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Friday, September 15, 2017

Easy-to-Make Watermelon Cocktail Recipes

Summer is getting ready to come to a close, but that doesn't mean you have to give up watermelon at all. Thanks to Sparkling ICE, you can enjoy that delicious watermelon flavor all year long! Check out these easy-to-make watermelon flavored cocktail recipes.

Looking for more easy-to-make cocktail recipes? We've got over 300 of them right here on the foodie blog!

Strawberry Watermelon Refresher Recipe

Strawberry Watermelon Refresher Recipe

3 oz. Sparking Ice Strawberry Watermelon
1.5 oz. Vodka
1/2 oz. Peach Schnapps
Watermelon slices and strawberries for garnish

Pour vodka and peach schnapps, then Sparking Ice Strawberry Watermelon over ice. Stir gently to mix. Garnish with watermelon slices and strawberries.
Sparkling Watermelon Vodka Lemonade Recipe

Sparkling Watermelon Vodka Lemonade Recipe

3 cups seedless watermelon pieces
3 lemons, juiced
1/2 cup vodka
1/4 cup fresh mint
2 cups Sparkling Ice Classic Lemonade

In a blender, puree the watermelon and lemon juice, strain through a sieve into a drink pitcher. Add mint, vodka, and Sparkling Ice Classic Lemonade- then stir. Serve over ice and garnish with fresh mint.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Tricks And Treats With Halloween Bouquets

Tricks And Treats With Halloween Bouquets
The Halloween season is full of tricks and treats but mostly treats for the majority of people. One way that you can show your love for the holiday while brightening someone's day is to make Halloween cookie bouquets. They are simple and easy to do, and you can use any design of cookie that you want depending on who is getting the bouquet, such as a young child or someone who is older.

If you're making a bouquet for a child, then you want to include cookies that are fun and exciting. Use icing in bright colors and shapes that really depict the holiday. Examples include witches, pumpkins, and ghosts. A bouquet for someone who is older might not require as many details. You also want to keep the cookie designs a bit tame, such as pumpkins, scarecrows and other fall shapes instead of the playful images that the younger generation thinks about with Halloween.

When you make the bouquet, think about what you want the person to feel when seeing the cookies. This will help to determine the colors that you use and the shapes. Find a basket or a vase that you can position the sticks in once the cookies are in place. Decorate the container before adding the cookies so that it has a Halloween theme. You could use stickers, ribbons or flowers along the sides of the container.

Instead of using small sticks, use larger sticks for your cookies so that they will hold up to the weight of the cookies and the icing on them. If you're going to make both large and small cookies, then cut the large sticks in half so that the cookies look like a bouquet when they are arranged. Bake the cookies with the stick in them so that the dough can adhere to the wood. Once your cookies are cooled, you can start decorating them. Use icing that will stay on the cookies, such as a thick icing that you might put on a cupcake. Don't use anything that has a thin consistency as it will slide off. Wrap the cookies in cellophane, and position the cookies in a block of foam that is covered in orange or black paper for Halloween.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Wild Hibiscus Sharleen Mocktail Recipe

Looking for a refreshing and easy to make mocktail recipe? If so, I think you're going to LOVE this one! It's perfect to whip up for all of your party guests who don't want to be served any alcohol or whip up some great-tasting mocktails for all of the designated drivers who are attending your party.

Today's guest post recipe is courtesy of Bruce Cost Ginger Ale. You can check out their website for free cocktail and mocktail recipes and to learn more about the company. The following recipe makes approximately 2 servings.

Wild Hibiscus Sharleen Recipe

Wild Hibiscus Sharleen Recipe

3 parts lemon-lime soda
3 parts Bruce Cost Ginger Ale Original
1/2 part Wild Hibiscus Flower Syrup

Directions: In a collins glass with ice, combine the listed ingredients. Stir, add a funky straw and a Wild Hibiscus flower to garnish! Serve immediately.

Here's a bonus recipe and the next one is indeed a cocktail recipe!
Scotch and Ginger Highball Recipe

Scotch and Ginger Highball Recipe

0.5 oz Scotch (Compass Box Whiskey or other artisanal blend)
1.5 oz Original Bruce Cost Ginger Ale

Directions: In a tall glass with ice, combine the listed ingredients. Stir, garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy! Serve immediately.