Vegetarian Charcuterie Boards - Wine Wednesday

Vegetarian Charcuterie Boards – Wine Wednesday

Are you struggling to find vegetarian charcuterie boards? Just because you don’t eat meat, doesn’t mean you have to be left out! By the way, this is the perfect inspiration for a wine Wednesday post, because well, food!

I’ve been a pescatarian for nearly a year now. And frankly, so far so good! After I had our son, I started having an aversion to meat so I decided to listen to my body and cut out meat. With the exception of seafood because it’s the only fleshy protein that doesn’t make me feel ill. What is a pescatarian? Basically, someone who eats fish, but no other meat.

One thing I’ve missed however is a good charcuterie board. I use to love those. The cured, shaved meats, cheese, dips, veggies, and fruit. However, those tasty, salty meats were so high and sodium and I could almost feel my arteries screaming for h2o.

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Lately, I’ve been thinking about it, and what about vegetarian charcuterie boards? Sure, we could pick up a crappy veggie tray from the local grocer. However, they’re kind of lame and lacking.

Mezze platters, and crudité platters! They are the answer.

One thing I love about the idea of a vegetarian charcuterie board is that our toddler can pick at it too. He loves dips, hummus, salsa, guacamole, and pretty much anything like it. The fact that it’s something the whole family can enjoy makes it a great option for a family movie night, or picnic! There’s something so sexy about fresh, colorful, beautiful veggies. I can’t get enough.

Fresh, juicy berries, and crisp veggies. Creamy and dreamy hummus’ and dips. With wine. One million times yes. Give me the goodies! It’s time for some inspiration. Just because you’re lacking in the meat department, doesn’t mean you need to lack in taste. This curated list will prove that to you, and them.

Vegan Charcuterie Boards - Wine Wednesday

Vegan Platters

Purple Spring Vegan Party Platter // from Brooke Lark

DIY Vegan Charcuterie Board // from The Plant Philosophy

Epic Vegan Charcuterie Board // from Emilie Eats

A Big, Sexy, Messy Veggie Board // from Always Order Dessert

5 Minute Macadamia Nut Cheese and Vegan Crudite // from Minimalist Baker

Ultimate Vegan Appetizer Platter // from Heather Christo

Crispy, Chewy Vegan Crackers // from It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken

Mezze Platters - Veggie Platters - Crudite Trays

Mezze & Crudite Platters

How to Build A Better Veggie Tray // from Garnish With Lemon

Vegetarian Mezze Platter // from Whats Gabby Cooking

The Perfect, Easy Mezze Platter // from Damn Delicious

Mezze: How to Build The Perfect Mediterranean Party Platter // from The Mediterranean Dish

Crudite Platter With Hummus, Olives, Cheese Spread, and Crackers // from The Feed Feed

Grilled Mezze Platter // from Honestly Yum

How to Assemble a World Class Mezze Platter // from Popsugar

Roasted Red Pepper Mezze Platter // from Half Baked Harvest

Ultimate Crudite Platter // from The Feed Feed

The New Crudite Platter // from Half Baked Harvest

Dips & Hummus for Veggie Trays - Wine Wednesday

Dips, Sauces and Hummus’

13 Different Ways to Make Hummus // from Shape

The Ultimate Hummus Plate // from The Sweetest Occasion

Mushroom Pate // from Hungry Bruno

Vegan Beet Hummus // from Lazy Cat Kitchen

Labneh Dip With Zaatar Pistachio Mint Olive Topping // from Two Purple Figs

Avocado Tzatziki Sauce // from Closet Cooking

Feta Dill Dip // from A Dish of Daily Life

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Big, Bold, Red Wines for Winter

Big, Bold, Red Winter Wines – Wine Wednesday

Are the winter blues hitting you hard? Feeling a little like you need to hit the bottle? Of red wine that is… I’m here to bring you some interesting thoughts to keep in your hat the next time you’re strolling down that long and windy red wine aisle. It’s time for big red winter wines.

What the hell is winter wine?

Well, my friend. I’ve come to a conclusion. That red wine is to winter, what rose is to summer.

