Beverages Recepie Collection 2014


The Apple Flower Cocktail www.abeautifulmess.comThe Apple Flower is light and fresh with the perfect amount of floral sweetness. Recently, I’ve been reworking my cocktail cart for Spring, storing away certain items and adding new seasonal flavors. Jeremy and I have been working on a short list of signature cocktails that we can serve to guests for dinners and brunches. This cocktail would work for brunch, which is always a perk! 

The Apple Flower Cocktail.. making fresh apple and lime juice www.abeautifulmess.comThe Apple Flower Cocktail, Serves One 

Fresh juice (I used 3 small green apples and two limes) 
Rose Water
Bénédictine Liqueur 

In a medium sized glass, combine 2 ounces of Bénédictine Liqueur and one drop of rose water. Be very careful when adding the rose water because adding too much will make your drink taste like a bottle of perfume. The easiest way to get just one (teeny tiny) drop is to just dip an unused straw into the rose water and then use that straw in your drink, stirring it a little. Add ice and top the glass off with fresh green apple and lime juice. Garnish with a lime or an edible flower.The Apple Flower Cocktail The Apple Flower Cocktail  I hope you enjoy this refreshing cocktails! If you don’t drink you should still try fresh apple and lime juice with just one drop of rosewater. It’s so good and tastes exactly like Spring! 



Boozy Gummy Bears- so fun & easy to make! Click for instructionsI’ve always wanted to try vodka soaked gummy bears ever since seeing them on Pinterest. To be honest, I was a little scared that it was too good to be true. Would the gummies get all sticky or giant and weird? Plus all of the instructions on Pinterest are different. Reading through the search you’ll see people recommending they soak for an hour, a day, and a week. That’s crazy different, right? Well, we tried it and here’s what we learned… 

Making boozy gummy bears! It's so easy! Making Vodka soaked gummy bears!The method we chose to try was soaking the gummy bears (and worms) for about 24 hours. We tried three different types of alcohol- apple vodka, coconut rum and watermelon vodka. We poured the alcohol over the gummy candy until it was completely immersed. Then we covered it in plastic wrap and popped it in the fridge for 24 hours. The next day the gummies had soaked up most the alcohol, there was only a little bit to strain out. If we had left them in for 48 hours they probably would have soaked it all in. 

Apple vodka soaked gummy bearsThe bears tasted amazing. They weren’t sticky or gross at all, but we did use a spoon to put them on our plates. Our favorite flavors were the apple vodka and coconut rum. I noticed that the gummy worms weren’t as soft. I have seen that you can try this method with nearly any liquor and any gummy candy, so the possibilities are pretty cool! 

Have you ever tried alcohol soaked gummy candy? What do you think, delicious or weird? They were a HUGE hit at Emma’s bachelorette party! 




First Kiss Punch RecipeFirst Kiss Punch RecipeLately I have been on a punch kick! It’s so much fun to make a big batch of a yummy cocktail for small gatherings. It’s fun to create a custom punch recipe for each occasion, and it saves so much time mixing cocktails as guests can help themselves. This punch is called First Kiss, in honor of Valentine’s Day!Valentine punch recipeFirst Kiss Punch, serves 6

2 cups honey whiskey
1 cup light rum
1 cup St-Germain
1 cup raspberry pucker
2 cups pineapple juice
1 cup grapefruit juice
3 liters gingerale
4 tablespoons grenadine syrup
8 splashes cherry and blood orange bitters

Combine all the ingredients in a large container (our container holds 1.5 gallons). Top off with ice immediately before the party.Heart shaped ice cubesHeart shaped ice cubes can be fun! To make these I froze grenadine, blood orange bitters and raspberry gingerale.First Kiss Cocktail Recipe Garnish with cherries and enjoy! 

