Recipe courtesy of Tradewinds Tea.
- 3 Ounces unsweetened tea, preferably Tradewinds Unsweet Tea with a Hint of Lemon
- 3 Ounces orange juice
- 2 Ounces pink Moscato
Fill a champagne flute almost halfway with iced tea, such as Tradewinds Unsweet Tea with a Hint of Lemon.
Add a splash of orange juice.
Fill the rest of the champagne flute with pink Moscato.
For a fun addition, add some sugar to the rim of the champagne flute along with a lemon peel.
Easy Lemon Bars with Buttery Crust
My favorite lemon bars recipe! These classic lemon bars have a crisp shortbread crust and a creamy delicious tart lemon topping. These bars need to be made in your kitchen, ASAP. Jump to the Lemon Bars Recipe or read on to see our tips for making them.
E to L Essential Oils
Fragrance: Strong and woody
Blends Well With: Cedarwood- cypress- geranium- ginger- grapefruit- juniper- lavender- lemon, marjoram- peppermint- pine- rosemary
Revives and lifts the spirit, stimulates the immune system and can ease coughs, colds, headaches and sinus pain. Eucalyptus also makes an excellent insect repellent and is often sprayed on animals to prevent fleas and ticks. This oil also comes in forms that can be inhaled to break up respiratory tract infections. It is thought to have anti-inflammatory properties which make it useful for bronchitis.
Fragrance: Very sweet and anise-like with a slight earthy-peppery smell
Blends Well With: Bergamot- black pepper- cardamom- cypress- geranium- ginger- grapefruit- juniper- lavender- lemon- mandarin- marjoram- orange- pine- rose- rosemary- sandalwood- tangerine- ylang ylang
A wonderful calming oil to help ease stomach cramps and other digestive problems, in fact, fennel is often found in many of today’s laxative remedies. It can be extremely good when used in toiletries for mature skin and for anyone with menopausal problems.
Fragrance: a clean dry, woody aroma with fruity, pepper, and spicy tones.
Blends Well With: Basil- bergamot- black pepper- cinnamon- clary sage- coriander- cypress- geranium- grapefruit- lavender- lemon- mandarin- neroli- orange- patchouli- pine- rose- sandalwood- ylang ylang
This oil can be a bit expensive but it’s definitely worth spending a little extra on it. Frankincense is an important skin healer with many miraculous references going way back to the Bible. Adding a few drops to your face or body cream works wonders for dry or mature skin. Frankincense also has sedative qualities that will give a feeling of inner peace helping to eliminate anxiety and aid sleep. Other benefits include relief from coughs and asthma.
Fragrance: Fresh, woody, spicy and balsamic
Blends Well With: Benzoin – fir – geranium – ginger – lavender – oakmoss – opopanax – pine
Galbanum carries an extensive tradition as incense. The actual resin can be burnt, and the oil has been utilized as a fixative within fragrances. Medicinally it is often applied to wounds and skin conditions. For skin problems like scarring or muscle cramping, this particular oil can be used on its own or within a blend with a vegetable/carrier oil and applied to the area. Also beneficial for bronchitis, coughs, cuts, upset stomach, inflammations, mature skin, muscle pains, nervous tension, bad circulation, rheumatism, scarring and anxiety
Fragrance: Sweet and floral
Blends Well With: Basil- bergamot- black pepper- clary sage- clove- cypress- fennel- frankincense- ginger- grapefruit- jasmine- juniper- lavender- lemon- mandarin- neroli- orange- patchouli, peppermint- rose- rosemary- sandalwood- ylang ylang
A floral smelling scent to put a spring in your step, with its uplifting qualities to help ease mood swings, works well for both post-natal depression and pre-menstrual tension. It also makes an excellent mosquito repellent and is often found in beauty skincare products.
Fragrance: Hot, spicy, and sweet
Blends Well With: Bergamot- cedarwood- clove- coriander- eucalyptus- frankincense- geranium- grapefruit- jasmine- juniper- lemon- lime- mandarin- neroli- orange- patchouli- rose- rosewood- sandalwood- ylang ylang
Is well known for its warming properties helping to relive and treat muscular and arthritic pains along with sprains and strains. Ginger is thought to boost immunity helping to ease coughs and colds and is often used to treat travel sickness and nausea.
