HAPPY HOUR: Cucumber Refresher

Today David and I are venturing to Columbus to help our friend move apartments. I have a feeling after a long day of lifting and moving (on David’s part) and a long day delegating and directing (of course on my part) we will be in need of a cold drink. Here is a great drink recipe that is refreshing and full of Spring! Enjoy!

CUCUMBER REFRESHER

CUCUMBER REFRESHER

 

INGREDIENTS:

4 mint leaves

1 large basil leaf

1 lime wedge

1½ parts Cucumber Vodka

3 parts soda water

½ tsp. agave nectar

DIRECTIONS:

Squeeze lime wedge into rocks glass, muddle lime wedge with mint and basil

leaves and vodka. Add ice. Top with soda water.

Add agave nectar and stir. Garnish with lime wedge.

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HAPPY HOUR: The Ultimate (and easy) Bloody Mary

So recently David has realized if I haven’t tried something I just say I don’t like it. So he is now forcing me to try all sorts of crazy things I have never tried, mustard, ketchup, ham. Crazy things!! And I love them all of course. I recently tried a Bloody Mary for the first time and fell in love! One of our favorite brunch places in Dallas, Hattie’s, has the BEST Bloody Mary of all time. So here is the ultimate bloody mary recipe and some of my favorite bloody mary add ons!

THE ULTIMATE AND EASY BLOODY MARY

THE ULTIMATE (AND EASY) BLOODY MARY

INGREDIENTS:

1.5 ounces of Vodka

4 ounces of Tabasco Bloody Mary Mix

Kosher Salt & Pepper Mixture

all your favorite Bloody Mary fixins

Ice

DIRECTIONS:

Rim your favorite glass with the Kosher Salt & Pepper mixture.

Combine the vodka and the Tabasco Bloody Mary Mix and ice in

a martini shaker. Mix well. Pour over ice in to your rimmed glass. Add your fixins.

and ENJOY!

This is a new discovery for David and I. Are amazing neighbor Karen told us about this PERFECT bloody mary mix. You can always make your own mix, but why mess with perfection? David LOVES the Extra Spicy Mix because it has horseradish shavings. I like to do a half and half with the spicy and mild mix.

This is a new discovery for David and I. Are amazing neighbor Karen told us about this PERFECT bloody mary mix. You can always make your own mix, but why mess with perfection? David LOVES the Extra Spicy Mix because it has horseradish shavings. I like to do a half and half with the spicy and mild mix.

Another great recommendation for the ULTIMATE Bloody Mary is perfect vodka. Tito's is the absolute best, and it doesn't hurt that its made in Texas!

Another great recommendation for the ULTIMATE Bloody Mary is perfect vodka. Tito’s is the absolute best, and it doesn’t hurt that its made in Texas!

Of course besides a huge stalk of crunch celery I love Bloody Mary's that come with a screwer of goodies. Rick's Pick's Smokra is amazing! David's favorite!

Of course besides a huge stalk of crunch celery I love Bloody Mary’s that come with a screwer of goodies. Rick’s Pick’s Smokra is amazing! David’s favorite! Mine are a huge chunks of pepperoni!

My favorite (and FIRST) bloody mary at Hattie's has a huge slice of candied bacon laying over the mouth of the glass. Talk about heaven. Everything is better with bacon.

My favorite (and FIRST) bloody mary at Hattie’s has a huge slice of candied bacon laying over the mouth of the glass. Talk about heaven. Everything is better with bacon.

Here is the EASIEST candied bacon recipe to bring your Bloody Mary to perfection…

INGREDIENTS:

10 strips of thick cut bacon

Brown Sugar

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Position a cooling rack over a foil- or parchment-lined baking sheet. Lay the strips of bacon on the rack and place in the oven to bake for 6 to 8 minutes.

Sprinkle each strip with brown sugar and bake until the sugar melts and caramelizes and the bacon is crispy, another 6 to 8 minutes. Be careful not to let them burn. Remove from the pan and lay on the cooling rack to solidify and come to an eat-able temperature.

Enjoy your Bloody Mary! These are the perfect drink for any brunch. Even setting up a Bloody Mary bar for all your guests is such a fun party DIY.

Enjoy your Bloody Mary! These are the perfect drink for any brunch. Even setting up a Bloody Mary bar for all your guests is such a fun party DIY.

