Rarely do I see a recipe and make it that same day. I'm a saver, I like to save a recipe or a treat for the perfect time and place. I love going back to look at my Pinterest boards to see what looks delicious or what fits the special occasion. On Sunday, I did not have to wait more than a few hours between the excitement of finding a new recipe, the joy of making it, and the delight in tasting it.
I spent Sunday baking banana bread and finishing up my Christmas cookie baking schedule. I do not mess around with my baking schedule - a spreadsheet has been made, ingredients have been bought, the whiteboard has been filled out, and I have paused my personal life. I love it, I love it all.
I even love the pain I get in my back from standing at work all day and then standing in my kitchen all night. I love putting on the Christmas music and making a mess in the kitchen because I'm working three different recipes at once. I love the craziness and all the butter and the chocolate smears on the cupboards. It's really the only time of year where it is acceptable to go nuts and just bake cookies all day, I'm going to push things to their full potential!
Next week will start the Christmas cookie line up. Monday will have a ridiculous cupcake recipe that I just shoved in my mouth and I'm excited to share Christmas cookie recipes with you. Last year I baked with intention of starting this blog and this year I bake for the blog (and my friends of course)! If you can't wait until Wednesday for the first recipe, here are some OLD posts from the beginning: Rainbow Cookies and Stained Glass Sugar Cookies.
I almost forgot to describe the cocktail because of my excitement in talking about Christmas cookies, or maybe I've had too much sugar. Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised by how wonderful this cocktail was, it tastes just like a boozy chai latte. The drink itself is refreshing and flavorful, these would be great for a summer afternoon! There is just enough vodka to make this a true cocktail, but not so much so that you feel knocked down. This is drink I'll be making again.
Vanilla Vodka Chai Cocktail Adapted from My Life as a Mrs. Yield - 1 serving
6 ounces (3/4 cup) hot, almost boiling water 1 tea bag for spiced chai 1/2 tablespoon simple syrup 2 ounces vanilla vodka 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) amaretto 1/2 tablespoon half & half ice cinnamon sticks for garnish
- Several hours before you wish to have cocktails, make your tea: heat your water into a kettle until it is almost boiling. Combine 6 ounces of hot water (3/4 cup) for every tea bag, multiple accordingly for all the servings you wish to make. Let steep for about 10 minutes and then remove the tea bag. Cool the mixture until cocktail time.
- Make the simple syrup by boiling 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water together. Stir until all the sugar is dissolved and let cool completely.
- Add the tea, vodka, amaretto, simple syrup, and half and half to a shaker with ice. Shake for about 30 seconds.
- Pour over a ice into a nice glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick! Enjoy responsibly!