Beverages

Chocolate Raspberry Superfood Smoothie {gluten-free, refined sugar free, vegan, paleo}

July 13, 2017
Chocolate Raspberry Superfood Smoothie - raspberries, cocoa powder, coconut flakes, and chia seeds add a boost of nutrients, antioxidants, and healthy fats to this fruity smoothie with a chocolatey twist. {dairy-free}

Confession: I don’t know how to live a life without chocolate. I just don’t. Take away my dairy and I’ll make homemade chocolates with coconut oil. Take away my sugar and I’ll figure out how to make unsweetened chocolate taste good <— yes, that happened. Apparently no matter what happens in my life I’m 100% […]

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The Mimosa Mojito

May 31, 2017
Mimosa meets mojito - this fun spin on a mojito combines two classic cocktails for a refreshing (but strong!) summer sipper.

HAPPY HUMP DAY! Actually, I’m cheating; I’m sitting here writing this on a Friday. But by Wednesday when you’re reading this I’ll be in Boston for a week (← exciting!!!) so this is me being semi-responsible and not ditching the blog without cocktails to keep things going in my absence. I’ll keep today’s post on the short side […]

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Sorbet & Chambord Kir Royale

February 1, 2017
Sorbet & Chambord Kir Royale | www.brighteyedbaker.com

If you know me well, you know that the one thing you can *always* find in my fridge is a bottle of champagne. This probably makes me sound much more sophisticated than I really am; truthfully I just drink it like most people drink red or white wine, because bubbles make everything better (says me). I’ve […]

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Mocha Peanut Butter S’mores Milkshake {GF}

September 29, 2016
Mocha Peanut Butter S'mores Milkshake | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Even though it’s almost October (how did this happen?!) the weather still feels pretty summer-like in California and, let’s be honest, the ice cream vibes are still strong. Of course like the really good food blogger I am I’ve posted a total of *zero* ice cream recipes this summer, but I’m attempting to semi make […]

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Tropical Rum Punch

August 10, 2016
Tropical Rum Punch - An extra-tropical take on a fruity summer sipper. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Be honest with me here – is “Tropical” Rum Punch kinda a dumb name? Are you sitting there thinking, “DUH Alex, all rum punch is tropical”? Because the truth is, in my mind, this is just “that-tropical-drink-I-had-at-a-Kenney-Chesney-concert-and-then-recreated”.  It has no real name and I’m not even 100% sure rum punch is an appropriate one, but […]

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Boozy Eggnog White Hot Chocolate with Rum Whipped Cream

December 18, 2015
Boozy Eggnog White Hot Chocolate with Rum Whipped Cream - a rich, sweet, creamy, and cozy winter drink - with a little kick! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

For the first time in what seems like forever, we’re actually having something of a real winter here in California. I’m talking actual cold weather – to the point where I’ve even had ice frosting over my windshield at night – and SNOW in the mountains. Obviously I could do without the icy windshield and freezing […]

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Happy Hour with Crios Wines: Red Wine Vodka Spritzer

October 21, 2015
Happy Hour with @criosbysbw: Red Wine Vodka Spritzer - A cocktail that's perfect for red wine lovers, full of its rich, juicy flavors plus a little bit of sweetness and spritz. #CRIOSinspires | www.brighteyedbaker.com

You know what’s weird? Being on your own for the first time ever. Going to the store and realizing you have to stock a fridge that’s totally empty. Coming home and confronting the fact that – hey! – you don’t have any leftovers ready to eat and you actually have to cook dinner after you’ve been […]

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Pineapple Moscow Mule + Giveaway! {Giveaway Closed}

September 10, 2015
e - a fruity twist on a classic cocktail, with a blend of fresh pineapple and pineapple vodka for a fun tropical vibe.  | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Third drink post in a row – I knowwww. I also know that things have been a little silent around here lately; it’s been one of those times when life throws you for a big fat loop and all you can really manage to do is stay afloat. That being said, I haven’t forgotten about […]

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Malted Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie

September 3, 2015
Malted Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie - An easy-to-blend-up smoothie that makes the perfect post-workout snack or healthy sweet treat, with a bold and creamy, milkshake-like peanut butter-banana flavor.  | www.brighteyedbaker.com

I’ve always tried to be a generally healthy eater, but – let’s be real – when your job involves developing recipes for baked goods day after day, you’re bound to run into a few brick walls. It wasn’t that long ago that I craved chocolate every. single. day. and felt depressed about breakfast choices that […]

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Peach Pie Milkshake

July 31, 2015
Peach Pie Milkshake - A sweet, creamy treat made with fresh peaches and amped up with warm spices and graham crackers for a pie-like flavor. Top with a dollop of whipped cream to make it even more indulgent! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

I’m just gonna put this out there right away – this is not your typical milkshake. It’s not made with ice cream (although it is made with cream and milk, which are the building blocks of most ice cream), it’s blended with graham crackers, and it’s peach-flavored… not exactly anything crazy, but not necessarily the norm either. Seeing as […]

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