I told you I had a drink for you! 

I am a big fan of a drink on Christmas. Because I can’t handle the chaos. The stuff everywhere, the screeching children, the dog eating all the chocolate Santas. It’s just a lot for my tiny brain to handle. 

So I like a Christmas drink. 

I especially like a Christmas drink that’s sparkly and sweet and could technically pass for breakfast since it’s got orange juice and fruit. That’s a healthy breakfast? Right?

I’ve gotten to where I really like super simple sangrias. I don’t love fussing with a simple syrup so this is literally just fruit, wine, and champagne with a splash of orange juice. I feel like between the fruit, the wine, and the orange juice, it’s plenty sweet but if you wanted a simple syrup, you could totally go for it. Or add Sprite, 7Up, whatever. 

This is probably the last post I’ll put up before Christmas so I hope you you have a wonderful holiday if you celebrate and if not, I hope you just enjoy time with your family. I’ll be posting a lot on Instagram, I’m sure, so make sure you’re following me there to keep up with the shenanigans as we roadtrip across the country! 

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Cranberry Ginger Cocktail

If there’s ever a time for a cocktail, it’s when your car breaks down days before your husband is coming home from Afghanistan, right? I mean, come on car, you couldn’t wait? Really?! 

And of course, it happened right before the weekend so I’m without a car until Monday. And did I mention that our other car – my husband’s car – has a dead battery?

Yep. 

So today we’re talking cocktails! 

There’s a really fun offer at Target right now where you can a free cocktail shaker (seen below) when you mix and match purchases of any three Diet, Regular or TEN Canada Dry, 7UP, A&W, and more beverages: 12 pk. cans and 6 pk. or 8 pk. bottles.

And to make the deal even better, Browse online savings with Target Cartwheel and save 5% on participating product purchases. 

Cranberry Ginger Cocktail

I’ve been obsessed with ginger lately – I want ginger EVERYTHING. Even my bathtub is currently stocked with ginger-scented items. Using Canada Dry in my cocktails has become my new thing because I only like bubbly drinks and the ginger ale is just a nice, delicious shake up from my usual sparkling water. It’s so perfect. 

And since we’re headed into the holidays, I’ve been enjoying pairing it with white cranberry juice. This cocktail is super simple – just the Canada Dry, cranberry juice, fresh lime juice, vodka, and Triple Sec. Use your shaker, get it nice and cold, and then put some lime slices in. 

I would’ve put fresh cranberries in too, but you know, no car. 

Anyway, everyone will be entertaining over the holidays so get your bar stocked and make sure you take advantage of the Canada Dry Shaker Offer Available Exclusively at Target, while supplies last!

Cranberry Ginger Cocktail

Cranberry Ginger Cocktail

For the ginger syrup:
3-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
!For the cocktail: 
1/2 ounce ginger syrup (above)
1 1/2 ounce vodka
1/2 ounce triple sec
squeeze of fresh lime juice
1/3 cup white cranberry juice
1/3 cup Canada Dry Ginger Ale

To make the syrup, place sliced ginger, water, and sugar in a saucepan. Simmer for about 20 minutes, until the sugar has completely dissolved and the ginger has infused the syrup. Strain.
To make a cocktail, combine all ingredients and a lot of ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain into a glass and add sliced lime. 

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Frozen Peppermint Mocha

This is a sponsored post featuring DREAM Latte™.  All opinions are my own.

I don’t know if you know this but I’m kind of a coffee addict. Like, I’m that person that starts thinking about my morning coffee at midnight and has to make a cup of decaf.

Something else you may not know about me is that I don’t drink any kind of cow’s milk, half and half, anything like that. I mean, I make exception for heavy cream every once in awhile just because heavy cream is delicious and I’m weak but other than that, I don’t drink any dairy. I don’t have an allergy, I just prefer to stick to nut milks. 

So I was excited to try the new DREAM Latte™which comes in two flavors: Caramel and Mocha! They are free of soy, lactose, dairy, gluten, and cholesterol. They are rich in calcium and vitamin D and are made from fair trade organic, non-gmo coffee beans.

Most importantly, they are delicious! I have to say, I’m not a mocha person but I’m in love with the DREAM Latte™ Mocha!

