Sunset Cocktail


It took me numerous tries to shoot this drink. I’m not a drink shooter yet, but this kind of shows a lesson in light. All 3 of the photos were taken in different light. Interesting how they came out, huh? I like them :) creates a different mood in each one!

This wasn’t meant to be a lighting post, but with how the pictures turned out, I thought I’d show it in all 3 lights – in 3 different areas of my house.

Soooo…cheers to the weekend, right?! Jason and I are going cake tasting tonight so I may or may not end up in a sugar coma afterwards. Anyway, moving on to happy hour ;)

I am a huge fan of the Dark Knight movies. In fact, Naomi and I came up with the idea that since we couldn’t actually see the movie together, being on opposites coasts & all, we could virtually drink together, which is why her and I have made cocktails today! A toast to seeing Dark Knight and also, on a more serious note, a toast to those lives who were lost in the Colorado theater shooting and to the families coping with their losses, xo, our hearts, thoughts & prayers go out to y’all.

Vodka always spells trouble for me but it’s my liquor of choice. I’m weak, I can’t do whiskey or Scotch or anything of that sort. I’m a light-weight anyway.

I have always loved vodka & cranberry but after a few too many incidents with that drink in my younger days (hugging a toilet isn’t my idea of fun), I can’t ever have it again. Just the thought of it makes me cringe. Which is why I decided to combine vodka with peach, mangos, and strawberries! It’s like an adult tropical beverage! Fun right?!

This drink is super easy to throw together and it looks so pretty in a martini glass — I know it’s not a legit martini but I couldn’t pass up an excuse to use these glasses ;)

Happy Friday everyone and bottoms up!

Sunset Cocktail

Prep Time 5 mins Cook Time 25 mins Total Time 30 mins
Serves 2     adjust servings

Vodka paired with mangos, peaches, and strawberries will make this perfect Sunset Cocktail!


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup frozen mangos & peaches
  • 1/4 cup strawberries, hulled & sliced
  • 2 shots of vodka


  1. In a pot, bring water to a simmer and melt sugar in it. Turn the heat down low and let thicken for about 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Gently throw in your fruit in the sugar mixture and let sit in the liquid for 10 minutes to break down and for the juices to release.
  3. Add in the vodka, stir, and remove from heat.
  4. Drain the liquid in a mesh sieve over a bowl so the mesh sieve will catch all the fruit pieces. Place the bowl with the liquid in a larger bowl with ice and place in freezer for 10 minutes.
  5. The liquid should be cold enough in 10 minutes to put into a shaker with ice, shaken, and served.



Posted on July 27, 2012

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  1. 07/27/2012 at 4:42 am

    I hate taking pictures of drinks but you have really nailed it in all of the shots, I love your cocktail glasses too. This sounds like a really delicious drink and one that I could have done with when we went to see The Dark Knight last week.

  2. 07/27/2012 at 5:34 am

    Gorgeous glasses! Hope you enjoy the movie!

  3. 07/27/2012 at 8:06 am

    Suddenly I’m so thirsty! These look amazing Julie! :)

  4. 07/27/2012 at 8:19 am

    Love the photos… seriously gorgeous!
    We all have that toilet-hugging drink, don’t we?

  5. 07/27/2012 at 8:32 am

    Cheers to the weekend! Having a drink tonight as I watch the Olympics :)

  6. 07/27/2012 at 9:30 am

    Love your virtual cocktail party! These look delicious…and I love the different lighting! :)

  7. 07/27/2012 at 9:42 am

    The middle photo is my favorite, it’s beautiful!! And I like the mango-peach combo, I haven’t tried that one.

  8. 07/27/2012 at 10:42 am

    Julie, I’ve never shot a drink or any cocktail before. I love the mood of all three photos here, I think my favorite is the third. The strawberry really pops! And well, I could take back two of these puppies right now. Yeah, it’s THAT kind of morning at work. Sigh. but at least it’s FRIDAY!

  9. 07/27/2012 at 10:57 am

    These are gorgeous, the first one actually looks like it’s being shot at sunset. Love this!! Have fun at your tasting too!:)

  10. 07/27/2012 at 11:56 am

    oh, these sound and look so great! I love it. Cheers!!

    btw-I’m with you, I’m not a drink shooter.

  11. 07/27/2012 at 12:06 pm

    I’m a lightweight drinker too. These look wonderful and I love the glasses!

  12. 07/27/2012 at 12:08 pm

    As Cassie said, the photos really resemble a sunset! Great job! And I’m so jealous of your cake testing session today! I totally want to tag along :)

  13. Gorgeous and sounds wonderful! I have 1 of those glasses! Don’t ask why I only have 1, long story.

  14. 07/27/2012 at 7:13 pm

    I love all three of the different lighting options. All beautiful! Very different for all :) and of course loving the alcoholic option!!! You did awesome for not being good at it ;) love it Julie!

  15. 07/27/2012 at 7:30 pm

    I could definitely use one of these! Gorgeous, gorgeous pictures. Have fun cake testing. Cheers!

  16. 07/28/2012 at 8:45 am

    these sound wonderful and i love the picture looking straight down – gorgeous colors!

  17. 07/29/2012 at 1:01 am

    i love how all pictures turned out, look so elegant and now…I need a drink. Cheers!

  18. 07/29/2012 at 7:14 pm

    Oooh, I love a fruity drink! And your pictures are fabulous!

  19. 07/29/2012 at 9:13 pm

    I’m definitely a light-weight too, but this cocktail looks fantastic! I love the photos…especially the first!

  20. 07/30/2012 at 10:19 am

    Love each shot! Definite mood changes in each. Which cake did you choose?

    • 07/30/2012 at 11:17 am

      A simple vanilla cake with raspberry filling. I could eat that filling alone!! It’s going to be 3 tiered with pearl dots around the base of each tier and then heart “dots” scattered throughout the sides.

  21. 07/31/2012 at 11:15 pm

    drinks, clear or glass glasses, the reflective nature of both the drink itself, the glass, and then the time of day – can either create gorgeous photos – or massive frustration! Your pics are STUNNING!

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