A New Post? Whaaaaaa?!

So, it seems to me that I’ve been gone for a quick minute….almost. I’ve been so busy with school and work I haven’t had time to update my blog, BUTTTTTT I have been on Pinterest.

That could only mean one thing….come find me and follow me. I have over 15 thousand pins (I can safely admit I have a problem) and over 42 thousand followers. I have lots of cooking/baking boards as well as drink boards because every one loves a good beverage now and again. Plus there’s lots of other things I love!

Click the following link to check out my pinterest. If you have a pinterest you want me to check out comment below with the link. Also leave your personal pinterest and I’ll follow you 🙂

Nicole’s Pinterst 🙂 

Mint Julep

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Courtesy of the FABULOUS Pixelated Crub, I’ve found the perfect recipe for a Mint Julep. Check out their site and check out the recipe below:

Makes 1 drink

Ingredients

  • Crushed ice
  • 2 tablespoons mint simple syrup (see below)
  • 2 ounces bourbon (use a good bourbon like Maker’s Mark or Basil Hayden)
  • Fresh mint
  • Powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Chill julep cup or glass in the freezer. Fill the glass halfway with shaved or crushed ice and add 2 tablespoons of mint syrup and 2 ounces of bourbon. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Insert a sprig of mint and add more crushed on top, filing the cup. Sprinkle powdered sugar over the top. Insert a straw cut to 1 inch above the top of the cup.

Mint Simple Syrup

Refrigerated, the syrup will last for months.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 bunch fresh mint (about 1 cup, packed), preferably spearmint

Instructions

  1. Combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a saucepan. Place over high heat and bring to a boil, stirring the mixture to dissolve the sugar. Boil 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add washed mint (still on the stem, just stir it all in). Set aside for 24 hours. Strain the mixture into a jar and discard the mint.

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Enjoy! xo

Homemade Cherry-Vanilla Liqueur

As, I continue to stumble on foodgawker I can’t help but to find wonderful recipes to stare with all of you. I don’t know how many people actually read my blog, but who cares. Here is a drink recipe from Tasty Trials. Check out their site and check out the recipe below:

8 ounces Bing cherries, stems removed and pitted
8 ounces vanilla vodka
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons water
Combine all ingredients in a glass jar and shake well. Let sit for at least a week, shaking occasionally. Strain and use in cocktails.
Enjoy! xo

Dirty Pirate Popsicle

This comes to us from Endless Simmer. The recipe is super easy and fun. It’s great for a summertime barbecue. Check out their site and check out the recipe below:

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 1/2 cups Coke
  • 1/3 cup Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
  • 1/3 cup Kahlua

Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a large glass and stir to combine. Pour mixture into popsicles mold.
  2.  Freeze for about 2 hours or until mixture starts to solidify enough to hold a popsicle stick upright. Insert popsicle sticks and finish freezing popsicles overnight. To release popsicles run hot water on the outside of popsicle molds for a 2-3 seconds.

*Slightly flat Coke will produce a popsicle that stays frozen longer. To quickly and manually flatten out the carbonation, empty out enough Coke from a 2-liter bottle to leave a 3-inch space from top of bottle to top of coke. Place cap back on and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Set aside to leave bubbles to subside.

Enjoy xo!

Margarita Cupcakes: Shot Glass Included

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Margarita Cupcakes, who knew? Since tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo I thought I’d post a few more fun recipes I’ve discovered and came across. I’m not a big Cinco de Mayo celebrating for a number of reason: I do not enjoy Spanish food even though I’m Puerto Rican and I don’t drink…so it’s kind of like another day in my book. Anyways, back to the recipe. I saw one of my friends made these cupcakes for a party she’s going to tomorrow and she had a lot of fun making them. Check out Recipe Girl’s website for step-by-step instructions that include pictures as well as other recipes.

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Liquid Marijuana

Yes, you read right. The drink’s name is in fact Liquid Marijuana and no there isn’t actually marijuana in it. Check out the recipe below:

What You’ll Need:

1/2 ounce Malibu rum
1/2 ounce light rum
1/2 ounce blue curacao
1/2 ounce apple pucker (or melon liqueur)
Equal parts sweet ‘n sour mix + pineapple juice
Garnish with a cherry
Enjoy! xo

Blue Valium

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So, if you haven’t joined Pinterest yet…you need to. You honestly don’t know what you’re missing. While spending countless hours on there I find fun stuff like this: Blue Valium (as well as other drinks I’ll be posting in a bit). Here’s how it’s made:

What You’ll Need:

1 ounce vodka
1/2 ounce blue curacao
Equal parts sweet ‘n sour mix + Sprite
Garnish with a cherry
Simple right? Look out for the rest of the drinks 🙂
Enjoy! xo