Yvette’s Monthly Mixer: Loopy by Three Olives

So Three Olives has this new vodka called Loopy that tastes just like Fruit Loops! It was the colorful Fruit Loop like bottle that drew me in. Liquor that tastes like one of my favorite childhood cereals!? Where could this go wrong, right? They had some recipes with the bottle that were just weird to me, one involved milk and it freaked me out. I just decided to go with a standard vodka and soda.

Drink Ingredients:
1 oz Loopy
Sprite
Ice

Drink Preparation:
Fill glass with ice, add Loopy and fill with Sprite. Garnish with Fruit Loops!

Servings: 1

The Hangover:
When I followed my nose it smelled just like Fruit Loops! My first impression was you could probably mix this with almost anything and it would be delicious! I thought I would be getting day drunk drinking this all day long. Boy was I wrong! After a short while the novelty of it all wore off and in the end it was just too fruity for me. I normally don’t mind fruity drinks but this ended up being overkill. I would prefer to have this as a shot. I think it’s a great conversation starter and fun to introduce people to but I could never stick to this all night long. Kudos to Three Olives for making their new vodka smell and taste like the real deal!

Yvette’s Monthly Mixer – Shamrock Mint

Yvettes Monthly Mixer Shamrock Mint

Welcome back to my Monthly Mixer! In honor of St Patty’s Day I would like to highlight an Irish mixture called the Shamrock Mint. It’s green, it’s creamy, and a lil filling.

Drink Ingredients:
1 oz Baileys
1 oz Crème de Menthe
Milk
Whip Cream

Drink Preparation:
Add Baileys, Crème de Menthe, fill with Milk and top with Whip Cream.

Servings: 1

The Hangover:
Honestly I could only have one. The milk threw me off a bit even though it was super tasty! I think I will keep this one in mind as a dessert cocktail. I bet this would also be good with hot chocolate….hmmm that sounds like a good idea.

Yvette’s Monthly Mixer – Yvette’s Tropical Kiss

Yvettes Monthly Mixer Tropical Kiss

Welcome back to my Monthly Mixer! I can’t believe it’s February already! In celebration of Valentine’s Day I have created a concoction that is sure to get your Valentines started right. This cocktail has the most ingredients I have ever featured. I give you “Yvette’s Tropical Kiss”.

Drink Ingredients:
1 oz Peppermint Schnapps
1 oz Rum
1 oz Gin
1 oz Triple Sec
Orange Juice
Ice

Drink Preparation:
Fill glass with ice. Add in all your ingredients and fill glass with orange juice. Stir and serve.

Servings: 1

The Hangover:
I was a bit surprised, out of all the booze in this drink it had an overall minty/orange taste. It was quite refreshing. But I gotta be honest this drink started creep on me when I was about a quarter way through. How could it not with all that booze! I think this one is a keeper!

Yvette’s Monthly Mixer – Bubbles n’ Blue

Yvette's Monthly Mixer Bubbles 'n Blue

New Years is just around the corner so I thought I would share a new concoction I discovered. I love Hpnotiq and combine it will all sorts of mixers but would have never mixed it up with Champagne. It was super refreshing and really helped spread out my Champagne.

Drink Ingredients:
1oz Hpnotiq
Champagne

Drink Preparation:
Add Hpnotiq to champagne flute then fill the rest with champagne. Garnish with lemon twist or orange to be fancy about it.

Servings: 1

The Hangover:
I think this is the perfect New Years mix! Hpnotiq is a sweet liquor and Champagne is delicious by itself so together they are pretty bad ass. I really liked this blend and will definitely be serving it up to ring in 2012. Enjoy!

12 Days of Christmas Drinking Game Day 1: A Christmas Story

Welcome to our 12 Days of Christmas!  Each day we will debut a new movie and tell you when to drink so make sure ya come back to see what we have in store for you this Christmas season! If you missed the past eleven days of our countdown you can follow the links:  How can you miss Bad Santa the Christmas classic Home AloneWill Ferrell in ElfNational Lampoon’s Christmas VacationThe Nightmare Before ChristmasRudolph the Red-Nosed ReindeerThe Polar Express, A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Passion of the ChristA Christmas Carol, and The Grinch That Stole Christmas?

