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Caramel Mudslide Shot

Kick up your heels and enjoy this simply rich and decadent Caramel Mudslide Shot!

Rich & Creamy Caramel Mudslide Shot | Sweet Baked Life

Who would have known that combining your favorite Nestle Coffee Mate creamer with alcohol would make an amazing libation? Well, not me.

You see, while walking through the aisles of my local Raley’s grocery store, I was pursing the shelves to get some inspiration for a new recipe. And while doing so, I wondered by the flavored coffee creamers — I always wanted to try one of these and decided to spruce up my morning coffee with a dab of Nestle’s Coffee Mate Salted Caramel Chocolate creamer.

I love caramel and chocolate so the idea of stirring this decadent creamer into my hot coffee made me go just about crazy. The next morning I tried it, and I was hooked.

Rich & Creamy Caramel Mudslide Shot | Sweet Baked Life

The more I thought about the delicious flavor combination of creamy caramel and chocolate the more I imagined the things I could use it for.

Ah, ha…a festive cocktail would be incredible. I shuffled through my liquor cabinet and pulled out my Bailey’s Irish Creme and my favorite vodka.

As I shook up the concoction, I could barely wait until I poured it into my glass. I was delighted with the outcome. The cool, creamy, thick drink was to-dye-for! It’s definitely a sipping drink, one that’s maybe best served after dinner; cozying up with a loved one, or extreme bonding with a good friend! It’s sweet, however the vodka melds the flavors together into in amazing drink!

Rich & Creamy Caramel Mudslide Shot | Sweet Baked Life

Caramel Mudslide Shot

By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:
1 shot Bailey’s Irish Creme
1 shot Vodka (good quality)
1 shot Nestle Coffee Mate Salted Caramel Chocolate creamer

Instructions:
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add add ingredients. Shake until well chilled. Strain into small glass & enjoy!

Rich & Creamy Caramel Mudslide Shot | Sweet Baked Life

Cheers and may the luck of the Irish be with you!

Walls for the wind,
And a roof for the rain,
And drinks beside the fire —
Laughter to cheer you
And those you love near you,
And all that your heart may desire!

Sheila


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Pomegranate Apple Ginger Vodka Cocktail

Ring in the New Year with this festive Pomegranate Apple Ginger Vodka Cocktail!

Cheer the New Year with this Pomegranate Apple Ginger Vodka Cocktail | Sweet Baked Life

I love making mouth-watering cocktails, especially when they look so pretty and taste great.

This Pomegranate Apple Ginger Cocktail is no exception.

It’s tart from the pomegranate, sweet from the apple, and a bit fizzy from the ginger ale.

Cheer the New Year with this Pomegranate Apple Ginger Vodka Cocktail | Sweet Baked Life

And, it’s simple to make. You start with apple juice, add some pomegranate juice, stir in some vodka and top it off with ginger ale.

I also love using mason jars for cocktails. I used 8 oz. size jars and rimmed the outside with fresh lemon then rolled them in sugar, as well, I also threw in some pomegranate seeds to dress up this cocktail for a toast worth remembering!

Refreshingly good — it’s the perfect celebratory drink for sure! You can make a single drink or easily multiply the recipe to serve to your thirsty party guests! As well, you can eliminate the vodka and serve to the kiddos as a yummy mocktail!

Cheer the New Year with this Pomegranate Apple Ginger Vodka Cocktail | Sweet Baked Life

Pomegranate Apple Ginger Vodka Cocktail

  • Servings: 1 - many
  • Difficulty: easy
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By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life Cheer the New Year with this Pomegranate Apple Ginger Vodka Cocktail | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:
apple juice
pomegranate juice
vodka
Ginger Ale
Garnish: sliced lemon, sugar and pomegranate seeds

Instructions:

For one cocktail:
Rim the outside of a mason jar with sliced lemon then roll into some sugar on a plate. Add 1 oz each of apple juice, pomegranate juice, and vodka and stir to combine. Fill jar with ice, then top off with Ginger Ale and sprinkle with pomegranate seeds.

For a large batch:
Add equal parts of apple juice, pomegranate juice and vodka into a pitcher and stir to combine. Chill until ready to serve. When ready to serve, rim the outside of your jars with sliced lemon then roll into some sugar on a plate. Fill jars with ice then pour cocktail mixture until each jar is 1/2 to 3/4 full, top off with Ginger Ale and sprinkle with pomegranate seeds.

Cheer the New Year with this Pomegranate Apple Ginger Vodka Cocktail | Sweet Baked Life

Cheers. May the New Year bring you love, laughter, happiness, good health, and sweetness!

Now let’s bring on 2016!

Sheila


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Watermelon Grapefruit Margarita

Unwind from the world or your crazy week with this refreshing Watermelon Grapefruit Margarita.

Watermelon Grapefruit Margarita

What do you do with leftover watermelon? Easy. Toss it into your blender and make pure, delicious watermelon juice.

What do you do with fresh ruby-red grapefruit hanging from your tree in the backyard? Easy. Juice the succulent fruit and use it in your favorite summertime recipes.

