Cheat Treat! Fireball Apple Cider!


This has become a Kirkwood Family Signature.  SUPER simple and easy, but makes you feel like a fancy pants!  Or maybe it just makes me feel like that.  But it’s the closest I have gotten to making a “mixed drink.”  Other than that white wine sangria I made once.  That was the bomb.  But definitely more of a spring/summer drink.  This is a nice, “warm you up and comfort you because you thought spring was here because it was 41 degrees yesterday but there are 6 inches of snow today” drink.  Speaking of…I bet this would be amazing heated up.  I have to try that now.  Man!

So I love this drink not only for the flavor, but also the memory.  When my sweet grandmother passed away, I was on the first plane to Washington and missed her by a few lousy hours.  Though it was definitely a heart-achy reason to be visiting…the memories were beautiful, and through the tears we had so much fun.  It was what grandma would have wanted.  Laughing.  Playing games (I introduced the West Coast to Kan Jam!).  Being together.  Perfect.  And then, they introduced me to this new drink they love.  And I was forever changed 😉

And all you need is two ingredients:

  • Fireball Cinnamon Whisky (1 Shot)
  • Angry Orchard Hard Apple Cider (1 Bottle-ish, any flavor…for this time I used Ginger, because that is what they introduced it to me with.  But I have since heard that they love other flavors just as much, like Crisp Apple!)

And you probably know where to go from here!

  1. Pour your cider into a chilled glass (if you are drinking it cold.)
  2. Measure out one shot, and dump it in.
  3. Stir.  Sip.  Enjoy!

What you think?!

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Cranberry Gin and Tonic!!!

A special treat after a stressful day!!  One I was very thankful today.  Yes, through the stress today I feel an underlying thankfulness, which seems appropriate since cranberry is usually associated with Thanksgiving 😉  Get it?!  Anywho.  I am also thankful for cuddly puppies, gardens with spring mixes, and a husband that lets me turn our sectional into a giant bed and will sleep on it with me all night, just for funsies.  Perfect end to a tense day. 🙂  Care to try?!  As always, remember to drink responsibly.  😉

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So, here’s what you need:

  • 2 oz Gin
  • 3 oz Cranberry Juice (A little more if you want more cranberry flavor!  That was my route;))
  • 2-3 oz Tonic Water
  • 2-3 Lime Wedges
  • Ice

And here’s how you do it:

  1. Um.  I don’t think I need to explain it haha.  Mix and pour over ice and enjoy!!  Simple, right?!  🙂  What do you think?  What’s your favorite, super easy home drink?

PARTY PACKAGE!!! Post #3: White Wine Sangria

Yeah baby. That’s all I can say. Perfect amount of sweet in my opinion, with a nice fresh fruit flavor! And the basil was such a nice, unexpected touch. It was comforting and refreshing all at the same time, and everybody that tried it loved it!!! And everybody that couldn’t try it because they were pregnant…whined cause they wanted to try it. That’s a good sign, right? 😉

Note that I took this photo after the party, yours will not start out with this much color in the liquid :)

Note that I took this photo after the party, yours will not start out with this much color in the liquid 🙂

It was so pretty, and so yummy, and so easy that I just want to stop talking and tell you how to make it for yourself!! So here we go!! Feel free to slim down the proportions for a more intimate gathering, cause I made it party sized 🙂

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 lb fresh strawberries, trimmed sliced

  • 2 apples, diced into little squares

  • ¾ oz-ish fresh basil leaves (I went light on them since it was my first attempt, feel free to change it to your tastes. The original called for much more but I was cautioned that basil can be overwhelming)

  • 2 bottles of your favorite Chardonnay (I used Barefoot and in the mix it was quite good)

  • 1 C sugar

  • 1 Bottle sparkling white grape juice. Yummy.

And here’s how you do it!

  1. Don’t cut up the basil leaves!! Massage them a bit, or “score” them with a fork to release their flavor. But leave them whole. It’s prettier and I’ve heard they can get stuck in your teeth if you slice them up.

  2. In your serving vessel, put a layer of fruit, some of your sugar, more fruit/basil, more sugar, etc… Let it sit for at least 10 minutes. Ours sat a little longer cause I was looking for the sugar to turn pink…it will draw out the juices of the fruits and pull out wonderful flavors 🙂

  3. Add your liquids, and stir well!!! You can add ice if you’re gonna serve it fast but I didn’t want it to get watered down so I served ice on the side 🙂 Up to you!

  4. Drink responsibly, and enjoy! I sure did!! And so did my guests. Some of them were repeating themselves over and over…. “This is so good!” Haha, it was cute. And a sign that you should try this 😉