Mighty Thirst, Mango Cream Shake with Rum

I wrote this last year and forgot to post it. Pretend it’s summer and you’re craving a blendy beach drink in Mexico.

I’m not pregnant anymore! Rum, come here so I can kiss you on the mouth.

Our rental in Mexico had a blender, so I made a boozle of fruity drinks. This one is creamy and delicious, and you problematically can’t taste the alcohol. I prefer Kraken Rum because it’s vanilla-y, but you can probably use whatever.

For three drinks, combine the following in a blender:

3 cups frozen mango
1 Banana
1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
3 shots Kraken Rum

Blend until smooth, and garnish with sweetened shaved coconut. Then go find a hammock.

I’m making 100 cocktails as part of my Life List. This is number twenty-one. The rest are over here.

Spiced Pumpkin Rum Toddy


You’re warm, you’re cozy, you need to stand up more slowly from your chair. You can’t really tell these have booze in them, so pace yourself.

• Good Earth Original Sweet and Spicy Tea
• Kraken Rum
• Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Almond Beverage

Brew a half-mug of tea, add a shot of rum, top off with Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Almond Beverage. It’s not an exact science but you can’t really go wrong here.

Here’s to the smell of dirt under the leaves you waited too long to rake, oversize cable-knit sweaters with sleeves you can pull your hands up inside, rain beads on the window.

This is my 20th cocktail toward my Life List goal to create 100 cocktails. A fifth of the way there baby.

Mighty Thirst: The Staycation

We had a heatwave recently in San Francisco, which would have been much more expected in October. My apartment was an oven, so we decided to have drinks on the roof, but the only ingredients I had on hand were for my breakfast shake. Which is surprisingly good with rum in it.

Serves 2

2 cups almond milk
Frozen banana
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
4 shots Kraken Rum

Here’s to friends up on the roof, long naps in the sun, and being good with where you are.

Here’s to Simple Toasts

I love people who always have a toast at ready. I’ve been collecting favorites over the years. For a short wedding toast, or to wrap up a long one, “May you grow old on one pillow.” Over drinks I like to say, “Here’s mud in your eye!” I think because my grandma said it? No idea.

For dinner, I like, “May you never go to hell, but be always on your way.” or “Here’s to those who’ve seen us at our best and seen us at our worst and can’t tell the difference.”

Is this just an Irish thing, or do you have a favorite toast too? Is it because you’re Irish? Either way, spill.

Mighty Thirst: Blueberry Cheers and Blueberry Cheesecake Boom

You know what they say. When life hands you cake vodka, you make… a perplexed face because what is this shit? My friends and their ironic purchasing habits.

So this post is about using up an entire bottle of cake vodka before the people who brought it leave. This is both to teach them a lesson, and also so the bottle won’t linger in your cabinet and bring shame upon your household.

Our mission? Fruity drinks that taste like cake. There are worse ways to spend a Saturday night, and better ways to spend a Sunday morning. Onward!

I had a bag of blueberries in the freezer (how long have those been in there?), but these would likely work out ok if you subbed in any frozen berry. This is two variations on a blueberry/almond milk drink in an attempt to make a cheesecake thing happen. Both are good, the second is sweeter and more milkshake-y. Continue reading “Mighty Thirst: Blueberry Cheers and Blueberry Cheesecake Boom”

Mighty Thirst: Pineapple Crush

Sometimes you want a little snack with your drink.

1/4 Cup pineapple
1 Shot Vodka
Cream Soda

Chop up your pineapple until it’s the size you want for biting. You can also freeze it or use frozen pineapple to ice the drink, or blend the fruit with a little water if you want more pineapple flavor and a slushy texture. Add your preferred pineapple format to the glass, pour vodka over, top with Cream Soda to taste and give it a little stir.

Now turn your heater all the way up, and go find your sunglasses. Ah. Hawaii in January.

I’m making 100 cocktails as part of my Life List. Here are a few of the others:

Toddy Shots
Café Picante

Get Your Boo!ze On: 5 Halloween Themed Cocktails

Blood Vial Cocktails from Martha Stewart

Candy Corn Vodka Tonic from Miss Make

Frankenstein Milkshake from Mel’s Kitchen
(Okay technically this is a pudding cup — and technically it’s pronounced Frankh-en-STEEN — but the concept is killer. Throw in some mint chip ice cream, a little milk, and some brandy, and it’s aliiiiive.)

Mummy Wrapped Drinks from One Charming Party

Shrunken Head Ciders from Martha Stewart

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Bloodthirsty Mulled Wine
Bourbon Pumpkin Shakes
Halloween Spiked Cider in Apple Cups
Killer Bloody Mary with Skull Garnish
Jack O’ Lantern Persimmon Bob

Mighty Thirst: Strawberry Fizzy

Summer is coming for you, and the Strawberry Fizzy is waiting there, poolside. With a New Yorker magazine and the good tortilla chips.

Strawberry Fizzy

3 mint leaves
3 Strawberries
Shot of vodka
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
Ginger Ale

Muddle mint and strawberries in your glass, add ice, vodka, the lemon juice, and top it off with Ginger Ale. Then start making the next one, because someone’s gonna take yours.

Here’s to smelling like coconut, floating on your back until your foot bumps the pool ledge, and spitting cherry seeds into the grass. What are you toasting this week?

I’m making 100 cocktails as part of my Life List. This is number seventeen. Here are the rest:

1. Shots in ‘Cots 2. Avocado Bourbon Shake 3. The Vacation 4. Sassy Lassi 5. Cherry Bing 6. The ABC 7. Toddy Shots 8. Cafe Picante 9. Gin and Juice (Box) 10. The Neighbor 11. Halloween Spiked Cider 12. Bloodthirsty Mulled Wine 13. Killer Bloody Mary 14. Bourbon Pumpkin Shake 15. Tangelo Cooler 16. Watermelon Chill