10 Purple Rain Cocktails – RIP Prince



2016 has seriously sucked when it comes to losing cornerstones of my childhood. I took a break from working to hop onto Facebook and was greeted with the news that Prince had suddenly passed away. Seriously? I was just singing along to his songs in the car the other day and had a hankering to watch Purple Rain (affiliate link) for the millionth time. Now I am sad, but also felt the need to look up some Prince cocktails, in case anyone feels the need to raise a special glass to this musical legend. So, I started with the most obvious choice, Purple Rain cocktails. A quick glance on Wikipedia showed only two verisons, but when I kept digging, I found even more. Continue reading “10 Purple Rain Cocktails – RIP Prince”

20 Grapefruit Mimosa Recipes

The definition of a mimosa is usually an orange juice base with champagne added to it. Some definitions also include the use of any other citrus fruit as the juice base. A popular citrus fruit juice for breakfast is grapefruit. While not my favorite fruit juice, I think that dressing it up with some other flavors would make a grapefruit mimosa an interesting alternative for brunches. I also know that many people like it a great deal, so they may prefer these versions. What say you? Continue reading “20 Grapefruit Mimosa Recipes”

10 Guinness Cocktails

You love the Guinness, whether bottled, from the tap, or even extra stout. It’s so good on its own. It’s even like a full meal in some ways. Have you ever tried it mixed in anything else? I already knew about a couple of Guinness cocktails, but apparently there are several more that I’ve never seen before. So, here they are, gathered together, for all of us to check out. Enjoy! Continue reading “10 Guinness Cocktails”

8 Guinness and Bailey’s Cocktails

Guinness and Bailey's Cocktails

St. Patrick’s Day brings out the Irish in all of us, even those of us who do not have a drop of Irish in their blood. I do tend to enjoy Bailey’s Irish Cream year-round in a variety of ways. I do not often drink beer, but will grab a Guinness if one of my favorite craft brews is not on tap. I have fond memories of Irish Car Bombs at the Irish pub in my neighborhood. We just had the St. Patrick’s Day parade over the weekend and the actual holiday is coming up in a few days. So, I decided to go on a quest for more Guinness and Bailey’s cocktails, to give me something new to try. Here is what I found.

Irish Car Bombs – Yes, I must kick it off with my favorite classic drink, anyway. Here is an easy recipe from Mix That Drink. These definitely pack a punch, so make sure you are not the one driving! One is likely plenty to get you happy for the evening. Two, and I know I am going down for the count.

Baby Guinness Jello ShotsSlim Pickins Kitchen has these little Jello shots that have a bottom layer of Guinness Jello and a top layer of Bailey’s Jello. I’ve never heard of using either in a Jello mixture, but I am sure they have an interesting flavor!

Irish Car Bomb Pudding Shots – Okay, so you can’t quite shoot pudding the same way that you do a regular shot. But I imagine that much like a Jello shot, you can just use your tongue to get all of the goodness of the pudding shot. My Sweet Sanity also recommends using a spoon if you want, but I think it can be fun to get a little messy here and there. Guinness in the chocolate pudding, Bailey’s in the vanilla pudding, and Jameson in the chocolate sauce. It sounds fantastic.

Guinness Milkshake – This one is perfect for the St. Patrick’s Day holiday, an adult version of a Shamrock Shake. Lemons for Lulu starts with vanilla ice cream, and then adds Guinness, Bailey’s, and a touch of Creme de Menthe.

Irish Hot Chocolate – Now, this is one that I can see myself enjoy year-round, particularly on really cold nights. Food 52 teaches us how to make a syrup out of Guinness that becomes the chocolate base for the hot chocolate. You’ll give it an extra kick with Bailey’s and Jameson’s. I can feel the inner heat and relaxation building up. I would even consider putting coffee into it for an added jolt.

Guinness Affogato – Have you ever had affogato? It’s espresso poured over ice cream or gelato and it is absolutely fabulous. I love to indulge every once in a while over the summer. This version on Bon Appetit tops it off with Guinness and also recommends putting in a shot of Bailey’s. I cannot wait to get my hands on one of these!

Guinness Beer Float – This is another dessert-type combination that Nugget Market recommends just sticking a straw into these Guinness and Bailey’s cocktails. Pour the two over vanilla ice cream and top it off with a caramel sauce.

Guinness Double Chocolate Malted Milkshake With Bailey’s Whipped Cream – Okay, you aren’t going to get this one in a bar, either, but it would be easy to make at home. Just take all of the advice that Foodie With Family gives you about not making a giant mess in the house. (It’s rather amusing, and totally something I would have done.) You get a nice malted flavor without a strong beer taste as you use Guinness and chocolate ice cream for the milkshake and then whip up some Bailey’s whipped cream. I would personally skip the Whoppers candies as garnish, because I am not a fan, but otherwise, this sounds great.

