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Thirsty Thursday: Cake Batter Martinis

Things are about to get ridiculous. But it’s almost my birthday, so I’m allowed to be ridiculous.

There is no point in even trying to pretend that this drink is in any way, shape or form a normal or practical cocktail. It’s ridiculous and extravagant and is really only socially acceptable to be consumed on ridiculous and extravagant occasions, like birthdays. This cocktail also required a lot of hunting around for the required alcohols, but 3 stores later, I prevaled. My grocery store stocks whipped cream vodka, but not creme de caco. Glad to see what’s a priority for their buying audience.

Now, I must admit I am a little wary of cream based cocktails, unless The Dude and bowling are involved then cream based cocktails are not only acceptable, but required, but this cocktail might have changed that slightly. This is by no means an ‘everyday’ drink, it’s more like a once a year drink, thus why it is perfect for birthdays.

Cake Batter Martinis (from How Sweet Eats)

  • 1 ounce amaretto
  • 1 1/2 ounces Pinnacle whipped cream vodka
  • 1 1/2 ounces creme de cacao
  • 1/2 ounce Godiva white chocolate liqueur
  • 1 ounce heavy cream
  • assorted sprinkles (nonpareils work best)
  • frosting
Using your finger, coat the rim of your glass with frosting – make sure not to miss any spots! Dump sprinkles on a plate and press glass rim into sprinkles, pressing to adhere. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake for about 30 seconds. Strain into glass and drink!

Sunday Summary: November 6, 2011

The end of daylight savings is one of my favorite days of the year. You are given an extra hour and told to sleep in, it’s practically rude not to. I was really looking forward to getting an extra hour of sleep and not waking up to complete darkness outside, but unfortunately my pups did not get the memo and one of them decided it was necessary to wake me up at 5:30 this morning. I was devastated.

Luckily the rest of the weekend made up for the loss of the hour. I got to spend all day yesterday with my best friend and her boyfriend fiancé looking at wedding venues, which was sort of exhausting; weddings are serious business. And last night I had a wonderful Skype date with two of my other best friends. Let me tell you a 17 hour time difference can be rough on a friendship, even a 2 hour time difference can be trying, but it’s always nice to know that your friends are always there , even if they live 17 hours in the future.

And lastly, my birthday is sometime in the near future, which I could really care less about, but it does give me the perfect excuse to make all my favorite recipes and share them, so that’s what we’ll be doing around here for the next week or so. I’m kind of looking forward to that, you should be to. And if you stick around long enough, there will even be a chance to enter my first ever giveaway!

Things I Made This Week:

Things I Want to Make:

Thirsty Thursday: Pear Haymaker

This is a very enjoyable autumn cocktail. It’s light and fruity, but still satisfying on a cool fall evening. Even though there is a lot of ginger in there, it’s not very overwhelming. I used ginger beer (Reed’s Extra Ginger Brew to be specific) and it came out pretty perfect even though the commenters on the original recipe seemed to have an issue with ginger beer.

Pear Haymaker (from Savuer) Makes 2 Cocktails

For the ginger syrup:

  • ¼ cup sliced, peeled ginger
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 pear, chopped, peeled, and cored
  • Ginger ale or ginger beer, to top
  1. Make the ginger syrup: Combine sliced ginger, sugar, and 1 cup water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Strain out ginger solids and discard, reserving syrup in an airtight container.
  2. Divide chopped pear between two 12 oz. tall glasses; muddle in each glass with a wooden muddler. Pour 2 oz. vodka over the pears in each glass, and fill with ice. Add ½ oz. ginger syrup and ½ oz. lemon juice to each glass, stir to combine, and finish with ginger ale to top.
  3. Serve and enjoy!

Thirsty Thursday: Cider Smash

This is a perfect autumn cocktail. When I first read the ingredients, I really wasn’t too sure about them going together all that well, but since it was a Martha recipe, I decided to just go for it. When has Martha ever been wrong?

It’s a tiny bit sweet, with a nice and crispy, tanginess, kind of like a granny smith apple. If you want to get really wild and crazy, you could sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on top, but let’s not get too carried away here.

