This Sip of Spring Elderflower Old-Fashioned is the perfect spring cocktail for brunch, lunch or dinner! #oldfashionedrecipes #bourbonrecipes #eastercocktails

Sip of Spring Elderflower Old-Fashioned Recipe

Fresh and fragrant elderflower liqueur gives this traditional bourbon cocktail a spring-like twist. It’s the perfect brunch, lunch or dinner drink to serve as the days get longer and temperatures get warmer.

This Sip of Spring Elderflower Old-Fashioned is the perfect spring cocktail for brunch, lunch or dinner! #oldfashionedrecipes #bourbonrecipes #eastercocktails

Please forgive me, because I just can’t seem to step away from tasty and creative cocktail world. If you’re already reading this post, I’m guessing you don’t mind. I just couldn’t resist sharing one more fun and festive cocktail before Easter because, if you’re a fan of bourbon, you’re going to want to add this Sip of Spring Elderflower Old-Fashioned Recipe to your Sunday menu.

It’s no secret that Old-Fashioned’s are one of my favorite types of cocktails, if the Drinks section of my website is any indication. In fact, I love the fact that I already seem to have an Old-Fashioned recipe for every season.

For the fall/winter months, I love me a good Maple Apple Old-Fashioned. It just feels so warm and cozy and the flavors are just what you want to experience when you’re cozied up inside next to the fire.

For the hot summer months, I’m all about the Twisted Whiskey Kind of Afternoon, a twist on the old-fashioned which features zesty grapefruit and Aperol.

Come spring, it’s going to be hard to choose between this Sip of Spring Elderflower Old-Fashioned and my OG Rhubarb Old-Fashioned. So many choices, so little time!

So, before we get into what makes THIS particular old-fashioned recipe one for the books, let’s get into what is typically included in this classic bourbon cocktail.

This Sip of Spring Elderflower Old-Fashioned puts a tasty spring twist on the classic bourbon cocktail. #oldfashionedrecipes #bourbonrecipes #easterrecipes

Just your typical Old-Fashioned…

A typical Old-Fashioned recipe includes the following ingredients:

Sugar cube

Bitters

Bourbon or rye

Orange peel

It’s really quite amazing how these few ingredients come together to make one damn delicious drink, but it’s also fun to get creative!

This Sip of Spring Elderflower Old-Fashioned puts a tasty spring twist on the classic bourbon cocktail. #oldfashionedrecipes #bourbonrecipes #easterrecipes

How to Mix It Up

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good classic cocktail, but man would this blog be boring if I didn’t mix it up every once in a while. I’ve already mentioned above some other fun ways I’ve reinvented this classic, but let’s get to the real reason we’re here today…my Sip of Spring Elderflower Old-Fashioned!

The great thing about embellishing something that’s already (1) simple to make and (2) tastes fantastic is that you can’t really go wrong. Here, we simply use already fairly sweet elderflower liqueur in lieu of the sugar cube and it’s a win-win: no extra sweetness than you’d already have with your classic Old-Fashioned, and a faint floral taste that plays off the orange peel beautifully.

I love that you don’t need any special tools to make this one-of-a-kind drink. A glass, a rock (I love these ice molds! *affiliate link*), and a stirring spoon will get you right where you need to be: relaxing on the porch or in the garden with a delicious Elderflower Old-Fashioned in hand!

This Sip of Spring Elderflower Old-Fashioned puts a tasty spring twist on the classic bourbon cocktail. #oldfashionedrecipes #bourbonrecipes #easterrecipes

Sip of Spring Elderflower Old-Fashioned Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
 

Fresh and fragrant elderflower liqueur gives this traditional bourbon cocktail a spring-like twist. It’s the perfect brunch, lunch or dinner drink to serve as the days get longer and temperatures get warmer.

Course: Drinks
Keyword: bourbon, cocktails, drinks, Easter, rye, spring, whiskey
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 253 kcal
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 1 ounce elderflower liqueur (I use St. Germain's)
  • 2 dashes angostura bitters
  • 2 ounces rye or bourbon
  • Orange twist*
Instructions
  1. Place one large ice cube in a chilled old-fashioned glass.

  2. Add elderflower liqueur and bitters.

  3. Pour in rye or bourbon.

  4. Slide orange twist down the side of the glass (on the inside), stir lightly and serve!

Recipe Notes

*To make an orange twist, use a vegetable or citrus peeler to peel about a 2- to 3-inch piece of orange peel.