Frozen Peppermint Mocha

I wanted to make a frozen drink using the DREAM Latte™ because coffee shop frozen drinks are expensive. Plus, most coffee places still don’t have almond milk! Get with the times, coffee shops! Geez.

I went with a Frozen Peppermint Mocha because, like I said, I don’t usually love mocha so I never have peppermint mochas and then I’m always jealous when I hear other people talking about them. 

That’s weird, right? To be jealous of someone’s ability to like something that you don’t?

I know. 

But anyway, since I do like the DREAM Latte™ in Mocha, I made a quick simple syrup with peppermint extract and blended it all up with ice. Topped it with whipped cream (google coconut milk whipped cream if you’re dairy-free – it’s so easy!), chocolate syrup, and crushed peppermints. 

Frozen Peppermint Mocha

It was so delicious. Peppermint just gets me feeling all sorts of festive so I’m thinking this is going to become my official holiday drink this year. 

Everyone has an official holiday drink, right?

I don’t even know anymore.

Frozen Peppermint Mocha

Frozen Peppermint Mocha

Ingredients

For the peppermint syrup:
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons peppermint extract
For the Frozen Peppermint Mocha:
1 (11-ounce) carton DREAM Latte™ in Mocha
1 - 2 tablespoons peppermint syrup (recipe above)
1 cup ice
whipped cream (try coconut milk whipped cream if dairy-free)
chocolate syrup (dairy free as needed)
crushed peppermints

Instructions

  1. To make the syrup:
  2. Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Lower to low and stir until all the sugar is dissolved. Stir in peppermint extract.
  3. To make the Frozen Peppermint Mocha:
  4. Combine Dream Latte™ in Mocha, 1 - 2 tablespoons peppermint syrup, and ice in a blender and blend until no chunks of ice remain. Pour into a glass, top with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and crushed peppermints, if desired.
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Frozen Peppermint Mocha

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Today we’re going to talk cocktails.

Because Thanksgiving is officially  one month away. And for whatever reason, planning Thanksgiving really stresses me out. Even though it’s just going to be the kids, the husband, the dogs, and little ol’ me.

Yep, the husband’s scheduled to be home in time for Thanksgiving.

Which is another layer of stress. That sounds crazy, huh? You’d think after 9 months, excitement would be the main emotion. Nope. Stress.

Is the house clean enough? Did I lose those 10 pounds yet? The dang dog needs a haircut but I have to time it just right so she’s grown out of the awkward haircut stage when he gets home. (Like he cares.) The kids needs haircuts, too. We all need a special “homecoming” outfit. Have I found a hiding spot for all that Pyrex I bought? I never did find a photographer for the ceremony. I take that back. I never even looked for a photographer!

Stress. Ugh.

I won’t be able to tell you guys that he’s home until he’s, like, standing in front of me. Because there are some real jerks out there in the world. So forgive me for being vague for the next little while.

Anyway, with Thanksgiving ONE MONTH AWAY, it’s really time for me to think about this whole menu thing. Most important thing is officially checked off the list: cocktail!

I bought my first ever (tiny) bottle of Bourbon to make this Bourbon-Apple Sidecar. Even the lovely lady that owns the liquor store was all, “Hmm, this is different for you!” because she’s used to me only buying cheap moscato and Straw-ber-ritas.

It turns out that Bourbon is quite tasty! Especially with a little apple juice!

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You guys, the weather.

It literally rained all day yesterday. While never making it out of the 50s.

What is this.

It reminds me of that time last summer when my husband was on 24-hour duty and somehow his humvee got swept away by a flash flood. He came home soaking wet at 1 am and I was all “HOW IS YOUR PHONE?!” and he just stared at me for awhile before saying, “That Private and I almost died!”

And then I said “No, but really, how’s your phone?”

Not because I don’t care but because… in what world does a HUMVEE get swept away in a FLASH FLOOD in COLORADO?

I didn’t full understand what happened until they had to go dig the vehicle out of the mud the next day and sent photos.

And yeah, we totally had to buy a new phone.

In honor of Colorado’s weather being stupid and ruining the last full week of summer for us, I made margaritas! Margaritas make everything better!

These guava margaritas are super delicious – they just taste like summer! My only complaint is that the guava nectar I used wasn’t bright pink, but hey, it still tastes like guava and that’s the important part!

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