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Classic Cocktail Spotlight: the White Russian

October 24th, 2014 · No Comments

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I’m a bit of a cocktail purist.  Sure, I love new flavors and variations on the classics, but sometimes, when you really love a drink, you just want that drink.  No bells or whistles.  Just that pure, delicious flavor. 

And that’s especially true with classic cocktails.  Most classic cocktail recipes are easy to make and only a few ingredients, and they’re so deliciously satisfying when you get them right. 

Take this drink: the White Russian.  It’s three ingredients, and it tastes sort of like a boozy milkshake (as in: delicious).  Lots of lists call the White Russian one of the Top 10 cocktails of all time, and for me, it’s the absolute top. 

So, if you’re a purist like me, just mix up a glass, pour it over ice, and enjoy.

And if you want to spice things up (particularly if you’re think about including this drink in a holiday party lineup!), there are so many fun ways to update this classic cocktail for the holiday season.  Garnishes like crushed peppermint, fresh cinnamon sticks and shaved white chocolate will take this classic to the next level, and are beautiful to serve.  Or, if you want a particularly foodie-oriented variation, use a dried star anise or a split vanilla bean for a particularly beautiful finishing touch.  You could even host a make-your-own White Russian bar with Kahlúa, vodka, cream, and garnishes, and let your friends create their own!

Finally, once you’ve tried the classic, think about incorporating seasonal flavors to vary things up — the White Russian is just as delicious with the Kahlúa seasonal flavors, like Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice or Kahlúa Peppermint Mocha. For more ideas for holiday entertaining, visit KahulaHoliday.com, or follow Kahlúa on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

Kahlúa White Russian

INGREDIENTS
1 part Kahlúa
2 parts Absolut Vodka
1 part Heavy Cream

DIRECTIONS
Fill a rocks glass with ice.  Swirl together the vodka, Kahlúa and cream, and pour over ice.  Sit back, sip responsibly, and enjoy! 

Disclosure: I have been compensated for this post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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the perfect cocktail for an adult halloween party!

October 10th, 2014 · 2 Comments

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Halloween has always been one of my absolute favorite holidays.

See, it combines all my favorite things: Candy?  Check.  Playing dress up?  Check.  Staying up late?  Obviously!

And as an adult, I’ve added one more item to that list: Cocktails!

I’ve partnered with Kahlúa for the holidays to bring you guys some delicious, fun, easy recipes that are perfect for this time of the year.  This month, I’m kicking off with a delicious Halloween cocktail recipe for… dum dum dum… the Choco-Pumpkin Freeze!

Here’s the thing about this cocktail: it has two ingredients, and they’re both *amazing.* Chocolate ice cream and Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice, a special limited edition flavor that blends natural pumpkin and delicious autumnal spices with 100% Arabica coffee and sugarcane rum. In case it’s not obvious from the description, it is mind-bogglingly good.

And once you add chocolate ice cream? It’s out of this world.

So this Halloween, grab a few of your favorite grown ups for tricks, treats, and libations!  For more ideas on how to throw a wickedly amazing Halloween party, check out KahulaHoliday.com, which has custom recipes, entertaining tips and expert advice!  Or check them out on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram — happy trick or treating!

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Choco-Pumpkin Freeze

INGREDIENTS
1 parts Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice
1 part chocolate ice cream

DIRECTIONS
Blend together in a food processor or blender, and serve over ice in a highball glass. Enjoy!

Of course, the best cocktail is one that’s sipped responsibly — don’t overindulge and never drink and drive!

Disclosure: I have been compensated for this post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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kanon vodka cupcakes (yum.)

September 1st, 2011 · 8 Comments

Heading out to the launch party for Charlotte Ronson’s new makeup line on Tuesday night was like getting a free pass to the cool kids’ table. 

Check out my wrap-up and photos of the event and get the recipe for these amazing vodka cupcakes, made with Kanon Organic Vodka, over at their blog here!

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