Thirsty Thursday: Apple Cider Floats

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Well, well, well, this post wraps up a YEAR of Amanda and I doing Thirsty Thursday posts. We wanted to take things full circle and end the year that started it all… apple.

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I can’t believe it’s actually fall now. I’m so not ready for it this year, mainly because the faster time flies the faster this baby is here. We’re at the 2 months to go mark. 2 months! So while that is a teensy bit exciting/stressful I’m just going along with it every day. Every day the mornings are getting a bit cooler and crispier. Every day I long to go apple picking and to ultimately make tons of apple based recipes. Every day I long to get my hands on a bag of those delightful cinnamon and sugar coated apple cider donuts. No really, a bag. And I’m not sharing. Nope.

I swear you won’t want to share this Apple Cider Float either. It’s such a great way to enjoy fresh cider. Hello, ice cream on top!! It’s super simple with just a few ingredients so it takes, oh, .7 seconds to whip up and then you’re on your way to fall bliss.

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Amanda has made a Caramel Apple Cider, which I’m dying to try. Caramel Apples are just the best (sorry candied apples- meh!) so I would just L-O-V-E this. Ooo maybe get some hot fresh apple cider donuts from the farmer’s market too and… I have a problem.

Thank you for following along with the the past year’s Thirsty Thursday posts! Hope you enjoyed them like we did! xox

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Apple Cider Floats

Makes 2


  • 2 cups of apple cider
  • 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • whipped cream
  • cinnamon and nutmeg


  1. For each float, pour the cider into a glass, preferably a milkshake glass.
  2. Add the scoop of ice cream on top of the cider.
  3. Top with the whipped cream and sprinkle on a the cinnamon and nutmeg.

Thirsty Thursday: Caramel Apple Pie a la Mode Shot

Caramel Apple Pie a la Mode Shot

I have a love hate relationship with 3 day weekends & 4 day weeks. It’s great to have the extra day for the weekend but what it really means is that I still have 5 days of work to do in 4 days. See my issue here?

Well ,I’m living that love/hate situation right now.

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Which is why I really wish that I could have a massive glass of wine or this shot. As I was thinking of what shot to make for this week’s shot theme for Thirsty Thursday, I really focused on 1) what I would love to have now 2) the season 3) what I actually had at home since buying booze you can’t drink is DEPRESSING.

So this Caramel Apple Pie a la Mode Shot would be perfect for the fall. Or if you’re having a crazy week.

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Caramel Apple Pie a la Mode Shot

Makes 1


  • 1 1/2 ounces apple juice or cider
  • 1 ounce caramel vodka
  • 1 ounce whipped cream vodka


  1. Combine all of the liquids into a double shot glass (3 oz). Enjoy!

Thirsty Thursday: Bloody Maria

Bloody Maria

This week’s Thirsty Thursday theme is TEQUILA!!!! Clearly, Amanda picked it 🙂 Well, I don’t mind at all, well Price doesn’t mind since he gets to enjoy whatever I mix up. And after thinking of several drinks I ‘settled’ on a Bloody Maria since one of our favorite drinks is a Bloody Mary.

About 5 years ago, Price spent a semester living in a trailer on a Salvation Army camp in Biloxi, MS a year after Hurricane Katrina helping design and rebuild homes. Since I was still up in Boston in school and he was in Biloxi we decided to meet up in New Orleans the one chance we had to see each other for his birthday in September. Well, it was such a great weekend together drinking Hurricanes on Bourbon Street, eating beignets, and enjoying the best Bloody Mary’s ever. EVER.

Price took the bus to NOLA a few more times for some weekends away from that lovely trailer next to the railroad tracks… seriously. Well, during his visits to New Orleans he would basically set up shop at The Old Absinthe House and drinks Bloody Mary’s from Dawn the bartender. Hands down the best Bloody Mary’s we have ever had so we constantly try to recreate them from the recipe that he got out of her.

In this case I made some adaptations from our favorite recipe to best go with a kick that comes from tequila. A spicy tomato juice base, some bite from the Dijon, and a spicy rim all do wonders for this Bloody Maria!

Amanda recently really hurt her finger so she soothed the pain with a few of these Guanabana Margaritas. I think it was a smart move… hold an icy glass filled up with a fruity margarita. Good strategy. Plus Guanabana sounds so interesting and yummy. Gotta try it!

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Bloody Maria

Makes 2


  • 4 ounces of tequila
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon dill pickle juice
  • 3 dashes of Worcestershire Sauce
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 16 ounces of spicy tomato juice
  • 1 cup of crushed ice, divided

Rim Seasoning

  • Equal parts of black pepper, garlic salt, celery salt, chili powder.


