Cranberry Apple Moscow Mules!

 

Cranberry Apple Moscow Mules

 

Back in the summer I posted a delicious drink called the Kentucky Mule.  This new beverage has been modified to give it a bit more of a Fall feel!  We have a fridge full of apples from our U-Pick adventures and a bunch of fresh cranberries so I figured why not play around and make a yummy Autumn version of this cocktail!?  Introducing the Cranberry Apple Moscow Mule 🙂

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 Ginger beer
  • 4 oz. Vodka
  • 1/4 cup of Cranberry or Cranberry Apple juice
  • Ice
  • Fresh apples, cranberries & lime for garnish

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Directions:

Fill mule mug (or glass) with ice

Add vodka & your choice of cranberry juice

Pour in your favourite ginger beer

Squeeze fresh lime juice & mix

Garnish with fresh apples & cranberries

Enjoy!

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Not only are these Moscow Mules delicious, but the red and green make it a perfect Christmas cocktail!

Do you have any favourite Fall & Winter cocktails to share? I would love to hear about them!

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

Lunch at the Winery!

What better thing to do on a beautiful Friday afternoon then have a delicious lunch with a couple of my best girlfriends at one of our local wineries?! Maybe follow that lunch up with a wine tasting? Sounds like a plan!  That is exactly what I was fortunate enough to do a few weeks back and it was fabulous.  My two girlfriends and I met up at the Bacchus Bistro at the Chaberton Estate Winery.  We sat out on their lovely little back patio in the sunshine with a glass of wine and a light lunch.  When we finished up our meals we unanimously decided that we were not finished visiting yet and should probably stroll over to the wine shop and do a quick tasting ;))

For the wine tasting you get to choose from 4 of their available offered monthly selections for a fee of $5.00.  Upon purchase of a bottle, the fee is waived.  I am a fan of sweeter white wines and their Reserve Siegerrebe is one of my favourites!  Quite honestly, I enjoy most of their wines.  Let’s just say I have yet to pay the tasting fee on any of my visits as I tend to leave with a few bottles in hand!  Chaberton is one of my favourite local spots to go.

I have a couple more wineries close to home that I plan to visit before the summer is over… Stay tuned!

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If you have any favourite sweeter whites or Rosés to suggest to me, I am always looking for new favourite wines!

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

Mixing up a Kentucky Mule!

My husband recently returned from a work trip.  When I asked what the best part of his trip was, he told me that it was being introduced to the Kentucky Mule… not exactly the response I was expecting!  I thought he might actually mention something work related… lol!  Neither of us had heard of this drink before.  A Kentucky Mule is a take on the popular and delicious Moscow Mule which I was already well acquainted with ;))  It is a super refreshing drink that consists of ginger beer, lime, mint and vodka.  To switch it from a Moscow to a Kentucky, all you have to do is substitute Bourbon for Vodka.

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Ingredients:

  • Ginger beer
  • Lime
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Bourbon (it’s a Kentucky Mule after all)
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Directions:

Throw some mint leaves and 1/2 of a lime into a shaker and muddle together

Add ice, along with 1 oz to 1 1/2 oz of bourbon, then give a good shake to mix all those flavours together

Pour into a copper mug

Add 4 to 5 oz of your favourite chilled ginger beer

Garnish with a few mint leaves and a lime wedge

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Hopefully you have a chance to enjoy this delicious & refreshing drink this summer!

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Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

How to Make Easy & Delicious Frosé

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Last summer while I was pregnant with my second baby, it felt like all of my girlfriends spent the sunny nights sitting on patios drinking delicious, boozy cocktails right in front of me! OK, they weren’t actually that cruel to do it intentionally, but flipping through Instagram while I was 8 months along taking solace next to my air conditioner at home it sure felt like it… lol! So you know what I am going to be doing on the hot summer nights this year? Drink delicious, boozy cocktails on patios… yippee!!!!!! This being said, I am still a mother to three young children, so I most likely will not be out drinking these delicious concoctions on restaurant patios, but on my own deck at home after my precious babes are in bed.  This is where my new favourite cocktail comes into play… Frosé! (also knows as Frozen Rosé.)  This yummy drink is super easy to make and requires very few ingredients.  It does require a bit of pre planning in that you have to freeze your wine the night before.. or at least the morning of.  I am a rosé lover so this particular cocktail is right up my alley!  I have seen a few different recommended ways to make this beautiful, pink adult slushy and have experimented and tweaked it to my personal preference below…

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Ingredients:

  • 1 750 ml bottle of Rosé wine (remember, the colour will lighten during the freezing process so I prefer to choose a bottle that is a darker pink to start)
  • 1 oz of Vodka
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 cup of strawberries
  • 1 oz of lemon juice

Directions:

Pour rosé into ice cube trays (I have also seen it frozen in a ziplock bag, I personally prefer the ice cube route) & place in the freezer overnight (or for at least 8 hours)

  • Combine water & sugar in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil & stir until sugar has dissolved
  • Add strawberries to the water/ sugar mix & place in fridge to cool for at least 30 minutes
  • Once cooled, strain the strawberry mixture to make your strawberry simple syrup
  • Place frozen rosé, vodka & 6-8 tablespoons of your simple syrup & lemon juice into a blender & mix until smooth
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Ta-da! Now it’s time to enjoy your pretty pink, delicious adult slushy!  This drink is seriously so yummy & surprisingly, not overly sweet :)) Pour into your favourite cocktail glasses & if you feel like jazzing them up, garnish with some strawberries, a mint leaf or a sparkly sugared rim!

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While I was experimenting with this recipe I also had raspberries on hand so I tried a simple syrup made with them instead of strawberries, it was also delicious.  I plan to play around with other fruit combinations this summer so I will keep you posted :))

I would love suggestions for other yummy summer cocktails if you want to leave me a note below!

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx