Valentine Cocktails With Icelandic Glacial

Happy Friday, loves!

I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing I love more than the weekend. We love laidback weekends at home, hosting friends and family the most. My husband loves to cook, and I love to come up with fun new drink ideas on occasion to mix it up a bit. When the awesome team at Icelandic Glacial asked if I’d like to try their sparkling water, I was instantly intrigued. I love sparkling water in my favorite cocktails, and they were kind enough to send me some amazing recipes to share with you.

Since Valentine’s Day is next week, I’m sharing with you a few of my favorite pretty pink drinks that are perfect for your upcoming Valentine or Galentine celebrations. They’re fun, fabulous, and they are delicious. The best part is that you now have three new sparkling water flavors to choose from when you’re mixing your favorite cocktails. Icelandic Glacial now includes Elderflower, Sicilian Lemon, and Tahitian Lime – and if those don’t sound like the perfect segue flavors for summer, what does?

1

Midnight Sun

1.5 oz. brennivin

1 oz. fresh grapefruit juice

2 dashes aromatic bitters

1 sprig rosemary

1 slice grapefruit

Icelandic Glacial Sparkling Water

Put your ingredients into a shaker, shake, pour into your favorite highball glass, top it off with your Icelandic Glacial Sparkling Water, and garnish with your sprig of rosemary. Taste, and enjoy.

2

The Perfect Aperol Spritz

3 oz. prosecco

2 oz. aperol

1 oz. Icelandic Glacial Sparkling Water

1 orange slice

Pour all your ingredients in a wine glass with a bit of ice, stir, and add your orange.

3

Garden Party

2 oz. gin

2 tbs. fresh lemon juice

half ounce crème de violette

half ounce elderflower liqueur

3 cucumber slices

Icelandic Glacial Sparkling Elderflower

Edible flowers

Start by muddling cucumber with lemon juice in a shaker, and add your gin, crème, and elderflower liqueur to the mix. Shake it up with some ice, and then pour it into a glass. Use your edible flowers to garnish this gorgeous cocktail.

What’s your favorite go-to cocktail this time of year?

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Cinco de Mayo Cocktails With La Luna Mezcal

Happy Cinco de Mayo Eve!

I’m probably not going to lie to you…I have zero clue why Cinco de Mayo is a celebration, only that it means good times for most of us. I do, however, promise that I will look up this information, stat, as a way of educating myself. And also because I hate it when my kids ask me questions I don’t know the answer to, and I have a feeling they’ll be asking soon.

What I do know is that tomorrow is the Fifth of May. And that means two things. 1 – it’s Cinco de Mayo. 2 – 10 days until my sweet husband and I celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary. I mean, can you even? Almost 17 years together, 13 married, our oldest little turns 10 this summer…where is life going?

I don’t know the answer to that deep question, either, but I know I’m going to make a delish cocktail. Thanks to the amazing people over at La Luna Mezcal, I’ve got a fun new cocktail perfect for your Cinco de Mayo plans. Or just for, like, Taco Tuesday or whatever.

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  • 1 oz. La Luna Mezcal
  • 1 oz. Gustoso Blanco Rum
  • ½ oz. blackberry syrup
  • 1/8 oz. passion fruit syrup
  • ¾ oz. grapefruit juice
  • ¾ oz. lime juice (bonus points if you squeeze it all fresh and delish)
  • 1/8 oz. Luxardo Maraschino
  • A dash of bitters
  • Club soda

How to Create Magic

Mix all the above ingredients in a cocktail shaker, shake (shake, shake it off), strain into a fun glass – we love a margarita glass for this one – throw in a dash of club soda, garnish with something amazing like a sprig of Thyme (don’t we all need more Thyme? See what I did there? No? Not funny?), and drink. Oh – and don’t forget to ENJOY!

***Drink responsibly. Don’t overdo it. Don’t be stupid. Don’t even try it if you’re younger than 21. You know the rules – this girl doesn’t condone stupidity and careless, reckless behavior.

Photos by Puente International 

3 Perfectly Pink Valentine’s Day Cocktails with Santa Margherita and Bruce Cost Ginger Ale

Happy Friday!

It’s weekend, it’s time for some fun, and it’s definitely only 5 days before Valentine’s Day. If you’re anything like my husband and I, you might just call Valentine’s Day another day and go about life as usual (by giving chocolate hearts to the kids and then telling them they’re gross and they don’t want them so you can binge eat them all yourself…because love).

We do a card exchange. He sends me flowers. We buy little gifts for the kids. But we don’t celebrate. We went out to dinner once on Valentine’s Day – what a disaster. Oh my goodness. We went to one of our favorite restaurants with the intention of lingering over our favorite meal and a bottle of wine only to realize the menu was Prix Fixe with approximately zero of our favorite items. The staff practically shoved our food down our throats, asked us three times if we wanted to box up our food and cork our bottle to take home, and brought the check before we even took a bite of dinner.

Romantic, right?

I guess turnover is a big deal on such a ‘romantic’ evening.

Never. Ever. Again.

