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White Sake Sangria

Wow this recipe sounds awesome!  I like sangria, I like sake, I like white sangria…Get the point? I found this recipe in the local newspaper and it’s for one of the great local sushi chains, RA Sushi. I would actually make it right now but I don’t have enough peach schnapps! We used it on our lychee martinis! So once I restock and get a sour mix I will test it out. Sounds like a wonderful spring/summer cocktail. And I sure could use a new cocktail these days. Since I haven’t been able to blog as much as before I am trying to do more on the weekends. RA Sushi has restaurants all over the country but we go to the one here in Florida, in Palm Beach Gardens. Check them out if you have one in your area and love sushi. They have great happy hour deals. Always love a bargain! And the sushi is fresh and delicious! But for now, just whip up a saké cocktail and relax…Monday is almost here.. 😦


4 ounces Sauvignon blanc

2 ounces sake

1 ounce peach schnapps

2 ounces orange juice

2 ounces pineapple juice

½ ounce Yuzu sour (or other sour mix)

Couple splashes soda

4 lime wedges

2 slices of lemon

2 slices of orange


1. In a cocktail shaker, squeeze in 2 lime wedges and lemon slices. Add the other ingredients and ice. Shake and pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lime and orange slices!

Makes 2 cocktails

Hurricane Cocktails

Yes I am doing a Hurricane cocktail today. In honor of all the crazy storms out there right now, especially “My Name Is Earl”. As of right now Earl is down to a Category 1 storm with winds only at 85mph. ONLY! Coming from NY we never really knew what hurricanes where for the most part. Sure I remember Gloria. But by the time it got to NY it was nothing like the ones I experienced living here in Florida. I was here 4 years before our first one in 2004. Hurricane Frances. Then 3 weeks later Hurricane Jeanne. Hurricane Wilma in 2005 was another one we got to know up close and personal. Let me just say I am glad I experienced it but don’t need to repeat again, ever. We got hit dead on for these, not just a brushing past us. It was not fun. So now when they talk about these storms and some people just don’t realize how severe they can be. Just ask Louisiana or any other Gulf state. So for all of you up north in the path, even though it’s a Cat.1 please take it seriously and prepare. You never know! If I had a dollar for all the times our weather people said, “Oh this has never happened before! Or This is highly unusual for a storm!” I would be rich. Honestly, you don’t know! So be safe everyone and have a cocktail. Stock up on ice and water! You don’t realize how much you need them both until you can’t get them!

So enjoy the cocktails. This recipe makes enough for 8! It is courtesy of  Rachael Ray. It will NOT be that bright red color that you usually have from a bar hurricane. That is pretty much all sugar and fruit punch. Yuck!! This will be a pretty orange/yellow color.


½ cup simple syrup

2 cups golden rum

2 cups passion fruit juice

2 cups orange juice (no pulp is better)

2 cups pineapple juice

½ cup orange liqueur, such as Grand Mariner

juice of 4 limes (about ½ cup)

Myers Rum

ice cubes

Bitters, such as Angostura (You can leave this out if you want)

8 fresh pineapple wedges for garnish


1. Fill a large pitcher or large punch bowl with ice cubes. Add the rum, passionfruit juice, orange juice, lime juice, pineapple juice and simple syrup and stir until chilled.

2. Strain the cocktail into glasses, top with a dash of bitters and garnish with a pineapple wedge. Put a little Myers Rum on top as a floater! Enjoy!

Italian Wedding Cake Martini

Yes it is finally Friday! Time to start the weekend! I apologize for not having a cocktail recipe last Friday but I am making up for it today. This is a simple 3 ingredient martini that is just bellisimo! Great way to kick off the weekend or any evening really. I have had an Italian Martini before but that has Amaretto in it. This one tastes just like a piece of cake! The calories may be just as much but that’s okay. So give it a try this weekend! I’ll be in Miami this weekend for the Goo Goo Dolls concert on Saturday night so I will be on the lookout for more cocktails to tell you all about as well as any new little snacks or restaurants. Don’t forget to keep checking my website too. I am adding new stuff every day. And if anyone has a request for a recipe, cocktail, restaurant recommendation or anything, just let me know here on the blog or the website at www.cucinadiandrea.com and I will make sure I do my best to accommodate you! Have a fantastic weekend all!

Photo is for illustrative purposes only!


2 ounces vanilla vodka

1 ounce White Creme de Cacao

splash of pineapple juice


Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Pour into chilled martini glass!