First Kiss Cocktail (by A Beautiful Mess)




Rosemary and honey syrup recipeI was inspired by my sister’s latte syrups. So, like any good little sister, I decided to make some too. 🙂 I happened to have some left over rosemary in my refrigerator and so I decided to try a rosemary latte. I had never had one before but I love the smell and taste of rosemary. I have been obsessed with making homemade lattes after getting an espresso maker for Christmas.
Rosemary and honey syrupFirst I made a rosemary and honey syrup.

1 cup water 
1/2 cup honey 
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary.

Bring the water and honey to a boil while stirring to dissolve the honey. Turn the heat down to a simmer and add the rosemary sprigs. Let this cook down for 10-12 minutes until the mixture has thicken some. Remove from heat and allow to cool before use.Rosemary LatteI still have a ways to go with my latte making skills. But I must say that a rosemary latte is my new favorite! I love how the syrup turned out the perfect amount of sweet and savory without being too overpowering. I store my syrup in the refrigerator and will probably use most of it up within two weeks. Oh, and do you see how there is a rosemary sprig in the bottle? I just added that for aesthetics. It’s not really necessary, so if you create this at home feel free to leave it out if you wish



Blood Orange Bloody Mary Recipe!My husband is a HUGE Bloody Mary fan. He made me a convert too. Last year when we were traveling we tried as many Bloody Marys as we could fit in. It was so fun, and I was pretty impressed with the variation that exists from one restaurant or bar to the next. Lately, I’ve been experimenting with unique twists on classic cocktails. With that said, I present to you… the Blood Orange Bloody Mary!Blood Oranges- so delicious!Blood oranges are beautifulBlood oranges are one of the most beautiful fruits! They are in season in the winter, and I look forward to them every year. Now, I know what you’re thinking… fruity flavor + bloody mary = kinda weird. I was thinking the same thing… until I tried it. The citrus in this drink is subtle. It enhances but does not overpower the classic flavors.Blood Orange Bloody Mary Supplies NeededSupplies Needed: Tomato Juice, Vodka, 1 Blood Orange, 1/2 a Lime, Tabasco, Worcestershire Sauce, Sea Salt, Ice Cubes and Celery.Juicing blood orangesDirections: Use lime juice to add sea salt to the rim of your glass. In each glass, combine four parts tomato juice, juice of one blood orange (save one slice for the garnish), one shot vodka (make it a double if you dare….), juice of 1/2 lime, 1 teaspoon tabasco, 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce. Stir with a long spoon. Add a blood orange slice and a piece of celery for garnish. Enjoy! 

*Adapted from Martha Stewart’s recipe.Mixing a blood orange bloody maryBlood Orange Bloody Mary Recipe

Let me know if you try the recipe! Are you a blood orange fan?




Best pancakesElsie has a theory that the best pancakes are made at home. It’s probably no surprise to you that we love homemade. And homemade pancakes are the perfect example. You can make them exactly how you want and wear your pjs while eating them. This is one of my all time favorite pancake recipes. The addition of the ricotta makes these just the right amount of creamy.Ricotta pancakesColorful pancakesRicotta Pancakes, makes 6-8

3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon sugar
2 eggs
1/3 cup ricotta
1/2 cup milk
oil or butter for cooking

In a bowl combine all ingredients until nearly no lumps appear in the batter. Heat a skillet over medium heat with a couple tablespoons oil or butter. I usually use oil (canola or vegetable) as I prefer a slightly crispy edge to my pancake. When your pan is hot pour 1/4 cup batter in the center. Wait until the batter begins to bubble, then flip. Adjust your heat if the pancakes are cooking too fast or too slow.
Ricotta pancake recipe




Baked apple and bourbon ice cream recipeThis ice cream was very much inspired by my favorite fall pie recipe. I love baked apple and a little bourbon. This was my first time experimenting with using liquor in an ice cream batter. I wondered if it would effect the consistency of the ice cream after freezing (since liquor doesn’t freeze) and it turns out it does. But only slightly. You will only use a small amount of bourbon in this recipe but it will cause your finished ice cream to be just a bit softer than the usual. Worth it. 🙂Baked apple ice creamBaked Apple and Bourbon Ice Cream, makes 1 quart

