The Classic Cosmo

A perfectly balanced cocktail of cranberry juice, a splash of lime, vodka and orange liquor, the Classic Cosmo is one of my favorite ways to celebrate an evening with the girls.

A perfectly balanced cocktail of cranberry juice, a splash of lime, vodka and orange liquor, the Classic Cosmo is one of my favorite ways to celebrate an evening with the girls.

My mom and I have a tradition. Every time we see each other, we have Cosmos, or Cosmopolitans. No matter whose house we are at, I’m the barista – despite the simple recipe, Mom hasn’t always had the best luck, but she’s getting better! Besides, it’s always good for a daughter to cater to her mother every once and a while. 😉

So before Mom comes to visit, I check the bar and make sure I have enough ingredients. The extended family coming? I buy fresh bottles of everything, because some how, I spend the weekend making Cosmos for all of the women in my family. But you know what? I love it and wouldn’t have it any other way.

A perfectly balanced cocktail of cranberry juice, a splash of lime, vodka and orange liquor, the Classic Cosmo is one of my favorite ways to celebrate an evening with the girls.

I’ve been making the same Classic Cosmo for so many years that I don’t even need a recipe any more. It’s actually surprising that I haven’t shared this recipe before, given that I’ve shared other recipes that are a twist on this one (Champagne Cosmos for Christmas and New Years Brunch, Smirnoff Ice Cosmos, Pomegranate Cosmos…). So yeah, I suppose it’s about time I shared this one with you.

Like any good cocktail, there’s a simple formula to learn – and then it’s a piece of cake. Ready?

2:1:1

Two parts cranberry juice, one part high quality vodka, one part orange liquor (the higher quality, the better). And then a splash of lime juice, which you could omit if you’re out. That’s it. Easy right?

A perfectly balanced cocktail of cranberry juice, a splash of lime, vodka and orange liquor, the Classic Cosmo is one of my favorite ways to celebrate an evening with the girls.

But really, this is a forgiving cocktail and I encourage  you to experiment a bit and adjust to your taste.

  • Ratio: I like the above ratio because it’s a bit sweeter, but I know that a lot of people use a 1:1:1 ration – and that’s just too strong for me.
  • The Juice: I’ve used various cranberry juices / juice cocktails before and all come out well. My preference is actually pure, unsweetened cranberry juice, which is not quite as sweet as the cranberry juice cocktail that is pictured above. But not going to lie, I like having those little bottles around  when I’m not entertaining and want to indulge in a drink myself. Ditto the lime juice – fresh is best, but I’m not opposed to using a little squirt of the bottled or skipping it all together if I don’t have any in the house.
  • The Liquor: Here’s where I’m a bit of a snob – you can use any high quality vodka, but I almost always use Gray Goose. Where I will switch things up a bit is the orange liquor. Grand Marnier is my go-to, but if I have Cointreau or even Triple Sec in the house, I’ll use those too.

A perfectly balanced cocktail of cranberry juice, a splash of lime, vodka and orange liquor, the Classic Cosmo is one of my favorite ways to celebrate an evening with the girls.

And because today happens to be National Martini Day, my blogging friends and I have a few more Martini recipes to share with you – some more traditional and some more fun and unique. Check them out:

 

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A perfectly balanced cocktail of cranberry juice, a splash of lime, vodka and orange liquor, the Classic Cosmo is one of my favorite ways to celebrate an evening with the girls.

The Classic Cosmo

A perfectly balanced cocktail of cranberry juice, a splash of lime, vodka and orange liquor, the Classic Cosmo is one of my favorite ways to celebrate an evening with the girls.

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 260 kcal
Author Liz

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz. good quality vodka
  • 1 1/2 oz. Grand Marnier
  • 3 oz. cranberry juice
  • splash of lime juice
  • lime wedges or slices, for garnish optional

Instructions

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add vodka, Grand Marnier, cranberry juice, and lime juice. Shake well for 10 seconds, until cocktail is chilled. Pour, straining out the ice, into martini glass. Serve immediately.

Blackberry Tequila Cooler

A make ahead cocktail to serve a crowd, this Blackberry Tequila Cooler combines sweet blackberries, tart lime, and bubbly wine for a light and refreshing summer cocktail.

A make ahead cocktail to serve a crowd, this Blackberry Tequila Cooler combines sweet blackberries, tart lime, and bubbly wine for a light and refreshing summer cocktail.

