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Spiked Nutter Butter Fluffernutter Milkshakes

Happy Halloween! I’m way too old to go trick-or-treating and I have no kids so I’m not letting myself indulge in the bite-size candy bars that line the aisles for Halloween. I don’t even get trick-or-treaters at my door, probably because no one knows me, and I hope that I’m not known in the neighborhood as the scary lady. While I usually buy candy to have on hand just in case, I decided not to do it this year because no one will come knocking and I will be left with a bag of candy that will torture me day in and day out until I finally cave in and eat each and every bite. I won’t have it! Instead, I’m indulging in some grown-up decadence with this Spiked Nutter Butter Fluffernutter Milkshake. I’m expecting it to act as a comforting blanky tonight while I’m watching scary movies.

Peanut butter, marshmallow cream, and Nutter Butter cookies are mixed with vanilla ice cream and milk (low-fat or full-fat, who cares?) making a sweet fluffernutter milkshake. But THEN, to make it even better, marshmallow vodka is added which makes this milkshake all grown-up and all decadent. This is a sugar bomb for sure but for one night, on Halloween, why not? Peanut butter and vanilla ice cream is my go-to favorite but with marshmallow, vodka, and whipped cream added, it’s even better. Even if you have kids you are taking from house to house, make this ahead, put it in a travel smoothie cup and drink up as you walk around the neighborhood. No one needs to know.

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Spiked Nutter Butter Fluffernutter Milkshakes

  • 2 cups low-fat vanilla ice cream
  • 1/4 cup skim milk
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons marshmallow cream
  • 4 Nutter Butter peanut butter sandwich cookies, broken into pieces
  • 2 ounces marshmallow or whipped cream vodka (like Smirnoff Fluffed Marshmallow)
  • whipped cream

Combine ice cream, milk, peanut butter, marshmallow cream, vodka, and cookies in a blender and blend until smooth.

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Top with whipped cream and crushed cookies.

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For extra indulgence, melt 1 tablespoon peanut butter in the microwave for 30 seconds and drizzle over whipped cream.

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Seaside Sunrise

I spent all of last week in Chicago and, despite battling an allergic eye infection that forced me to wear my glasses all week, I used the opportunity to rest, relax, and read. I took long walks along the water and spent the warm (and warm-ish) days at the beach on the lake. I slept in a lot which was different from my last trip to Chicago in May where I was awoken every morning at 6am by a happy dog named Abigail eager to go outside. Watching the sun come up over Lake Michigan is enchanting and I was able to get up early enough once last week to catch it. The way the sun glistens over the water, making the lake look silver and glossy, is a sight that I never tire of. This Seaside Sunrise seems appropriate.

Pineapple, orange-mango, and cranberry juices are mixed with passion fruit rum, a little grenadine (which I left out) and topped with sparkling wine and fruit slices. Any of your favorite rum could be added here but the flavor of the passion fruit combined with the different fruit juices really makes this a perfect little summer cocktail. Whether you are seaside or landlocked, make a batch of this and enjoy our last days of summer.

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Combine pineapple juice, mango-orange juice, passion fruit rum, cranberry juice, and grenadine in a large pitcher.

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Pour into ice-filled glasses, and top with sparkling wine, if desired.

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Garnish, if desired.

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Additions: None

Omissions:

  • Grenadine

Substitutions: None

Overall Rating: Love It

Source: Coastal Living magazine

Summer Sangria

Happy 4th of July! With the recent humidity and summer thunderstorms (not to mention the random hurricane), it officially feels like summer finally. Some of us in the northeast are still dealing with cloudy and/or rainy skies on this Independence Day but since when does the weather keep us from enjoying a cocktail? This Summer Sangria is quick, simple, and packs a punch.

White wine (I used Sauvignon Blanc but Pinot Grigio would be good also) and flavored rum or vodka (I used passion fruit rum) are mixed with a  little simple syrup and fruit.  Raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries made this summer cocktail especially patriotic for the weekend but grapes, peaches, oranges, kiwi or mango would be great additions too. Basically, use any fruit, any white wine, and any flavored spirit to make this quick sangria. I hope everyone has an amazing holiday weekend and enjoys their freedom, rain or shine.

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Combine wine, rum (or vodka), fruit and simple syrup in a large pitcher. Cover and chill at least 2 hours. Add ice; serve immediately.

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Additions: None

Omissions: None

Substitutions:

  • Strawberries and blueberries

Overall Rating: Love It

Source: Coastal Living magazine

 

Cocoa Horchata Martini

Have you tried RumChata yet? Where has this stuff been all my life? I first heard about it last year when a bartender asked my friends and I if we wanted to try a certain cinnamon whiskey with some RumChata.  We all had the same questionably curious looks on our faces since we had absolutely no clue what she was talking about or what she had even said.  RumChaWhat? Well, I’ve had it enough times since that night to know that this belongs in my liquor cabinet and close to my heart.  And this Cocoa Horchata Martini is an easy, delicious way for you to try it if you’ve never had it before.

RumChata, a liqueur made of horchata (rice, cinnamon and sugar) and rum, is mixed with crème de cacao and chocolate milk to make for the perfectly creamy, cinnamon, chocolatey after dinner drink. RumChata alone is a yummy after dinner drink but when mixed with chocolate, it also becomes dessert.  This martini bestills my RumChata-dreaming, chocolate milk-loving heart.