There’s nothing better than a fireplace (even if it’s just the one on tv), flannel, blankets, red wine, cheese and crusty bread. Now that you have that cozy image in your head, let it marinate. Like, really soak it in. Like a cork. Your mind cork even.

Okay, maybe that was a bit much. Regardless, you get my drift.

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Ever notice how in the summer you reach for crisp, light beverages that are often chilled, or chillable? Then comes winter, you go for the room temperature, deep flavors. Maybe it’s something about the heavier foods we consume during the ever dubbed, sweater weather. Or, it could be that those beautiful, rich, deep tastes are just meant for it.

Rarely will I ever pick up a white in the winter. Very rarely. It’s almost as if I crave Pinot Noir or a nice Malbec. The richer, the darker, the deeper, the better. That’s how I feel once the temperature starts to drop.

It’s almost like how in the summer, you’re probably going to grab a Corona over a Guinness. Well, unless you’re me. Then I’ll always go for Guinness, maybe a cider, but probably a stout or a porter though if I’m being real with Y’all.

Think about the foods you eat in the winter. Would you pair that hearty, crockpot chili with a pinot grigio? Probably not, because that would be friggin weird, and frankly, you probably won’t taste the wine.

Hopefully, now you’re starting to catch on.

So what are the Wine & Mommy Time favorite reds for winter? Glad you asked.

Malbec

Our favorites being specifically from Argentina, Malbec is a crowd pleaser in my home. A Malbec from Argentina will taste of black cherry, blackberry, and plum. With a subtle taste of cocoa powder, leather, and milk chocolate. Unlike much other red’s these wine’s are perfect when they’re somewhat cooled. I’m not talking a full on chill, but lower than room temp.

If you like Merlot and haven’t tried a Malbec, then you must give one a try.

Pairings:

Meat – Dark, lean and red meats. Ostrich, lamb, beef, buffalo or duck.

Cheese – Soft to semi-firm cheeses from cow or goats milk.

Veggies – Anything roasted, mushrooms, beets, kale, grilled endives, or tempeh.

Cabernet Sauvignon

If you haven’t had this, do you even drink red wine?

Wine found, and made, all over the world. Cab sav is an easy go-to. The typical flavors of a cabernet sauvignon are from dark fruits, tobacco and green pepper. Random fact, the Thursday before Labor Day is Cabernet Day. Not that, that correlates at all with the fact that we enjoy this wine in the winter in our home, but it’s cool to know.

Cabernet Sauvignon is actually a mix. A happy accident happened between a Sauvignon Blanc plant and a Cabernet Franc grape, and here we are today.

This wine is meant to eat with. Unlike Malbec above, it can be overwhelming to have on its own, so you really should pair it.

Meat – Fatty, rich meats. Beef short ribs, garlic wings, burgers and cured meats.

Cheese – Gruyere, bold blue cheeses.

Veggies – Think earthy, mushroom pizza, tomato sauces, roasted garlic.

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Merlot

I love how different merlot is depending on where it’s coming from. Cold climate merlots have the taste of anise, blueberry, espresso and are acidic. While warm climate merlots have flavors like cherry, mocha, vanilla, and nutmeg, to name a few. The best way I would describe a walk through the differences of merlot would be like comparing fraternal twins. It’s similar but different. You know they’ve got the same DNA, however, they’re not identical.

Time to pair it!

Meat – Duck, meatloaf, lamb, spicy jambalaya, and rabbit.

Cheese – Sharp, bold cheeses like cheddar, and gouda.

Veggies – Roasted, caramelized veggies, cooked tomatoes or beans.

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Regardless of what you go for all winter, the main thing is to spend time with family and friends. The summer always means tons of running around, chasing the sun and trying to check off that bucket list. I love that winter forces us to spend time indoors with loved ones. And a bottle, or two.

What are your favorite reds to drink in the cold winter months? I’d love to know in the comments below!

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What is Ice Wine? - Wine Wednesday

What is Ice Wine? – Wine Wednesday

What is ice wine?

Have you heard about ice wine? I have and I want to tell you about it! What is ice wine? Wine Folly has dubbed it “one of the sweetest mistakes nature has ever made.

