Whiskey + Bourbon Cocktails

Boozy Irish Coffee Milkshakes

Boozy Irish Coffee Milkshakes

At our favorite Irish pub here in town, they serve an Irish coffee that is the stuff that warms the soul on a cold winter day. Dark, rich coffee steaming hot with big splashes of whiskey and Irish cream. Topped with whipped cream and a little dusting of cinnamon, it’s basically dessert meets cocktail meets some kind of heaven. Is Ireland heaven after all? It may just be, friends, it may just be. Today I’m serving up a frothy, thick …

A Spike Your Own Hot Cocoa Station for the Holidays

A Spike Your Own Hot Cocoa Station for the Holidays

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When I think about entertaining during the holidays, I like things to feel really fun and special for friends and family, but not at the expense of my sanity. We have a huge family and a lot of obligations this time of year, so time can be limited and throwing extravagant parties just doesn’t make the cut on my list …

Homemade Irish Cream Holiday Gifts

Homemade Irish Cream Holiday Gifts

Each year during the holidays, I like to spend time making homemade Christmas gifts for a handful of people on our gifting list. One year it was homemade after shave for the gentlemen. Another year it was homemade vanilla extract. Most every year I make homemade body scrub for the ladies. (Like this one or this one!) This year I was inspired by some of my lady friends in our neighborhood to make homemade Irish cream! Poured into a cute bottle …

Pumpkin Ale Spiked Cider

Pumpkin Ale Spiked Cider

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You’ve probably heard me preach before about pitcher cocktail recipes being the best way to go for parties. It’s true! If you mix up a big pitcher of cocktails before your guests arrive, it frees you up to mingle instead of acting as bartender. I served up this pumpkin ale spiked cider at our housewarming party …

Peach Whiskey Smash Cocktail

Peach Whiskey Smash Cocktail

I don’t share too many whiskey cocktail recipes around these parts, because I think whiskey is a fairly polarizing spirit. That said, we always keep our bar stocked with whiskey because Bob and I both enjoy a good whiskey cocktail from time to time. So today, for all of you whiskey lovers or soon-to-be whiskey fans, I present you with a delightfully summery whiskey drink! Made with fresh fruit and jam, this peach whiskey smash is the type of drink that …

A Classic Tom and Jerry Recipe

A Classic Tom and Jerry Recipe

I’m sharing a bit of our Christmas tradition with you today and I sincerely could not be more excited. In our area here in Upstate New York there is nothing that marks the start of the holiday season more than the emergence of the famed Tom and Jerry bowl! If you have no idea what that means, I’m about to fill you in. If you’re already familiar with the classic Tom and Jerry, you’re probably already squealing with joy. Because …

S’mores Pudding Shots

S’mores Pudding Shots

Hi, friends, and happy Monday! I hope everyone had an awesome weekend. We got to spend Saturday visiting friends and enjoying one of those hot summer days in the pool that seem to happen far too infrequently but are always so much fun. Before we left for the day I bundled up all the pudding shots I’ve been making over the last week and they were definitely a hit! These s’mores pudding shots seem particularly appropriate as we march our …

Irish Coffee with a Twist

Irish Coffee with a Twist

There’s a little Irish pub in our town where there’s nothing I love more than sipping a classic Irish coffee on a cold winter’s day. Something about that whiskey just warms you up from the inside out! Today Matthew McCully is sharing his twist on an Irish coffee recipe – poured over ice and made with cola for a little extra kick.

2 cups cold-brew coffee (homemade or from your local grocery store or coffee shop)
1 cup Irish whiskey
(1) 12 oz bottle of …

Christmas Egg Nog + Linzer Cookies

Christmas Egg Nog + Linzer Cookies

It’s really taking me by surprise that Christmas is next week. Next week! I know we’ve been talking about the food and the gifts and the parties for weeks now, but somehow it still found a way to sneak right up on me. I’m so excited that today Andrea, Samantha and Jade and Matthew are here with a couple of perfect holiday recipes for you! We’re talking the perfect boozy Christmas egg nog and linzer cookies. (Side note – I am obsessed with linzer cookies!) …

Mix It Up: Whiskey Cocktails for Fall

Mix It Up: Whiskey Cocktails for Fall

While I’m not historically a big whiskey drinker, in the last year or so I’ve really come to enjoy the rich caramel flavor. Especially this time of year! I find something about great whiskey cocktails so perfect for fall. Paired with fruit like berries and figs, it’s just so darn tasty. If you think you’re not a whiskey fan, I encourage you to practice what I always preach and try a higher quality whiskey or bourbon. You might just be …

Dark Chocolate Bourbon Cherry Floats

Dark Chocolate Bourbon Cherry Floats

I’m sure by now you all know and recognize my love affair with ice cream. But have I mentioned that I love old fashioned ice cream floats almost as much? Back in the day, my parents owned an ice cream shop and floats were definitely among my favorite treats. So I’m thinking, it’s probably going to be required that I give this grown-up version of the classic float a try. This dark chocolate bourbon cherry soda float pairs some of …

Honey Plum Splash

Honey Plum Splash

Throughout October I’m going to be taking some time off and have invited a handful of my favorite bloggers to join us. Today we’re welcoming Kelly of Santa Barbara Chic, an absolutely beautiful blog chock full of lovely ideas for weddings and entertaining. Kelly is a wonderfully talented stylist, blogger and floral designer and it’s such a joy to welcome her today.

Hello The Sweetest Occasions readers! My name is Kelly and I’m a lifestyle and weddings blogger, prop stylist, floral and …