Cider Smash (from MarthaStewart.com)

  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 4 ounces chilled sparkling apple cider
  • Thin apple slice
Pour bourbon and lemon juice into a tall glass. Top with apple cider. Garnish with apple slice.

Sunday Summary: August 28, 2011

This week was rough. I got a jury duty summons. I found out I have to get a root canal. It’s inappropriately hot here at the moment. I don’t want to talk about any of it.

Luckily, I’m going to Disneyland tomorrow. Since Disneyland claims to be the happiest place on earth, it should make everything better.

Things I Made This Week:

Things I Want to Make:

Things to Check Out: 

Thirsty Thursday: Vanilla Bean Dirty Shirley Temple

So, when I was first starting this blog I googled ‘Santa Barbara blogs’ or something like that to see if there were any bloggers lurking near my hood that I could blog stalk and eventually become friends with. Turns out, not so much. Or they just have really bad SEO. Hard to tell. I did manage to stumble across the blog of a local wedding and event planner here in town, Kelly Oshiro, and while I doubt I will ever have any need for her services, I was drawn in by the pretty pictures and colors. And after poking through several pages of beautiful events, I realized that she also featured a weekly cocktail on her blog. Now, I was a little more interested. Weekly cocktail recipes are something I can actually use in my life, wedding inspiration is not.

These cocktails are the types of cocktails that you would drink if you lived in an Anthropologie catalog. A bit quirky, kinda trendy, a little fancy, something you want in your everyday life, but can’t really afford. They are aspirational cocktails.

The first sip of this drink brought me back to my childhood. I loved Shirley Temples as a kid. Loved them. I only got to drink them when we went out to a fancy restaurant, which was approximately once every 3 years. I have a distinct memory of a Chinese restaurant we used to go downtown, but can’t tell you anything about it except that it’s where I had my first Shirley Temple. So when I saw the Vanilla Bean Dirty Shirley I knew I would have to try it. And luckily for me, this cocktail wasn’t too too fancy. Since I’m broke and value my vanilla bean pods more than most other spices, I decided to forego the vanilla bean pod. But fear not, I can assure you that this drink is just as tasty without the real vanilla bean pod. It also tasted exactly like the Shirley Temples I remember from being a kid, except for the whole vodka part… which if there was vodka involved, would explain a whole lot.

Vanilla Bean Dirty Shirley (from this recipe)

  • 1 1/2 shots of vanilla flavored vodka
  • Fresh, pitted cherries (I used jarred sour cherries)
  • 1/2 vanilla bean scraped (I omitted this, vanilla beans are pricy…)
  • Drop of grenadine (depending on sweetness preference)
  • Sprite or Soda Water (again depending on desired sweetness)
Muddle cherries in a glass until completely smushed. Top with vodka (and vanilla bean if using) and stir together. Add Sprite or soda water, finish with a drop of grenadine. Serve and enjoy!

Thirsty Thursday: Tequila Italian Sipper

Tequila. Balsamic. Intrigued?

As was I.

It’s no secret I’m obsessed with tequila. It is also no secret that I am obsessed with balsamic. So, it should be no surprise that as soon as I saw this drink, I became obsessed with trying it.

When I took my first sip, I honestly had no idea what to expect. I was quite surprised to be met by such a savory flavor, which quickly turned quite sweet. It kind of reminded me of a lemonade type drink because of the contrast between sweet and tart. It was definitely very different than any cocktail I’ve tried before. It is probably not going to become my go to drink anytime soon, but I would definitely consider it again on a hot summer afternoon.

Tequila Italian Sipper (from this recipe)

  • 1 ¼ oz. silver tequila
  • 2 strawberries
  • 1 sprigs of fresh basil
  • 4 drops of balsamic
  • 1 oz. Fresh lime juice
  • 2 oz. distilled water
  • 1 oz Agave Nectar

In a mixing glass muddle fresh strawberries and basil, add the rest of the ingredients with ice, shake 20 times and serve in a rocks glass with fresh ice. Garnish with a fresh spring of basil.

