Yum Peaceful Cooking: Winter Blush and an Uncommon Goods Giveaway

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Winter Blush and an Uncommon Goods Giveaway

I have a little something, and then some, to add to your Holiday Cheer!!

I'm giving away a 
$50 Gift Certificate to 

and I have a great little cocktail recipe for you as well.

You see that pink marble looking glass in the above photo?

No, it's not a candle holder.

No, it's not marble.

It's a shot glass. And it's been carved out of Himalayan Salt! I don't know about you, but I think that's ingenious! And yes...when you take a shot, you taste the salt.

This little gem (it's one of four gems. I mean, honestly, who wants to take a shot by themselves?) was a gift from Uncommon Goods. I'm really looking forward to using these for the holidays, especially the New Year. Cheers!!!

Actually, they have a lot of great gifts and items to brighten up your holidays. If shot glasses aren't your thing, don't worry, you can choose from an incredible variety of items from gifts for 'her' to gifts for 'him', household items, stuff for kids, your office...decor and accessories for your bar. Seriously, their products are very unique and fun. 

But when I saw these shot glasses, they spoke to me. Rather loudly. You could almost say they were screaming my name! 

Almost as loudly as this beautiful cocktail.

Winter Blush
makes 6 cocktails

1 1/2 cups cranberry juice
1/2 cup ruby red grapefruit juice
1/2 cup silver tequila
1/2 cup orange liqueur
1/2 simple syrup (equal amounts of sugar and water heated to a boil, stirred until sugar dissolves)
Sprite to top off served cocktails
Candies cranberries (recipe to follow) to garnish
Orange slices to garnish

Combine the cranberry juice, grapefruit juice, tequila, orange liqueur and simple syrup. When ready to serve, pour some in a shaker filled with ice, shake until chilled and strain into a glass. Top off with Sprite and garnish.

Refreshing, sweet and a little tartness that's controlled by the Sprite. And dangerous. You can't taste the alcohol much so you better watch it. 

As for the candied cranberries...so beautiful and so easy to make:

1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water, boiled while stirring until sugar dissolves. (this is simple syrup). Poor hot simple syrup over a cup or two of cranberries. Cover and refrigerate a few hours or over night. Strain the simple syrup out (save for using in a cocktail or other recipe). Roll the berries in fine sugar (also known as bakers sugar)

Allow to dry and use as desired.

Don't forget to enter for your chance to win the $50 Gift Certificate below! 

Good Luck and Happy Holidays

I was not compensated for this post, however Uncommon Goods supplied me with the Himalayan Salt Shot Glass.  They are also supplying the gift certificate for the giveaway.  All opinions are my own.


  1. Those shot glasses are totally something that would have caught my eye also. Genius idea!

  2. I would love to get one of these for my husband--http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/stone-drink-dispenser

    Entered the rafflecopter as “Wild orchid”

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  3. Ummmm...what WOULDN'T I buy!? I have a list a mile long of things that I want from Uncommon Goods. I might start with a homemade gin kit (or whiskey)...or maybe a set of these awesome shot glasses for myself!

    I could use one of these tasty cocktails, as well...

  4. I would totally order those shot glasses for tequila. Very unique.

  5. Love the whiskey stone gift set!
    lyndadawinda1074 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  6. I'd get the slate cheeseboard with soapstone chalk.

  7. I've been eyeing the "unzipped" glass cnady dish that looks like a plastic baggie. I love it, but haven't been able to justify buying it for myself....yet!

  8. I like the neighborwoods map coasters!

  9. I would get the gnome be gones.

  10. I'd get the paint by numbers bib!

  11. I want to get the Deluxe Scratch Map :)

  12. I love this site. I just placed an order earlier today for some great stocking stuffers! Love your site too. Thank you!

  13. I would get the Teeter Tower for my daughter

  14. I'd get the periodic table building blocks for my little girl.

  15. Those shot glasses are amazingly cool!!!!

  16. I love Uncommon Goods! They always have such clever products.
    -The Chilly Dog

  17. I like the Worth the Wait babysuit and the Blank Canvas bib. They're so funny and cute!


  18. I would buy the shark socks and slippers

  19. Ohhh...I see so many things I want! Love this cocktail, too. :)

  20. Shot glasses are too cool!! Drink sounds yummy.

  21. I love those sea salt shot glasses!! I could spend hours browsing through their site!!!!

  22. Love your photos. I see so many things I would love to gift OR get myself. :) Thanks!
    -Angie K.

  23. Love uncommon goods - I would buy the wine sack!

    arifamily at comcast dot net

  24. I would buy my husband some random fun things for Christmas presents!!

  25. I love the glass unzipped baggie! Ddebra33 at gmail dot com

  26. I would buy this http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/what-i-love-about-you-by-me-book for my mother :)

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