CLINK

With New Year's Eve coming up I thought it would be appropriate - nay necessary! - to peruse through this year's Art Drank posts in search of the perfect NYE cocktail. I've narrowed it down to my five favorite candidates... which one do you think is NYE-worthy? No. 1 Strawberry Prosecco Float

Ingredients

strawberry sorbet prosecco colorful straws (required... kidding/not kidding)

Directions

Scoop sorbet into glasses. Pour in prosecco. Two steps? Yessss. I love easy recipes.

drank photos by artsocial, recipe inspired by Bakers Royale | watercolor by Caitlin McGauley

 

No. 2 Rosemary Gin Fizz

Ingredients

3 one-inch sprigs of fresh rosemary 1 small lemon, juiced 1/2 teaspoon honey 1 1/2 ounces gin 3 ounces club soda

Directions

In a small drinking glass, muddle the fresh rosemary, lemon juice, and honey. Fill the glass with ice, then pour in the gin and top with club soda. Give it a little swirl with a spoon.

Thirst by Linus Ricard. Rosemary Gin Fizz via Cookie and Kate.

 

No. 3 Cider + Bourbon + Ginger Ale

Ingredients

2 parts apple cider, refrigerated 2 parts ginger ale, refrigerated 1 part bourbon apple slice to garnish

Directions

Mix apple cider and bourbon together and refrigerate for at least one hour. Before serving, add ginger ale to cider and bourbon. Serve over crushed ice and garnish with an apple slice (optional, of course, but so adorbs).

Drank image by artsocial | recipe by Creative Culinary | Enjoy Every Moment by Kelli Murray via Society6

 

No. 4 Pomegranate Gin and Tonic

Ingredients

2 ounces gin (I used Bombay Sapphire Gin... and 1 ounce is equal to 1 shot glass - did everyone already know this except me??) 4 ounces tonic water 2 ounces pomegranate juice (I used POM 100% pomegranate juice) lime for garnish

Directions

Pour gin, tonic water, and pomegranate juice into a cocktail shaker. Gently shake. Pour over ice. Time to enjoy.

Pomegranate Seeds, Organized Neatly by Yes Menu; drank photo and recipe by artsocial.

 

No. 5 Spiced Pear Margarita

Ingredients

makes 1 cocktail

1.5 oz silver tequila .75 oz Poire William eau-de-vie (pear brandy) 1 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice .75 oz spiced simple syrup (see below)

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Fill the shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass (rimmed with spiced sugar (see below) if you wanna).

For the spiced simple syrup and spiced sugar, go to The Kitchn.

 

Oh this is gonna be a tough choice... vote for your fave in the comments or tweet at me! I'm leaning towards that cider/bourbon/ginger ale... you just can't beat that combo.

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Vanilla and pear go together like bread and butter, milk and cookies, blogs and blog readers... art and dranks?? My point is, it's good. And when you add some vodka to that equation, the relationship between vanilla and pear goes from great to amazeballs.

These vanilla art prints by Dana Russel via Society6 are so effortlessly beautiful, dontcha think? I can almost smell vanilla just looking at them... hmm maybe I do smell vanilla. I just made this drink after all.

Vanilla Pear Cocktail (recipe via the awesome blog Two Tarts)

Ingredients

12 oz (1.5 cups) pear juice 6 oz vodka 1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped vanilla sugar, for rim 1 cup ice, plus more to serve over

Directions

Mix pear juice and vodka in a pitcher or shaker. Split open the vanilla bean, and scrape the seeds into the juice and vodka. Add 1 cup ice, then give it a good shake. Pour into cocktail glasses over more ice and serve with sugared rim. Makes 4 drinks.

Vanilla II and Vanilla by Dana Russel via Society6 | drank recipe via Two Tarts | drank photo by artsocial

 

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Ever since fall officially hit, I've developed a bit of an apple cider crush... ok, maybe full-on obsession. There's a gallon-size jug in my fridge right now... I mean, no one person needs a gallon of anything. It's just so nice to come home, put on some cider, and settle in for the evening. Needless to say, with a whole gallon at my disposal I've gotten pretty creative with my cider... enter: Wassail Punch. This recipe from The Kitchn is a must-try this holiday season - omigah am I really using that phrase already??