I had planned on saving this post to share for later this summer, during Farmer’s Market Week, but life got in the way and I wasn’t able to make the recipe I had planned for this week. I’m trying really hard to stick to an editorial calendar – cooking, reading, and blogging in a way that gives you a good assortment of posts while simultaneously allowing me to get ahead a bit and not be flailing from week to week.

I’ve been doing pretty good so far – at least on the getting ahead front. But I’m still mostly drafting posts week-to-week, while I prep for some bigger events coming up (Summer Desserts Week! Farmer’s Market Week! and before you know it, it’ll be fall and I’ll be all about apples and squash and cranberries). Coupled with my daughter giving me her cooties this week and my husband being away, life just didn’t work out as planned.

A make ahead cocktail to serve a crowd, this Blackberry Tequila Cooler combines sweet blackberries, tart lime, and bubbly wine for a light and refreshing summer cocktail.

But that’s ok. I had a great week, even with a sore throat, frog-like voice and sniffles. My mom came to visit. We went strawberry picking and then made 6 batches of our favorite strawberry jam. She also made a quick batch of my grandma’s bread and butter pickles, as I had received more cucumbers from my local CSA than I knew what to do with. She left at the same time as my husband so I flew solo for the week.

Apart from working one day, I actually had a super productive week. I got a pesto made, photographed, and stashed in the freezer. I made a mini-muffin version of this Chocolate Zucchini Bread for the kid’s lunchboxes (although I call it Chocolate Cake, so that they don’t reject it before tasting it). And I’ve spend a lot of time picking up the piles of stuff that have accumulated all over the house, over the past couple of months – thanks to several generous sponsors and near constant travel throughout the spring. Yes, I’m feeling pretty good.

A make ahead cocktail to serve a crowd, this Blackberry Tequila Cooler combines sweet blackberries, tart lime, and bubbly wine for a light and refreshing summer cocktail.

Now if only I could relax this evening, after a busy week, with a glass of this Blackberry Tequila Cooler. I made this recipe a few weeks ago when we had friends over, and it was a bright, tart cocktail that was super refreshing in the hot afternoon sun. I really liked that it could be made before guests arrived, and then stashed in the fridge for easy serving.

Despite the times noted below, I did keep the tequila mixture – in the fridge, and enjoyed it over the course of a couple of days, just giving a quick stir and topping with the sparkling wine just before serving.

A make ahead cocktail to serve a crowd, this Blackberry Tequila Cooler combines sweet blackberries, tart lime, and bubbly wine for a light and refreshing summer cocktail.

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A make ahead cocktail to serve a crowd, this Blackberry Tequila Cooler combines sweet blackberries, tart lime, and bubbly wine for a light and refreshing summer cocktail.

Blackberry Tequila Cooler

A make ahead cocktail to serve a crowd, this Blackberry Tequila Cooler combines sweet blackberries, tart lime, and bubbly wine for a light and refreshing summer cocktail.

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Refrigerate 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 323 kcal
Author Liz

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 c. granulated sugar OR 1 c. simple syrup
  • 8 sprigs fresh mint more for garnish, if desired
  • 5 oz. fresh blackberries (about 1 cup)
  • 2 c. fresh lime juice (from about 16 limes)
  • 8 dashes angostura bitters
  • 1 1/2 c. chilled reposado tequila
  • 2 c. dry sparkling wine chilled
  • Optional Garnishes: addition springs of mint, slices of lime, etc.

Instructions

Make the Simple Syrup:

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine sugar with 1 cup of cold water. Heat, stirring frequently until sugar dissolves. Cook for 3 minutes, before removing from heat and allowing to cool, about 5 minutes.

Make the Blackberry-Mint Syrup:

  1. In a blender, combine 1 c. simple syrup, leaves from mint sprigs, and blackberries. Puree until smooth.

  2. Using a fine mesh sieve, strain mixture into a bowl or glass, pressing down with a rubber spatula to get as much of the syrup as possible, about 1 cup. Refrigerate until cold - at least 1 hour, but as long as 3 days.

  3. Next, transfer blackberry syrup to a large glass serving pitcher. Add bitters, tequila, and 1 1/2 c. cold water to the pitcher and stir. If serving immediately, proceed to the next step. Otherwise, the cocktail can be returned to the fridge for up to another day.

