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(Contest-Friendly) Weekly Topic Inspiration: Drink Recipes

  1. Simone Smith profile image92
    Simone Smithposted 4 years ago

    Did you know that one of the final prizes in the Cookbook Contest is designated for drink recipes- AND that this type of recipe sees less competition online? You should consider branching out into this recipe genre- it can really pay off! We invite you to join in on the fun with this week’s Weekly Topic Inspiration. Stop by the forum thread for search-friendly titles:

    (Contest-Friendly) Weekly Topic Inspiration: Drinks Recipes

    Our Cookbook Contest is in full swing, and while all recipes are welcome, some specific recipe types are being considered for some of the final prizes (e.g. the prizes for Best Family Recipe, Best Healthy Recipe, Best Budget-Friendly Recipe, Best Dessert Recipe, and Best Drink Recipe).

    I’ve noticed that not so many folks have been submitting drinks recipes, so those who do write drinks Hubs end up having a better chance of winning. But c’mon, guys! Drinks recipes are awesome, and since they’re generally not as extensively covered online as food recipes, so you’re up against less competition!

    I therefore encourage you to branch out and write some drinks recipes- both for WTI, and as entries in the Cookbook contest.

    Here are some search-friendly titles to consider (remember, search-friendliness is included in our judging criteria):
    Popular Alcoholic Drinks
    Easy Drink Recipes
    Drink Recipes with Rum
    Classic Cocktail Recipes
    Fruity Alcoholic Drinks
    Frozen Drink Recipes
    Lowest Calorie Alcoholic Drink
    Non-Alcoholic Cocktail Recipes
    Frozen Alcoholic Drinks
    Types of Alcoholic Drinks
    Rum Drink Recipes
    Party Drink Recipes
    Best Mixed Drinks for Parties
    Christmas Martini Recipes
    Cocktail Party Recipes
    Bar Drink Recipes
    5 Good Mixed Drinks
    Simple Cocktail Recipes
    Mixed Drinks with Vodka
    Vodka Mixed Drinks
    The Best Non-Alcoholic Drinks
    Cocktails with Vodka
    Famous Bartender Recipes

    And be sure to use the Recipe Capsules (especially the Ratings Capsule set to recipes) so that your Hub gets entered in the contest. For full contest rules, visit the official contest page.

    To make sure your recipe is counted as a WTI Hub, follow these steps:

    1)    Stop by this week's Weekly Topic Inspiration Question.
    2)    Click the green button "answer this question".
    3)    Click the gray button below the box (leave that empty) that says "make a Hub about it."
    4)    Give your Hub a very specific title, like Easy Summer Gardening Projects for Kids or Challenging Summer Activities for Teens
    5)    Create good quality original content that hasn't been covered before.
    6)    After you publish your Weekly Topic Inspiration Hub, come back to this forum thread and post a link to your Hub with a brief description of what you wrote about and why.

    For more information on the Weekly Topic Inspiration program, check out the Learning Center guide.

    1. Kaili Bisson profile image95
      Kaili Bissonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Simone,
      I submitted two of my favorite drink recipes on Friday; one was after noon PST, so technically Saturday. The Amaretto Summer Soother goes down way to smoothly. The Cranberry Mandarin Martini too. They both have fruit juice, so I tell myself they are healthy (in moderation of course!). Here they are:
      http://kailibisson.hubpages.com/hub/Dri … er-Soother

      http://kailibisson.hubpages.com/hub/Dri … in-Martini

      1. MarleneB profile image96
        MarleneBposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Both of these recipes are quite refreshing. You know I'll be sipping one or another this summer.

      2. MarleneB profile image96
        MarleneBposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Both of your recipes look quite refreshing. I know I'm going to be trying them this summer.

      3. dipless profile image85
        diplessposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        mmm these look amazing, roll on some sunshine so i can try them.

      4. Simone Smith profile image92
        Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Absolutely love these, Kaili Bisson! Though be sure that they're at least 500 words each- otherwise they won't qualify as contest entries!!

        1. Kaili Bisson profile image95
          Kaili Bissonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Back I go to write about Absolut and how Amaretto is made  :-)

        2. Kaili Bisson profile image95
          Kaili Bissonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          I have edited the Amaretto Summer Soother to include some info on Amaretto and Disaronno. Are all words counted from all capsules i.e. not just text capsules?

          1. Simone Smith profile image92
            Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Yep! And great additions!

            1. Kaili Bisson profile image95
              Kaili Bissonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              Thank you Simone. The Cranberry Mandarin Martini now is "contest-ready" as well. I added the story of ABSOLUT, which is really quite interesting  :-)

              http://kailibisson.hubpages.com/hub/Dri … in-Martini

    2. Jenn-Anne profile image91
      Jenn-Anneposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      OK, I decided to play along.  Here's a hub about my favorite rum cocktail.  And since I can't talk about rum without talking about pirates, I've included some information about how to make grog as well.

      http://jenn-anne.hubpages.com/hub/Rum-D … ner-Pirate

      1. Simone Smith profile image92
        Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I'm glad you did! I'm a fan of both rum AND pirates. big_smile
        I love the additional background and history you added. They really make it into a fun recipe Hub!!

    3. Kaili Bisson profile image95
      Kaili Bissonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Well, the weather is not so warm today, but here's hoping!
      This drink is super easy and the variations are endless  :-)   
      Cool Beer, made by adding frozen fruit juice concentrate into beer.

      http://kailibisson.hubpages.com/hub/Dri … -Cool-Beer

      1. Simone Smith profile image92
        Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Fascinating! I had never heard of this being done before.

        1. Kaili Bisson profile image95
          Kaili Bissonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          It is really so good and so easy.

          I wasn't sure about making this one a contest recipe as there isn't much to it. However, I have now decided to add tasting notes for three different beers using different concentrates. I may have to wait until end of day for that one, as I still have to work today  :-)

    4. robie2 profile image92
      robie2posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Ok Simore-- here's my contest entry and thanks for the great weekly topic inspiration.  I got inspired and did a recipe for the classic vodka martini-- well it's more of an homage to the vodka martini with history, lore,  and gossip but I did use the recipe capsules and the ratings capsule just to get the hang of it all and to be in the contest.

      http://robie2.hubpages.com/hub/-Making- … ep-By-Step

      cheers, Roberta ( robie2)

      http://s2.hubimg.com/u/6754741.jpg

      1. Simone Smith profile image92
        Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        What a fascinating Hub! Totally enjoyed reading about the history behind the drink.
        Two quick things:
        1. The first image looks a bit pixelated, which leaves your Hub at risk of being moderated. I recommend floating it to the right. smile
        2. The third image is not given a license that enables you to use it legally, so I'd remove it to make this count as a contest entry. If you don't have written permission to use the second image, I might remove that as well- or change your citation to "used with permission" so we know it's legally used.

        Check out our guide on image use/citation- it shares the standard we're going by when evaluating contest entries: hubpages.com/learningcenter/legal-image-use

        Hope that helps!

      2. Kaili Bisson profile image95
        Kaili Bissonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Great Hub!

        1. robie2 profile image92
          robie2posted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Thanks for the kind words. I went to your profile and am really impressed with your photos on Wikimedia Commons-- very generous of you to let everyone use them. They are just great.  Oh yes and I'm proud to be your newest follower:-)

    5. Austinstar profile image78
      Austinstarposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I gave this one a shot and I think it looks like a good recipe for a Fourth of July Party! http://austinstar.hubpages.com/hub/Part … cipes?done

      1. Simone Smith profile image92
        Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I agree, and I like the story behind the recipe!

  2. cashmere profile image81
    cashmereposted 4 years ago

    To think I just published a hub yesterday for the contest! Okay will come up with more drinks smile

    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Yeah!! DO SO!!!

  3. JPhillipi profile image60
    JPhillipiposted 4 years ago

    Here is a good summer drink recipe. Try it out for the 4th of July!
    http://jphillipi.hubpages.com/hub/Non-Alcoholic-Drink

    1. MarleneB profile image96
      MarleneBposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Wonderful and refreshing recipe.

    2. Nell Rose profile image89
      Nell Roseposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Sounds amazing, can't wait to try it!

    3. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      A good summer drink recipe indeed!  Might I recommend adding more recipes to the Hub so that it lives up to the title? Also, make sure the Hub is at least 500 words long so that it can qualify as a contest entry!

  4. dipless profile image85
    diplessposted 4 years ago

    Hey Jphillipi that is a great looking drink, I love Pomegranate will be sure to give it a try. my entry is a few fruity alcoholic drinks to wet your whistle

    http://dipless.hubpages.com/hub/Fruity-Alcoholic-Drinks

    1. MarleneB profile image96
      MarleneBposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Great recipes and the video is amazing.