Wassail Punch Serves 6

Ingredients

6 cups apple cider 1 cup orange juice 4 cinnamon sticks, plus additional for garnish 6-8 whole star anise, plus additional for garnish 1 tablespoon sugar Pinch of allspice Juice of one lemon Bourbon or whiskey (optional, of course)

Directions

Bring all of the ingredients to a low boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for a few hours. Serve hot; spike with bourbon or whiskey. Garnish with whole cinnamon sticks and star anise, if you're feelin' fancy.

photos by artsocial | drank recipe via The Kitchn

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Last Halloween I made the jiggliest of treats - Candy Corn Jello Shots. Classy snack to bring to a party, yes? Don't worry, these are less college dorm room and more respectably delicious.

Candy Corn Jello Shots

Ingredients

10 oranges 1 box orange jello 1 can coconut milk 1 envelope Knox geletin 1/4 cup sugar 1 bottle Pinnacle whipped cream flavored vodka

Directions (by far the most elaborate recipe in Art Drank history... but oh so worth it)

1. Prepare oranges by cutting them in halves and hollowing out the peel. This may sound easier than it is. The trick is to take a paring knife and score around the insides to carefully loosen the citrus, then spoon it out. Arrange the hollowed out orange bowls on a cookie sheet (securely upright) or in a cupcake pan.

For Orange Layer

2. Boil one cup of water then stir in packet of orange jello. When dissolved slowly add one cup of vodka and stir. Pour orange mixture into the orange peels, filling half way. Let refrigerated for at least 2-3 hours or until firm.

For White Layer

3. Pour 1/2 a cup of water and 1/2 a cup of coconut milk into a sauce pan and then sprinkle1 packet of Knox gelatin on top. Let is sit for one minute, then turn on medium heat and stir until dissolved. Add 1/4 cup sugar and heat until dissolved.

Turn off the heat and wait until the mixture is just warm and then add 1/2 a cup of vodka. Pour into oranges on top of orange jello layer.

4. Let refrigerate overnight.

5. Quarter the halves with a sharp knife, then cut those halves in half again.

photos by artsocial | recipe via That's so Michelle

 

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It's that time of year, friends. Sweater season. I love a good cardigan - and I usually always have one with me (I carry a big bag). Anyhoo, Colorado in October usually means it's cold enough to wear sweaters and sip hot chocolate, but still warm enough to get away with wearing flats. This glorious grace period doesn't last long... I'll be starting some serious winter boot shopping soon. Any recommendations for me? Since I'm not a big coffee fan (I know, it's cray), I love a good hot chocolate... if you follow me on the 'gram, you've noticed my new-found love of Starbucks' salted caramel hot chocolates. I knew, with the help of the internets, I could find a good copycat recipe online... thanks, Savory Sweet Life!

Please note, I made a few adjustments to the recipe - I decided to be "healthy" and forgo the whipped cream. I also thought it would be cute/delicious to add chocolate shavings to the rim of the mug... well it is, until you pour in an extremely hot beverage. Then the shavings melt. Smart, Erin. Smart.

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Ingredients

3 tablespoons caramel syrup, heated to luke warm (recipe here) Hot chocolate (4 tablespoons of ganache plus 6 oz. of milk, heated) Pinch of medium coarse sea salt Whipped cream (optional)

Directions

Pour 2 tablespoons of caramel syrup into a mug so the inside of the mug is coated well. Add hot chocolate and stir everything. Top off with with cream, drizzle with remaining caramel, and sprinkle with sea salt (I sprinkled chocolate shavings).

Fifteenth St. by artsocial | drank image by artsocial | drank recipe via Savory Sweet Life

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Well it snowed last week, so I guess it's time to transition over to warm and wintery beverages, eh? Spiked apple cider is such a classic... this tasty fall favorite plus some slippers, a blanket, and your couch - autumnal perfection. Add a good scary movie to this equation? Ermahgerd.