I feel like this cold weather has really set the mood these day’s, so this Wine Wednesday is dedicated to you guessed it. Ice, ice, wine, baby.

Child of the 90’s here. Can’t be helped.

It’s a Canadian thing

Being Canadian usually means that you’ve probably had this super sweet, almost syrupy wine. Introduced by an aunt, who probably brought it around some Christmas and you were oddly compelled by it.

Want to know how Canadian this process really is? Well, Wayne Gretzky had a limited edition ice wine, that’s just how Canadian. If you don’t know who he is. He’s known as “The Great One” in hockey.

Another Canadian-ism I’ve seen at my local liquor store is maple ice wine. Because it needs a bit more Canadian-ness. Very Canadian. Eh? Eh!

Source – The French Cellar

But what is ice wine?

Basically, ice wine is a sweet, concentrated wine. Very concentrated. Icewine is made from grapes which have frozen on the vine.

I guess you could look at it as, the winemakers here in Canada needing to find something to do with the grapes that froze because either frost came too soon, or they just didn’t get around to them soon enough.

Certainly not a palate cleanser, ice wine is very much a dessert wine.

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How do they do it?

But what makes it so sweet? Well… The only thing about the grape that actually freezes is the water content. That means that the sugars stay, which makes a very concentrated product. The syrup-like viscosity is achieved from the high sugar content.

Some may say it’s sickeningly sick. I, personally, am one of them. But some people truly like them. To give you an idea, multiply the sweetness of coca cola by two. That sweet.

Crazy fact. Since the grapes are frozen, only 15% of what is harvested is yielded from the batch. That’s much smaller than your typical table wine. Which is a reason as to why it’s pricey and in such skinny, little bottles. How pricey? Just expect to spend at least $30 for one of those tiny, slender 375ml bottles, if they’re from the US or Austria. $50+ of you’re looking for a Canadian one.

Source – Look Local Magazine

Who else makes it?

Aside from Canada, which is the world’s top producer, you can get ice wine from the United States, Germany, and Austria.

You can’t fake this process. An “iced wine” or “dessert wine” is made from a commercially frozen harvest. This is a painstaking process. Because of the temperature needed for a perfect product, winemakers will often be harvested at night. How cold does it need to be? Sub Zero. Yep. Grab your Uggs and Canadian goose jackets.

So, next time you’re wanting to try something new, maybe consider ice wine! Wine not right? Just keep in mind that they can usually only age for about 10 years tops.

Have you tried ice wine before? I’d love to know which one and what you thought! Leave your feedback in the comments below.

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Gifts for Wine Lovers – Wine Wednesday

Another birthday, come and gone. I can’t believe I’m so close to 30 now. When the hell did that happen? Speaking of birthday’s I’ve come across some fun gifts for wine lovers!

Last week I brought you a post about my 3 favorite birthday cocktails. Boy oh boy, I could have used them all this past Friday.

I’ll get into the gifts for wine lovers later on in this post so sit tight.

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Birthday backstory

Like clockwork, every year, some shenanigans try to mess up my birthday in some way. This year was no different.

Let’s start with the day before. My birthday eve if you will. There was a big storm coming our way. You know, one of those lovely winter storms that the east coast receives each year. The kind of storm that has people acting a fool in grocery stores all around. Clearing the shelves of canned goods, candles, water and wine. And beer too.

We were warned that power would be lost for possibly three days. Three days. Thanks, mother nature. Thank you so, so much.

So Thursday after I dropped the hubby off at work, I ran to get groceries and provisions. We were certainly prepared. I ran water in the bathtub so we’d have water for the little man’s nightly bath. He depends on his schedules, which you can read more about here. I also filled the Crock-Pot (amazon link)  with water to have a bunch of warm water if needed. Along with a few other things, we were pretty set.

At about 3:30, I got a text from my hubby that business’ were closing because roads were becoming too hazardous to drive. Had a feeling that was coming. I could see from our place that it was getting nasty out.

In the dark

My parent’s lost power. But we were still fine. Peyton’s bedtime came and went. We were really relieved that we were able to get him into bed without a hitch. When I went to bed around 10ish, the power was still on.

