Bring on the booze!

I'm uploading a bunch of cocktail recipes for those of you who choose to imbibe. Which I do, on occasion.

Bourbon Mint Iced Tea
Makes 2 Quarts

1 lemon, cut into 8 wedges
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup mint leaves
1/2 cup fresh orange juice (4 ounces)
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (4 ounces)
1 cup bourbon (8 ounces)
Ice cubes
1 quart plus 1 cup unsweetened iced tea (40 ounces)

In a two-quart pitcher, muddle or mash the lemon wedges, sugar and mint leaves with a large wooden spoon until a thick syrup forms. Add the orange juice, lemon juice and bourbon and stir to combine. Fill the pitcher with ice cubes and add the iced tea, then stir to combine.
Recipe from Rachael Ray.

Amaretto Squeeze

1 part Amaretto
1/2 Lemon

Pour amaretto into a normal glass, then squeeze the juice out of half a lemon. Add a few ice cubes.

Recipe author says, "It tastes like frangipane"

I've never had 'frangipane' but this drink was a bit much for my wussy self. Surprisingly -- when my husband tried adding this drink to lemonade it was sooo heavenly!

Hard Lemonade

2 parts fresh lemonade (Sweetened if you like it that way)
1 part vodka

Cut lemon in half. Run open edge along rim of tall glass then dip in sugar. Fill glass with ice. Add vodka then lemonade. Stir and enjoy!

Peachy Dew

2 parts Mountain Dew (My husband does his ratio 1:1)
1 part Peach Schnapps

Add all ingredients together and stir.

Tootsie Pop

1 part Coffee liqueur
1 part Root beer

Prepare a tall glass full of ice then add the coffee liqueur, next add the root beer. Add a tootsie pop to garnish. Out of the wrapper preferably.

Moscow Mule

2 ounces vodka
1 ounce lime juice
4 ounces ginger beer

Use vodka that has been stored in a freezer. The ginger beer and fruit should have been stored in a refrigerator. Stir vodka and juice together well in a copper mug or a chilled Collins glass. Add fresh cracked ice and a swizzle stick; top with ginger beer. Garnish with a lime wedge.
Variation: Ginger ale may be substituted for ginger beer.

Bocci Ball

1 1/2 oz. Amaretto
6 oz. OJ
club soda (if desired)

Fill a highball glass with ice. Add amaretto and OJ. Stir. Splash club soda on top (optional).

Smith and Wesson Cocktail

1.5 parts Coffee liqueur
1 part Vodka
1.5 parts Cream
1 part Cola (I used diet and it tasted awesome)

Fill a tall glass with Ice and then pour in Coffee Liqueur, Cream, Cola and Vodka.
Stir to combine and enjoy!

Fuzzy Navel

1 1/2 oz. Peach Schnapps
6 oz. OJ

Fill a highball glass with ice. Add peach schnapps and OJ. Stir.

Amaretto Stone Sour

1 part Amaretto
1.5 parts Sweet and sour
A splash of Orange juice

Fill glass with ice. Combine the Amaretto and Sweet and sour. Mix. Add a splash of orange juice to the top. Drink up.

Limoncello Milkshakes
Serving sizes vary, adjust ingredient amounts accordingly

1 Pint Vanilla Ice Cream, approx.
2-3 shots Limoncello, depending on how boozy you want it
1/2 c. milk, approx.
1/2 to 1 cup ice, approx.

Blend all ingredients thoroughly, adjusting ingredient amounts to suit your thickness/thinness preferences and tastes.

Blush Cran-Rass Cocktail
Mix equal parts cranberry with raspberry juice with blush champagne.

Blush Sunrise
Mix equal parts orange juice and blush champagne. I actually thought of combining the two, mimosa style, then read on Napa Style Michael Chiarello site that he had dubbed the concoction a Napa Sunrise.

I am not much of a wine drinker, but I do love Asti, and generic mutations thereof. I picked up some Blush Champagne to see if overly winey and under-ly champagney. For my tastes, it leaned too much on the wine side of things, but mix it with some orange juice or cranberry juice and I am buzzing all weekend.

Caramel Nog Cocktail

Your favorite brand of egg nog
Bailey's Irish Cream *Caramel* Flavored Liquor

In a small glass, pour eggnog 3/4 of the way up. Add Bailey's Caramel flavored Irish Cream and stir. You can also thin this out with milk if egg nog is too thick for you.

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Whereas the Smith & Wesson is an explosion in your mouth, the Toasted Almond is a subtle taste experience. I thinned my drink out a bit with some milk and it still tasted fab.

Toasted Almond Cocktail

1 part Amaretto
1 part Coffee liqueur
2 parts Cream

Traditionally bartenders just add the ingredients one after the other over ice. I prefer to add all three ingredients to a shaker, shake very well and then pour over ice.


2 oz orange juice

Pour orange juice into a collins glass over two ice cubes. Fill with chilled champagne, stir very gently, and serve.

Orange Cream Mimosa
Makes 8 to 10

2 1/2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice (5 to 6 oranges)
1 orange, zested
1 cup half-and-half
1 cup superfine sugar
1 bottle sparkling wine or Champagne*
Strawberries, for garnish
*Non-alcoholic sparkling wine, sparkling cider, or ginger ale can be substituted

Put orange juice, zest, half-and-half, and sugar into a blender and process until the sugar has dissolved, about 30 seconds. Pour this mixture into a shallow pan and freeze until hard, 4 hours or overnight.

Remove the frozen orange mixture from the freezer and let it sit to soften slightly, about 10 minutes. With a scoop or tablespoon, scrape out a small scoop and put it into a Champagne glass. Slowly fill the glass with Champagne and serve garnished with strawberries.

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C'tina said...

Cheers!! This time of year, we just finished up the last of the rum spiked egg nog...and now have moved on to hot chocolate or coffee with Baileys Irish Cream. Around Thanksgiving, I start fixing Hot Buttered Rum with Applecider and Cranberry juice....

Pink of Perfection said...

That bourbon mint iced tea had me at hello! Wish I had a glass right this moment.