To-Die-For Candied Bacon Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs get a tasty upgrade with the addition of sweet-and-spicy candied bacon. They’re the perfect appetizer to bring to Easter or your next potluck brunch and are sure to be a hit!

These Candied Bacon Deviled Eggs are the perfect appetizer for your next brunch or Easter get-together. | CaliGirlCooking.com

If you’re a fan of deviled eggs, you better fasten your seatbelt, because the classic springtime brunch appetizer just got a whole lot better. Yep, I’ve gone ahead and taken deviled eggs and upped the ante by sprinkling on the most delicious candied bacon, giving them the perfect hint of sweet, spicy AND crunchy. Let’s be honest, bacon makes everything better!

Deviled eggs are one of those dishes that can be a bit intimidating to make, but really shouldn’t be. Once you get the technique down, you’ll most definitely want to be serving these for more than just your annual Easter brunch.

These Candied Bacon Deviled Eggs are the perfect appetizer for your next brunch or Easter get-together. | CaliGirlCooking.com

So, how’s it done?

The first, and perhaps most intimidating, step is hard boiling your eggs. There are lots of different techniques out there, from using a steamer to breaking out the ever-so-popular Instant Pot, but I prefer to stick to the good old-fashioned way of boiling them in water.  It’s pretty darn foolproof and, after all, aren’t they called “hard-boiled eggs”? I’ve included my easy-peasy technique in the recipe directions below. You’ll never be intimidated to hard-boil eggs again!

While you’re waiting for your eggs to cool down (that ice water bath is so crucial for easy peeling), you can whip up the candied bacon, which couldn’t be easier. All it takes is two ingredients and another foolproof cooking method to take our favorite breakfast treat from standard fare to sweet-and-spicy candied treat. Even though you’ll only need three slices of the bacon for the eggs, in the recipe I’ve included amounts for a dozen slices (an entire standard pack of bacon) so you’ll have plenty to snack on on the side. You can thank me later!

Once the bacon is done and cooling, the next step is to make the filling. I’ve stuck to a VERY basic filling recipe (thanks, Mom!) but it’s for a reason, I promise. We want that sweet-and-spicy candied bacon to really shine through!

Now that the different components are all prepared, you’re ready to compose your deviled eggs. I prefer to use a piping bag for the filling, but you can also easily use a Ziploc with the tip cut off or even a spoon. There are no hard and fast rules about this.

Once you’re done with the filling, all that’s left to do is sprinkle on that oh-so-tasty candied bacon. See? I told you it was easy!

These Candied Bacon Deviled Eggs are the perfect appetizer for your next brunch or Easter get-together. | CaliGirlCooking.com

Now what??

Well, I’m not going to sugar coat it (hehe, pun intended), but you’re probably not going to be able to wait until whatever function you’re bringing these to to give them a shot. So give them a taste (you might need to eat two so as not to give your taste test away with an odd number of eggs when you get to the function), and then artfully arrange them so it’s not obvious. These do keep for a while in the refrigerator, but I encourage consuming them within one to two days for that candied bacon to really pop. If you’re transporting them, be sure to keep them tightly packed in a single layer so they don’t roll around or flip over.

These Candied Bacon Deviled Eggs are the perfect appetizer for your next brunch or Easter get-together. | CaliGirlCooking.com

Well, what are you waiting for?? Hop to it and make some Candied Bacon Deviled Eggs ASAP!

To-Die-For Candied Bacon Deviled Eggs
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

Deviled eggs get a tasty upgrade with the addition of sweet-and-spicy candied bacon. They’re the perfect appetizer to bring to Easter or your next potluck brunch and are sure to be a hit!

Course: Appetizer
Keyword: appetizer, bacon, brunch, Easter, eggs, hors d'oeuvres
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 138 kcal
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 12 eggs
  • 12 slices bacon
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Chopped chives, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Place eggs in a large saucepan and fill saucepan with water until it comes to about an inch over the eggs. Place on a burner over high heat and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat, cover saucepan and let sit for 10 minutes. Once the timer goes off, transfer the eggs to an ice bath until they are cool to the touch. 

  2. Place bacon on a baking rack over a sheet pan. In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar and cayenne with a fork. Sprinkle half of the mixture over the bacon, reserving the rest for later. Place bacon in oven, then turn oven on to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Set a timer for 12 minutes (the preheating time is considered part of the cooking time here.)

