Signature Cocktail Friday ~ Blue Ocean

Looking for something Blue?

Nothing says blue like  a Blue Ocean Signature Cocktail!

Blue-Ocean-cocktail

This is the classic tropical cocktail, a spectacular bright blue, a hint of sweet and sour and a it has a bit of a kick.  Perfectly suited to sipping by the pool or on the beach as the sun goes down.  It also has that color that make it perfect to dress up with paper umbrellas, wax flowers or wedges of fruit on the side.  You really can’t over dress this drink.  The recipe is easy to scale up but do be careful as it is pretty strong.  You could also lower the alcohol a bit by increasing the amount of grapefruit juice, but you would want to also increase the syrup to balance the sweet and sour elements.  You may also want to add a little more blue curacao.  This would allow you to fill a small brandy balloon that you could savor as you unwind.

Ingredients:

1 oz. vodka

1/2 oz. blue curacao

1/3 oz. grapefruit juice

1-2 splashes simple syrup

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice; shake, then strain and serve either straight up in a martini glass or over ice. Garnish with an orange slice & tropical flowe

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Signature Cocktail Friday ~ The Pink Bikini

It was love at first sight!!  A coconut filled with a pink tropical libation.  Presentation as always indicated is a BIG plus, this cocktail delivers from the glass (lack thereof) and the color it is sure to wow!

Amp up the cool factor, serve frozen!

Coastal Living Magazine featured this recipe, ok so this is one of 15 Coconut Recipes.

Ingredients

  • 1 (1.75-liter) bottle raspberry lemonade (we used Simply Lemonade) $
  • 1 3/4 cups coconut rum
  • 1 cup amaretto liqueur

Preparation

  1. Combine raspberry lemonade, coconut rum, and amaretto liqueur in a large pitcher. Stir well, and serve over ice.

Julia Rutland, Coastal Living
APRIL 2010

Signature Cocktail Friday

Liking this one.. something tropical but with a kick of Tabasco to really heat things up.   Great not only for serving as a Signature Cocktail.. but a Great Way to Say  TGIF on a cold fall day!

Citrus Frost

  • 2 cups blood orange juice
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1 teaspoon bitters
  • 1/2 teaspoon original Tabasco® brand pepper sauce
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange and lime slices for garnish

Combine blood orange juice, brandy, bitters, and Tabasco sauce. Serve over ice; garnish with orange and lime slices. Serves 2.

Recipe via Bliss Tree

Signature Mocktail Friday ~ Pumpkin Pie Shake

A sure crowd pleaser, for young, old, those who drink alcohol, those dieting etc…

From Cooking Light

Pumpkin pie in a glass?! Try it and believe it. This cold and creamy blended drink was a finalist in our 2005 Ultimate Reader Recipe contest. Readers gave it top ratings, too. Canned pumpkin and ice cream mix with pumpkin pie spice and brown sugar for a refreshingly different take on a classic holiday flavor

Ingredients

  • 2 cups vanilla reduced-fat ice cream (such as Healthy Choice), softened
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 2/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice
  • 3 tablespoons frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed
  • Pumpkin-pie spice (optional)

Preparation

  • Combine first 5 ingredients in a blender; process until smooth. Pour 3/4 cup ice cream mixture into each of 4 glasses. Top each with about 2 teaspoons whipped topping; sprinkle with the additional pumpkin-pie spice, if desired.

Vivian Levine, Summerfield, Florida, Cooking Light
JANUARY 2006

Destination Wedding Signature Cocktail Friday ~ The Lava Flow

This recipe was found on a Squidoo lense,  Lua Summer Party Ideas 

I am all about the visual impact of the Signature Cocktail, much more so then the taste ( the shame…) this one is not only visually stunning but delicious too.

Best part of Signature Cocktails = Fun Destination Wedding Homework!

Enjoy!

Lava Flow Recipe

There are numerous variations for making a Lava Flow. This biggest difference is that some recipes use 1 oz. of light rum and 1 oz. of Malibu® coconut rum. When Malibu® coconut rum is unavilable you can use 1 1/2 oz. of light rum and 1/2 oz. of coconut cream.

Prep Time: 05 minutes
Cook Time: 05 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

* 1 oz. light rum
* 1 oz. Malibu® coconut rum
* 2 oz. fresh or frozen strawberries
* 1 small banana
* 2 oz. unsweetened pineapple juice
* 2 oz. coconut cream

Preparation:

Blend the 2 rums and the strawberries in a blender to form a smooth paste. Pour this mixture into a tall (Collins or Hurricane) glass. Rinse the blender. Blend the banana, the coconut cream, and the pineapple juice in blender with crushed ice until smooth.

Pour this mixture into the glass with the rums very slowly and watch as the strawberry mixture oozes its way to the top along the sides of the glass creating the flowing lava effect. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and paper umbrella.

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Signature Cocktail Friday ~ Spiked Blueberry Lemonade

Doesn’t this sound delicious?  So pretty .. great for a signature cocktail .  This recipe and stunning photo are from veggie belly.  Wonderful website.. great recipes and stunning photos fill at veggie belly

Blueberry Lemonade Recipe

makes about 8 cups

1 cup sugar
1 cup lemon juice (I used bottled)
6 cups water
1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Place all ingredients in a pitcher and stir till sugar dissolves. Muddle the blueberries a little using the back of a wooden spoon to release their juices and color. Taste and adjust sugar if needed. Serve chilled.

For spiked lemonade – add 1 to 2 cups of vodka (preferably citron flavor) to above recipe.

Signature Cocktail Friday, Watermelon Margaritas

It is hot everywhere.. so to cool off, in celebration of summer (almost) this Watermelon Margarita Recipe from the Kitchen of Deep South Dish is our Signature Cocktail today.

The watermelon is a great twist on a traditional Margarita, frozen.. does it get any better?

Your guests will be impressed from the first sip!

Stay cool, and remember keep your cool when planning your Destination Wedding

3 cups of frozen, chopped watermelon or strawberries
1/2 cup of silver tequila
1/4 cup Triple Sec
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 cup sugar
Kosher salt, to rim the glasses
Watermelon wedges, optional for garnish

Cut up the flesh of a watermelon into rough chunks. Spray a jelly roll pan lightly with non-stick spray and spread the watermelon chunks in a single layer on the pan. Freeze for several hours or overnight. Remove 3 cups of chunks and reserve remaining watermelon in a freezer bag until needed. If using strawberries, clean them and freeze them whole in the same manner.  Rinse before putting in the blender.

In the pitcher of your blender, add the tequila, Triple Sec, lime juice, frozen watermelon or frozen strawberries and sugar, in that order. Pulse the blender to begin to break down the frozen fruit, then whip until blended.

Invert the margarita glass into a shallow bowl of water just to wet the rim, then into a plate of kosher salt to salt the rim. For strawberry, use a mixture of salt and sugar to rim the glass.  Pour the margarita mixture into the glasses, taking care not to disturb the salt rim. Cut small wedges of watermelon or strawberries for garnish, cutting a slit into the side to perch the wedge on the rim of the glass.

Cheers!