Strawberry Limeade

Strawberry Limeade

Root beer floats are the most popular float drink, but you can go lighter with fresh melon balls, fruit sorbet, and seltzer.

The triple melon sorbet float is fruity and fizzy, and a great summer drink recipe!





  • assorted melon balls (watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, etc)
  • 2 scoops lemon, raspberry, or other fruity sorbet
  • fresh mint leaves
  • seltzer water


  1. Freeze the melon balls for at least three hours until frozen.
  2. To make the drink, put the sorbet into the bottom of a glass, then top with the frozen melon balls. Drop in as much fresh mint as you’d like (anywhere from a couple leaves to a handful), then top with seltzer water.
  3. Let the sorbet melt to sweeten and flavor the drink. Enjoy!



calories: 2kcalsodium: 1mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.


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Islay and Olive

Islay and Olive

I see you, dirty-martini drinkers. And I raise you this potent prize from Arkansas bartender Shaun Traxler. It’s a vodka martini— properly called the Kangaroo—gone savory with peaty Scotch and olives four ways. You’ll drop a few pitted green olives into your batch and let them linger, then garnish with some additional frozen ones to keep the mixture cool. Add a little brine and olive oil and you have a luxuriously silky drink, best served damn cold. Note that the olive oil will solidify if you let it hang out in the freezer, so it’s best to add it just before serving.


YIELD12 servings



8 pitted green olives
1 ½ cups vodka
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons Islay Scotch (such as Laphroaig 10)
¾ cup dry vermouth (such as Dolin)
½ cup water
2 tablespoons olive brine
10 dashes orange bitters
Pinch fine sea salt


To serve:

1 ½ teaspoons olive oil
12 lemon twists
12 to 24 green olives (optionally frozen)



At least 2 hours and up to 4 hours before serving, make the batch. Place olives in a 1-liter swing-top bottle. Use a small funnel to pour in vodka, Scotch, vermouth, water, and olive brine. Add bitters and salt, then seal, turning gently end over end to mix, and chill in freezer. (If you’d prefer to batch further in advance, refrigerate filled bottle, then place in freezer 2 hours or so before serving.)

Meanwhile, freeze additional olives for garnish, if desired. I like to place one in each divot of an empty ice cube tray to keep them separated.

To serve, add olive oil to cocktail mixture. Reseal and turn bottle gently to mix. Pour cocktail into chilled martini or Nick and Nora glasses. Express oils from a lemon twist over each cocktail and use twist as a garnish, along with a frozen olive or two.

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The Soft Scramble Sandwich

The Soft Scramble Sandwich

To get the most flavor out of this open-faced breakfast sandwich, look for spring onions with round bulbs and very tender dark green stalks. If you can find only thicker-stalked spring onions, cut the stalks in half lengthwise, then into 3″ pieces. Cook the stalks along with the bulbs; they’ll benefit from the extra time.




  • 8 spring onions
  • 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter, divided
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 cup fresh ricotta
  • 1 oz. finely grated Parmesan (about ¼ cup)
  • ½ lemon
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 2 5×5″ pieces focaccia
  • 4 large eggs, beaten to blend



Step 1

Place a rack in center of oven; preheat to 350°. Trim woody ends of spring onions. Separate white bulbs from green parts with a knife. Cut bulbs in half through the root end; if size varies wildly, cut larger bulbs into quarters. Cut tender green parts of stalks into 3″ pieces; set aside separately from bulbs.

Step 2

Heat 2 Tbsp. butter in a 10″ nonstick skillet over medium until foaming. Add onion bulbs and toss to coat in butter; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until deeply golden brown and starting to soften, 4–5 minutes. Add vinegar, onion stalks, and ½ cup water and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until almost all liquid is cooked off and bulbs are very soft and jammy, 6–8 minutes longer. Transfer to a plate. Wipe out skillet.

Step 3

While onions cook, mix ricotta and Parmesan in a small bowl; season with salt and pepper. Finely grate lemon zest and garlic into ricotta mixture and stir to combine.

Step 4

Warm focaccia in oven (place directly on rack) until soft and warmed through but not browned, 2–3 minutes. Divide between plates. Spread ricotta mixture in swooshing dollops on top of focaccia.

Step 5

Melt remaining 1 Tbsp. butter in skillet over medium-low heat. Add eggs; season with salt. Cook, stirring frequently in large sweeping figure-eight motions with a spatula, until eggs have set into creamy folds, 1–2 minutes.

Step 6

Divide scrambled eggs between focaccia. Top with onion mixture.



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Yoda Soda

Yoda Soda


Who’s going to the premiere of the new Star Wars movie? Hmmm. It might actually be easier to ask who isn’t going to the premiere, or at least who isn’t planning on seeing it in theaters. There’s a lot of hype around the new series of Star War movies, and from what I’ve heard, they’re going to be amazing. So why not take your experience to the next level with a Star Wars themed drink, like Yoda Soda?

Yoda Soda with light saber straws is an easy to make and delicious drink that is perfect for any Star Wars fan!
Yoda Soda with light saber straws is an easy to make and delicious drink that is perfect for any Star Wars fan!

