Posts Tagged ‘Cocktails’

Apple Salad (and apple beer)

Apples aren’t just for fall recipes. Lately, I’ve been craving the crisp, refreshing flavor of a good tart apple. Maybe it’s the summer heat or maybe it’s just that I can only drink so many watermelon cocktails … either way I wanted to try something new.

apple beer

I recently received this new apple beer to try out and I knew just the time for a taste test. We were sitting outside on a very warm evening and a crisp, cold refreshing beverage was called for.

Michelob ULTRA Light Cider is a naturally sweetened, gluten-free cider made from crisp apples, and it has 1/3 fewer calories than leading ciders (bonus). It’s sweet, and definitely a substitute for a fruity cocktail. When you want something a bit more “fun” than beer but still easy to grab-n-go … this is it.

I also think it would go wonderfully along side a nice apple salad like this one:

apple salad

This apple, pear and fennel salad looks AMAZINGLY good. Perfect for a hot summer evening bite, don’t you think?

Apple, Pear and Fennel Salad recipe here … go and get it and check out all of her amazing recipes while you’re at it.

What new summer flavor or recipe have you tried lately? Please share!

Sip It :: 4 Summer Cocktails

There’s plenty of sunshine here in Southern California and we are already approaching our 95-100 degree days. How does an over-worked party gal keep her cool? With delicious, cold, summer cocktails of course!

Sometimes I’m inspired to come up with my own new summer cocktail recipes (like this watermelon cooler), but typically I’m far too parched to go to such efforts. When in need for new recipes of amazing summer drinks … turn to Pinterest!

Here are my favorite summer cocktails. You must be 21 years old to read further (nah, just kidding).

summer cocktails

Thirsty are you?

1. Frozen Vodka Slush – This is perfect for making a giant batch ahead and leaving in the freezer for when thirst sets in (or guests pop in). Recipe via ABCD Designs shared on The Grommet.

2. Spiked Blueberry Lemonade – a treat for the eyes and packed with  dazzling flavor via Veggie Belly.

3. Lime Sorbet Margarita – These are AMAZING and simple. Just how I like it. Recipe via Real Simple.

4. The Guavarita – Need I say more? Check it out at Confections of a Foodie Bride.

I’ve shared my favorite summer cocktails with you …. what are yours? Share in the comments below. 

Be sure to visit these other party hostesses for more great summer ideas!

Celebrations at Home |  Make A Watermelon Cake
Second City Soiree | How to Turn Your Grill into a Smoker
Skimbaco Lifestyle | Scandinavian Summer Party Ideas
Housewife Bliss | Summer Bunting for Playful Parties
Valley & Co. | Perfect Summer Cocktail Recipes
Party Blue Prints Blog |  Super Summer Pie
Paper & Pigtails | Favorite Summer Printables 

 

 

 

Thoughts :: Humbly ringing in 2012

Believe it or not, 2011 has come to an end. I hope this past year was a great one for you and I’m wishing that 2012 is full of beautiful surprises and lots of laughter.

I wanted to take a moment to thank you … all of you reading this. Thank you for reading Thoughtfully Simple, supporting the blog, the posts, and the goal of simple entertaining. From the virtual support on Twitter and Facbeook — to those real life mentions, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I hope to bring you a lot more in 2012.

For now, I’m eager to wrap up the work day and join my family in some simple celebrating. Here’s a glimpse of my New Year’s spirit:

Photo credits + more New Year’s eye candy here.

Simple festive & touches, great food, family fun (puzzles and board games!), good conversations and ringing in the new year (with bubbly of course) … this is on my to-do list for the weekend.

How about you? How will you be celebrating?

P.S. Anyone else upset that the Rose Parade in on the 2nd this year? No, just me?

Well, have a great & safe weekend!

Cheers friends,

Tori

 

Holiday Drinks + GIVEAWAY

Earlier this week, I shared two unique holiday cocktails with you that were made with Sierra Mist. For a little refresher you can check out the recipes for Meet Me at the Mist-letoe and Frost Bite here.

Today, I have two NEW holiday drinks that I created  while playing bartender with Sierra Mist myself — one cocktail and one mocktail (the kids will love this one!).

First, we have the cocktail.

holiday drinks

This is my type of festive cocktail — it looks really pretty but isn’t full of sweet stuff. I like the crisp, all natural flavor the Sierra Mist brings to this drink.

Red | Holiday Drinks

Makes me want to start unwrapping my Christmas gifts right now. Isn’t it pretty?

Chris-Mist

Ingredients:

1 oz Cranberry Juice (I used sugar free)

1 oz Cranberry Vodka

Splash of  lime juice

Top with Sierra Mist

Directions: In shaker combine: Cranberry Juice, Cranberry Vodka and lime. Shake over ice  and strain into glass. Top with Sierra Mist.

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Drink number 2 is a mocktail and equally festive.

kids holiday drinks

Berry Christmas

Ingredients:

2 oz Cranberry Juice (or other favorite red juice)

Splash of lime juice

Sierra Mist

Directions: Fill glass with ice (or chill all ingredients and skip the ice). Add to glass: cranberry juice, splash of lime juice and then top with Sierra Mist. Garnish with something festive and fun (above: glass is rimmed with green sugar crystals and adorned with a candy cane twist).

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I hope that these festive holiday drinks have inspired you to create your own recipes! In fact, if you do create a cocktail or mocktail of your own, share it with Sierra Mist on their Facebook page (they’d love to see it!).

Maybe you need some supplies? How about a Mixology kit from Sierra Mist?

GIVEAWAY!

