Pumpkin Bourbon Spice Drink

Hello everyone!

I have a new drink recipe to share with you today!

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It’s definitely what I would consider a ‘winter’ drink, maybe even a holiday drink if you will… which I am aware that the holidays are over, but we can pretend, yes?

You Need:
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-1 oz Bourbon (I used my go to: Knob Creek)
-1 oz Pumpkin Syrup
(Bring 1/2 Cup water, 1/2 Cup sugar, 3 TB of pure pumpkin, 1/2 tsp Cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg to a boil. Allow to cool before using)
-1/2 oz cream (1/2 and 1/2 works as well)
– A shaker

Add all the ingredients to the shaker with some ice. Shake for about a minute (we want a foamy top!), then pour into a cocktail glass. I sprinkled mine with a bit of cinnamon for garnish.

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-The Whale


Champagne Jell-O Shots (with rock candy topping)


Happy (almost) New Year!

I’m attending a friend’s New Years Eve party this year, and it was requested that I bring Jell-O shots (I make them a lot…). I did not, however, want to bring typical mix-some-vodka-with-a-box-of-pre-flavored-Jell-O Jell-O shots for this occasion.
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I decided that champagne was the obvious flavor decision for a New Years Eve party. I did a bit of research online, and then concocted my own version!

You Need:
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– 2 Cups Champagne or Sparkling Wine
– 1 Cup Whipped Cream flavored Vodka
– 1/2 Cup Lemon Lime flavored soda
– 4 Packs of Gelatin

Measure out the champagne and vodka. Combine them and heat them until they are boiling. I did this in the microwave for three minutes. While they are heating, put the chilled soda in a bowl and sprinkle the gelatin packs over it. Allow it to sit for about a minute. It will foam up a bit.

Pour the hot champagne/vodka mixture into the bowl with the gelatin and soda. Stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Pour the mixture into a 1×1 pan and allow to cool in the fridge until firm.

While the Jell-O is cooling, break the rock candy crystals off the the sticks. Put them in a ziplock bag.

Use a hammer (or something) to crush the candy crystals.

Once the Jell-O has become firm and you are ready to serve, cut the jell-O into cubes in the pan. Use a rubber spatula to loosen each piece and transfer to your serving dish. Sprinkle each cube with the crushed rock candy right before serving. The candy melts a bit after a while, so you don’t want to let it sit out long after they’ve been decorated.


There you have it! I hope that everyone has a wonderful New Years like I know that I will!

-The Whale

Ginger Long Island

Hello hello!

New drink recipe today!

The long island is definitely one of my favorite drinks. It’s baffling to think that so many things together can create such an unexpected flavor. My inspiration for this drink was ginger tea… which I love, so I decided to spice up the classic long island recipe!

You Need:
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-1oz Vodka
-1oz Gin
-1oz Tequila
-1oz White Rum
-1oz Triple Sec
-1oz Ginger Simple Syrup
(combine 1cup of water with 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of sliced, fresh ginger. Bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer for about 5 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool before straining into a container.)
-Juice from half a lemon
-Coke to fill

Fill a tall glass with ice.

Add 1oz of each liquor to the glass.

Add the 1oz of ginger syrup, juice from half a lemon, and top with Coke. Stir with a bar spoon or a straw. Garnish with a lemon twist and a wedge!


I love the simple twist this variation adds to a classic drink. Plus it’s perfect for summer!

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-The Whale

Smashed Strawberry Daiquiri

Hey there!

So new thing on the blog today! I recently obtained my bar tending license, and mixology is something that I’m really interested in, so I’ve decided to start messing around and experimenting with some things and different types of drinks. I figure I may as well share some of these endeavors with all of you!

smashed Stawberry daiquiri

Daiquiris are a pretty great summer drink, and the strawberry one is definitely the most popular. They also usually come in a frozen form. For my daiquiri, I decided to leave out the frozen part, as well as incorporate fresh berries!
You Need:
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-1 1/2oz White Rum (I used Bacardi)
-1/4oz Simple Syrup
-Juice from 1/2 lime
-1-2 Strawberries
-Shaker & some ice

Cut the strawberries into smaller pieces and put them in the bottom of the glass you’re using. Use a muddler (or if you’re like me and don’t have a muddler, the back of a spoon) to smash up the strawberries a bit.

Put the remaining ingredients into a shaker with a few ice cubes. Shake for a minute or so, then strain into the glass on top of the strawberries. Done!


Hope you guys enjoy these new posts!
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-The Whale