25 Days of Christmas Cocktails

This holiday season I will be celebrating with cocktails. Every day from December 1st through December 25th I will be posting holiday themed cocktails on my TikTok page. Be sure to check back daily for the new drinks. Here are the cocktails:

Day 1:
The Grinch
Mistletoe Martini

Day 2
Cranberry Shrub Cocktail (recipe for the cranberry shrub)
Gingerbread Man Shot

Day 3
White Christmas Mojito
Berry Smash Cocktail Review

Day 4
Candy Cane Martini
Jack Frost Mimosa

Day 5
Sex on a Snowbank
The Happy Elf

Day 6
Christmas Cookie Cocktail
White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Martini

Day 7
Salted Caramel White Russian

Day 8
Naughty Santa

Day 9
Kris Kringle Screwdriver

Day 10
Cranberry Margarita

Day 11
White Christmas Margarita

Day 12
Christmas in July

Day 13
Santa’s Cup

Day 14
The Nutcracker

Day 15
Fireside Glow

Day 16
Snickerdoodle Cocktail

Day 17
Dirty Shirley

Day 18
Butterfly Knees

Day 19
Gingerbread Martini

Day 20
Bourbon Milk

Day 21
Fezziwig Punch

Day 22
Driven Snow

Day 23
Christmas Snowstorm Margarita

Day 24
Tuscan Pear Cocktail

Day 25
Cranberry Screwdriver

Cranberry Shrub Cocktail

I must admit that I was a bit weary of this cocktail because it contains vinegar. While I certainly make use of vinegar in my house, I do not typically drink it. But I am trying to be more open and adventurous with my drinking so I went ahead and gave it a try. Here is the recipe for the shrub and the cocktail:

Cranberry Shrub
8 oz apple cider vinegar
1 cup sugar
1 cup cranberries

Heat the apple cider vinegar and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add the cranberries and bring to a simmer. Smash the cranberries into the mixture as they soften. Simmer for 2 minutes and then remove from heat. Let mixture cool and then strain into a glass container. Shrub can be stored in refrigerator for 5 days.

Cranberry Shrub Cocktail
2 oz cranberry shrub (above)
3.5 oz vodka
Ginger ale (for topping off)
3 fresh cranberries (for garnish)

Fill highball glass halfway with ice. Pour in cranberry shrub, add vodka and stir. Top with ginger ale. Garnish with cranberries on skewer.

This cocktail turned out to be way better than I expected. It is definitely worth a try, even if you aren’t a fan of drinking vinegar.

Girl Scout Cookie Cocktails: Lemonades Cocktail

Lemonades are one of my favorite Girl Scout cookies. I just really enjoy lemon because it reminds me of laid back summer days. This made it hard for me to settle on just one Lemonade worthy cocktail so I decided to try 4 different cocktails and see which one best matched the Lemonades cookies.

Lemonades Cookie Cocktail 1

Lemonades Cookie Cocktail 1:

For cocktail option 1 I did a simple mix of RumChata and Limoncello. It was a good cocktail, but the RumChata spices were very prominent so it did not really taste like the Lemonade cookie.

Lemonades Cookie Cocktail 2

Lemonades Cookie Cocktail 2:

This cocktail is more of a traditional Lemondrop cocktail. It contains lemon juice, vodka, Cointreau and simple syrup. It was absolutely delicious and very lemony. I loved this cocktail, but it was not like the Lemonade cookie because it was all lemon flavor and no shortbread notes to it.

Lemonades Cookie Cocktail 3

Lemonades Cookie Cocktail 3:

The third Lemonade cookie cocktail option I had used the Tazo Iced Lemon Loaf tea, limoncello and amaretto cream. This cocktail was delicious and absolutely reminded me of the Lemonade Girl Scout Cookie. The version I made had a subtle lemon flavor that matched the cookie very well. However when I make this in the future I will definitely use more limoncello because I personally like more lemon flavor in my drinks.

