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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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!