Thirsty Thursday: Strawberry Vodka Lemonade

So it’s no secret that I am a bit obsessed with Joy the Baker. Not in a creepy way. More in a she bakes really amazing things and takes really pretty pictures and really hilarious podcast kinda way. Totally normal. Well, because of Joy the Baker’s wonderful podcast I have also recently become acquainted with Shutterbean. Tracy also makes some really wonderful things. The first time I visited Shutterbean, I instantly knew I was on to a good thing based upon the fact that her most recent recipe at the time was for Strawberry Infused Vodka. Yep, definitely the start of a wonderful thing.

Fortunately for me I have recently become enamored with the idea of canning, so I had the prerequisite mason jar on hand. I also had a lot of fresh strawberries and vodka on hand, this obviously just had to happen as soon as possible. And happen it did.

I will admit I had a little sip of the vodka when it was done and I was definitely less than impressed, but being the intrepid sort, I decided to give it another go. I am quite happy that I did. The results were delicious. A little too delicious. This drink was the perfect answer to a hot and muggy afternoon. It definitely went down very easily. With all the berry action going on, there isn’t much of a vodka taste, which can be both a good and a bad thing.

Strawberry Vodka Lemonade

  • Strawberry infused vodka
  • Sparkling lemonade (I would suggest Trader Joe’s French Lemonade)
  • A couple chopped up strawberries
Combine vodka and lemonade over a couple ice cubes. Top with Strawberries. Serve and enjoy!

Thirsty Thursday: American Beauty Cocktail

This is past Monday I decided that it would only be appropriate to make some patriotic cocktails. I found this drink last week on YumSugar and knew it would be perfect for our 4th of July needs.This drink is perfect for the summer. It’s tasty and refreshing and you probably have all the ingredients on hand already! I used blackberries instead of blueberries, because that’s what I had on hand, and it still turned out perfectly.

I was pretty easy to sell on this drink since raspberries and gin both happen to be two of my favorite things. If you aren’t a fan of gin, I would still definitely try this cocktail. The flavors are very well balanced and the gin isn’t overwhelming. The soda water definitely helps make this a very light and refreshing drink, which is perfect for a hot summer day.

American Beauty

  • 1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 3 Fresh Raspberry and 3 Fresh Blueberries or Blackberries
  • 4-6 Mint Leaves
  • .75 oz Simple Syrup or Agave Nectar (I used Agave)
  • 2 oz Gin (recommended: Bluecoat)
  • soda water


  1. Put the lemon juice, mint, and berries into mixing glass and lightly muddle.
  2. Add the simple syrup, gin, and ice. Shake vigorously.
  3. Fine-strain over the rocks into a double old-fashioned glass and top with a splash of soda. Garnish with lemon wheel and one raspberry.

Makes 1 cocktail.

4th of July!

I love the 4th of July. It’s my second favorite holiday of all time (Thanksgiving is number 1, duh). There is just something about America, summer days and bbqs that gets me all excited and happy. Mama and Papa CC moved to America 30 years ago this year and I will never be able to put into words how grateful I am that they decided to come to this amazing country and work their asses off to provide me with the life and opportunities I have had. I really think most Americans don’t realize how lucky they are. Being an American is such an amazing thing. Traveling around the world and living in former Communist countries will help you realize all this quite fast; hence my proclivity for American national holidays.

I’ve spent the last couple years celebrating the 4th of July and Thanksgiving overseas. Celebrating national holidays overseas, regardless of your home country, brings a whole different sense of national pride. Today was not my typical 4th of July celebration, I was back in America and the threat of work was looming large… I, fortunately, did not have to go into work, unfortunately my boss did. We were hoping to get in a quick lunch BBQ today, but the threat of holiday traffic meant that my dad headed back down to LA much earlier than expected and me and Mama CC were left to fend for ourselves.

The day ended up comprising of a lot of this…

Some of this…

A whole lot of these…

And a lot of this type of thing…

It was pretty much an awesome day.

There will be some appetizer and cocktail recipes up shortly. I have a grill and some tuna to attend to in the mean time.

I hope everyone had an amazing 4th of July!