Which one of these Guinness and Bailey’s cocktails are you going to try?

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20 Variations on Orange Juice Mimosas


My favorite part about Sundays has quickly become having my orange juice mimosas at my weekly brunch down at the neighborhood bar and grill. They are so refreshing and tasty. Plus they’re somewhat healthy with all of the Vitamin C, right?

I had never thought about there being variations on the traditional mimosa, but after sampling some other variations recently, I decided to look. Sure enough, I found a number of fantastic variations that I am eager to try. Maybe you would like to use a cousin of the regular orange. Perhaps you enjoy the taste of your orange juice mixed with another fruit juice or a splash of syrup for flavor. Some of these even use different kinds of liquor for an added kick.

So, here are some variations on traditional orange juice mimosas. Which ones would you like to try?

Tangerine Mimosas – The tangerine is the sweet and tasty cousin of the orange, so of course it would make for a lovely adult beverage treat. Baker By Nature has this yummy version that includes an extra kick with some vodka!

Mandarin Mimosa – Also related are mandarin oranges. They have always been one of my favorite snacks. Laylita’s Recipes relives her childhood in Ecuador by juicing mandarin oranges for her mimosa. This would be so sweet and refreshing!

Bleeding Mimosa – Somehow this drink from Domestic Fits makes me think of Dexter. It’s the whole blood orange thing and the fact that I just binge watched the entire series again on Netflix. I think even he would approve of these. I love the ingenuity of freezing the orange juice and letting it melt into the champagne, giving it that bleeding appearance. This would also be great for Halloween!

Lemonade Mimosa with Blood Orange – This version from Sugar and Charm may use lemonade as the base, but then adds blood orange juice for a mix of sweet and sour before adding the champagne kick.

Blushing Mimosas – Pineapple and orange juice mixed together is a sweet treat that I love in the morning. My Recipes has the two paired up with a splash of grenadine for a sweet and beautiful cocktail.

Lazy Sunday Mimosa – Food Network uses half blood orange juice and half pineapple juice as the base for their version, also recommending a bit of Grand Marnier for added flavor.

Strawberry Pineapple Mimosas – Damn Delicious creates my favorite mix of orange juice and pineapple juice in this mimosa and then garnishes with thinly sliced strawberries.

Sunset Mimosa – A Cup Full of Sass takes a traditional mimosa and gives it a colored flair with a splash of raspberry syrup. That sounds absolutely lovely!

Cranberry Orange Mimosa – Recipe Runner gives a traditional mimosa a hint of flavor by adding a splash of simple cranberry syrup. This is perfect for those who like the taste of cranberries, but don’t like all of the sweetness of the juice.

Mimosa Sangria – Mimosas and sangria are two classic beverages for get-togethers. Sprinkled With Jules found a way to put the two together. You have to do some preparation ahead of time, by way of a few hours or overnight. But it’s totally worth it.

Mimosa Punch – This is somewhat similar to the sangria recipe, only you prep in advance with some Grand Marnier. Serve it the next day with the champagne and you are good to go. Thank you, Susie Homemaker, MD for the idea!

Orange-Peach Mimosa Slushies – Climbing Grier Mountain brings a summery feel to the classic morning treat by blending orange and peach slices to thicken the icy orange juice mixture and to cool off.

Frozen Cranberry-Orange Mimosa – Crunchy Creamy Sweet also likes to freeze her juice ahead of time. She freezes cranberry juice and orange juice separately and then blends them into a slushie. Keep them separate for a layered look or blend the all together before adding the champagne. Recipe Girl does something similar, just not frozen juices.

Mulled Orange Mimosa – We traditionally think of mimosas as being a nice chilled brunch treat. But what better on a cold winter morning than a hot beverage? All She Cooks came up with this simple and tasty hot version that you can make in a crock pot.

Mimosa Margaritas – Blending the best of both worlds, Tablespoon takes the idea of a mimosa and turns it into a margarita. It reminds me more of a tequila sunrise. The Blond Cook actually does do half mimosa and half tequila sunrise in her Tequila Sunrise Mimosa. Both of these sounds fantastic, as I love my tequila!

Kentucky Mimosas – Forget the champagne! Use club soda to make these drinks fizzy and bourbon for a kick. The Bitten Word teaches you how to cook a sugar and sage syrup for added flavor.

Mimosa Moon – Hampton Roads Happy Hour brings new color to this breakfast treat by adding Blue Curaco to a traditional mimosa.

Amaretto Mimosa  I think Mommy of a Monster is my new hero for introducing us to adding a shot of amaretto to a traditional mimosa. She even mentions in her post something about almond champagne. Where is this loveliness hiding? This one is at the top of my list to try.