Just in case you’re looking for something special to serve your Valentine for Valentine’s Day here are some options that are not only appealing to the taste buds, but to the eye as well.  And, on a day like Valentine’s, visual appeal is important for an impressive presentation.  Don’t you agree?


Cactus Pear Margarita

2 oz. tequila
1 oz. Cointreau or Triple Sec
1 oz. cactus pear syrup
1/2 oz. lime juice

Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker, add ice, and shake for 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled glass with a salted rim, and garnish with lime or fruit juices.


Amore Vietato (Forbidden Love)

- 2 oz. Hendricks gin
- 1 oz. blood orange juice
- Dash simple syrup, 2 strawberries
- 4 slices of cucumber

Muddle fruit with simple syrup, add gin and blood orange juice. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with strawberry, cucumber spiral and orange peel hearts.


The Chocolate-Lovers Margarita

- 3 parts chocolate milk (store bought or homemade)
- 1 part Sauza Silver Tequila
- 1 part strawberry puree or daiquiri mix
- Chocolate covered strawberry

Combine chilled chocolate milk, Sauza and strawberry puree in a tall glass. Stir vigorously to combine. Pour into a glass and garnish with a chocolate covered strawberry.



Strawberry Kiss

- 1 1/2 oz. Absolut Vanilia
- 1/2 oz. strawberry liqueur
- Splash of CranPineapple juice

Combine ingredients and top with champagne.


And, finally one of my all time calorie savin’ faves.  This drink I shared on a previous post with some other wonderful low-cal drinks here.

rockin razzy marg


1/2 tsp. Crystal Light powdered drink mix, Raspberry Ice

-5 oz. water

-1 oz. lime juice

-Garnish (optional):

-Lime wedge

Splenda (or whatever sweetener you prefer) or salt for rim of glass

Bartender’s Instructions

If desired, run some lime juice along the rim of the glass and dip into a dish of salt or sweetener.

On The Rocks: Combine all ingredients, mix well, and serve over ice.

Frozen: Place all ingredients (dissolve Crystal Light in water first) in a blender. Add 1 cup crushed ice. Blend on high until well mixed.

Garnish with a slice of lime.

(By the way, for more low-cal Crystal Light drinks check out their mocktail mixes here.)


And, as always….


Easy To Make Yummy Cocktails For New Year’s Eve


If you are having a New Year’s Eve Party, or just going to a party and want to bring something fun and impressive to drink,  take a look at some of these fabulous drinks from Sandra Lee’s Semi Homemade recipes.



Makes: 1 drink

  • 11⁄2 ounces tequila, Jose Cuervo Especial®

  • 1 ounce blood orange mixer, Stirrings®

  • 1⁄4 ounce blood orange bitters, Stirrings®

  • Ice cubes


    In a cocktail shaker, combine tequila, blood orange mixer, and blood orange bitters. Add ice; cover and shake until very cold. Strain into a chilled glass.



    There’s nothing easier than combining Irish cream liqueur and vanilla flavored vodka for a Cream Twist. Not only is it simple, this creamy, vanilla treat is a real delight.


    Makes: 1 drink

    • 2 ounces Irish cream liqueur, Baileys®

    • 1⁄2 ounce vanilla flavored vodka, Smirnoff®

    • Ice cubes


      In a cocktail shaker, combine Irish cream and vodka. Add ice; cover and shake until very cold. Strain into a chilled martini glass.



      Smooth and creamy, great for anytime of the year but especially soothing after celebratory shouts of "Happy New Year!" The Buca-Cino is an urbane blend of milk, half-and-half, sambuca and gin, simple to make and exquisite to serve.


      Makes: 1 drink

      • 1 ounce half-and-half

      • 1 ounce milk

      • 3⁄4 ounce sambuca, Romana Sambuca®

      • 1⁄2 ounce gin, Tanqueray®

      • Ice cubes


        In a cocktail shaker, combine half-and-half, milk, sambuca, and gin. Add ice; cover and shake until very cold. Strain into a chilled martini glass.


