Pomegranate Mimosa

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For your next winter celebration, enjoy a tasty Pomegranate Mimosa cocktail, made with pomegranate and orange juice, champagne, and a secret ingredient!

For your next winter celebration, enjoy a tasty Pomegranate Mimosa cocktail, made with pomegranate and orange juice, champagne, and a secret ingredient!

I’m a huge fan of champagne. Its one of those drinks that tastes wonderful and gives me quite the buzz. It took me a few years spanning from my early 20s to my early 30s, but I’ve finally perfected the rate and volume at which I can consume champagne to reap the maximum benefit without any of the horrible side effects. There’s another life goal I can scratch off the list!

For your next winter celebration, enjoy a tasty Pomegranate Mimosa cocktail, made with pomegranate and orange juice, champagne, and a secret ingredient!

You know I’m a fan of pomegranates. Its one of those wondrous foods that I completely adore, yet didn’t try until I was well into my adulthood. You know, like beets. I’m not sure I had even heard of a pomegranate, as a matter of fact, until I had been adulting for a good decade or so. Then, once I saw one, it probably took a few years before I found the courage to actually crack one open and extract the seeds.

For your next winter celebration, enjoy a tasty Pomegranate Mimosa cocktail, made with pomegranate and orange juice, champagne, and a secret ingredient!

Now everyone knows mimosas are a classic drink, and I enjoy them morning, noon, and night. Who says they have to be a breakfast drink? Not me. But a basic OJ + champagne cocktail is boring, if you ask me. My secret ingredient to an amazing mimosa is a splash of Grand Marnier. Then, you can totally play around with your creativity and make cocktails like this one. Why not try a grapefruit mimosa?  That’s another favorite.

For your next winter celebration, enjoy a tasty Pomegranate Mimosa cocktail, made with pomegranate and orange juice, champagne, and a secret ingredient!

The best part about this drink, in my opinion, are the pomegranate seeds soaking on top. If you ask me, a bowl of fresh pomegranate seeds soaking in champagne should be considered a complete meal.

For your next winter celebration, enjoy a tasty Pomegranate Mimosa cocktail, made with pomegranate and orange juice, champagne, and a secret ingredient!

Watch me make this tasty cocktail here:

 

Pomegranate Mimosa
 
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For your next winter celebration, enjoy a tasty Pomegranate Mimosa cocktail, made with pomegranate and orange juice, champagne, and a secret ingredient!
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Recipe type: drink
Yields: 1 cocktail
Ingredients
  • 2 ounces pomegranate juice
  • 2 ounces orange juice
  • 1 ounce Grand Marnier
  • champagne
  • 10 pomegranate arils
Instructions
  1. In a champagne flute, combine pomegranate juice, orange juice, and grand marnier. Top with chilled champagne and continue to slowly add until the glass if filled. Add pomegranate arils (seeds) at the end.
  2. Serve and enjoy!

For your next winter celebration, enjoy a tasty Pomegranate Mimosa cocktail, made with pomegranate and orange juice, champagne, and a secret ingredient!
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Cranberry Screwdriver

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This Cranberry Screwdriver with cranberry vodka, freshly squeezed orange juice, and a splash of Grand Marnier is a delicious and easy to make cocktail.

This Cranberry Screwdriver with cranberry vodka, freshly squeezed orange juice, and a splash of Grand Marnier is a delicious and easy to make cocktail.

Its been awhile since I’ve made a cocktail. Too long, if you ask me. I had this wonderful Deep Eddy Cranberry Vodka sitting in my cabinet far too long and it was just begging me to drink it. It really was. This particular vodka is made from real New England cranberries and is all-natural handcrafted vodka from Austin, TX. Next to Portland, OR, the best place in this country you can go for amazing food and spirits would have to be Austin.

This Cranberry Screwdriver with cranberry vodka, freshly squeezed orange juice, and a splash of Grand Marnier is a delicious and easy to make cocktail.

I love a tasty screwdriver, so I thought I should make a festive screwdriver. Its pretty much your standard screwdriver which is vodka + OJ, but this drink was way better than a boring old plain screwdriver.

This Cranberry Screwdriver with cranberry vodka, freshly squeezed orange juice, and a splash of Grand Marnier is a delicious and easy to make cocktail.

You can shake this cocktail with ice to really mix it well and get it ice cold, but I’m lazy and usually don’t want to clean an extra dish if I don’t have to, so I just added all the ingredients to the glass.

This Cranberry Screwdriver with cranberry vodka, freshly squeezed orange juice, and a splash of Grand Marnier is a delicious and easy to make cocktail.

Start with a couple ounces of the cranberry vodka and top it off with some fresh squeezed orange juice. I happened to have some tasty cara cara oranges and juicing two of them gave me exactly the amount I needed. A little splash of Grand Marnier really finishes this lip smacking drink off.

This Cranberry Screwdriver with cranberry vodka, freshly squeezed orange juice, and a splash of Grand Marnier is a delicious and easy to make cocktail.

Not only is it quite tasty, but it packs a great punch and its pretty. How can you go wrong?

