Drinks and Cocktails

Antipasto Platter Tips – Starting Dinner Italian Style

Antipasto Platter with specialty meats and cheeses

One of my favorite ways to start an evening with friends is to serve an antipasto platter. Antipasto, when translated, means “before the meal.” A good antipasto platter is a combination of small bites of tasty food and is usually accompanied by wine. An antipasto platter is meant to stimulate your guest’s appetite before they dig into…

Cinco de Mayo Progressive Dinner Party

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a progressive dinner party

Liven up your Cinco de Mayo progressive dinner party with these delicious Recipes. One of my favorite things to do with my fiends when we entertain is to have a progressive dinner party.  We go from one house to the next, with each friend contributing something to the dinner party menu. My blogging friends and…

Slow Cooker Spiced Wine with Oranges and Cranberries

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Treat your New Year’s guests to this slow cooker spiced wine recipe for some celebratory cheer! It’s time to bring out the big guns for your New Year’s party.  And by big guns, I mean big on flavor, big on appeal and big on festive cheer.  This recipe for slow cooker spiced wine with oranges…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

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Quick & Easy Breakfast Option – Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie. You don’t have to have been reading my blog for long to know that I believe that chocolate and peanut butter are food group options.  I love the combination.  Unfortunately, with my new found resolution to lose some weight, these two delights need to be…

How To Set up a Well Stocked Home Bar

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Follow these Tips to Make Sure that you Have a Well Stocked Home Bar. Remember the days when Happy Hour was the highlight of the week?  Celebrating with friends over a nice cocktail is a fun thing to do. But with the busy lives that we all lead now, going out for Happy hour is…

Birth Order – My Sisters and Middle Sister Wines

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Middle Sister Wines are Perfect for My Sisters and Me. I come from a very large family of 6 children, born and raised in Maine. I am the oldest, with 3 middle sisters and two younger brothers.  When I learned about Middle Sister Wines and their varieties of wines, all named after “middle sister personalities,”…

10 of my Favorite Vodka Drinks

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It’s Cocktail Hour with my 10 Favorite Vodka Drinks. There are two ways to drink vodka – for purists – neat, with no mixers or flavorings and in mixed drinks and, for casual drinkers, in mixed drinks and cocktails.  Everyone who dabbled into the realm of spirits as a teenager has probably had a screwdriver.…

Moscow Mule Cocktail – Spicy Kick with a Citrus Finish

This refreshing Moscow Mule drink is best served in a copper mug. It became very popular in the US in the 1960s when the Vodka craze was so popular. See how to make it - thegardeningcook.com/moscow-mule-cocktail

Summer Time Fun with A Traditional Moscow Mule Cocktail. A Moscow mule is a buck or mule cocktail made with vodka, ginger beer, lime juice, and garnished with a slice or wedge of lime.  The terms buck, or mule are used to refer to historic drinks that contain ginger beer, or ginger ale, along with…

Homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream

Homemade Bailey's Irish Cream Drink

Printable Recipe – Bailey’s Irish Cream – Make it Yourself! I love Bailey’s Irish cream.  It has a perfect blended of Irish whiskey and other ingredients that make it a special and quite decadent drink.  but it is expensive to buy. Fortunately you can make your own Bailey’s Irish Cream. I recently decided to use…

Spooky Witches Brew Halloween Cocktail

Spooky Witches Brew Cocktail

Set the Scene with this Witches Brew Halloween Cocktail. It’s that time of the year again.  The leaves are falling, the temperatures are getting colder and the holiday season is approaching again. Where on earth does the time go? Halloween is the start of three months of festive occasions.  If you plan to have a…

Witches Brew Halloween Cocktail

Witches Brew Halloween Cocktail

I love drinks that really set the mood for a Halloween Party. This Witches Brew Halloween Cocktail has everything going for it. Color? √ Black sugar? √ Taste √√ It’s time for a super really spooky Halloween cocktail.  Your party guests will all want the recipe. This drink is pure fun. Great to put you in the…

Classic Tequila Margarita Recipe with Lime

It's cocktail hour. Try my classic margarita

Printable recipe – Classic Tequila Margarita A Classic tequila margarita is my favorite drink when I go out. One would think it would be the same from restaurant to restaurant but this is definitely not the case.   I once got one in a Chinese restaurant in Australia and they used a sweet limeaid to flavor…

