Cocktail: Bubbly Jack Rose

I'm spending the last couple of days of 2017 trying to balance relaxing and being productive. Having slow morning and getting brunch. Movies dates, playing video games and taking long baths. Cleaning around the house and getting the Christmas stuff put away. Working on recipes and blog posts. I'm hoping this is the creative refresh that I've been needing lately and I'm hoping to kick off 2018 with calmness and positive energy. The dream.

We also need to kick off the new year with a little bubbly because we just have to. Here's my take on a classic Jack Rose (which is Applejack, citrus juice, and grenadine) but we're switching in pomegranate juice for a winter twist and adding champagne for a little bit of bubbles. 

Bubbly Jack Rose

Makes one drink

1 oz Applejack
2 oz pomegranate juice
juice from a lime quarter
top with champagne
pomegranate seeds, lime wheel & lemon wheel (optional)

Add pomegranate juice, Applejack, and lime juice to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a coupe glass and top with champagne. Garnish with pomegranate seeds, lime wheel and lemon wheel.

Cocktail: Blood Orange Spritz

I'm all about the citrus cocktails these days. And with the produce section of my grocery store constantly tempting me with grapefruits and tangerines and blood oranges, I knew I needed to turn one of them into a cocktail.

Unlike a lot of my recipes, this recipe makes a large batch cocktail that can be thrown together ahead of time. Because it's similar to a mimosa, this drink makes the perfect brunch cocktail: not too boozy, light and fresh, and easy for guests to pour themselves. It's actually one of the cocktails I created and served at our Galentine's Day Brunch a few weeks ago!

Blood Orange Spritz

Makes 1 pitcher (about 8 servings)

2 cups freshly squeezed blood orange juice
1 cup Hendrick's gin
1/4 cup St. Germain or another elderflower liqueur
ice
champagne or prosecco
blood orange slices (optional)

Add blood orange juice, gin, and elderflower liqueur into a pitcher and stir to combine. Refrigerate mixture for an hour or up to overnight.

When you are ready to make your individual cocktail, fill glass with ice and fill glass half full with blood orange/gin mix. Top with champagne or prosecco and stir gently. Garnish with a blood orange slice and enjoy immediately.

All photography in this post created by Kate McCann Photography.

Cocktail: Tangerine Elderflower Spritz

I thought those Funfetti Holiday Donuts would be my last post for 2016 but here we are! And with a cocktail in hand no less.

If you're anything like me, NYE is a little bit of an anxiety trigger. Living in a major city means that there are a plethora of things to do, pretty much all of them involve a pricey cover and you're not 100% sold it's going to be worth it. You want to be with friends but everyone can't agree on a spot. The stakes feel high, but really aren't high because you created those stakes in your head. So I'm currently not agreeing to anything and seeing what pans out. I'm ready to go with the flow, as long as I can do it in my new metallic boots and a fur coat.

But today I'm bringing you a quick and easy sparkling drink to ring in 2017. Tangerines, St. Germain, and a little bubbly. We need a simple drink for NYE.

Tangerine Elderflower Spritz

Makes one drink

2 oz freshly squeezed tangerine juice
3 oz prosecco or champagne
1 oz St. Germain
small slices of tangerine, optional

This drink is simple: In a coupe (or other 5-6 oz glass), add tangerine juice and St. Germain and top with prosecco or champagne. Garnish with a slice of tangerine. Cheers!