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Cocktails

fall, y’all.

It’s official. We live for Fall. Fall weather. Fall fashion. Fall recipes. Fall events. We love it ALL. (PS have you seen the Oh Joy Fall Collection for Target? Pretty much purchased everything on the list.)

What’s a new season without a signature cocktail? Here it is girls:

Pumpkin Patch Cocktail

Place one shot of pumpkin liqueur, one shot of vanilla vodka and one shot of apple cider into a shaker filled with ice.

Shake well and serve.

TA DAH!

The Glitter Life Pumpkin
oh la la.
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peach, please.

Since we do live in the Peach State, we thought to share this amazing Georgia Peach cocktail with you on this Monday. Drink up!

peachy.
peachy.

Georgia Peach

Muddle 1/2 fresh peach, peeled; 3 mint leaves; 2 Tbsp. turbinado sugar; and 2 Tbsp. fresh orange juice in a 10-oz. glass.

Fill glass with crushed ice, and top with seltzer water or club soda.

Gently stir. Garnish with peach wedges and fresh rosemary.

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get lucky.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We wish we were in Savannah celebrating, but work calls. This doesn’t mean we’re not dreaming of this delicious toddy:

The Glitter Life Irish Coffee
Wherever you go and whatever you do, may the luck of the Irish be there with you.

Irish Coffee
1 oz. Irish whiskey
3 oz. hot coffee
3 tsp. whipped cream
Pour whiskey in glass and pour in hot coffee. Float whipped cream on top. Makes 1 cup. Simple as that! Garnish with a chocolate swirl if you so desire.
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be mine.

Love is in the air and what better way to celebrate that with a deliciously romantic cocktail? We’re totally feeling this festive toddy from The Stylish Type:

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Serves 1
1.5 ounce of Patron silver tequila
1 ounce Organic brand lemonade
splash of Rose’s Red grenadine syrup
red sugar for rim
lemon wedge
ice
Pour sugar into a shallow plate or bowl. Wet the rim of glass with the lemon wedge. Dip glass into the sugar. Fill glass with ice. Combine tequila, lemonade, and grenadine into a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake for 45 seconds. Strain into the prepared sugar rimmed glass. Garnish with lemon wedge. Enjoy with your love!
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chocolate peppermint bark martini.

Chocolate + vodka + peppermint = yes. This delicious cocktail was recently featured on Waiting On Martha, one of our most favorite blogs.
Chocolate Peppermint Bark Martini
someone make us a round of these. please.
Chocolate Peppermint Bark Martini
What You Need
  • 1 oz. Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
  • 0.5 oz. Peppermint Schnapps
  • 0.5 oz. Vodka
  • Chocolate Syrup
  • Crushed Peppermint Candy Cane
Instructions
  • Add Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, Peppermint Schnapps, Vodka and ice in a cocktail shaker and shake, shake, shake.
  • Place chocolate syrup and peppermint candy on to 2 different plates. Press the martini glass rim in to the chocolate syrup and twist making sure to get plenty of chocolate on the rim then immediately dip into the peppermint candies.
  • Pour into martini glass and enjoy. We mean it. ENJOY.
Via Mandy Kellogg Rye @Waiting On Martha
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our favorite thanksgiving appetizers.

Why don’t you invite a few friends over this weekend for cocktails and light appetizers? Here are two of our favorite recipes. (These also work if you’ve been asked to contribute something to your family or Friendsgiving meal this year. The second one travels well!)
Browned Butter + Sage Crostini
recipe + photo from Glitter Guide.
Browned Butter + Sage Crostini
What You Need:
  • French baguette, sliced and toasted
  • Prosciutto
  • Buffalo mozzarella, sliced thin
  • Fresh sage leaves
  • Salted Butter

What You Do:

  • 1. Butter slices of French baguette and toast under the broiler until golden. Set aside
  • 2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • 3. In a small skillet melt butter over medium low heat. Add fresh sage leaves and cook until sage is crispy and butter begins to brown in bits on the bottom of the pan. (you may need to remove sage before butter is browned).
  • 4. Top toasted bread with prosciutto and cheese. Bake at 375 until cheese begins to melt.
  • 5. Remove from oven and spoon browned butter over crostini. Top each with a crispy sage leaf or two.
  • 6. Serve while hot! Enjoy.
Pumpkinseed Cheese Log
we like this recipe so much we posted it last year, too.

