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:
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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.