  3. After the 12 minutes is up, remove the bacon and, using tongs, flip it over. Sprinkle the reserved brown sugar-cayenne mixture over the second side and return to the oven for 8-10 minutes, or until the bacon looks done and fairly crisp. Remove and let cool on the rack, turning off the oven. 

  4. Peel your eggs and slice them in half vertically. Carefully scoop out the yolks and add them to a small mixing bowl. Next, add the vinegar, mayonnaise, relish, salt and pepper to the mixing bowl. Mash all of the ingredients together with a fork, until there are no large chunks remaining. 

  5. Using a piping bag, Ziploc or spoon, divide the filling evenly among the whites of the eggs. Finely chop up three slices of the candied bacon and sprinkle over the top of each egg. To finish, sprinkle on some chopped fresh chives. 

Quick and Easy Instant Pot Guinness Beef Stew

This quick and easy Instant Pot Guinness Beef Stew is the perfect weeknight meal, or way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! It’s full of delicious, hearty flavors and comes together in less than one hour.

Quick and Easy Instant Pot Guinness Beef Stew | CaliGirlCooking.com

It’s been a while, but I hope you’ll forgive me once you take a look at this Quick and Easy Instant Pot Guinness Beef Stew!

In case you don’t follow along on social media, I’ve been hard at work in what has become a favorite new capacity of mine – baby meal prepper! Just this week I came out with my second ever ebook, 30 Freezer-Friendly Recipes for Babies and Toddlers and it has been receiving rave reviews. It’s chock full of healthy recipes that the little ones go gaga over and – I have to say – I’m pretty darn proud of it!

One thing I’ve learned since becoming a mom is that delicious, healthy food doesn’t have to be elaborate or take hours to make. Whereas before I took pride in never taking the shortcut for any food I was preparing, I now take immense pride in figuring out ways to cook delicious meals using as many shortcuts as possible.

Quick and Easy Instant Pot Guinness Beef Stew | CaliGirlCooking.com

Perhaps the greatest “shortcut” I’ve discovered is the Instant Pot. To be honest, it took me a while to give in to the Instant Pot craze. Did I really need ANOTHER kitchen appliance? Was it really going to be THAT life-changing? It took a great sale last fall for me to finally break down and get one and I can now say with 100% certainty that YES, it is that life-changing. There’s a bit of a learning curve getting started, but once you get the hang of it you’ll never want to use your slow cooker again.

If you’re also new to the Instant Pot game (or are planning to be), these have been some of my favorite IP recipes I’ve made so far:

Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup from Gimme Some Oven

Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup from Jo Cooks

Healthier Instant Pot Coq Au Vin from Half Baked Harvest

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Kalua Pig from Nom Nom Paleo

While I have an Instant Pot recipe in my new ebook and am working on adapting some of my old recipes for the IP, this Quick and Easy Instant Pot Guinness Beef Stew is the first blog recipe I’ve developed for all of you IP fans out there and, if you don’t have an IP yet, now’s the time to get one! (*affiliate link)

Quick and Easy Instant Pot Guinness Beef Stew | CaliGirlCooking.com

We have had one of the rainiest winters we’ve had in a loooong time, so I’ve been craving all the comfort food. To me, there’s nothing like a hot bowl of soup or stew and a crusty piece of warm bread on a chilly, rainy evening. We had beef stew fairly often when I was growing up, but I’d never ventured into making my own…until now! With the Instant Pot, it comes together in less than an hour yet still fills your home with that delicious, slow-cooked aroma.  Did I mention it tastes amazing?

Since St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, I thought I’d jazz up what would be considered a traditional beef stew with a healthy dose of Guinness (after all, you know I love my cocktails.) Otherwise, I kept things pretty traditional with the typical carrots, onions and potatoes.

Quick and Easy Instant Pot Guinness Beef Stew | CaliGirlCooking.com

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a date with the couch, some beef stew and a big ol’ glass of wine. And will you do me a favor? Let me know your favorite Instant Pot recipes in the comments below!

Quick and Easy Instant Pot Guinness Beef Stew
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
43 mins
Total Time
53 mins
 

This quick and easy Instant Pot Guinness Beef Stew is the perfect weeknight meal, or way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! It’s full of delicious, hearty flavors and comes together in less than one hour.