Since then, we’ve stayed home, made our own delicious meal, drank too much wine, and added four kids to the mix.

Romantic, right?

Forced romance and love isn’t our jam, but these amazing cocktails are my jam. I’ve teamed up with Bruce Cost Ginger Ale and Santa Margherita to bring you some of the prettiest – and tastiest – Valentine’s Day cocktail recipes. If you’re not feeling romantic, you will be when you’re done with these.

5

Sparkling Hibiscus

Ingredients – Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG, whole hibiscus flowers packed in 8 tsp. hibiscus syrup

Using a tall glass, place one entire hibiscus flower in the bottom of the glass and cover it with Santa Margherita  Prosecco Superiore DOCG. Leave enough room to add 2 tsp. of hibiscus syrup into the glass, mix, garnish, and serve.

6

Rose Petal Rose Flor

Ingredients – 1 bottle Santa Margherita Sparkling Rose, pink rose petals

Fill your favorite champagne glass with Santa Margherita Sparkling Rose and add a few rose petals to the top. It’s delish, it’s simple, and it’s oh-so elegant.

flor

Flor Adora 

Ingredients – 3/4 oz. lemon juice, 3/4 oz. raspberry gum syrup, 1.5 oz. plymouth gin, 4 oz. Bruce Cost Ginger Ale Original

This recipe might still be pink, but it’s a little more masculine than the others on this list. It’s also so simple to make you just mix everything in a glass and mix it. Garnish with a fresh raspberry and enjoy.

Pick one, pick three – you can’t go wrong with any of them. Maybe try them all each night leading up to Valentine’s Day and pick your favorite for your big celebration at home. Seems like a win, right?

{All photos courtesy of Santa Margherita and Bruce Cost Ginger Ale}

Friday Favorites: Summer Cocktails Perfect for the Weekend

Happy Friday, darlings!

It’s time for champagne, late nights, and fun in the sun. Kidding. It’s time for sippy cups and evenings in the pool and “New Baby Lasagna” night with our closest friends to welcome the newest babe to our little group.

I promise there was a time we were much cooler. Fridays meant coming home, getting ready for a date night, ordering a bottle of wine, staying out late, and having too much fun. Saturdays meant sleeping until 10, making Bloody Mary’s, going shopping, another date night, and Sunday Funday Brunch. Usually two or three times a month those weekends were spent in NYC, LA, or some other amazing city. Because we didn’t have kids and we were the bosses of ourselves.

Now we have four kids, they dictate our schedules (when did their schedules become more important than ours!?) and weekends look a lot different. But that certainly doesn’t mean we aren’t having fun. We just spend fewer weekends traveling and more time making our own creative cocktails at home pretending we are at a resort somewhere.

It’s pretty win-win.

When the darling people from Bruce Cost Ginger Ale reached out to see if I wanted to try a few decadent cocktails, I felt obligated to say yes. I mean, what kind of blogger would I be if I declined something like that?

All in the name of work, right?

Of course I wanted to try some delish cocktails, and Bruce Cost Ginger Ale did NOT disappoint. It’s weekend, darlings, and that means it’s time to take a screen shot, because you have a list to make to enjoy a few of my Friday Favorites…cocktail style.

Cold refreshing summer lemonade mojito.

Cold refreshing summer lemonade mojito in a glass on a grey concrete or stone background.

The Bruce Cost Ginger Ale Mojito

First, you’re going to need a few things:

  • 2 oz. of fine rum (pick your favorite, or try something decadent and new)
  • 4-5 oz. Bruce Cost Ginger Ale
  • 1 fresh lime (about 1.5 oz of lime juice)
  • Mint

You can’t make a mojito without some mint, but the muddling part is my husband’s least favorite. He loved learning this cocktail is made decorating your highball with a sprig of mint by standing it inside the cocktail. Fill your glass with ice, throw in your ingredients, give it a little mix, and garnish the side of your cocktail with slice of that lime. Voila – you have the perfect (muddle-free) mojito perfect for a day of fun in the sun.

Wild Hibiscus Cocktail - High Res

Wild Hibiscus Sharleen

Who doesn’t love a pretty pink drink for two? You’ll need the following:

  • 3 parts lemon-lime soda
  • 3 parts Bruce Cost Ginger Ale
  • ½ part wild hibiscus flower syrup
  • Bonus points if you can find wild hibiscus with which to garnish your glass

A tall glass is perfect for this pretty pink concoction, and you won’t even believe how simple this recipe is. It’s so simple even I can make it – and I can barely boil water! All you must do is fill your glass with water, add your ingredients, stir, and enjoy. You get brownie points if you have a fun straw to toss in. And if you have brownies, you also get brownies. That’s a win.

If you can’t spend the weekend basking in the sun on the North Shore of Oahu this weekend, you might as well make a drink that leaves you feeling as if you are!

*All photos and recipes are courtesy of Bruce Cost Ginger Ale

**Always drink responsibly. Do not drink and drive, do not binge drink, do not drink if you are pregnant, nursing, your doctor tells you not to, or you are not of legal drinking age, and do not forget to stay hydrated between cocktails!