4th Annual Cookies and Cocktails- Lemon Swig Cookies & Upside down Pineapple cake

That time of year again folks! Where we have the cookies and cocktails party! It was a great time and people really came out with some good cookies. This year we did trophies which made it all the more funner. ( i can use the word funner because it is my blog). The winners get to keep the trophies for a year, return them next year to pass onto next contestant winner. My new cricut machine helped me make awesome decorations for the party which were not photographed :(.

This year I made Lemon Swig Cookies! 

  • 1 Cup Butter, softened
  • ¾ C Vegetable Oil
  • 1¼ C Sugar (plus ¼ cup reserved)
  • ¾ C Powdered Sugar
  • 2 T Water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 Eggs
  • ½ t Baking Soda
  • ½ t Cream of Tarter
  • 1 t Salt
  • 5½ C Flour
  • Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese,
  • softened
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 cups confectioners’ sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cream of tarter, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, vegetable oil, sugar (1¼ C), powdered sugar, and water. Add in lemon juice and lemon zest.. Add in eggs.
  3. Slowly add in flour mixture until combined. Roll the dough into golf sized balls and place onto a non stick cookie sheet.
  4. To give the cookies their signature rough edge, dip the bottom of a glass into the reserved ¼ cup sugar and press onto the cookie ball to flatten the cookie. You still want the cookie to be thicker so don’t press them to thin.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the bottom is lightly brown. The cookies stay soft so do not over bake.
  6. To make the lemon cream cheese frosting: Beat cream cheese, butter, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla together until smooth and fluffy. Add confectioners’ sugar. Beat until creamy

Upside Pineapple Cake Cocktail

I had this at a chinese restaurant once and I wanted to make it for the occasion!

Ingredients
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Cake Vodka
  • Malibu Rum
  • Grenadine
  • Ice
Instructions
  1. Use a tall drinking glass and fill ⅓ full with ice.
  2. Add a double shot of Cake Vodka.
  3. Add a single shot of the Malibu Rum.
  4. Fill glass with Pineapple Juice.
  5. Pour a bit of Grenedine over the top. The red should float to the bottom & the drink will actually resemble pineapple upside down cake.
  6. Enjoy :)

Red Berry Sangria

Very easy Sangria, but I wasn’t too big of a fan of the red berry taste!! I made a huge batch and doubled everything in it!!

  •  1 bottle of Barefoot Moscato
  • 1 ounce or 2mL CirocRed Berry vodka ( I bought new amsterdam)
  • 6 diced strawberries
  • 12 diced raspberries
  • 1 can of Sprite

Caramel Apple Sangria

I used this recipe for 3rd Annual Cookies and Cocktails! Another great cookies and cocktails success!!   Thanks Food Family Finds I did not use Mirassou Wine and it came out just as good! They also paired perfectly with Caramel Apple Cookies.
Ingredients:
  • 1 750 mL bottle of Mirassou Moscato (I used any old Moscato I had)
  • 3 cups apple cider
  • 1 cup carbonated lemon-lime soda
  • ⅓ cup caramel flavored vodka
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 sweet apples (any varieties), diced
  • 1 pear (any variety), diced
  • ½ cup green grapes, halved
Directions:
  1. Add the apples, pear and grapes to a large pitcher.
  2. Slowly poor in the Moscato, cider, vodka and cinnamon.
  3. Gently stir.
  4. Refrigerate for one hour.
  5. Before serving, add the lemon-lime soda and stir gently.

Sparkling Fruit Sangria

I got mixed reviews on this one, I liked all the berries but all I tasted was champagne! Maybe a little less champagne next time or an alternative to the bubbles! Thanks Sally’s Baking Addiction!

  • 1 orange, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 10 large strawberries, sliced
  • 1 cup orange juice ( I made juice from frozen concentrate)
  • 1 750ml bottle sweet white wine (I used pinot)
  • 1 750ml bottle your favorite champagne

Directions:

Place all fruit in a large pitcher or bowl, add wine and allow to sit in the refrigerator for 3 – 24 hours. Right before serving, add champagne.

Taste; if you’d like it to be sweeter, add 1/4 cup granulated sugar, honey, or agave. Serve and enjoy!

White Peach Sangria

I have been looking for a pitcher with a nozzle all summer. I wanted one with glass, that was pretty, and reasonably priced. Mid august I headed up to New Hampshire with my boyfriend and when shopping in Shaw’s he found a perfect one that was on sale for 11 dollars! Score! This called for a good sangria recipe. I knew I wanted a light refreshing summer one.  Everyone in NH enjoyed this recipe. It wasn’t exactly what I had in mind that I wanted it to taste like, I think I wanted a bit more light, maybe I used the wrong white wine, but for everyone else they said it was great.

  • 1/2 liter of Ginger Ale
  • 1/2 cup of Peach Schnapps
  • 1 bottle of White Wine
  • Peaches ( I used both kind of peaches)
  • Orange
  • Sugar 1/4 cup for 1/2 depending on taste preference.

We mixed it all together and let it sit for a little bit to make sure the fruit was marinaded and that everything would blend together.

Rum Chata Pudding Shots

Here is my “cocktail” that I chose for 2nd Annual Cookies and Cocktails. these were so good I could have eaten it out of the bowl with a spoon.

 

One box of Vanilla Instant Pudding Box

One cup of Milk

One cup of rum chata

One tub of small cool whip.

 

Mix together and distribute into small jello shot cups. Refrigerate, enjoy :)

Apple Cider Party Punch

I looked far and wide for a decent punch recipe for my Nail Party, I finally found one, I once again remember how to make it but cant find the actual recipe I actually used.

Here are the ingredients

  • Six Cups of Apple Cider
  • 2 Cups of Orange Juice
  • One bottle of sparkling grape juice ( you could use sparkling wine) 750 ML
  • 1/2 cup of Lemon Juice

To save money I bought the frozen orange juice concentrate and used that instead. Also one gallon of cider works, ( for those who can’t convert cups- gallons-pints-ounces like me).

Pretty simple add all the ingredients together and you got your self a FALL CIDER PUNCH!

I didn’t get a picture of this I apologize, but it looks like punch.

 

Success!

Rhubarb Liquer

So, my dad has a garden, and he gets mad if we dont pick and use everything in it! This year he planted rhubarb, and he loves to make strawberry and rhubarb pie. I dont hate it either, So when I saw this recipe, I had to try it. Seemed pretty simple! 

Rubarb Liquer 

Here is what it is supposed to look like:

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Here is what it ACTUALLY looks like when you make it:

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So you have to wait three weeks are so to eat it, and I dont even remember when I made it, sometime last week, I am excited to try it, however it doesnt look to promising. I have snuck a few sniffs and it smells like it could be pretty good. 

I think I will drink it with sprite so I dont lose the flavor of the vodka that I worked so hard for! Keep you guys posted on how it tastes!!!