6 Vodka Cocktails for the Fall and Winter

Happy National Vodka Day! What a perfect day to announce my return to the cocktail blog world. It's been a long break andI'm back with a passion and a furry. So many fun things are in the works and I'm just plain excited to share with the internet world again. So let's take a dive into the archives with 6 of my favorite vodka cocktails for the fall and winter months. 

 

Winter Sea Breeze

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There you have it, your girl is back and there will be more great vodka, tequila, bourbon, etc, cocktails and content coming your way soon. 

Cheers!
Jacque

Cranberry Orange Beer Sangria

Sangria, beergria, punch. Whatever you want to name your large batch cocktails, this one should be on your list of "to make for the next party." I've realized over the past few years that I love sangrias because I love the act of sharing a great cocktail with my loved ones. That's true of all cocktails I make, but large batch cocktails allow for more mingling as a hostess and less bartending. I made this cranberry orange beer sangria back in November when I hosted my sisters birthday party. She's a huge beer fan so the entire party was beer themed. More on that tomorrow. 

My taste preferences have shifted away from beer in the past few years. Every once in a while I enjoy popping open a nice cool beer and sipping away. To no surprise, I enjoy a flavorful craft beer –– which Kansas City is growing in almost daily.

But one of the brightest craft breweries in Kansas City, goes by the name of Boulevard. And I'm going to assume that they do what all craft breweries do, pump out delicious seasonal brews for your enjoyment. Which should make it easy to find a replacement if this particular beer is not readily available to you. Ok now, get to it. Scroll down so that you can make this recipe. 

P.S. this recipe is incredibly easy to make. So curl your hair, or take a few minutes to relax before your party. This is a no stress cocktail. 

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Keeeeeeeeep scrolling. 

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WAIT! Don't forget to call your friends and let them know they should come over. 
Back to scrolling now. 

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Almost there! This cocktail was picture perfect, guys. Don't hate the photos. Hate the great lighting. 

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INGREDIENTS

3 cans of seasonal beer (as close to cranberry orange flavor as you can get)
1 cup of vodka
1 bottle of Tropicana Tangerine Lemonade
cranberries and orange slices for garnish

METHOD

Grab a pitcher and fill halfway with ice, cranberries and orange slices. Add in vodka, beer, and tangerine lemonade. Stir and share with your friends!

Wheat Bear Jello Shots

I'm realizing that this post makes 2 jello shot posts in a row... which might raise alarm but only if you think about it for too long. So let's change the subject. Or rather, bring it back to this post. This week we'll be taking a break from our normal craft cocktail vibe and hitting up the beer aisle. And at the end of it all, you'll be ready to host the best beer party one ever did attend. Of course, we had to put a Kansas City swing on it by featuring a KC favorite: Boulevard Wheat. 

Scroll down for the recipe for these wheat beer jello shots and then come back Wednesday for a delicious large batch beer cocktail. 

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INGREDIENTS

2 3-oz packages of lemon jello
3/4 cup boiling water
1/2 cup room temp or cold water
12 oz boulevard wheat bear
2 oz vodka (optional)

How To Make

Prep your mold. I used both lemon slices and plastic shot cups. The lemons did not hold up as intended so move forward with that option at your own pace. Arrange your molds on a baking sheet. 

Pour jello powder into a mixing bowl and add boiling water, whisk until powder dissolves. Stir in the ice water and then add the beer. 

Pour jello mixture into your molds and put in the fridge for 4+ hours. 

Wine Gummies for Valentines Day

Valentines Day can be a dreaded holiday for many. In full honesty, I've never truly celebrated the holiday myself. This year i decided to focus my energy on galantines day since one of my biggest growths in 2016 was building strong friendships with some very inspiring women. But whether you're celebrating V-day or G-day or "Fuck it, I love my cat day" these wine gummies (See: fancier word for jello shots) are sure to hit the spot. 