This Cranberry Screwdriver with cranberry vodka, freshly squeezed orange juice, and a splash of Grand Marnier is a delicious and easy to make cocktail.

Cranberry Screwdriver
 
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This Cranberry Screwdriver with cranberry vodka, freshly squeezed orange juice, and a splash of Grand Marnier is a delicious and easy to make cocktail.
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Recipe type: drink
Yields: 1 cocktail
Ingredients
  • 2 ounces cranberry vodka
  • 4 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice (I used cara cara)
  • splash of Grand Marnier
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker or just combine over ice in glass and stir. Enjoy!

This Cranberry Screwdriver with cranberry vodka, freshly squeezed orange juice, and a splash of Grand Marnier is a delicious and easy to make cocktail.
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Blood Orange Cupcakes

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Blood Orange Cupcakes use fresh orange juice and vanilla bean to create a decadent cupcake that will remind you of an orange creamsicle, but way better.

Blood Orange Cupcakes use fresh orange juice and vanilla bean to create a decadent cupcake that will remind you of an orange creamsicle, but way better.

One of the best things about this time of year is the citrus.  I’ve been making all sorts of yummy cocktails with grapefruit like my IPA mimosa,  Grapefruit Mimosa, and Grapefruit Tequila Slammer. I’ve been eating Cara Cara oranges like they’re laced with crack cocaine. And I’ve been experimenting with blood oranges because they are simply gorgeous and pack a wonderfully tart citrus-y flavor.Blood Orange Cupcakes use fresh orange juice and vanilla bean to create a decadent cupcake that will remind you of an orange creamsicle, but way better.

You know I love to cook with vanilla beans. Afterall, I have a ton of them after I make a big batch of homemade vanilla extract every year. Well remember how awesome Orange Creamsicles were as a kid?  Because these cupcakes are bursting with orange flavor from the juice and the zest, and taste like vanilla ice cream from the vanilla bean and heavy cream, all I could think of was those creamsicles and how much I loved them.

Blood Orange Cupcakes use fresh orange juice and vanilla bean to create a decadent cupcake that will remind you of an orange creamsicle, but way better.

This cupcake packs a nice tight crumb and goes great with my blood orange frosting (although that didn’t turn out exactly as I had planned).  Blood Orange Cupcakes use fresh orange juice and vanilla bean to create a decadent cupcake that will remind you of an orange creamsicle, but way better.

Blood Orange Cupcakes
 
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Blood Orange Cupcakes use fresh orange juice and vanilla bean to create a decadent cupcake that will remind you of an orange creamsicle, but way better.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Yields: 1 dozen cupcakes
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose or cake flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 vanilla beans, split and scraped
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • blood orange frosting
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. With the mixer running on low, add butter one tablespoon at a time. Increase speed of mixer to medium and continue to blend until the the butter and flour mixture is well incorporated and when squeezed between your fingers, it holds together.
  3. In a separate bowl with a pouring spout, whisk together all remaining ingredients to create your wet portion.
  4. With the mixer running on low, pour in about a third of the wet ingredients. Increase the speed to medium and beat until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Scrape sides, add half of remaining wet ingredients, and beat on low until combined. Scrape sides again, add remaining wet ingredients, and beat on low until fully combined.
  5. Use a cookie scoop to divide batter among muffin cups, filling each 3/4 full. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until testers inserted in the centers come out clean, about 24-28 minutes. Let cool in tins on wire racks.
  6. Top with blood orange frosting.

Blood Orange Cupcakes use fresh orange juice and vanilla bean to create a decadent cupcake that will remind you of an orange creamsicle, but way better.
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Halloween Witches’ Brew

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This sweet and sparkling Halloween Witches’ Brew made with fruit juice is a fun party drink for all ages and can easily be made into an adult cocktail too.

Witches' Brew | Self Proclaimed Foodie

My foodie-in-training kids went to an extraordinary preschool.  One of the best parts about the school was how they taught the kids how important community is, and one of the methods in sharing that lesson is by having the class eat together.  From age 2 all the way through early elementary school, the kids wouldn’t bring in their own snack (we called it mini meal) or lunch.  The parents brought in the ingredients and then the parent helpers with the children would prepare the food and everyone would sit together and eat.  This methodology stressed the importance of making healthy eating choices (probably one of the many reasons my kids love things like green smoothies and beet soup) as well as the significance of being able to sit around the table and maintain a social conversation (even with a toddler).

Witches' Brew | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Every Halloween in the older kids’ classes, they would make Witches’ Brew.  The trick to any witches’ brew is the dry ice.  You have to go for the full effect.  Its even more dramatic when you make it in a punch bowl or a pitcher.  Just be sure to not fill it all the way with the liquid because the dry ice will make it bubble over (I speak from experience).  Now, witches’ brew can really be made of whatever you want, but I found this combination to be best.  The orange juice combined with the apple and white grape juices produces a cool orangy-yellow color – perfect for Halloween.  It is a very sweet and flavorful drink – it is 100% fruit juice afterall.  If its too sweet for you, just dilute it by as much as half with club soda.  That will make it even more refreshing.  Want to make it boozey for the adults?  Easy.  Just replace the sparkling grape juice with sparkling white wine, or dare I say vodka or rum.  Any way you make it, everyone will be mesmerized by the spooky smoke coming from your brew.

