Category Archives: Cocktails

Rose Bubbly

Cover photo 2What better way to celebrate the day of love than a bubbly cocktail made with real organic rose petals. We’ve all had some sort of pink champagne, but this cocktail with DIY rose syrup will knock your lover’s socks off. As an added bonus for your troubles, making the rose syrup will fill your home with fresh rose fragrance. blog photo 3

Ingredients:

Two cups water

Two cups organic sugar

One cup dried organic rose petals

Champagne

Raspberries to garnish

Instructions:

To begin, make rose petal ice cubes. Fill an ice tray with organic dried rose petals, and fill halfway with water. Put in the freezer for 30 minutes, and then fill to the top and freeze again. The roes petals float so you have to do the ice in two layers for really beautiful ice cubes that will decorate your cocktail. Syrup blog photo

Next you’ll need to make rose syrup. This is the fun part, it smells amazing! In a saucepan, mix one cup organic dried rose petals, two cups water and two cups sugar. Let the sugar dissolve, and then simmer on low for ten minutes. Remove from heat and strain rose petals. Let cool completely and then pour in an airtight container.

*Please make sure that if you use fresh rose petals they are organic, or picked from somewhere near your home. Store bought roses aren’t meant for consuming and are covered in pesticides and chemicals. Blogphoto

Okay, now the fun part- your cocktail! Add just two tablespoons of the rose syrup to the bottom of your glass, and add ice cubes. Top with your favorite champagne, and garnish with some fresh berries.

We hope you enjoy this wildly romantic floral cocktail. Tell us about your rose cocktail on our Facebook page, or comment below.

Mulled Wine

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t make this with the intention to gift it and then help my best friend enjoy it. There is just something about wine that makes it a perfect gift while being the perfect addition to a Friday night get together. Win-win, right?

But there is no touch quite as personal as brewing your own mulled wine, and wrapping it to your own personal liking, too. This mulled wine recipe is perfect for cold December nights. Sweet, flavorful, and warm; I just can’t wait to bring it to our Secret Santa party to share with all of my friends.

cover mulledIngredients:

1 bottle red wine- you’re going to add all kinds of flavors so don’t splurge on a nice one.

1/4 cup sugar

mulled wine plate

8 whole cloves

2 cinnamon sticks

2 star anise

1 orange- sliced

Cheesecloth- optional

Directions:

In a medium pot, pour in your bottle of red wine, and mix all ingredients. If you don’t want to strain afterwards, use your cheesecloth to make a tea-bag style container for the spices. This way you can easily remove them from your wine once it’s done. Bring to a boil.

Let simmer for 15 minutes.

Remove from heat and immediately remove your “tea bag”, or strain your spices out.

Now just pour into your choice of gifting wine carafe, and add your own holiday touch. This is best enjoyed warm so time your system accordingly.

Do you love this recipe? We would love to know! Tell us your experience with this recipe on our Facebook page. 

BIG Batch Java Vegnog Cocktail

Vegnog coverEggnog is absolutely a staple at every holiday party; and what a perfect time to discover a new twist to a seasonal favorite. Because veganism is on the rise, we taught you how to make your own homemade vegan eggnog, ‘veg nog’. Here is a way to spice it up even more with a little organic spice and some liqueur for extra kick!

Eggnog is traditionally made adult friendly with rum or brandy, but here I decided to go for a coffee spin. Note that this recipe calls for coffee ice cubes; I usually use these for iced coffee so it doesn’t get watered down by ice. They are easy to make, just add any extra coffee from your morning brew to an ice cube tray. By the next day you are all set for an iced cup of joe!

Ingredients

Veg Nog (Don’t know how to make it? Learn how to make your own veg nog here!)

Coffee ice cubes

Kahlua coffee liqueur

Ground cinnamon

Ground nutmeg

Ground cloves

Sugar in the raw to rim (optional)

 

Directions

In a small bowl, mix equal parts cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Set aside.

In a blender, fill with coffee ice cubes, and add enough veg nog so the top ice cubes are almost covered. I do about 10 oz. drinks with a 1 ½ oz. pour of Kahlua. So depending on how many people you are hosting, your measurements will vary. Just make sure you’re adding a 1 ½ oz. coffee liqueur for every 10 oz. of drink mixture.  Add a tbsp. of your spice mixture; blend well.

