Any reason to make a new cocktail is a good reason. But Mardi Gras just might be the perfect reason. Whether you're throwing a little Mardi Party or watching the parades on St. Charles, you'll surely need a drink in hand. This one just so happens to be adorable and delicious.
We took a New Orleans classic and put our own spin on it. King's Cups are notoriously served at Emril Delmonico's restaurant during Mardi Gras season. Inspired by the King's Cup, we declared our slightly sweet, fizzy drink the Queen's Cup.
Unlike a thick daiquiri, this cocktail won't weigh you down so you can keep partying all day. You've got beads to catch!
- 5 ounces vanilla vodka
- 2 ounces pineapple juice
- 2 ounces lime juice
- Champagne for topping off
- Yellow and green sanding sugar
- Lime slices
- Add the colored sugar to one plate. Dip the rim of the glass into a little bit of water, then into the sugar, coating the rim completely.
- Add the vodka, pineapple juice and lime juice to a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and pour into prepared glasses.
- Top off with champagne. Garnish with lime.
With the Queen's Cup in hand, you'll be looking like royalty.
-xo The Rodéo Gils
Honestly, we can't get enough of fun cocktails this summer. Ingredients like berries, are so fresh right now that making a cocktail for a party or a girl's night out can be super easy and delicious! Blackberries are kind of gorgeous and we couldn't resist making them our star ingredient for our blackberry gin fizz!
All you need is five ingredients and you can whip up happy hour any night of the week. Who needs a fancy cocktail lounge, when you can create a drink that's just as special right at home?
- Fresh Blackberries
- Soda Water
- Fresh Lemons
- Agave Nectar
- Crushed Ice
- With an immersion blender or regular blender, mix about a cup of blackberries with 2 tbsp. agave nectar and blend until smooth. You can add a tsp. of water if you need a little more liquid. (You could also just muddle the berries and agave in the bottom of a cocktail shaker if you don't have a blender.)
- For each glass, use about 2 tbsp. of blackberry puree, 1 oz. of gin, juice from one lemon and shake vigorously in cocktail shaker.
- Fill a glass with ice, pour blackberry mixture over ice.
- Top the drink off with soda water and garnish with cocktail stirrer and fresh berries.
- Repeat with each glass until they are all full.
*To crush your own ice, place ice cubes in a pillow case and crush with a rolling pin, hammer, or something else that will crush the ice. You could use a plastic Ziploc too, but it could break through the bag, so the pillowcase is less messy!
How gorgeous is this drink?
Now that you've had your fill of this delicious cocktail, let's move on to our DIY project! Cocktail stirrers, also known as swizzle sticks, are such an easy way to make your drink a bit more festive. Whether you are throwing a party, going out with the girls, or just enjoying a cocktail on your own, adding something bright and fun will make drinking that cocktail even more exciting. We have two different types of stirrers to show you today. And you might recognize them, as they are the same ones we made for our Girls Night Out!
First lets discuss the materials you need...
You will also need an Elmer's glue stick, a hot glue gun (with glue sticks), and scissors. But we figured you already knew what those looked like. These two DIYs are super simple and easy, so let's get started....
Glitter Heart Swizzle Stick:
- Use your heart punch (we used a 1 1/2" punch) to punch out hearts. You will need two hearts for each stick. One for the front and one for the back. Punch as many as you need.
- Take two hearts and cover the white side/non-glitter side with Elmer's glue. Then grab your skewer (ours were 5 1/2" in length) and adhere it to one of the hearts. Take your second heart and line it up with the other and press down. Make sure your skewer is nice and snug in the the middle of the hearts.
- Continue until you've made the amount of swizzle sticks you need.
Paper Fringe Swizzle Stick:
- Plug in your hot glue gun, so it can get nice and hot.
- Take your tissue paper, and cut it into pieces that are about 3" wide x 2" high. Take these pieces and cut vertical strips into them. Make sure to stay about 1/4" away from the edge or you will cut/tear through your piece. For each swizzle stick you will need 2 gold pieces and 1 pink piece. Let's call these pieces your fringe.
- Take your skewer and place a dot of hot glue at the top of your stick. Next, take a gold fringe piece and adhere the bottom/un-cut edge to your dot of glue. You want the fringe to be sticking up above the stick. Then wrap it around the skewer, until you are out of fringe. Place another dot of glue to secure the piece. Try to wrap the paper around itself instead of moving vertically down the skewer, this way the fringe will be fuller once you are done.
- Next, use the same process with your pink fringe piece and your second gold fringe piece. You want to keep each piece you adhere pretty much on top of the one before it. When you are done, you will have only covered about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch of the skewer.
- Once all three fringe pieces are attached, use your fingers to fluff it up so it's nice and full!
- That's it! Now, go pour yourself a drink! You've earned it!
The Rodéo Girls
For more cocktail recipes, you can visit Leigh Ann's personal blog, My Diary of Us. DIY cocktail stirrer by Carol.
Sometimes I think rhubarb gets tired of being paired with strawberries all the time. While it may be a classic combo and a delicious one at that, let's get out of our comfort zone for a second and think about what else rhubarb could be delicious with. Lemon! This refreshing rhubarb lemonade sparkler is the perfect summer drink! It is so easy to make at home, and fancy enough that your friends will totally be impressed!
It's Friday after all, and you probably are going to want to make this drink at some point over the weekend, even if it's just for yourself.
You can make the rhubarb puree ahead of time and it will keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks allowing you to make a special cocktail whenever you want!
- 8 Stalks of Rhubarb, washed and diced
- 1/4 Cup Sugar
- 1 Tbsp. Water
- Aromatic Bitters
- Agave Nectar
- Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
- Dry Champagne
- In a saucepan, combine your sugar, water, and diced rhubarb (not including the ends, but you do not have to peel) and place over medium heat.
- Cook until the rhubarb is soft and it's juices have been released. At this point you will let the mixture cool, and then place into a food processor, blender, or you can use an immersion blender and puree until the mixture is smooth.
- Refrigerate until chilled.
- When you are ready to make your cocktail, grab your cocktail shaker and place 1 oz. gin, 3/4 oz. lemon juice, 1 tbsp. agave nectar, and 2 tbsp. rhubarb puree along with some ice. Shake vigorously and pour over ice into a glass, straining the liquid as you pour.
- Top your glass with champagne (this makes a really beautiful ombré effect)
- Sprinkle 2 dashes (literally) with the bitters and add a lemon wedge for garnish.
Once you get the rhubarb puree mixture made, the rest is easy!
The colors are gorgeous and the flavor is to die for! So instead of making that same ole faithful drink that you have every weekend, mix it up a bit and try this refreshing rhubarb lemonade sparkler and tell me what you think!
The Rodéo Girls
For more recipes visit my personal blog, My Diary of Us.