Cranberry Sauce Cocktail Recipe

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and you’re probably already busy prepping your meal and getting ready for guests. Well I’ve got a cocktail for you to add to your Thanksgiving menu, and it’s made with things you probably already have in your kitchen right now.

If you get tired of arguing with your family about politics and where you’re going with your life, just put on your Adele records and start mixing up this drink for everyone. Actually you might want to go ahead and mix one up for yourself right now.

Cranberry Sauce Cocktail RecipeCranberry Sauce Cocktail (Makes one cocktail)

Ingredients:
2 oz vodka
3/4 oz fresh orange juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
1 heaping teaspoon of cranberry sauce
Dash of blood orange bitters (if you have it)

Shake everything in a shaker with ice and strain into a chilled coupe.

Cranberry Sauce Cocktail Recipe

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! I hope you have tons to be thankful for and lots of food to eat. Enjoy!

Spiced Pumpkin Eggnog Cocktail Recipe

Do you love pumpkin pie? Do you love egg nog? Do you love alcohol and drinking your way through the holidays?

Well I’ve got a special treat for you! It has all the flavor of pumpkin pie and frothy eggnog with a nice spicy rum kick. You’ll love. Here’s how you make it.

Spiced Pumpkin Egg Nog Cocktail RecipeSpiced Pumpkin Eggnog Cocktail

Put the following into a cocktail shaker:
1 raw egg
3/4 cup milk
1 Tablespoon pumpkin puree
1 Tablespoon simple syrup
2 oz spiced rum (black or dark is best)
Pinch of cinnamon
Pinch of fresh nutmeg
Pinch of cloves

Shake VIGOROUSLY. Then add ice and shake vigorously again. Strain into a glass.

And might I suggest serving it with a DIY Pumpkin Pie Drink Stirrer?

Spiced Pumpkin Pie Eggnog Recipe with DIY Mini Pumpkin Pie Drink Stirrer

DIY Mini Pumpkin Pie Thanksgiving Drink Stirrers

There’s nothing I love more than kitschy holiday decorations and cocktail accessories are no exception. What do you think of when you think of Thanksgiving? Pumpkin pie, right? Me too. That’s why I made these adorable mini pumpkin pie drink stirrers for all of the autumnal cocktails I’ve been drinking (specifically this spiced pumpkin pie nog cocktail).

DIY Pumpkin Pie Drink StirrerI love making miniature things out of clay. It’s so…therapeutic. These mini pumpkin pies were particularly easy and fun. Here’s how I did it.

What You Need:
Oven-bake Clay (orange, brown or tan, and white)

Plain 6 inch Drink Stirrers

First I cut out triangles out of orange clay. The easiest way to do this was to use a small, sharp knife to cut a 7cm think piece of clay to a 25cm x 20cm rectangle. Then cut it into a triangle.
Mini Pumpkin Pie Drink Stirrer

Mix some brown clay with a little white to get your desired shade of brown for the pie crust. Roll it into a ball and press it out into a 3cm thick disc. Place the orange triangle onto the disc.

Mini Pumpkin Pie Drink Stirrer

Pull up and flute the clay to create the crust.

Mini Pumpkin Pie Drink Stirrer

Then cut the remaining clay off.

Mini Pumpkin Pie Drink Stirrer

Roll white clay into snake-like shapes and spiral it onto itself to make a dollop of whipped cream.

Mini Pumpkin Pie Drink Stirrer

Next, use a cocktail stir to make a hole on the bottom of the clay pie.

Mini Pumpkin Pie Drink StirrerRemove the stick and bake at 275 degrees fahrenheit. Mini Pumpkin Pie Drink StirrersUsing a little super glue, replace the cocktail stick into the pre-made hole.

And that’s it! Adorable, right? I got carried away and made a bunch of these as gifts. Happy drinking!

DIY Pumpkin Pie Drink Stirrer

Elderflower Apple Cider Cocktail Recipe

Autumn is here and it’s time to start knocking back the ciders! I love apple cider in any way possible, especially with liquor. Since it’s still an inferno here in California we’ve been drinking more refreshing versions of my favorite autumnal beverage, like this cocktail made with elderflower liqueur, vodka, and sparkling water.