Fragrance: Citrus, floral, and fruity
Blends Well With: Bergamot- black pepper- cardamom- clary sage- clove- cypress- eucalyptus- fennel- frankincense- geranium- ginger- juniper- lavender- lemon- mandarin- neroli- patchouli- peppermint- rosemary-ylang ylang
This mouth-watering oil is both refreshing and invigorating. This is a good oil to use if you are feeling depressed or exhausted. Works wonders in a tonic for oily or combination skin
Fragrance: Warm, rich, deep and floral
Blends Well With: virtually everything
Is very hydrating so it’s lovely used in soaps, perfumes and cosmetics for dry sensitive skin. Jasmine can also be used to stimulate the memory, try adding a few drops of Jasmine to a homemade blend to use whilst studying, and see if it will help with your memory.
Fragrance: Fresh, green and fruity with balsamic undertones
Blends Well With: Black pepper- cedarwood- clary sage- cypress- fir needle- lavender- oakmoss- rosemary
Holds invaluable detoxification properties it’s used to treat water retention, cellulite and hangovers by increasing circulation and generally giving the mind and body a well needed emotional clear out.
Fragrance: Fresh, herbaceous and floral
Blends Well With: Bergamot- black pepper- cedarwood- clary sage- clove- cypress- eucalyptus- geranium- grapefruit- juniper- lemon- lemongrass- mandarin- marjoram- oakmoss- patchouli- peppermint- pine- rose- rosemary- tea tree
Well, what can I say! Is there anything this oil can’t do? It can be used neat to soothe burns, scalds, sunburn and arthritis. In fact, because of its cooling effect, it is good to use on anything hot. It can help alleviate eczema, acne, insect bites, stings, head lice, bruises, headaches, vertigo, migraine, fainting and just about any aches and pains you can think of. Lavender is a must for any essential oil collection.
Fragrance: Clean and citrusy with a hint of spice
Blends Well With: Benzoin- chamomile- eucalyptus- fennel- geranium- juniper-lavender- neroli
Lemon is excellent for treating cold sores, verrucas, warts, spots and athletes foot. A very refreshing and uplifting detoxifying oil, that boosts circulation helping to eliminate cellulite and gout.
Fragrance: Lemony and straw-like
Blends Well With: Basil,-bergamot- black pepper- cedarwood- clary sage- coriander- cypress- fennel- geranium- ginger- grapefruit- lavender- lemon- marjoram- orange- patchouli- rosemary- tea tree-ylang ylang
An invigorating and energizing oil mainly used to treat extreme perspiration, athletes’ foot, muscular pain and aid poor circulation.
Fragrance: Citrus and tart, sweet with a little spice
Blends Well With: clary sage- lavender- neroli- rosemary- vanilla- ylang ylang- and other citrus oils
A very refreshing and deodorizing with its mild antiseptic and antiviral qualities make it a perfect oil for fighting off acne and dealing with most problems caused by oily skin. Lime can also stimulate circulation so if used for detoxification can help reduce cellulite.
Lemon-Orange Mimosa - Recipes
1 oz. NOLET’S Silver Gin
1.5 oz. Fresh Grapefruit Juice
0.25 oz Simple Syrup
3 Sage Leaves
Add all ingredients (except Rosé) into mixing glass with ice. Shake well and pour into a balloon glass. Top with Rosé. Garnish with a grapefruit wheel and fresh sage leaves.
For batched punch proportions:
2 cups of NOLET’S Silver Gin
4 cups Grapefruit Juice (unsweetened)
1/2 cup Simple Syrup (adjust for desired sweetness)
1/4 cup Fresh Lemon Juice
1 bottle of Sparkling Wine, Champagne or Sparkling Rosé
Bunch of Fresh Sage
Freeze an ice ring ahead with thinly sliced lemon, orange, grapefruit or any citrus fruit.
Combine all ingredients (but Sparkling Wine/Champagne) in a large punch bowl, stir to combine and carefully add ice or ice ring and the Champagne just before serving.
The Sidecar, with a century of history behind it, is probably the most famous of all classic cognac drinks, and it remains a favorite today. The tart, dry cocktail features cognac, orange liqueur and fresh lemon juice, plus a sugared rim, and it’s a direct descendant of the Brandy Crusta, an old New Orleans cocktail that has enjoyed something of a comeback in recent years.