      1. dipless profile image85
        diplessposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        thanks very much smile

    2. Kaili Bisson profile image95
      Kaili Bissonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Noon wine sounds amazing...I will give that a try for sure!

    3. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Those look delicious. Did you take the photos? They're so pretty!

  5. cclitgirl profile image95
    cclitgirlposted 4 years ago

    Oh my goodness! Simone you just gave me like three hub ideas! I'm doing a lot of traveling, but I will post my hubs for this week's WTI the last week of June. Ooh this is awesome!!!

    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Yay!! I'm glad to help! Can't wait to see those drinks Hubs! And enjoy your travels. big_smile

  6. Denise Handlon profile image87
    Denise Handlonposted 4 years ago

    I am so bummed that I won't have an opportunity to engage in this great topic this week.  Between my work schedule at the beginning of the week and my spiritual retreat at the end of the week I won't be able to participate...darn!  sad

    I'll swing back next week to check out the hubs.  Have fun everyone.  smile

    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      That's a shame- though the retreat sounds divine! I still encourage you to publish drinks recipes later in the month- they're still very welcome in the contest!

  7. Nell Rose profile image89
    Nell Roseposted 4 years ago

    For all you Muppet fans, come on over and have a refreshing Kermit Special Cocktail!

    http://nell-rose.hubpages.com/_3irgbjxg … l-Cocktail

    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      OMG, how fun is this!?!?!? Love the original photos and the table you included at the end.

  8. JPhillipi profile image60
    JPhillipiposted 4 years ago
    1. dipless profile image85
      diplessposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I adore proper lemonade, can't wait to try this, thanks for sharing smile

    2. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Lovely recipe! Be sure your Hub is at least 500 words long and includes a properly cited / legally used image so that it qualifies for the contest. wink

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    kelleywardposted 4 years ago

    Here is my latest drink recipe Cherry Jam Milkshake http://kelleyward.hubpages.com/_3u47dtk … -Milkshake
    http://s1.hubimg.com/u/6749968_f248.jpg

    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Awesome Hub!!! I love all the photos you've included, and this sounds like a really scrumptious drink!

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        kelleywardposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks Simone! It really is fun and easy to make. My kids love it!!

        1. Simone Smith profile image92
          Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Oh, I bet they do! I would have LOVED a drink like this, even as the picky eater I was!

  10. Simone Smith profile image92
    Simone Smithposted 4 years ago

    Hey everyone! This is really important: If you want your Hubs to qualify as contest entries, they MUST be at least 500 words long, and they MUST only use original or legally used and properly cited images.

    See our official contest page for all the rules and qualifying requirements: http://hubpages.com/contest/cookbook

    I'd hate to see y'all miss out on prizes because your Hubs don't qualify! I'm sorry to say that one of these Hubs already has. sad

    1. Kaili Bisson profile image95
      Kaili Bissonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Simone,
      Are the words in all of the capsules counted? Instructions? Ingredients?

      1. Simone Smith profile image92
        Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Yep! Photo captions count as well.

  11. bushraismail profile image60
    bushraismailposted 4 years ago

    Hello simone,
    Is it a must that the hub should be an answer to the WTI to be posted in this forum?
    I understand that if the drink hub was not WTI answer then it would anyways be included for the contest. Am I right?

    Thank you.
    Wondering if I can reap the WTI benefits without my hub being an answer hub to that question.

    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      No, it's not a must- feel free to just share the link here. Though it helps if you create it as an answer to that question!

      To be clear, though, your Hub will count as an entry even if it's not created as an answer to that question.

      The reason why we encourage folks to create Hub answers to those questions is that it makes us easier to measure involvement with this program. If folks stop getting involved, we'll probably drop it, so it helps if everyone is properly counted! smile

  12. Specialk3749 profile image60
    Specialk3749posted 4 years ago

    Here is my hub on how to make a refreshing Raspberry Iced Tea using fresh raspberries!  Enjoy!  http://specialk3749.hubpages.com/t/310946

    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Love the Hub! Your original photos, fun nutrition stats, and recipe are fabulous.

