Hot Chocolate

Yum! I can feel my resolve weakening. I could drink a whole gallon of this delicious homemade hot cocoa. After seeing how it’s made, you will too! Stay warm this winter with a cup of DIY hot chocolate.

I wish I’d thought to try something like this ages ago. In the past I’ve used water, milk, and cocoa powder. I think I’ll try this method soon because anything that calls for heavy cream and chocolate is going to be amazing! I bet it tastes better than watered down powdered chocolate too. It would be fun (and easy) to turn into a *grownup* drink. Lol.

There are two times when drinking hot cocoa is a must. The first is on a blustery day spent snuggled up on the couch in front of the fire. The other is camping. This is non negotiable. There are many recipes that have you making the mix in advance but that’s no fun! Making the cocoa in a saucepan and serving hot and fresh is the only way to go. Love The Outdoors has that recipe. Hooray! They have that and lots of other yummy campfire recipes you need to check out.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Marshmallow Shots

‘Shots shots shots!” It’s more than a song. Shots are a delicious mini drink. I want to make these yummy marshmallow shot glasses for my next party. They look so fun! I’ve toasted marshmallows over the stove before and this is just a couple of extra steps to party heaven.

It might take a time or two to master these but that’s half the fun. I can always eat all of my mistakes (hehe). Be warned, once you do get them made they won’t hold liquid long. Drink and enjoy ASAP! Marshmallows are fluffy white clouds of sugar when you first buy them. They turn into concrete if left for too long. (They are the best amo for slingshot wars, lol!) I won’t be letting anymore of mine turn into solid rocks and be wasted ever again. Not with this recipe!

Here’s another new type of DIY shot glass…cucumber! How fun! Check it out at Instructables.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

lavender lemonade

Pictured above is a recipe called Herb Citrus Cordial by I Love Wildfox. I think my heart skipped a beat. Maybe two. This dreamy recipe just screams hot summer days and cool summer nights. Sweet bliss. Lavender is one of my garden favorites. It’s easy to grow, looks beautiful, and smells heavenly. Why wouldn’t it be amazing in a drink? No reason! Lavender lemonade sounds like the best things since sweet tea! Sliced bread? iPhones?

Lavender, sugar, lemon, water (cold and hot), and ice are all you need to make this refreshing treat. The tutorial shows how to make an easy lavender infusion. This might make me less of a DIYer but I’d want to use purple culinary lavender and not homemade. I saw a drink made with it once and it was the most amazing shade of indigo. I want to duplicate that! If I can do with lavender from my garden I will.

Whether it is a lemonade or a lemon drop… here are some tips from Mixology on using lavender in drinks.

Here’s the link to the lavender lemonade recipe…

Simply Recipes: Lavender Lemonade

DIY WIne Bottle Glasses

Collecting wine bottles for this DIY is another great excuse for drinking wine. (As if I need an excuse. Lol.) Scissors And Steam, thanks for the great tutorial! Step-by-step photos are where it’s at. This is super tricky and a little on the dangerous side but I think my skill level might be there. I know my drinking level is!

See how to make your own glass here…

Scissors And Steam – Wine Bottle Glasses

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Sweet Summertime Sun Tea

Sweet tea is the perfect summer drink for a ‘barefoot blue jeans night.’ It is crisp and refreshing and oh so delicious! Sun tea brews slowly in cold water and ends up having less caffeine than regular tea and isn’t as bitter. Brewing it in mason jars is a stroke of genius! When the tea is ready just add some fruit, chill, and serve. You could be drinking this sweet summer treat in as little as one hour!

Learn how to make your own here…

ThirstyForTea – Summertime Sun Tea

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Homemade Pineapple Frozen Yogurt Smoothie

Smoothies are a nice treat on a hot summer day. (And there have been quite a few of those already.) They are a delicious and healthy fruity snack or dessert. Plus you can make them in seconds! I am in love with this pineapple smoothie from Best Yummy Recipes! It really is so good and good for you! Did you know that 1 cup of fresh pineapple contains 131% of your daily Vitamin C? It also has 2% of your daily Vitamin A, Calcium, and Iron, 2%.

Check out the recipe here…

BestYummyRecipes – Pineapple Frozen Yogurt Smoothie

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DIY Skittles Vodka

Yikes! This looks amazing! Best Yummy Recipes has a fabulous tutorial (super detailed) on how to make bright and sweet Skittles flavored vodka. I thought it would be more difficult but they have have broken it down so well! It is a little time consuming, Skittles are easy to eat but they take a while to dissolve. What a hit this vodka will be at your next party! Totally worth all the work.

See how to make it here…

BestYummyRecipes – Skittles Vodka Tutorial

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