Refreshing Elderflower Apple Cider Cocktail

Elderflower Apple Cider Cocktail
Makes one cocktail

1.5 oz apple cider
1.5 oz vodka
.75 oz St. Germain
Sparkling water

Refreshing Elderflower Apple Cider CocktailShake cider, vodka, and St. Germain with ice. Strain into glass and top with sparkling water. Garnish with an apple slice.

Refreshing Elderflower Apple Cider Cocktail

Enjoyyyy!

3 Boozy Low-Calorie Zevia® Granita Cocktail Recipes

As you’ve probably guessed by looking at my gallery of recipes, we cook and bake a lot at Casa Melo. And because of that sometimes my pants don’t fit. We’ve been having a lot of fun in the “test kitchen” lately, so it’s about that time of the year where I take a little break from sugar. One of the hardest things for me to give up is fizzy drinks and cocktails, but now I figured out a way so I don’t have to.

I’ve partnered with Zevia® to bring you 3 low calorie and delicious granita cocktails made with their new colorless, non-GMO, naturally sweetened sodas. They’re basically snow cone cocktails!

Making a granita is easy, but you need to be prepared to walk back and forth to the freezer every 20 minutes for a couple of hours.

First you need a flat-bottomed dish, like a Pyrex baking pan. Empty your Zevia soda flavor of choice into the pan and let freeze for 20 minutes. Then stir with a fork, scraping down the sides and bottom of the pan. Repeat this every 20 minutes until you have a snow-like consistency.

Zevia Granita Cocktails via Melodrama

Once that is done, you can assemble your cocktail. Start with combining your ingredients in a glass and then pile in the icy granita. Once the granita hits the alcohol, it’ll start to melt creating a slushy beverage much like an adult Slurpee. Basically what my dreams are made of.

Zevia Granita Cocktails via Melodrama

Here are my 3 favorite tried and true Zevia Granita Cocktail recipes.

Zevia Granita Cocktails via MelodramaLemon Lime Twist Zevia with Tequila
Prepared Lemon Lime Twist Zevia granita (2 cans)
1 1/2 oz shot of silver tequila
Juice of half of a lime
Lime to garnish

Mix tequila and lime juice in an 8 oz glass. Then fill glass with prepared Zevia granita. Garnish with lime wedge. Serve with a spoon and straw.

Ginger Root Beer Zevia and Whiskey
Prepared Ginger Root Beer Zevia granita (2 cans)
1 1/2 oz whiskey
2 dashes Angostura bitters

Mix whiskey and bitters into an 8 oz cocktail glass. Then fill with prepared Ginger Root Beer granita. Garnish with a maraschino cherry. Serve with a spoon and straw.

Strawberry Zevia and Aperol
Prepared Strawberry Zevia granita (2 cans)
1 oz Aperol
3 dashes Angostura bitters
Juice of half a lime

Mix Aperol, bitters, and lime into a glass. Then fill glass with prepared Strawberry Zevia granita. Garnish with a wedge of lime and a cherry.

Zevia Granita Cocktails via Melodrama

That’s it. Easy peasy. Now go make some granitas with your favorite Zevia flavors and mix them with your favorite booze to see what flavor combos you can come up with.

Oh! And make sure you’re following @melodramablog and @ZeviaLife on Instagram for your chance to win $500.

This post was sponsored and made possible by Zevia®. 

White Grapefruit Palomas Cocktail Recipe

Last weekend hubs and I took a mini vacay to Palm Springs and stayed at The Parker. If you’re not familiar with The Parker, it has these crazy secret garden-like gounds that have tons of citrus trees. The groundskeepers there let me pick a few grapefruits to take home, so naturally I made cocktails with them.