The Rules:

Since this movie is on for 24 hours Christmas day you can get drunk…sober up….and do it all over again!

Drink every time there is a fantasy sequence.
Anytime anyone mentions a Red Rider BB Gun.
And anytime Randy whines or cries.

Don’t shoot your eye out! Merry Christmas!!!

12 Days of Christmas Drinking Game Day 2: How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Welcome to our 12 Days of Christmas!  Each day we will debut a new movie and tell you when to drink so make sure ya come back to see what we have in store for you this Christmas season! If you missed the past ten days of our countdown you can follow the links:  How can you miss Bad Santa the Christmas classic Home AloneWill Ferrell in ElfNational Lampoon’s Christmas VacationThe Nightmare Before ChristmasRudolph the Red-Nosed ReindeerThe Polar Express, A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Passion of the Christ, and A Christmas Carol?

Rules:

Divide into two teams, one team playing The Whos from Whoville, the other playing The Grinch. Every time the narrator says “Whos “, that team takes a drink. Every time the narrator says “The Grinch“, that team takes a drink. The winning team is the team with the most players still functional after the movie is over.

12 Days of Christmas Drinking Game Day 3: A Christmas Carol

Welcome to our 12 Days of Christmas!  Each day we will debut a new movie and tell you when to drink so make sure ya come back to see what we have in store for you this Christmas season! If you missed the past nine days of our countdown you can follow the links:  How can you miss Bad Santa the Christmas classic Home AloneWill Ferrell in ElfNational Lampoon’s Christmas VacationThe Nightmare Before ChristmasRudolph the Red-Nosed ReindeerThe Polar Express, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and The Passion of the Christ?

The Rules:

I love this Christmas classic! Drink whenever Scrooge flies or falls, a Christmas spirit appears, or when you hear “bah humbug”. The best thing is there are so many different versions of this movie out but the same rules apply to all of them! My personal favs are Scrooged with Bill Murry and The Muppets Christmas Carol.

12 Days of Christmas Drinking Game Day 4: The Passion of the Christ

Welcome to our 12 Days of Christmas!  Each day we will debut a new movie and tell you when to drink so make sure ya come back to see what we have in store for you this Christmas season! If you missed the past eight days of our countdown you can follow the links:  How can you miss Bad Santa the Christmas classic Home AloneWill Ferrell in ElfNational Lampoon’s Christmas VacationThe Nightmare Before ChristmasRudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Polar Express, and A Charlie Brown Christmas?

The Rules:

Don’t be a hater with this one! Drink anytime Jim Caviezel’s character takes a beating. Do it for Jesus!

12 Days of Christmas Drinking Game Day 5: A Charlie Brown Christmas

Welcome to our 12 Days of Christmas!  Each day we will debut a new movie and tell you when to drink so make sure ya come back to see what we have in store for you this Christmas season! If you missed the past seven days of our countdown you can follow the links:  How can you miss Bad Santa the Christmas classic Home AloneWill Ferrell in ElfNational Lampoon’s Christmas VacationThe Nightmare Before ChristmasRudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and The Polar Express?

The Rules:

Drink when Snoopy dances and every time Charlie Brown bitches about his life. That guy is always complaining about something!

12 Days of Christmas Drinking Game Day 6: The Polar Express

Welcome to our 12 Days of Christmas!  Each day we will debut a new movie and tell you when to drink so make sure ya come back to see what we have in store for you this Christmas season! If you missed the past six days of our countdown you can follow the links:  How can you miss Bad Santa the Christmas classic Home AloneWill Ferrell in ElfNational Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?

The Rules:

Yet another holiday movie that I never got into. Well for the sake of the kiddies let’s try this game on for size. Every time you see a character played by Tom Hanks, you have to name a Tom Hanks movie better than The Polar Express. The person who can’t think of one has to finish their drink.