But wait – I couldn’t just make a lemon-lime frozen soda type drink and call it good. No. This is a Yoda Soda, and Yoda, according to the Urban Dictionary, is “the most powerful Jedi to ever grace the order. His wisdom and knowledge of the force was unmatched. His skills with the lightsaber were only equaled by the strength of his force lightning.” Therefore, lightsaber straws were necessary.


Yoda Soda with light saber straws is an easy to make and delicious drink that is perfect for any Star Wars fan!


These straws were super simple to make. I just picked up a box of colored straws at Target and used the green ones. Then I cut them to the right length for the glass by snipping the bendy part and some of the length off. The lights are little finger laser lights. You can find them on Amazon or even at the Dollar Store. The ends of the lights have a little cap on them that you twist off. If the straw doesn’t fit in the end, just make a small snip about 1/8 inch long on opposite sides of the straw, and then they’ll slide right over the end of the light.


Yoda Soda with light saber straws is an easy to make and delicious drink that is perfect for any Star Wars fan!


Just stick your lightsaber straws in the drinks, top with some whipped cream, green sugar if you have it, and BAM! You have just made the perfect Yoda Soda.


Yoda Soda with light saber straws is an easy to make and delicious drink that is perfect for any Star Wars fan!

These drinks are perfectly sweet and taste just like a virgin margarita. They are fantastic for Star Wars fans of all ages. If you wanted to make an adult-only version, just add a little or a lot of silver tequila. YUM!


Yoda Soda with light saber straws is an easy to make and delicious drink that is perfect for any Star Wars fan!

My friend Jessica from Modern Moments Designs created these awesome little signs. They’ve got the Star Wars logo on one side and Yoda Soda on the other. Aren’t they cute?

Yoda Soda with light saber straws is an easy to make and delicious drink that is perfect for any Star Wars fan!

So, there you have it, the ultimate Star Wars themed drink perfect for any fan. Enjoy!



  • lemon popsicles I got mine at Trader Joe’s
  • lemon lime soda
  • whipped cream
  • optional: silver tequila



    • Cut popsicles into chunks. For the size glasses I used, I cut each popsicle into 4 pieces. Add to glass.
    • Pour lemon lime soda over popsicle chunk and then top with whipped cream.
    • If you prefer an adult version, use a 50:50 ratio of lemon lime soda with silver tequila.
    • Serve with light saber straws.
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Round Up of Star Wars Inspired Cocktails, Mocktails, and More

Round Up of Star Wars Inspired Cocktails, Mocktails, and More

star wars inspired cocktailsBy now many of us have already seen the newest Disney Star Wars movie.  You know Solo: A Star Wars Story.  And we’ve been bombarded with Solo merchandise from Solo Movie cups at Denny’s to action figures at the toy stores.  As expected the latest installment of the Star Wars saga has renewed the movie’s popularity.  We’re watching Star Wars movie marathons and hosting Star Wars themed parties.  Last week I posted a list of Star Wars inspired recipes, so it’s only fair that I post a list of Star Wars inspired cocktails, mocktails, and other drinks.  Believe there is no shortage of these drink ideas!

I’ve decided to divide my roundup of Star Wars inspired cocktails, mocktails, and other drinks into non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages.  But if one of the alcoholic cocktails catch your fancy but you want to serve it at a kid’s birthday party, just make it a virgin.  You know leave out the booze!  Or you can spike the kiddie version and serve it at an adult party.  However the force inspires you I’m sure your Star Wars inspired cocktails will make you the host or hostess with the mostest this summer!

Whip some up for your kid’s Star Wars birthday party and you’ll rock!  You’re sure to be the parent of the year, or maybe the summer anyway.

star wars inspired cocktails

Han Solo Churro Cocoa

Since the movie is all about Solo I’ll start with My Crafy Life’s Han Solo Churro Cocoa.

I know it’s a bit hot for cocoa, but the kids will love if for breakfast anyway.  Serve it the morning after a summer sleepover.

Click here for recipe!


star wars inspired cocktailsBB-8 Punch

Whip up this BB-8 Punch by The Joy of Boys.  It’s a refreshing party of any Star Wars themed event.

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star wars inspired cocktailsYoda Float

Now here’s cool Star Wars drink from Sugar and Soul.

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star wars inspired cocktailsFrosty Bantha Milk

Oooh blue milk!  Awesome!  This is perfect for your next Star Wars movie marathon!

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star wars inspired cocktailsRebel Alliance Chocolate Covered Strawberry Float

Wow!  The name’s a mouthful, but it paints a yummy picture!

Here’s the recipe from Nerdy Mama!




star wars inspired cocktailsKylo Ren Party Drink


Now this looks yummy in a sinister sort of way.  The kids and adults will love Midget Momma’s  recipe!

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Now let’s move on to the fun party drinks, alcoholic cocktails!

star wars inspired cocktailsKylo Ren Cocktail

Here’s the adult version of the Kylo Ren drink.

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star wars inspired cocktailsFloating Yoda Cocktail

Kahlua, milk, and mint ice cream, what’s not to love?

