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Kelly Sparks of Queen Bee Mixology here! While mixology is not my full-time job, it is my full-time love. You see, in addition to being the mastermind behind @QueenBeeMixology, I am also the Founder and CEO of VMG Studios, a multi-Emmy award winning hybrid creative marketing agency and video production studio. This set-up often means I am a busy executive by day, and a DIY bartender by night. I pour my whole creative heart into every Queen Bee recipe, photo shoot, and how-to video in hopes of helping every member of my audience discover their own inner mixologist. I am a self-taught, do-it-yourself kind of gal who has relied on Google to help me learn the perfect shaking, stirring, and garnishing techniques. My work on Queen Bee Mixology is all about making the journey to amazing cocktails accessible to everyone. When I’m not hard at work, I can be found sipping a delicious cocktail with my husband and business partner, Mark, enjoying a fantastic take-out meal at home, or trying to keep up with my six rambunctious grandkids.

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It's officially summer in Seattle! ☀️ I've been waiting all year for the sun to come out and the temperatures to rise. There's no better way to spend a summer day than with a refreshing cocktail in hand, enjoying the views of our beautiful city.⁠ ⁠ This time of year, anywhere with a good patio is on my list. Especially in Seattle, when the weather is finally warm and sunny (knock on wood). ⁠Let’s raise a toast to summer!⁠ ⁠ Cheers 🥂⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ #homebartender #cocktailcreation #drinksofinstagram #recipes #cocktailrecipe #cocktailcommunity #instadrinks #drinkstagram #drinkoftheday #cocktail #cocktails #cocktailtime #cocktailhour #cocktailoftheday #cocktailgram #cocktailculture #cocktailsofinstagram #craftcocktails #imbibe #homecocktails #mixology

PEANUT BUTTER CUP MARTINI 🥜 In my opinion, there's no better way to satisfy that sweet tooth than with a heavenly cocktail. ⁠ ⁠ This Peanut Butter Cup Martini combines the flavors of peanut butter and chocolate, to create a sweet and decadent beverage that is guaranteed to hit the spot. Whether you are looking for a unique cocktail to serve at your next gathering, or simply wanting to indulge your sweet tooth, this cocktail is the perfect drink.⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠Recipe and 📸 @Queenbeemixology⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠𝗜𝗡𝗚𝗥𝗘𝗗𝗜𝗘𝗡𝗧𝗦⁠ 🍫 2 oz. Peanut Butter Whiskey⁠ 🍫 2 oz. Chocolate Liqueur ⁠ 🍫 2 oz. Crème de Cocoa⁠ 🍫 1 oz. Heavy Cream ⁠ 🍫 Chocolate Syrup For Drizzle (optional)⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠⁠⁠𝗠𝗘𝗧𝗛𝗢𝗗⁠ 1️⃣ Place peanut butter on martini glass rims and then dip into some chopped peanut butter cups. Add a drizzle of chocolate syrup into bottom of glass.⁠ 2️⃣ Add whiskey, chocolate liqueur, heavy cream, creme de cocoa into cocktail shaker.⁠ 3️⃣ Add ice and shake until chilled. Strain into a martini glasses and enjoy!⁠ ⁠ ⁠ Cheers! 🥂⁠⠀⁠⁠⁠ ⁠ ⁠ #cocktailoftheday #cocktailrecipe #recipes #peanutbutterlovers #peanutbuttercup #whiskey #whiskeylovers #whiskeycocktail #chocolatelovers #cocktails #chocolatecocktail #cocktailcommunity #garnish #drinks #mixologist #bar #bartender #cocktailculture #homebartender #cocktailrecipes #dessert