If you are going to do a sugar rim (visually appealing if you want to impress your guests!) simply pour your sugar in the raw on a flat surface. Use a slice of fruit to rim the glass enough to stick to the sugar. Then dip your glass face down on top of the sugar, and your glasses are ready.

Pour your drinks in the glasses and sprinkle some remaining spice mixture on top for added pizzaz. Serve quickly before the ice melts, and don’t forget to make one for yourself to enjoy.

Like this recipe? We love to hear about your experiences. Tell us what you think on our Facebook post.

Candy Corn Orange Infusion

Candy Corn TItleHappy Halloween from High Quality Organics! This week’s cocktail is an adult spin on a childhood favorite, candy corn! It looks like the candy, but tastes like a sweet citrus. An added bonus, you can make this all organic! Check out your local liquor store to find some organic vodka options. Here’s how I made mine.

 

Ingredients:

2 oz. organic orange infused vodka  (instructions below!)

3 oz. pineapple juice

grenadine

whipped cream

Orange infused vodka: In a mason jar, mix half a cup of organic orange peel pieces with a cup of your favorite vodka. Let set in a cool dark place for at least a day, I did mine for 2 days.

Candy Corn Orange Infusion: In a cocktail shaker, pour 2 oz. orange vodka and 3 oz. pineapple juice over ice. Shake vigorously. Pour into a martini glass and slowly drizzle grenadine to let settle on the bottom. Top with whipped cream and enjoy your Halloween1

Chai Frappy Hour

Chai Frappy HourIf you are anything like me, you’ve been having some insane seasonal cravings, especially chai. And If you are drinking chai, you are probably already in the mood for something sweet and warm. So for a cocktail that is really going to deliver those cravings, I added a little Frappuccino to the mix. Our Chai Frappy Hour has got some serious taste bud pleasers, you might forget that you are actually drinking alcohol! The only thing that makes this cocktail more enjoyable is a soft blanket, and a nice view of the falling leaves.

Ingredients:

One cup of hot Masala Chai tea (if you don’t already know how to make homemade masala chai, check out this video)

Espresso vodkafrappy Hour 2

Whipped cream vodka

Whipped cream

Ground cinnamon

In a large mug, add 1.5 oz. of espresso vodka, and 1 oz. of whipped cream vodka to your cup of masala chai tea. Stir well and top with whipped cream, and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon.

Ginger Cinnamon Season’ole Fashioned

 

GCS Fashion1

 

This seasonal twist on a classic favorite incorporates two new flavors that make it a truly unique fall treat. A warm cinnamon base compliments the orange citrus, and the subtle ginger literally spices up a traditional Old Fashioned.

I absolutely love old fashions to begin with, so adding my own flare and flavor to it was so much fun! Keep in mind the recipe is to my liking, and I like my old fashions a little sweeter. You can slightly reduce your use of the simple syrup if you aren’t a fan of the sweeter side.

Season’ole Fashion

2 teaspoons cinnamon ginger simple syrup (recipe below)

Bitters

¼ orange

3 oz. of your favorite bourbon or rye (I use bourbon in mine)

Simple syrup…

This is the most labor-intensive part of the cocktail, but thankfully its actually really easy and you only have to do it once for at least 20 of these cocktails.

A)   In a small pot, heat one cup water with 3 cinnamon sticks and two tablespoons of fresh chopped ginger.

B)   When it comes to a boil, add one cup sugar. While stirring constantly, the sugar will dissolve rather quickly.

C)  Turn down the heat and simmer for up to 5 minutes.

D)   Remove from heat and strain immediately. Let stand for 30 minutes. I stored mine in a mason jar and keep it in my liquor cabinet.

Now for the cocktail… 

Step 1: In a cocktail shaker pour in your bourbon or rye, simple syrup and 3 dashes of bitters over ice. Squeeze in your orange slice (and keep the peel for a twist!). Shake well.

Step 2: Pour the cocktail into your favorite bucket glass. Twist your orange peel over the glass to spritz the cocktail with the oils from your orange.

Step 3: And this one is optional, but to me presentation is everything. Wrap your orange twist around a stick of cinnamon for a beautiful presentation.