Bourbon Spritzer Recipe + Game Day Essentials

This post has been sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

If you’re looking for a new cocktail that feels special but is simple to make, then this bourbon spritzer is for you my friend.

Bourbon spritzer recipe

This bourbon spritzer is just the ticket for your next football-watching Sunday. In our house, game day is an excuse to entertain and visit with friends and family while watching football. I’ll admit, I’m not that excited about the game itself … but I DO love any reason to gather with friends and enjoy some delicious drinks and snacks.

Sam’s Club is definitely the one-stop shop for all of my game day entertaining needs. From drinks to snacks, you can get it all there (we even purchased our TV from Sam’s Club recently!). Sam’s Club truly is game time’s favorite teammate!

Bourbon Spritzer Recipe

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I like to put together new cocktails to pair with our snacks (aka typically pizza). Member’s Mark Take & Bake Pizzas are my go-to snack to serve a crowd. (I mean who doesn’t love a good pizza, right?) They’re all really tasty, but my favorite is the Member’s Mark 16” Take &Bake Sausage Pizza. Pick up a couple different types. I like to put them in the oven throughout the game so that there’s a steady flow of warm pizza. Visit your local Sam’s Club and pick up some tasty game day bites for yourself!

Bourbon Spritzer Recipe

This cocktail I served is something I’ve never made before but a recipe that’s definitely going to make a reappearance soon. It’s a bourbon spritzer made with Coca-Cola®. I loved that it was simple to make but really felt like something unique and special.

how to make a bourbon spritzer

First, you start by smashing a couple blackberries into the bottom of a glass. I just do this with the back of a spoon and it works great. If you have a fancy tool for this, go ahead and use that.

A simple bourbon spritzer

Next, add 1.5 ounces of your favorite Bourbon. I never really thought I liked bourbon until a recent trip to Kentucky. I had several bourbon cocktails there which inspired me to come up with one of my own. I love the idea of using a favorite staple like Coca-Cola®, but mixing in unexpected ingredients like blackberries and thyme.

Make a bourbon spritzer cocktail

After the bourbon, fill your glass with Coca-Cola®. Make sure it’s nice and chilled so you don’t have to use ice (you can use ice, but I prefer not to). You can also freeze a couple blackberries to toss in which will keep the drinks cold.

Easy bourbon spritzer

Last, add a thin lemon slice, a sprig of thyme, and another blackberry for garnish. The flavors all combine to make the most delicious bourbon spritzer.

How to make a bourbon spritzer

Serve up your freshly baked pizza alongside this cocktail and guests will be cheering for you alongside their favorite team! I like to make a drink station so guests can get their own refills. And pizza is always set out on a big platter for optimal grazing during the game.

What do you think? Will you try a bourbon spritzer during the next game day party you host?

For all of your game day essentials, shop Sam’s Club here.

A Cozy Winter Gift Basket

This post is sponsored by duraflame® 

One of my favorite things about the winter months is that on cold days you have I perfect excuse to stay indoors and just hang out with my family. We don’t have too many of those days here in southern CA so when it happens, I’m ALL IN. Staying cozy and enjoying some family time is my favorite way to enjoy a cold day. And to make sure we’re ready when the rare cold day happens, I put together a cozy winter gift basket for my family.

This winter gift basket is perfect to have on hand for a cozy winter day indoors. Or, it makes a great gift basket to give as a gift.

I came up with the idea of creating a family winter gift basket when I found myself pleading with my kiddos (they are 11 and 17) to come snuggle with me by the fire. I always seemed way more excited about that idea them they did. So, to get my kids excited about about a little cozy family day, I put together a little basket with things to do like playing card games to pass the time. With all the supplies we need on hand it’s much more likely that I’ll get everyone excited about a cozy day inside together.

This would also make a great gift to give to a family or a couple you know as a housewarming gift. You can mix up the items you include in your winter gift basket depending on if you’re making for  yourself, or giving it as a gift.

Here’s what I put in my family winter gift basket:

  • A cozy blanket
  • duraflame® Crackleflame® Firelogs
  • Mason jar filled with hot cocoa and mini marshmallows
  • Two mugs for hot cocoa
  • A pack of microwaveable popcorn
  • A couple of card games

This winter gift basket is perfect to have on hand for a cozy winter day indoors with your family.

Make a winter gift basket to give as a gift.

Hot cocoa and popcorn by the fire? Perfection in my book! And it totally helps to get the kids to come out of their rooms and come hang out with their parents ;). (more…)

Hostess Gift Basket Idea + Ham And Swiss Crostini

It’s entertaining season which means chances are you’re likely doing a combination of hosting friends and family in your home, and being invited as a guest. That means you need a go-to appetizer recipe and a great hostess gift idea so you’re covered for playing both the role of hostess and guest. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. I decided to take traditional ham appetizers up a notch and developed a new crowd-favorite.