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                        In a small bowl, combine confectioners’ sugar and cocoa powder. Whisk to combine, then spread onto a shallow dish. Fill another shallow dish with 1/4 inch of water.

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Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add RumChata, creme de cacao and chocolate milk. Cover and shake until chilled.

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Dip 2 martini glass rims in water and edge each glass in cocoa-sugar. Divide martini into prepared glasses.

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Additions:  None

Omissions:  None

Substitutions:

  • Chocolate almond milk

Overall Rating:  Love It

Source:  Family Circle magazine

Witches’ Brew

When I first started this blog, I made a cocktail each week and posted it every Friday.  After all, when you’ve had a long week at work, what a better way to unwind than to sit down with a new tasty beverage? I love trying new drinks but as a result of making a cocktail each week, I ended up with an overstocked liquor cabinet and needed to slow things down.  Well, as the weather gets a little cooler, it’s got me in the mood for trying more new drinks.  With Halloween being this week, there is no better time than now to try this Witches’ Brew.

White beer (like Blue Moon) is jazzed up with pomegranate liquor and pomegranate juice.  That’s it.  Being a lover of white beer, I was curious to try this concoction but at the same time freaked out.  Why ruin a perfectly good beer? But it doesn’t ruin it. Instead, the pomegranate adds a little something-something and mellows out the beer’s flavor which makes this taste more like a cocktail than a beer. Pomegranate has a hearty flavor which you may or may not like.  I personally love the flavor of pomegranate so I think this works well with a white beer that already has citrus tones to it. Now, I have no idea why this is called Witches’ Brew as there really isn’t anything particularly Fall or Halloween-y about it.  But who cares? While I’m cuddled up on the couch shivering from watching Halloween for the millionth time, I’ll be glad I have this to calm my nerves a bit.

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The ingredients:

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Stir together beer, liqueur and juice in a pitcher.

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Serve in a glass over ice.

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Garnish with pomegranate seeds, if desired.

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Additions:  None

Omissions:  None

Substitutions:  None

Overall Rating:  Like It

Source:  Family Circle magazine

Tropical White Sangria

If I could look up sweltering summer day in the dictionary, it might have shown a picture of this past weekend.  I think my air conditioner ran non-stop for three days because it just couldn’t hit a cool temperature.  Anyway, when faced with a sweltering summer day, why not have a fruity sangria to cool off, right?  I love a good sangria and I also love how they can be adapted to whatever season you are in.  With so many bright and fresh fruit in abundance right now, what a great way to get your fruit intake while also taking the edge off.  Personally, I prefer a good white sangria over a red sangria but maybe I only say that because white sangria is just so perfect on a bright sunny day in July.  (I may change my mind come next January.)  This Tropical White Sangria lived up to every expectation I had and was perfect over the past few ridiculously hot days.

A crisp Sauvignon Blanc is mixed with a little bit of orange liqueur and tons of fresh summer fruit like oranges, kiwis, grapes, mango and strawberries.  I substituted nectarines for the oranges just because the nectarines looked so good when I was buying my fruit (and after all, it’s the same color family so why not, right?).  In my opinion, use any fresh fruit that appeals to you because really, you can’t go wrong.  The orange liqueur slightly mellows out this sangria which is even better on the second day making this so easy to go down.

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 The ingredients:

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 In a 1/2-gal. pitcher, combine all fruit except the strawberries.

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 Stir in the wine and liqueur. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 6 hours.

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 Just before serving, stir in the strawberries.

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Additions:  None

Omissions:  None

Substitutions:

  • Nectarines

Overall Rating:  Love It

Source: EveryDay with Rachael Ray magazine

Pink-a-Colada

Today is officially my last day at my job.  I wish I could tell you that I’m going to be able to work full-time on this blog which would make me so happy but that’s not the case.  Here’s the short of it: my office was relocated from Philadelphia to Connecticut and I didn’t want to make the move.   Fortunately, I’m taking a new job starting Monday.  The past year and nine months since we’ve known about the move have been stressful, gut wrenching and tiring.  Watching friends and co-workers leave to go to other jobs was sad.  Watching everyone getting packed up and spending the last week in an empty office was even sadder.  So because of our “end” and because the summer heat is in full force, why not celebrate it all with a fruity, coconuty cocktail like these Pink-a-Coladas?

Cranberry juice, coconut water, pineapple juice and coconut rum are mixed together for a perfectly summery sweet warm weather cocktail.  I’m not the biggest fan of coconut water and since the rum is already strong enough, I’m not really sure it’s necessary.  Don’t worry if you don’t have some.  Coconut rum and pineapple juice is already so good together but adding in some tart cranberry juice cuts down some of the sweetness which makes these cocktails go down waaaaaay too easily.  As bittersweet as my job’s move has been, I don’t know what else to do but just raise my glass and say…Cheers!  Here’s to new beginnings.

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The ingredients:

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Combine first 4 ingredients in a large pitcher.

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Serve over ice. Garnish, if desired.

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Additions:  None

Omissions:  None

Substitutions:  None

Overall Rating:  Love It

Source:  Coastal Living Magazine

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