washi tape and we were out the door.

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When I arrived at the play date, of course I had to get permission from the other moms to give their kids a bag of candy just a couple hours before dinner. Luckily, these small gifts were well received.  These were SO quick and easy to make, I thought about making them for future parties.  It’d be easy to change up the colors and patterns to fit any party theme or holiday.

 

18th Oct2013

5 Tasty Holiday Cocktail Recipes

by Dinah Wulf

With the holidays just right around the corner, I thought I’d put together 5 Tasty Holiday Cocktail Recipes.  These are all original recipes written and concocted by David Edessa.  For all of David’s fun cocktail party recipes check out his Cocktail Corner!

5 Tasty Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Apple Cranberry Cider

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts (8 cups) Apple juice
  • 2 cups cranberry juice
  • ½ cup Pure Maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Whole Nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon Whole Cloves
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh Ginger
  • 3 Cinnamon sticks

Instructions:

Pour juice into a tall pot with a lid and turn on heat to high. Prepare spices and add to pot. When pot reaches a boil, turn to the lowest setting. Let simmer about 15 minutes. Strain the cider through a fine sieve onto a second pot. Return cider to heat source or pour into a crock pot to keep warm. Ladle into mugs and enjoy.

Coquito (Puerto Rico’s Christmas spiked eggnog)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of Coconut Cream
  • 1 cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 cup Evaporated Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Dark Rhum
  • 1 cup Spiced Rhum
  • 1 cup of Water
  • 4 Egg Yolks, well beaten
  • 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier or other orange-flavored liqueur
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 3 Cinnamon Sticks
  • Freshly grated nutmeg for garnish

Instructions:

Boil the water and the cinnamon sticks, then allow to cool to room temperature (don’t forget to remove cinnamon sticks). In a blender or food processor combine the coconut cream, evaporated & condensed milk, salt, egg yolks and vanilla, and blend at high speed for 30 seconds, or until the mixture is smooth. Add the dark rhum, spiced rhum, orange liqueur, and cinnamon water; blend for a few seconds longer until ingredients have blended completely. You need to add the water because it will get thicker later in the refrigerator. This is also the best time to taste and add more rhum (rum) if you wish to have a stronger batch. Pour the coqui into a glass container, preferable bottles (easier to pour into glasses at time of service). Refrigerate the coqui for 4-6 hours, or until it is thoroughly chilled. Remove from refrigerator about 15-20 minutes (if too thick) before serving, then shake bottle well. To serve, pour the Coquito into a chilled parfait or punch glasses and sprinkle the top lightly with nutmeg. A pinch martini or short juice glasses will do.

Pumpkin Maple Toddy

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Crown Royal Maple Finish Whiskey
  • ½ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ½ tsp. Organic Honey
  • 1 tsp. Pumpkin Butter (recipe below)
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 1 strip Lemon Peel
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • Hot Water

Instructions:

Pour the honey, boiling water, and whiskey into a mug. Put in a slice of lemon peel. Let the mixture stand for 5 minutes so the flavors can mingle. Garnish with cinnamon stick.

White Pumpkin Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1¼ oz. Vanilla Rhum
  • ¾ oz. White Crème de Cacao liqueur
  • 1½ oz. Pumpkin Butter
  • ½ oz. 2% Whole Organic Milk

Instructions:

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine rhum, pumpkin butter, liqueur and milk. Shake well and pour all contents including the ice in a tall mug.

Salted Butter Pecan Martini

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Van Gogh Vanilla Vodka ( your favorite brand will due in a Vanilla Vodka)
  • ¾ oz. Butterscotch Schnapps
  • ¾ oz. Frangelico Liqueur
  • ½ oz. Baileys Caramel
  • 1 oz. Heavy Cream
  • Torani Salted Caramel syrup

Glass Prep Instructions:

Place martini glass in freezer for 15 minutes to half an hour. Pour the caramel syrup into a shallow plate and in another plate crushed candied pecans. Then, dip the rim of a chilled martini glass into the plate with the caramel syrup and then dip the chilled glass into the plate with the crushed candied pecans. When done place prepped glass on parchment paper for easy release and place in freezer until ready to use.

28th Jun2013

Eight Tasty Cocktail Recipes for Summer Entertaining

by Dinah Wulf

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My regular guest author and contributor, David Edessa works really hard at coming up with his own unique cocktail recipes exclusively for DIY Inspired.  Since it is officially summer, I thought I’d put together a round-up of eight amazing tasty cocktail recipes for Summer that you must try this season while entertaining at home.

Cucumber Lemon Spritzer

A refreshing combination of cucumber water, basil, and fresh lemon juice

Apples & Oranges Cocktail Recipe

A mixture of fresh organic fruit juices and vodka

Peach Zinger Cocktail Recipe

Homemade ginger simple syrup with peach schnapps and vodka

Iced Java Cocktails

Three sweet and creamy iced recipes perfect for a summer get together

Frozen Daiquiri Recipes

Tasty frozen summer drinks including banana and cantaloupe daiquiri recipes

Strawberry Shortcake Shake

Yummy strawberry dessert cocktail with a bonus Almond Joy martini recipe

Watermelon Agua Fresca

David wrote this one for Cinco de Mayo, but this is good any time of year!

Spiked Gummy Bear Jello Shots

And finally, for the more adventurous, life of the party, make your own spiked gummy bear shots!

Bonus!  I thought I’d throw in how to make your own candy infused alcohol!  This is a step by step tutorial on how to make infused alcohol with Skittles, jelly beans, and Jolly Ranchers complete with six cocktail recipes and two shooter recipes.  Enjoy! And as David always says, “Drink responsibly and drink smart.” Learn more about David here.

A big thank you to David for all your contributions and hard work!

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