A Round Or Two With Jack Daniel’s: A Little Something ToWarm You Up.

Well here we are, at the end of another short summer. With the fall, brings those cool evenings, so you will need something to warm you up. I suggest you go a round or two with our old friend Jack Daniels. He has been there for us since high school, now it’s time to enjoy Jack Daniel;s in a more adult way. Here are a few ways to enjoy an old friend a ne w way.

Jack Apple Fizz:Jack Apple Fiz:

If you are one who likes the flavor of apple, this cocktail is right up your alley. With its bold bright apple flavor, you are going to want to have two or three of this libation.

Ingredients:

1) 2 ounces of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Apple

2) 1/2 an ounce of Lemon Juice, fresh squeezed is best if you can.

3) Club Soda, or 7-UP to top off

To Make:

Pour Jack Daniel’s Apple and the lemon juice over ice. Top off with the soda of your choosing, and garnish with a lemon wheel ( optional ) A perfect and refreshing cocktail at the end of a long day. Enjoy.

Tennessee Apple:

This is one where two of our favorites come together to form one amazing cocktail. Old No. 7 and Jack Apple in one bold drink.

Apple Crisp:

Ingredients:

1) 1 1/4 ounces of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Apple

2) 3/4 ounce of Jack Daniel’s Old No.7

To Make:

Add both of the Jack Daniel’s to an ice filled glass and stir until well chilled. Then strain into a clean rocks glass ( short glass ). Add a green apple wedge to drive home that apple flavor, and enjoy.

Jack Apple Spritz:

Jack Apple Spritz:A Jack Apple twist on a refreshing classic. Jack Apple, Prosecco, and soda combine to deliver a light and crisp refreshment. Perfect for warming up on a cool fall night, or to cool off from a long hot day.

Ingredients:

1) 1 1/2 ounces of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Apple

2) 3 ounces of Prosecco

3) Club soda or 7-UP to top off

To Make:

pour Jack Apple over some ice, we like our livations cold around here. Add the Prosecco to the glass, and top off with the club soda or 7-UP, whatever your preference is. Garnish with Granny Smith apple slices. ( optional ) Enjoy.

Jack Apple Chilled Shot:Chilled Apple Shot:

This is one that you will want to enjoy with friends, so make sure you have enough. And you only need one ingredient, which you will see in the recipe.

Ingredients:

1) Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Apple

To Make:

Before you can you enjoy this shot, you need to start the process the night before you plan to have. Start by placing your Jack Apple along with the shot glasses in the freezer. Leave these in the freezer overnight. The next day remove the glasses and the Jack Apple from the freezer, pour Jack Apple into the chilled shot glasses, and shoot em back.

Jack Apple Rocks:

Real crisp apples, real Jack Daniel’s. Apple flavor on ice that’s Jack to the core.

Jack On The Rocks:

Ingredients:

1) 1 1/2 ounces of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Apple

2) A couple of ice cubes

To Make:

This one is very simple, so simple that my three year old grandson can make this for me, not that I would allow him to do though. Pour Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Apple over the ice cubes, and enjoy.

Jack Apple Mule:A New Classic:

Put a spin on an old classic by using Jack Daniel’s Apple. With the real taste of apples and the unmistakable zing of ginger, you will want to keep this recipe handy for any occasion.

Ingredients:

1) 2 ounces of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Apple

2) Ginger Beer

3) Fresh Lime Juice

To Make:

Pour Jack Apple over ice, add the lime juice, just a little unless you like it tart. Top off with the ginger beer and stir to combine ingredients. Add a lime wheel or wedge to garnish. ( optional )

Winter Jack Mimosa:Jack Mimosa:

A bold festive mimosa made the Jack way, perfect for a holiday gathering with friends and family, or for any Sunday brunch.

Ingredients:

1) 1 ounce of Jack Daniel’s Winter Jack

2) 1 ounce of Apple Cider

3) 1 ounce of Corbel Champagne

To Make:

Fill a champagne flute or stemless wine glass with 1 ounce of each ingredient. Serve chilled and enjoy. Share with friends or keep for yourself.

Jack Rye And Ginger:Jack And Ginger Highball:

This one is self explanatory.

Ingredients:

1) 2 ounces of Jack Daniel’s Tenessee Rye

2) Ginger Ale soda

To Make:

Fill a highball glass ( tall glass ) 3/4 the way with ice cubes. Pour Jack Daniel’s Rye over the ice, top off with Ginger Ale, and add a lime wedge for the garnish ( optional ). Enjoy.

Well that is all that I have for you at this time, but don’t worry there are plenty more cocktails recipes out there for me to share with you. But for this time around you will have to settle for these eight. There will be a time real soon when I will put some more cocktails by Jack Daniel’s, I know how much you all love old No. 7. After all, he has been a friend since high school for the most of us.

I want to hear from you, how do you like these cocktails? If you happen to give one or two of them, please let me know how you liked them. If you have a recipe that you would like to see on here, by all means, please send it to me, and I will be more then happy to add in a future article. I am always on the look out for fun and interesting cocktails. If I use a recipe that you send me, I will give you all the credit for it, I promise. Before I forget, there is a sale going on this weekend. You can save $8.00 if you use this code at checkout.

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Remember to drink responsibly, and please never drink and drive, the life you save may very well be your own. Sincerely your friend John D.

A Day Without Gin, Is A Day Without Living: Gin Cocktails For Every Day.

As most of you know there is a place in my heart for gin cocktails. This goes back to the 80s when I was first introduced to a gin and tonic, that we started drinking for breakfast. Now a day without gin is a day without living is a qoute that I borrowed from a famous iron chef Geoffry Zakarian. I think that it is a very fitting title for this article, where I have a few cocktail recipes to share with you.

Cucumber Lemonade Gin Mermaid Punch:Party In A Jug:

Make a splash with this unique cocktail. As sailors, we dream about mermaids when were at sea, now we can drink one while on shore. Try this simple to make cocktail today, and thank me tomorrow.

Ingredients:

1) 1/2 cup of sugar

2) 1 cucumber

3) 24 ounces of Gin

4) 4 whole lemons

To Make:

Combine all ingredients into a large punch bowl or a large pitcher, add some ice to chill the cocktail. And enjoy.

Limoncello Gin Collins:Summer Cooler:

If you are making this recipe, you already have the Gin, it’s the same Gin that is used in the above recipe. I’m not trying to take all of your money.

Ingredients:

1) 1 ounce of mint simple syrup

2) 1 1/2 ounces of Gin

3) 1 1/2 ounces of lemon juice

4) 2 ounces of club soda

5) 2 ounces of limoncello

6) lemon wheels for the garnish ( optional ) but recommended

7) mint sprigs for the garnish ( optional ) but recommended

To Make:

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with some ice, shake for about 30 seconds or until you see condensation on the shaker, then pour the mixture into a Collins glass, or a glass of your choosing, make sure there is fresh ice in your glass, add the lemon wheels and the mint sprigs. One thing left to do, sit back and enjoy a glass or two.

To make the mint simple syrup; Muddle ( crush ) some mint leaves to release some of the oil from the leaves, add equal parts of water and sugar to the pot with the mint leaves and bring to a boil, let cool and keep stored in the refrigerator.

Petite Conniption:The Perfect Night Cap:

A little bit of good can go a long way. I hope you like gin, here is another recipe that uses the same gin as the first two recipes.

Ingredients:

1) 2 ounces of Gin

2) 1 ounce of Maraschino Liqueur

3) Braided lime and crystallized lavender, for the garnish ( optional )

4) A dash of lavender bitters

5) Orange Bitters

6) Petite Sirah to float

To Make:

Combine all ingredients in rocks glass ( short Glass ) filled with ice. Enjoy.

To float the Sirah, pour slowly over the back of a spoon, that’s how to get that special effect.

Wild Hayride:Perfect For Fall:

Looking for a way to welcome the cool nights of fall? This gin cocktail is the perfect way to warm up.

Ingredients:

1) 1 1/2 ounces of Premium Gin

2) 3 ounces of apple cider

3) 1-2 dashes of Orange Bitters

4) Round craft ice cubes, makes it look like apple shaped ice

To Make:

Combine all ingredients in rocks or a Tom Collins glass, any glass will work just as good if you don’t have one of these specialty glasses on hand. Stir and garnish with apple slices or an orange peel. You may want to share this one with friends or someone special.

Red Snapper:The New Bloody Mary:

Oh snap, this recipe is delicious. You are going to want to add this one to your cocktail library.

Ingredients:

1) 1/2 ounce of lemon juice

2) 2 dashes of black pepper

3) 2 dashes of celery salt

4) 2 ounces of Gin

5) 4 dashes of Worcestershire sauce

6) 4 ounces of tomato juice

7) 6 dashes of Tobasco Sauce or to taste

8) Lime wedges for the garnish ( optional )

To Make:

Combine all ingredients in a highball glass ( Tall Glass ) with some ice. Give it a good stir to insure the ingredients are well combined. Garnish with a lime wedge ( optional ) and enjoy. Remember this is a bloody Mary, you can garnish with whatever your heart desires. Go nuts, it’s your drink, enjoy it any way you like.

Venetian Martini:

Perfect Martini:

Wherever you may rome, You’ll never find another martini like this one

Ingredients:

1) Premium Dry Gin

2) Lemon twist

3) Sweet Vermouth

To Make:

Add all ingredients to an ice filled cocktail shaker. Shake until well chilled, you will see condensation form on the outside of the shaker, that’s when you know that the cocktail is well chilled. Strain into a martini glass and enjoy. Click here for Martini Glasses.

I hope that you find a gin cocktail to enjoy in this article. Remember a day without gin is a day without living. We all need to slow down a little and enjoy life. Even if it is for a short period of time. After all we are only here for a short period of time, so why not enjoy ourselves once in a while. For me this is how I enjoy life once in a while, sharing a cocktail or two with friends and family. Drinking alone is no fun, believe me, I have drank alone more times than I like to admit. I am so glad that those days are behind me, those we’re some pretty dark days for me.

After all these years have passed, I still have flash backs of some things that I seen while serving in the United States Navy. There are a few shows that get played on TV that I can’t watch without welling up in tears. Alcohol has always been my drug of choice to try to forget about a few things that still haunt me, even after thirty years. I won’t burden you with the details, nowadays I can have one or two drinks, and be alright. Now before I forget, this weekend you can get ten dollars off of your order of thirty dollars or more. Just our way to help you celebrate Labor Day. You have three days off, or maybe you had today off for a four-day weekend. So use this code to save $10.00 HOTDRINKSUMMER jut use this at checkout and you will automatically save on your order.

Remember to drink responsibly, and never drink and drive. The life you save may very well be your own. Sincerely; your friend John D. Have a great long weekend.

Frozen Cocktails To Beat The Summer Heat. Save $8.00 today

This summer has been a little bit hotter this year, why should the children have all the fun with frozen treats? I say let us adults have some of the fun with these adult treats and frozen cocktails to beat the summer heat. Just do me one favor, do’nt let the little one get their hands on these one, do we have a deal?

Shark Attack Shots:Summer Fun For Adults

Enjoy a fun summer time treat any time you want to add a little fun to your day. Just do’nt let the kids get a hold of these ones.

Ingredients:

1) One box of un-flavored gelatin mix

2) 2/3 cups of lime juice

3) 3/4 cups of Coconut Tequila

4) 1/4 cup of Blue Curacao

5) 1/2 a teaspoon of Agave Nectar

6) 1 package of Shark Gummie Candies

7) Red Lifesaver Candies ( for the garnish )

To Make:

Prepare the gelatin according to the intructions on the package directions. Mix all remaining ingredients and pour into a heat- proof bowl along with the gelatin. Make sure to line the dish with plastic wrap to set. Halfway through setting, place the gummy sharks candies 1-2 inches apart across the top of the gelatin, return mixture to the fridge to set the rest of the way. When you are ready to serve, slice into sqaures around the gummie sharks. Place the red Lifsaver candies on top for decoration. Enjoy responsibly, and remember to keep these away from the children.

Pina Colada:Tropical Delifght:

We like Pina Coladas around here as well as caught in the rain. You will like this easy way to make, and easy to enjoy summer cocktail. Maybe you will find your tropical get away after a couple of drinks.

Ingredients:

1) 1 ounce of Light Rum

2) 1 ounce of White Rum

3) 1 1/2 ounces of Coconut Cream

4) 3 ounces of Pineapple Juice

5) Fruit to garnish ( optional )

To Make:

In a blender, combine all ingredients with 1 cup of ice, and blend until smooth. Serve in a hurricane glass with some fruit if desired, or leave the fruit out. Garnish with a straw, and enjoy one or two.

Grilled Summer Punch Margaritas:Grilled Pleasure In A Glass:

Fresh peaches and the grill, bring together two summer staples to make a refreshing frozen cocktail that you are sure to love, as well as enjoy all summer long.

Ingredients:

1) 3 ounces of Reposado Tequila

2) 1 ounce of Mezcal

3) 2 1/2 ounces of fresh squeezed Lime Juice

4) 1/2 an ounce of Dry Orange Curacao

5) 1 ounce of Agave Nectar

6) 2 ripe peaches, pitted and halved

7) 1 cup of ice

8) 1/4 cup of sea salt

9) 1-2 sprigs of basil or mint leaves for a garnish

10) Sliced peaches for a garnish

11) Lime wheels for a garnish

To Make:

Bring a gass grill to medium heat, place the peach halves face down for about 4 to 5 minutes, until char marks develope. Carefully flip the halves over and grill for another 4 to 5 minutes. set aside to allow to completely cool. While waiting for the peaches to cool, make a quick salted herb rim by pulsing the sea salt and herb sprigs in a food processoruntil well incorporated. Pour the salted herb mixture onto a plate. Prepair two cocktail glasses with the salted herb rim by running a slice of lime along the rims of the glasses and lightly dipping them into the salt herb mix. Combine the Tequila, Mezcal, Lime Juice, Dry Orange Curacao, Agave Nectar, and grilled peach halves in a blender. Without adding ice yet, pure`e the ingredients until smooth. Now add the ice, about an equal amount of volume as the pure`ed mixture. Blend until frothy, adding more ice as necessary. Pour into prepped cocktail glasses, garnish with fresh herbs, lime wheels, and peach slices. The last thing you need to do is enjoy. Cheers friends.

Blue Cosmo Beach Bag:Frozen Fun In A Bag:

This cocktail is perfect for beach day, or any day hanging out in the back yard. A frozen take on the classic cosmopolitan. Blue Curacao was added for a kick of color, along with White Cranberry Juice for a smooth hit of aweetness. This frosty drink is perfect for any hot day.

