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One-Bowl Guinness Brownies

March 10, 2017
One-Bowl Guinness Brownies | www.brighteyedbaker.com

YOU GUYS. For the second time this year I’m actually on top of the holiday recipe thing. I didn’t miss Valentine’s Day and now I’m comin’ at you with Guinness brownies to fill your St. Patrick’s day with beer and chocolate. I mean honestly, what kind of blogger would I be if I missed an excuse to […]

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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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Boozy Chocolate Meringue Tartlets with Gingersnap Crust {GF} + Thermapen & Thermopop Giveaway!

December 14, 2016
Boozy Chocolate Meringue Tartlets with Gingersnap Crust {GF} | www.brighteyedbaker.com

First things first: These tartlets are dangerous. They’re rich and sinfully chocolatey, topped with a little boozy meringue, and guaranteed to prevent you from stopping at just one bite. Don’t blame me if “just a taste” turns into an entire tart; you were warned, after all. Other reasons why I love them (and possibly also […]

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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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Cheers! Classic Cocktail Roundup

May 27, 2016
Classic Cocktail Roundup - Want to become a cocktail pro? Here are 8 classics to master - plus tips on what to pair them with! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Truth: I consider myself something of a cocktail aficiando, but I would really like to be a cocktail pro. SO, I’ve teamed up with Absolut to up my cocktail game (and help you up yours)! According to the pros, here are a few of the classic drinks you should master. Memorize the ratios, taste the differences, and bust some […]

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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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Boozy Chocolate-Peppermint Layer Cake with Peppermint White Chocolate Frosting {GF}

December 15, 2015
Boozy Chocolate Peppermint Layer Cake with Peppermint White Chocolate Frosting - A rich and moist chocolatey cake studded with pepperminty candy cane kisses and wrapped in a creamy, vodka-spiked peppermint white chocolate frosting. | www.brighteyedbaker.com #TreatsWithTitos

I’m pretty sure we need some holiday spirit making its presence known around here right about now, and this cake – THIS CAKE – is it. I’ve made quite a few Christmassy (← totally a word) desserts over the years, but this one is definitley up their in the tip-top ranks. It looks the part, […]

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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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Soaking up Summer: Spritzer Season!

August 31, 2015
Soaking Up Summer: Spritzer Season! - Savor the rest of summer in the outdoors with Barefoot Refresh spritzers.

A big thank you to Barefoot Refresh for sponsoring this post and giving us all a reminder to soak up summer! It always surprises me how summer seems to stretch itself out into the late days of September — fall might seem right around the corner but it’s definitely not quite time to say goodbye […]

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Blackberry Mint Mimosa

July 24, 2015
Blackberry Mint Mimosa - a summery spin on the classic mimosa that makes perfect use of the season's fresh produce. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

One of my favorite things to do is experiment with new cocktail ideas, especially during the summer when there’s all kinds of fresh fruits and herbs in season to play around with. And aside from the occasional flop – the kind where you realize the flavors you put together in your mind just don’t mesh well in reality […]

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