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Cocktails For Any Occasion

By: Amanda Magnus

Needless to say, these past few weeks have been a whirlwind of family get togethers and celebrations. There was plenty of delicious food and drinks enjoyed by everyone! New Year’s was the most recent celebration and it did not disappoint. My husband, Brian, and I were lucky enough to have my mom watch the kids so we could spend New Year’s Eve with some of his family. The night was full of food, games, drinks and finished off with a champagne toast at midnight!

Brian and I ready to ring in the New Year.

Slush Recipe

And that brings me to the drinks we had that night. There are two in particular that are must tries! The first is a homemade slush mixed with brandy or whiskey and topped off with club soda or 7up. I personally made mine with brandy and 7up. But if you prefer a less sweet drink you could do club soda instead. Here’s how to make it:

10 cups water (divided)

1-2 cups sugar (can sub another sweetener)

4 black tea bags

12oz frozen orange juice

12oz frozen lemonade

Brandy or Whiskey

Club Soda or 7up

Start by boiling 6 cups of water on the stove. Once boiling, turn down to a simmer and add 1-2 cups of sugar or other sweetener of your choice. Stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, take off the burner to cool. While that is cooling, boil 4 more cups of water. Once boiling, turn to a simmer and add 4 black tea bags. Let steep for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, squeeze out the tea bags and discard. Let the tea cool. Once the two mixtures are cooled, add in the frozen orange juice and lemonade and stir to combine. At this point you can put the mixture into a container to freeze or you can add your alcohol. If you freeze as-is, you will want to allow time for it to thaw a bit before you make your drinks. You can also microwave it to soften it. If you add in your brandy or whiskey before freezing, this will make it stay more of a slush and not freeze as hard. The amount of alcohol you add depends on how strong you want your slush.

When I made my drink, I filled my 12oz cup about 1/2 full with slush (it did not have alcohol added yet) and then added about a shot of brandy and finished filling my glass the rest of the way with 7up. Another tip is to freeze the slush in smaller containers so you can just take out a little at a time if you don’t plan on having it for a big group.

Chambord Shake

Chambord is a raspberry liqueur.

The Chambord shake is the next drink that is a new favorite of mine. This recipe is so easy and delicious, plus it has ice cream so you can’t go wrong in my opinion! To make this drink you will need:

A Blender

Vanilla Ice Cream

Chambord or any raspberry liqueur

Creme de Cacao (light or dark)

Frangelico (hazelnut liqueur)

In a regular size blender add vanilla ice cream until it’s about 2/3 full. Then add in a shot each of Chambord, Creme de Cacao, and Frangelico. Blend and enjoy! Yes, it’s that easy. And if you think you want a stronger flavor of one of the liqueurs, just add in more to your taste.

Chambord Shake

And there you have it, two delicious cocktails to try the next time you’re in the mood for something different! And a special thanks to Brian’s Aunt Dawn for the delicious recipes!

Do you have a favorite cocktail? Have you tried either of these drinks before? Will you try them the next time you have a get together?


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