Frozen Mango Margarita

Frozen Mango Margarita from Ellie Krieger at Food Network.Frozen Mango Margarita; Ellie Krieger

Warm weather will arrive, eventually, and when it does, I’m going to whip up this frothy, fruity, high-antioxidant, low-sugar concoction, grab a good book, find a shady spot, prop up my feet and sip away. When you follow the recipe link (up there),  don’t forget to check out the video.

Tip: If you don’t have superfine sugar, just put some sugar in a food processor and spine it around a few times. Voilà, you have super-fine sugar.


shooters all grown up

Lemon Drop

These ain’t your grandma’s shooters. Replacing the vodka with some surprising ingredients and the dixie cups with fanciful molds gives these shooters a delightful combination of whimsy and sophistication. No longer just for the frat house, shooters have outgrown their togas and moved to the grownup’s table.

Sound Smart at the Party

Shooters originated in Parisian haute cuisine in the early 1800s. Napoleon Bonaparte’s chef recorded the first known recipe for Orange-Flower and Pink Champagne Jelly.


Strawberry Margarita Jello Shooters


Blueberry Martini


The Bramble (Blackberry Gin Sour)


Watermelon Shooter

Get more shooter recipes here [10 Jello Shots Worth the Hangover]


Cranberry Cosmopolitan

I’m a little late with this offering, but, as my father always says, “You’re never late till you’re too late.” I guess cranberry says Thanksgiving/Christmas or bladder infection, and you can get a bladder infection any time of year. So, I’m going with this. It’s billed as a “healthy” holiday cocktail – if that makes you feel any better. So, here’s a recipe for a Cranberry Cosmopolitan.

Cranberry Cosmopolitan

(From Cooking Light 2004)

Place crushed ice in a martini shaker.  Add 1/2 cup Cranberry Liqueur, 1/4 cup Cointreau, and 2 Tablespoons lime juice; strain into martini glasses.  Yield:  2 cocktails. (1 for some people)

Wish I’d come up with this before the holidays. Sorry. Keep it in mind for next year or the next time you have a bladder infection. I have it on good authority that it’s excellent.

…and a partridge in a pear tree…

I found a new blog, y’all, and it looks like a fun place ~ The Fab Life of a Housewife. Fun name, huh? And what could be more fun than a new cocktail for the holiday season? Pretty and festive, it has a little sprig of rosemary for the tree and pear vodka for the pear. Cute much? Um… I don’t know about the partridge. Anyway, it sounds good. A splash of Champagne on top makes it all holiday all the time. Asti Spumante works for me. I’d order it just so I could say the name. Pssst…. and don’t forget that designated driver – this time of year and always.

Partridge in a Pear Tree

  • 1½ oz pear vodka
  • ½ oz lemon juice
  • ½ oz simple syrup ( agave nectar can be used instead)
  • Champagne
  • Rosemary, cut into 1½ inch sprigs