The Sidecar was likely invented around World War I. It graced the pages of two books in 1922: “Harry’s ABC of Mixing Cocktails” by Harry MacElhone and “Cocktails and How to Mix Them” by Robert Vermeire. Both books listed the recipe with equal parts cognac, Cointreau and lemon juice, but subsequent versions altered the ratios, calling for two parts cognac, one part Cointreau and one part lemon. The latter formula is still common today and is used for this recipe.
The sugared rim is optional when making a Sidecar, but considering that this cocktail lands on the drier side of the sweetness spectrum, a few sugar granules with each sip provide a welcome treat.
How the Sidecar got its name is a source of debate: Both a French and English bar claim to have invented the cocktail for a customer who arrived at the location in the sidecar of a motorcycle. That seems plausible enough.
Bar veteran Dale DeGroff, however, says the drink’s name references the mixture that’s left in the shaker after straining and served in a shot glass on the side. This bonus is called, that’s right, a sidecar. You don’t have to serve a little shot alongside your Sidecar, but it’s a sure way to elicit smiles from whomever you’re serving—and it’s a great segue to tell the origin story of the cocktail.
Choosing the Right Garnish
Most cocktail recipes will recommend the type of citrus fruit to use. If it does not, simply choose one that complements the drink.
- If your drink is a short, martini-style cocktail with lemon juice like the lemon drop martini, you may want to use a delicate lemon twist.
- If you are garnishing an orange juice highball such as the screwdriver, a large slice of orange would likely be best.
- For a jungle bird cocktail, you'll use a pineapple wedge and a few leaves along with a cherry to create a "jungle bird" adornment for the glass.
Think about the drink's ingredients as well as the color of the garnish and how that would complement the visual appeal and taste of the drink.
Lemon Lavender Spiked Iced Tea
Oh you fancy, huh? Make Mom feel special with this home-made lemon lavender iced tea cocktail.
2 oz. Vodka
4 oz. Lemon Lavender Iced Tea*
Add Vodka to a tall glass filled with ice. Top with lemon lavender iced tea. Gently stir and garnish with lemon wheel.
*Lemon Lavender Iced Tea:
8 oz. Lavender Tea, chilled
2 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
3 oz. Orange Blossom Honey Syrup
First boil 2 cups water in a tea kettle. While water boils, add 2 lavender tea bags, 3 oz. Orange Blossom Honey and 2 oz. fresh lemon juice to a pot. Once water boils, pour over mixture and let steep up to one hour. Store in airtight bottle until ready for use and keep refrigerated up to one month.
Yield Makes about 2 1/2 cups (590 milliliters)
- Calories 236
- Fat 0.1 g (0.2%)
- Saturated 0.0 g (0.1%)
- Carbs 61.1 g (20.4%)
- Fiber 1.4 g (5.7%)
- Sugars 49.9 g
- Protein 0.5 g (1.0%)
- Sodium 7.1 mg (0.3%)
Using a vegetable peeler, peel the citrus rind into wide strips, taking care to avoid the bitter white pith. Combine the citrus peels, water, and sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over low heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat.
Squeeze the juice from the citrus and strain to remove excess pulp and seeds. Measure the juice you should have about 1 cup (235 milliliters). If you have significantly less than 1 cup, top it off with more juice or water. If you have significantly more than 1 cup, drink the surplus or save it for another use.
Add the 1 cup of juice to the saucepan, and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat immediately and let cool to room temperature. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer discard the peels or reserve them for another use.
Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
Reprinted with permission from Wild Drinks & Cocktails: Handcrafted Squashes, Shrubs, Switchels, Tonics, and Infusions to Mix at Home by Emily Han, copyright (c) 2015. Published by Fair Winds Press.
Category: Cocktail Recipes
Cocktails and boozy coffee drinks for girl’s night in. Easy to make new cocktails, classic recipes, and delicious alcoholic coffee drinks.
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Sex on a Snowbank Cocktail
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Cranberry Margarita (with mocktail version)
Cranberry Margarita cocktail (with non-alcoholic version) couldn’t be more festive or easy! A great recipe by Chef Maggie from Alternative Dish!
Rosemary Honey Moscow Mule (fabulous fall cocktail!)
Honey simple syrup is infused with fresh rosemary and added to vodka and ginger beer for a fall take on the Moscow Mule. This Rosemary Honey Moscow Mule will be a favorite in your house all year long!
Fresh Peach Ginger Bourbon Fizz
Make a quick batch of peach simple syrup with fresh peaches days ahead of when you need a batch of these cocktails. Store it in the fridge to chill and take it out when you are ready to add the bourbon and lemon.