Fast forward to 2:30 am, Friday morning. I woke up because the fan in our room was off. Not thinking anything of it, I tried to turn it on. The damn power was out. Awesome. I tried to go back to sleep, but I just couldn’t. I was checking the local power outage map, it said we wouldn’t have power until late Sunday night.

Around 7:30, the hubby and I got out of bed and starting packing stuff up to go to my parents’ place since their power was back on. It was a mad scramble in the dark to get everything in the car. Luckily, Peyton didn’t wake up until about 8 am.

After getting to my parents’, Geoff got ready and I drove him to work. When I got back from dropping him off I got in the shower and started getting ready. Happy Birthday to me right? I called our building’s maintenance guy around 11:30 am and he said the power was back on. Yay! So I had Peyton nap at mom and dad’s until I could leave and go back home.

Finally, date time

Geoff and I had already planned a while ago that we were going to check out a Vegetarian restaurant close to us, Heartwood Cafe. First off, the food did not disappoint. It was probably one of the best vegetarian restaurant experiences I’ve ever had, Geoff too. We will certainly be going back. I got the cajun tofu steaks and Geoff got the Thai veggie burger. The house-made hummus and guacamole starter was out of this world.

After dinner, we went to the Clay Cafe. A neat place that you can paint pottery pieces and they will fire them for you. You pick them up a few days later after they’ve processed and voila, nifty pieces you did yourself! I’ve done this a bunch in the past but haven’t in years, it was Geoff’s first time and frankly, I’d love to go back. We ended up picking a couple of little pieces we’d paint for Peyton. I picked a dog, and Geoff picked a car. Can’t wait to see them next week!

The nightcap

After dinner and pottery painting we came back home and relieved my mom of baby duty. Which by that point just meant she was sitting on the couch watching some Netflix. I don’t think she had any complaints. Geoff and I cuddled up and watched The Crown on Netflix. I had a beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon, and he, a stinky IPA.

All and all, the day turned around. Frankly not until about dinner, but regardless. It was all worth the whirlwind of a day.

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Birthday Cocktails - Wine Wednesday

My 3 Favorite Birthday Cocktails – Wine Wednesday

It’s almost my birthday!! This Friday to be exact. I won’t tell you how old I’ll be but I will tell you that I’m starting a pre-celebration by gathering up my favorite birthday cocktails!

Granted, you could probably find me consuming these at any given time of the year in the past. Typically these days, it’s just wine. With a bit of beer thrown into the mix, you know, to keep it simple!

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Birthday’s past

I remember on the night of my 19th birthday (cuz I’m Canadian, eh!) Waiting in the lobby of the first bar me and some girlfriends would be going to. Anxiously, and excitedly waiting for the clock to hit midnight. Like some sort of backward Cinderella. I’m sure the bouncer thought we were some odd type of lurkers. Either way, the excitement was killing me!

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Fast forward many years from then, I have no idea what my birthday will hold this year but we shall see!

To be honest though, having a birthday, immediately following the holidays really kind of sucks. Why? Well, I’ll give you a few reasons. It’s when we’d be back to school from Christmas break, everyone’s broke, oh and again, everyone’s broke.

So folks, when you’re planning to procreate. For the sake of your potential offspring, please don’t get randy around April. It’s for the better of your wallet, and your child’s social life later on.

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Buttery rose // recipe below

  • 2oz  creme de banana
  • 2 oz baja rosa (or strawberry creme liqueur)
  • 2 oz your choice of vodka
  • Milk

Shake first three ingredients together with ice. Pour into a glass and top with milk. Garnish with a strawberry, cherry or both!

The first time I had this cocktail was when the husband and I were dating. We did a little pub crawl for two and ended up at the casino bar. I told the bartender that I wanted something different that I hadn’t tried before. I’ll never forget that night or that drink!

Purple haze // recipe below

  • 1 oz Blue Curacao
  • 1 oz Vodka
  • Splash of grenadine
  • Sprite

Pour the vodka and curacao into a cocktail glass. Fill with sprite and top with a splash of grenadine to turn it purple.