Combine these two juices together and you get a unique and refreshing drink.

Add a bit of tequila and you get a wonderful summertime cocktail.

Watermelon Grapefruit Margarita

And that’s just what happened around here.

You see, my teen son had a party last Friday night and he insisted on getting a large watermelon for me to slice up for the bunch. Happily I did, however mind you, that only a couple of slices were eaten — these kids were more interested in the candy, pretzels and pizza! Go figure!

The next morning I was contemplating what I could do with all the leftover watermelon. I mean, we can only eat so much of the stuff. Then it came to me — make some kind of delicious drink. But not just a watermelon drink. I wanted something that had a special zing and freshness from citrus.

Ah, ha…I had it…I quickly picked a few large grapefruits from my tree, juiced them, chopped the watermelon and whirled it up in my blender, then added some fresh lime juice and agave nectar — delightful! The perfect afternoon refreshment.

But then when the evening approached, I was craving an adult drink — so I poured tequila to the pretty juice and the rest is history!

This Watermelon Grapefruit Margarita really hit the spot — my nerves slowly unwound from the long night of hosting a bunch of crazy teens for 5 hours; the loud music, dancing, swimming, movie watching, girls screeching, boys being boys, unending food, fireworks and the clean-up, all started to become a faded memory!

Watermelon Grapefruit Margarita

Watermelon Grapefruit Margarita

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients
1 cup fresh watermelon juice*
1/2 cup freshly squeezed ruby-red grapefruit juice
1 tablespoon agave nectar
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
2 oz. good quality gold Tequila

Directions
Add watermelon juice, grapefruit juice, agave nectar and lime juice to a large cocktail shaker or measuring cup and stir.

Fill 2 cocktail glasses with ice. Add 1 oz. of tequila to each of the glasses then pour the watermelon-grapefruit mixture to fill the glasses and stir well.

Garnish with fresh watermelon and grapefruit slices.

This recipe can easily be doubled.

*To make the watermelon juice. Cut seedless watermelon into 1-inch chunks. Place into blender and pulse until completely blended and liquid. Pour through a mesh strainer to remove any pulp.

Watermelon Grapefruit Margarita

So, if you’re in need of some rest and relaxation, be sure to enjoy it while sipping on this cool and fresh Watermelon Grapefruit Margarita.

Sheila


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Sparkling Amaretto Sour {second blogiversary}

Celebrations just got a little better with the addition of this refreshingly delightful Sparking Amaretto Sour!

Sparkling Amaretto Sour

You see, with today being my second blogiversary, it’s also St. Patrick’s Day, and spring just around the corner, there is no better time for me to raise my glass and toast all of you then during this most happy time of year!

Spring is one of my favorite seasons — it signifies rebirth, renew, rejuvenate, and rejoicing! I feel incredibly lucky to have this little blog of mine that I adore so much! And, blessed that my family is supportive of my creative and crazy culinary journey that I began 2 years ago. I love my guys (aka hubby and son) so much that it hurts! They are the best things this girl could ask for and not only that, but they are my built-in, ever-so truthful taste testers.

Sparkling Amaretto Sour

And to all of my extended family, friends, followers, fellow bloggers, it is you I thank for giving me the courage and determination to continue, to grow, be inspired, and to help me find my way amongst this large, vast food blogging community.

You all have certainly given me hope to carry on, and on the days when I need a little lift, there it is…a like, a comment, a new follower — and the feeling that someone actually read my post! I love hearing about how you have tried my recipes, switched it up, and made it your own!  It’s the simple things, the small acknowledgements which really brighten my day! It does make me feel proud knowing that little old me, touched someone with some special sweetness.

So I want to toast all of you from the bottom my heart. First,, here are some of my favorite cocktails that I have made over the years that I would like to share again with you, they include: pretty Pink Lemonade Margarita, classic Dry Vodka Martini, fruit infused Fresh Blackberry Margarita, a warming Starry Night Cocktail, and the nutty Homemade Amaretto.

And now, let me introduce my new cocktail that is truly refreshing and has a delightful flavor; it’s my Sparkling Amaretto Sour. It’s distinguished flavors and will proudly stands out as one of my favorites. As with most of my recipes, it’s super easy to make. You start with some flavorful Amaretto combined with sweet and sour mix, give it a whirl and then top it off with 7-up and a lemon slice.

The amazing outcome is a pleasurable combination of a sweetly tart libation with a nutty twist. It’s quite tasty and quite festive!

Sparkling Amaretto Sour

Sparkling Amaretto Sour

2 oz. Amaretto
2 oz. Sweet and Sour mix
Ice
7-up
Lemon slice for garnish

Into a glass add the amaretto and sweet & sour mix. Stir. Add ice to fill glass. Top off with 7-up and garnish with a slice of lemon.

Sparkling Amaretto Sour

Come on friends, get your taste buds ready for this tasty Sparking Amaretto Sour and celebrate with me!

May the hinges of our friendship never grow rusty. Cheers!

Sheila