Drinks and Cocktails

Orange Cherry Mocktail

Garnish your Orange Cherry Mocktail with some maraschino cherries and fresh mint leaves

This orange cherry mocktail is a non-alcoholic drink that the whole family can enjoy. It is fresh and bright, and the perfect choice for those times that you are looking for a a pretty party time drink that contains no alcohol. After all, who doesn’t like the look of party drinks? There is no reason to…

Burlap Tea Bag Jars

DIY Burlap Tea Bag Jars and flowers

  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TeaProudly #CollectiveBias It’s time to make some Burlap Tea Bag Jars. There is nothing quite like a good cup of tea, particularly when the weather is cold like it is right now. Drinking tea is so much more…

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

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 and cranberries is the perfect way to ring in the New Year at our house and…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

chocolate peanut butter smoothie

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

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 to share cocktail recipes is a fun thing to do. But with the busy lives that we all lead now, going out for Happy hour…

Birth Order – My Sisters and Middle Sister Wines

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,”…

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 cocktail recipes.  Everyone who dabbled into the realm of spirits as a teenager has probably had a screwdriver. (vodka and orange juice).   My favorite Vodka drinks…

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

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 a citrus juice and some kind of spirit. In…

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

It’s Halloween and that means that it is time for some spooky cocktail recipes.  The leaves are falling, the temperatures are getting colder and the holiday season is approaching again. Where on earth does the time go? This Witches Brew Halloween Cocktail is the perfect way to get your holiday party started. Set the Scene…

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

One of my favorite cocktail recipes is a Classic tequila margarita.  It is one that I choose just about every time that 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…

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

I enjoy experimenting with cocktail recipes. 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. Treat yourself to an An Amaretto Southern Comfort Sour The drink has the almond…

Adult Chocolate Milk – Kahlua, Vodka and Chocolate Milk

Who wants a grown up chocolate milk?

 Kahlua liqueur goes beautifully with chocolate in cocktail recipes.  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! Who wants an adult chocolate milk? Be sure to keep the kids away from this drink and give them their own chocolate…

Kahlua Rumba – Adult Ice Cream Milk Shake

Kahlua rumba

The creamy coffee taste of Kahlua is great for making fun cocktail recipes. The Kahlua Rumba is a milk shade for adults only! But you can make the kiddos their own without the alcohol so they won’t feel left out. Enjoy this Kahlua Rumba as a drink or as a dessert The drink is a nice…

Caribbean Coconut Rum and Pineapple Cocktail.

Caribbean coconut rum cocktail

Cocktail recipes not only taste great, they can also set a mood for your party. 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…

Orange Cream Martini Recipe

top with whip cream and a slice of orange

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

Baileys Irish Cream Mudslide – Chocolate Drink Recipe

Bailey's Irish Cream Mudslide

It’s time for one of my favoiite cocktail recipes.  This drink is in the category of 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 delicious.  This…

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

Everyone has a favorite cocktail recipe that they first tried when dining out at their favorite restaurant.  This Toasted Marshmallow Martini is one that I had for dessert at the Olive Garden.  The Toasted Marshmallow Martini is a sweet and rich cocktail. Every Sunday, I get a night off from cooking.  My husband and I…

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…