This was easily my go-to drink when we’d go out dancing! Maybe it was the color, maybe it was the flavour. Regardless, I love me some purple haze. Also known as the purple people eater for some!

Cosmopolitan // recipe below

  • 1 ½ oz vodka
  • ½ oz triple sec
  • ½ of a freshly squeezed lime
  • ¾ oz cranberry juice
  • Ice

Shake ingredients with ice. Serve in a martini glass with an orange zest twirl for garnish!

Made popular by Sex and the City, made tasty by bartenders. A cosmo is something that will be nearly identical anywhere you go.

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Rum and coke – self-explanatory

Cranberry vodka – also self-explanatory

Real lime and vodka – The main part of this is real lime juice. Not that fluorescent green crap most places try to pawn off on you. If they don’t have real lime juice just ask for a bunch of limes and there you go.

Wine of choice

Spring/Summer – Pinot Grigio or rose, sometimes a Chardonnay

Fall/Winter – Malbec, Merlot, Pinot noir, or Cab Sav

Frankly, any wine is fine. And yes, I know that rhymed!

Beer of choice

Spring/Summer – Hefeweizen or any light, crisp beer

Fall/Winter – stout or porter

Way back, I also shared a post, wine for every occasion. Really applicable! I highly suggest checking it out. 

What is your special drink of choice? I’d love to know in the comments below!

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20 Champagne Cocktails - Wine Wednesday

Champagne Cocktails – Blogmas day 27

What is it about New Year’s that just screams champagne? I’m fascinated with champagne cocktails for this upcoming holiday.

I don’t quite know why, but when I think about champagne, I think of two things. The Great Gatsby, and New Year’s Eve. It’s kind of glamorous really.

Champagne facts

Fun fact, you can only call champagne, champagne, if it’s from Champagne, France. True story. All other wines with bubbles are just sparkling wines. So next time your friend says that they are opening a bottle of bubbly, that’s a fun little tidbit.

Another fun fact. Most champagnes, those ones from France that is. Don’t typically have their vintage on them (year). Why? Because of how tough it is to get a great year of growth in the climate that the grapes are grown in. Because of the demand for this particular wine, vintages aren’t used because of much of the time. A few years worth of grapes needs to be mixed in order to keep up with the amount needed. Therefore, a vintage cannot properly be marked. You can read more about this here.

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Champagne is also an amazing palate cleanser and it lovely between courses if you’re having a large dinner. Or, if you’re passing hor ‘d oeuvres and don’t want something to pair poorly. This is why it’s one of the most commonly passed beverages at cocktail parties.

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Champagne cocktails

So, aside from being pretty, fancy and delicious, we can make some amazing cocktails. Check out some of the ones I’ve found below!

  1. Champagne Cosmo // from The Blond Cook
  2. Blood Orange Champagne Mule // from Half Baked Harvest
  3. Champagne Jello Shots // from The College Tourist
  4. Cotton Candy Champagne Cocktails // from Kirbie Cravings
  5. Lavender Lemonade Prosecco Cocktail // from Happiness is Homemade
  6. Rose Raspberry Sorbet Mimosas // from Fox and Briar
  7. Champagne Lemonade // from Real Housemoms
  8. Blackberry Lavender Champagne Cocktail // from The Adventure Bite
  9. Champagne Floats // from Real Housemoms
  10. Island Champagne Cocktail // from Mantitlement
  11. Blackberry Ombre Sparkler // from The Cookie Rookie
  12. Cherry Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail // from Real Housemoms
  13. Amaretto Orange Bellini // from Wine and Glue
  14. Grapefruit and Sage Champagne Cocktail // from Floating Kitchen
  15. Rosemary Pear Sparkler // from Bon Aippetit
  16. Champagne Soaked Drunken Gummy Bears // from The Skinny Fork
  17. Champagne Lemonade Margaritas // from Marla Meridith
  18. Elderflower Prosecco Cocktail // from Great British Chefs
  19. Pineapple Mimosas // from Blackberry Babe
  20. Skinny Champagne Margaritas // from With Salt and Wit

I’d love to know if you have any great champagne cocktail recipes! Please leave yours in the comments below.

