Processed with VSCO with c4 presetHello my loves! It’s been a while since I’ve posted a blog post so I thought I’d get a quick little recipe up here for the holidays and New Year. I haven’t been blogging because I’ve been VLOGGING!! For those of you who don’t know what vlogging is, it’s just me essentially documenting my daily life in video form so you can see what I’m up to day to day. I’ve been doing this for the month of December so you guys can get a better feel for what I’m really like behind the words and cocktail recipes! You can actually see me making this Sangria in my Vlogmas Week 4 post which should go up on my YouTube channel the week after New Years! If you would like to watch any of my videos or subscribe to my YouTube channel click HERE.

So, this Sangria recipe is super simple but absolutely delicious. Hope you guys love it and if you recreate it make sure you tag me on any of my socials so I can see!

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INGREDIENTS

2 bottles of Cabernet (whichever brand you prefer)

Orange Liquer (any brand)

3 Red Apples

3 Large Oranges

Fresh Rosemary

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HOW TO MAKE

Cut apples into small cubes add them to the container your Sangria is going in

Slice one orange into wheels or half moons and add to apples

Add fresh rosemary on top (I just put the whole container of them in)

Pour the two bottles of Cabernet right on top of all of the fruit and rosemary

Add half of the bottle of orange liqueur (.5L) – you can adjust the amount of this if you don’t want it to be as strong

Juice the two leftover oranges into the Sangria bowl

Stir all of the ingredients together and let sit overnight so the fruit can soak up the booze

That’s it!!!!¬†Just pour over ice, and add some of the sangria soaked fruit in and drink. So simple and it’s such hit at any party or just to keep in your home for the frigid cold days where you don’t want to leave your house! Fair warning though, this Sangria is surprisingly strong and it will creep up on you haha

Cheers guys ūü•ā

Denise Whelan

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Hello my loves!! Welcome back ūüôā Today I’m mixing up some Moscow Mules for you guys. I feel like this year, the Moscow Mule was the unofficial drink of the summer, and since summer is about to be over what better way to say goodbye than with a recipe for this elegant and easy cocktail. As a bartender, I realized that so many people had just learned about this drink and were wanting to try it out (mainly because of the adorable copper mug it comes in). There are so many delicious variations of the mule but I figured that I would keep it simple this time around! So, let’s just get right into the ingredients shall we?

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I purchased these cute little copper mugs at TJ Maxx but I know you can get them pretty much anywhere at this point. I’ve seen them at Target, Homegoods and on Amazon too.

Now that you have all of the ingredients, building your cocktail is the easiest part. Just fill your pretty little copper mug up all the way up with ice (I prefer crushed ice for this beverage.) Then add right on top of the ice..

2oz of your favorite vodka

.5oz of lime juice

As much or as little agave syrup as you’d like (I don’t like any, my husband likes about 3/4 oz in his)

Fill to the top with ginger beer (whichever brand you prefer, they have a ton of options at the liquor store and they all taste so different, the one I chose is more spicy and less sweet which is why my husband likes the agave syrup added to his!)

Stir and enjoy!

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How crazy easy was that? It’s such a simple yet elegant drink that’s so fun to drink and plus it’s adorable. Makes for a great insta post, am I right? ūüėČ Some like to garnish this cocktail with a mint/basil leaf, I just kept it simple with a lime wheel.

If you try this cocktail at home, take a picture and tag me on Instagram @denise_whelan!!

Muah ūüíč

Denise ‚úĖÔłŹ

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Welcome back my loves! It’s a new week, so I’ve got a new cocktail recipe for you guys. I decided to do a spicy Bloody Mary because, well why the heck not? Everyone knows that millennials love their brunch but sometimes I’d rather stay in bed and brunch with my hubby at home. So, for those weekends that we decide to stay in, this is the perfect Bloody Mary recipe to go with whatever you decided to cook up!

INGREDIENTS:

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HOW TO MAKE:

Fill glass of choice with ice

Add 1 can of tomato juice over ice

Add 1.5oz of Absolute Peppar

Juice half of a lime into glass

Add a pinch (seriously barely any) horseradish into glass

Add a splash of olive juice

Add .25oz of  Worcestershire sauce

Add Tabasco to taste (I like mine EXTRA spicy)

Stir in glass with a stirrer or spoon

Garnish with celery sticks and a lime wheel

Ta Da!!! You’re done. Repeat as necessary haha

FYI: I rarely ever measure ingredients except for the liquor! I usually adjust the ingredients to taste depending on my mood. For example, my husband doesn’t like it as spicy so I only put two to three splashes of Tabasco and extra like juice in his. When it comes to me, I like the first one to be SUPER spicy, so I load up the Tabasco and horseradish and then usually go heavier on the Worcestershire¬†and olive juice for the second round.

What cocktails do you all want to see next? Leave me a comment below.

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Xoxo,

Denise Alexandra

 

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Hello loves, it’s me again! I’m back, but this time with something super delicious. For those of you who do not know me, I am actually a bartender in NYC. So, naturally I’m going to make sure that you guys get some yummy cocktails out of this deal, right? DUH!¬†For my first cocktail on my blog, I couldn’t think of a more perfect choice than my favorite drink; a spicy margarita!

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There are so many different variations of the spicy margarita and I’ve loved every one that I’ve tried so far. When it comes to making a drink at home,¬†let’s be honest,¬†the easier the better. So I put together the most simple, yet freaking yummy, spicy marg for you guys! Also, because of how simple it is, it keeps the calories very low.¬†What more could you ask for?

WHAT YOU NEED: (ingredients)

Silver/Blanco Tequila (pick a favorite) I used Deleon but I also like Herradura and Patron

Organic agave nectar

Limes

Fresh jalape√Īos

Cocktail shaker

Muddler

Fruit juicer (handheld)

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS:

Step 1: Slice jalape√Īos into 1/4 inch slices and remove the seeds.

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Step two: Add 3 slices of jalape√Īo and 3/4oz of agave syrup into your cocktail shaker.

Step three: Muddle the jalape√Īos and agave together with a wooden muddler if you have one. Full disclosure,¬†I couldn’t find my muddler so I used the clean backend of a screw driver to muddle it!! I’m not even joking people, use what you’ve got¬†(I told you this was easy.)

Step 4: Fill the shaker up with ice and add 1.5oz of tequila.

Step 5: Cut 2 limes in half and hand juice them into the cocktail shaker. If you don’t have a hand juicer just literally squeeze the juice out with your hand. It should create about 2oz of juice if you feel the desire to measure it.

Step 6: Shake it!!!!! The more you shake it, the better it tastes. Okay, not really, but make sure you shake it enough to get it super chilled.

Step 7: Pour ALL of the contents from the shaker into a glass of your choice. Then top with more ice if you need it.

NOW DRINK YOUR MASTERPIECE!!!

Obviously, you can make more than one at a time in the shaker (just double the ingredients.)¬†Also, you can adjust¬†the ingredients to your particular taste. For example, I don’t like mine as sweet as my husband does so I add a little less agave syrup to mine. I hope you all enjoy this spicy margarita as much as I do.

CHEERS!!

Denise Alexandra ūüíč

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