Course: Main Course
Keyword: beef, dinner, Instant Pot, stew, weeknight
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 719 kcal
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pounds beef stew meat
  • 5 tablespoons flour, divided
  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 3 large carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 11.2-ounce bottle Guinness beer Or 1 can would be fine
  • 4 Yukon gold potatoes, large diced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Place the beef and 3 tablespoons of flour in a medium bowl and toss so the beef is evenly coated in the flour.

  2. Place 3 tablespoons of butter in the Instant Pot and set it on sauté for about 8 minutes. Once the butter is melted, add the beef. Let beef brown for at least a couple of minutes on one side and then stir to get a nice brown on all sides. 

  3. Add onion, garlic, carrots and celery to the Instant Pot and stir to combine. Pour in the Guinness to deglaze the pan.

  4. Add potatoes, Worcestershire, tomato paste, beef broth, thyme and bay leaves to the Instant Pot. Stir to combine. 

  5. Turn the valve to Sealing, press the Meat/Stew button and select high heat for 35 minutes. The pot will take a bit of time to preheat, then it will begin to count down.

  6. Once the time is up, turn the valve to vent. It will take a few minutes for all of the pressure to release. While you’re waiting, place remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in a small, microwave-safe dish and microwave until melted, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Once butter is melted, stir in remaining 2 tablespoons of flour. Add this mixture to the stew in the Instant Pot and stir to combine. This will help thicken it up.

  7. Remove bay leaves and serve warm.

10 Easy Make-Ahead Baby-Led Weaning Recipes

These easy, healthy recipes are baby- and kid-friendly and perfect for baby-led weaning. They can also all be made ahead and stored in the freezer for meal-prep convenience. 

These easy, make-ahead baby-led weaning recipes are freezer-friendly and perfect for meal prep. Healthy meals for your babe in minutes!

No matter how much I want to flex my recipe creativity muscle and make cool, irresistible adult food, it’s been hard to ignore the fact that there’s a HUGE need out there for more baby-friendly and baby-led weaning recipes. There seem to be a lot of other mamas out there looking for healthy recipe inspiration for their little ones and I want to help!

I’ve got quite a few of my own baby-led weaning recipes I’ve been working on perfecting for all of you mamas out there – which you’ll be seeing soon – but, in the meantime, I reached out to some of my other mama blogger friends for their favorite baby-friendly and baby-led weaning recipes.

Disclosure: We chose to follow baby-led weaning when introducing our now 14-month-old to solids and couldn’t be happier with the results. If you’re unfamiliar with the method and want to learn more, I highly recommend reading Gill Rapley’s book, Baby-Led Weaning: The Essential Guide to Introducing Solid Foods — and Helping Your Baby to Grow Up a Healthy and Confident Eater

That being said, here are 10 Easy Make-Ahead Baby-Led Weaning Recipes!

1.Healthy Carrot Cake Pancakes
Healthy Carrot Cake Pancakes | 10 Easy Make-Ahead Baby-Led Weaning Recipes on CaliGirlCooking.com
by CaliGirl Cooking
2. Sweet Potato Lentil Tater Tots
Sweet Potato Lentil Tater Tots | 10 Easy Make-Ahead Baby-Led Weaning Recipes on CaliGirlCooking.com
by Haute and Healthy Living
3. Salmon and Veggie Balls
Salmon and Veggie Balls | 10 Easy Make-Ahead Baby-Led Weaning Recipes on CaliGirlCooking.com
by Kidgredients
4. Chickpea PancaKES
Chickpea Pancakes | 10 Easy Make-Ahead Baby-Led Weaning Recipes on CaliGirlCooking.com
by Healthy Little Foodies
5. bROCCOLI tOTS
Broccoli Tots | 10 Easy Make-Ahead Baby-Led Weaning Recipes on CaliGirlCooking.com
by White Coat Pink Apron
6. oAT mILK cHIA pUDDING WITH bLUEBERRY oRANGE cOMPOTE
Oat Milk Chia Pudding with Blueberry Orange Compote | 10 Easy Make-Ahead Baby-Led Weaning Recipes on CaliGirlCooking.com
by CaliGirl Cooking
7. sAVORY bEET zUCCHINI bREAD
Savory Beet Zucchini Bread | 10 Easy Make-Ahead Baby-Led Weaning Recipes on CaliGirlCooking.com
by MJ and Hungry Man
8. sUPER sIMPLE pUMPKIN cARROT mUFFINS
Super Simple Pumpkin Carrot Muffins | 10 Easy Make-Ahead Baby-Led Weaning Recipes on CaliGirlCooking.com
by CaliGirl Cooking
9. qUINOA bITES

by The Belly Rules the Mind

10. bABY’S fIRST pANCAKES
Baby's First Pancakes | 10 Easy Make-Ahead Baby-Led Weaning Recipes on CaliGirlCooking.com
by Eat Real Live Well

THE Freshest Tangerine Sorbet Mimosas

Loads of fresh tangerine juice goes into this homemade sorbet (along with a couple of other special citrus-y ingredients) to make it the perfect upgrade to your morning mimosa.