Lemonades Cookie Cocktail 4

Lemonades Cookie Cocktail 4:

For my final Lemonades cookie cocktail option I did a simple mixer of amaretto cream and Italian lemon soda. While this mix was delicious the lemon in the soda curdled the cream in the amaretto cream which made for a chunky drink. When I try this drink again I will use regular amaretto instead of amaretto cream to avoid the chunks.

Lemonades Cookie Cocktails

Here are all the cocktails lined up together. You can see the curdling on the 4th cocktail. Otherwise all the cocktails were pretty normal looking. The best match for the Lemonade cookie is Cocktail 3. It was delicious and definitely something that I will be having again.

Girl Scout Cookie Cocktails: Toast-yay! Shot

The Toast-yay! cookie is new to the Girl Scout cookie lineup this year. When I first tasted it I thought it tasted a lot like cinnamon toast crunch cereal. So I decided that my first drink for this cookie would be the Cinnamon Toast Crunch Shot. It really does taste a lot like this cookie. But don’t worry, I will also be coming out with an actual cocktail for this cookie too.

For the Toast-yay! shot you will need 1 ounce of Fireball whiskey and 1 ounce of RunChata. Shake them with ice and strain into a shot glass. Simple and delicious!

Tea Review: Bigelow Toasted Coconut Almond Bark Black Tea

During a recent grocery shopping trip I came across the Bigelow Toasted Coconut Almond Bark tea. The tea sounded really good and made me think of Caramel deLites. What can I say, it’s Girl Scout cookie season here right now. So I decided to pick up a box and try it.

Hot Tea – As a hot tea I really enjoyed this tea. I did add some coconut creamer to it for that extra coconut flavor. It was absolutely delicious and will become part of my regular rotation of morning hot teas. I also think it would be very good with a caramel creamer. This method would most likely give you a taste similar to a samoa Girl Scout cookie.

Iced Tea – Another delicious iced tea. I used 2 tea bags to make 1 pint of sweet tea. This made the tea a bit strong so I added coconut milk for an iced tea latte. It made a delicious refreshing drink that I will definitely make again. I think I would like to add some boba to it next time though.

All in all i loved this tea. It was a medium strength black tea with a lovely toasted coconut flavor. I enjoyed it both hot and iced and will most likely be purchasing it again.

@neverquiteperfect

Iced Tea Review Bigelow Toasted Coconut Almond Bark Tea #teareview #icedtea #coconut #sweettea

♬ Morning – Liqwyd

Tea – How I Make My Chai Tea Latte

One of my favorite morning teas in the fall and winter is a chai tea latte. While you can buy some nice ones already made, I much prefer to make my own at home. It saves money and I can control what is in it. I personally prefer the Rishi Masala Chai tea blend which I purchase on Amazon. Since this is a loose leaf tea and I like it strong I prefer to use a t-sac to contain my tea leaves. I have tried a tea ball in the past and it just does not hold enough tea leaves to make it strong enough for my tastes. The t-sac is also nice because you can compost it along with the tea leaves.

To measure my tea I use a perfect tea spoon which I purchased from Teavanna. Each scoop is approximately 1.25 teaspoons in size. You can purchase a similar tea spoon on Amazon.

To make the tea I add 2.5 spoons (just over 1 tablespoon) of tea leaves to the T-sac pouch. I then stick a chopstick through the top of the pouch and set that over the top of my cup with the t-sac hanging in the cup. You can see this demonstrated in the video below.

Add boiling water to fill the cup making sure the tea leaves are submerged. Let steep for 4 minutes and then remove the tea leaves. Add sugar to taste, I use 2 heaping tablespoons, and a splash of milk. Now go enjoy your delicious chai tea latte.

@neverquiteperfect

How to make a chai tea latte at home #chaitea #hottea #chaitealatte #drinkit ☕️

♬ Morning – Liqwyd

Girl Scout Cookie Cocktails – Caramel deLite Martini

My favorite Girl Scout cookie is the Caramel deLite (also known as the Samoa in some areas). I just love all that caramel and coconut with just enough chocolate to tie it all together. So I was super excited when I found a recipe for a Samoa Martini on Delish. You can find that recipe here.

