504 Main by Holly Lefevre: cocktails
Showing posts with label cocktails. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cocktails. Show all posts


Sparkling Apple Cardamon Cocktail

During the holiday season, I do a lot of entertaining
(OK, I confess I entertain all year long - I love a party, big or small!).
It's not always formal or fancy...
but I do like to offer my guests amazing food and a specialty beverage...
other than coffee, the beverage of choice
for most of my friends is a sparkling wine (or prosecco or champagne).

sparkling apple cardamon cocktail by 504 main

While anything sparkling is great on its own...
every once in awhile I like to change things up a bit.
Add a new flavor...
add a new twist...
and surprise my guests!


Sweet and Simple Cocktail: Faux Mojitos

I have been out of town driving all over the place in the HOT sun...
I am home now,
and I need an afternoon on the deck in my foggy town with one of these!
(by the way, this is sort of a repost)

Image credit: duskbabe / 123RF Stock Photo

I found a FABULOUS beverage recipe many, many years ago in a magazine advertisement...it was either for Crystal Light or Weight Watchers...not sure which. Any which way...I love a mojito...I do not love calories {evil meaningless calories!}. So, I tried it...and then I made it mine with a few twists and additions. I have been making what I refer to as "Faux and Fab Mojitos" ever since...

This little sip of minty sweetness does not mimic the taste of a traditional mojito 100%, but it comes pretty close for a lot less calories...
so that works for me
(most of the time)!

You could also easily make this drink without the alcohol!

Faux and Fab Mojitos
{adapted from Weight Watchers of Crystal Light recipe - this is not quite there recipe, but their recipe was the inspiration}

1 pitcher size serving of Crystal Light lemonade
1 cups {flat} water*
1 cup rum**
2-3 big handfuls of mint sprigs - the mintier the better for me - you can adjust to your liking.
4 cups club soda/seltzer water/carbonated water
6 lime slices

1 - I like fizz...if you do not, you can play with your ratio of flat to fizzy water. 
2 - You can also reduce the rum to 1/2 cup...or I suppose increase it too!
3 - Skip the rum for a non-alcoholic beverage!


  • Empty tub drink mix contents into a pitcher.
  • Combine with 1 cup {flat} water and 1 cup rum, stir until dissolved.
  • Add mint and muddle or crush the mint leaves to release the flavor.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Add club soda just prior to serving.
  • Sugar the rim of the glass.
  • Add some ice
  • POUR!
  • Garnish with mint.
  • If you love mint like I do...muddle some mint in each persons glass before pouring.
Happy Sipping!
What is your favorite summer beverage?

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Pomegranate Champagne Cocktails

My Girls Night In party was a week ago already!
I just had so much fun and we thoroughly enjoyed
watching Bridesmaids and sipping on a cocktail.

For this evening we had to have a pink cocktail!
I adore champagne cocktails...oooh my fave for sure,
and perfect for a Parisian inspired event!

This is a super simple recipe and can also be made non alcoholic
by using gingerale, sprite or sparkling water in place of champagne.

  • Sparkling Wine (or champagne). When I mix a drink like this I like a good base but I did not go for the super-expensive champagne. I picked a good quality sparkling wine. You can do whatever the heck you want though!
  • Bitters (found in the liquor section)
  • Sugar cubes
  • Pomegranate juice (Pink)
  • Rimming sugar, optional

Optional: Ms. Rook No. 17 brought some pink rimming sugar! To use, dampen the rim of the glass, and then dip it in the sugar. Easy-peasy!

*Place 2 sugar cubes in a flute.
*Sprinkle (I prefer to douse, but I like the bitters) the biters on the sugar cubes - start with a few sprinkles and work your way up from there - be sue you find the taste you prefer. Let absorb.
*Pour champagne about 2/3
*Add pomegranate juice to top off. Enjoy!

I used these CUTE Canvas Corp Chalk Stock Cards to write the recipe for the cocktail. I wanted to make sure there were instruction available to guests so they could make their own cocktail, or at least know what is in the cocktail.

Have you had a champagne cocktail?
Do you have a favorite champagne beverage?

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