The Ginger & Mary Ann at Salt

 We just returned from a trip to Colorado.  We spent a few days in Boulder abd stopped for a drink a Salt while bar hopping.  
Salt was an upscale restaurant with a knowledgeable bartender making hand crafted drinks.  Here’s the description of this yummy martini: spiced pear vodka,  lemon,  Orange,  cardamom and Domaine de Canton. I highly recommend making a stop and hope to eat dinner here next time.

The Ginger & Mary Ann at Salt

We just returned from a trip to Colorado. We spent a few days in Boulder abd stopped for a drink a Salt while bar hopping.
Salt was an upscale restaurant with a knowledgeable bartender making hand crafted drinks. Here’s the description of this yummy martini: spiced pear vodka, lemon, Orange, cardamom and Domaine de Canton. I highly recommend making a stop and hope to eat dinner here next time.

Mango Pineapple Chiller
For a recent bachelorette party I helped to plan, I had to come up with a drink to make in the hotel room for the pre-party! The bride-to-be loves Mango, so when I saw Three Olives Mango in the liquor store, I knew I had to use that.  So, this is what I came up with.
Dip your glass into water and then rim it in colored sugar.  Fill the glass 3/4 full with ice. Pour in 1.5 ounces Three Olives Mango, 1.5 ounces Pineapple juice and top with a splash of Sprite Zero.  Stir.  Garnish with mint. 

Mango Pineapple Chiller

For a recent bachelorette party I helped to plan, I had to come up with a drink to make in the hotel room for the pre-party! The bride-to-be loves Mango, so when I saw Three Olives Mango in the liquor store, I knew I had to use that.  So, this is what I came up with.

Dip your glass into water and then rim it in colored sugar.  Fill the glass 3/4 full with ice. Pour in 1.5 ounces Three Olives Mango, 1.5 ounces Pineapple juice and top with a splash of Sprite Zero.  Stir.  Garnish with mint. 

Shamrock Shake Pudding Shots
St. Patrick’s day is one of those holidays that we go all out for… Renting vans, calling off work, daytime drinking.  Not saying I don’t pay for it the next day, but I look forward to it every year.  So much fun! 
This year I wanted to make some pudding shots to bring along.  Bailey’s is overdone on St. Pat’s.. don’t get me wrong, I am sure I will have some.  And it is not green.  So I decided to use my old school favorite drink from when I was a kid for inspiration, the Shamrock Shake.  When the shamrock shake is released, I still get excited.  I don’t eat them anymore, but I know that it means spring is on the way!
In a large bowl, whisk together one packet of vanilla pudding, 1/4 cup vanilla vodka and 3/4 cup creme de menthe.  When this is mixed well, fold in one container of cool whip.  Spoon into clear plastic pudding shot cups and allow to chill for a few hours before serving.  These can be made a few days ahead of time.  They will hold a little longer than regular pudding because they don’t have any milk.  Eat with a spoon! 

Shamrock Shake Pudding Shots

St. Patrick’s day is one of those holidays that we go all out for… Renting vans, calling off work, daytime drinking.  Not saying I don’t pay for it the next day, but I look forward to it every year.  So much fun! 

This year I wanted to make some pudding shots to bring along.  Bailey’s is overdone on St. Pat’s.. don’t get me wrong, I am sure I will have some.  And it is not green.  So I decided to use my old school favorite drink from when I was a kid for inspiration, the Shamrock Shake.  When the shamrock shake is released, I still get excited.  I don’t eat them anymore, but I know that it means spring is on the way!

In a large bowl, whisk together one packet of vanilla pudding, 1/4 cup vanilla vodka and 3/4 cup creme de menthe.  When this is mixed well, fold in one container of cool whip.  Spoon into clear plastic pudding shot cups and allow to chill for a few hours before serving.  These can be made a few days ahead of time.  They will hold a little longer than regular pudding because they don’t have any milk.  Eat with a spoon! 

Bailey’s Irish Cream Chocolate Pudding Shots
New Year’s Eve is coming up quick!  I feel like I am still eating Christmas leftovers, but it is already time to plan for this weekend.  In addition to food, I decided to make some pudding shots, because we always want something a little sweet.  And you don’t have to stop “drinking” to eat these.  *I know there is some debate about Bailey’s being gluten free.  If you are from the “better safe than sorry” camp, then skip these.* 
In a large bowl, mix one large box of instant chocolate pudding with 3/4 cup Bailey’s and 1/4 cup vanilla vodka.  Stir together until combined. Fold in one container of Cool Whip.  Stir until combined.  Spoon into individual containers with lids, you can get these at the liquor store.  This recipe makes about 16 pudding shots.  