SUMMER NECTAR 🔆⁠ If you haven't already, it's high time to mark your calendars!⁠ ⁠ Don't miss PBS’ premier of "The Water of Life.” You can tune into the Water of Life by either visiting PBS.org, downloading the PBS app, or checking your local listings.⁠ This documentary focuses on the rich history of scotch and the many fascinating characters who have contributed to its evolution--you better bet I'll be mixing up a Summer Nectar to enjoy while I watch!⁠ ⁠ Recipe and 📸 @Queenbeemixology⁠ ⁠ SUMMER NECTAR 🔆⁠ ⁠𝗜𝗡𝗚𝗥𝗘𝗗𝗜𝗘𝗡𝗧𝗦⁠ ❣️3 oz. Bruichladdich Classic Laddie ⁠ ❣️Half of a Ripe Pear, Chopped ⁠ ❣️Handful of Raspberries ⁠ ❣️Mint Leaves For Garnish⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠⁠⁠𝗠𝗘𝗧𝗛𝗢𝗗⁠ 1️⃣ Add pear and raspberries to a cocktail shaker, muddle or mash with a long spoon. ⁠ 2️⃣ Add Bruichladdich Classic Laddie, top with ice, and shake until chilled. ⁠ 3️⃣ Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice and garnish with an orange twist.⁠ ⁠ ⁠Cheers! 🥂⁠⠀⁠⁠⁠ ⁠ ⁠ #cocktailoftheday #cocktailcommunity #cocktailrecipe #scotchlovers #scotchcocktail #recipes #garnish #bar #cocktailcreation #cocktail #recipe #mixologist #bartender #homebartender #cocktails #drinks #cheers #drinksofinstagram #drinkrecipes #cocktailforyou #homebar #imbibe

Welcome to my weekend! Exploring life on a boat in Coeur d'Alene Idaho. Turns out living on a boat isn't like living in a house, it's more like camping ... so when it came to mixing a cocktail with limited resources, well, you could say we adapted. ⠀ 🥃 For easy, tasty #cocktails you can make at home🍸 Inspiring the #homebartender @QueenBeeMixology 💜 ⠀ ------------------------ ⠀ #cocktailcommunity #drinks #cocktailculture #cocktailrecipe #cocktaillovers #cocktailcreation #cocktailrecipes #mixology #Instadrink #mixologist #mixologyguide #drinksofinstagram #recipe #delicous #recipes #cocktailoftheday

ST. GERMAIN'S COCKTAIL🍸⁠ If there is one thing to know about me, it's that I love St. Germain. It brings a bright, floral kick to any cocktail and--in my opinion--should be a staple behind all home bars!⁠ ⁠ So, when I spotted this drink on @stgermainedrinks website, I knew I had to give it a try. And trust me when I say--the result does not disappoint!⁠ ⁠ Cheers! 🥂⁠⠀⁠ ⁠ Recipe and 📸 @Queenbeemixology⁠ ⁠ #cocktailoftheday #summercocktails #cocktails #bubbly #refreshing #cocktail #recipes #cocktailrecipe #bar #cheers #bartender #mixology #craftedmixology #garnish #yummy #homebartender #cocktaillovers #cocktailsathome

SAZERAC 🧡⁠ If you've ever visited New Orleans, you know that the Sazerac is one of the most storied and well-loved cocktails of the region.⁠ ⁠ And, although I'm Seattle born and raised, I fully understand the Big Easy's obsession with this classic cocktail. It's a spirit-forward, slightly bitter, and completely delicious drink that you don't want to miss!⁠ ⁠ Recipe and 📸 @Queenbeemixology⁠ ⁠ SAZERAC 🧡⁠ ⁠𝗜𝗡𝗚𝗥𝗘𝗗𝗜𝗘𝗡𝗧𝗦⁠ 🍋Absinthe, to Rinse⁠ 🍋1 Barspoon Simple Syrup⁠ ⁠🍋1.25 oz. Rye Whiskey⁠ ⁠🍋1.25 oz. Cognac⁠ ⁠🍋3 Dashes Peychaud’s Bitters⁠ 🍋2 Dashes Angostura Bitters⁠ 🍋Garnish: Lemon Peel⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠⁠⁠𝗠𝗘𝗧𝗛𝗢𝗗⁠ 1️⃣ Pour a small amount of absinthe into a cocktail glass to coat it. Then pour out the excess.⁠ 2️⃣ Add all other ingredients into a beaker or mixing glass, top with ice, and stir until chilled.⁠ 3️⃣ Strain into the absinthe-coated glass. Garnish with a lemon peel.⁠ ⁠ ⁠Cheers! 🥂⁠⠀⁠⁠⁠ ⁠ #21+ #cocktailoftheday #classiccocktails #cocktails #sazerac #cognac #whiskey #whiskeygram #whiskeylovers #cocktailrecipes #garnish #mixologist #cocktaillovers #recipes #bar #homebartender #drinks #cheers #cocktail #cocktailculture #cocktailcommunity⁠ ⁠