12 Days of Christmas Drinking Game Day 7: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Welcome to our 12 Days of Christmas!  Each day we will debut a new movie and tell you when to drink so make sure ya come back to see what we have in store for you this Christmas season! If you missed the past five days of our countdown you can follow the links:  How can you miss Bad Santa the Christmas classic Home AloneWill Ferrell in ElfNational Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and The Nightmare Before Christmas?

The Rules:

Compared to the other movies, this one is pretty easy. Take a drink every time Rudolph’s nose lights up. If his nose stays lit keep drinking!

12 Days of Christmas Drinking Game Day 8: The Nightmare Before Christmas

Welcome to our 12 Days of Christmas!  Each day we will debut a new movie and tell you when to drink so make sure ya come back to see what we have in store for you this Christmas season! If you missed the past four days of our countdown you can follow the links:  How can you miss Bad Santa the Christmas classic Home AloneWill Ferrell in Elfand National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation?

The Rules:

Anytime the movie references Christmas or Halloween, take a drink. Also drink anytime a character breaks into song. Actually this movie gets alot of play during Halloween season so I think I will be starting this game early next year!

12 Days of Christmas Drinking Game Day 9: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Welcome to our 12 Days of Christmas!  Each day we will debut a new movie and tell you when to drink so make sure ya come back to see what we have in store for you this Christmas season! If you missed the past three days of our countdown you can follow the links:  How can you miss Bad Santa the Christmas classic Home Alone, and Will Ferrell in Elf?

The Rules:

Anytime something goes wrong, take a drink. Also drink anytime someone tells Chevy Chase’s character to give up. He never does, and neither will you!

12 Days of Christmas Drinking Game Day 10: Elf

Welcome to our 12 Days of Christmas.  Each day we will debut a new movie and tell you when to drink so make sure ya come back to see what we have in store for you this Christmas season!If you missed the past two days of our countdown you can follow the links:  How can you miss Bad Santa and the Christmas classic Home Alone?

For the 10th Day of Christmas the movie of choice is Elf.  Honestly I am not a big fan of this movie, but I feel playing a drinking game while watching it can make it tolerable. Rules to this movie are to drink anytime the Naughty or Nice List is mentioned, Buddy is scared, or Buddy screams “Santa.”

12 Days of Christmas Drinking Game Day 11: Home Alone

Welcome to our 12 Days of Christmas. We are gonna countdown to Christmas the only way we know how….Drinking Games! Each day we will debut a new movie and tell you when to drink so make sure ya come back to see what we have in store for you this Christmas season! If you missed the 12th Day you can see that here! How can you miss Bad Santa?

The Rules:

The original Home Alone is definitely my favorite. For this game is to drink anytime Kevin Screams, when someone says “Kevin” and when someone gets hit or falls down.

12 Days of Christmas Drinking Game Day 12: Bad Santa

Welcome to our 12 Days of Christmas. We are gonna countdown to Christmas the only way we know how….Drinking Games! Each day we will debut a new movie and tell you when to drink so make sure ya come back to see what we have in store for you this Christmas season!

The Rules:

Our first movie is Bad Santa. Everyone loves watching this train wreck of a Christmas movie! This movie is sure to make you merry in no time. Every time Billy Bob Thornton’s character says Fuck it’s time to drink, it’ll be time for you to take a swig! I hear it’s used at least 160 times. Cheers!

Yvette’s Monthly Mixer – Blue Snowflake

Yvette's Monthly Mixer Blue Snowflake

Christmas is coming!!!! In light of the holiday spirit try this tasty Hpnotiq concoction. Now the original recipe calls for 2 oz of Hpnotiq but I thought it was a bit much so we made it with only 1. Turned out really good! But I will leave that up to you, either way it’s gonna be amazing!

Drink Ingredients:
1 oz Hpnotiq
1 oz Vodka
Pineapple Juice
Ice

Drink Preparation:
Fill glass with ice. Add Hpnotiq, Vodka, then fill glass with pineapple juice. Give it a lil stir or shake it up in a shaker and enjoy! I garnished with a lemon but you could get crazy and use some rock candy sticks.