Witches' Brew | Self Proclaimed Foodie

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This sweet and sparkling Witches' Brew made with fruit juice is a fun Halloween party drink for all ages and can easily be made into an adult cocktail too.
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Recipe type: drink
Yields: 12 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 750 milliliter bottle sparkling apple cider (or 4 cups apple cider)
  • 1 750 milliliter bottle sparkling white grape juice (or sparkling wine)
  • dry ice
Instructions
  1. In a punch bowl or large pitcher, combine orange juice and lemon juice. Add apple cider (or sparkling cider). Add sparkling white grape juice (or sparkling wine).
  2. Slowly add dry ice to punch bowl or pitcher and ensure fluid level is not all the way at the top, otherwise the dry ice may make it boil over. Reserve small chunks of dry ice for individual cups (only if serving to adults - dry ice should not be given directly to children).
  3. Serve immediately. Makes about 11 cups.
  4. This drink is very sweet (pure juice) and can easily be diluted with club soda.

This sweet and sparkling Witches' Brew made with fruit juice is a fun Halloween party drink for all ages and can easily be made into an adult cocktail too.
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Vampire Cocktail

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People will stare when you serve this spooky Vampire Cocktail this Halloween. It looks gory, but tastes amazing!
People will stare when you serve this spooky Vampire Cocktail this Halloween. It looks gory, but tastes amazing!

People will stare when you serve this spooky Vampire Cocktail this Halloween. It looks gory, but tastes amazing!
Vampire Cocktail | Self Proclaimed Foodie

I have to admit, I had a lot of fun making this cocktail.  First of all, I love every ingredient in this drink.  That’s always priority number one.  But to make something look gory and disgusting, yet taste awesome, just tickles me pink.

Vampire Cocktail | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Who knew some raspberry puree cooked with sugar would turn out looking just like blood?  This stuff tasted so good.  If you’re wondering where I found the syringes, I had to look no further than one of those big Halloween superstores that pop up everywhere this time of year.  They came in a six pack and I plan on making this cocktail every Halloween from now until forever.

Vampire Cocktail | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Here’s a funny to brighten your day:

Why is a vampire a good person to take out for meals?  Because he eats necks to nothing.  Get it?  Ha!

Allow me to go through the process of making this drink.  First you shake the vodka and amaretto with some ice to get it nice and cold.  Then you stir in the OJ and club soda and pour it over ice.  This would be a pretty boring drink at this point if it weren’t for the spooky bat with the glowing red eyes in the background, don’t you agree?

Vampire Cocktail | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Suck (get it? vampire – suck) up an ounce of the chilled raspberry puree into each syringe and stick it in the glass.  Restrain yourself from squeezing the puree into each glass because its so darn fun.  Don’t deprive your guests of this pleasure.

Vampire Cocktail | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Give it a good squeeze.  Ewwwww.

Vampire Cocktail | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Give it a stir.  I’ve watched enough Dexter and True Blood to freely admit that I was pretty darn pleased with myself in making this drink look like it has blood in it.  Well done, Krissy.  I can mark that one off my bucket list.

Vampire Cocktail | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Lastly, empty those syringes into the other drinks.  You have to admit, its pretty fascinating.

Vampire Cocktail | Self Proclaimed Foodie

My husband always likes me to credit him on his ideas.  Ladies and gentlemen, it was his idea for me to shoot from above and he was 100% right.  Not only was it a cool angle because you can see more of our sweet bat, but the sweetened raspberry puree really looks like blood in the photo below.  So, if you feel nauseated right now, you can thank him.

Vampire Cocktail | Self Proclaimed Foodie

I’m not lying when I tell you this drink tastes really good.  I guarantee it will be the hit of any Halloween party.

Vampire Cocktail | Self Proclaimed Foodie

If you can’t find the syringes at your local party store, you can always get them on amazon:

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VAMPIRE COCKTAIL
 
People will stare when you serve this spooky Vampire Cocktail this Halloween. It looks gory, but tastes amazing!
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Recipe type: cocktail
Yields: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 cups raspberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces amaretto
  • 2 ounces orange juice
  • 6 ounces club soda
  • 4 plastic syringes
Instructions
  1. Puree the raspberries in a blender or food processor. Press the puree through a fine mesh strainer to separate the pulp from the seeds. Discard the seeds.
  2. Combine the puree with the sugar in a small saucepan over medium high heat. Stir frequently and cook until mixture darkens and thickens, about 10 minutes. Chill until ready to use.
  3. Add vodka and amaretto to a shaker with ice and shake until very cold, about 20 seconds. Stir in orange juice and club soda. Pour into iced glasses.
  4. Fill syringes with equal parts of the raspberry syrup and place in glasses before serving.
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