One lucky reader will win: A Sierra Mist Natural holiday gift pack (shaker, drink garnishes/sugars for rimming, party glasses & a $50 AMEX gift card!)

 

Congrats to Jennifer M!

Contest is closed. To Enter: Leave a comment telling me about your favorite cocktail/mocktail or the name of the one you’d like to create (mandatory entry).

For Extra Entries (not required, leave a separate comment for each you d0):

-Like Thoughtfully Simple on Facbeook

-Like Sierra Mist on Facebook (tell them @Thoughtfully Simple sent you!)

-Tweet about this giveaway by copying & pasting this:

I entered the Holiday Cocktail giveaway from @HostessTori for a chance to win a @SierraMist gift pack http://ow.ly/82eLw

Good luck, and Cheers! Contest ends 12/20/2011 at 11pm PST

This is a sponsored post. I was provided products and/or compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.

Holiday Cocktails

I really am a sucker for a pretty cocktail, especially a festive or holiday cocktails. So when Sierra Mist asked me to test out two of their festive holiday cocktails all I could say was …. “get me my shaker!”

I was really eager to test out these two unique cocktails because although I like a little fizz in my drink — I am not a fan of sugary sodas. Sierra Mist seemed like a great alternative since it is made with real sugar, no artificial ingredients and is 100% natural flavoring.

So, I put my mixologist’s hat on and created these:

holiday cocktails

 Pretty, right? Say hello to Meet me at the Mist-letoe & Frost Bite.

recipe | holiday cocktails

Meet Me At The Mist-letoe…Martini

Ingredients

2 oz. Sierra Mist Natural

1 1⁄2 oz. Raspberry Vodka

3 Leaves fresh basil

1⁄2 oz. Fresh lime juice

1 oz. Blueberry juice

Directions

1. In a glass, muddle two basil leaves and lime juice, then add to shaker

filled with ice

2. Add raspberry vodka and blueberry juice to the shaker; shake well and

strain into a martini glass

3. Top with Sierra Mist Natural

4. Garnish with a basil leaf for decoration (optional)

 

 

Frost Bite

Ingredients

3 oz. Sierra Mist Natural

1 oz. Blue Curacao

1 oz. Coconut Vodka

Fresh mint

1 oz. Pineapple juice

Fresh blueberries (optional)

Directions

1. In a shaker filled with ice, mix coconut vodka and pineapple juice

2. Add blue curacao, fresh mint and blueberries (optional)

3. Shake all ingredients well and strain into a large glass filled with ice

4. Top with Sierra Mist Natural

5. Garnish with fresh blueberries for a holiday twist (optional)

So I thought it’s be fun to see which cocktail you’d most like to try. Are you a Meet Me at the Mist-letoe or a Frost Bite? Here’s my favorite…

 

Now tell me, which would be yours?

Don’t forget to check back for 2 more recipes (one cocktail and one mocktail!) plus a cool giveaway from Sierra Mist!

You can also “Like” Sierra Mist on Facebook and check out other recipe ideas.

This is a sponsored post. I was provided products and/or compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.

 

Engagement Party {Classy + Whimsy} Part 2

As I mentioned in Part 1 of this engagement party, the entire concept of this party was created around the Bride-to-be’s mention that she was envisioning a party that was “classy with a touch of whimsical” and “black with a pop of color.”

Here is a reminder to what started it all … the perfect invitation.

engagement party ideas

Designed by the very talented Kori of Paper and Pigtails, the invite was the source of inspiration for the rest of the event details.

 If you missed Part 1 be sure to take a look. We shared lots of bright florals and details. Here’s a peek back:

engagement party ideas | decor

And at last …  more of the event:

In addition to the fully stocked bar, we served up two signature cocktails. We took classic traditional drinks and gave them a twist by using some fun candy. More details on those below! The tray-passed appetizers were classy but a little playful.

Throughout the night, servers passed trays of veggies and hummus, dirty martini skewers (recipe coming!), caprese turkey meatballs, crackers with pesto tapenade, spinach & feta puff pastries, spicy stuffed mushrooms, chipotle mayo beef sliders and french fries served in a cup with spicy ketchup. The food was a hit!

engagement party drinks

The two signature drinks were both inspired by candy from CandyWarehouse.com — a Rock Candy Champagne Cocktail and a Vodka and Orange Cream Club. Both recipes to come soon!

Paper cones were filled with gourmet cotton candy adult could appreciate. The flavor? Strawberry Jalapeno (it was GOOD!).

The dessert table could not have been more perfect, really. Not over the top — but SPOT ON with the design (just how I like it). Custom cookies by Allyson Jane were a perfect match. She incorporated the logo I designed with a pop of orange and the custom print from the invitaions. She hand decorated our “chevron with a twist” pattern and they were perfect!

engagement party ideas

Matching custom cupcake toppers were made by the talented Edibtal Details. The monogram and custom pattern showed off beautifully here.

engagement party cake

Also, designed by Edible Details were the GORGEOUS sugar flowers that adorned our cake — just so lovely. They mimicked the fresh florals we used throughout the party.

Thank you to all the very talented and helpful vendors who helped me pull this party off. And thank you to the darling couple (Courtney & Dave) who gave me the honor of coordinating this amazing evening for them! Now, let’s plan a wedding shall we? :)

Our Amazing Vendors

Invitations & Paper Elements | Paper and Pigtails

Party Rentals | Allie’s

Cupcake Toppers & Sugar Flowers | Edible Details

Custom Cookies | Allyson Jane

Candy | Candy Warehouse

Vases for centerpieces | Blumebox

Cotton Candy | Daily Grommet

Cake | Jodee’s Bakery

 

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