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Mango Sunrise Margaritas

Mango Sunrise Margaritas ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #CincoDeMayo #Cocktail #recipe

This Mango Sunrise Margarita is a light, sparkly cocktail with fruity mango and a little tingle from club soda, lime, and the tiny hint of chipotle both on the rim and in the drink. The splash of grenadine adds a bit of sweet and a festive sunrise effect in the bottom of the glass. It’s […]


Spicy Mango Passionfruit Hurricane

Spicy Mango Passionfruit Hurricane ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #MardiGras #Cocktail #Recipe

This New Orleans favorite cocktail, the Hurricane, is perfect for Mardi Gras (or anytime you want a little fruity rum concoction) … I put my own little twist on it by using Old New Orleans Cajun Spice Rum and adding some mango juice and just a little pinch of cayenne pepper. I was looking around for passionfruit juice […]


Over 20 Sumptuous Valentine’s Day Recipes

Over 20 Sumptuous Valentine's Day Recipes ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls & Friends #Recipes

It’s almost Valentine’s Day … so what is the most wonderful, heartfelt thing you can do for your loved ones? Given that food has been a universal and very deep connection for people since the beginning of mankind, yes, cooking for your loved ones is one of the best gifts from the heart. Sharing food […]


Spicy Mango Dark & Stormy

Spicy Mango Dark & Stormy Cocktail ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #cocktail #recipe

A tropical twist on the classic Dark & Stormy, this lively cocktail intermingles the flavors of ginger, mango, spiced rum, and lime with a hint of mint. Gifts.com recently sent me a beautiful copper mug from their new customizable bar line. I promised I’d post a cocktail recipe (and I had something like this in mind at […]


Lavender Pear Bellini

Lavender Pear Bellini ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #festive #winter #cocktail #recipe

. A festive cocktail for the holidays and the New Year! Hello 2017. It’s January. Oh January! It’s always so cold this time of year that it seems all people want to do is stay inside and sleep. But where I grew up, January was also a time to party. We had many a good blizzard party […]


(Better than Starbucks) Iced Chai Latte

(Better than Starbucks) Iced Chai Latte ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #iced #chai #latte #recipe

The classic Indian form of spiced tea, chilled … this is a creamy iced chai latte with extra flavor from whole ginger, anise, cloves and cinnamon sticks, sweetened with honey and stevia and topped with light whipped cream, a sprinkle of nutmeg and a little drizzle of caramel. I decided that in my Indian cooking […]


Dirty Mai Tai Cocktail

Dirty Mai Tai Cocktail ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #tropical #rum #orange #pineapple #cocktail #recipe

Ages ago, when I was young and a bartender (at the time, being old enough to be a bartender felt “old”, LOL!), I loved to make cocktails for my friends. One of my favorites was the Mai Tai. I got the recipe from a Dole mini recipe booklet and I still have that little recipe […]


Honey Mango Rose Italian Cream Soda

Honey Mango Rose Italian Cream Soda ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Homemade #Tropical #Italian #Soda #Recipe

My daughter and I love to make Italian Cream Sodas in the summertime. We’ve dreamed up some pretty fantabulous flavors over the years … but we strive for at least one new flavor every year. This year’s idea was hers. The color of this delicious cream soda is subtle … not as vibrant as some […]


Hawaiian Mojito

Hawaiian Mojito ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #tropical #cocktail #recipe #coconut #lime

When I first made that fabulous coconut pineapple mixer to make my Hawaiian Fizz cocktail, I didn’t realize just how MUCH mixer it makes! I made drinks for everyone at my Hawaiian Luau cooking class, but still I had a lot left. I made Hawaiian fizzes for my yoga friends and still I had more. […]


Pineapple Mango Pina Colada

Pineapple Mango Pina Colada ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #creamy #tropical #cocktail #recipe

It’s National Pina Colada Day today! Since I still have some of that coconut pineapple mixer on hand from making the Hawaiian Fizz cocktails, I just HAD to celebrate with a good frosty frozen pina colada. It has been so many years since I had a pina colada, I forgot how much I love them … […]


Hawaiian Lava Flow Cocktail

Hawaiian Lava Flow Cocktail ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #frozen #tropical #Hawaiian #cocktail #recipe

My friend Melissa from ChinDeep turned me on to this cocktail. She messaged me on facebook and asked me if I’d tried it … so I googled it and found loads of images of beautiful tropical fruity cocktails. I was mesmerized … must. try. this. drink! I’m so glad I’ve made it to my weight […]


Hawaiian Fizz

Hawaiian Fizz ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #cocktail #mocktail #coconut #pineapple #drink #recipe

A cool, refreshing tropical fizzy beverage with the flavors of coconut, pineapple and a hint of lime. Make it a cocktail by adding a shot of coconut rum, or leave it non-alcoholic and let it be your kids’ favorite sipper this summer. While cruising the interwebs for luau recipes, I ran across a drink called a Hawaiian […]