These Tangerine Sorbet Mimosas are made from the season's best tangerines plus loads of other citrus to make the perfect New Year's Day cocktail!

When I say these are THE Freshest Tangerine Sorbet Mimosas, I mean these tangerines came off the tree that sits about 30 feet from my front door and were squeezed less than 10 minutes after they were picked. They’re THAT fresh. But hey, I’m not here to throw shade at anyone that may not have a plethora of fresh citrus at the ready – we’re in the throes of winter now, folks, and there’s no better time to snatch up all of the fresh tangerines and lemons you can find and throw them together to make some delicious Tangerine Sorbet Mimosas just in time for New Year’s!

Let’s back up for a quick second, though, because I need to know: when it comes to frozen desserts, are you Team Sorbet or Team Ice Cream? Taken in their purest forms, I’m an ice cream fan all the way. There’s just something about that rich dairy flavor that I find myself leaning towards if ever given the choice between the two. But throw a good bottle of bubbly in the mix? I’ll be Team Sorbet all day, every day.

I mean, sure, you can make and enjoy this Tangerine Sorbet all on its own, but if I have some sitting in my freezer you can pretty much bet the only way I’ll be enjoying it is at the bottom of a champagne flute.

These Tangerine Sorbet Mimosas are made from the season's best tangerines plus loads of other citrus to make the perfect New Year's Day cocktail!

So, the first step in making THE Freshest Tangerine Sorbet Mimosas is – quite obviously – making the Tangerine Sorbet out of the best, freshest tangerines you can find. If you’re familiar with the whole ice cream making process, the rest will be a piece of cake. You’ll need an ice cream maker of some sort, and a saucepan, but that’s about it. Oh, and to really up the citrus factor, we’re also adding in some fresh lemon juice and Grand Marnier.

Another incredibly important thing to note – you need to start this Tangerine Sorbet process at least the night before your planning to enjoy your ever-so-fancy mimosas. I tell you this now because I care for each and every one of you way too much to have you start this entire process one or two hours before you’re ready to throw your mimosas back, only to be met with soupy sludgy tangerine syrup. Hey, today is Friday and we still have plenty of time before New Year’s to get this going, so don’t say I didn’t warn you!

These Tangerine Sorbet Mimosas are made from the season's best tangerines plus loads of other citrus to make the perfect New Year's Day cocktail!

Once the Tangerine Sorbet is at its icy, frosty peak, you’re ready to mimosa it (yep, just made that a verb.) Take your favorite bottle of mimosa bubbles, pour some of it on top of your FRESH Tangerine Sorbet and – voila – you’re ready to enjoy THE Freshest Tangerine Sorbet Mimosa you ever did sip on.

You likely already have plans for New Year’s, but you better add some Tangerine Sorbet Mimosas to those plans ASAP.

Here’s to a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year for you and yours!

These Tangerine Sorbet Mimosas are made from the season's best tangerines plus loads of other citrus to make the perfect New Year's Day cocktail!

THE Freshest Tangerine Sorbet Mimosas
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Freezer time
4 hrs
Total Time
40 mins
 

Loads of fresh tangerine juice goes into this homemade sorbet (along with a couple of other special citrus-y ingredients) to make it the perfect upgrade to your morning mimosa. 

Servings: 7 servings
Calories: 289 kcal
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
For the tangerine sorbet:
  • 3 cups fresh tangerine juice
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
Other ingredients:
  • 1 750-mL bottle sparkling wine
Instructions
  1. Combine all sorbet ingredients in a medium saucepan. Stir to combine, until sugar dissolves. Refrigerate for at least two hours or overnight. 

  2. Pour tangerine mixture into an ice cream maker and churn according to package directions. 

  3. Pour into a 9-inch loaf pan and freeze until solid. 

  4. Scoop sorbet into sparkling wine flutes and top with sparkling wine. Enjoy!