Best Cocktails and Drinks

Round up of refreshing cocktails

Searching the Web for the Best Cocktail and Drink Recipes I admit it.  I love cocktails and refreshing drinks.  And if they are great looking, so much the better.  So, it is only normal that I would be looking online for the best drinks recipes to share with my readers.  Some recipes are alcoholic.  Some…

Amaretto Southern Comfort Sour Cocktail

Amaretto Southern Comfort Sour cocktail

Treat yourself to an An Amaretto Southern Comfort Sour I often drink Southern Comfort with diet coke. I also love Amaretto as a liqueur.  This drink was an experiment and I ended up really liking it.  Treat yourself to my Amaretto Southern Comfort Sour. The drink has the almond flavor of Amaretto and the sweetness…

Adult Chocolate Milk – Kahlua, Vodka and Chocolate Milk

Who wants a grown up chocolate milk?

Who wants an adult chocolate milk? Kahlua liqueur goes beautifully with chocolate.  This adult chocolate milk cocktail combines the coffee taste with cream, chocolate milk and vodka for a great taste sensation.  It is rich and delicious! The cocktail makes a perfect drink for those times when you want a creamy, and rich drink that takes…

Kahlua Rumba – Adult Ice Cream Milk Shake

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Enjoy this Kahlua Rumba as a drink or as a dessert The Kahlua Rumba combines Kahlua, Rum, Ice Cream and Bananas for a thick and creamy milk shake like drink. This one is for adults only! The drink is a nice mix of the tropics and is cool and refreshing. This drink is creamy, delicious…

Caribbean Coconut Rum and Pineapple Cocktail.

Caribbean coconut rum cocktail

Coconut Rum Mixes with Pineapple to make a Taste Sensation. Feeling like a trip to the tropics, cocktail style?  Try this super delicious drink. I was turned on to this coconut rum drink by my husband’s business partner. Whenever we went out to eat, she would always order it and I started drinking Caribbean coconut…

Orange Cream Martini Recipe

top with whip cream and a slice of orange

This is a Creamsicle in a Glass for Adults! If you loved creamsicles as a child, (and still do!), this delicious cocktail is perfect for you.  This is an adult version of the orange and cream flavored frozen treats you enjoyed as a kid.   The recipe is rich and creamy with a lovely taste…

Baileys Irish Cream Mudslide – Chocolate Drink Recipe

Bailey's Irish Cream Mudslide

Easy to Make Baileys Irish Cream Mudslide Recipe It’s cocktail time.  Mudslides are one of my favorite decadent cocktails.  I had one for the first time a few years ago when visiting my daughter at Greensboro University and have been hooked since then. They are a sort of cross between dessert and cocktail and so…

7 days of Cocktails – Refreshing Drinks

A week of great cocktail recipes.

It’s cocktail hour!   There is nothing quite like relaxing with a tasty cocktail at the end of a long day. And it is getting to that time of the year when you can do it on a lawn chair overlooking your back garden. Do you have the same sort of drink that is your favorite,…

Toasted Marshmallow Martini – Olive Garden Copy Cat

Chocolate marshmallow martini - Olive Garden Knock off

Every Sunday, I get a night off from cooking.  My husband and I go out to various restaurants in the area and get a great meal and catch up and relax.  This week we went to the Olive garden. I like to try cocktails that I have not had in the past. This week is…

Grapefruit Juice Ice Cubes

Grapefruit Ice Cubes - great for lemonade and mixed drinks.

What do you do when you have a huge bag of grapefruit that you thought were oranges? Why juice some of them and freeze the juice to use later, suggests a fan of the Gardening Cook on Facebook – Violet Roew.  (I asked my fans to give me some suggestions for using the grapefruit and…

Grapefruit Cranberry Sea Breeze Cocktail

Grapefruit Cranberry Sea Breeze Cocktail

Grapefruit juice is a great ingredient for many cocktails, and is an excellent citrus to use because it adds a touch of sour to the drinks. The key to making this great tasting grapefruit, cranberry sea breeze cocktail is to use fresh grapefruit juice and a great vodka, such as Grey Goose.  Since I have…

Spicy Bloody Mary Cocktail

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Printable Recipe: Spicy Bloody Mary Kick off your festive Christmas Party, or start your early morning Christmas brunch with these Spicy Bloody Mary Cocktails. Few drinks on a cold day are more enjoyable than the delicious tomato flavor of a Bloody Mary. You can make it as spicy or mild as you want, you can…