Mimosa Recipe

Make your life special by serving this Mimosa Recipe for a leisurely weekend breakfast…or Brunch…or for a Bridal Shower!  I also love to serve these on Mother’s Day for an extra special treat.    With warm weather just around the corner, I’m sure we will find lots of occasions to enjoy this festive drink!  There are several ideas below that will take your Mimosas over the top.  

You can make these wonderful drinks in less than a minute!  How easy is that!  Just remember to use ice-cold Brut (Dry) Champagne for the perfect Mimosas.  Mimosas are traditionally served in  tall champagne flutes.  Be sure to check out my money saving tips on buying champagne flutes and the wine in my Mimosa Recipe Video. I tell the story about a bridal shower I catered and I learned that you can entertain with class for not much cash!  By using my success secrets, the bridal shower was a huge success and everyone enjoyed Mimosas. 


  • ½ glass dry champagne
  • ½ glass orange juice
  1. Fill champagne flute one half full with champagne.
  2. Fill the rest of the way with orange juice.

Here are some “Make Life Special” extras that will take your Mimosas over the top!

  • Add a splash of Triple Sec to the mimosa
  • Add a whole fresh strawberry ( stem and all) to the flute before adding the champagne and orange juice
  • Cut a slit in a fresh whole strawberry and garnish the rim of the flute with it
  • Rinse and chill champagne flutes in the freezer to frost the glasses 
  • Be sure to use a dry champagne


Video: Mimosa Recipe

I love to serve this Mimosa recipe for a leisurely weekend breakfast…for brunch…or for a bridal shower. Let’s Make Life Special !

Remember, “Let’s Make Life Special by sharing great food with our family and friends!  Enjoy!”

Chocolate Martini Recipe

Vickie with ChocolatRouge

Chocolate Martini Recipe That’s Perfect For Easy Entertaining

Just open and pour this Chocolate Martini !

Drink recipes are all the rage.  Here is the perfect “adult” chocolate martini recipe and all you have to do is open and pour!  I love the Milk Chocolate ChocolatRouge and I’ve made a ChocolatRouge -A-Tini that’s perfect for your New Years celebration!  All three of the ChocolatRouge wines are really red wine with chocolate.  I’m featuring the Milk ChocolatRouge in this recipe for a great Milk Chocolate Martini recipe.  The Milk ChocolatRouge is cream infused with Barbara wine and natural rich chocolate flavors which make this the perfect ingredient for my ChocolatRouge-A-Tini Martini recipe.

ChocolatRouge-A-Tini...... Deliciously Different Martini Recipe
  • Milk Chocolate ChocolatRouge
  • Marshmallow Creme
  • Milk Chocolate pieces
  1. Rim the martini glass in Marshmallow Creme.
  2. Blend the milk chocolate in a food processor to process into small bits.
  3. Dip the marshmallow rimmed martini glass into the chocolate bits.
  4. Pour in the well chilled Milk Chocolate ChocolatRouge wine and ENJOY!!

ChocolatRouge A-Tini Drink


ChocolatRouge -A-Tini Ingredients


 Process the milk chocolate into fine bits.

Chop chocolate


Rim the martini glass in the Marshmallow Creme and then in the chocolate bits.

Rim Martini Glass with Marshmallow Creme


Rim Martini Glass in Chocolate


Pour in the well chilled Milk Chocolate ChocolatRouge and ENJOY!

ChocolatRouge A-Tini 

The ChocolatRouge Sweet Red is a soft, velvety  combination of Pinot Noir, Malbec, Syrah and natural rich chocolate flavors blended in a sweeter style for those with a sweet tooth.  Sweet Red is best when served at room temperature.

The newest of the three is Dark Red ChocolatRouge.  This is full-bodied of Pinot Noir, Malbec and those great chocolate flavors.  Dark Red is also best served at room temperature.  

For more information on ChocolatRouge – including lots of additional cocktail ideas – visit  www.ChocolatRougeWine.com 



Shake It Up With Dove Chocolate Discoveries White Chocolate Mint Martini Mix

Get ready to “Shake things Up!” with Dove Chocolate Discoveries White Chocolate Mint Martini Mix!  This brand new martini mix combines a creamy white chocolate with just a hint of mint  and makes a holiday or any occasion that much more special.

To watch me “Shake things up” watch my YouTube Video:  White Chocolate Mint Martini.

I rimmed the glasses with Marshmallow Creme and then dipped the eges into crushed peppermint candy for a festive touch!  I demonstrated this technique in the YouTube video.

 Dove Chocolate Discoveries (DCD) can be purchased at a DCD Chocolate Tasting Party or online:  White Chocolate Mint Martini Mix.

Dove Chocolate Discoveries offers lots of delicious chocolate delights…such as:

Holiday Treats That Are Ready to Eat – PB & Chocolate Truffles, Sea-Salted Caramel Collection, Chocolate Chipotle-Spiced Nut clusters, Cocoa Tequila Lime Brittle…

 Drinks to Toast the Season – The White Chocolate Mint Martini Mix featured here, a Chocolate Martini Mix, Mudslide Chocolatini Mix, White Chocolate Raspberry Daiquiri Mix, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Smoothie Mix…..

Desserts to Celebrate –  Chocolate Mousse, Truffle Fudge Brownie Mix ( this is my favorite !!), Choco-Toffe Chip Cookie Mix….

