drinks

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 {Dairy-Free}

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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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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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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Honey-Lemon Gin Rickey

June 26, 2015
Honey-Lemon Gin Rickey | A quintessential drink for warm summer afternoons - tart and refreshing with background notes of honey that lend the perfect bit of floral sweetness.  | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Today’s post is going to be short and sweet (or long and a little tart if we’re talking about this cocktail), because it’s FRIDAY and anything more just feels overwhelming at the moment. Is anybody else this ready for the weekend? Please share your AMENS!! The truth is that you really don’t want to hear me […]

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Cucumber-Mint Gin Fizz

June 18, 2015
Cucumber-Mint Gin Fizz - a crisp, refreshing spin on the gin fizz with an added hint of basil and elderflower liqueur. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

SO – I’m calling this a cucumber-mint gin fizz, but really, there’s wayyy more going on with this cocktail. It’s a spin on the gin fizz that I first discovered at a bar in San Francisco and immediately set out to replicate, and it’s one of those drinks that surprises you with how good it […]

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