FASHIONABLE LADY ⁠💃🏻 ⁠ I don't know about you, but I'm ready for a fresh take on an Old Fashioned!⁠ ⁠ So today, I am mixing up the Fashionable Lady--a cocktail based on the traditional whiskey drink we all know and love. Here, I've swapped the sugar cube in favor of pecan syrup and peach liqueur, as well as livened things up with an egg white. The result is a delicious new way to enjoy your favorite whiskey!⁠ ⁠ Recipe and 📸 @Queenbeemixology⁠ ⁠ ⁠𝗜𝗡𝗚𝗥𝗘𝗗𝗜𝗘𝗡𝗧𝗦⁠ 💗 2 oz. Whiskey⁠ 💗 1 oz. Lemon Juice⁠ 💗 0.75 oz. Pecan Syrup⁠ 💗 0.5 oz. Peach Liqueur⁠ 💗 1 Egg White⁠ 💗 Cherry⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠⁠⁠𝗠𝗘𝗧𝗛𝗢𝗗⁠ 1️⃣ Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker without ice and give it a good dry shake--amount thirty seconds or until the egg white is foamy.⁠ 2️⃣ Top with ice and shake again until chilled.⁠ 3️⃣ Strain into a cocktail glass overtop fresh ice, garnish, and enjoy!⁠ ⁠ ⁠Cheers! 🥂⁠ ⁠ ⁠ #cocktailoftheday #cocktailrecipes #cocktaillovers #whiskey #whiskeycocktail #whiskeygram #whiskeylovers #mixologist #whiskeysour #garnish #cocktails #homebartender #bar #drinks #drinkrecipes #craftcocktails #homebar #imbibe #cocktailforyou #mixologyart #bartender #cocktailculture

PEANUT BUTTER CUP MARTINI 🥜 I don't usually have much of a sweet tooth, but peanut butter is my kryptonite!⁠ ⁠ If that sounds like you, the Peanut Butter Cup Martini is perfect for your next happy hour gathering. This delicious libation is like dessert in a glass and will likely have your guests asking for another round.⁠ ⁠ Cheers! 🥂⁠⠀⁠ ⁠ Recipe and 📸 @Queenbeemixology⁠ ⁠ ⁠ #cocktailoftheday #cocktailrecipe #recipes #peanutbutterlovers #peanutbuttercup #whiskey #whiskeylovers #whiskeycocktail #chocolatelovers #cocktails #chocolatecocktail #cocktailcommunity #garnish #drinks #mixologist #bar #bartender #cocktailculture #homebartender #cocktailrecipes #dessert

Hi, I'm Kelly! 💜🍸⁠ ⁠ It has been a while since I introduced myself and, now that we've grown to a cocktail community of 130k followers, I thought I would drop in to say hello. I started this account to share my love for mixing up a good cocktail and to help others grow their skills as home bartenders--so if you're new here, welcome!⁠ ⁠ Cheers! 🥂⁠⠀⁠⁠⁠ ⁠ ⁠📸 @Queenbeemixology⁠ ⁠ ⁠ #homebartender #cocktailcreation #drinksofinstagram #recipes #cocktailrecipe #cocktailcommunity #instadrinks #drinkstagram #drinkoftheday #cocktail #cocktails #cocktailtime #cocktailhour #cocktailoftheday #cocktailgram #cocktailculture #cocktailsofinstagram #craftcocktails #imbibe #homecocktails #mixology