Sweet and Spicy Margaritas
These easy spicy margaritas are easy to make, full of delicious flavor, not too spicy, but the jalapeños give them just the right amount of kick to counter the sweetness.
All the Cocktails!
We’ve gathered our cocktail recipes in one place to make it easier for you to get your drink on. You’ll find a few full recipes of the classics and many, many more versions to try. You’ll find your new favorite, for sure!
Cranberry Moscow Mule (Moscow Unicorn)
This Cranberry Moscow Mule cocktail recipe is a fun and delicious vodka cocktail for those that love Moscow Mule’s. A great cocktail for holiday parties!
Cranberry Whiskey Sour
Only 4 ingredients for this delicious and OH SO EASY cocktail. A perfectly seasonal drink.
Hard Cider Hot Toddy
This hot toddy is made from hard cider, whiskey, and all the cinnamon spice flavors. All the best fall flavors in this delicious cocktail! It’s no secret we here at NellieBellie love our coffee drinks. And our beer. Gosh do we love our coffee and beer! Strangely
Orange Rum Sunset Cocktail
Nothing but rum and orange in this crazy delicious cocktail. Great for parties!
Yummy Strawberry Basil Frozen Margarita
An easy frozen margarita with sweet strawberry and fresh basil flavor. Grab your blender and favorite tequila and make up this yummy frozen cocktail! I’m going to keep this very short and get you straight to this recipe. Because, if you are looking for a margarita recipe,
Bailey’s S’mores Shots
Sweet, creamy, me so much fun! Baileys Irish cream in a s’more dessert shot. A great cocktail recipe for a party! Marshmallow, chocolate, and Bailey’s in a perfect drink!
Bucket List of Holiday Cocktails
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Adult Watermelon Punch
Summer and watermelon are a match made in heaven, aren’t they? Add Made in America Smirnoff Vodka to the mix and you are in for a super yummy summer treat! This adult watermelon punch is served inside a hollowed watermelon…perfect for a summer party!
Tropical Tummy Mango Faux-jito from The Ultimate New Mom’s Cookbook
Although my children are now 20 and 15 and I don’t find myself needing to worry about pregnancy and young children, many NellieBellie readers are mothers of small children and/or expecting little ones. You’ll love Aurora and her recipes, especially this tasty “mocktail” created with those momma’s-to-be in
Lavender Mimosa Recipe (pitcher recipe)
This Lavender Mimosa recipe is designed to be made by the pitcher. A pitcher of Mimosa’s? Heck yes, I can get behind that!! This is perfect for a family brunch or holiday breakfast. Or frankly, because you are a mom and survived to Saturday. #mommingsohard
Easy Grapefruit Martini
A sweetheart martini is a delicious cocktail perfect for Valentine’s Day. It is a mix of a grapefruit martini and a cherry martini and an easy martini with only 3 ingredients!
Homemade cherry bourbon
I started out this recipe with the intention of making those cute little cocktail bourbon cherries that you can grab for craft cocktails for $15 a jar. Whoa! But quickly turned into an even better and more delicious craft cocktail treat… cherry bourbon. I am soooo
Bourbon Cherry Smash Cocktail
This Bourbon Cherry Smash is an easy bourbon cocktail that is refreshing and full of sweet cherries!
Rum and Root beer Cocktail — only 3 ingredients
Easy spiked root beer cocktail. Full of root beer flavor with a touch of alcohol. Perfect cocktail for parties, football, and gatherings.
Strawberry Shortcake Cocktail. Sister stuff.
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The Grasshopper cocktail
The easy and delicious grasshopper cocktail is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. Tastes like a thin mint cookie! This recipe is easy and fast to make up…perfect for a quick drink or for a cocktail party! This recipe is for the traditional Grasshopper cocktail. We haven’t altered
Tangelo Prosecco Mimosas
These little powerhouses are a snap to prepare and aren’t too sweet or too tangy, they really are the perfect mix. And with the addition of some fresh lime and a boost from some orange liqueur, they aren’t your basic mimosa.
How Do I Know When My Fish Is Done Cooking?
- Cooked salmon will flake easily with a fork at the thickest part when fully cooked. The inside of the meat will turn from a translucent orange/pink/red to a paler opaque orange/pink/red when fully cooked.
- You can also test with a thermometer. The thickest part should be 160 degrees when fully cooked.