Servings: 1

The Hangover:
This tiny cocktail is packed with a punch! Hpnotiq & Vodka!? This is gonna get you all warm and fuzzy inside in no time! I know it probably doesn’t sound very appealing, personally I would have never thought of mixing Hpnotiq and Vodka together but this was delicious!

Enjoy & let me know what ya think of the Blue Snowflake!

Yvette’s Monthly Mixer – Bat-Bull

Yvettes Monthly Mixer Bat-Bull

I know lots of people like Vodka or Jack with their Red Bull but I prefer Bacardi. Just a regular Bacardi will do! Super simple and delicious!

Drink Ingredients:
Bacardi
Red Bull
Lime
Ice

Drink Preparation:
Fill glass with ice. Add 1 oz. of Bacardi, fill rest of glass with Red Bull and dress with a lime.

Servings: 1

The Hangover:
Tip to the wise with any Red Bull concoction, only have 1 or 2! When I first started drinking Bat-Bulls I made the mistake of drinking them all night. Yeah….not so awesome when you try to lay a heady down!

Yvette’s Monthly Mixer – White Wine Summer Spritzer

Yvettes Monthly Mixer White Wine Spritzer

Wow is it August already? This month I’d like to highlight one more summer time cocktail before fall rolls in. A personal goal of mine has been to drink more wine. I love a good Pinot Grigio! While being a wino over the weekend I tried a new brand called Little Black Dress. Their Pinot is a little more pungent than what I am used to – hence trying the classic White Wine Spritzer.

White Wine Spritzer’s are trouble-free and can be spiced up with any added ingredients of your choice. If Club Soda doesn’t do it for you try a flavored soda or maybe even a little Triple sec or Schnapps. Fancy it up to your liking!

Drink Ingredients:
White Wine
Club Soda
Lemon
Ice

Drink Preparation:
Add some ice to your glass. Fill half your glass with the white wine of your choice and the other half with club soda. Jazz it up with a slice of lemon.

Servings: 1

The Hangover:
Perfect for a hot summer night. It’s so refreshing! Usually when I drink wine I wake up with a slight headache. But I think I have found my cure! By mixing it up with some club soda – no morning headache! If you have any suggestions on this month’s mixer please let me know! Enjoy!

Bell’s Brewery 3 Course Beer & Sausage Tasting Dinner

uncommon ground presents….BELL’S BREWERY 3-Course Sausage & Beer Small Plate Tasting Dinner

 Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 6:30pm

1401 West Devon Avenue, Chicago

$25 per person

reservations required phone 773-465-9801

 THE MENU

first course

Seafood sausage

Alaskan sockeye salmon, Maine lobster, squash blossoms, barley pilaf

Paired with Bells Oarsman Ale 

second course

Lamb sausage

confit & braised lamb, roasted garlic, mint, pea risotto

Paired with Bells Two Hearted Ale

third course

Thuringer

Pork, cracked black peppercorns, tart cherry mustard,

braised collards, house made bacon

Paired with Bells Porter

Yvette’s Monthly Mixer – Lunch Box

Yvette's Monthly Mixer Lunch Box

I love simple drinks that you can make at home even if you do not have a large stocked bar. Chances are you already have 2 out of the 3 items you need for this month’s mixer. It’s a drink that has become more and more popular these days called the Lunch Box. The secret to this drink that not many people know is that it’s meant to be slammed. Yes you heard me right! It’s a drink that is to be taken like a shot! Now I don’t  personally don’t drink it that way and usually I make mine a double. Or if you wanna make it a little bit stronger you can always add in more beer to fill up the galss. But try it out and see which way you like it best!

Drink Ingredients:
Lager – Any Light Beer will do.
OJ 1 oz
Amaretto 1 oz
*Please not the drink in the photo is a double*

Drink Preparation:
Fill a Tall Glass with 1/3 of your beer (I prefer Bud Light). Add 1 oz of OJ and 1 oz of Amaretto.

Servings: 1

The Hangover:
 Let me tell you, you should have no worries on feeling this one right away! I mean look at what’s in it! The only non alcohol item in this one is an ounce of OJ. Here is another quick and easy cocktail to add to your summer. Enjoy!