Pumpkin Seed Cheese Log

What You Need:

  • 1 5oz log goat cheese/chevre
  • 1/2 tsp canola or corn oil
  • 3/4 cup raw pumpkinseeds
  • salt & pepper
  • 3 tsbp pumpkinseed oil
  • crackers (we like sweet wheat crackers)

What You Do:

Let cheese come to room temperature. Place a small skillet over medium heat for 2 minutes; add canola or corn oil and pumpkinseeds. Toss for a minute, then season with salt and pepper. Once seeds have popped but are still green, transfer to a plate; let cool.  Roll cheese in seeds to coat. Drizzle with pumpkinseed oil and serve with crackers.

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bourbon maple apple cider.

We absolutely love experimenting with cocktails during the holidays. This bourbon maple apple cider is totally on our radar:

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image by leah bergman.

Bourbon Maple Apple Cider
Makes 2

6 ounces Bourbon
4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
4-6 teaspoons pure maple syrup to taste
1 cup spiced apple cider
apple slices for garnish
ice

Directions:
1. Fill glasses and a cocktail shaker with ice. To shaker, add bourbon, lemon juice, maple syrup, and apple cider; shake vigorously.
2. Strain into glasses and garnish each with a slice of apple.  Enjoy!

via freutcake.

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homemade happy hour: seasonal crostini + berry gin sparklers.

Happy Hump Day! Instead of meeting your friends at your favorite neighborhood bar, mix it up and invite everyone to your place for a homemade happy hour. Sweep off your patio (or tidy up your living room), throw some fresh flowers in a vase, and lay out the fixings for the two super easy recipes: Seasonal Crostini and Berry Gin Sparklers.

The Glitter Life Crostini
seasonal crostini: choose your cheese, then go crazy with in-season toppings. image: The Glitter Guide.

Seasonal Crostini by The Glitter Guide

What You Need:

  •  French baguette, sliced & lightly toasted
  • Your choice of cheese (options include goat, whipped feta, ricotta, fresh mozzarella and brie)
  • Your choice of toppings (options include roasted tomatoes, marinated olives, artichoke hearts, fresh berries and sliced prosciutto)
  • Your choice of herbs (options include rosemary, basil and thyme)
  • Honey
  • Olive oil

What You Do:

  • Arrange cooled toasts on a platter.
  • Layer on your choice of cheese and then top with your preferred accoutrements.
  • Drizzle on honey or olive oil. Finish with fresh herbs.

Try these combinations:
– Goat cheese with blackberries, honey + rosemary (shown in images above).
– Roasted tomatoes with ricotta cheese, thyme + olive oil.
– Roasted tomatoes with fresh mozzarella, prosciutto + basil.
– Whipped feta with herb-marinated tomatoes + olive oil.
– Goat cheese with sliced pear, honey + thyme.

You’ve got your app. Now, for the cocktail.

The Glitter Life Berry Sparkler
berry gin sparklers: a super-cute excuse to dust off your cocktail shaker. image: the glitter guide.

Berry Gin Sparkler by The Glitter Guide

What You Need:

What You Do:

  • In a shaker combine ice, 1 ounce of gin, 1 ounce of Cassis and shake.
  • Pour into champagne coupe and top with Prosecco.
  • Garnish with fresh berries and mint leaves.

Lay out the drink ingredients and let your guests make these themselves. Ditto for the crostini. Easy, and impressive!

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