Beverages. They’re so hot right now.

This month’s Recipe Redux is all about the growing drink trend that we’re seeing emerge on Pinterest and magazines everywhere. Whether it’s a trendy green smoothie, a decadent cocktail, or a hip hot beverage, drinks be everywhere. Drinks be everywhere on my blog too – remember the chocolate cherry frosty or the blueberry basil lemonade fizz (my first ever recipe redux post)?

My inspiration was brunch happy hour. Last Sunday, Steve made eggs and deliciously spiced home fries while I played resident mixologist. Now, that’s what I call teamwork! I decided to makeover the traditional champagne cocktail that calls for sugar cubes and sweeten with juice of the winter citrus that I can’t get enough of this year. This was the BEST way to celebrate four years of blogging!


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Mandarin Champagne Cocktail

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  • Yield: Serves two


  • 1.5oz vodka
  • 4oz mandarin juice (juice from 2 mandarins)
  • 6oz prosecco


  1. In a cocktail shaker, add vodka, mandarin juice and ice and shake until combined. Divide evenly between two cocktail glasses and top off each glass with prosecco.


Cheers, friends!

Also, let’s give it up for the winner of the California Almond’s #lifehack pack – Ayla Withee of Eat Simply! Congrats, Ayla. Can’t wait to see what nutty creations you come up with.

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  1. Oh I saw these on instagram and thought that orange twirl was so gorgeous! Plus, my sister is dating an Italian guy and now she talks ALL THE TIME about prosecco…she’d be thrilled with this drink!!

  2. Oh how I love champagne mixed with, well, almost anything! I must try to make more cocktails at home…

  3. Nina Mills

    Well I just want to know how you got those mandarin curls. Such a simple but pretty garnish.

  4. This looks so refreshing. I can’t wait to try it!

  5. Looks delicious!

    xoxo Sarah Grace, Fresh Fit N Healthy.

  6. If I had a signature drink, this very well may be it. There’s almost always a bottle of Prosecco chilling in our fridge – love the mandarin twist vs. just regular oj. Cheers!

  7. tell Steve to make me spicy homefries stat. (and i’ll take one of these too please)

  8. Gorgeous! Love the mandarin spin. Need to try for an upcoming brunch.