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It’s Coming Up Cocktails:: My Favorite Spring Sips

What better way to usher in a new season than to welcome it with cocktails?! Since I am still busy wrapping up my second book, Cocktail Italiano, I have cocktails on my mind all the time. These two spring sips are two of my favorites. They’re oldies but goodies.

The first, the Rare Fellow, is like taking a sip of spring harvest especially with its jalapeno garnish. The second, a Blood Orange Margarita, will be your go-to for the season I am sure of it. Who doesn’t love a great margarita? Enjoy and happy spring!

xx Annette

These two spring sips are two of my favorites. The first is like taking a sip of spring harvest, and the second will be your go-to for the season.

The Rare Fellow
serves 1

You will need:
– 2 slices of jalapeno pepper ( + 1 slice for garnish)
– 1/2 inch slice of ginger peeled and grated on a microplane
– 2 oz. of fresh orange juice
– 1/2 ounce Triple Sec
– 1 oz. Martin Millers Gin
– 2 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice ( or lemonade)

To prepare:
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the ginger, orange juice and jalapeno slices. Add Triple Sec, Gin and lemon juice, along with ice, and shake until combined. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass and garnish with a jalapeno slice. *Option – For a sweeter version, lemonade can be substituted for the lemon juice.

Photo: by Moi

These two spring sips are two of my favorites. The first is like taking a sip of spring harvest, and the second will be your go-to for the season.

Blood Orange Margaritas
serves 4
You will need:

– 1 cup (8 oz.) freshly squeezed blood orange juice (about 7-8 oranges)
– ½ cup (4 oz.) freshly squeezed lime juice
– ¾ cup (6 oz.) tequila
– ½ cup (4 oz.) orange liqueur
– ¼ cup (2 oz.) simple syrup
– Blood orange slices, for garnish

To prepare:

Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and stir well to combine.  Pour into chilled glasses over ice. Garnish with a slice of blood orange, if desired.  Serve.

Photo by:  Annie Eats

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Bloody Monday Cocktail

Bloody Monday Cocktail Nothing like a sweet sip for Halloween. This cocktail is a dark and stormy elixir that will surely spook your guests.

Nothing like a little something bloody to start off the night…B O O !

Bloody Monday Cocktail
Serves 1

You will need:
– 1 oz Campari
– 1 oz Blood Orange Maraschino Cherry Syrup
– 1 oz Cinzano Rosso
– splash of club soda
– slice of blood orange for garnish

To prepare simple syrup & cocktail:

Combine the juice of one blood orange, 1/3 cup maraschino cherry juice, and 1/2 cup of water. In a small pot, bring the ingredients to a boil about 10 minutes, set aside to cool.

In a shaker filled with ice place all ingredients and shake vigorously until completely chilled and mixed. Strain into a coupe glass, garnish with a slice of blood orange.


Photo credit: Moi


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The Frangelico Pumpkin Monk, The Fall Cocktail


I seriously think I wait around for fall to come, so I can enjoy this gorgeous drink, the pumpkin monk cocktail. Not only do I love pumpkin, but the subtle note of hazelnut in the Frangelico is the perfect compliment to the smoky pumpkin flavor of this cocktail.

Fall is the perfect time to break out the Frangelico. Once you try this drink, it will become your favorite too. And like me, you will wait for it to be fall again. Ring in the season with this drink…

The Pumpkin Monk Cocktail

You will need:
– 1 oz. Frangelico
– 1 oz. Appleton Reserve Rum
– ¾ oz. lemon juice
– ½ oz. pumpkin spice syrup

To prepare:
Shake all ingredients and either pour over ice in a rocks glass or serve up in a coupe. *Optional: run it through a strainer. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Pumpkin Spice Syrup Recipe
(this makes 1 cup which is 16 servings)

You will need:
– 4 teaspoons cinnamon
– 2 teaspoons ginger
– 1 teaspoon nutmeg
– 1 teaspoon allspice
– 1 cup water
– 1 cup sugar

To prepare:
Place in a pot, then bring to a boil and reduce about 10 minutes, set aside to cool.

Photo Credit: Dane Sponberg

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

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Annette’s Campari Spritz:: my new favorite Aperitivo cocktail


As you all know, I am a girl that loves a cocktail…my most recent obsession is the Campari Spritz.

I never knew there was such a thing until this summer when I was working on my second book in Italy. Recently, I decide to give it my own twist when I was creating a signature cocktail for a party.

A blood orange soda gave this cocktail the perfect balance. I love the bitterness of Campari, but most people don’t love it as much as I do. Voila! A little sweetness with the soda and boom! The perfect combination was born.

Annette’s Campari Spritz

You will need:
– 2 oz. Campari
– 1 oz  San Pellegrino Blood Orange Soda, Available at World Market
– 1 oz. Prosecco
– Garnish with an orange wedge

To prepare:
In a stemmed glass, add ice cubes. Next, add campari, then orange soda, and top with Prosecco.

Serve with an orange wedge.

Cin cin!

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Cocktail of the Month :: The Warm Old Fashioned

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Some of you might remember my cocktail of the week from about 4 years ago.

Well it’s back, but this time around it is the cocktail of the month. Every 3rd Thursday, there will be a tasty cocktail for you to try over the weekend. I missed all the fun concoctions and libations.

Since it’s winter, first cocktail up is the Warm Old Fashioned. I tasted the cold version of this drink at my Frangelico Le Bella Vita party last November. I thought “Hey, why not warm it up?” So I did and you should too. Sipping this by the fire on a blustery night? Yes, please.

I love caramel color liquors in the wintertime, and I love the core warming effect of this Warm Old Fashioned. The Frangelico gives this Old Fashioned a sweet nutty flavor, and with a flamed orange peel as garnish, it’s pretty perfect.

The Warm Old Fashioned
Serves 2

You will need:

– 2 oz. of Frangelico
– 2 oz. of Wild Turkey Bourbon
– 1/2 oz. of Triple Sec
– 8 dashes of Angostura Bitters
– Flamed Orange Peel

To prepare:

In a small sauce pan, combine and warm all ingredients on low for 2 minutes.
Divide and pour into 2 highball glasses and garnish with flamed orange peel.
Serve warm.

Cheers and stay warm y’all.

xx, Annette

Photo credit: Moi

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