Category Archives: Happy hour

Ice Cream with Scotch and Coffee

We were having dinner with my parents, sister and nephew tonight. I just love having this family time. We only get together a few times a year and it’s usually only once a year when every single one of us gets together. So I really cherish these moments. When I’m in the kitchen pulling the last details together and Levi is helping with whatever I need. Mom is fussing over whatever is bugging her in that moment. Dad is trying to take professional photographs of the baby while he eats leftover Mac and cheese. The dogs are waiting ever hopeful for a dropped morsel. My sister is just trying to keep the kid alive and happy. I just look around and I am so grateful for these moments.

For dessert my mom decided to bring over some vanilla ice cream and of course my dad brought over the good Scotch. So after a wonderful dinner of French dip subs and potato salad we were hanging out and my mom went to get a bowl of ice cream and my dad, Levi and myself were pouring a bit of apres dinner scotch. My parents can’t quite remember when or where they heard about this, but the conversation turned to a dessert they read about and had to try: Ice cream with scotch and topped with coffee grounds. That’s right. Coffee grounds.

Sounds completely terrible right?!?! That’s what I thought, but curiosity got the best of me and I decided that it sounded so terrible I just to try it.

And now this one of my favorite desserts and we will be indulging on the regs. The smooth scotch with a creamy ice cream tastes so indulgent and the coffee grounds add a totally new layer of flavor that cuts through the sweetness. The grounds soften up a little bit so your aren’t just chewing on grainy ice cream.

Ready for this super complicated set up? Here we go:


  • 3 scoops French Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1 tsp Coffee grounds ( we used Folgers Vanilla Blend)
  • 2 oz Scotch (we used Johnny Walker Black Label

Add your scoops into your favorite bowl, sprinkle coffee grounds on top and pour scotch around the edges.

I swear if you give this a try you will not regret it!


Bacon Pesto Apple Brie Hors D’œuvre

This simple dish is a sure fire crowd pleaser! You get a nice herby flavor from the pesto, the awesome bacon flavor, a bright kick of apple and the creamy Brie cheese! I wish I had bought a whole wheel instead of just a wedge. That way you can get even more melty cheesy goodness.

We made a different version of this before and we learned that if you are melting Brie slices it’s better to remove the rind.

I think this would make an excellent dish for a New Years get together! I made them for a starter to Christmas dinner and they sure did disappear fast! We paired them with champagne and it was most excellent!

Want a great idea for dinner? Try some French Onion Soup!

Feeds 4-6


  • 1 Baguette, sliced on the bias (on a slight angle)
  • 1 wedge to 1 wheel Triple Cream Brie- remove the rind
  • 4 slices Bacon, fried and chopped into small pieces
  • 3/4 Cup Garlic and Basil Pesto
  • 1 Granny Smith Apple

Preheat oven to 375.

Line a cookie sheet with tin foil. Lay out your baguette slices. In a small bowl mix the pesto and chopped bacon together and spoon over the bread. Add 1-2 slices of Brie on top.

Bake for 5 minutes until your cheese is nice and melted.

While they are baking slice your apple with a mandolin on a middle or thick setting. Place the apple slices on top of the baked bread slices. Serve on a cheese board or platter with a side of grapes. Happy New Years everyone!!!

Mixed Berry Cocktail


  • 1 oz blue raspberry vodka
  • 1 oz white rum
  • Mixed berry juice 
  • Fresca
  • Fresh raspberries

After a delightful canyon drive in the jeep and a small nature hike, we got home and started making dinner and I just whipped this together. It’s really tasty!

I added the liquors and ice first, then filled about 3/4 of the way up the glass with that mixed berry juice. Top it off with Fresca and some fresh raspberries! Enjoy 🙂

Orange Peach Lemonade

I just threw this together, but it turned out to be quite refreshing! A delightful way to start the evening after work, while Danielle cooks us a delicious meal! 

  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1/4 oz peach schnapps
  • Equal parts orange juice and lemonade 
  • Top off with Fresca

Get a highball glass and fill halfway with ice. Start adding liquids with the vodka and peach schnapps, then add orange juice, lemonade, and the finish with Fresca. 


Untraditional Long Island Iced Tea

This is not your traditional Long Island Iced Tea, but it’s close! As you know, there is no actual tea in this, but it looks like Tea and some say it tastes like tea as well. It has a lot of alcohol so it’s not a beginners drink by any means. 


  • 1 oz gin
  • 1 oz gold tequila
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1 oz gold rum
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 2 drops angostura bitters
  • 1 splash simple syrup
  • 3 oz limeade
  • 1-2 oz cola
  • Lemon wedge

Prepare a highball glasses with ice. Next mix your ingredients except the cola in a shaker and shake on ice for about 30 seconds. Strain into your prepared glass and add the cola to top it off. Garnish with a lemon wedge and enjoy! 

Patriotic Summer Cooler Cocktail

With Independence Day just a few days away we wanted to have a fun patriotic themed drink. This drink is very simple and tasty!


  • 1 oz Lime Rum
  • 1 oz Tropical Punch Liqueur
  • Sprite, fill the glass
  • Raspberries for garnish

You can definitely alter the proportions, I usually eyeball everything, but it’s close to one ounce each of the liquors and liqueurs when I mix drinks. Enjoy and happy Independence Day!

Watermelon Slushee Cocktail

Now that summer is nearly here and the temperatures are rising, a refreshing cocktail is just the remedy needed! With fruits in plentiful supply it’s always fun to mix fresh fruit into a cocktail. I got a baby watermelon from my parents which was just the right size to make a batch of this drink as well as have a few pieces to snack on. 


  • Watermelon rum (3-4 ounces)
  • Limeade (1 cup)
  • Watermelon chunks (3-4 cups)
  • Simple syrup (1-2 ounces)
  • Ice

I put the ice in first, about 2/3 full in the blender. I then added the watermelon chunks and the liquids. I added the simple syrup to make the mixture a little more viscous and hold together a little more. Blend to desired consistency and enjoy! Garnish with a watermelon wedge if desired.  

Wonderful Watermelon Limeade Cocktail

This one is delicious! Tastes just like a Shirley Temple, but with actual alcohol in it!

This is a simple cocktail but oh so good! 

  • Watermelon vodka – 1.5 oz
  • Lime rum – 1 oz
  • Grenadine – 0.5 oz
  • Fresca to fill 
  • Ice

I always start with ice and the the hard liquors. I added the Fresca to fill the glass and then lastly added the grenadine slowly to help with the hombre effect. Enjoy! 

The “Spring Breaker” Cocktail


Here’s a fun one!

  • Tropical punch puckers – 1 oz
  • Tropical punch juice – to fill 
  • Tropical punch vodka – 1 oz
  • Blue Curaçao – dash

This drink is pretty tasty and very cool looking too! I added the ingredients in a different order this time with the blue being on top when normally it’s on the bottom. It made for a cool pic! It’s very tropical that’s for sure! 

Sansa’s Hope- A Game of Thrones Inspired Drink

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Sansa’s Hope

Inspired the sweetness of the beautiful redhead, Sansa Stark from Game of Thrones. We created this drink while binge watching the first 2 seasons. As the series progresses I think that the character of Sansa is greatly developed. She goes through so much heartbreak and torment, and she is coming out stronger! I do believe that it may be time to honor this character with a drink that has evolved along with her.

  • 1 oz Grand Marnier
  • 1oz Raspberry Liqueur
  • 1oz Smirnoff Fluffed Marshmellow Vodka
  • 1oz Cherry Liqueur

Pour over ice and fill the rest of the glass with Minute Maid Fruit Punch. Garnish with cherries. Enjoy!!!