Drink Your Pie ~ Caramel Apple Pie Cocktail

As some of you may remember, last fall I might have had a slight obsession with Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie vodka.  I made a Caramel Pumpkin Pietini, a Kahlua Pumpkin Cheesecake Martini, a Pumpkin Pie Frappuccino, a Pumpkin Mudslide AND a Cran-Pumpkin Pop.  I was just a teensy bit out of control, but come on – pumpkin pie flavored vodka?  How could you not have tons of fun with that?

And now, Pinnacle has done it again with their new flavor – Caramel Apple.  I stalked the hell out of this stuff.  I checked the online product locator, I called all the local liquor stores to see if they had it, I’d casually “drop by” Total Wine & More every week hoping to run into it in the vodka aisle.  Then finally last week, there it was.

Two bottles sat on the shelf.  I bought one.  I should have bought them both.

Caramel Apple Pie Cocktail ~ Shake Bake and Party

I had this recipe planned out in my mind as soon as the new Caramel Apple flavor was announced and just as I suspected the vodka, RumChata and apple cider all blend perfectly in this quintessentially Fall cocktail.  In a case of finding exactly what you need when you didn’t even know you needed it, I happened across a bag of Kraft Jet Puffed Caramel & Vanilla SwirlMallows on a toilet paper run to Dollar General.  I couldn’t have found a better garnish for this drink if I had been looking for one.

Caramel Apple Pie Cocktail with Caramel & Vanilla Swirl Marshmallows ~ Shake Bake and Party

This is some seriously good stuff.  It doesn’t even taste like there is alcohol in it.  It tastes like liquid caramel apple pie with a little bit of vanilla ice cream mixed in.  Is there an award for Cocktail of the Year?  Cause this should win it.

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Caramel Apple Pie Cocktail

Ingredients

1 cup apple cider*
1 oz Pinnacle Caramel Apple vodka
1 oz RumChata
ice
* Since there is dairy in RumChata, it can curdle if combined with a liquid that has a high citric acid content.  Try to get apple cider that does not have citric acid listed as an ingredient.

Directions

Combine cider, vodka and RumChata with a few ice cubes in a cocktail shaker.  Shake vigorously for about 30 seconds and strain into a glass.  If you wish, garnish with Caramel & Vanilla SwirlMallows.  You could also rim the glass with caramel, cinnamon sugar, or both!

The cider does start to separate if you let the drink sit too long, so you might want to have a cocktail stirrer handy.  However, this cocktail is so absolutely delicious that it sitting too long really shouldn’t be an issue. 🙂

Caramel Apple Pie Cocktail ~ Shake Bake and Party

If you give this one a try (and believe me, you should!) stop back to let me know what you think!  And don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and all that other good stuff!  The links are at the top right of my page!

Cheers!

~ Angela

Sundae Funday

Here we are folks, Monday AGAIN.  Another weekend has passed by all too quickly and another week looms long on the horizon.  Right now you are probably saying to yourself, Monday mornings are bad enough without this chick bringing me down.  What gives?

I give!  I give you this!

Boozy Banana Split in a glass!

That’s right – I am turning Mondays around!  Okay, well maybe just this Monday but it’s a start, right?

One day a few weeks ago, while perusing Malibu Rum’s Facebook page, I discovered the existence of Malibu Sundae.  Chocolate ice cream, coconut, rum… This sounded SO GOOD that I had to have it!  I hit my usual liquor store which has a huge selection of pretty much everything.  They did not have this.

Neither did any of the other liquor stores within a 15 mile radius of my house.  I know this because I called them all.

“Hi!  I was calling to find out if you carry Malibu Sundae?”

“Malibu Sunday?”

“Sundae like ice cream sundae.”

“Oh, no, we don’t have that.”

I finally found it on the website for a nearby liquor store.  They didn’t have it in-store but I could special order it through their site.

And then it arrived.  And it was good.

It’s delicious by itself, straight out of the bottle.  It’s awesome mixed with Baileys Caramel and half & half.  It’s AMAZING in my Tropical Sundae Cocktail!

Tropical Sundae

Tropical Sundae Cocktail

2 oz Malibu Sundae
1 oz Creme de Banana
2 oz half & half
1 oz pineapple juice
1 banana cut into chunks
ice
chocolate syrup, 1 maraschino cherry, 1 pineapple chunk for garnish (optional)

Combine all ingredients except the garnish ingredients in a blender and blend.  Swirl chocolate syrup inside the glass, pour and enjoy!  Adding a hokey cocktail umbrella ups the cheer factor – especially helpful after another soul-crushing Monday at work.