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12 Christmas Punches & Sangrias - Blogmas Day 20

12 Christmas Punches and Sangria’s – Blogmas Day 20

Blogmas day 20! Holy crow, I never thought I’d get this far! It’s kind of surreal. With that, we enter our last Wine Wednesday of this journey. For this final Blogmas Wine Wednesday, I’m bringing out the alcoholic Christmas punches, sangria, and big batch cocktails! You know, the drinks you can whip up one time for your whole party crew.

We’ll be heading down to my in-laws in a few days so I’m wracking my brain of what I want to cook and drink. My mother-in-law is an incredible cook. I’ve always been wowed by her skills. Also, not just saying that to get daughter-in-law points. I don’t know if she reads this. But seriously. She’s a wicked cook.

Aside from being a whiz in the kitchen, I’m so envious of how well she entertains. My in-law’s home is basically the place everyone congregates to. It’s the old family home for the family, so it goes without saying that it’s seen many great meals and even greater parties. I honestly wish I had half the energy she does when it comes to hosting. It’s impressive, to say the least.

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This year I hope to bring something to the table. However, it’s probably going to be in the form of cocktails because I don’t have any clue if I’ll be cooking or not. Donna usually likes to take the lead, so I will follow hers!

I feel like it’s only fitting to celebrate day 20 of blogmas with 20 Christmas punches. Punches, sangrias, you name it. Basically, if it can be served in a giant pitcher or bowl, that’s what I’m going for today. Hopefully, you won’t have any objections!

Christmas punches

Jingle Juice

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Jingle Juice Holiday Punch

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Slow Cooker Spiced Cider

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Cranberry Pineapple Punch

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Christmas Day Prosecco Punch

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5 Minute Holiday Punch

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White Christmas Margarita Punch

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The Grinch Punch

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Christmas sangrias

Simple Christmas Sangria

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Cranberry & Rosemary White Christmas Sangria

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Christmas Sangria

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Christmas Sangria

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10 Christmas Cocktails - Blogmas Day 13

10 Christmas Cocktails – Wine Wednesday

We’ve made it! Blogmas Day 13, aka, Wine Wednesday number two of Blogmas! In this installment of WW I’m bringing you Christmas cocktails that you can make at your next shindig.
Did you make the Irish cream recipe I gave you last week? I’m almost out of mine now, it’s dwindling. Either I’m going to make some more, or maybe I’ll try one of the ones from this week’s post. Or I could do both. I think it’s a both kind of week.
If you’re having a hard time fitting the holidays in this year, much like I am, make sure to check out yesterday’s post. 5 easy ways to fit the holidays in.
I was really expecting to have snow through the holidays. Before we moved away we always had snow by now. Now that we’ve moved back, nothing. Zilch, zero, nada. What. The. Actual. Hell. Bring me snow. Something to tell me that the Christmas music at work isn’t for nothing. Or the cranky people.
This week I took a leap of faith. I quit my job. Don’t worry, there’s another waiting in the wings for the first week in January. It was just time. So, with that said. I’ll take a cocktail, please.

On to the cocktails!

White Christmas Mojito

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Peppermint Mocha White Russian

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Christmas Old Fashioned

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Jack Frost Cocktail

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Easy Cranberry Margarita

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The Yule Mule

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Mountain Pine Gin & Tonic

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The North Pole Cocktail

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Easy Bourbon Egg Nog

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Hot Buttered Rum

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10 Christmas Cocktails - Blogmas Day 13

10 Christmas Cocktails - Blogmas Day 13

DIY Irish Cream, Regular & Vegan/Dairy-Free! Blogmas Day 6

DIY Homemade Irish Cream + Regular and Dairy-Free Vegan! Blogmas Day 6

The holidays and Irish cream go together like peanut butter and jelly. I have an awesome homemade, super easy, DIY homemade Irish cream (Bailey’s) recipe for you!

I’ve made this for a number of years now and honestly, wouldn’t go back to buying the store version again. It’s so simple and tastes exactly the same. Not to mention, you get a lot more Irish cream goodness for less than the price of a bottle of Bailey’s. It’s a win-win if you ask me.