1 granny smith apple
1/3 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cup milk
1 cup + 1 tablespoon sugar
5 egg yolks
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 shot (about 1.5 to 2 oz) bourbon

Heat the milk and sugar in a pot over medium/high heat just until it begins to boil. Then reduce the heat slightly. In another bowl whisk together the egg yolks. Pour a few tablespoons of the hot milk mixture in with the egg yolks and stir. Once the egg yolk mixture is tempered add it to the pot of hot milk. Whisk to combine. Continue cooking over medium heat until it thickens. Turn the heat off and remove the pot from the burner, add in the whipping cream and bourbon. Stir to combine. Pour into an air tight container and refrigerate overnight. 

Peel and chop your apple into very small pieces. Coat in 1/3 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 tablespoon sugar and bake in a small oven-safe bowl just until soft (I baked mine at 350°F for about 8 minutes). Set aside and allow to cool completely.

Pour the ice cream batter in to your ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer directions for use. A few minutes before your ice cream is done stir in the baked apples.Baked apple & bourbon ice cream

Grape and Watermelon Soda


Here’s a simple recipe using 2 summer favourite fruits-Watermelon and Grapes -combine them with soda and it turns into a nice mocktail!!


1/2 fresh watermelon
1 cup green or red grapes
2 ripe plums
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp powdered sugar
1 tsp salt
1 bottle soda water (sparkling soda)
6-7 icecubes
watermelon pieces – to garnish

Crush the ice cubes, watermelon, grapes, plums in a blender. Mix in the sugar, lemon juice and salt. Leave a little watermelon pulp aside and cut into small pieces. Now take a serving glass and fill it 1/2 with the juice. Fill the remaining 1/2 with the sparkling soda. Add more icecubes if needed and add the cut watermelon pieces.

This Watermelon Soda is a beautiful and healthy Summer Drink. Refresh your senses with this cool soda on a summer afternoon or early evening!

Raspberry Coulis(Sauce) with Creme – Layered Dessert


The recipe below can be easily modified to suit availability of seasonal fruits like strawberries, pears, apricot or apple. The fruit coulis can also be made ahead and preserved in a jar in the refrigerator and used as topping for other cakes, ice creams and desserts.

3 ounces fresh or frozen raspberries (or strawberries)
1 cup sugar(or more if needed sweet)
1/2 cup water
8 orange-flavored biscuits(cookies)
1 cup ready-whip (cool whip)


Raspberry Coulis (Sauce)
Take the fresh raspberries, deseed them and add to a blender. If using frozen ones, thaw then first then blend. Add the sugar and blend to form a smooth puree. Strain the puree theough a colander or sieve mesh to remove seeds and keep aside.

Now heat a pot on medium flame, add the raspberry puree to it and 1/4th cup water. Stir to mix and thicken the syrup. Add a little more water if required, but not too much. Cook the puree to form a thick jam-like fruit preserve, more like a compote recipe. When the water has evaporated and the mixture is thick enough, remove from flame and allow to cool.

Take the cool whip (add sugar if its not sweetened) and blend in a mixer on the “whip” setting for 3 short pulses. Add the orange zest and pulse again, then set in the refrigerator until time to serve.

Take the orange biscuits and grind them in the blender to form a smooth-to-coarse powder.

To assemble the dessert, take a tall clear serving glass. Start with a layer of ground biscuits, then add the warm raspberry coulis, then layer with the creme fraiche. Repeat the process with all 3 layers again. Top with a sprinkling of fresh orange zest, or use the ground powder and mint leaves for garnish. This delicious dessert is on its way to Susan who’s hosting this week’s edition of WHB started by Kalyn’s Kitchen!

This layered dessert tastes best with warm fruit topping and cool creme fraiche; the temperature difference nicely balances the taste. This is a great and simple recipe for a quick dessert when you are entertaining! Plus the basic Raspberry Sauce can be used as a topping for any other desserts.