Dove Chocolate not only has delicious products, they show you creative ways to serve them.  Check out the website for lots of ideas and the information of how to order the chocolate products.:   Dove Chocolate Discoveries

I have hosted a DCD Chocolate Party in my home and I can tell you they are lots of fun!  All of my friends had a great time and we tasted chocolate all night long!  It’s a wonderful way to get your friends together and enjoy some wonderful treats!

Note:  I received a sample of the DCD White Chocolate Mint Martini Mix to use for this review.  No compensation was received.  These are my true and honest opinions.





Fizzy Cranberry Cocktail – Easy Cocktail Recipes

Looking for some easy cocktail recipes?  Here is a fun and delicious “retro-type” cranberry champagne cocktail that is so easy to make.  Fizzy Cranberry Cocktail may become your new favorite holiday drink!  Cranberry juice and cranberry juice cocktail are both popular cocktail mixers — especially during the holiday seasons.  Some people think cranberry juice has a strong flavor but when it is paired with champagne ( or a sparkling or fizzy wine as I have done in this recipe), or with tequila, vodka or rum — it adds the perfect finishing touch to the drink.  

The Cosmopolitan is probably the best known of the cranberry cocktail recipes. Everyone remembers it’s popularity and rise to fame in the HBO show, Sex and the City. 

I recently reviewed the Refresh Wines by Turning Leaf and discovered that the Crisp White Refresh Wine makes an excellent mixer for cocktails.  It is crisp ( just like the name says) and the fizzy bubbles make your cocktails fun!  Refresh Wines are also very reasonably priced and when mixed with cranberry juice or cranberry juice cocktail make an economical party drink.  Just remember to use a champagne flute to make this drink really special!  Champagne flutes can be purchased for less than $1.00 each at most discount stores and they really add a nice touch to a party.  


To watch my how-to video, click here:


Here is my recipe for this great drink:

Fizzy Cranberry Cocktail
Serves: 1
  • Crushed Ice
  • Refresh by Turning Leaf Crisp White Wine
  • Cranberry Juice Cocktail
  1. Place crushed ice in glass.
  2. Fill glass ⅔ full with Refresh by Turning Leaf Crisp White Wine.
  3. Fill last ⅓ of glass with chilled Cranberry Juice Cocktail.
  4. Enjoy!



Video: Fizzy Cranberry Cocktails – Easy Cocktail Recipes

Looking for easy cocktail recipes? This Fizzy Cranberry Cocktail is a fun “retro-style” cocktail that’s perfect for entertaining!

Remember….”Let’s make life special by sharing great food with our family and friends!  Enjoy!”

Eggnog Alexander Holiday Drink Recipes

Every busy hostess needs holiday drink recipes!

Looking for some holiday drink recipes?

Holiday Drink Recipes

Eggnog Alexanders are perfect for holiday entertaining or just relaxing by the fire.  This drink recipe only has THREE ingredients and with a quick whirl in the blender you will be serving up a creamy dreamy eggnog drink in no time.

I used purchased eggnog for this recipe.  Eggnog or egg nog (either is correct) is a sweetened dairy-based drink that is traditionally made with milk or cream, sugar and whipped eggs.  The whipped eggs give the eggnog it’s frothy texture.  Vanilla is also a common flavoring.  Liquors such as Brandy, rum,whisky,bourbon or vodka are often added to the eggnog.  I add Bourbon to my Eggnog Alexanders for a festive drink.  However, if you do not want an alcoholic drink, feel free to omit the Brandy.  Just mix the eggnog and ice cream in the blender and top with a sprinkling of ground nutmeg and you will have a wonderful holiday drink!

The typical garnish for eggnog or eggnog recipes such as the Eggnog Alexander is a sprinkling of ground cinnamon or ground nutmeg.

Regular eggnog is high in fat and high in cholesterol but there are low-fat varieties available on the market.   

Great Holiday Drink Recipes Eggnog Alexanders
Egg Nog Alexander
Recipe type: Beverage - Alcoholic
Serves: 2
  • ¼ cup egg nog
  • ¼ cup Brandy
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  1. Put the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into serving glasses and top with a big dollop of whipped cream if desired.
  3. Enjoy!
Make Life Special is all about easy and creative recipes for BUSY people.  These recipes are designed to help you gather your family and friends in your home to make special memories again.  Please don’t think that you are ever too busy to enjoy life..or to enjoy your family and friends.  The holidays are the perfect time to share your home with others.    
Remember, “Let’s make life special by sharing great food with our family and friends!” 

Yellow Bird Cocktail

I’m dreaming of the beach today…… so grab a cocktail glass and I’ll show you how to make the famous Yellow Bird Cocktail!  This is the authentic Bahama’s Yellow Bird recipe.  A bartender in the Bahamas wrote this recipe on a napkin and handed it to me when I told him how much I LOVED this drink!


Yellow Birds are perfect on a hot summer day…..or anytime you want to escape to the islands!


Yellow Bird Cocktail
Recipe type: Alcoholic drink, cocktail
  • 1 cup light rum
  • ½ cup Creme de Banana
  • ¼ cup Tia Maria
  • 3 cups orange juice
  • ¼ cup pineapple juice
  1. Stir together and serve over ice. Enjoy!


Watch the complete YouTube video recipe:   

Video: Yellow Bird Cocktail

I’m dreaming of the beach today..so grab your cocktail glass and I’ll show you how to make a Yellow Bird Cocktail!


To download printable recipe with photos, click here:     Yellow Bird Cocktail

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