Today you’ve hit the jackpot because I’m giving you both a vegan (dairy-free) and a regular recipe. That’s right. You can save this to your Pinterest once, for both recipes. Perfect if you are lactose intolerant, or are hosting someone who is. Or, if you or someone you know does not eat/drink dairy! Either way, dairy and non-dairy lovers will be able to rejoice and enjoy the holidays this year because you’ve got everyone covered.

Admittedly, my first batch this year, I didn’t buy enough whiskey. Sad face. Facepalm. Total meltdown. That’s okay though because I can just add more, shake and go.

Aside from the typical ice cubes and Irish cream, you can douse some vanilla ice cream with this liquid gold. Or, you can add it to coffee. Maybe you would like to drink it warm. The choice is yours.

 

DIY Irish Cream, Regular & Vegan/Dairy-Free! Blogmas Day 6

Regular Irish Cream Recipe

  • 2tbsp chocolate syrup
  • 1cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2cup Irish whiskey (I use Jameson’s)
  • 1tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 tbsp instant coffee granules

Directions:

  1. Whisk the chocolate syrup, coffee and a tablespoon or so of cream together until coffee is dissolved.
  2. Add everything to your stand mixer and turn on low. Let your mixer do the work for 2 or so minutes until everything is all mixed. If you do not have a mixer, a whisk will do the trick!
  3. Pour into an airtight container and put it in the fridge. It can store for about two weeks. You can also freeze it, just be sure to let it thaw in the fridge.
  4. Shake well before serving over ice, coffee, or ice cream.

DIY Irish Cream, Regular & Vegan/Dairy-Free! Blogmas Day 6

Dairy-Free Vegan Irish Cream Recipe

  • 6/8 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 300ml coffee
  • 200ml Irish whiskey (to find out if your whiskey is truly Vegan go to Vegan.com)
  • 2 cans full-fat coconut milk

Directions:

  1. Make the coffee. While it’s still warm, add the sugar and vanilla. Mix well until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Pour coffee, Irish whiskey, and coconut milk into a stand mixer. Blend on medium low for about two minutes. Or, use a whisk.
  3. Store in an airtight container, preferably glass, until ready to serve. Make sure to always shake well before serving, the coconut fats will harden in the cool fridge. If it lasts long enough, you can store it for up to two weeks!

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12 Clementine Cocktails - Wine Wednesday

12 Tasty Clementine Cocktails – Wine Wednesday

Holiday parties are on their way. Are your cocktails up to the occasion? Consider adding Clementine cocktails to your menu this party season!

There’s something so festive about these little orange balls of sunshine. Maybe it’s because citrus helps ward off colds or maybe because you always got one in your stocking.

Clementines, satsumas, mandarins, tangerines, bring them all on!

I picked up my first box of clementines for the season today and it got me thinking. Are there many Clementine cocktail recipes out there? The answer is yes! Tons! And frankly, I can’t wait to try most of these. Most? Duh, because I still need functioning hours of the days to come.

When we were living out west it was much harder to find actual clementines. There were imposters, there were mandarins parading as fake clementines. And then there was the box of actual clementines that when I got it home, everything under the top layer was rotten. Pissed. They’re pretty much my favourite fruit so having access to them again is awesome.

Hopefully this holiday season you get to try out some fun new cocktails, or at least new to your guests. Try a few, maybe some will end up as your signature cocktail of the season!

Check out the fun cocktails I’ve sourced for you all!

Clementine Moscow Mules

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Clementine Margaritas

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Sparkling Clementine Thyme Cocktail

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Mandarin Mojito

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Clementine Lavender Mayer Lemon Fizz

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Clementine Rosemary Champagne Cocktail

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Long Kiss Goodnight

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Canadian Spirit Clementine Collins

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White Wine Clementine Vanilla Cocktail

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Rum Clementine Cocktail

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Tangerine Ginger Sake Sangria

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Maritime Mist Cocktail

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Which one will you try first? Share below in the comments! Or, if you have one I missed, please share.

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12 Clementine Cocktails - Wine Wednesday

12 Clementine Cocktails - Wine Wednesday