Spiked Apple Cider

Ingredients

2-3 parts apple cider 1 part bourbon cinnamon sticks (for garnish) cinnamon + sugar for rim (optional)

Directions

Heat apple cider, bourbon, and cinnamon sticks in a saucepan. Pour into your favorite mug. Enjoy the taste of fall, my friends.

art by artsocial; drank recipe and photo by artsocial

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This week's drank holds a special place in my heart. In 2007, I studied abroad in Grenoble, France, for 6 whole weeks. Whoa, right? Ok ok, most people study abroad for an entire year and live with host families. MUCH more difficult/cooler than my experience... but it was still incroyable!!

At the end of my Grenoble trip, I wrote down all of the words that reminded me of my time there so I'd never forget. Here are some of my Grenoble words:

lavender the voice of the intercom lady on the tram (ha! what??) pain au chocolate soldes! (major summer sales) kebabs (if you're ever in Grenoble, go to Bat'man Kebab) ice cream from the street skinny jeans going out keys (we had to get keys from our dorm master if we were planning on coming home late...) small/weird showers Despas!

This last one is what I present to you today, my friend. The Desperado (or Despa for short... for some reason) is a beer cocktail - one of the BEST beer cocktails I might add - and I've only found it in France. Luckily with a little search of the Google, I found a recipe for my beloved Despas. Get ready.

Desperado

Ingredients

two parts beer (I used Corona) 1 part tequila 1 part limeade lime to garnish

Directions

Mix these three delicious elixirs together with ice and enjoy. As always, feel free to change up the ratios... I lean towards more limeade and beer, less tequila.

Awesome art print by French artist Mathilde Aubier, check out her Etsy shop (it's the cutest!); drank photo by artsocial; drank recipe found here.

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There are certain moments when you can feel the seasons changing... the breeze is slightly cooler, the air smells of leaves. Even though it's 90 degrees again today, I had one of those moments on Saturday. A fall breeze was coming through the kitchen window while I was making bourbon apple cider cocktails and baking chocolate chip pumpkin bread. Yep, that afternoon it was fall... and I was enjoying every moment.

Cider + Bourbon + Ginger Ale

Ingredients

2 parts apple cider, refrigerated 2 parts ginger ale, refrigerated 1 part bourbon apple slice to garnish

Directions

Mix apple cider and bourbon together and refrigerate for at least one hour. Before serving, add ginger ale to cider and bourbon. Serve over crushed ice and garnish with an apple slice (optional, of course, but so adorbs).

Drank image by artsocial | recipe by Creative Culinary | Enjoy Every Moment by Kelli Murray via Society6

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This print by Laura Ruth titled Nostalgia made me start thinking about summer traditions... specifically, the different traditions I've had with my family when I was little as well as the new traditions I'm starting with my little "family" (Kevin and Meowmers). It's funny how the littlest things become traditions when you're a kid. For me, having Otter Pops meant summer. was. here. But like any respectable American family, we couldn't just get the normal-sized box... we got the box of 100. To an eight year old, that's an incredible sight and a challenge one must accept.

This weekend, Kevin and I made grown-up blueberry lemonades. Perhaps a new Labor Day weekend tradition? They're no Otter Pops, but this is one treat I'd like to see year after year.

What are some of your family's summer traditions?

Grown-up Blueberry Lemonade

Ingredients

lemonade (I used Simply Lemonade... nom!) blueberry vodka (I used blueberry Stoli) blueberries and lemons for garnish ice

Directions

Pour one shot blueberry vodka into a glass with ice. Fill the rest with lemonade. Add blueberries and lemons to make it look as goooood as it tastes. So easy, SO dangerously good.

recipe and images by artsocial | Nostalgia by Laura Ruth

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You know how sometimes when you find an amazing recipe with gorgeous pictures and you try to recreate it, but it looks nothing like the picture? Yep, that's kinda what happened with this week's art drank... but it was still mighty tasty. Ohmygah, and this beauty-ful watercolor by Caitlin McGauley needs to come live with me.

Strawberry Prosecco Float

Ingredients

strawberry sorbet prosecco colorful straws (required... kidding/not kidding)

Directions

Scoop sorbet into glasses. Pour in prosecco. Two steps? Yessss. I love easy recipes.

drank photos by artsocial, recipe inspired by Bakers Royale | watercolor by Caitlin McGauley