Ingredients:

1) 3 ounces of White Cranberry Juice

2) 2 ounces of Citrus Vodka

3) 1 ounce of lime juice

4) 1 ounce of Blue Curacao Liqueur

5) Lime wheels fro a garnish ( optional, but highly reccomended )

To Make:

Combine all ingredients in a small 8 ounce zip lock bag and seal. Gently shake bag to mix. Lay flat in the freezer for 6-8 hours until frozen. When ready to serve, gently crush bag contents until you have a slush. Open bag and drop in the lime wheels. Serve with a straw. Ps. You do not a beach day to enjoy this frozen cocktail.

Frozen Rose`:Happiness In A Glass:

Here is a frozen cocktail for all you wine lovers. The summer cocktail season is in full swing. The perfect cure for the summer time blues is a frozen concoction to keep you happy and cool. This frozen rose` is sure to become one of your favorite cocktails to cool off with for years to come.

Ingredients:

1) 1- 750 ml bottle of rose`

2) 1/2 cup of sugar

3) 1/2 cup of water

4) 8 ounces of strawberries huled and quartered

5) 2 1/2 ounces of fresh lemon juice

To Make:

Pour the wine into a large ( 13 x 9 or larger ) sheet pan with lips. Freeze for at least 8 + hours. Bring the water to a boil. Add the sugar, reduce the heat to low, and stir until all of the sugar is disolved. You just made a simple syrup. Add the strawberries to the simple syrup, and give it a stir. Let this mixture sit for around 30 minutes to infuse the simple syrup with the flavor of the strawberries.

Strain the strawberry syrup through a sieve, but do not mash the strawberries through, just let it flow through naturaly. Save the strained strawberries to put on some ice cream later, because that would be delicious. Oh, but the syrup, chill the syrup for 30 minutes.

Add three ounces of the srawberry syrup, 2 1/2 ounces of lemon juice, 1 cup of ice, and the frozen wine to a blender and blend until smooth. Serve and enjoy.

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Remember to drink resposibly and never drink and drive, The life you save may very well be your own.                                                        Your friend John D. Have a blessed day my friends.

The Real Cost Of A DWI: It’s not money.

Today I would like to talk about a subject that is very dear to me. In fact, I am making it my mission in life to put an end to it. That is the subject of drinking and driving. As I have said above, the real cost of a DWI, it’s not money, however you will end paying a lot out-of-pocket if you are ever charged driving while intoxicated. Don’t worry, we will get into that further down in this article. First I want to talk about the real cost of a DWI.

The Real Cost:The Shame Of It:

Yes it is going to cost you a lot of money if you ever get caught drinking and driving. That is just money, and we can always make more money. Now, if you ask me, the real cost of a DWI will be the shame that is brought to your friends and family.

This is something that you can not erase. The shame of a DWI is the one thing that will follow you around for the rest of your life. You will never be able to get away from the shame of this act.

It may even cost you some family members as well as some friends. Ask yourself is drinking and driving worth the cost of losing friends and family members? If you ask me, no it is not.

I am not saying to never have a cocktail, or a beer or two. I am saying drink responsibly. If you are going to be out in a public place while enjoying an alcoholic beverage or two, have a plan in place if by some chance you become too inebriated to drive. Make sure that you have a designated driver, someone who is not going to be enjoying some alcoholic beverages. If you do not have someone who is completely sober to drive, then make sure that you have the means to pay for a taxi, or an Uber, or lyft or some other ride share program. With all the ways to get home these days ther is absolutely no excuse for drinking and driving.

The Money:Money To Burn:

Now if the shame of getting a DWI isn’t enough for you not to drink and drive, then perhaps what it will cost you in money will deter you from drinking and driving. I know that this has stopped a few people from drinking and driving. Like my youngest son, who got caught while stationed in Hawaii.

He not only had to pay $9,000 for his lawyer, he also lost rank, plus he had to go to captains mast. So now he will not be getting a good conduct award as well. I am pretty sure that he has learned his lesson. Thankfully, he didn’t harm anyone including himself.

Now I have done a little digging as to what you can expect to pay for a DWI. $9,000 is a lot of money for just about everyone in the world. And it is on the low end of what you could end up paying for a fine. On the high end, you can expect to pay upwards of $ 30,000 for a fine.

You could also end up spending some time in jail to go along with the monetary fine. Boy, how is that going to look on a job application? What is your children going to think when they have to visit you in jail? Not to mention what their friends are going to say to them. Plus the financial stress that it will put your spouse or significant other under. Chances are, you could end up losing your job, your home, everything that you have worked hard for all your life, gone in a matter of seconds. All because you had to have that last drink, and get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. If you ask me, it just isn’t worth it.

You Killed Someone:Vehicular Manslaughter:

Well now you have done it, committed a mortal sin. You have caused a motor vehicle accident, and the driver of the vehicle that hit has died. You have caused the life of another human being to come to an end. What now?

You are definitely going to jail now, plus you will have all the fines to.pay as well. And you also have to live with the guilt of taking someone’s life. Leaving another without a husband, father, wife, mother, or a sibling. Either way, you get my point. And if you don’t, may God have mercy on your soul.

Although, it is my belief that if you have taken the life of another person, you are not granted the stairway to heaven. You are however shown the highway to hell. Maybe now you can see the real cost of a DWI and it is not money. For any of you who have been to this site before, you know how I feel.about drinking and driving. I want you to have a cocktail or two, I just do not want you to drive after having a drink or two.

please, if you are going to drink, do not drive afterwards. Even if you only have to drive a block or two, take a cab, get a ride from.a friend, walk home, anything but drive. I do not want to see you hurt yourself, or someone else. It is not worth what can happen. It is not maybe something bad will happen, it’s when something bad will happen. You can always do what I do when I want to have a drink or two, stay home and drink. That way, the only one you hurt is yourself.

You Have A Problem:

If you even think that you have a problem with drinking or drug use, you not only owe it too yourself, but to your loved as well to seek help. There are plenty of places in every single community where you can go to just talk to someone, or to simply listen.

I guarantee that there are others who are going through the exact same thing that you are going through. I don’t care where you live, there is always some place that you can go for help.

The first step in getting help, is admitting that you have a problem. And believe me, you have a problem, whether you want to admit it or not. If you decide to drive after having a couple of drinks, then you have a problem.

All you have to do is walk into alcoholics anonymous meeting, and listen to what the others there are saying. I bet you that what they are saying is going to sound a lot like your current life. Trust me with this one, if drinking is causing you to lose your job, and your family, then you have a problem, and you need some help. Please do not let this ruin what you have. Or worse yet, cause you to end up taking a life.

Get Some Help:

Bottom line my friends, if your drinking is costing you everything that you have worked hard for all your life, please pick up the phone and call someone for help. There is no shame in asking for help, only not asking for help and then hurting yourself or someone else.

I am not saying you have to not drink, just do it responsibly and ease don’t drink.and drive the life you save may very well be your own. Have a blessed day my friends. Sincerely: John D.

Last Minute Gifts For Mother’s Day:

Are you still struggling to find the right gift for mom on her special day? Struggle no more my friends, I am here to save the day for you. First off I hope that you did not forget that mother’s day is this Sunday 05/09/ 2021. However, if this is the case, you don’t have to worry, you can still get something nice for mom, and have it delivered to her in about one hour, depending on where you live. All you have to do, is remember what mom likes to drink, and pick out your last minute gifts for mother’s day. Sit back and relax, and let us take care of the work for you. How does that sound to you? This Sunday is looking like it is going to be a beautiful day, perfect for sitting in the back yard for a cocktail.

