THE MERRY BERRY MOCKTAIL

the merry berry mocktail If you follow my shenanigans on social media you know I just co-hosted the holiday Eat Drink Create event at West Elm here in Denver. Oh my, did we have fun. There will be photos and video very soon, I promise!

In the meantime, I thought I'd share the recipe for the deeelicious cocktail - ahem mocktail - we enjoyed that night. It's sweet, it's a gorgeous holiday color, it's the Merry Berry Mocktail. And P.S. it's made with zero calorie Zevia which means it's a lower calorie mocktail so basically THE BEST EVER.

While we made ours a mocktail, I highly recommend the cocktail version. Just add a splash of vodka. Ohmygah I'm tellin' ya, it's perfect for the holidays. Merry Berries for all, I say.

Cheers!

the merry berry mocktail

Ingredients

+ cranberry juice + orange juice + Lemon Lime Twist Zevia + ice + vodka (optional)

Directions

Pour equal parts cranberry juice, orange juice, and Lemon Lime Twist Zevia into a cocktail shaker (example: 2 oz. of each for one drink). Give it a little shake, pour into your favorite glass, and enjoy. Happy holidays to YOU.

This little gem is on the sweeter side, so throw in a few extra ice cubes and you'll be good to go! OR add some vodka, it balances the sweetness like a charm.

This post and the Merry Berry Mocktail was made possible by Zevia. Without their generous support, Eat Drink Create would not have been so merry nor the beverages so delicious. Thank you, Zevia!

Images by artsocial.

THE GROWN-UP SHIRLEY TEMPLE

the grownup shirley temple You guys! This is the last installment of my end-of-summer cocktail series. That must mean that *sniff sniff* summer is actually coming to a close. Before we say adios to summer, let's enjoy one last summery drink...

The Shirley Temple is such a classic. SO easy and always delicious... and let's be honest, it's a great excuse to eat numerous maraschino cherries without judgement. Needless to say while making + photographing this drink, I had waaaay too many cherries. In my defense it's made with zero calorie Zevia... so that means we can all have more cherries, right??

the grownup shirley temple

Ingredients (for one drink)

+ 3-4 oz Lemon Lime Twist Zevia + 1 oz vodka + 1/2 oz grenadine + maraschino cherries + ice

Directions

01 fill your favorite glass with ice (I opted for some vintage bar glasses to give it a more grown-up edge).

02 add vodka and grenadine, then top off with Zevia.

03 garnish with cherries. As many as you want. No judgement.

P.S. you could totally make this without the vodka for a lower calorie classic Shirley Temple.

the grownup shirley temple

I hope you enjoyed this series as much as I did! Did you try any of the recipes? I'd love to hear from you!

Happy final days of summer, friends!

This post is sponsored by Zevia. All opinions + recipes are my own. Big thank you to Zevia for making this series possible!

Images by artsocial.

 

PINEAPPLE GINGER COCKTAIL RECIPE

pineapple-ginger-bourbon

Okay, I'm sloooowly starting to accept that summer is ending. I decided to express my feelings with a new cocktail recipe. For me, bourbon is very fall/winter, while pineapple and ginger ale are quintessentially summer. Therefore, this is the PERFECT cocktail for this time of year. Perfect, I say.

Only 25 days until fall! Let's enjoy these last drops of summer, eh?

pineapple bourbon

Ingredients (for one drink)

+ 3 parts Zevia Ginger Ale + 2 parts pineapple juice + 1 part bourbon + pineapple wedge to garnish + ice

Directions

01 Fill glass with ice. Add in Zevia Ginger Ale, pineapple juice, and bourbon.

02 Give it a stir and add pineapple to garnish.

03 Fun drink stirrer optional, but recommended. Cheers, friends!

Psst – want more summer cocktail inspiration? How about a spiked watermelon mint limeade or a sparkling greyhound? Oh yeah.

This post is sponsored by Zevia. All opinions + recipes are my own. Thank you for supporting the amazing sponsors who allow me to do what I do!

Images and recipe by artsocial.

SPARKLING GREYHOUND RECIPE

the-sparkling-greyhound My end of summer cocktail series continues with a variation on one of my very favorite drinks: the greyhound. It's normally made by mixing grapefruit juice and vodka, but I've kicked it up a notch with a little soda. Zevia grapefruit soda. Which means it's a little sweeter and a little sparkly-er. Aww yeah.

I think the reason I love this drink so much is because it's super easy to make and you can't go wrong with these flavors. It's the perfect combination of tangy and sweet...

sparkling-greyhound

Ingredients (for one drink)

+ 4 oz. Grapefruit Citrus Zevia + 2 oz. red grapefruit juice + 1 oz. vodka + ice + grapefruit slice to garnish

Directions

01 fill your glass of choice with lots of ice (this drink is best served icy cold).

02 pour in 4 ounces of Grapefruit Citrus Zevia, 2 ounces of grapefruit juice, and 1 ounce of vodka.

03 give it a stir and add a slice of grapefruit to garnish (if you're feelin' fancy).

There are 40 days of summer left! Here's to celebrating every last one... cheers, friends!

Psst - want more summer cocktail inspiration? How does spiked watermelon mint limeade sound?

This post is sponsored by Zevia. All opinions + recipes are my own. Thank you for supporting the amazing sponsors who allow me to do what I do!

Images and recipe by artsocial.

WATERMELON MINT LIMEADE RECIPE

watermelon mint limeade Back to School supplies may have hit stores already, but around these parts it's still summer! It always makes me a little sad to see those school supplies return so early...  we still have 52 days until fall, everyone! Still plenty of good summer days ahead of us.

Nothing is more summer than making cocktails and relaxing outside. So for the next few weeks, I've teamed up with Zevia to bring you some of my very favorite summer cocktails. They're perfect for lounging on the patio, hanging by the pool, or chillin' at a picnic. Let's make summer proud and go out with a bang, shall we? YEAH!

watermelon-mint-limeade

Ingredients (for one drink)

+ 1 cup watermelon + 3-4 mint leaves + 1/2 cup limeade + 1 oz. vodka + Lemon Lime Twist Zevia + ice

Directions

01 mix 1 cup cubed watermelon and 3-4 chopped mint leaves in a blender until juiced.

02 fill your glass of choice with ice, add in 1/2 cup of the watermelon/mint juice, 1/2 cup of limeade, and one shot of vodka.

03 top off with Lemon Lime Twist Zevia to add the perfect hint of carbonation and balance. Give it a stir and add some mint and watermelon as a garnish (if you want).

watermelon mint limeade

YUM. Happy summer, everyone.

This post is sponsored by Zevia. All opinions + recipes are my own. Thank you for supporting the amazing sponsors who allow me to do what I do!

Images by artsocial.

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.

THE ART DRANK // 23

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

THE ART DRANK // 21

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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THE ART DRANK // 20

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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