Geeky Cocktail | Magical Girl

Hello lovelies, welcome to 2016! Who else is excited for what the year has to offer?

I’m starting this blog of with a sparkle with a magical girl cocktail as part of my nerdy drinks column!

Kyla Is Inspired | Magical Girl Cocktail

A friend of mine got me this gorgeous viniq liquor, and it legitimately sparkles. I’ve never seen it before in any store and was happy to learn it’s pretty affordable (because I’m definitely going to keep this in stock on my bar cart…) It was practically begging me to come up with a magical girl recipe.

Kyla Is Inspired | Magical Girl Cocktail

You will need:
  • 4 shots of viniq
  • 4 shots of cranberry juice
  • 1.5 cups of prosecco
  • 1 meyer lemon
  • Mix viniq, cranberry juice, and prosecco in a champagne glass
  • Add a splash of lemon juice and garnish with a lemon peel
  • Enjoy!

Super easy, fruity, sparkly, and delicious!

Kyla Is Inspired | Magical Girl Cocktail

Kyla Is Inspired | Magical Girl Cocktail

Of course I brought out my Madoka Magica babies to do this shoot with me. I definitely recommend this recipe for parties or a pick-me-up…because honestly, who doesn’t want to feel like a magical girl?

Let me know if you have any magical girl recipes you want to share, or if you try this one. It’s just so much fun!


Drink Recipe | Bioshock Salted Margarita

Today I thought I’d share something I haven’t done in a while…share a drink recipe! And not only is this just a drink recipe, it’s inspired by the game Bioshock Infinite.

Kyla Is Inspired | Bioshock Salted Margarita

Kyla Is Inspired | Bioshock Salted Margarita

You will need:
  • 4 shots of white tequila (we like Camarena)
  • 1.5 shots of triple sec
  • 1/2 shot blue curaçao
  • 1 cup limeade (we prefer this over sugary margarita mix, but use what you prefer!)
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • Salt for rims
  • Use lime juice to wet the rim of the glasses, and dip into salt
  • Add tequila, triple sec,  curaçao, limeade, lime juice to a shaker and mix well.
  • Serve over 1 large ice cube
  • Enjoy!

Kyla Is Inspired | Bioshock Salted Margarita
Kyla Is Inspired | Bioshock Salted Margarita

I’m thinking of making this into a series, Nerdy Cocktails, but I’m not sure how often I’d be able to update. Would you be interested in that series?
If you end up making this, I’d love to see your photos!


Drinks | Honey-Lemon Whisky Fizz

Now that it’s February, I wanted to share with you a delicious drink recipe that’s refreshing and perfect for Valentine’s day…honey-lemon whisky fizz! I love honey whisky, and wanted to create a drink that’s light and refreshing. If you are familiar with a Gold Rush, this drink is in the same family.

Honey-Lemon Whisky Fizz Cocktail
Honey-Lemon Whisky Fizz Cocktail

You will need:

  • 2 shots of Honey whisky
  • Juice from 2 lemons
  • 1 Cup lemon seltzer
  • Strawberries

To make, shake the lemon juice and whisky together with a handful of ice cubes. Pour over the seltzer. Stir together & add a few pieces of fresh strawberries to the glass. And that’s it!

I hope you guys enjoy this cocktail…I’d love to know if you make it!
What’s your favorite drink for Valentine’s day?


Recipe | Peach Margaritas

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So this weekend I was able to go peach picking with some of my friends, and despite the hot, humid weather, we were able to make some pretty kick-butt margaritas :) My friend Karyn just recently moved into a new house, so we took the photos there. and hung out with her adorable 6-month-old and italian greyhound pups. Thanks for the help with the photos, Anthony & Sam!

You will need:

  • 5 ripe peaches
  • 1 1/3 cup Souza blue
  • 2/3 cup peach schnapps
  • 3 cup crushed ice
  • 1/3 cup sugar

All you need to do is peel & mash up the peaches, add all ingredients to blender and mix to your desired consistency (I like mine to still have good sized chunks of peaches). And bam, perfect peach margaritas :)


Recipe | White Bean Dip

I don’t normally share recipes on my blog that I create, but I really do love to cook! My problem is I always get too hungry and forget to photograph whatever I’m making. However, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite snack foods, white bean dip with corn tortillas. My friend gave me this recipe last year and it’s a go-to for entertaining. The corn tortillas can be substituted for flour tortillas, but I am trying to cut as much gluten out of my diet as possible, so I’m going with corn. This is a super-simple recipe, yet is packed with flavor. I dare you not to enjoy it!

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Ingredients for dip & tortillas:

  • 2 cans of cannellini beans
  • 1/3 cup olive oil (DOUBLE CHECK)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • Pinch of salt
  • Fresh parsley
  • 4 Corn tortillas
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

Directions for dip

  1. Drain white beans completely
  2. Chop up garlic into small pieces
  3. Place beans, olive oil, salt, pepper, and cayenne into blender and mix until slightly coarse in texture
  4. Transfer dip into bowl
  5. Add some fresh parsley on top for decoration

Directions for tortilla chips

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Cut tortillas into triangle shapes
  3. Cover a baking sheet in aluminum foil and arrange tortillas in a single layer
  4. Drizzle with olive oil
  5. Sprinkle each tortilla chip with salt, pepper and cayenne
  6. Bake chips for about 5-7 minutes, or until the edges begin to get crispy

kyla is inspired | white bean dip & corn tortilla chips

Then serve & enjoy! :)

Looking for a party idea? Why not host a ladies’ poker night? Ever since going to Foxwoods for the first time last year, I have really enjoyed gambling and table games. (some of my favorite other snack options include guacamole & gluten-free chocolate cookies. These would also be an ideal snack to serve during the game. Personally, I think this is the perfect snack to make if you’re having a party. It’s light, refreshing, and seems to please most people. A fun break while playing!

kyla is inspired | white bean dip & corn tortilla chips

Not into poker? No problem! This delicious dip can be served almost anywhere, for whatever kind of party you’re hosting! I do recommend hosting a ladies’ poker night though – think Desperate Housewives ;)

What are your favorite snack ideas to serve at a weekend party?

This post is in collaboration with Poker Listings.