Happy birthday to me! What better way to celebrate than with tiny alcoholic jello cupcakes? I found this recipe (and many more I’d like to try) for Birthday Cake Jello Shots on the blog Erica’s Sweet Tooth. Cake vodka, cream soda, cran and heavy cream gelled together into an adorable cupcake shape and topped with whipped cream and sprinkles - they’re any girls dream! (Note: The boys in my life were pretty fond of them too).

Birthday Cake Jello Shots (from the blog Erica’s Sweet Tooth)Recipe adapted from Jelly Shot Test Kitchen

+ 2/3 cup cream soda

+ 2/3 cup cranberry juice cocktail
+ 1 tbsp heavy cream
+ 2 envelopes plain gelatin*
+ 2/3 cup cake-flavored vodka
+ Few drops food coloring, if desired
+ Whipped cream - fresh or store-bought
+ Sprinkles for garnish

- Lightly spray the mold with non-stick spray and wipe excess off with a paper towel. Don’t overdo it or the residue will affect the taste of the jello.
- Pour the soda, juice, and cream into a medium saucepan and sprinkle the gelatin on top. Allow the gelatin to soak for 2-3 minutes, then begin to heat on low, stirring constantly until gelatin is fully dissolved (about 5 minutes).
- Remove saucepan from heat and add vodka and food coloring.
- Pour into molds and chill for several hours, or until set.
- Remove from mold, top with whipped cream, and enjoy responsibly!

*The original recipe suggests 2-3 envelopes, depending on how long your jello shots will be left out (more gelatin for more time). I opted for 3 because we were traveling an hour to get to the party, but I found them to be a little too firm , so I suggest you stick with 2 and plan accordingly for the best results!

Recipe yields 30 small jello shots using this mold

Happy birthday to me! What better way to celebrate than with tiny alcoholic jello cupcakes? I found this recipe (and many more I’d like to try) for Birthday Cake Jello Shots on the blog Erica’s Sweet Tooth. Cake vodka, cream soda, cran and heavy cream gelled together into an adorable cupcake shape and topped with whipped cream and sprinkles - they’re any girls dream! (Note: The boys in my life were pretty fond of them too).


Birthday Cake Jello Shots (from the blog Erica’s Sweet Tooth)
Recipe adapted from Jelly Shot Test Kitchen

+ 2/3 cup cream soda
+ 2/3 cup cranberry juice cocktail
+ 1 tbsp heavy cream
+ 2 envelopes plain gelatin*
+ 2/3 cup cake-flavored vodka
+ Few drops food coloring, if desired
+ Whipped cream - fresh or store-bought
+ Sprinkles for garnish

- Lightly spray the mold with non-stick spray and wipe excess off with a paper towel. Don’t overdo it or the residue will affect the taste of the jello.
- Pour the soda, juice, and cream into a medium saucepan and sprinkle the gelatin on top. Allow the gelatin to soak for 2-3 minutes, then begin to heat on low, stirring constantly until gelatin is fully dissolved (about 5 minutes).
- Remove saucepan from heat and add vodka and food coloring.
- Pour into molds and chill for several hours, or until set.
- Remove from mold, top with whipped cream, and enjoy responsibly!
*The original recipe suggests 2-3 envelopes, depending on how long your jello shots will be left out (more gelatin for more time). I opted for 3 because we were traveling an hour to get to the party, but I found them to be a little too firm , so I suggest you stick with 2 and plan accordingly for the best results!

Recipe yields 30 small jello shots using this mold

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Jul 11
8:45 am
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Garnish Porn!The Bloody Best at the Nook, on Piedmont Park in Atlanta. 32 ounces of the best bloody mary mix with Absolut Peppar and skewers of tator tots, steak, olives, jalapeños, bacon, toast and a hardboiled egg. Oh and let’s not forget the meat straw.

Garnish Porn!
The Bloody Best at the Nook, on Piedmont Park in Atlanta. 32 ounces of the best bloody mary mix with Absolut Peppar and skewers of tator tots, steak, olives, jalapeños, bacon, toast and a hardboiled egg. Oh and let’s not forget the meat straw.


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Apr 25
8:01 pm
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St. Germain is not the only elderflower liquor on the market anymore! Now there’s Absolut Wild Tea - a mix of black tea and elderflower flavors. Another selling point - the bottle is uniquely beautiful for Absolut. Below is the first recipe I made with it, a simple recipe that let the flavors shine:
Absolut Intrigue (from the Absolut website)+ 2 oz ABSOLUT WILD TEA+ 1 oz Lemon Juice+ 1 oz Simple SyrupShake with ice and strain into a martini glass. 

St. Germain is not the only elderflower liquor on the market anymore! Now there’s Absolut Wild Tea - a mix of black tea and elderflower flavors. Another selling point - the bottle is uniquely beautiful for Absolut. Below is the first recipe I made with it, a simple recipe that let the flavors shine:

Absolut Intrigue (from the Absolut website)
+ 2 oz ABSOLUT WILD TEA
+ 1 oz Lemon Juice
+ 1 oz Simple Syrup
Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass. 


