Celebrate the New Year with this St-Germain Champagne Cocktail

Looking for a festive Champagne Cocktail for New Years Eve? Then give this St-Germain Champagne Cocktail a try. It is delicious and looks elegant with the fragrant lavender sprigs and petals dancing in the champagne.  St-Germain is a liquere made in the artisanal French manner from freshly hand-picked elderflower blossoms.  The bottle is a beautiful artdeco style glass and looks well alongside a vase of lavender. Come back tomorrow for a easy to make nibble to pair with your cocktails.  Cheers!

 

Lifestyle Blogger, Ridgely Brode, Celebrates the New Year with this St-Germain Champagne Cocktail on her blog Ridgely's Radar

 

Lifestyle Blogger, Ridgely Brode, Celebrates the New Year with this St-Germain Champagne Cocktail on her blog Ridgely's Radar

 

Lifestyle Blogger, Ridgely Brode, Celebrates the New Year with this St-Germain Champagne Cocktail on her blog Ridgely's Radar

 

Lifestyle Blogger, Ridgely Brode, Celebrates the New Year with this St-Germain Champagne Cocktail on her blog Ridgely's Radar

 

Lifestyle Blogger, Ridgely Brode, Celebrates the New Year with this St-Germain Champagne Cocktail on her blog Ridgely's Radar

 

Lifestyle Blogger, Ridgely Brode, Celebrates the New Year with this St-Germain Champagne Cocktail on her blog Ridgely's Radar

 

Lifestyle Blogger, Ridgely Brode, Celebrates the New Year with this St-Germain Champagne Cocktail on her blog Ridgely's Radar

 

St-Germain Champagne Cocktail
 
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Ingredients
  • 1½ ounces St- Germain
  • 4 ounces Champagne or Prosecco
  • 1 ounce club soda
  • Dried Lavender sprigs and petals
Instructions
  1. Pour St-Germain into a Champagne flute.
  2. Top with Champagne and club soda.
  3. Add a Lavender Sprig and petals
  4. Serve

 

Lifestyle Blogger, Ridgely Brode, Celebrates the New Year with this St-Germain Champagne Cocktail on her blog Ridgely's Radar

 

Lifestyle Blogger, Ridgely Brode, Celebrates the New Year with this St-Germain Champagne Cocktail on her blog Ridgely's Radar

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Large Ice Cube Trays

I love my hot coffee, but when the temperature starts to climb I like to switch to ice coffee.  I recently started pouring the extra coffee from each mornings pot into my new large ice cub trays and freezing them.  Because the size of the cubes are much bigger, it takes longer to really freeze the squares, so plan ahead and be prepared to wait for them to harden.  This weekend I had my first iced coffee with the coffee ice cubes. I made an extra pot of coffee and let it come to room temperature, then poured it over two cubes, added some milk and settled down to enjoy it with a new book.  It was divine!  The coffee cubes did not water down my drink but added to the intense coffee flavor. If only I had a hammock, with a table near by to rest my glass, and then it would have been the perfect afternoon delight…

Ridgely Brode discovers extra large ice trays to pour her leftover coffee into to make delicious ice coffee on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode discovers extra large ice trays to pour her leftover coffee into to make delicious ice coffee on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode discovers extra large ice trays to pour her leftover coffee into to make delicious ice coffee on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode discovers extra large ice trays to pour her leftover coffee into to make delicious ice coffee on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode discovers extra large ice trays to pour her leftover coffee into to make delicious ice coffee on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode discovers extra large ice trays to pour her leftover coffee into to make delicious ice coffee on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode discovers extra large ice trays to pour her leftover coffee into to make delicious ice coffee on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode discovers extra large ice trays to pour her leftover coffee into to make delicious ice coffee on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode discovers extra large ice trays to pour her leftover coffee into to make delicious ice coffee on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

to buy: Large Ice Cube Trays   /  Juliska Glasses / The Lake House by Kate Morton  /  Eyebobs cat eye readers

Lisa’s Pineapple Mandarin Cocktail

To celebrate Labor Day Weekend we took a picnic to the beach and had cocktails overlooking the water at sunset.  Lisa made a delicious Pineapple Mandarine Cocktail that was refreshing, fruity and a really nice change from the rosé we have been drinking all summer.  So yummy and I highly recommend making a pitcher for your next get together or just because you want to have a little something special to drink! Cheers!

