Guilty pleasures are some of the most sensational things in life. I grew up with a healthy dose of Catholic guilt, so I am well-versed in the art of feeling bad for something that makes you feel good. Now I simply don’t feel guilty for finding pleasure in the little things in life.
I love a good drink and the holiday season seems to bring about more opportunities to have a few social cocktails. For me, the holiday season starts with my birthday, which is typically celebrated about a week before Thanksgiving, and lasts well into the new year.
In honor of this season filled with celebrating some of the pleasures in life, here are a few of my favorite things:
Bailey’s Irish Cream
Such a lovely holiday treat! I even bought an ice mold tray that will make ice shot glasses. I thought it would be perfect for the Bailey’s.
I will report back on whether or not it was successful.
Schlafly’s Pumpkin Ale
I am quite particular about pumpkin ale. This St. Louis brewery is phenomenal and their seasonal pumpkin ale is the best I have ever tasted. I never seem to get enough of it before it is off the shelves. Note to self: purchase in excess before it is sold out for the season.
Ketel One Vodka
I was not always particular about what kind of vodka I drank. In college, the five dollar bottle was economical and got the job done for tailgating purposes. Now that I have a more discerning palette and suffer from hangovers more easily, I prefer to spend a bit more money for the smooth taste and ability to function the next day. I recommend putting this bottle in the freezer for an even smoother effect.
As with the vodka, I am willing to pay for the smoother tequila. I did not even realize that Avion was an actual brand; I simply thought it was concocted for Entourage. When I saw the perfect smaller sized bottle for my margarita needs, I snapped a bottle up to check it out. I was impressed. Well played, Turtle. Well played.
** Need a perfect margarita recipe? Check this one out: Margarita Recipe
Does it mean I am an alcoholic if the Friday night bartender at the nearest watering hole to my work place knows exactly what to pour me when I walk in after a long work week? I didn’t think so.
Captain Morgan and Diet Dr. Pepper is my go-to after work drink on a Friday night. I have converted more people than you would think to mixing this spiced rum with Diet Dr. Pepper. If you haven’t tried it, please do. Delicious.
X Rated Fusion
When I want a girly drink, I turn to this pretty pink liquor. Mixed with a cheap bottle of champagne, this mango, blood orange and passion fruit infused vodka makes an excellent girls night in cocktail.
Cavit Pinot Grigio
A lovely pinot grigio to have with a plate of cheese or chicken dish. It is very drinkable and reasonably priced, which is important for a simple wine with your meal.
Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir
For me, this is the perfect inexpensive light bodied dry red to enjoy with a nice Italian meal. Cheers to comfort food and table wine!
Any recommendations for new beverages that I should try? Is it the weekend yet?