HAPPY HOUR: Hot Toddy

With all this cold weather in Cincinnati, I have been getting the sniffles so frequently! David and I were out one night to dinner one night and I ordered a drink, when the waitress told me I sounded like I needed tea and she was going to make me a Hot Toddy. Of course I had never tried one (if you know me I rarely take adventures with my food) and of course I became obsessed! To the point where David and I immediately after dinner went and bought a teapot and whiskey! Here is my favorite recipe for a Hot Toddy and a few of my favorite home goods to go along with this amazing drink.

HOT TODDY.

HOT TODDY.

INGREDIENTS.

1.5 ounces of whiskey (my favorite is Maker’s Mark)

1 tablespoon of honey

quarter of a lemon

1 cup of hot water

1 Chamomile tea bag

*coat the bottom of the glass with honey. add liquor and lemon. on the side heat

up a teapot full of hot water and make a cup of Chamomile tea. Add the tea

to the glass, stir, and enjoy!*

A Hot Toddy just feels right when you drink it out of a classic Irish Whiskey glass! I can't wait to get some of these! The Anchor Irish Coffee Glass from Katom Restaurant Supply for only $50 for 2 dozen!!

A Hot Toddy just feels right when you drink it out of a classic Irish Whiskey glass! I can’t wait to get some of these! The Anchor Irish Coffee Glass from Katom Restaurant Supply for only $50 for 2 dozen!!

 

I love this teapot! Its the exact one David and I got at  Target! The Chantal Stainless Steel 1.8 Quart Teapot for only $29.99

I love this teapot! Its the exact one David and I got at Target! The Chantal Stainless Steel 1.8 Quart Teapot for only $29.99

We are Starbucks junkies in this household! Here is a great Chamomile tea!

We are Starbucks junkies in this household! Here is a great Chamomile tea!

 

Of course the best part! Maker's Mark! The better the whiskey the better the hot toddy!

Of course the best part! Maker’s Mark! The better the whiskey the better the hot toddy!

 

 

HOLIDAY HAPPY HOUR: The Lady In Red

Valentine’s Day is always the perfect day to share a cocktail and a box of chocolates. Here is one of my favorite holiday cocktails.

THE LADY IN RED COCKTAIL.

THE LADY IN RED COCKTAIL.

INGREDIENTS:

1.5  ounces of Maker’s Mark

1 ounce of POM Pomegranate Juice

half ounce of fresh squeezed lemon juice

Chilled Ginger Beer

Combine lemon juice, pomegranate juice and

bourbon in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.Shake vigorously for a minute

then pour over ice in a rocks glass and top off with ginger beer.

HOLIDAY HAPPY HOUR: Pumpkin Cider Beertail

In honor of all things fall and festive, here is a great beertail (beer cocktail, for all those not in the know) for this holiday weekend! The Pumpkin Cider Beertail, a combination of great pumpkin beer, sparkling cider, fresh fruit, and cinnamon.

PUMPKIN CIDER BEERTAIL.

PUMPKIN CIDER BEERTAIL.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

HAPPY HOUR: Smirnoff Sorbet Slushie

Um hello yum! This title caught my eye on Pinterest and I had to find the recipe! I know this is a perfect summer drink, but I thought I would share it anyway for all of us who are still dreaming about flip flops and pool days in this gloomy rainy Texas weather!

photo and recipe courtesy of Waiting on Martha

photo and recipe courtesy of Waiting on Martha

RECIPE:

Smirnoff Lemon Sorbet Vodka

1 pint of Lemon Sorbet

*combine the pint of sorbet with 1 cup of vodka, mix well in blender*

Smirnoff Sorbet Vodkas also come in Raspberry, Mango Passion Fruit, and Pomegranate

HAPPY HOUR: Candy Corn Cocktail

Happy Monday! and Happy Halloween Week! With all the festive things going on this week here is a great cocktail to start celebrating!

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 Candy Corn Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients

1 1/2 oz Smirnoff Whipped Cream Vodke

3 oz Sour Mix
2 oz Pineapple Juice
1/2 oz Grenadine
Whipped cream for topping

Directions

1. Combine Smirnoff Whipped Cream Vodka, Sour Mix and Pineapple Juice in a shaker with ice, shake away
2. Pour mix into a martini glass
3. Slowly pour Grenadine into mix so it settles at the bottom
4. Top with whip cream

*recipe from Tammilee Tips- www.tammileetips.com*