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irish cocoa | spiked for st. patrick's day
Ali Hedin | Irish Cocoa

As long as it's St. Patrick's Day and it's on a Saturday, why not start the day with a little 'Irish Cocoa?' There is nothing more dreamy than real homemade hot cocoa and when you pop in a little Frangelico and a few lucky charm marshmallows on top.  Dreamy.  Lucky.

Top of the mornin' to you!

Ali Hedin | Irish Cocoa
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weeknight cocktail | mandarin mule
Ali Hedin | Mandarin Mule for Chinese New Year

Yesterday I shared a really really fast Chinese Chicken Wrap recipe that's super delicious.  You'll love it.  You'll love it even better with a quirky little cocktail inspired by Chinese New Year. 

Clearly, this is really un-authentic.  But that's not what I'm going for.  I like to celebrate.  I like to have a reason to celebrate and I think Chinese New Year is an awesome reason to celebrate.  Who doesn't love good Chinese food and a cocktail?  

Inspired by the sweet and spicy flavors in Chinese cuisine, I added a little Mandarin vodka to a regular Moscow Mule transforming it to a little something that everyone will love!  

Ali Hedin | Mandarin Mule for Chinese New Year

MOSCOW MULE

Over a glass filled with ice, mix together vodka and ginger beer.  Garnish with wedges of mandarin oranges!  

2 ounces mandarin vodka

4 ounces ginger beer

slices of mandarin oranges

Ali Hedin | Mandarin Mule for Chinese New Year
Ali Hedin | Mandarin Mule for Chinese New Year

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weeknight cocktail | shot through the heart
Ali Hedin | Anti-Valentine Cocktail

All month Jordan of Oh Happy Day has been posting the most hilarious "Anti-Valentine" Valentine ideas.  Every time I'm scrolling through them I find myself giggling at her hilarious un-valentine sentiments, like "I need space" or "The magic is gone."

So when I started making one of my favorite cocktails - a Negroni - into something kind of fun for Valentines day, I realized the bitterness of the aperol lent itself perfectly to an anti-valentine cocktail!  

Ali Hedin | Anti-Valentine Cocktail
Ali Hedin | Anti-Valentine Cocktail

SHOT THROUGH THE HEART

makes 4

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake aperol and gin together.  Strain into four cocktail glasses, dividing the gin mixture equally.  Top with Blood Orange DRY Sparkling and serve while it's cold. Cin Cin. 

2 ounces Aperol 

4 ounces gin

Blood Orange DRY Sparkling

Ali Hedin | Anti-Valentine Cocktail
Ali Hedin | Anti-Valentine Cocktail
Ali Hedin | Anti-Valentine Cocktail

weeknight cocktail | watermelon fizz
Ali Hedin | Watermelon Fizz for Galentine's Day

This year I wanted to host a Galentine's Day for my best gal pals.  Unfortunately, we're dealing with one who is just coming out of the ER, two that have been sick, and two that can't stop traveling for work.  It looks like it's turning into a post-Valentine celebration. 

No matter when we get together, these fizzy watermelon cocktails will go down easy.

Ali Hedin | Watermelon Fizz for Galentine's Day
Ali Hedin | Watermelon Fizz for Galentine's Day

WATERMELON FIZZ

serves 4

In a blender, combine watermelon and vodka.  Puree until totally smooth.  Divide equally into four martini glasses and top with DRY Sparkling Watermelon!  Garnish with a heart shape of watermelon skewered with rosemary.

1 cup cubed watermelon

4 ounces vodka

DRY Sparkling Watermelon

Ali Hedin | Watermelon Fizz for Galentine's Day
Ali Hedin | Watermelon Fizz for Galentine's Day

weeknight cocktail | football punch
Ali Hedin | Football Punch

I think a punch is the coolest.  I love pouring big buckets of booze into a cute punch bowl and serving it up.  I also love that it's a one and done kind of thing.  Make a big batch and you won't have to deal with it again for a while.  What better time to not be tethered to the bar than Super Bowl?  

I made this one 'not too strong' so you can continue  to have cocktails for the four hours of football without being totally on your lips by the award ceremony.  If you want to pop it up a notch, add a little vodka!

Ali Hedin | Football Punch

FOOTBALL PUNCH

STEP 1

Combine all ingredients in a large punch bowl and stir

 

STEP 2

Serve in chilled glasses

2 quarts light beer

1 can frozen lemonade concentrate

46 ounces pineapple juice

1/2 cup cointreau

 

Ali Hedin | Football Punch
Ali Hedin | Football Punch
 

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weeknight cocktail | tropical skinny margarita
Tropical Skinny Margarita | Ali Hedin

Usually I would say "This time of year I'm trying to eat healthier" but the reality is, I should probably cut out extra calories on the regular.  Alcohol is a pretty good place to start.  Do you know how many calories are in a margarita?!? It's like a zillion.  I wondered if I could combine tequila + a little juice + coconut water to make a cocktail that's not too heavy in the calories but is actually delicious.  

Nailed it.  

It turns out this is fantastic.  Because it isn't filled with the margarita syrup stuff, it actually needs less salt on the rim than usual.  But it's so much more fun with  a salted rim.

Tropical Skinny Margarita | Ali Hedin

Tropical Skinny Margarita

makes 2 drinks

STEP 1

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine all of the ingredients.  Shake vigorously.  

STEP 2

Run the edge of a lime wedge around the rim of a glass and tip into margarita salt.  Fill the glass with ice

STEP 3

Strain the cocktail into the prepared glasses and garnish with a lime.  Cheers.

 

80mL coconut water

80mL tequila

40mL pineapple juice

Tropical Skinny Margarita | Ali Hedin
Charm Hour :: Tequila Shots

Anyone who says it takes a lot to make a party fun has never had tequila shots.  Line up a tray and watch the fun begin.  The only catch is that you MUST MUST MUST have good tequila.  Bad tequila = a headache which  is not a good time.

Weeknight Party Girl :: Eggnog Affogato

If you like an Eggnog Latte, I have stumbled upon the ULTIMATE Eggnog Latte.  Scoop one or two scoops of eggnog ice cream in a coffee mug.  Top with hot espresso.  It's an Eggnog Affogato and your new favorite coffee.  Especially if you're feeling a little sluggish in the morning from all of the festivities at night.  Like say, tonight?  And tomorrow?