Wine:Perfect For Anytime:

I do not know anyone who does not enjoy a good glass of wine, every once in a while, do you? I can bet that your mother likes a glass of wine, either with a meal, or when in good company.

Does she like a red wine, or perhaps mom would like a white wine? The only person who would know that is you. My wife likes a white muscato, a very sweet white wine. I already have two bottles chilling in the fridge for her, plus one bottle of red muscato. It is to bad that I never got the chance to find out what my mother’s favorite wine was, before she passed away.

If you don’t know what type of wine your mother likes to drink, the best advice I can give you is, pick up a bottle of each. Besides, you know that one bottle of wine is never enough, especially when there is more then one person drinking.

My choice for a red wine is Woodbridge Merlot by Robert Mondavi

My choice for a white wine is Risata Moscato d’Asti by the way this is the brand that I buy for my wife all the time, and she loves it. I am more of the red wine drinker, and I mostly drink a Merlot. Merlot has a low tanning level, not as drying to the mouth. The fewer tannins in a wine the less of the drying effect you will have, and vice versa with a wine that has a high tannin level. You will have a more drying effect. There is no drying effect with a muscato, just so you know.

Sparkling Wine:Champagne

This make a great last minute gift for mothers day, this one will make mom feel extra special. She will think that you spent a fortune on this beverage. You may know sparkling wine by its other name, champagne. Used to celebrate all kinds of occasions. Mother’s day should be no exception.

Mom always deserves to be celebrated, all year round. So, why not celebrate with some champagne? It is’nt as expensive as you think. You do not have to spend an arm and a leg in order to have a great time with someone that you love, and loves you with all her heart.

There are some inexpensive champagnes as well as some very pricey ones. Since I myself is always on a tight budget, I usually get one of the less expensive bottles of champagne.

The less expensive one of my choice is Champagne Nicolas Feuillate Brut

For the more expensive one, my choice is Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label again these are just suggestions, there are plenty of other champagnes to try. I am just looking out for your wallet or purse. You can however, get other champagnes, that have a high price tag on them. For me, I will stick with a plain old wine any day of the week, and save the champagne for New Years Eve.

Whiskey:Whiskey Dreams:

I don’t know your mother, so I don’t know if she likes to sip on a little whiskey now and then. Whiskey makes a great last minute gift for mother’s day, especially for the mothers who like a mellow sipping cocktail. Or, maybe she likes to mix it a bit. Add a little whiskey into a rocks glass, add some ice, and top off with some cola, or club soda.

You can find all kinds of recipes for mixing whiskey in another article on this site. I am always on the look out for cocktail recipes, hopefully you can find a cocktail that peaks your interest. The easiest way to mix whiskey is to simply follow the above recipe.

There are many whiskies on the market today, and can become confusing to figure out. This one you will have to experiment with in order to find the one that you like the best. I am going to give you my choice of whiskey that I like to drink. Hopefully this help you in your decision, and it will most likely surprise you.

My choice for a whiskey is, Crown Royal Deluxe Blended Canadian Whiskey

Bourbon:Popular Bourbons:

Now, if you have been here before you know that I love Bourbon. For some reason when everyone in my high-school was drinking Jack Daniel’s, I started drinking Jim Beam. I found Bourbon to be smoother than Jack Daniel’s. Plus no one wanted to drink Jim Beam, so that left me being the only one to drink it, and meant that I didn’t have to share my alcohol with anyone.

However if one of the girls wanted a smoother drink, of course I would share some with them. All of those girls are now mothers, and probably still prefer a smoother cocktail. Most of the women that I know like their drinks to be on the smoother and sweeter side of the spectrum.

Even with today being mothers day, you still have time to get mom something delivered her favorite alcohol. Most place that you live can have any of these liquors delivered in about one hour. So, don’t worry you still have time. My choice for Bourbon is Buffalo Trace

Love Mom:A Mother's Love:

Mom has loved you since the day you were conceived. Before she ever met you, she carried you inside her for 9 months. When you finally arrived and got place in her arms, you brought a tear to her eyes. Ever since that day everything that she has done her life, has been all for you. So, on this day, her day and every day that you still have her in your life, you should celebrate her. And you know that mom will love a great cocktail to share with you.

Remember to drink responsibly and never drink and drive. The life you save may very well be your own. Sincerely; John D. Have a blessed day my friends.

Mom Deserves A Gift That Keeps Giving All Year. A whiskey club membership.

Mother’s day is in just a few short days, today is Wednesday, and Mother’s day is this Sunday to be exact. Have you gotten mom something for her special day yet? No, well don’t worry, I have you covered. That is if you are willing to step outside the box and color outside the lines this year. Sure you can go to a nursery and buy some flowers to plant in the yard like you do every year. And that is perfectly fine, until the fall arrives and all the flowers wilt and die. Then what does mom have to remember you by? Mom deserves a gift that keeps giving all year. A whiskey club membership. I know it’s outside of the box thinking, that’s the beauty of it, a gift that mom would never have thought of, the surprise of the year.

Mom Is The Best:Play Time:

Throughout the years moms have been the ones to always be there for us all. She was the one that would take you to the park to play and make sure that we had a great time.

every day, I wish that my mom was still here. There has been numerous times when I wished that had her here to talk to and to give some advice, she was taken from us way, to early. She was 46 when she left this earth and joined the heavenly father, along with all the family and friends that went before her. Hopefully you still have your mother here with you, and if you do cherish every moment with her that you possibly can.

Making Memories:From The Beginning:

From the beginning of your life, your mother has been making memories with you. The very first day that you were born and she held you next to her chest, she was in love with you. And your father was more than likely standing next to the two of you taking pictures so that mom would have a record of that day, when you came into her life.

Every day since that day, mom has been doing everything in her power to make memories with you. Not all of those may have been good memories, bur I can assure you that there was always love in her heart for you.

Hopefully, you can continue to make some memories with your mother. Now, don’t you think that mom deserves a gift that keeps on giving all year long, and not just some flowers that will wither and die in a few months? If you have a brother or sister, perhaps they can chip in some cash and you all can say that you got this for her.

The times, they are changing my friends, if your mother likes to have a cocktail now and then, this is the perfect gift for her. And the best part is, it is’nt a one time delivery. No, every three months, mom will get another package in the mail. First she will receive a tasting box that contains Three sample bottles of a particular whiskey, This will allow her to try them before deciding to buy a full size bottle. This way, mom does’nt end with a liquor cabinet full of alcohol that she does’nt like. How does this sound so far?

What do you get:Whiskey Samples:

This is a very good question, let me tell you everything that mom will get with a membership to this whiskey club. There so much more value that meets the eye. Like I stated in the above paragraph, you will receive one tasting box every quarter of the year. That makes four tasting boxes in a year. It does’nt stop there, oh no, along with the tasting box you can now choose one full size bottle every quarter of the year. You would think that it stops there, would’nt you? Well, it does’nt stop there, the membership has even more to offer. Do you want to know more?

Another thing that comes with the membership is, the club offers tasting experience. Mom will get the chance to go on a tour to try different spirits, as well as meet the people behind that particular spirit, it is a truly unique experience. Think that is the end of it? Nope, there is still more that comes with the club membership. This is the one benefit that made it for me, Mom will be invited to distillery tours. Yup, you heard me right. Club members get invites to distillery tours, and she will not have to drive, mostly due to the fact that there will be some sampling going on throughout the tour. Everyone gets loaded onto a bus, and is shuttled to the distillery. Have I sold on this club yet?