When I made my version of this martini I wound up using coconut creamer instead of coconut milk and I replaced the creme de cacao with Godiva milk chocolate liqueur. My version was absolutely delicious and I definitely recommend you try it if you like caramel deLites or Samoa’s.

Don’t forget to follow me if you enjoy these Girl Scout cookie themed cocktails. I will be posting the cookie themed cocktails throughout the month of November.

Girl Scout Cookie Cocktails – Thin Mint Shot

The all time best seller for Girl Scout cookies is the Thin Mint. It has that classic chocolate and mint flavor that so many people love. For today’s cocktail I give you the Thin Mint shot. This shot is delicious and super easy to make. I used 1 ounce of mint vodka and 1 ounce of Godiva milk chocolate liqueur. If you don’t have mint vodka you could use crème de menthe. I have also made the shot this way. It is a bit sweeter but still delicious.

If you’re enjoying the Girl Scout cookie themed cocktails don’t forget to follow me. I am planning to create cocktails for all the cookies during the month of November. There are also plans for a Thin Mint martini so if you like minty chocolatey drinks you will definitely want to come back for that one.

Girl Scout Cookie Cocktails – Shortbread Cookie

My first Girl Scout cookie themed cocktail is the Shortbread cookie cocktail. The shortbread cookie is also known as the Trefoil cookie. This is a classic Girl Scout cookie and is a simple shortbread.

The cocktail for the shortbread cookie is bourbon based. The bourbon you choose will definitely make a difference in the taste of this cocktail. I used a Maryland bourbon for my cocktail.

Shortbread Cookie Cocktail Recipe
2 ounces bourbon
1 teaspoon light brown sugar
1 ounce butterscotch schnapps
2 dashes orange bitters
maraschino cherry

Add all ingredients except the cherry to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake for approximately 10 seconds. Strain into a glass with fresh ice and add maraschino cherry.

Don’t forget to follow me to see more Girl Scout cookie themed cocktails. I will be posting cookie themed cocktails throughout the month of November.

Girl Scout Cookie Themed Cocktails

It’s Girl Scout cookie time here in Central Maryland. That got me thinking that it would be fun to create some cocktails that are Girl Scout cookie themed. During the month of November I will be posting videos on TikTok with my creations. Some of the recipes will be ones I have come up with and some will be recipes that I have found online. I will be posting at least two cookie themed cocktails each week so don’t forget to follow me to see all the recipes.

The cookies this year are:
Toast-yay! – French toast inspired cookie
Toast-yay! Shot
Toast-yay! Cocktail
S’mores – Graham cookie dipped in marshmallow and coated in chocolate
S’mores Martini
Caramel deLites – Cookie topped with caramel, toasted coconut and fudge stripes
Caramel deLite Martini
Caramel deLite Martini 2
Caramel deLite Shot
Lemonades – Shortbread with a lemon icing
Lemonades Four Ways
Shortbread – Classic shortbread cookie
Shortbread Cookie Cocktail
Shortbread Cocktail 2
Thin Mints – Chocolate cookie dipped in mint chocolate coating
Thin Mint Shot
Thin Mint Cocktail
Peanut Butter Patties – Cookies layered in peanut butter and coated in chocolate
Peanut Butter Pattie Cocktail
Peanut Butter Pattie Shot
Caramel Chocolate Chip – Gluten free chocolate chip cookie with caramel
Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Shot
Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Cocktail
Peanut Butter Sandwich – Oatmeal cookies with peanut butter filling
Spiked Do-Si-Do Milkshake
Peanut Butter Sandwich Shot

@neverquiteperfect

It’s Girl Scout cookie time so we need some cookie inspired cocktails #girlscoutcookies #dessertcocktails #cookiecocktail #adultdrink #cocktail

♬ original sound – Holly C
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