  4. Add lime juice to pitcher and stir to combine. If serving immediately, proceed to the next step. Otherwise, the cocktail can be returned to the fridge for up to 2 more hours.

  5. Serve: Stir cocktail mixture before pouring about 5 oz. of mixture into a glass filled halfway with ice. Top with 3-4 oz. sparkling wine. Garnish with additional springs of mint or slices of lime, if desired, and serve immediately.

This recipe was adapted from Rachel Ray Every Day, June 2019 (p 47).

A make ahead cocktail to serve a crowd, this Blackberry Tequila Cooler combines sweet blackberries, tart lime, and bubbly wine for a light and refreshing summer cocktail.

Pimm’s Iced Tea #BrunchWeek

Unsweetened black tea is chilled and sweetened with Pimm’s liquor and a little agave. With a splash of lemon juice and a wedge of your favorite citrus, this Pimm’s Iced Tea is a sweet cocktail lovely for brunch or a warm afternoon sitting on the porch.

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #BrunchWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #Brunchweek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Unsweetened black tea is chilled and sweetened with Pimm's liquor and a little agave. With a splash of lemon juice and a wedge of your favorite citrus, this Pimm's Iced Tea is a sweet cocktail lovely for brunch or a warm afternoon sitting on the porch.

Welcome to Day 5 of #BrunchWeek, hosted by Terri of Love and Confections and Christie of A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures. If you’re just tuning in now, be sure to check out my earlier posts. On day 1 I shared a recipe for an indulgent Cinnamon Roll Cake as well as the details about our sponsors and the prizes that you can win. On day 2 <add link> I shared a recipe for Cheddar Apple Bacon Quesadillas.

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Unsweetened black tea is chilled and sweetened with Pimm's liquor and a little agave. With a splash of lemon juice and a wedge of your favorite citrus, this Pimm's Iced Tea is a sweet cocktail lovely for brunch or a warm afternoon sitting on the porch.

Today- my last recipe this week – is about brunch beverages.

Do you have a go-to drink that you make or order when you’re serving or going out for brunch?

I’ve usually had my cup or two of coffee by the time I make it to brunch, so for me, I rarely have coffee with brunch. If I’m celebrating a holiday or a special event in someone’s life, I usually make or order some sort of bubbly cocktail. Mimosas are traditional (and I always have the ingredients for those) but at home, I love to change it up with a 2-ingredient Sparkling Pamplemousse or a Champagne Cosmo.

When I go out for brunch, I tend to be a bit more boring. I usually stick with water or if I’m feeling like something different or I need a little more caffeine, unsweetened iced tea or an Arnold Palmer.

Unsweetened black tea is chilled and sweetened with Pimm's liquor and a little agave. With a splash of lemon juice and a wedge of your favorite citrus, this Pimm's Iced Tea is a sweet cocktail lovely for brunch or a warm afternoon sitting on the porch.

I don’t frequently have iced tea at home. I’ll go through a kick where I’ll make it and drink a whole lot of it for a week but I’m usually the only one that will drink it. I prefer my iced tea unsweetened, maybe with a lemon wedge. My southern-born husband likes his tea sweet, so sweet that even watered down, I can’t drink it.

This Pimm’s Iced Tea is a fun mix that both of us will enjoy. Made with unsweetened tea, the cocktail is spiked and sweetened with Pimm’s liquor and a little agave, giving it not only a slightly sweet taste but a lovely flavor. Use your favorite homemade or store-bought black iced tea, and adjust Pimm’s, agave, and lemon to taste. Quick, simple, and a bright accompaniment to your next brunch. Or, even better, sweet treat to enjoy during spring afternoon sunshines.

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Unsweetened black tea is chilled and sweetened with Pimm's liquor and a little agave. With a splash of lemon juice and a wedge of your favorite citrus, this Pimm's Iced Tea is a sweet cocktail lovely for brunch or a warm afternoon sitting on the porch.

Pimm's Iced Tea

Unsweetened black tea is chilled and sweetened with Pimm's liquor and a little agave. With a splash of lemon juice and a wedge of your favorite citrus, this Pimm's Iced Tea is a sweet cocktail lovely for brunch or a warm afternoon sitting on the porch.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 190 kcal
Author Liz

Ingredients

  • 3 oz. Pimm's liquor
  • 1 Tbs. agave
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 6 oz. unsweetened black iced tea
  • Lemon or orange wedge for garnish optional

Instructions

  1. In a larger (12-oz.) highball glass or standard drinking glass, stir together Pimm's, agave and lemon juice. Add about 1/2 cup of ice. Top with iced tea. Gently stir and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

This recipe is intended for individuals ages 21 & up. Please drink responsibly.