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Mar 8
9:37 am
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I got talked into buying the Vodka 3 brand vodka at the liquor store this weekend by a sales rep. It’s vodka distilled from soy. They market it as a healthier choice, as the vodka does not turn into sugars/carbs in your body since it is made from soy and not wheat. I’m not sure how much truth there is to the claim, but it is a nice and smooth vodka at the $20 price point. 
Photo credit: Lush Lady

I got talked into buying the Vodka 3 brand vodka at the liquor store this weekend by a sales rep. It’s vodka distilled from soy. They market it as a healthier choice, as the vodka does not turn into sugars/carbs in your body since it is made from soy and not wheat. I’m not sure how much truth there is to the claim, but it is a nice and smooth vodka at the $20 price point. 

Photo credit: Lush Lady


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Dec 20
9:00 am
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I am absolut-ely in love with this bottle.
I don’t usually buy straight forward vodka, but I’ve been really enjoying Vodka Tonics lately. When I am through with the vodka the bottle will become the shining glory of my collection of pretty liquor vessels.
Photo credit: Lush Lady

I am absolut-ely in love with this bottle.

I don’t usually buy straight forward vodka, but I’ve been really enjoying Vodka Tonics lately. When I am through with the vodka the bottle will become the shining glory of my collection of pretty liquor vessels.

Photo credit: Lush Lady


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Dec 7
2:41 pm
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This was my favorite drink at NYC’s Elsa. Mercy of a Rude Stream: Lemongrass-Pink Peppercorn vodka, vanilla, honey, lime, mint, and baked apple bitters. It was a complexly sweet and peppery cocktail. You only had to pop of of the floating beads in your mouth to find instantly it was indeed a peppercorn.
Photo credit: Lush Lady

This was my favorite drink at NYC’s ElsaMercy of a Rude Stream: Lemongrass-Pink Peppercorn vodka, vanilla, honey, lime, mint, and baked apple bitters. It was a complexly sweet and peppery cocktail. You only had to pop of of the floating beads in your mouth to find instantly it was indeed a peppercorn.

Photo credit: Lush Lady


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Dec 2
11:33 am
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“Mr. Castevet came in, holding in both hands a small tray on which four cocktail glasses ran over with clear pink liquid. “Mr. Woodhouse? A Vodka Blush. Have you ever tasted one? They’re very popular in Australia,” Mr. Castevet said. He took the final glass and raised it to Rosemary and Guy. “To our guests,” he said. “Welcome to our home.”- Rosemary’s Baby, Ira Levin
I just finished reading this fabulously creepy book in which a couple classy cocktails are featured. The Vodka Blush being one. The recipe is simple. Try a batch for yourself! I promise you won’t have any devil babies. 
Vodka Blush+ 2 1/2 oz vodka+ 3/4 oz fresh squeezed lime juice+ Splash of grenadine (I made my own)Combine in a cocktail shaker, shake and strain.
Photo credit: Lush Lady
(For some book and beer pairings, check out the blog of TheBeerBelly!)

Mr. Castevet came in, holding in both hands a small tray on which four cocktail glasses ran over with clear pink liquid. “Mr. Woodhouse? A Vodka Blush. Have you ever tasted one? They’re very popular in Australia,” Mr. Castevet said. He took the final glass and raised it to Rosemary and Guy. “To our guests,” he said. “Welcome to our home.”
- Rosemary’s Baby, Ira Levin

I just finished reading this fabulously creepy book in which a couple classy cocktails are featured. The Vodka Blush being one. The recipe is simple. Try a batch for yourself! I promise you won’t have any devil babies. 

Vodka Blush
+ 2 1/2 oz vodka
+ 3/4 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
+ Splash of grenadine (I made my own)
Combine in a cocktail shaker, shake and strain.

Photo credit: Lush Lady

(For some book and beer pairings, check out the blog of TheBeerBelly!)


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Oct 19
10:34 am
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Pineapple infused vodka on the rocks at Red Door Saloon in Nashville, TN. I get it every time I visit my hometown. 
Photo credit: Lush Lady

Pineapple infused vodka on the rocks at Red Door Saloon in Nashville, TN. I get it every time I visit my hometown. 

Photo credit: Lush Lady


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Oct 11
9:05 am
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Just when you thought you had tried it all… This is a Smoked Salmon Bloody Mary. The salmon flavor is in vodka produced by Alaskan Distillery. I enjoyed it with the delicious house mix at Osteria832 in the Virginia Highlands, Atlanta. Highly recommended with a plate of their Spaghetti Pomodoro.
Photo credit: Lush Lady

Just when you thought you had tried it all… 
This is a Smoked Salmon Bloody Mary. The salmon flavor is in vodka produced by Alaskan Distillery. I enjoyed it with the delicious house mix at Osteria832 in the Virginia Highlands, Atlanta. Highly recommended with a plate of their Spaghetti Pomodoro.

Photo credit: Lush Lady


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Sep 22
9:01 am
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A bichon frise at Ziba’s Wine Bar in Grant Park: grapefruit, mint, soda, vodka & elderflower.
Photo credit: Lush Lady

bichon frise at Ziba’s Wine Bar in Grant Park: grapefruit, mint, soda, vodka & elderflower.

Photo credit: Lush Lady

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Sep 6
9:06 am
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