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Valentine’s Day White Berry Sangria

white berry sangria

It’s a few days early but, we’re all ready for Valentine’s Day over here! As much as Ben likes to drink whiskey and beer, he’s secretly a fan of my little girly cocktails. Specifically sangria. He loves fruity drinks and whenever I make sangria, I can always expect him to have a few glasses. I made this today as a little treat for our relaxing weekend after getting our living room and dining room floors laid. We’ve been busy on weekends and weeknights for the past few weeks and this weekend we agreed to do absolutely nothing. For a pre-Valentine’s Day drink, I made this White Berry Sangria. I used frozen fruit because it was easy and cheap and cooled off my Pinot Grigio real quick! You can truly use any fruits you like but my favorite combo is as follows.

White Berry Sangria Recipe

8 oz. white wine (I chose a Pinto Grigio)
4 oz. triple sec
2 oz. Kinky liqueur
2 oz. ginger ale
Frozen mixed-berry fruit (strawberry, blackberry, raspberry is my favorite)

Fill your glass with ice. Pour the ingredients over ice and stir. Garnish with fruit. Let fruit steep for a few minutes and serve. The longer you let the fruit steep the fruitier (and pinker) the drink gets!

white berry sangria recipe

valentines day sangria

Do you have a favorite Valentine’s Day cocktail? Please share with me in the comments!

Etched wine glasses are from one of my favorite personalized gift websites, Gifts For You Now.

Hot Buttered Rum Cocktail

hot buttered rum cocktail

I spent my Sunday wishing there were a way for every team still in the running for the Super Bowl to lose. My wishes obviously did not come true, but a girl can dream! While dreaming, I noticed something: It’s been a while since I talked about my dear friend Captain Morgan. Don’t worry, rum and cokes still hold my heart, but this weekend I wanted to try something new. And something hot.

I knew I’d heard of butter rum, but mostly in the candy form. I figured it had to be based on something real. I did a little cocktail research and whipped a couple up for Ben and myself (they’re so easy!) I don’t know if anyone else has this issue, but when I make warm drinks, the booze smell is so strong that I have a hard time trying it. If you’re like me, you might take a whiff of this drink and think, “Whoa!” First of all, there’s nothing wrong with a little whoa in a drink, but I promise you it won’t taste as strong as it smells.

Hot Buttered Rum Recipe:

1/2 Tablespoon butter – room temperature
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 oz. Captain Morgan
4 oz. hot water

First, you’ll add your butter to a mug.


Next, add in your brown sugar, vanilla and cinnamon.

hot buttered rum ingredients

Use a fork to mash it all together into a paste.

buttered rum ingredients

Add your rum.

hot buttered rum cocktail

Pour in your hot water and stir.

hot buttered rum cocktail ingredients

Drink up and take solace in the fact that at least Aaron Rodgers and the Packers are gone for the season!

buttered rum cocktail

Homemade Pumpkin Coffee Creamer

pumpkin coffee creamer ingredients

I try giving up coffee probably once every three months. This last time I actually made it a few weeks without coffee because I was really sick and it never sounded very appetizing. Well, now that’s over and I’m back on caffeine and here I go again with something pumpkin flavored for the colder weather!

I keep baking these Pumpkin Molasses Cookies and end up with some leftover pumpkin puree that I keep in my fridge. Last time I made Pumpkin Hot Chocolate with the leftovers and this time I decided to make my own coffee creamer! You’ll want to make this in a container that can be shaken up because you’ll want to give it a good shake before each use to get the pumpkin and spices well mixed. I used a mason jar, but you can use whatever floats your pumpkin-shaking boat.

Pumpkin Coffee Creamer Recipe:

12 oz. half and half
3 Tablespoons pumpkin puree
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 Tablespoons Turbinado sugar – optional, if you like sweet coffee

Pour your half & half into your mason jar.

homemade coffee creamer ingredients

Add your pumpkin.

homemade pumpkin coffee creamer ingredients

Sprinkle in your spices and sugar.

homemade coffee creamer recipe

Give it a good shake and you’re ready for creamy, dreamy coffee!

homemade pumpkin coffee creamer

homemade pumpkin coffee creamer coffee

If you’re not a pumpkin fan, you can make this sans pumpkin puree and have a delicious cinnamon vanilla coffee creamer!