Guest Bartender Makes: A LIGHT IRISH CREAM

low calorie irish cream recipe

I love a good creamy cocktail, but am not a huge fan of all of the calories that come with it. Thankfully, my long-time blogger friend, Danielle Thompson of Kitschy Digitals, is here to share a low cal Irish cream recipe with us! Here’s what she has to say about the drink:

Around the holidays last year, I was wanting to make sure that I could splurge on sweets (since I have a major sweet tooth!), but not overdo it. I also knew I’d be drinking lots of cocktails around this time (drink and be Merry, right?) and I knew those would be a lot of extra empty calories. So I opted for a low-fat, low-calorie version of my drink of choice, Irish Cream (adapted from this recipe) – and believe it or not, it is heavenly! I still love drinking it now, even after the holidays, and with St. Patrick’s Day coming up soon, it fits the theme.

low fat irish cream recipe

low fat irish cream recipe

  • 1 clean empty bottle with a secure lid to store your Irish Cream in the refrigerator
  • 1 1/3 cup Irish Whiskey (I used Bourbon because that is what we had around the house. If you want to be a purist, by all means, use Irish Whiskey! You can read an interesting post on the difference between Bourbon and Irish Whiskey here if interested.)
  • 1 Cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk
  • 2 tbs Sugar-Free Chocolate Syrup
  • 1 – 14 oz can Fat Free sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp instant coffee
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract

low calorie irish cream recipe

Just mix them all together on high speed in a blender! Super easy. Once it’s thoroughly mixed, pour over ice.

To make the candy garnishes, you will need:

  • Four Leaf Clover Chocolate Mold (I bought mine locally in Atlanta here but you can also find them on their website)
  • Green or Mint Colored Melting Wafers
  • (Optional) Edible Green Pearl Dust to give it a shimmery look (I used this)
  • (Optional) Paint Brush

Put your melting wafers in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for a minute and then take out your bowl and mix your chocolates with a spoon. Keep heating the wafers in 20 second intervals and stirring in between. Once they are thoroughly melted, spoon a small amount of chocolate into each clover in your mold. Once they’re filled, lightly tap the mold on a counter top to remove any air bubbles and to even out the chocolate. Carefully set your filled mold in the freezer for 10 minutes. Pull them out and tap on the back of your chocolate mold to release the four-leaf-clovers. You can leave them as-is, or brush on your Green Pearl Dust, making sure to get into the crevices of the clover with your paint brush. Serve them with your Irish Cream, or add one to your drink as a garnish!

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Guest Bartender Makes: AN OLD FASHIONED

This week I’ve invited Maria Confer, of Hickory and Juniper, to share her favorite winter cocktail with us. I first “met” Maria when she was fashion blogging at Lulu Letty, and was struck by her ability to make vintage fashion relevant and fresh. Now I know she’s more than just a pretty face in a lovely dress- she’s a sweetheart and a creative homemaker too. When you head to her blog, check out what’s she’s done with her new small bungalow! But first, here’s what Maria has to say about her cocktail of choice:

I really got into classic drinks about eight years ago which just so happened to be around the same time that my husband, Cole, and I fell in love with movies like The Philadelphia Story (the Hepburn version, of course) and The Thin Man series. We would drink endless G&T’s, gin martinis, sidecars and old fashioneds. There’s no other drink that I love more in the winter than a classic old fashioned. Okay, maybe it’s a tie with a hot toddy, but when it comes to a whiskey cocktail, I avoid the popular Manhattan in favor of its lesser known cousin. My husband prefers bourbon and I like rye best, but whichever you choose you won’t be disappointed.

  • An old fashioned glass
  • Ice
  • Sugar cube
  • Bitters
  • Teaspoon of water
  • 2 oz of Bourbon or Rye Whiskey
  • Maraschino cherry
  • Orange slice

Place a single sugar cube in your glass. Drop three dashes of bitters on top of the cube. Add a teaspoon of water and crush your sugar. Twirl the mixture around in the glass to coat the sides. Add two ice cubes and pour the 2 ounces of the Bourbon or Rye Whiskey of your liking. Garnish with an orange slice and maraschino cherry.

Thanks, Maria!

Guest Bartender Makes: A HOLIDAY COSMO

Today Elizabeth has a very special holiday cosmo to share with us! And I can’t wait to try it. Here’s what she has to say about the drink:

I recently stopped in at 1022 South, one of Tacoma’s gems (an absolutely incredible cocktail bar/apothecary) and ordered their holiday cosmopolitan, which absolutely blew my mind. It was such a perfect combination of the classic holiday flavors of ginger and cranberry. So for this recipe, I set out to attempt my own version of their delicious cosmo with a similar holiday twist on the standard recipe! This would be a perfectly festive drink to serve at a holiday party. I think my favorite touch is the star anise garnish, which adds an extra bit of flavor, and looks pretty cute floating around in your drink!

Elizabeth is a friend I met through blogging- I love finding kindred spirits through this blog, even though we may never meet in person! She lives far away from me in the Pacific Northwest and blogs about fashion and life at Delightfully Tacky. We both were members of The Delightful Dozen for a bit, and worked with Freckled Nest as blog designers. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us, Elizabeth!

  • A cocktail shaker
  • Ice
  • Cocktail glasses (appx 8 oz)
  • 1.5 oz Vodka
  • 2.5 oz Cranberry Juice (preferably just cranberry juice, not juice cocktail. Elizabeth used R.W. Knudsen Just Cranberry)
  • 1/4 oz Triple Sec
  • 1/4 oz lime juice (freshly squeezed or otherwise)
  • 1 1/3 oz ginger liqueur (make your own, or use Domaine de Canton)
  • Star anise

Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, fill with ice, and shake until it’s almost too cold to hold (appx 30 seconds).  Strain into a cocktail glass and toss a star anise in there to garnish (it adds some awesome flavor as well)!  Makes one 8oz drink. Be sure to check out Elizabeth’s blog post about how to make your own ginger liqueur!