Hot Toddy

When you have a cold and/or a sore throat, a hot toddy is the best cure! And if you’re not sick but it’s a cold winter night it’s also the way to go.

All you need is bourbon, a big squeeze of honey, 1/2 of a lemon. Then mix and add hot water.

As you can see in the photo my husband’s is slightly darker.  He felt I didn’t put enough bourbon… I’ll let you all decide what’s “enough”.


Summer Grapefruit Cocktail

Looking for fun new cocktails for the summer? Step 1 is to get your hands on these ice molds which form into large balls. You can fill them with countless different juices, herbs and citrus, but my favorite is grapefruit. (You can find them on amazon or William Sonoma.)

Simply carve out half a grapefruit including the fruit wedges and the juice into one ice mold.

Place in the freezer for 4 hours.

Place in a glass and serve with kettle one vodka and an optional splash of club.

Low calorie, delicious, refreshing. Try it! Enjoy your cocktails without worrying your ice cubes will water it down. The more it melts, the better your drink will get!


Summer Cocktails!

As the hot summer months get closer, we all start to dream up delicious refreshing cocktails (I’m not alone on this, right?).  And who doesn’t love an ice-cold vodka lemonade, frozen margarita or spiked iced coffee?  During the summer, my family loves to concoct new drinks using fresh fruits in a blender or new liquors like Organic Crop Vodka (delish!).  But I have a problem with drinking cold cocktails by the pool on a hot summer day, and that is that the ice melts and waters down the drink (huge problem, I know).  So last summer we got to thinking. When there is a problem, there is always a solution…

Break out those ice-cube trays!!!

Do you love iced coffee? There’s nothing worse than when it is watered down. Pour coffee in ice-cube trays and add them to cool your coffee drink and retain the flavor!  Don’t be scared to add some baileys or sambuca. 

Making a mojito?  Add fresh squeezed lime juice, lime zest and fresh mint leaves into your ice-cube trays and then add to your rum.

Love frozen drinks?  Puree some of your favorite fruits in the blender and pour into the ice-cube trays.  These can be made well in advance and you’ll have on hand for whatever drink you are making.

A good staple to always have in your freezer, frozen lemonade ice cubes.  You can always add lemonade to a summer cocktail or even straight to vodka!  Vodka on the rocks with a splash of lemonade takes on a whole new meaning.

Having bloody marys outside for a Sunday brunch on a really warm morning?  Break out your ice-cube tray filled with frozen tomato juice.

The possibilities are endless…. Be creative and enjoy a more flavorful summer cocktail!

Photos in this post are not mine and were found on google images. 

Aunt Bonnie’s Espresso Chocolate Pudding Shots

Aunt Bonnie rarely comes to a party with out her cooler or tray of Jell-O shots. They are such a fun and delicious treat to bring to a party!

In preparation of making these I went to the grocery store, liquor store and the party store (it was closed) looking for the plastic shot glasses that come with a cover since that is what Bonnie always uses which I could not find!  But I do recommend finding these for when you make your jello shots- they are easy to transport and are disposable.  Last night, since I couldn’t find them, I had to improvise and since there were only four of us I opted for a martini glass and a spoon.  More to enjoy! 🙂

I don’t typically like sweet desserts or drinks and I’m not a huge fan of chocolate but Bonnie’s jello shots are amazing!!

A photo from the most recent party (left to right) Laura, Me, Mom, Jordana, Niki and Bonnie, who brought espresso shots and jello shots. Yum!  In the photo you can see the plastic shot glasses I was telling you about above!


  • A shot of espresso
  • 1 package of Jell-O Chocolate cook & serve pudding (6 1/2 serving size)
  • 2 cups milk (I used reduced fat)
  • 1/2 cup van Gogh Espresso Liquor
  • 1/2 Cup of Godiva Chocolate Liquor
  • Cool Whip


In a saucepan cook the chocolate pudding with 2 cups of milk and shot of espresso until it gets thick. Then immediately pour in the liquors and espresso and stir for about 2 minutes.  Pour into desired containers about the size of a shot glass.  It’s easier to pour into the small shot glasses if you put the  pudding into a measuring cup that has a pouring mechanism. Refrigerate for at least 1-2 hours.

Top with a dollop of whip cream before serving.

This will make you about 20 shots or 4 martini glasses!

These espresso shots also make a great treat in the office for a coworker’s birthday!! 😉


Or make plain Jello-O Shots with the flavor of your choice!

1 Package Jell-O Gelatin Desert (any flavor 4 1/2 serving size)

1 1/2 cups boiling water

1/2 cup vodka

Boil water, add the package of gelatin once the sugar has dissolved.  Add the liquor immediately into desired container about the size of a shot glass.  Refrigerate til hard.

Makes about 16 shot servings.