Drinks and Cocktails

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…

Grapefruit Cranberry Sea Breeze Cocktail

Grapefruit Cranberry Sea Breeze Cocktail

Grapefruit juice is a great ingredient for many cocktail recipes, and is an excellent citrus to use because it adds a touch of sour to the drinks. This grapefruit cranberry sea breeze cocktail is the perfect drink for a hot summer evening. For another cranberry cocktail that is perfect for Halloween, check out my crow’s…

Spicy Bloody Mary Cocktail

Spciy Bloody Mary

Red cocktail recipes are fun for both Valentine’s day and Christmas.  This one would also be a good choice for Cinco de Mayo. 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…

Lush Berry Bellini Cocktail

Christmas (and Valentine’s day) are great times to bring out the red cocktail recipes.  They are very festive and inviting during the holiday season. This Lush Berry Bellini has a deep red color and lots of fizz for entertaining fun. Make yourself a Lush Berry Bellini Cocktail A bellini is a mixture of sparkling wine and…

Floridora – Refreshing Raspberry and Lime Cocktail

jFloridora Cocktail

Sharing your favorite cocktail recipes with friends is such a fun thing to do. This Floridora Cocktail combines the flavors of raspberry liqueur and lime juice with ginger ale for a refreshing drink. Try a Floridora Cocktail is a refreshing drink sensation. Are you ready to take a virtual vacation trip?  This refreshing cocktail brings…

Cookies & Cream Frozen Coconut Rum Cocktail

This Cookies and Cream Frozen Coconut Rum Cocktail is sort of a cross between a pina colada and a spiked rum dessert.   The cookies and cream ice cream gives it a decadent touch and smokey color. It is the perfect drink to share with friends when you have them over for cocktail recipes. Time for…

Red Cocktails and Drinks – My Favorites

6 Fabulous Red Cocktails

Bloody Mary – Sangria – Strawberry Daiquiri…What do these drinks have in common? They are all cocktail recipes, all red, dramatic and all so delicious. Red Cocktails are the perfect choice for both Valentine’s Day and Christmas. Razzmatazz Red – These Red Cocktails make a Dramatic Statement! With Christmas coming soon, red is the color…

Island Oasis Strawberry Daiquiri

Island Oasis Strawberry Daquiri

I love frozen cocktail recipes. There is nothing like a yummy concoction poured over crushed ice to make you feel as though you are in the tropics.  This Strawberry Daiquiri could not be easier to make and is just delicious. Treat yourself to the tropics with this Strawberry Daiquiri The pretty red color of this drink…

Chocolate Covered Hazelnut Coffee

Chocolate Hazelnut Kahlua cocktail

Any cocktail that combines hazelnut and chocolate is a good one, in my book.  I love them both.  This luscious Chocolate covered hazelnut coffee drink also adds Kahlua to give the drink a coffee flavor that takes the other two flavors to a whole new level. Chocolate Covered Hazelnut Coffee Cocktail – Printable Recipe It…

Home made sweet and sour mix

Sweet and sour mix

There are lots of commercial sweet and sour mixes available for purchase in grocery stores and where liquor is sold. But most of those are too sweet for my liking.  Many drink recipes ask for a sweet and sour mix.  This home made version is perfect for those who don’t want a very sweet mix.…

Favorite Amaretto Cocktails – Almonds at Cocktail Hour!

My Favorite Amaretto Cocktails

I first tasted Amaretto when I lived in Australia.  It was very common to end most meals in a restaurant with a liqueur of some sort. Amaretto soon became one of my favorites. These Amaretto cocktails all use this tasty liqueur as part of the drink. Enjoy the nuttiness of my favorite Amaretto Cocktails. Some…

Hotel Riley Rum Cocktail – Vacation Time!

Hotel riley cocktail

Let’s enjoy another of my delicious tropical rum cocktail recipes!  This one is so, so delicious.  The Hotel Riley Rum cocktail combines vodka, amaretto and coconut rum with the refreshing taste of lime and pineapple juice. Ready for a trip to the tropics?  One sip of this amazing drink will have you thinking that summer…

Toasted Almond Cocktail – Kahlua Amaretto Cream

Kahlua Amaretto Cream Cocktail

Amaretto is one of my favorite liqueurs. The flavor of almonds is just delicious and I use them all the time in recipes for both food and drinks.   This Kahlua Amaretto cream is a great cocktail recipe that is perfect to serve at a cocktail party. This Toasted Kahlua Amaretto cream Cocktail is creamy and…

White Russian Kahlua Cocktail

White Russian Kahlua Cocktail

I love the coffee taste of Kahlua in cocktail recipes.  I’m not a coffee drinker but the smoothness of Kahlua is a great taste sensation.  This White Russian Kahlua cocktail combines that taste with vodka and cream for a great tasting drink. Kahlua Vodka and Cream makes a great White Russian Cocktail. This drink, as…

Dark Russian Kahlua Cocktail

Dark Russina Kahlua cocktail

Here is another of my favorite Kahlua cocktail recipes.  I’m not a coffee drinker but the smoothness of Kahlua is a great taste sensation.  This dark Russian Kahlua cocktail combines that taste with vodka, chocolate milk, and cream for a great tasting drink. Add chocolate to your vodka and Kahlua for a Dark Russian Cocktail…

Cuban Breeze – Amaretto, Vodka & Pineapple Juice

Cuban Breeze

Looking for a refreshing cocktail recipe that gives a tropical feeling when you drink it?  The Cuban Breeze cocktail combines Amaretto, vodka and pineapple juice for a refreshing tropical style drink with just a hint of almonds. Enjoy the taste of Almonds with A Cuban Breeze I first became acquainted with Amaretto when I lived…

Veracruzana Cocktail – Pineapple Basil Tequila

veracruzana cocktail

Hello Summer time and its long evenings!  Perfect for refreshing fruit cocktail recipes. This Veracruzana Cocktail is my drink of the day. The list of ingredients  in it is a reminder of everything we love to help us unwind on a sizzling summer day. Veracruzana Cocktail – Perfect Summer Fruit Drink The recipe combines Patron tequila,…

Malibu Earl Grey Paradise Punch – Refreshing High Ball

Cocktail recipes are so much fun to share with friends. This Malibu Earl Gray Paradise Punch is a great drink to share with friends.  It combines traditional Earl Grey Tea (will Delight your English buddies) and Malibu original rum for a refreshing summer time drink. Malibu Earl Gray Paradise Punch – Great Summer Drink When…

Tom Collins Drink – Refreshing Summer High Ball Cocktail

Looking for some perfect spring or summer time cocktail recipes? The Tom Collins drink is a refreshing gin sour that is an excellent sipper for hot summer evenings.  This recipe uses combination of simple  sugar and lemon juice with gin and club soda. Tom Collins drink – Easy to make High Ball Sour The Tom Collins…

Watermelon Raspberry Lemonade – Not your usual Recipe

Watermelon raspberry lemonade

This recipe for Watermelon Raspberry Lemonade gives a new twist to the old favorite – sans the alcohol of course.  Not sure what my garden would look like if I made the adult version! Spring time…and the drinking is easy with fruit flavored cocktail recipes.  My take on an old tune!  I am a great fan…