The Cost:Greenbacks:

How much would you expect to pay for a membership that offers all these features? 2,000- 1,000- 500, what if I told you that you would’nt pay anything near these numbers? You are not going to pay 2,000 or 1,000, not even 500 dollars. Plus the club offers two ways to pay, just pick the best one for you.

First way, to pay is to do it by the month, $29.67 per month. Billed quarterly at $89.00. So, that, would be $89.00 every three months. A pretty good deal if you ask me. But wait, it gets even better.

The second way, to pay is $24.17 a month, billed annually at $290.00.00. An even better bargain, what do you think? This would be the way, that I would go. This is less expensive than getting mom some jewelry, heck, even flowers that won’t last all year can cost more than a club membership. Mom deserves a gift that keeps giving all year. A whiskey club membership. Does’nt she? Here, I will make it easy for you, just click the link >->-> FLAVIAR<-<-<- how easy is that for you? All you need to do is decide to take action and get mom the best gift that she can get and will love. The best part is every time the doorbell rings with a delivery of whiskey for her, she will immediately think of you, it can’t get any better than that can it?

Love:Mother And Child:

All these years, our mothers have done their best to keep us safe, help us to know right from wrong, and help us grow into the adults that we are today. Let’s make this Mother’s Day be a great day. Mom helped us to soar like an eagle, let’s make it up to her this Sunday, after all mom deserves a gift that keeps giving all year. A whiskey club membership.

Remember to drink responsibly, and never drink and drive. The life you save may very well be your own. Sincerely: John D. Have a blessed day my friends.

My Heart Belongs To Bourbon: Always has and always will.

For those of you, who have been around here for a while, know that bourbon is my absolute favorite liquor to drink. I can drink neat, over the rocks, or mixed with some soda, or sweet tea. Today, I have a few cocktail recipes that use this versatile whiskey. You probably have already heard of one or two of them, but I think that the last one just might surprise you a little. So, why don’t you stick around for a bit? Maybe you will find a drink that tickles your fancy, and will want to give the cocktail a whirl. Perhaps I will start the party with one that I can’t live without. Will you join me on this little adventure, or are you going to sit this one out? What else better do you have to do on this rainy day?

Best Damn Sweet Tea Smash:Sweet Southern Tea:

Simple yet delicious, this riff on a classic cocktail perfectly blends the bite of bourbon and the smoothness of Best Damn Sweet Tea. Try it with muddled mint leaves for a cool, fresh finish.

Ingredients:

1) 5 ounces of Best Damn Sweet Tea

2) 1 ounce of Buffalo Trace Bourbon

3) 3/4 of an ounce of lemon juice

4) 1/4 ounce of sugar

To Make; Pour Best Damn Sweet Tea over ice into a chilled cocktail glass. Use a mason jar for that southern look. In a cocktail shaker, shake remaining ingredients together with some ice and strain into your glass. Garnish with fresh mint and a lemon wedge. Don’t forget to muddle some mint in the bottom of the shaker for a fresh taste.

Blackberry And Peach Infused Bourbon:Paradise In A Jar:

Some spirit lovers may raise an eyebrow to anything that alters the smooth flavor profile of bourbon, but trust me this infusion will keep even the most strict liquor aficionado coming back for more. The classic hints of sweetness in the bourbon are brought to a whole new level once combined with the natural flavors of fresh peach and blackberries. You can enjoy this cocktail infusion on its own over ice, or with a little ginger beer and a sprig of mint. Personally, I would drink it over ice, and forget the ginger beer.

Ingredients:

1) 2 peaches, peeled and sliced

2) 1/2 pint of blackberries, cut lengthwise

3) Buffalo Trace Bourbon

To Make; Place sliced peaches and blackberries into the bottom of a 1 1/2 pint mason jar, any jar of this size will do just fine, if you don’t have a mason jar. Fill the rest of the jar with a bourbon of your choice, I used Buffalo Trace, but you can use whatever you like. I think the Buffalo Trace has the perfect amount of sweetness to pair well with the fresh fruits. Seal the jar with a lid. Give the mixture a good shake to distribute the ingredients, and let sit in a cool dark place for up to three days, shaking occasionally. After three days, strain ingredients out through a fine mesh strainer, and place your infused bourbon into a sealed jar. Infusion will keep for several weeks after refrigerated.

Woodford Reserve Neat:

Simple Cocktail:

Sometimes, the best cocktails are poured straight from the bottle.

Ingredients:

1) 2 ounces of Woodford Reserve

To Make, This one is a no brainer. Pour two ounces of Woodford Reserve into a cocktail glass. And enjoy.

 

 

Capone:Seeing Double:

Two of Al Capone’s major imports were whiskey and balsamic vinegar, legend has it that he asked his people to make him a cocktail that used both of those ingredients. We went an extra step and included some garden fresh tomatoes. A sweet reminder of the home country. This recipe was adapted from the Bufala Negra cocktail.

Ingredients:

1) 2 ounces of Bourbon or Rye Whiskey

2) 2 ounces of Ginger Beer

3) 1/2 an ounce of Simple Syrup

4) 1/2 an ounce of Balsamic Vinegar

5) 3-4 fresh large basil leaves

6) 4-5 cherry tomatoes

To Make; In a cocktail shaker, muddle simple syrup, whiskey, balsamic vinegar, 2 sliced fresh basil leaves, and three chopped cherry tomatoes. Add some ice and shake vigorously for ten seconds, then strain into a rocks glass. Fill glass with fresh ice, and top off with Ginger Beer. Garnish with large basil leaves and one slice of a tomato.

Classy Classic:

Cherry Bourbon Smash:

What’s not to love about a refreshing soda paired with a delicious spirit? The muddled Maraschinos up the strong flavors in the soda and pairs perfectly with a smooth, oaky bourbon.

Ingredients:

1) 1 1/2 ounces of Buffalo Trace Bourbon

2) 1/2 an ounce of lemon juice

3) 2-3 Maraschino Cherries, muddled

4) Dr. Pepper soda

To Make; In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, muddle 2-3 maraschino cherries, lemon juice, and bourbon. Add some ice and shake until well chilled. Strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice. And top off with the Dr. Pepper soda, enjoy.

 

Bad Blood:Simply Irrisistable:

This bourbon based cocktail was mixed up with Taylor Swift’s chart topper Bad Blood in mind. It’s a strong drink with a kick of flavor. If your feuding with a friend and in the mood to just kick back and brood, this cocktail is for you.

Ingredients:

1) 2 ounces of Bourbon Whiskey

2) Fresh Blood Orange

3) 3 dashes of bitters

4) 1 sugar cube

5) 1 Maraschino Cherry

To Make; Slice the fresh blood orange and put 1-2 slices in the bottom of a rocks glass. Add the sugar cube, then add three dashes of bitters. Use a muddler to slowly crush the sugar into the orange slices with bitters. Pour the mixture into a fresh rocks glass with 1 large ice cube. Add bourbon and stir gently with a swizzle stick. Garnish with blood orange rind and a cherry. Enjoy.

Cooper’s Cup:

Swap out Moscow for Kentucky with this mule from cooper’s crsft

American Mule:

Ingredients:

1) 2 ounces of Cooper’s Craft

2) 1/2 ounce of lime juice

3) 4 ounces of Ginger Beer

4) Lime slices

5) Fresh sprigs of mint

To Make; Add the first three ingredients into an ice filled tin cup, use crushed ice. Garnish with a slice of lime and a fresh mint sprig. Can you resist a good mule?