Malibu Sundae, Banana Liqueur, Pineapple Juice

Cheers!

The Margarita Distribution

I haven’t been posting much lately because I have been busy taking the online Statistics class straight from the depths of HELL.  That’s right my friends, my useless Political Science degree wasn’t enough for me and I’ve been toying with the idea of going to grad school.  Before I can apply to any of the programs I am considering, I have to take a few prerequisite classes that my undergrad degree did not afford me.  One of these classes is Statistics.

When I thought it would be a good idea to take this class online, essentially having to teach the subject to myself, I apparently grossly overestimated my intelligence.  The book might as well be written in Turkish for all I understand of it; the language of Statistics is completely foreign to me.  Stem and leaf plots, p-hat, x-bar and z-scores, Chebychev’s Theorem, letters from the Greek alphabet…  You can see why I needed to take a break from studying for my final to have a drink.

Since Cinco de Mayo is this weekend, I decided to make it a margarita.

Silver Tequila, Mango Syrup

My boyfriend and I went to Chili’s a few weeks ago and I had one of their Mango Margaritas.  It was so good I wanted to try to recreate it at home, and I think I came pretty close!

Mango Margarita

1 oz Jose Cuervo Silver Tequila
2 oz Triple Sec
2 oz Monin Mango Syrup
1 Tbsp lime juice

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker, fill with ice, shake and then pour into a salt-rimmed glass.  Use Statistics book as a coaster while you kick back and relax with a yummy tropical margarita.  There is a 99% probability that you are really going to enjoy this drink!

Wish me luck on my final tomorrow morning.  It’s cumulative, and it seems that I have already forgotten everything except the last two chapters!

Drunken Irish Potato

I know St. Patrick’s Day is still a little over a week away but I had to share this with you now so you have time to go out and buy the ingredients to make this yourself.  You will thank me.

Every now and then I have a flash of semi-brilliance.  Why this occurs when I am staring at my collection of liquor bottles and not when I am facing down a Statistics exam, I will never know.  (Seriously, what crackhead made up statistics?)

Anyway, as I was waiting for the timer to go off on the cookies I am baking for Operation Cookie Takeover (more on that later) I stood staring at my booze shelf (okay, shelves) and thinking about how I wanted to make an Irish Potato cocktail.  All of the recipes I had found contained Baileys Irish Cream, coconut rum or vodka, and cinnamon schanpps or Goldschlager.  Meatloaf says two out of three ain’t bad, but my lack of the cinnamon booze was not going to make me an Irish Potato cocktail.

Then I saw my bottle of Rumchata.  I thought to myself, Not only does it have a lovely cinnamon flavor – it has the PERFECT cinnamon flavor!  Synapses firing, I got to work at mixing up this Irish beauty…

drunken irish potato 1

The Drunken Irish Potato

2 oz Rumchata
1 oz Parrot Bay Coconut Rum
2 oz Baileys Irish Cream
ice

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker, shake, drink, make another!

booze

If you are having a St. Patrick’s Day party you should definitely serve this, and if you are hitting the bars – tell the bartender how to make this (and feel free to direct them to my blog for more fabulous ideas!).  If you are going to drink nothing but beer, I don’t understand you, but have fun anyway.  All of you, take a cab home.

Drunken Irish Potato 2

The “My Car Tried To Kill Me” Cocktail

You’re going to get a doubly informative post this evening!  Not only will you get a new, delicious cocktail recipe –  you will also get a little bit of car safety information!  Sounds fun, no?

After work I went to the grocery store to get some baking supplies for this weekend.  On my way home, my car suddenly began accelerating on its own.  I was zipping along at 50 mph without even having my foot on the gas.  When I pushed down on the brake, it felt like it was pushing right back up against my foot and it took way too long for the car to actually stop.  Even then, the engine was revving.  I felt like Danica Patrick!

Or not.  I was actually afraid I was going to crash into someone or something and die.  Luckily, I wasn’t far from home and made it to my house without incident (other than a minor heart attack).

Then I made myself a drink.

Chocolate Kahlua Cookie Cocktail

Meet the “My Car Tried To Kill Me” cocktail, aka The Chocolate Kahlua Cookie!

Directions

Using a standard sized shot glass (I was too freaked out to actually measure anything), combine in a cocktail shaker:

1 shot of Kahlua
1 shot of Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
Half a shot of Pinnacle Cookie Dough Vodka
Splash of cream or half & half, to tase
ice

Sorry that I don’t have a bunch of cute pictures.  I took just this one and then had to go sit down and drink the damn thing.  It’s definitely something I would make again, though preferably NOT after near death by Ford Taurus.

