Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Watermelon Mango Rum Punch

Looking for a great end-of-season party punch? Try this Watermelon Mango Rum Punch, courtesy of!

Watermelon Mango Rum Punch


8 cups watermelon puree
4 cups mango juice or puree
4 cups cran-raspberry juice
2 cups rum
1/2 cup cherry schnapps
1 serving ice


Chill all liquid ingredients and when ready to serve mix together and serve over ice.


Serves 8.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Win Tix to TIFF! Courtesy of California Strawberries.

When's the last time your produce took you out on the town? I thought so.

The world famous Toronto International Film Festival is just around the corner and California Strawberries has a pair of gala tickets for one lucky Puppies reader!

People who want to win tickets should:
Be at least 18 years old.
Be able to get themselves to the events (ie: live in or near Toronto).
Email me at livinginthekitchenwithpuppies AT hotmail DOT com (subject line - TIFF) or leave a comment on Cocktail Puppy stating their desire to win tickets!
* Contest closes Monday, August 29th.
* Winner will find out which film they are receiving tickets to on September 2, 2011.

Film info:
* Gala tickets are high profile film screenings at Roy Thomson Hall each evening at 6:30pm and 9:30pm and matinees on weekends during the Festival. Usually, the actors and talent are present to introduce the film and on the red carpet beforehand, but this can not be confirmed
* Opening Night will be on Sept. 9th and closing on Sept. 18th. Non-gala films are spread out amongst various theatres – there are also some great high profile films at Ryerson, VSR at Elgin, Winter Garden and various other theatres.

Excited? Me too. 

What shall we do while we're waiting? Drink!

Strawberry Muddle Cocktail
Recipe and image courtesy of the California Strawberry Commission

Have you muddled yet? This trendy technique for blending drinks creates perfectly juicy and flavorful cocktails that will delight your guests.


2 large or 3 small fresh California strawberries, stemmed
1/2-1 tablespoon simple syrup
2 slices lemon
6 ounces prosecco
Crushed ice
Mint leaf


In a glass, muddle strawberries to a fine pulp. Add simple syrup to taste. Place lemon slices on top of strawberries and punch out the centers, leaving rinds in glass. Gently pour in prosecco; do not stir. Layer top of glass with ice; garnish with mint.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information Per Serving: 178 calories; 0 g fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 1 mg sodium; 14 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; g protein

Makes 1 cocktail

TIFF Winner!
We had a surprising amount of local entries for TIFF tickets and the winner, chosen by, is Erika K! Congratulations Erika!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Martha's DIY Raffia Cocktail Set!

Raffia Cocktail Set
Martha Stewart Living, June 2008

Mini raffia pom-poms atop bamboo skewers create a stir. Bright-green raffia wrapped around the pitcher provides more texture.

Cocktail Set How-To

1. Make the drink stirrers: Using a pom-pom maker and raffia, make a pom-pom (ours are 1 1/2 inches in diameter). Wrap center with floral wire, twisting wire with pliers to secure. Trim wire to 1/2 inch. Repeat to make more pom-poms, using raffia in different colors.

2. Using white floral tape, attach trimmed wire from each pom-pom to a bamboo skewer. Trim each skewer to desired length.

3. Decorate the pitcher: Cut 2 pieces of double-sided tape (3 inches each). Place halfway down side of pitcher, on opposite sides. Wrap raffia around pitcher and over tape, forming a wide band.

..Now, where did I leave my pom-pom maker....?

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Mexican Restaurant Margaritas

Mexican Restaurant Margaritas

Searching for different margarita recipes we stumbled upon one we like very much. It was in the comment section of All Recipes...go figure. Someone had posted a comment about these amazing margaritas they enjoyed at a local Mexican restaurant so we figured...why not try them.

For Two Servings:

1/2 cup tequila
1/4 cup Roses Lime Juice
1/4 cup orange liqueur (we used Patron Citronage)
1/4 cup lemon lime soda such as Sprite or 7-up

Put all BUT the soda in a shaker with some ice. Shake it!
Then stir in the mess that way.

For the second margarita we used the same recipe as above except substituted Grand Marnier. Yes......the best one of the lot was with that Grand Marnier.

Don't wait to enjoy one of these at your local Mexican joint....try 'em at home.

Bottoms up.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Vermouth Cocktail

Vermouth Cocktail

A few nights ago my husband/bartender and co-conspirator asked if I’d like an aperitif before dinner. That’s Fancy Pants language for before-dinner-drink. (Hey…I’m not from the sophisticated cosmopolitan part of Philadelphia (I'm south of Philly!)and I do live in the rural south now). Either way, I enjoy tipping a glass back.

I’m also always willing to wet my whistle and enjoy some appies……this led me to try my first Vermouth Cocktail. An aperitif is served before the meal to stimulate appetite.

You'll need.......

1 part sweet Vermouth
1 part dry Vermouth
2 dashes of orange bitters

Add ingredients to a mixing glass of ice and stir for a few seconds. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass.

It’s a lovely start for a meal to come. Sit back and enjoy some toasted baguette, olives, whatever suits you.

Bottoms up!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Blueberry Mojito from BC Blueberries!

Sit Back, Relax with a Blueberry Mojito

Loaded with whole fresh blueberries, this super-cool mojito starts with muddled blueberries, lime juice and mint leaves, topped off with a bit of rum and a splash of soda. 

Carry a tray of tall, refreshing Blueberry Mojitos out to your friends poolside or show off your bartender skills and make them to order!

Remember this option when you have designated drivers in the crowd: leave out the rum.  Very cool.

Find more easy, delicious blueberry recipes at

Blueberry Mojito

     1 cup (250 mL) fresh mint leaves

 1 tablespoon (15 mL) fresh lime juice

 1 teaspoon (5 mL) sugar

 4 tablespoons (65 mL) fresh blueberries, divided

 1/2 cup (125 mL) lemonade

 Splash soda

 1 ounce (30 mL) light rum

 1/2 ounce (15 mL) dark rum

 Mint sprig and lime slice for garnish

In a tall 16-ounce (500 mL) glass, add mint leaves, lime juice and sugar; mash the ingredients with the back of a spoon or a "muddler" until fragrant.  Add 2 tablespoons (30 mL) of the blueberries and mash until juicy.  Fill the glass three-quarters with ice.  Add lemonade until the glass is two-thirds full.  Add splash of soda, light rum and remaining blueberries; stir.  Slowly pour dark rum into the drink so it floats on top.  Garnish with a sprig of mint and slice of lime; serve immediately.

YIELD: 1 portion