 

Bourbon Float:

Bourbon For Dessert:Remember that pretty cool person you met, that did’nt like root beer floats? Yeah, me neither. Adding some quality bourbon into this classic dessert instantly turns this into a boozy treat, that I know you will fall in love with. How can you go wrong with root beer bourbon and ice cream?

Ingredients:

1) 2 ounces of Bourbon

2) 3-4 ounces of root beer

3) 1-2 scoops of vanilla ice cream

4) Blood Orange syrup for a garnish ( optional )

To Make; In a highball glass, combine two ounces of bourbon, with three to four ounces of root beer. Place one to two scoops of ice vanilla ice cream into the glass and drizzle blood orange syrup over the top. Serve with a straw and a sundae spoon. Enjoy, see, now you can have bourbon whiskey for dessert, how do you like the sound of that.

To Make Blood Orange Syrup: Combine 1/2 of an ounce of blood orange juice and 1/2 a cup of sugar in a saucepan on medium heat. Stir until sugar has dissolved completely. Once cooled pour syrup into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator until you are ready to use. Great on bourbon floats, ice cream, and more.

Now do you see why my heart belongs to bourbon? Perhaps you can find some room in your heart for Bourbon, and join me for a cocktail or two.

Remember to drink responsibly and never drink and drive, the life you save may very well be your own. Sincerely: John D. Have a blessed day my friends.

 

Itailian Dishes To Die For: And are easy to make at home.

Have you ever gone out to dinner and had a dish that you absolutely loved? Have you ever wanted to make that same dish yourself at home? Now, there is no reason why you can’t make it yourself while in the comfort of home sweet home. You no longer have to fear the kitchen, even if you have never made a meal. With these step by step directions, you can make Italian dishes to die for. And are easy to make at home. Put away all of your fears about cooking, and follow these recipes to create some fantastic meals and appetizers that anyone at your table will have a big smile on their faces. Plus you can be proud to say that I made that. You will no longer have to hide the take out packages in the trash bucket.

White Bean And Prosciutto Bruschetta:Fancy Appetizer:

Strips of prosciutto top each toast and are topped in turn with a creamy mound of creamy white beans and sparkling of crisp red onion. If you like, serve these with the bruschetta duet to make a tantalizing trio.

Ingredients:

1) 2 cups of drained and rinsed canned cannelloni beans ( 1 19 ounce can )

2) 1 1/4 teaspoons of wine vinegar

3) 1 tablespoon of olive oil

4) 3/4 teaspoon of chopped fresh thyme, or 1/4 teaspoon of dried thyme

5) 1/2 a teaspoon of salt

6) 1/8 teaspoon of fresh ground Black pepper

7) 2 1/2 teaspoons of fresh chopped parsley

8) 2 ounces of thin sliced prosciutto, fat removed, cut into thin strips

9) Bruschetta

10) 2 tablespoons of minced red onion

To Make; Put the beans in a medium glass, or stainless steel bowl. Using a fork, mash the beans to a coarse puree. Stir in the vinegar, oil, thyme, salt, pepper, and two tablespoons of parsley. Put some of the prosciutto on each of the bruschetta and top with the bean mixture. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of parsley and the red onion over the beans. This is one appetizer that is sure to please any guest at your next dinner party.

I have the perfect pairing for this recipe. White Wine Woodbridge Chardonnay by Robert Mondavi

Pizza With Garlic Cream And Nettles:Healthy Pie:

Nettles grow wild all year in northern California, and chefs Tyler Rodde and Curtis De Fede use them as many ways as they can. Because raw nettles can make you itch, it is best to handle them with gloves or tongs. Once cooked, the nettles lose their sting and have a deep, earthy flavor that’s delicious with garlic cream.

Ingredients:

1) 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter

2) 1 or 2 bulbs of green garlic, depending on the size, see, size does matter. Or 3 scallions, white and tender green parts only, thinly sliced.

3) 1 tablespoon of dry White Wine

4) 1/4 cup of heavy cream

5) Semolina for dusting

6) Two eight ounce balls of pizza dough

7) 6 ounces of buffalo mozzarella, sliced

8) Salt

9) Fresh ground Black Pepper

10) 4 ounces of nettles

11) 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

12) Shaved Parmigiano Reggiano for serving

To Make; Place a pizza stone on the bottom rack of your oven and preheat to five hundred degrees for thirty minutes. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the butter with one tablespoon of water and bring to a simmer. Add the green garlic and cook over moderate heat until softened, about five minutes. Add the White Wine and cook for two minutes. Add the heavy cream and simmer over low heat until reduced by half, about five minutes.

On a semolina dusted work surface, stretch out one of the pieces of dough to a twelve-inch round. Transfer to a semolina dusted pizza peel. Spread half of the garlic cream on the dough, leaving a one-inch border all around. Top with half of the buffalo mozzarella and season with salt, and pepper. In a medium bowl, use tongs or wear gloves to toss the nettles with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Mound half of the nettles on the pizza. Turn on the broiler.

Slide the pizza on to the stone on the bottom rack of the oven and broil for about five minutes, until golden brown and bubbling. Transfer the pizza to cutting board and garnish with shaved Parmigiano Reggiano. Repeat steps to make the second pizza.

The same wine that you used in the recipe is also a great wine to serve with this meal Chardonnay by Robert Mondavi

Grilled Eggplant And Tomatoes With Parmesan- Basil Crumbs:Vegitarian Delight:

This perfect grilled vegetarian dish uses bread crumbs to add an extra layer of flavor to a classic Italian dish to die for. Tossed with fresh basil and lots of Parmigiano Riggiano to create a great topping for this grilled veggie meal.

Ingredients:

1) 2 cups of fresh coarse bread crumbs

2) Extra virgin olive oil

3) 1 cup chopped basil

4) 1/2 cup of freshly grated Parmigiano Riggiano cheese

5) 3 pounds of eggplant, sliced lengthwise 1/2 an inch thick

6) Salt and freshly ground black pepper

7) 10 tomatoes, sliced 1 inch thick

To Make, Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Spread the bread crumbs on a large rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of oil, toss well. Bake for eight minutes until the bread crumbs are crisp and golden brown. Transfer the bread crumbs to a medium bowl and toss with the basil and cheese.

Light a grill. Brush the eggplant with olive oil and season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper. Grill over moderate heat until charred and tender, about two minutes per side. Transfer the eggplant to a platter, fanning them out. Brush the tomatoes with oil and season with salt, and pepper. Grill over moderate heat until charred and hot, about one minute per side.

Arrange the tomato slices over the eggplant and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle the bread crumbs over the top and serve right away. Does this fill the craving for all you vegetarians?

Italian Sausage Burgers With Garlicky Spinach:Itailian Burgers:

Ingredients:

1) 10 ounces of baby spinach

2) 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

3) 2 garlic cloves

4) 1 teaspoon of anchovy paste ( optional )

5) Salt

6) 4 slices of provolone cheese

7) 1/4 cup of sun dried tomato paste

8) 4 round ciabatta rolls, split and toasted

To Make; In a large skillet, bring 1/4 inch of water to a boil. Add the spinach and cook, stirring, until just wilted, about one minute. Drain and press as much water as possible. Wipe out the skillet.

In the same skillet, heat two tablespoons of olive oil until shimmering. Add the garlic and anchovy paste and cook on high heat, stirring until fragrant, about one minute. Add the spinach, season with salt and pepper stir until coated, about ten seconds.

Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Using slightly moistened hands, form the sausage meat into four 4- inch patties, about 3/4 inch thick. Brush the burgers with oil and over moderate heat until browned and crusty on the bottom, about five minutes. Carefully flip the burgers. Top with cheese and grill until the burgers are cooked through and the cheese is melted, about five minutes longer. Spread the pesto on the rolls. Top with burgers and spinach and serve.

My choice for a pairing with this meal is Woodbridge Merlot by Robert Mondavi

Make It Your Own:

As with any recipe you are always encouraged to take a recipe and make it your own. Tweak the ingredients, play around and find a way that you can’t live without. Then you can call these Italian dishes to die for your own recipes. And, no one will ever know the difference. I sure as heck are not going to tell anyone that they are not.

Remember to drink responsibly, and never drink and drive. The life you save may very well be your own. Sincerely: John D. Have a blessed day my friends.

Low Calorie Cocktails For Mother’s Day: Or for any day.

Today I want to talk about someone very special to each one of us. Can you guess who that is? That’s right MOM, in just a few short weeks mother’s day will be here, and I know that you will be taking mom out for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or perhaps all three. This year we are doing something a little different, my son and I are going to my sister in laws for a back-yard barbecue. Now I plan on bringing the alcohol to picnic. So the plan is to serve low calorie cocktails for mother’s day, maybe you could join in on this plan of mine. Stay home and make some of these cocktails for your mother, and grill some burgers and hot-dogs. Invite all of your siblings and maybe a neighbor or two. Just remember to keep the gathering small. If, you use this code MOTHEREARTH you can save ten dollars today through Sunday April 24th. Use the code when you check out.

Ketal Botanical Grapefruit And Soda:Low Calorie Vodka:

For a deliciously fresh taste experience, and a drink that has 40% fewer calories than a glass of white wine, try Ketal One Botanicl Grapefruit and Rose with soda.

Ingredients:

1) 1 1/2 ounces of Ketal One Botanicl Grapefruit and Rose

2) 3 ounces of club soda

3) Slice of grapefruit

To Make;Fill a wine glass of your choosing with some ice. Mix in Ketal One Botanicl Grapefruit and Rose and soda. All that is left to do is add a slice of grapefruit to garnish, and sit back and enjoy guilt free. Garnish is optional. For an extra pop of grapefruit, use a sparkling beverage that is grapefruit flavored.

Carrotini:Carrot Martini:

Want to try a funky alternative to the brunch bloody? Give this vegetable juice and infused vodka cocktail a taste. The bright orange color and refreshing vodka flavors make for a drink that’s a definite departure from your typical Sunday brunch order.

Ingredients:

1) 1 1/2 ounces of spa infused Vodka

2) 2 ounces of Carrot Ginger Orange Juice

3) 1 carrot

4) 1 cucumber

To Make; Place all ingredients into an ice filled cocktail shaker. Shake until everything is good and cold, and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with carrot and cucumber peels on a pick. Are you going to give this different cocktail a try?

Skinny Margarita:Low Calorie Margarita:

Enjoy your margarita guilt free. This skinny margarita is less then 200 calories, and includes all the fresh flavors you would find in a classic margarita.

Ingredients:

1) 1 1/2 ounces of Blanco Tequila

2) 2 ounces of fresh lime juice

3) 1/4 of an ounce of Agave Necter

4) A splash of club soda ( optional )

To Make; Combine all ingredients into an ice filled cocktail shaker, shake until good and cold. Condensation will form on the outside of the shaker, then the mixture is good and cold. Pour the mixture and ice into a salt rimmed glass and garnish with a lime wedge. Serve and enjoy.

Strongbow Artisinal Blend Mojito:Easy Mojito:

The semi- sweet taste of Strongbow Artisinal Blend and basil leaves balance the traditional sweetness of mojitos for the perfect party cocktail.

Ingredients:

1) 8 Mint leaves plus a few extra for the garnish

2) 5 Basil leaves

3) 1 teaspoon of sugar

4) 1 tablespoon of lime juice

5) 2 ounces of white rum

6) 3 ounces of Strongbow Artisinal Blend and some to top off

7) Lime sugar to rim the glass

To Make; Dip the top of the glass in the lime- sugar mixture. In a cocktail shaker, muddle mint, basil, sugar, and lime juice. Add some ice and the White Rum, Sake well. Strain into an ice filled, rimmed glass and top off with the Strongbow Artisinal Blend. Garnish with a sprig of mint, and enjoy in good company.

Cranberry Mint Sparkler:Cranberry Spritzer:

Looking for a light refreshing cocktail that mom, or anyone else will love? Try this amped up version of a classic vodka soda. Swapping plain club soda for a cranberry spiked seltzer adds a boozy kick of flavor that pairs well with the fresh cranberry and mint ice cubes. Fizzy, tart and a perfectly balanced way to mix up cocktail routine any time of the year.

Ingredients:

1) 2 ounces of Vodka

2) 6 ounces of Cranberry Spiked Seltzer

3) 1/2 a cup of fresh Cranberries

4) 1 bushel of mint leaves

To Make; Place one cranberry mint ice cube in the bottom of a rocks glass. Pour in the Vodka and top off with the spiked seltzer. Mix gently, and enjoy.

Cranberry Mint Ice Cubes; Evenly distribute fresh cranberries and mint leaves throughout a silicone ice cube tray mold. Place filled mold into your freezer and allow to set up for up to six hours. Once frozen completely cubes can be stored in a zip lock freezer bag for up to six months.

Cleanse- A- Rita:Clean Margarita:

This easy take on a margarita combines one of the most popular juice cleanse recipes with Tequila for a drink just under 120 calories. See we can drink, and watch our weight at the same time. The spicy cayenne pepper and tart lemon compliments tequila’s bite for a balanced beverage you can enjoy almost guilt free.

Ingredients:

1) 1 1/2 ounces of Tequila

2) 2 ounces of fresh Lemon Juice

3) 1 ounce of water

4) 1 teaspoon of Agave Syrup

5) Cayenne Pepper

6) Salt

7) Lemons

To Make; In a cocktail shaker, combine Tequila, lemon juice, water, agave syrup, and a small pinch of cayenne pepper with some ice. Shake vigorously until well chilled. Pour into a rocks glass, and garnish with a lemon wedge dusted with salt and cayenne pepper. Enjoy

Lemonade Spritzer:Spiked Lemonade:

A light low calorie cocktail, this lemonade spritzer has less than 120 calories. Ideal for daytime drinking, this recipe is quick and easy to make up a large batch for entertaining.

Ingredients:

1) 4 ounces of White Wine

2) 2 ounces of club soda

3) 1 ounce of lemonade

To Make; Fill a wine glass 1/4 of the way up with ice cubes. Add white wine, soda, and lemonade. Garnish with a fresh lemon wedge. It is alright to use a store bought pre- made lemonade mix, or a powder mix. We won’t judge you for it.

Paloma:Better Than A Margarita:

The bitter flavor of grapefruit mixed with the bold flavor of tequila equal a surprisingly easy- drinking cocktail. In Mexico, the paloma is actually preferred over margaritas! A traditional Paloma is made with grapefruit soda, bur I like this version that calls for grapefruit juice. You will not be let down, I promise you that my friends.

Ingredients:

1)2 ounces of Tequila Blanco

2) 4 ounces of Grapefruit Juice

3) Pinch of salt

4) 1/2 ounce of lime juice

5) Club Soda ( optional )

To Make; Add all ingredients to an ice filled Collins glass ( tall Glass ) and stir to combine. Top off with some club soda ( optional )

That is all the low calorie cocktails for mothers day that I have for you. What do you think, will you try some and serve a drink or two to mom next month? Remember to use code MOTHEREARTH to save $ 10.00

Remember to drink responsibly, and never drink and drive. The life you save may very well be your own. Sincerely: John D. Have a blessed day friends.