One of my favorite cocktails to make with grapefruits is the Paloma. Palomas are basically like margaritas made with grapefruits instead of limes or lemons. They’re made with tequila so they get your buzzed really quick and grapefruit tastes really refreshing with the right amount of bitterness. The recipe I use is easy to remember because it’s all pretty much equal parts.

White Grapefruit Paloma Recipe made with fresh grapefruit

Makes 2 cocktails

1/2 cup of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice (1 large grapefruit)

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (1 standard lime)

2 teaspoons simple syrup or sugar

1/2 cup white tequila

1/2 cup club soda

Combine juices and sugar and mix well. Add tequila. Fill glass with ice and top with club soda. Serve with a wedge of lime or grapefruit and a salted glass rim.

Cheers!

Pineapple Lime Tequila Cooler Cocktail Recipe

Summer doesn’t officially start for a couple more weeks, but it sure feels like it’s here already. As I write this I am sweaty and parched because it’s currently 85 degrees and there’s not a cloud in the sky. With weather like this it’s very important to stay hydrated. I secretly hate water so I made a tropical and refreshing alcoholic drink instead. It’s low calorie too (if you care about that sort of thing).

Pineapple Lime Tequila Cooler

Here’s how to you make this quick and easy summer cocktail.

(Makes 1 cocktail)
2 slices of pineapple
Juice of half a lime
2 ounces Patròn Silver
Lime flavored sparkling water, like La Croix

Muddle pineapple in a tall glass. Add lime juice and tequila and mix. Add crushed ice. Fill glass with sparkling water. Garnish with lime, pineapple, and a cherry.

Pineapple Lime Tequila Cooler

Classic New York Cocktail Recipe

Last night was the series finale of Mad Men which means I needed a good cocktail. After way too much careful thought I landed on the classic New York cocktail, both because I thought it was fitting and because it was strong enough to dull the emotions that the show evokes within me.

This whiskey based drink is one of those cocktails that have been around for like 100 years, but isn’t very en vogue right now. It should be though. It’s almost like a whiskey sour but sweeter and less tart. I like to use Rye, but you can use whatever whiskey or bourbon floats your boat.

Classic New York Cocktail Recipe - Rye, Lemon, Grenadine, orange peel, and sugarNew York Cocktail

2 ounces Rye Whiskey
1 teaspoon powdered sugar
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
2 splashes of Grenadine
1 piece orange peel

Shake well with ice and strain. Serve with a twist of lemon peel.

Makes 1 drink

 

 

 

‘Attaboy’ Cocktail Recipe

The best Sundays for me are spent inside, binge watching TV shows in my PJs, eating things I probably shouldn’t, and making cocktails. That’s what we did today. We’ve been re-watching every episode of Mad Men before the final episodes premiere, and I’ve been dying to break in my new glasses from Baigelman Glass, so we made Attaboys and ate poptarts. I’m tipsy as I write this, because this cocktail is strong and I drank a double. ANYWAY, here’s the recipe for your own Sunday Funday pajama cocktail party.

2 parts gin
1 part dry vermouth
A splash of grenadine

Shake with ice and strain into a glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

'Attaboy' cocktail recipe

Aperol, Rose, and Sparkling Wine Cocktail Recipe

 

As you can see above, I really like this cool spot in San Diego called Polite Provisions, and one of my favorite drinks on the menu is the Veronica Rose. The menu’s description reads “Aperol, rose gomme, and sparkling wine”. Perfect.

It’s delicious and beautiful, but since I can’t get down to San Diego every time I want one, I recreated it at home. Here’s my version of the Veronica Rose.

Aperol, Rose, Sparkling Wine

 

This recipe makes two drinks:

1 oz. Aperol
1 oz. rose syrup (I recommend Royal Rose Syrup)
3-4 dashes Angostura bitters
4 oz sparkling wine

Stir Aperol, rose syrup, and bitters with a cube of ice, strain into chilled glasses. Top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a lemon twist or, as I like to do, a rose petal.

Veronica Rose Recipe - aperol, rose, and sparkling wine

Or if you only want to make it a serving for one…get serious, just use a larger glass.

 

Aperol, Rose, Sparkling Wine