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3 cups Ginger Ale (I used Diet)
4 cups Pineapple Juice (I used canned)
1/2 cup Mandarin juice (I used drained juice from 1 can)
Vodka (about 1.4oz / drink) – I used Tito’s
1 Lemon, juiced
1 Lime, juiced
orange wheels for garnish
Don’t forget the ice!

 

Lisa's Pineapple Mandarin Cocktail
 
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This is a deliciously refreshing and fruity cocktail
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Recipe type: Cocktail
Serves: 8-10
Ingredients
  • 3 cups Ginger Ale (I used Diet)
  • 4 cups Pineapple Juice (I used canned)
  • ½ cup Mandarin juice (I used drained juice from 1 can)
  • Vodka (about 1.4oz / drink) - I used Tito's
  • 1 Lemon, juiced
  • 1 Lime, juiced
  • orange wheels for garnish
  • Don't forget the ice!
Instructions
  1. Combine Ginger Ale and juices in a pitcher.
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, desired vodka and fruit mixture
  3. Shake with lid until frothy and combined
  4. Pour over glass filled with ice
  5. Garnish with a wheel of orange

 

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Frozen Watermelon Margaritas!

Last weekend I bought one of those really big watermelons and then realized it wouldn’t fit in my refrigerator.  I cut it up into bite size cubes, put it in a bowl in the fridge and went to the internet to find a few recipes.  It was hot and what caught my eye was Frozen Watermelon Margaritas. They look good, they taste good and they used up some of my watermelon!  I liked how the recipe calls for you to freeze the watermelon cubes until you are ready to use them. Great tip!  Watermelon can be a little bland so be sure you have one that is ripe and tasty to start out or you will not be happy.  I garnished ours with fresh mint. Cheers!

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recipe: Frozen Watermelon Margaritas

 

Coffee Time – Father’s Day

We are breaking out the drinks for Coffee Time today!  Well, not this morning, but certainly this afternoon.  With a big patch of fresh mint in my garden and a husband who loves Southsides.  I thought what better time to start sipping a Summer favorite.  To celebrate Father’s Day join me in making a delicious, refreshing cocktail for our favorite Dads!

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Southsides
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For 6 servings in Old Fashioned (Lowball) glasses
~ Ingredients ~
– 2 Cups Sweet and Sour Mix:
    1/2 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Water
1/2 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice (juice of about 2 lemons)
1/2 Cup Fresh Lime Juice (juice of about 4 limes)
Melt sugar in water in a small saucepan on stove to making sugar syrup, cool to room temperature.
    Juice lemons and limes.  Combine syrup and juices, refrigerate.
– 12 oz of either light or dark Rum, vodka or gin (we chose light rum)
– 12 Sprigs fresh mint
– Slices of fresh lime for garnish and mixing
– Ice
– Club Soda
6 Old Fashioned glasses
~ Directions ~
1. Makes 3 servings: combine 1 cup Sweet and Sour mix, 6 oz liquor, 3 sprigs mint , 3 slices of lime and ice in Mason Jar Cocktail Shaker.  Shake well.
2. Fill 3 glasses with ice.  Pour cocktail mixture 3/4 the way up in the glass, top with club soda and garnish with a sprig of mint and lime slice. Repeat for remaining 2 glasses.
3. Make second 3 servings: Fill the Mason Jar with remaining cup of sweet sour mix, 6 oz liquor, more ice and mint, limes to taste. Fill glasses as above.
Cheers!
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