  • 2 celery spears
  • 2 dill pickle spears
  • 2 lemon wedges


  1. Mix together all of the ingredients for the rim seasoning in a bowl, set aside.
  2. Combine the tequila, mustard, pickle juice, Worcestershire Sauce, and lemon juice, mix well.
  3. Take the lemon wedge and run it around the rim of the glass. Flip the glass over dipping it into rim seasoning.
  4. Pour in half of the ice, tomato juice, and tequila mixture into the rimmed glass. Stir to mix. Garnish with the celery, pickle, and lemon wedge.

Thirsty Thursday: S’mores Milkshake

S'mores Milkshake
So there is an ice cream truck that has been taunting me every night since it drives right down our block. It alternates between playing “pop goes the weasel” and “la cucaracha”. We live in a Hispanic area so the later song selection makes sense.

Anyway, I’ve been good about resisting running outside with a handful of ones to get an eclair popsicle, my favorite. One super hot day I will break down and flag him down for a sweet treat.

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I’ve done well with resisting the jingle as it breezes around our neighborhood but not so well with resisting checking out a million and a half ice cream, popsicle, and milkshake recipes.

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Oh man, maybe it’s was last weekends heat wave that got me so interested in all things frozen but I can’t stop thinking about enjoying a something chilly while sitting on our front steps as the sun sinks down.

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Since it’s the start of summer Amanda and I are so ready for some slurp-able milkshakes. We each dove right into cartons of chocolate ice cream and made some awesome milkshakes for our loved ones. Pricer loved the S’mores Milkshake that I made and Amanda’s boys enjoyed rich Chocolate Malted Milkshakes. My dad would seriously love those Chocolate Malted Milkshakes. He loves malted milkballs. 🙂

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The rest of this month’s Thirsty Thursday’s recipes are all centered around the great milkshake so stay tuned for some delicious, ice cream creations.

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S’mores Milkshake

Makes 2 milkshakes


  • 2 cups of chocolate ice cream
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup marshmallow Fluff
  • 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • Garnish: a graham cracker, a spoonful pf Fluff, and some chocolate syrup for each


  1. Combine the Fluff, graham cracker crumbs, ice cream, and milk (that order is suggested) in a blender. Blend until well combined. 
  2. Divide among 2 glasses and garnish, optional.


If you love s’mores as much as I go then you should check out all these recipes from our blogs as well:

Thirsty Thursday: Cucumber, Mint, and Basil Soda

Cucumber Mint and Basil Soda

Amanda, mom of 3 super cute boys, picked this week’s Thirsty Thursday theme for us… Mother’s Day! And just like that it reminded me that Mother’s Day is this upcoming Sunday. It’s like Easter in that it moves around, so I loose track of it.

Unfortunately I won’t get to spend this Mother’s Day with my mom. However, I am looking forward to a nice day starting with a great breakfast at home. I’m still trying to nail down what I will be making but I did have a lot of fun browsing different Mother’s Day Brunch Menus. I really just love that Mother’s Day and Brunch go hand in hand. 🙂

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One such menu I came across had these great sounding Cucumber, Mint, and Basil Soda from a restaurant called Spur in Seattle. It just sounded so good! And guess what… it was!! It was refreshing and tasted so nice from the infused simple syrup. It reminded me of spa water.

I took the non-alcoholic route for this week’s theme so the kiddos or mom’s-to-be could enjoy something on Mother’s Day. So that means that Amanda made us some Mimosas!!! I just love them so very much. So refreshing and perfect for a nice brunch with mom.

Cucumber, Mint, and Basil Soda

Makes 12 servings


  • 1 1/2 cups Simple Syrup
  • 1/2 large cucumber (about 8 oz.), thinly sliced crosswise, plus 12 slices for garnish
  • 24 fresh mint leaves, plus 12 sprigs for garnish
  • 12 fresh basil leaves
  • 6 cups soda water, divided


  1. In a small saucepan, bring the 1 1/2 cups simple syrup to a boil. Remove the pan from heat and add the cucumber slices (reserving 12 for garnish), mint leaves, and the basil. Cover and let steep for 30 minutes. Strain cucumber-herb syrup into a jar, pressing on solids in strainer.
  2. Fill a 12-oz. glass with ice cubes. Add 2 Tablespoons syrup and top with soda water (about 1/2 cup). Stir to combine.
  3. Garnish with the cucumber slice and sprig of mint. Repeat to make 11 more sodas.

Source: Spur Restaurant, via Bon Appetit