        The mojito is exotic bliss combining sweet and refreshing citrus with mint flavors, and a twist of coconut. Blend mojito drink mix, coconut rum, and a splash of ginger ale to excite your taste buds.


        Makes: 1 drink

        • Ice cubes

        • 11⁄2 ounces mojito drink mix, Stirrings®

        • 11⁄2 ounces coconut rum, Captain Morgan Parrot Bay® Coconut

        • 1 splash ginger ale

        • Fresh mint sprig


          Fill short glass with ice. Pour in mojito mix and rum. Top with ginger ale. Stir gently and garnish with fresh mint.

          POM BLANCO:

          Pom Blanco is a vibrant, festive and fizzy drink to serve at your holiday party. Mixed with tequila, pomegranate, lime juice, and a splash of soda water, this bubbly drink is the perfect prelude to a scintillating evening.


          Makes: 1 drink

          • 11⁄2 ounces tequila, Don Julio® Blanco

          • 3⁄4 ounce pomegranate juice

          • 1⁄2 ounce lime juice

          • Splash simple syrup

          • Splash soda water

          • Cranberry swizzle stick


            In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine tequila, pomegranate juice, lime juice, and simple syrup. Shake vigorously until very cold. Strain into a glass. Top with a splash of soda water. Garnish with a cranberry swizzle stick.



            Makes: 1 serving

            • 4    ice cubes

            • 3    tablespoons apple sourball mix, Hiram Walker®

            • 3    tablespoons vodka, Smirnoff®

            • 2    teaspoons sweet vermouth

            • 1    apple slice


            In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients except
            the apple slice. Cover and shake for 15 seconds. Strain
            into a martini glass and garnish with the apple slice.
            Serve immediately.



            Their taste is well worth toasting—velvety vanilla vodka, pineapple, and Key lime juice, with a top note of cream of coconut, blended into a fitting concoction to bid the year a sweet farewell and ring in a new one so full of promise.


            Makes: 1 drink

            • Ice cubes

            • 2 shots vanilla vodka, Stoli®

            • 1 shot unsweetened pineapple juice, Dole®

            • ½  shot bottled Key lime juice, Nellie & Joe’s®

            • 2 tablespoons cream of coconut, Coco Lopez®


            Fill a martini shaker with ice cubes. Add vodka, pineapple juice, Key lime juice, and cream of coconut. Shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass.


            My Champagne Sabayon is the perfect drink to serve at the conclusion of a huge holiday feast. It is a dessert and a cocktail in one. This tempting treat starts with a blend of honey, berries, and champagne, and ends with a fluffy cream topping that is sure to leave you satisfied.


            Makes: 6 drinks

            • 11⁄4 cups extra-dry Champagne, Moët & Chandon®

            • 1⁄4 cup honey

            • 1 package (16-ounce) frozen mixed berries, thawed

            • 3 teaspoons grated orange zest

            • 1⁄4 cup fresh orange juice

            • 1 package (12.3-ounce) silken extra-firm tofu

            • Orange zest curls (optional)


              In a glass measuring cup, combine 1⁄2 cup of the Champagne and 2 tablespoons of the honey, stirring until honey dissolves. In a small bowl, pour Champagne over berries. Stir 2 teaspoons of the orange zest and the orange juice into berry mixture. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes to 1 hour. For the Champagne Sabayon, place remaining 3⁄4 cup Champagne into blender. Add tofu, the remaining 2 tablespoons honey, and the remaining 1 teaspoon orange zest. Cover and blend on high until smooth. Chill in refrigerator until ready to serve. To serve, divide berry mixture among 6 champagne flutes. Top with Champagne Sabayon. Garnish with orange zest curls (optional).


              How’s that for some drinks that are not only tasty, but down right beautiful!  Have fun, be safe. and please drink responsibly!!

              Happy New Year

              And, As Always, Happy Decorating!


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