In the first few months of the year, I always feel this dreary kind of lull wash over me. So when I set out in search of a new cocktail, I had one thing in mind; it needed to be bright and cheerful. The cocktail I stumbled upon at Two-Tarts was JUST what I was looking for … it is called The Winter Sun Cocktail.

Ingredients:
– The juice of 4 clementines (about 1/2 of a cup)
– Juice of 1 small lemon (1 ounce)
– 1 oz of Triple Sec
– 3 ounces of vodka
− 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
− Lemon zest
− Sugar

Directions:
Moisten the rim of your glass with some fruit juice. Combine zest and sugar in a shallow bowl or plate. Turn the glass over onto the plate and coat with sugar. Pour the juices, triple sec, and vodka into a shaker with ice, shake well and then pour into a tumbler glass over ice. Garnish with rosemary sprigs – makes 2. Isn’t it gorgeous??? Cheers!

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Happy Friday, Flicka Friends! This week I have another winter-themed cocktail ready for you to try. I found it on Pinterest and it is just perfect for this time of year.

Ingredients:
– 
4 ounces of vanilla vodka
– 4 ounces of Malibu Rum
– 4 ounces of Coco Lopez Coconut Milk
– 1/2 an ounce Blue Curacao

Directions:
Prepare your chilled martini glasses by rimming them in honey and then, dip into shredded coconut. Pour all ingredients into a martini shaker with ice. Shake well and carefully strain into 2 martini glasses and toast to the end of the first month of 2013.

Cheers!

Just because summer is long gone doesn’t mean you have to drink like it is! Enjoy this delicious and spicy margarita recipe even on the most blustery of winter days! Bring a little bit of the beach into your home, cozy up, and enjoy!

Recipe/Instructions:

Lime
Chile Powder
Jalapeños

Muddle!

Add ice

Add spicy lime margarita mix

Stir

Garnish

Enjoy!

Halloween just isn’t as fun as it used to be. Whatever happened to the days of gorging ourselves on free candy we got from our creepy neighbors? Now we just get to watch our kids do the same thing. That is, until now! Steal some of your kids’ Jolly Ranchers (they totally won’t notice) and whip up this delicious vodka overnight.

Here’s how to make your own Jolly Rancher candy flavored vodka! We soak jolly rancher hard candies in vodka to create the perfect infusion. We have vodka in all the jolly rancher candy flavors; green apple, cherry, watermelon, grape and blue raspberry.”

The best part about summer is that your kids’ bedtimes happen while it’s still light out, letting you kick back on the porch with a drink in your hand while you watch the sunset.

That is, until someone decides to get up to ask you for a glass of water and your moment is over. Oh well… if the cocktail is good enough, it’s all worth it! Here are our 5 favorite summer cocktails to keep you going!

Blue Hawaiian With Coconut Rum Soaked Pineapple

Ingredients
1 fresh pineapple, cut into bite sized pieces
16 ounces of coconut rum
Bottle of Blue Curacao
Larger can of DOLE pineapple juice
Coconut Rum, that is now infused with pineapple
Ice
Pitcher

Directions

After cutting up your fresh pineapple, place the pieces into a large bowl and pour 16 ounces of coconut rum over top. Seal bowl with either a lid or foil and refrigerate as long as possible; preferably overnight. Keep this in mind—the longer it soaks, the more rum-soaked the pineapple becomes :) The next day, just before your gathering, strain pineapple over a container and reserve the rum. You will need it!

Now this recipe will be done to taste, as you may not have the same amount of coconut rum left that I had. So, in a chilled pitcher, add ice, coconut rum, pineapple juice, and blue curacao. It will be very similar to a Blue Hawaiian, but again, made to taste. If you’d prefer a frozen drink, simply add all ingredients to a blender and pulse until slushy.

Next, impress your guests by presenting them with the coconut rum soaked pineapple as an appetizer or dessert, and the cocktail you have made from infusing coconut rum with pineapple. I guarantee they will be singing songs of praise to you. And if they don’t? You probably need to consider getting new friends ;)

Pineapple Mimosa

Liven up brunch with a refreshing mix on a classic.

Ingredients
1/4 cup DOLE Pineapple Juice, chilled
1/4 cup pink sanding sugar
1 bottle (750-ml) sparkling apple cider or champagne
1/4 cup orange juice

Directions
Step 1: Dip rims of champagne flutes or other glasses in water. Dip again into sanding sugar.
Step 2: Divide sparkling cider (or champagne), pineapple juice and orange juice between 4 glasses.

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Pineapple Mojito

Ingredients

4 oz pineapple rum*
4 oz DOLE pineapple juice
8 lime wedges
20+ pineapple mint or regular mint leaves
2 oz mojito mix
club soda

Directions
Lightly muddle lime wedges and pineapple mint leaves in 2 hurricane glasses (because they’re fancy) and fill with ice. In a cocktail shaker, shake rum, pineapple juice and mojito mix with ice and strain into glasses. Top with a couple of splashes of club soda, add a straw and gently stir. Garnish with a lime wedge, pineapple chunk, or mint leaf.

White Sangria

This lightly sweet, fruity punch makes white wine pretty for the party.

Ingredients
8 cups DOLE Pineapple Juice, chilled
2 cups fruity white wine, chilled
1/4 cup orange-flavored liqueur
1/4 cup sugar
1 orange, thinly sliced
1 lime, thinly sliced
2 cups DOLE frozen sliced strawberries, partially thawed
ice cubes (as needed)

Directions
Combine all ingredients except ice in punch bowl or pitcher. Serve over ice.

Piña Colada
Experience paradise with this perfect poolside companion.

Ingredients
1/2 cup DOLE Pineapple Juice
1/4 cup cream of coconut
2 cups of crushed ice
3 oz rum

Directions
Step 1: Combine pineapple juice, rum, coconut and ice in blender. Cover; blend until smooth.
Step 2: Garnish with pineapple leaf and pineapple slice, if desired.

* Brought to you by Dole.
For more delicious ways to incorporate pineapple juice into your recipes as well as summer party tips and more, visit Dole.com/Sunshine.

What makes a cocktail feminist? It’s bigger, it’s better, and it’s sangria… according to some Oxford University students who came up with this amazing cocktail menu.  Where can we get a consensual sex on the beach? We’ll take two, please.

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