Makes 1 drink

Hawaiian Cosmo

Yesterday I posted a cookie recipe with Hawaiian undertones. So today’s cocktail will go nicely with those cookies! Who says you need to have cookies with milk! This cool cocktail can be served in any type of glass too, it doesn’t have to be in a martini glass! Garnish with fresh pineapple or strawberry to make it tropical!


4 ounces pineapple vodka (Van Gogh makes a good one)

1 ounce blue curaçao

Couple splashes pineapple juice

Couple splashes cranberry juice

Fresh fruit for garnish


Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into chilled glasses filled with ice.

Makes 2 drinks


Kanpai translates into an equivalent of the word “cheers” when making a toast. I actually thought it was spelled differently but who am I say it’s wrong. Either way I came across a cocktail by this name and it sounds so good I can’t wait to try it on my own. I just have to get a few of the ingredients and I’ll give my review of it once I make it. It is a peachy looking color and sounds so refreshing for a hot summer day. This recipe is supposedly from the high-end Japanese restaurant “Megu NYC”. I have never heard of it but then again I’m not on the élite list that dines in high-end Japanese restaurants in NYC! It has saké in it. Not a problem for me. And what makes it even more inviting to me is that it is a sparkling saké! My downfall. Love sparkling saké and of course it’s much higher in calories. Figures! This recipe of course calls for high-end sparkling saké. But I will be using the cheaper version. If anyone tries it before I do please let me know on this blog in a comment if you liked it or not! Sparkling saké is also a great saké for people who think they don’t like saké. It’s sweeter and not so harsh when you first drink it like so many house sakés are. Most people associate saké with the hot variety. I have found out that most of those hot sakés are the cheaper sakés and they need to heat it to make it taste better! I only use the hot saké for sake bombs now! Cold or room temperature all the way these days. I just texted John who is on his way home from New York and told him about this drink and he is ready to try it this weekend! So I will update everyone once we have a verdict!

P.S. I just looked up the restaurant Megu NYC and it seems to be a fave of the Twilight cast when in NYC. Oh boy!


5 raspberries, muddled

1 ounce Bacardi Lite

1 ounce pineapple juice

1-2 ounces sparkling saké (they usually come in small bottles for as little as $5 at most wine/liquor stores)


Put all ingredients except for the saké into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Top with the sparkling saké!

Makes 1 drink

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Hawaiian Island Smoothie

Alright so I’m posting a beverage that doesn’t have alcohol in it! It’s still really good and healthy and refreshing! You can always add some rum to this if you want but I like it for a quick filling drink during the day. It’s great on a hot summer day which we are now into down here in Florida! (Even though it is only early May!) The ingredients are all in your supermarket and should be easy to get so don’t hesitate! And if you want to make this when you can’t find one of the fruits, like maybe a mango, just buy frozen fruit! It’s just as good! This reminds me of our trip to Hawaii in 2008. It was incredible and the pineapples were so fresh and juicy! Aaahhh…..


½ cup mango, fresh or frozen

½ cup cantaloupe, fresh or frozen

1 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen

1 cup pineapple juice (or more to thin)


Place all ingredients in a blender and blend for 10 seconds or until smooth!

Makes 2 servings

Nutritional Info Per Serving: (These are approximate)


Fat: .6 grams

Sodium: 6.4 mg

Carbs: 33 grams

Fiber: 1.4 grams

Weight Watcher Points: 2

Pina Colada Delight

Who doesn’t like Piña Coladas? Nobody that I know! This recipe is a non-alcoholic version so it’s also kid friendly. I know my nieces love piña coladas so make lots to share!  Feel free to add some of your favorite rum to the mix though if you so choose! With the weather getting warmer there is nothing better than a frosty cold beverage to sip and  relax with! I make this using light ice cream and sugar-free syrups but again, feel free to go whole hog on it! Sit back and imagine you’re on a tropical beach or by the pool or on a cruise! (My fave!)

Pina Colada Delight


½ cup light vanilla ice cream

½ cup pineapple juice, cold

3 ounces sugar-free coconut syrup

2 tablespoons canned crushed pineapple in juice

2 cups crushed ice or 10-16 ice cubes


Place all ingredients into a blender. Blend on high-speed for about 30 seconds, until mixture is smooth and completely blended. Serve in a tall glass! Top with a piece of pineapple or cherry or fancy umbrella!

Makes 2 servings

** If you can’t find the sugar-free coconut syrup you can use the following: 3 ounces water, 1½ teaspoons coconut extract and 4-5 sugar-substitute packets.

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