HAPPY HOUR: Spiked Cider

Happy Friday everyone! Nothing says fall in the Stephenson household more than pumpkin picking, apple cider, and some good pumpkin ice cream! This is the delicious recipe I will be serving up this weekend for our amazing fall weekend.

SPIKED CIDER.

SPIKED CIDER.

INGREDIENTS

1 Quart of apple cider

1 Package of mulling spices

Spiced Rum (We always prefer Bacardi)

 

DIRECTIONS

Bring the quart of apple cider and package of mulling spices to a boil.

Once boiling, turn the heat down to low and allow the mixture to simmer for 30 minutes.

Strain out all mulling spices, serve cider over 1 ounce of spiced rum.

 

The whole idea for spiked cider came when I saw this ADORABLE package of mulling spices at Kroger last week. You can find them at your local Kroger or Amazon!

The whole idea for spiked cider came when I saw this ADORABLE package of mulling spices at Kroger last week. You can find them at your local Kroger or Amazon!

 

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HAPPY HOUR: Patio Margaritas

I know I have posted A LOT of margarita recipes on this blog, but I have come across my absolute favorite, and quite possibly the absolute easiest margarita you could ever make! This recipe is in honor of our neighbor Karen coming back in to town (even if its only for a few days) She is the one who so generously passed this recipe on to me!

 

PATIO MARGARITAS.

INGREDIENTS:

1 Can of  Frozen Limeade

Tequila

Limes

Orange Juice

Corona

INSTRUCTIONS:

Combine 1 can of frozen limeade, one can of water (all these measurements you’ll just use the limeade can for!), half a can of orange juice, 1 can of tequila, and half of any Mexican beer (we prefer Corona!) Stir and refrigerate. Garnish glass with a salted rim and a lime wedge and you are good to go!

These are perfect for a casual night of homemade Mexican food or to supply for the masses at a party (they are that easy!)

 

HAPPY HOUR: Berry Rum Punch

So here is a recipe that I created for a bridal shower we threw at work (of course it was nonalcoholic!) but maybe after hours you can add the rum to add a little kick!

BERRY RUM PUNCH.

BERRY RUM PUNCH.

 

INGREDIENTS: 

1 bottle of White Cranberry Juice

1 bottle of Prosecco

2-3 cups of Rum (our favorite is Bacardi)

1 bag of frozen mixed berries

DIRECTIONS:

Mix the White Cranberry Juice, Prosecco, and Rum together and chill. Add semi-thawed

berries (and juice… thats what gives it that great deep color) when ready to serve!

Enjoy! and always drink responsibly!

 

**the nonalcoholic version (perfect for a work function or baby shower) is just cranberry juice, lime soda, and frozen mixed berries**

HAPPY HOUR: Easiest Corona Margarita

David and I are in Texas this weekend. Our final trip back before we officially move back home. We miss a lot of things about Texas, great tex-mex, margaritas, warm weather! I told David this weekend I need to sit on a patio and drink a margarita, so here is my Easiest Margarita recipe in case any of you want to join in the fun!

EASIEST MARGARITA.

EASIEST MARGARITA.

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 can frozen limeade
1 empty limeade can Tequila
1 empty limeade can of water
1 bottle Corona

Mix together in a pitcher and pour over ice! Enjoy!

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!

 

 

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*