And as is a trend with the wine marshmallows I shared earlier this week, they are very easy to make. Plus, anytime I bring these up to friends they act as if I've created a magical treat that only a goddess is worthy of. So, you can get brownie points for that! 

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The first time I tried this recipe (and the one pictured here) was with cherry gelatin, but I found the flavor to be overpowering so I tried again with unflavored gelatin and had a much better appreciation for the gummies. 

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RECIPE

*Note: recipe has been adapted from Feast and West's Champagne Jello Shots*

INGREDIENTS

2/3 cup of water
1 cup red wine
2 packs of unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup vodka or tequila

INSTRUCTIONS

In a saucepan over medium heat, whisk together water and gelatin until gelatin has dissolved.
Remove from heat and whisk in your red wine and vodka/tequila.
Fill in desired mold or baking pan. 
Refrigerate for a minimum of 3 to 4 hours. 

Red Wine Marshmallows Dipped in Red Wine Chocolate

Red Wine hot chocolate has been making quite the stir on social media in 2016/2017. At times it felt like I saw a new recipe for red wine hot chocolate about every day. So much so that I almost tried to make a red wine coffee cocktail. I still haven't tried it and am still convinced this could be a delicious drink to sip on after a great meal. Maybe I'll give it a try this weekend and if it pans out the way I hope I'll post it here for you all to enjoy. I kept seeing this cocktail pop up on my feed and every time I would think of my favorite part of hot chocolate, the marshmallows. 

I love marshmallows. In every form they come in, I think they are great. Especially the marshmallow fluff variety.  I was once on a date and the waiter came to tell us of the dessert options. Something fruity, or something topped with marshmallows. My ex immediately told the waiter we'd have the toasted marshmallow topped option. I won't call it love at first marshmallow order... but... 

It was for one of my old clients that I actually first made my own marshmallows. I don't know what truly motivated me to raise my hand for this task, but I found out how simple and delicious the process is I knew I'd never be able to turn back to store bought brands. 

When you take my love of marshmallows and a trend that just won't quit, you get a delicious marshmallow to put in your hot chocolate or to enjoy with your Gals or Guy for Valentines Day. 

*Shout out to The Gastronom blog for re-inspiring my love of boozy marshmallows.*

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RECIPE


INGREDIENTS

Note: Adapted from liquor.com's Adult Marshmallow recipe
For Marshmallows
2 packets of unflavored gelatin
8 tablespoons water
1/3 cup red wine
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
powdered sugar - as needed

For Chocolate Coating (increase as needed)
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 tablespoon red wine

INSTRUCTIONS

To Make The Marshmallows
Coat a 11x17in pan with cooking spray and powdered sugar. (Note: you can increase or decrease pan size as needed for increased/decreased depth in marshmallows) Make sure all of your corners get covered. 
In a small saucepan mix water and gelatin until gelled together. Once gelled, turn heat on to a medium temp and mix in red wine. Turn the heat up and bring the mixture to a boil. THen remove from heat. 
Transfer the mixture into a bowl (preferably you have a stand mixture. But if you're like me I just grab my largest mixing bowl. The higher the walls of the bowl, the better.) 
Let your mixture cool down for 2-3 minutes.
Once cooled use your mixer + whisk attachment at a medium-high speed for 15+ minutes. You will watch the mixture become fluffy and light pink/purple from the wine. 
Pour your mixture into the prepped 11x17in pan. Use a spatula to get as much of the mix into your pan. 
Cover your pan with saran wrap and wait 4+ hours for your mallows to set. 
Once set, use a knife to cut your marshmallows. I usually dip my marsh in powdered sugar since they can be quite sticky. 
Dip marshmallows in chocolate as desired.

To Make the Chocolate
Melt your chocolate in the microwave. Take out and add in red wine. Heat in microwave for a few more seconds and then stir will.
Dip marshmallows in chocolate as desired. 

Enjoy!
Jacque