Bailey’s Irish Cream Chocolate Pudding Shots

New Year’s Eve is coming up quick!  I feel like I am still eating Christmas leftovers, but it is already time to plan for this weekend.  In addition to food, I decided to make some pudding shots, because we always want something a little sweet.  And you don’t have to stop “drinking” to eat these.  *I know there is some debate about Bailey’s being gluten free.  If you are from the “better safe than sorry” camp, then skip these.* 

In a large bowl, mix one large box of instant chocolate pudding with 3/4 cup Bailey’s and 1/4 cup vanilla vodka.  Stir together until combined. Fold in one container of Cool Whip.  Stir until combined.  Spoon into individual containers with lids, you can get these at the liquor store.  This recipe makes about 16 pudding shots.  

Peppermint Mocha Kahlua Hot Chocolate
It’s National Cocoa Day!  I had to celebrate this evening and I came up with this yummy beverage.  (Ok, it’s not really an ‘original’ or anything…) Perfect for dessert or a bedtime snack. 
I used the Hershey’s Cocoa recipe for hot chocolate on the side of the container.  It is perfect.  
Warm one cup of milk in the microwave, about a minute and a half. Meanwhile, stir together in your mug, a dash of salt, 2 tablespoon cocoa and 2 tablespoons sugar.  Add the milk.  Stir in 2 tablespoons peppermint mocha Kahlua. Top with whipped cream and cocoa sugar, if you can find it.  This is my favorite hot chocolate topping and I found it in the closeout section our local grocery store.  I am not sure what I will do when I run out!  

Peppermint Mocha Kahlua Hot Chocolate

It’s National Cocoa Day!  I had to celebrate this evening and I came up with this yummy beverage.  (Ok, it’s not really an ‘original’ or anything…) Perfect for dessert or a bedtime snack. 

I used the Hershey’s Cocoa recipe for hot chocolate on the side of the container.  It is perfect.  

Warm one cup of milk in the microwave, about a minute and a half. Meanwhile, stir together in your mug, a dash of salt, 2 tablespoon cocoa and 2 tablespoons sugar.  Add the milk.  Stir in 2 tablespoons peppermint mocha Kahlua. Top with whipped cream and cocoa sugar, if you can find it.  This is my favorite hot chocolate topping and I found it in the closeout section our local grocery store.  I am not sure what I will do when I run out!  

Malibu Rum Cupcakes
These cupcakes were inspired by a recent trip to Mexico.  There was coconut everywhere and I was in heaven.  I made them for a block party on my street this summer.  It was before I gave up gluten, so I can say that these are delicious! 
Yield: 12 cupcakes
 For the cupcakes: Cream together ½ cup softened butter, 1 cup sugar and 2 eggs.  Add 1 teaspoon vanilla.  In another bowl, mix together 1.5 cups flour with 1 teaspoon baking powder.  Add half to the butter mixture.  Mix until just combined.  Add ¼ cup coconut milk and the remaining flour mixture.  Mix. Add 1/3 cup coconut rum.  Pour into muffin tin lined with cupcake liners. Bake for 20-22 minutes in a 350 degree oven.
While the cupcakes cool, make frosting.  Cream 1 cup softened butter. Slowly add 1.5-2 pounds powdered sugar, alternating with 1 tablespoon vanilla and ¼ cup Malibu rum.  Mix together until it is fluffy. Top with sweetened, shredded coconut flakes or white sugar sprinkles. 

Malibu Rum Cupcakes

These cupcakes were inspired by a recent trip to Mexico.  There was coconut everywhere and I was in heaven.  I made them for a block party on my street this summer.  It was before I gave up gluten, so I can say that these are delicious! 

Yield: 12 cupcakes

 For the cupcakes: Cream together ½ cup softened butter, 1 cup sugar and 2 eggs.  Add 1 teaspoon vanilla.  In another bowl, mix together 1.5 cups flour with 1 teaspoon baking powder.  Add half to the butter mixture.  Mix until just combined.  Add ¼ cup coconut milk and the remaining flour mixture.  Mix. Add 1/3 cup coconut rum.  Pour into muffin tin lined with cupcake liners. Bake for 20-22 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

While the cupcakes cool, make frosting.  Cream 1 cup softened butter. Slowly add 1.5-2 pounds powdered sugar, alternating with 1 tablespoon vanilla and ¼ cup Malibu rum.  Mix together until it is fluffy. Top with sweetened, shredded coconut flakes or white sugar sprinkles.