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Nov 20 2013

Kahlúa Moonshine Martini #client #KahluaHoliday

Fall is the season of get-togethers. What’s a girl to do when she wants to stand out among all the other fabulous fetes being thrown? Have a plan, of course!

Kahlúa Moonshine Martini

Start planning as soon as possible for your party–at this time of year, in particular, you need to give your guests a lot of notice so they can be sure to get you on their calendars and not miss out on all the fun! A month’s notice is good, but if you think your chosen dates may fill up fast, 5-6 weeks’ notice would be better. Your guests will appreciate reminders along the way to your special day, so keep them in the loop. You’ll be doing everyone a favor!

The old motto to K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Stupid) is a great thing to call into action. Far too often, I’ve overwhelmed myself by trying to do too much. It’s okay if you don’t make everything from scratch. You don’t need to perfectly coordinate your plates, napkins, forks, cups, etc. This should be a time of celebration–of reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. If you’re in a tizzy because some tiny detail didn’t work out the way you planned, you won’t be able to enjoy your big event. Don’t sweat the small stuff–be present and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

Kahlúa Moonshine Martini

Along the lines of simplicity, selecting a few drink recipes for your guests and stocking the bar with these supplies will go a long way in keeping your sanity. The first time I threw a party, I tried to have a bottle of every possible bit of booze someone may possibly want. And beer. And white wine. And red wine. And wine coolers. And cola. And root beer… you get the picture. It was too much and people were overwhelmed by the options. So much was leftover after the party and we were stuck with it after. I did nobody a service with my over-attention to detail. Supplies for a few special drinks, water, and a couple sodas will be more than sufficient.

What should your bar look like? That depends on you, your guests, and your personalities. I like to offer something familiar with a twist, like these Kahlúa Moonshine Martinis. Everybody knows Kahlúa and they’ve all had a martini before, but what about with moonshine? Like vodka, it has a clean flavor that mixes well, making it a great step-in here to bring a standard martini to the next level. Your guests will surely love it!

Kahlúa Moonshine Martini

Now you’re ready to party! Get out there and have a good time–you’ve earned it!

Kahlúa Moonshine Martini
 
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Recipe type: cocktail
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 part Kahlúa Coffee Liqueur
  • 1 part moonshine
Instructions
  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Pour over the ice the Kahlúa and moonshine. Cover, shake for 20 seconds, and strain into a martini glass.
  3. Sip and enjoy!

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Want more holiday recipes and ideas? Be sure to follow Kahlúa on Facebook and Pinterest.

To get inspiration for more great recipes and entertaining ideas with Kahlúa and for a chance to win the ultimate holiday party, please visit www.kahluaholiday.com.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kahlúa. The opinions and text are all mine.

Nov 13 2013

Kahlúa and Cookies and Cream #client #KahluaHoliday

Gathering with friends requires good drinks. And boy do I have a lot of gatherings this time of year! Between my birthday, their birthdays, Halloween, and Thanksgiving, the social calendar is FULL straight on through to December. Not that I’m complaining. I love that there are so many people who want me in their lives–and I’m happy to share theirs with them!

Kahlúa and Cookies and Cream

Most parties have a beverage station where you can mix your own concoctions, but have you ever considered serving a signature cocktail at your next party? Pick a drink or two for the night based on your theme–or your personality–and have those be the featured libations. You can pre-mix, if you choose, so all you need to do is pour, leaving more time for socializing. Get a couple of those gorgeous beverage jugs, set out some cups, and relax. It’s a winning situation for all!

Kahlúa and Cookies and Cream

The adult with a sweet tooth will really love this beverage! Kahlúa and Cookies and Cream is a downright delicious drink. Sweet and creamy, it goes down smoothly. You may as well serve this as dessert! Added bonus: you won’t have to worry about crumbs in your clothes while consuming. (What? Am I the only one finding remnants in my bra when I get home at the end of the night?) Pour a few, sit down with your friends, and get comfortable. You can talk all night.

Kahlúa and Cookies and Cream

Here’s to good times with even better friends! Cheers!

Kahlúa and Cookies and Cream

Kahlúa and Cookies and Cream
 
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The perfect cocktail for the adult with a sweet tooth!
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Recipe type: Beverage
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 2 parts Kahlúa Coffee Liqueur
  • 1 part cookie dough vodka
  • 1 part half and half
Instructions
  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour over that.
  2. Shake for 20 seconds.
  3. Serve in a chilled cocktail glass.

To get inspiration for more great recipes and entertaining ideas with Kahlúa and for a chance to win the ultimate holiday party, please visit www.kahluaholiday.com.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kahlúa. The opinions and text are all mine.

Nov 07 2013

Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice Hazelnut Coffee #client #KahluaHoliday

I love this time of year. It could be that my birthday is at the beginning of October–perhaps I was born for it!–or maybe it’s the jewel tones adorning the trees, rarer and rarer as the season progresses. Crisp mornings and sunny skies make you feel alive. But really, it may just be the combination of smells that makes Fall irresistible. Dry leaves. Wood fires. And Pumpkin Spice everything. Breathe it all in and live in the moment. It’s gone in the blink of an eye.

Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice Hazelnut Coffee

You already know Kahlúa as the brand that makes White Russians and Mudslides possible–oh, such yumminess! With their latest addition, Kahlúa will accompany you throughout the Fall season, providing their own twist on the Pumpkin Spice phenomenon. Hallelujah! My beverages just got a whole lot more autumnal!

One of my favorite drinks is a dash of Kahlúa in my coffee on a cold, cold day. Simple and satisfying, with double the warmth and a nice little kick. Bliss. Today, I’m going to show you a variation that will make you want to run out and stock up on Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice before this limited edition flavor is a mere memory.

Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice Hazelnut Coffee

Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice Hazelnut Coffee is a delight! A nice little pick me up in the afternoon while lounging in front of a roaring fire, this beverage will become your new best friend. Pour a cup, take a seat, and watch the leaves fall lazily from the trees. Then drink another after you’ve raked all those leaves up. You’ve earned it!

Cheers to Fall in all its Pumpkin Spice glory!

Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice Hazelnut Coffee
 
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A delicious Fall drink to warm you up on cold nights.
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Recipe type: Beverage
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 2 parts Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice
  • 5 parts hot brewed hazelnut flavored coffee
  • 1 part half and half
Instructions
  1. Combine in a coffee mug and stir.
  2. Sip and enjoy.

For more ideas, check out Kahlúa’s Pinterest and Facebook pages. Lots of delicious drinks to be found!

To get inspiration for more great recipes and entertaining ideas with Kahlúa and for a chance to win the ultimate holiday party, please visit www.kahluaholiday.com.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kahlúa. The opinions and text are all mine.

Oct 17 2013

Dude, Where’s My Car? (Sidecar Cocktail)

A few weeks ago, I started writing a post I was pretty proud of. It wasn’t what you’d typically see on here–it had nothing to do with food–but it marked an important occasion in my life and I was hoping to use that experience to help others facing the same. Instead, the project was derailed by the very subject of the post: my new car.

My first new car. Because, yes, I had to wait until I was nearly 36 years old to buy my first new car. I’d like to think this made me appreciate it even more–I had to pay my dues before I could even consider a car whose history was all my own and even then, I had to get as much car as I could for the money, because there wasn’t a lot to put toward it. I was elated.

And then I wasn’t.

Sidecar cocktail

Because less than 3 weeks after I drove it off the lot, my car started having problems. And nearly 6 weeks after I bought it, it’s back in the shop for the 3rd time.

It shouldn’t be this way. The main reason why I purchased a new car was to have reliable transportation–peace of mind for the first time in my life. Instead, during the rare moments I get to drive it, I’m constantly aware of every noise and jerk, always on alert for it to stall again. Because that’s what it does–in stop-and-go traffic (on the highway!), at stop signs on back roads, I stop, it stalls.

I’m grateful for the warranty–that all this work is covered by it, including the rental car. I have a 40-mile commute every day. I need to get to work. But this is not how I envisioned it would be. Not for a brand new car. Not for one that had only 67 miles on it when purchased. It has 1,463 miles on it right now. At this rate, it won’t make it to 20,000.

Sidecar cocktail

The car manufacturer sent me a survey a week ago about the quality of my vehicle and I answered honestly. I felt they should know; this isn’t normal. A rep from their corporate headquarters called me yesterday, but I missed his call. I left him a voicemail 20 minutes later. I have yet to hear from him.

I know this is no single person’s fault–no one is “to blame” for the circumstances. There are many hands that take part in the manufacturing and assembly of a vehicle. And I don’t particularly care which hand is the root cause. I just want this situation solved. I want a car that works. I thought I was getting that. Apparently, I was wrong.

So, since my car is currently sidelined, and I’m sick of driving the rental car around, I guess it’s a cocktail for me tonight. A Sidecar. Because it made sense somehow, even though it really doesn’t. Of course, none of this situation does.

Sidecar cocktail

Here’s to a speedy resolution. I hope.

Sidecar Cocktail
 
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Recipe type: cocktail
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoons organic sugar (for the rim)
  • 2 parts VS or VSOP Cognac
  • 1 part Cointreau (or other orange liqueur)
  • juice of 1 medium lemon
  • ice
  • 1 strip lemon peel (garnish)
  • 2 dye-free maraschino cherries
Instructions
  1. Chill your martini glass in the freezer before assembly.
  2. Sprinkle sugar in a circle in a small dish.
  3. Run a piece of the squeezed lemon along the rim of the glass and dip in the sugar.
  4. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour over it the Cognac, Cointreau, and lemon juice. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds.
  5. Pour into the chilled glass.
  6. Lay a strip of lemon peel on the rim and spear 2 maraschino cherries with a small skewer. Place inside the glass for garnish.
  7. Enjoy!

 

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