These easy ham appetizers are elevated with Maille mustard. A perfect appetizer for entertaining and a great idea for a hostess gift basket.

I like to keep my recipes really simple, especially when entertaining. There’s always so much to do to prepare for guests that I never try to complicate things in the kitchen. But during the holiday season I do like to offer guests something just a little more special than normal. So when Maille asked me to partner with them, I was so excited to come up with a new simple, yet elevated, appetizer recipe.

It’s a basic ham and swiss crostini (which even the littlest guests will enjoy), but elevated with fresh herbs and Maille mustard. On top of each piece of bread, I spread on a layer of Maille Black Truffle Mustard with Chablis White Wine–SO DELICIOUS. It tastes like a familiar ham and cheese appetizer, only so much better.  (The full recipe is at the bottom of the post).

These easy ham appetizers are elevated with gourmet Maille mustard. A perfect appetizer for entertaining and a great idea for a hostess gift basket.

Maille also makes a fabulous hostess gift or gift for any foodie in your life. I added a jar to a hostess gift basket for a holiday party I was invited to. Any host or hostess would be happy to receive this–holiday season or anytime! And if you have a foodie in your life that you’re shopping for, a gift basket like this will certainly be appreciated. (more…)

5 Things to have one hand for easy entertaining

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Does the idea of impromptu guests make you sweat a little? Do you stress out a little bit during the holiday season when friends and family just “drop by?” I’ll admit, I’m not a huge fan of the “drop-by” either but I have learned how to be prepared for when that happens.

It’s all about have some essentials always on hand so if you need to put together a quick cocktail hour, you can (and with ease). There are five things that I always have stocked in my kitchen which means when someone drops by, I look like the hostess with the mostest and I don’t even break a sweat! I’m always about easy entertaining so nothing too fussy here!

Dip1. Festive Paper Napkins – I have more of these than most because I always keep the leftover from a party or holiday. So, when guests pop in I have a drawer full of festive napkins to pull out. I would say this is pretty close to decorating when we’re talking about keeping things simple. Pull out some appropriately themed napkins for a bit of instant festivity. They have cute ones here. (more…)

Fall Moscow Mule Recipe

Moscow Mules are one of my favorite cocktails to make because you can put a twist on them for different seasons. Last year, I was loving this apple cider moscow mule. Here’s my new version of a fall Moscow Mule.

This fall fall Moscow Mule recipe is going to be your new favorite. There's nothing like a great fall cocktail and this mule drink is perfection.

This is simple to make but feels really special. And the garnishes just make it taste so “fall-y” (is that a word?).

This fall fall Moscow Mule recipe is going to be your new favorite. There's nothing like a great fall cocktail and this mule drink is perfection. (more…)

Easy Cheesecake With Candy Topping

It’s pretty well known that I rather decorate things than bake them. I am a big fan of taking store bought desserts and dressing them up to make them look great. Some people love to bake. Me? I love to decorate and hate all the dishes that comes with baking. I’m always picking up desserts from my local grocery store bakery and giving them a twist. Whether its turning pre-made cupcakes into ghost cupcakes, or adding a floral topper to a store bought cake for an engagement party, I’m all about keeping things simple. I got the inspiration for this easy cheesecake when thinking about ways I could use fun Halloween candy. It took under ten minutes to make and looked so cute!

This easy cheesecake recipe is covered with fun halloween candy and makes a great dessert for any party. It took less than ten minutes to make!

This easy cheesecake recipe is covered with fun halloween candy and makes a great dessert for any party. It took less than ten minutes to make!

Start with a store bought cheesecake (if you want to bake your own, this cheesecake recipe is so simple I didn’t mess it up when I made it the first time). If you get a frozen one, be sure to thaw it out before decorating. When you’re ready, melt chocolate and drizzle over the cheesecake. Next, top with your favorite Halloween candy. Seriously, that’s it guys.

This easy cheesecake recipe is covered with fun halloween candy and makes a great dessert for any party. It took less than ten minutes to make!

You could use any candy to make this beyond Halloween. I’ve done it for Christmas dessert and it was really cute! It’s a great way to use up leftover holiday candy as well.

This easy cheesecake recipe is covered with fun halloween candy and makes a great dessert for any party. It took less than ten minutes to make!

No one has to know you didn’t make it either! I won’t tell (promise!). This easy cheesecake should go in your arsenal of desserts, just saying. Here’s a short video if you want to see me making it in action!

Looking for more Halloween desserts? Check out these 4 simple Halloween treats. 

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