beverages

Sparkling Spiced Apple Cocktail

December 10, 2017
A fall twist on a dark 'n' stormy using prosecco and a homemade spiced apple syrup. 

Thank you VOVETI for sponsoring this post. Elevate your entertaining this season with VOVETI Prosecco Bubbles make everything better, am I right? They make water better, they make wine better, and they definitely make this cocktail better. These days I try to save the drinks for special occasions, but with the holidays rolling around it seems […]

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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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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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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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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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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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