Spring Into Spring With Fruity Cocktails: Use fresh fruits.

It may not seem like it just yet, but spring has arrived. The flowers are starting to bloom, the trees are getting buds on them and the air is starting to warm up. Now is the time to plan on some gatherings, especially after the past year that we have had. How refreshing would it be to have a couple of friends over for a small get together? My guess would be absolutely amazing. I myself can not wait for a backyard barbecue, grilling some burgers, and hot dogs, let’s not forget the mac salad, and of course the cocktails the will be served. This spring, I think we will spring into spring with fruity cocktails. And will be using fresh fruit once it is available. There is nothing better than using fresh fruit of the season, it makes your spring cocktails more springy.

Pomegranate Blitz:Spring Blitz:

This spring time cocktail is a real crowd pleaser. Serve this one at your next gathering, and your guests will be returning next weekend. Make sure you have enough on hand.

Ingredients:

1) 1 1/2 cups of Crown Royal Deluxe

2) 1 1/2 cups of Pomegranate Juice

3) 3 tablespoons of Lime Juice

4) 2- 750 ml bottles of Prosecco, or Sparkling White Wine

5) 1 1/4 cups of Pomegranate Syrup

6) Pomegranate seeds, lime slices, and fresh mint leaves for the garnish

To Make; Using a pitcher, or punch bowl, mix Crown Royal Deluxe, Pomegranate Juice, pomegranate syrup, and lime juice. Add in a handful of pomegranate seeds, a couple slices of lime, and some mint leaves. Fill rocks glasses with ice, pour in the punch halfway over the ice, leave some room at the top. Top off with the prosecco, and garnish with pomegranate seeds, lime slices, and mint leaves. Garnish is optional, unless you want to be fancy.

To make the pomegranate syrup, add equal parts of water, sugar, and pomegranate juice to a saucepan, and bring to a boil. And let mixture cool before use. Bartender tip, make a head of time and store in a squeeze bottle.

Finlandia Raspberry Lemonade:Spiked Lemonade:

The sweet fruity flavor of Finlandia Raspberry flavored Vodka is perfect for this delicious spring or summer drink.

Ingredients:

1) 2 ounces of Finlandia Raspberry Vodka

2) 2 ounces of cranberry Juice

3) 2 ounces of Lemonade, fresh is best, but you can get away with a powder mix to save some time.

To Make; Fill a highball glass with some ice. Add all ingredients to the glass. Stir lightly. Garnish with the wedge of a lemon and enjoy. Garnish is optional.

Mist And Orange:Orange Soda With A Kick:

It is time to give orange soda an adult upgrade. Add Canadian Mist for an adult treat that you will more of.

Ingredients:

1) 1 1/2 ounces of Canadian Mist

2) 5 ounces of Orange Soda

3) 1 maraschino cherry

4) 1 lime cut into wedges

To Make; Fill a highball glass with some ice, add in the Canadian Mist. Top off with the orange soda, and garnish with a lime wedge, or a maraschino cherry. Garnish is completely optional. I do suggest the lime wedge, this way you can squeeze some of the juice from the wedge into your cocktail to brighten it up some.

Blackberry Smash:

Fun With Berries:

Nothing says spring like fresh blackberries. So why not add some to flavor this bourbon drink? You will love the complex layers of flavor along with ease of making this cocktail.

Ingredients:

1) 1 1/2 ounces of Early Times Bottled- in- Bond Bourbon

2) 1 1/2 ounce of chilled Earl Gray Tea

3) 1/2 an ounce of Blackberry Simple Syrup

4) 1 Blackberry

5) 1 sprig of rosemary

To Make; Add Early Times Bottled- in – Bond Bourbon, chilled Earl Gray Tea, blackberry syrup, and some ice to a mixing glass. Stir well to combine all ingredients. Strain mixture into a coupe glass, or a fun mug as pictured to the right. Garnish with a blackberry and a rosemary sprig. Personally, I omit the rosemary, never cared for its flavor. You can light the rosemary on fire, then douse it out in the cocktail to add a smokey layer of flavor to the drink.

For the blackberry syrup, muddle some blackberries, and add to equal parts of water and sugar. Bring to a boil and let cool. Keep refrigerated for long term storage.

 

Bubbly Mind Eraser:Another Kalua Cocktail:

This bubbly and fruity twist to the classic Mind Eraser, makes it perfect for pairing at any spring, or summer occasion.

Ingredients:

1) 1 ounce of Kahlua

2) 1 ounce of Absolute Vodka

3) 1 ounce of club soda

4) 1 ounce of Champagne or Sparkling White Wine

5) A splash of pineapple juice

6) A strawberry for the garnish

To Make; Add some ice to a highball glass, First add the Kahlua, then the vodka. Add the club soda, champagne or sparkling wine. Top off with a splash of pineapple juice. Garnish with a strawberry, and throw in a straw to help the alcohol go straight to your head. To achieve the layered look, pour each liquor over the back of a tablespoon slowly, as well as the soda and juice. Enjoy.

Grape- Fruit- Mule:

You will love the twist on a favorite. The Rita’s takes the mule to a whole new level. #HAVEARITA

An Easy Mule:

Ingredients:

1) 1/2 an ounce of fresh lime juice

2) 1 1/2 ounces of Grape – Fruit – Rita

3) 1 ounce of Triple Sec

4) 2 ounces of Ginger Beer

5) 2 ounces of Vodka

6) Plenty of Ice

To Make; Fill a mule mug traditionally a copper mug with some ice. Add in all ingredients and stir. Garnish with a grapefruit wheel and enjoy.

 

Hoppy Ever After:

Beer Cocktail:

You might think that a hoppy brew and a fruity cocktail have nothing in common, but as the old saying goes, opposites attract. This better together cocktail, flavors combine to create a unique beer cocktail, that will make even the most skeptical hops lover swoon.

Ingredients:

1) 1 can of IPA ( Indian Pale Ale )

2) 1 1/2 ounces of Skyy Vodka

3) 2 ounces of peach nectar

4) 1 ounce of orange juice

5) A splash of club soda

To Make; Slowly pour equal parts of beer and the Peach Belle into a large stemless wine glass full of ice. Garnish with a fresh peach slice.

The Peach Belle: Combine Vodka, peach nectar, and orange juice in an ice filled cocktail shaker. Shake to combine well, strain mixture over fresh ice, and top off with the club soda. Enjoy.

Island Mimosa:

Breakfast Cocktails:

Tropical drink season is upon us, Though I’d argue that there’s never a bad time for a tropical cocktail. After, all it’s one of the Rita’s. Try the island mimosa with a Pine- Apple- Rita. You can thank me later. #HAVEARITA

Ingredients:

1) 2 ounces of Prosecco

2) 2 ounces of Pine- Apple- Rita

3) 1 ounce of Malibu Rum

4) Splash of Grenadine

5) Frozen pineapple chunks

To Make; Add frozen pineapple chunks to a mug or a glass to act as your ice cubes. Pour in the remaining ingredients, and give it a stir. Kick back and enjoy one or two, maybe more.

 

Remember to drink responsibly, and never drink and drive. The life you save may very well be your own. Sincerely: John D. Have a blessed day my friends.