Crown Royal Maple Cupcakes

Crown Royal Maple Cupcakes

The other day I asked Austin his favorite kind of cake. In typical guy manner, he responded with some nonsense about how he didn’t really have a favorite (Mine is Red Velvet. Shocking, I know). How do you not have a favorite kind of cake? Seriously. I don’t get it. I understand that cake is amazing and it’s all just so good, but you have to have one kind that really does it for you more than the others. Whatever. Men. Anyway…

In my mission to make him the perfect birthday cupcakes, I wavered between Guinness Chocolate Stout Cupcakes and Bourbon Bacon Cupcakes and many ideas in between.

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Homemade Irish Cream

Can we talk about how I spent the week between Christmas and New Year’s?

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Three words: Homemade Irish Cream.

Firstly, I didn’t even know that this was a thing. Making your own Irish cream? Pssssh. Irish cream is magical, therefore I figured that some amazing little leprechauns concocted it at the Bailey’s factory in Ireland (Yes, I know that Bailey’s is probably actually made in the US, but let me have my beliefs, k?). I was just sitting there innocently looking at some of my favorite blogs, and Shawn saw this recipe over my shoulder. Next thing I know, he’s making a list and headed to the store.

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And we spent the next few days drinking it for breakfast and dessert and maybe a little in our coffee in-between meals. Personally, I thought it was better than Bailey’s – a bit more of a chocolate flavor, which is never a bad thing in my book. Also, it was amazingly easy to make. Just melt down some chocolate, mix a few things together, and chill. And I just had to share it… So head over to How Sweet Eats for the recipe! I heard she’s also making milkshakes out of it too…

5 Drinks to Get in the Holiday Spirit

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Nothing says “Christmas Cheer” quite like a good buzz, amirite? Santa’s cheeks and nose were that rosy for a reason, y’all (and it wasn’t the cold). I’m betting he had a pretty sizable stash of Jameson in his sleigh. He strikes me as a Jameson kind of guy.

But anyway, it’s also that time of year where vodka is a great way to combat those uncomfortable “What are you doing with your life?”/”Why aren’t you married?”/”Why don’t you have children?” type questions from family members you only see once or twice a year (if that). So I’m here to help – with 5 Drinks to Get in the Holiday Spirit!

Candy Cane Martini

  • 1½ oz vanilla vodka
  • ½ oz peppermint schnapps
  • 1 oz club soda
  • candy canes for garnish

In a martini shaker filled with ice, pour vodka, schnapps and club soda. Gently stir until chilled, pour into a chilled martini glass. Serve with a candy cane as garnish.

Kahlua and Jameson Eggnog

  • 1 oz Kahlua
  • 1 oz Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 4 oz eggnog

Fill cocktail glass with ice cubes. Pour the Kahlua, whiskey and eggnog into a martini shaker with ice and mix thoroughly. Strain over ice and top with freshly grated nutmeg.

White Christmas

  • 1 oz heavy cream
  • 1/2 oz Frangelico
  • 1/4 oz amaretto
  • 3/4 oz Patron Café

Pour the Kahlua, whiskey and eggnog into a martini shaker with ice and mix thoroughly. Strain into a chilled martini glass and top with freshly grated nutmeg.

Reindeer Tracks Martini

  • 1 oz Cake Vodka
  • 1 oz Chocolate Vodka
  • 1 oz Hazelnut Liqueur
  • 1/2 oz Creme De Cacao
  • Splash Cream
  • 2 Chocolate Cookie Wafers (or Oreos)

Rim a martini glass with crushed up chocolate cookie crumbs and set aside. Shake vodkas, Hazelnut Liqueur, Crème de Cacao, and cream over ice and pour into the martini glass. Dust top with more chocolate cookie crumbs.

Poinsetta
  • 4 oz. champagne
  • 2 oz. cranberry juice
Pour into a champagne glass. Yay!

Lemonade Martini with Frozen Blueberries

I know it’s May, but it’s like a bazillion degrees outside. Little known fact about me: I hate the heat. I’d die happy if it never got warmer than 80 degrees ever again (unless I’m on a beach vacation.. then 85 is acceptable). I’m not sure why I live in Florida still. I mean, it’s hot most of the year here & that makes me cranky.

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Kahlua Peppermint Mocha Brownies

I originally made these about a month ago after a friend gave me a bottle of Kahlua Peppermint Mocha. I’ve always loved Kahlua. I’ve always loved brownies. I’ve always loved Peppermint Mochas. Not difficult to see how this recipe came to fruition.

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