Cherry Lime Mojitos

Cherry Lime Mojitos ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #mint #lime #cherry #rum #cocktail #recipe

My first sip of this cocktail was pure fizzy cherry lime heaven. Cherries, lime, and fresh mint come together with rum and club soda to make a delightful and refreshing spring cocktail. Do you love cherries? I soooo heart cherries. I have loved cherries since I was a child. When I was growing up, cherry pie […]


Frozen Banana Mango Margaritas

Frozen Banana Mango Margaritas ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #tropical #margarita #recipe

It was Mother’s Day weekend. My sister and I were heading up to Mom and Dad’s place to celebrate with Mom. I stopped at the greenhouse to get mom some new flowers to plant in her garden … and decided to bring along some margarita fixin’s, because my sis (like me!) loves a good margarita and […]


Rosemary Rhubarb Margarita

Rosemary Rhubarb Margaritas with Smoky Spicy Sweet Rim ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Mexican #margarita #rhubarb #cocktail #recipe

with a smoky sweet & spicy rim It’s 8 am on a Saturday morning and I’m posting a margarita recipe. If my friend Russ gets wind of this, I’ll never hear the end of it. I made these margaritas yesterday afternoon for a cooking class celebrating Cinco de Mayo (a little late, but it’s always […]


Frozen Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita

Frozen Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Mexican #cocktail #spicy #margarita #recipe

Green smoothie, meet cocktail. I’ve been dying to try cucumber jalapeno margaritas for a long time … or at least it seems like a long time. Perhaps it’s not really all that long. I mean what’s a couple years in the scheme of things? But they’ve intrigued me since the moment I heard of them. […]


Light Lavender Mint Lemonade

Light Lavender Mint Lemonade ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #skinny #refreshing #lemonade #recipe

My friend asked me one day if I’d ever had minted lemonade and she was surprised when I said I hadn’t. She went on and on and on about how good it is and told me I really MUST try it sometime. I know why I haven’t–lemonade is usually laden with sugar, so I usually […]


Holiday Apple Pomegranate Sangria

Holiday Apple Pomegranate Sangria ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #holiday #cocktail #wine #recipe

Sangria is an adult beverage I’ve come to appreciate more and more ever since my friend Ann at The Fountain Avenue Kitchen posted her recipe for classic Spanish sangria. Since then I’ve made many variations of Sangria, both white and red versions, each one with its own special twist. This year I wanted to make […]


Rosemary Plum Italian Cream Sodas

Rosemary Plum Italian Cream Sodas ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #homemade #Italian #soda #recipe

A creamy, bubbly, fruity homemade soda that is perfect for folks of any age. Children will go wild over these, adults can slip a little vodka or other alcohol of their choice in there. It’s a little colorful, swirly magic with a flavor that makes your taste buds sing. I know it’s October and it’s late […]


Honey Banana Apricot Yoghurt Smoothie

Honey Banana Apricot Yoghurt Smoothie ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #apricot #smoothie #recipe #noosayoghurt

My Saturday morning routine has been missing a good yoga class, so I went to a new yoga class Saturday morning. I’ve been wanting to go to this class for weeks, but just haven’t been in town … we’ve been so busy going places this summer! I am trying to really enjoy summer while it’s here this year, […]


Maple Cherry Italian Cream Sodas

Maple Cherry Italian Cream Sodas ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #summer #drink #recipe

Italian Cream Sodas have become a “thing” we do every summer for the past three years. My daughter just loves them … and we both love inventing new flavors and doing our annual cream soda photo shoot. With this marvelous maple cherry flavor, we got my son hooked too.  He loves the cherry flavor and, in fact, […]


Very Berry Ice Cream Float

Very Berry Ice Cream Float ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #icecream #float #recipe

July is National Ice Cream Month. Normally, I’m not a “drink my calories” kinda gal, but every once in a while, you gotta give in and have a summer treat, especially when we’re right in the middle of National Ice Cream Month and the temperatures outside are soaring. We’ve been very lucky this summer. Temperatures have […]


Strawberry Rhubarb Margarita

Strawberry Rhubarb Margarita ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #cocktail #recipe

There are lots of contrasting flavors in this margarita.  Strawberries, rhubarb, lime and tequila … it’s a match made in heaven, right? I just couldn’t help myself. After my daughter used up all the first batch of Strawberry Rhubarb Simple Syrup on her Italian cream sodas, I just HAD to make another batch so I […]


The Rhubarb Rose Cocktail

The Rhubarb Rose Cocktail ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls#rhubarb #strawberry #cream #cocktail #recipe

I don’t know what’s come over me … normally, I’m not much of a “cocktail” kinda gal. I pretty much stick to beer and wine–they are both predictable and consistent and leave you feeling about the same way after you drink them. No surprises. But this year, I don’t know why …  I just have […]

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