Browsing Category


Honeysuckle Vodka Lemonade

Honeysuckle Vodka Lemonade ~ this uniquely refreshing spring cocktail is made with homemade honeysuckle infused vodka and fresh squeezed lemonade...| vodka | summer cocktail | infused alcohol | edible flowers | Mother's Day | spring cocktail | vodka |

Honeysuckle Vodka Lemonade ~ this unique spring cocktail is made with homemade honeysuckle infused vodka and fresh squeezed lemonade…it’s a super refreshing conversation starter, and the honeysuckle vodka is ready in 24 hours ~ can you say instant gratification?…

Continue Reading

How to Make Homemade Fruit Liqueur

How to Make Homemade Fruit Liqueur --- my special method results in intense fruity flavor and stunningly gorgeous colors!

How to Make Homemade Fruit Liqueur — I’ve come up with a quick and easy technique that results in the most intense fresh fruity flavor, and it’s ready to drink in 24 hours — cheers! I’m really excited to share this with you, I had a blast coming up with my unique liqueurs — and I have to admit, taste-testing them wasn’t too shabby either ;)  I developed my own method for infusing bright vivid fruit flavor into vodka, and…

Continue Reading

Homemade Pumpkin Liqueur

Homemade Pumpkin Liqueur recipe

Homemade Pumpkin Liqueur is creamy, lightly spiced and so easy to make at home. The result is fresher and more delicious than anything you can buy! Ever since I made my own Irish Cream I’ve been itching to try my hand at other homemade liqueurs.  This Pumpkin Liqueur tuned out equally fantastic.   The lightly spiced, creamy pumpkin is slightly sweet, but because I chose dark rum for the base, it has a good strong kick to it as well. …

Continue Reading

How to Make Irish Cream

Irish Cream liqueur made from scratch

How to Make Irish Cream ~ for real!  This diy version of one of my favorite liqueurs is dangerously delicious, and ridiculously easy to make. I am so excited about this homemade Irish Cream, I couldn’t wait to press ‘publish’ — I found the recipe on one of my favorite blogs, Farmette, and Imen just happens to blog from the Irish countryside, so you know this is authentic!  Sometimes I know from the minute I see a recipe that I…

Continue Reading

Slow Cooker Mulled Wine

Holiday Mulled Wine

Slow Cooker Mulled Wine ~ this warming winter cocktail scents the whole house, and guests can help themselves! Steamy hot mulled wine has been warming cold hands and whipping up holiday spirit for centuries.  I’ve just been waiting for the temperatures to drop a bit to share this recipe with you — I think you’re going to love this easy, slow cooker method.   When our kids were young I always made spiced cider in the slow cooker for holiday…

Continue Reading

Summer Peach and Basil Sangria

Peach and Basil Sangria

Is there anything more summery than a peach? I don’t think so. The peach is the emblem of all that we love about the season, so with the summer solstice right around the corner, this is THE drink you’ll want to have chilling in the backyard. White sangrias are so refreshing, and when you add ripe peaches and a hint of fresh herby basil, you get a spectacular drink with very little effort. I’m partnering with Classic Hostess to introduce…

Continue Reading

The Papaya Breeze Poptail

Papaya Rose Poptails

I’m kicking off the unofficial start of summer with a whole week of new popsicle recipes, tips, useful links, and DAILY GIVEAWAYS. Homemade popsicles are so incredibly versatile I need an entire week to explore all the reasons why you NEED these in your life this summer. I’m dedicating each day this week to a different kind of popsicle, and today it’s poptails!  Sort of a silly name for such a transcendent idea, but if you’re over 21, you’ll want…

Continue Reading

Gin and Tonic Refrigerator Pickles

Gin and Tonic Refrigerator Pickles | The View from Great Island 4

Yes, you read that right.  Gin and Tonic Refrigerator Pickles ~ alcoholic pickles!  Beautiful little Persian cucumbers basically pickled in a giant G&T.  Gin, (I like Hendrick’s) tonic water, lime, and some juniper berries make a perfectly good pickling solution.  What?  You don’t believe me?  Give it a try! I can’t pass by small  cucumbers without the overwhelming urge to take them home.  They’re like a basket of puppies on the sidewalk,  I just can’t ignore them.  And once I…

Continue Reading

Spiced Cocktail Cherries

Spiced Cocktail Cherries are the ultimate gift for the cocktail lover in your life ~ be sure to make a double batch so you can enjoy them yourself! If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time you probably know that we have a thing for cocktail cherries in this house. My husband is a Manhattan drinker, and you can’t have a Manhattan without a cherry. He likes the expensive all natural ones, so I try and make my…

Continue Reading