PECAN OLD FASHIONED⁠ 🔥⁠ Today I am mixing up a cocktail recipe that I know will be with me all summer long--its depth of flavor just can't be missed! By placing the drink in a cigar box--along with @westernbbqwood hickory smoking wood chips--I've imparted a flavor profile onto this drink that you just can't get by mixing up more traditional ingredients.⁠ ⁠ ⁠ Recipe and 📸 @Queenbeemixology⁠ ⁠ PECAN OLD FASHIONED⁠ 🔥⁠ ⁠𝗜𝗡𝗚𝗥𝗘𝗗𝗜𝗘𝗡𝗧𝗦⁠ 🥃 2 oz. Bourbon⁠ ⁠🥃 0.5 oz. Pecan Syrup ⁠ 🥃 3 Dashes Cinnamon Bitters⁠ 🥃 @westernbbqwood Hickory Smoking Chips⁠ 🥃 Candied pecans and a brown bag⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠⁠⁠𝗠𝗘𝗧𝗛𝗢𝗗⁠ 1️⃣ Combine ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice and stir until chilled.⁠ 2️⃣ Strain into cocktail glass and place into a paper bag.⁠ 3️⃣ Place a small pile of @westernbbqwood Wood Chips in a small bowl or glass and light.⁠ 4️⃣ Extinguish active flames but allow chips to continue smoking. Use a pair of tongs to place wood chips into the paper bag⁠ 5️⃣ Roll the bag closed and let sit for 1-2 minutes. Open the bag and enjoy! Please remove wood chips from the bag and ensure they are fully extinguished. ⁠ ⁠ ⁠⁠Cheers! 🥂⁠⠀⁠⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ #WesternChips101 #WesternWood #cocktailcreation #drinksofinstagram #bourbon #bourbonlovers #bourboncocktail #recipes #cocktailrecipe #cocktailcommunity #homebartender #bourboncocktails #recipe #delicious #instadrinks #drinkstagram #drinkoftheday #cocktail #cocktails #cocktailtime #cocktailhour #cocktailoftheday #cocktailgram #cocktailculture #cocktailsofinstagram #craftcocktails #imbibe #homecocktails #mixology #liqpic

FROZEN MANGO DAIQUIRI🍹 Grab your blender, because we're about to get to mixing!⁠ ⁠ The Frozen Mango Daiquiri is the perfect libation for this time of year--its bright, fresh, and drinks like a boozy smoothie. Truly the perfect cocktail if you're looking for something to help cool you down during the many outdoor happy hours to come.⁠ ⁠ ⁠Cheers! 🥂⁠⠀⁠ ⁠ Recipe and 📸 @Queenbeemixology⁠ ⁠ #cocktailrecipe #cocktaillovers #homebartender #rum #rumlovers #daiquiri #daiquiris #rumcocktail #cocktailcreation #cocktailrecipes #cocktails #mixology #Instadrink #garnish #mixologist #mixologyguide #drinksofinstagram #recipe #delicous #recipes