This recipe was adapted from Food & Wine.

Unsweetened black tea is chilled and sweetened with Pimm's liquor and a little agave. With a splash of lemon juice and a wedge of your favorite citrus, this Pimm's Iced Tea is a sweet cocktail lovely for brunch or a warm afternoon sitting on the porch.

Take a look at what the #BrunchWeek Bloggers are creating today!

BrunchWeek Beverages:
Maple Bacon Old Fashioned from The Spiffy Cookie
Pimm’s Iced Tea from Books n’ Cooks
Sparkling Strawberry Peach Punch from For the Love of Food
Spicy Bloody Mary from Sweet Beginnings
Starbucks Copycat Chai Tea Latte from Snacks and Sips
Strawberry St Germain Gin and Tonic from Caroline’s Cooking
Triple Orange Julius from The Crumby Kitchen
Watermelon Fizz Cocktail from Who Needs A Cape?

BrunchWeek Appetizers and Salads:
Breakfast Nachos from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Cheddar Cheese Bites from Family Around the Table

BrunchWeek Egg Dishes:
Amish Breakfast Casserole from Platter Talk
Cheesy Poblano Frittata from Shockingly Delicious

BrunchWeek Breads, Grains, and Pastries:
Berry Baked Oatmeal from Kate’s Recipe Box
Galaxy Donuts from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Vegan Mango Peach Toaster Pastries from The Baking Fairy
Waffle Casserole with Maple Sausage from Karen’s Kitchen Stories

BrunchWeek Fruits, Vegetables and Sides:
Bacon and Cheese Loaded Hashbrown Waffles from Big Bear’s Wife

BrunchWeek Desserts:
Brunch Cake from April Golightly
Cream Cheese Coffee Cake from PasstheSushi
Lavender Mimosa Cupcakes from Strawberry Blondie Kitchen
Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes from Cookaholic Wife
Peachy Keen Buttercream from Cooking With Carlee
Raspberry Lemon Cake from The Redhead Baker
Salted Caramel Blondie Trifles from Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizza from Hardly A Goddess

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Disclaimer:

This recipe is intended for individuals ages 21 & up. Please drink responsibly.

Thank you to #BrunchWeek Sponsors: Dixie Crystals, Cabot Cheese, Joyjolt, Sweets & Treats, Torani, Sarcastic Cooking, Dessert for Two, Sweet Phi, and The Little Ferraro Kitchen for providing the prizes free of charge. These companies also provided the bloggers with samples and product to use for #BrunchWeek recipes. All opinions are my own. The #BrunchWeek giveaway is open to U.S. residents, age 18 & up. All entries for the winner will be checked and verified. By entering you give the right to use your name and likeness. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. Six (6) winners will be selected. The prize packages will be sent directly from the giveaway sponsors. Winners have 48 hours to respond once chosen, or they forfeit the prize and another winner(s) will be chosen. The #BrunchWeek Bloggers are not responsible for the fulfillment or delivery of the prize packages. Bloggers hosting this giveaway and their immediate family members in their household cannot enter or win the giveaway. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or any other social channel mentioned in the #Brunchweek posts or entry.

Strawberry Raspberry Smoothie

Fruit, yogurt and milk make this 5-minute, 4-ingredient Strawberry Raspberry Smoothie a filling but healthy breakfast or snack. 

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #SpringSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to help in the creation of the #SpringSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Fruit, yogurt and milk make this 5-minute, 4-ingredient Strawberry Raspberry Smoothie a filling but healthy breakfast or snack. 

Get ready to ditch your hats, coats, and snow boots and get ready for some delicious sweet treats like cupcakes, cookies, sweet breads, and cocktails!

Welcome to #SpringSweetsWeek 2019 hosted by Heather from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures! What better way to celebrate the coming of spring than with food and a fun giveaway? This week, 30 bloggers from around the country have come together to share over 100 sweet recipes perfect for spring. Our #SpringSweetsWeek sponsors – Swiss Diamond, Dixie Crystals, Nancy’s Yogurt, Sprinkle Pop, Adams Extracts, Barleans, Melissa’s Produce, and PEEPS® – are helping us give away some great prizes. Big thanks to them for their generosity! We have an incredible giveaway below the recipe and would love if you would take a moment to read about it and what you can win!