After a couple of these you’ll be floating with Yoda!

Here’s the recipe from Homemade Hooplah! 

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star wars inspired cocktailsChewbacca Cocktail

This spice whiskey based cocktail by Midget Momma is sure to grow hair on your chest just like its namesake Chewbacca the very hairy Wookie!


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star wars inspired cocktails

The Dark Side Martini

It’s actually a Black Widow Martini by Eclectic Recipes, but it works if you’re planning on setting up a Star Wars Cantina!

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star wars inspired cocktailsThe Darth Maultini

Check out this martini by The More You Nerd Podcast!

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star wars inspired cocktailsThe Han Solo

This list wouldn’t be complete without a drink named for the hero of the lastest Star Wars movie.

Coffee liquer, Irish Cream, and Vodka, this drink packs a punch!

Click here for recipe!




star wars inspired cocktailsJyn & Juice

Here’s a Rogue One Cocktail with pineapple and orange juices.  Yummy!

Get the recipe from Whiskey and Sunshine!


Planning a Star Wars themed event?  Let Savvy Nana Crafts design the perfect party stationary and decor for your event!












Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine

If you’re looking for a delicious warm cocktail, this Mulled Wine recipe is an easy and delicious recipe for the fall and holiday season.

It snowed here last week. Can you believe it!?! (Bring on my Mulled Wine recipe!!) Nothing stuck around for long, but in my book, mid-October is too early for the white stuff. Not being a huge fan of winter, I was not happy to see those fluffy flakes.

Our snow event, however, has a silver lining (actually two). It’s said that if snow falls before the first frost, we will have an “easy winter. “*crosses fingers* Secondly, snow gives me an excuse to stay inside, watch SVU marathons, and whip up something delicious in the kitchen.

That might be the only way I can tolerate winter: Olivia Benson and something yummy on the stove or in the oven.


Kitchen Design and Demo Update

So to kick off this cozy season, today I’m sharing a recipe for Mulled Wine. I can’t believe that in seven years of blogging, this is my first post about how to make Mulled Wine. What’s wrong with me!?!


Earlier this week I was watching Matt Bellassai’s Whine About It. (Side note: If you haven’t watched this web series, do yourself a favor and go back and check out the first season. I should mention that there is some foul language and off color humor in case that might offend you.) In this episode I watched, Matt was sipping on mulled wine, and immediately I knew I had to whip up a batch.

It’s really very simple. Everything get’s tossed into a pot and set to simmer.

Once it’s warm, it’s ready to serve! It really is that easy.

There’s something wonderful about warm spiced wine. The combination of the smell, warmth, and flavor is magical and a must-have for cool fall or winter evenings. It’s also the perfect beverage for entertaining. Throw everything in a crock pot, set it on low, and you’re done. Plus, it makes your home smell fabulous. Love that!

Pinot Noir is kind of my go-to for everything. However something like New World Merlot or Shiraz would work quite nicely too. Any Italian red would be delightful too!

I always recommend a wine you like to drink. If necessary invite a lot of friends and family over and keep making batch after batch of mulled wine until you find just the right one.

For the recipe below, I used the following ingredients to make my mulled wine.

red wine
apple cider
cinnamon sticks
The recipe below makes a double batch, which is perfect for a crockpot or larger pot. However, feel free to cut this recipe in half. I just heated up mine on the stove in my Straub Cocotte which makes a beautiful presentation.

Also instead of adding in the spices loose, you can use Mulling Spices. I have a recipe for how to make them at home HERE.

Keep in mind that you want the mixture to warm up and only simmer. Try not to boil it as you’ll end up cooking off some of the alcohol. What’s the fun in the that?

For the wine, I combined one sweeter red (a locally made wine) and a dry wine (I like Pinot Noir or Shiraz.). Use wine you like to drink and pick a sweetness level that works for you.

Okay, now let’s whip up a batch.

It’s really that simple. To a make this even easier, place the cloves and peppercorns in a tea ball or cheesecloth so you don’t have to hunt for them once the simmering is complete.

Apple Cider Sidecar
Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Sangria
Apple Cinnamon Hot Toddy
Autum Harvest Fall Sangria
Apple Pie Sangria

If you need a cure for the cold weather, this is it.

Cheers, friends!

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Mulled Wine – winter holiday Christmas cocktail recipe #christmas #holiday #mulled #wine #cocktail #recipe

If you’re looking for a delicious warm cocktail, this Mulled Wine recipe is an easy and delicious recipe for the fall and holiday season.

2 bottles red wine – I like to use one sweet red and one dry red.
4 cups apple cider
1/2 cup brandy
1/4 cup honey
4 cinnamon sticks
2 oranges – sliced
8 whole cloves
12 black peppercorns
Additional cinnamon sticks and orange slices for garnish
Combine the cider, wine, brandy, honey, cinnamon sticks, orange slices, cloves, and peppercorns in a large pot.
Simmer over low heat for 10-15 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
Remove cloves and peppercorns. Serve in heatproof glasses or mugs. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and / or orange slice.

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