And this is where the auto safety bit comes in.

1.  A quick Google search has revealed to me that last year the government was investigating sudden acceleration problems in the Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable model years 2001-2006.  Apparently since no one has actually died (yet!) because of this issue they closed the investigation without issuing a recall.  So heads up if you own one of these vehicles.

2. Should this happen to you while driving, it might help to put your car in neutral.  I wish I had known this BEFORE I became Speed Racer this afternoon.  Shouldn’t that be info you have to learn to pass your driver’s test or something?  Might be important someday, yeah?

So, I know cars and booze are not something that you should normally mix but I think this combination is completely justifiable.

Stay safe everyone!  I need another drink…

Oscar the Grouch

I don’t really care about the Oscars.  The best picture nominees are usually movies I have never seen (except for the year Inception was a nominee, I LOVE that movie), nor do I have any desire TO see.  If it were up to me flicks like Wedding Crashers would be up for best picture, not films (based on musicals based on books) featuring Anne Hathaway with a bad haircut and a snotty nose.

Cover of "Wedding Crashers [Blu-ray]"
Cover of Wedding Crashers [Blu-ray]
In addition to my general non-interest in the nominated movies, by this time of year I have this huge sense of deja vu when it comes to these things.

Golden Globes nominees for best picture: Lincoln, Les Miserables, Django Unchained, Argo, Life of Pi, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty.

Oscar nominees for best picture: Lincoln, Les Miserables, Django Unchained, Argo, Life of Pi, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty.

SAG Award nominees for male actor:  Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, Denzel Washington, Hugh Jackman.

Belaj Bluaj Okuloj de Bradley Cooper
He is nice to look at though, isn’t he? Belaj Bluaj Okuloj de Bradley Cooper (Photo credit: МОЛОКО)

Oscar nominees for male actor:  Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, Denzel Washington, Hugh Jackman.

See where I’m going here?  There are a few different movies or actors sprinkled in here and there but mostly – Been there, done that!  I’ll probably end up watching anyway because Revenge won’t be on and I do enjoy the fashion a bit, but I will most definitely NOT be throwing an Oscar Party.

HOWEVER – I have seen quite a few cool Oscar Party food ideas the past few days, and I thought I’d be nice and share a few… If I were going to throw a shindig, I would totally serve up some Tuxedo Hot Dogs!

Tuxedo Hot Dogs {Oscar Party}

Tuxedo Hot Dogs {Oscar Party}, shared by Laurie Turk on Tip Junkie

There would be Oscar statuette cookies…

Oscar Cookies for Oscar Winners!
Oscar Cookies for Oscar Winners! (Photo credit: clarescupcakes.co.uk)

and of course, cocktails.  Check out this article from Good Morning America featuring a specialty cocktail for each of the Best Picture nominees.

Are you throwing an Oscar Party?  What are you serving?  It’s not too late to put bow ties on some hot dogs…

Just One Tequila

One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, ugggghhhhhhhh.

My stomach can’t handle a lot of tequila, but since today is National Margarita Day I HAD to make something!  Before I get into that though, quick question: Why is National Margarita Day in the dead of winter?!  It’s freezing and gray and miserable… Wait, maybe that’s why?  I guess I could go for a margarita now that you mention it!  Good idea!

I was inspired by the copycat Carrabba’s Blackberry Sangria I posted about earlier in the week.  I used two of the ingredients (Tuaca and blackberry syrup) in my contribution to National Margarita Day.

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Blackberry Margarita

1 oz tequila
1 oz simple syrup
2 oz Tuaca
juice of 1/2 small lime
splash of blackberry syrup (to taste)
salt or sugar to rim glass (optional)

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.  Shake, pour and enjoy!

A quick note to the lovely Joanne who found this bottle of simple syrup and was kind enough to purchase it for me – Thank  you!  I can’t tell you how many times I have been deterred from making a drink by seeing simple simple syrup in the ingredient list.  I know it’s not that hard to boil sugar water but when I want a drink, I want A DRINK!  I don’t want to COOK.  : )

blackberry margarita

As you can see, I rimmed my glass with sugar.  I know you are supposed to use salt but I couldn’t help it.  It’s purple sugar and it just looks good.  Besides, tequila already tastes kind of salty to me anyway so I don’t think missing the salted rim detracts from the drink.

blackberry margarita

This margarita is light on the tequila (for weaklings like myself) but definitely not lacking in flavor!  The blackberry, lime and vanilla citrus flavors from the Tuaca are a perfect combination of sweet and tart.

Happy National Margarita Day everyone!  Are you planning on celebrating??

blackberry margarita