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my personal favorite cocktails made at home!  I love to make cocktails with fresh ingredients (like fresh fruits and fresh citrus), all with a healthy dose of spirits.  from simple syrups and infused spirits, to festive cocktails and sangria, this list provides you with the best homemade cocktails for you to enjoy from a flavor journal food blog!

A cocktail glass filled with a pomegranate cocktail and garnished with grapefruit and rosemary.

Sparkling Pomegranate Gin and Juice Cocktail

An Awesome Pomegranate Cocktail with Sparkling Wine! ‘Tis the season for cheers-ing, boozing, eating, and living your best life.  There are a few festive cocktails on the blog, but this one is the ultimate holiday cheer of cocktails.  There’s pomegranate juice (so it’s clearly healthy, too), gin (or vodka!), grapefruit juice, rosemary maple syrup, and sparkling […]

A fall sangria recipe with baked pears, baked apples, cinnamon, fresh citrus, apple brandy, orange liqueur, and ginger beer. Warm and comforting, it's the perfect white wine sangria for the cooler weather!

Baked Pear and Apple Sparkling Sangria

Your New Favorite Fall Sangria. This sparkling fall sangria is here just in time for the cooler weather.  It’s a step up from your typical fresh fruit sangrias, because the pears and apples are roasted.  It offers a warm, comforting note to the sangria, and it’s so delicious. When we lived in North Carolina, we […]

smash cocktail with blackberry and bourbon

blackberry bourbon smash

what is a blackberry bourbon smash? This drink is such a classic cocktail. A “smash” is comprised of seasonal fruits, mint, citrus, and a spirit of your choice.  If you’ve ever had a mint julep, which is basically just bourbon, sugar, and mint, the smash is like the julep’s close relative. But this drink has […]

serrano grapefruit margaritas :: a spicy twist on a grapefruit margarita

spicy serrano grapefruit margaritas

If you like heat in your drink, you’re going to love this serrano grapefruit margarita!  It combines spicy serranos, sweet simple syrup, tart grapefruit and lime juices, and sweet orange juice with blanco tequila.  It’s super easy to make, and incredibly (but spicily) refreshing.   are serrano peppers spicier than jalapenos? Yes.  Serranos are spicy … […]

The blackberry bramble is an easy gin cocktail with blackberry liqueur, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, and gin. Served in a short glass with crushed ice, then garnished with lemon and blackberry.

Blackberry Bramble Cocktail Recipe

The weather is a bit sketchy right now, but we are getting closer to warm weather any day now.  And what does warm weather call for?  Refreshing cocktails!  Like a blackberry bramble. 🙂 What is a blackberry bramble? A blackberry bramble is a cocktail made with gin, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, and Crème de […]

homemade blackberry liqueur

how to make homemade blackberry liqueur

an easy blackberry liqueur recipe I went into a deep dive of brunch recipe brainstorming a couple of months ago, and the blackberry bramble cocktail kept popping onto my radar.  There was just one problem:  it requires blackberry liqueur, and I definitely didn’t have any of that.  So rather than shelling out the cash on […]

fresh blackberries really make this skinny margarita even more delicious! skinny blackberry margaritas | a flavor journal food blog

skinny blackberry margarita

A Super Easy Skinny Blackberry Margarita Recipe! There’s not many cocktails I love more than margaritas.  They’re so refreshing, lower in calories if made fresh, and seriously delicious.  This skinny blackberry margarita is easy to make, and offers a kick of flavor on top of my basic skinny margarita! Always feel free to adjust any […]

this skinny margarita recipe is made with fresh citrus juice, agave nectar, tequila blanco or reposed, and served over ice. so easy, refreshing, and delicious! skinny margarita recipe | a flavor journal food blog

skinny margarita recipe

  The Best Homemade Skinny Margarita Recipe. Making a skinny margarita at home is incredibly quick, simple, and rewarding.  I’ve never been a fan of the pre-made mixes that most restaurants offer; they’re so sweet, sticky, and unsatisfying.  But this skinny margarita recipe is full of fresh citrus juice, light agave nectar, and (of course) […]

rye, holiday spiced syrup, and fresh citrus make this bright, spicy, delicious holiday old fashioned! holiday old fashioned | a flavor journal food blog

holiday old fashioneds

I can’t believe the holidays are HERE!  I feel like my mind is still stuck somewhere in mid-July, but my tan exited my life a solid two months ago.  Yesterday, while watching football at a local little dive bar, I saw a total of three Christmas commercials.  Obviously, it’s official.  We’re in the season, and there’s […]

fresh, local cucumber + mint from my urban garden make the BEST cucumber mojito! it's super easy, refreshing, and awesome for sipping outside. | cucumber mojito | a flavor journal food blog

cucumber mojito

Yes, I’m definitely still trying to get a few summer cocktails pushed out before the official “chill” sets in.  Thus, here’s a cucumber mojito for your end-of-summer cocktail party.  (If you need my address so you can send me an invite, just holla.) Last week, I went up the street to the little farmer’s market […]

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