PALOMA 🌴 ⁠That's it--I'm ready for the beach. Whose with me?!⁠ ⁠ Well if I am headed out of the house for a long day in the sun, you better believe I am taking a cocktail with me. And today's Paloma is perfect for the occasion! The best advice I have for a cocktail on the go is to choose something simple, steer clear of glass drink ware.⁠ ⁠ Shake one up in the sun and let me know what you think!⁠ ⁠ Recipe and 📸 @Queenbeemixology⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ PALOMA 🌴⁠ ⁠𝗜𝗡𝗚𝗥𝗘𝗗𝗜𝗘𝗡𝗧𝗦⁠ ⁠ 🌺 2 oz. Blanco Tequila ⁠ 🌺 2 oz. Grapefruit Juice⁠ 🌺 0.5 oz. Lime Juice⁠ 🌺 0.25 oz. Blue Agave Syrup⁠ 🌺 2 oz. Grapefruit Sparkling Water⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠⁠⁠𝗠𝗘𝗧𝗛𝗢𝗗⁠ ⁠ 1️⃣ Rim a cocktail glass with lime juice, dip in salt, and set aside.⁠ 2️⃣ Add all ingredients to a beaker or glass big enough for mixing and stir.⁠ ⁠ 3️⃣ Strain into the prepared glass and garnish with lime.⁠ ⁠ ⁠Cheers! 🥂⁠⠀⁠⁠⁠ ⁠ ⁠ #cocktailrecipe #cocktaillovers #homebartender #grapefruit #tequila #tequilalovers #cocktailcreation #cocktailrecipes #cocktails #mixology #Instadrink #garnish #mixologist #mixologyguide #recipes⁠ #cocktailcommunity #cocktailculture⁠ #paloma #palomacocktail⁠

BLESS THE BEES 🐝 If there is one thing that all bees love about this time of year, its the availability of fresh lavender--and this Queen Bee is no exception!⁠ ⁠ The Bless the Bees cocktail is a delightful combination of vodka, grapefruit, lavender, and lemon that uses an egg white to create an unforgettable texture. I say, shake one up today!⁠ ⁠ Cheers! 🥂⁠⠀⁠ ⁠ Recipe and 📸 @Queenbeemixology⁠ ⁠ ⁠ #cocktailrecipe #cocktailoftheday #cocktails #cocktaillovers #vodka #vodkacocktail #vodkalovers #vodkacocktails #cocktail #recipe #recipes #bar #mixologist #garnish #cocktailcreation #homebartender #drinksofinstagram #foodie #foodies #cocktailrecipes

Important announcement…we FINALLY have sunshine here in Seattle! ⁠ ⁠ I couldn’t be more thrilled because—while our region definitely has a reputation for being cold and dreary—our warm weather months are unmatched. I mean, just look at this city!⁠ ⁠ Plus, Seattle has plenty of bars and restaurants with beautiful patios—perfect for posting up with a great cocktail and enjoying time with friends. Some of my favorites are @MbarSea, @TheMountaineeringClub, and @WestwardSeattle—just to name a few.⁠ ⁠ Cheers to a fun—and cocktail—filled summer!⁠ 🥂⁠ ⁠ ⁠ 📸 @Queenbeemixology⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ #rooftopbar #cocktailbar #craftcocktails #cocktailtime #cocktails #cocktailoftheday #cocktailcommunity #mixology #mixologist #bar #homebartender #bartender #craftedmixology #cocktailculture #cocktailrecipes #drinks #recipes #cocktailrecipe #cocktail #cocktailcreation

APPLE PIE MOONSHINE 🍎 ⁠If you've been following along for awhile, you won't be surprised to hear that this Queen Bee loves a sweet treat. And today's cocktail is a lot like dessert in a glass!⁠ ⁠ The Apple Pie Moonshine cocktail is not only the perfect blend sweet and slightly tart, it's also a fantastic way to introduce moonshine to your home bar if you haven't already. So, what are you waiting for? Mix one up and let me know what you think!⁠ ⁠ Cheers! 🥂⁠⠀⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ Recipe and 📸 @Queenbeemixology⁠ ⁠ #cocktailoftheday #cocktaillovers #cocktails #cocktailrecipe #moonshine #moonshinecocktail #moonshinelovers #cocktail #recipes #bar #bartender #mixology #drinksofinstagram #cocktailsathome #homebartender #drinks #cocktailrecipes

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