Fruit, yogurt and milk make this 5-minute, 4-ingredient Strawberry Raspberry Smoothie a filling but healthy breakfast or snack. 

So yes, you have a week of sweet treats – sorry, not sorry. But don’t worry – I’m kicking the week off with something sweet AND HEALTHY! A smoothie – ideal for busy weekday mornings for breakfast or for a sweet but healthy snack.

I’m no stranger to smoothies – my husband and I make them a few times a week, but I had never blogged them before because I don’t have a real recipe that I follow. It’s more of a formula.

Fruit, yogurt and milk make this 5-minute, 4-ingredient Strawberry Raspberry Smoothie a filling but healthy breakfast or snack. 

So taking this formula, you not only get the Strawberry-Raspberry Smoothie recipe below, but hundreds of tasty variations. Ready for it? Here we go:

  • 1 – 1 1/2 c. frozen fruit – berries, mango, peaches and pineapple are my favorites. I always use frozen fruit because I like the thicker consistency. Buy prefrozen bags or freeze your own (which we do after berry picking, or when we’re unable to use up our fresh fruit, to avoid having to throw it out)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 c. yogurt – Greek yogurt is my preferred, because of the protein boost but today, I wanted to use Nancy’s Yogurt – a natural yogurt that is made from only milk, honey, yogurt cultures and probiotic cultures. They’ve got the clearest ingredient list that I’ve ever seen – I seriously LOVED how easy that label was to read, and how I knew or could identify all of the ingredients. Bonus? The family owned company practices sustainable farming, which makes me like them even more!
  • 1/2 c. milk – to thin out the smoothie and to add the extra calcium.

Fruit, yogurt and milk make this 5-minute, 4-ingredient Strawberry Raspberry Smoothie a filling but healthy breakfast or snack. 
The recipe is just below, but I want to remind you one more time to check out #SpringSweetsWeek. You can follow the hashtag on social media to make things easy for you. (Prize descriptions and rafflecopter were removed a year after the contest closes, for better reader experience.)

So, without further ado, here are today’s #SpringSweetsWeek recipes:

Fruit, yogurt and milk make this 5-minute, 4-ingredient Strawberry Raspberry Smoothie a filling but healthy breakfast or snack. 

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Fruit, yogurt and milk make this 5-minute Strawberry Raspberry Smoothie a filling but healthy breakfast or snack. 

Strawberry-Raspberry Smoothie

Fruit, yogurt and milk make this 5-minute, 4-ingredient Strawberry Raspberry Smoothie a filling but healthy breakfast or snack. 

Course Breakfast, Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 174 kcal
Author Liz

Ingredients

  • 1 c. frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 c. frozen raspberries
  • 1/4 c. Nancy's whole milk yogurt
  • 1/2 c. low-fat milk

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition calculated using Nancy's whole milk yogurt and low-fat milk. Using a different brand and fat percentage will change the nutrition info.

A Books n’ Cooks original recipe.

Fruit, @nancysyogurt and milk make this 5-minute, 4-ingredient Strawberry Raspberry Smoothie a filling but healthy breakfast or snack. #SpringSweetsWeek  

Prize descriptions and rafflecopter were removed a year after the contest closes, for better reader experience.

Thank you #SpringSweetsWeek Sponsors: Dixie Crystals, Swiss Diamond Cookware, Nancy’s Yogurt, Barlean’s, Sprinkle Pop, PEEPS, Melissa’s Produce, andAdams Extract for providing the prizes free of charge. These companies also provided the bloggers with samples and product to use for #SpringSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are my own. The #SpringSweetsWeek giveaway is open to residents of the United States who are 18 years of age or older.   All entries for the winner will be checked and verified. By entering you give the right to use your name and likeness. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. Six (6) winners will be selected. The prize packages will be sent directly from the giveaway sponsors. The #SpringSweetsWeek Bloggers are not responsible for the fulfillment or delivery of the prize packages. Bloggers hosting this giveaway and their immediate family members in their household cannot enter or win the giveaway. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or any other social channel mentioned in the #SpringSweetsWeek posts or entry.