  13. wrenfrost56 profile image82
    wrenfrost56posted 4 years ago

    http://wrenfrost56.hubpages.com/hub/Apple-pie-drink

    I chose to share this because some people almost don't beleive it and my friends have always been supprised by how good it actually tastes.

    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      It's a splendidly surprising recipe! I absolutely love the idea.

  14. JPhillipi profile image60
    JPhillipiposted 4 years ago
    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I love that it includes sherbet! Though heads up- if you want this to count as a contest entry, make sure it's at least 500 words in length!

  15. wrenfrost56 profile image82
    wrenfrost56posted 4 years ago

    http://wrenfrost56.hubpages.com/hub/Green-drink-recipe

    Really easy, really healthy. smile

    I'm loving all the recepies on this thread. big_smile

    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      So few drinks these days are healthy- this is a refreshing break from the usual!

  16. chrissieklinger profile image89
    chrissieklingerposted 4 years ago

    http://chrissieklinger.hubpages.com/hub … rties?done


    I love rum and after drinking this candy inspired rum drink, you will too!  I also encourage you to take my rum quiz on this hub:)

    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Wow, I bet so! I really enjoyed this Hub- and I love the convenient table you included, too!

  17. Danette Watt profile image88
    Danette Wattposted 4 years ago

    Here's a super easy punch I made for an artist reception.
    http://danettewatt.hubpages.com/hub/Mag … -Reception

    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Easy AND elegant! Love your punch bowl, BTW. big_smile

      1. Danette Watt profile image88
        Danette Wattposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks Simone!

  18. Mmargie1966 profile image90
    Mmargie1966posted 4 years ago

    Ok, I've got one for you.  It's simple, sweet, and you can add vodka if you choose to!


    http://s1.hubimg.com/u/6765892_f248.jpg

    http://mmargie1966.hubpages.com/hub/Old … ade-Recipe

    I hope everyone enjoys it!

    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Hurrah! I love versatile drinks like this.

  19. wrenfrost56 profile image82
    wrenfrost56posted 4 years ago

    http://wrenfrost56.hubpages.com/hub/Ben … ink-recipe

    Tropical soya milkshake, soya is a great alternative to milk and I think this might be helpful to those who are dairy intolerant.

    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I have never had a soya drink before... probably because I love dairy so much! That said... I'm really impressed by all its health benefits!

  20. GoodLady profile image83
    GoodLadyposted 4 years ago

    http://goodlady.hubpages.com/hub/Peach- … ink-Recipe

    Hope you enjoy this recipe for a 'Peach Bellini' from Italy  - and a little bit about where it came from and where it is now!

    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Hurrah! I love recipes that come with history and backstory! This is a beautifully executed Hub- something that really exemplifies what the judges are looking for!

  21. angela_michelle profile image92
    angela_michelleposted 4 years ago

    http://angela-michelle.hubpages.com/hub … t-Smoothie

    Strawberry Banana Yogurt Fruit Smoothie

    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Yay- those are three of my favorite foods in the world! This smoothie must be really tasty!

  22. JPhillipi profile image60
    JPhillipiposted 4 years ago

    This is a very pretty golden punch recipe.
    http://jphillipi.hubpages.com/hub/Gold-Punch

    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Very pretty indeed! Be sure to include at least 500 words in your Hub if you would like it to count as a contest entry. smile

  23. DzyMsLizzy profile image91
    DzyMsLizzyposted 4 years ago

    Here is my rather tardy contribution--I struggled with the photo, as I did not actually have the ingredients on hand--so I did what all fancy food photo editors do:  I faked it!  But it's a 'real' fake--done in my own kitchen, shot by me, and not copied from anywhere! lol wink

    http://dzymslizzy.hubpages.com/hub/Cran … nd-Festive

      HOWever--- a 500 word minimum???? For a RECIPE??!!!  Impossible to do reasonably, especially for a simple recipe for a drink.

    In order to get to the contest-level number of words, I would have to insert all sorts of ridiculous extra word-stuffing like this, that says nothing at all, just to add word count--much in the same way as a politician does when making a speech:  a lot of words to say nothing at all.
    And as you can see by this example, I am more than capable of doing exactly that, except that I do not in any way believe that is what Hub Pages is looking for in the way of "quality content."  Am I right?  I believe I am. 
    So,  in my opinion, that particular criterion needs to be eliminated for drink recipes--they are simply not complex enough to reasonably generate 500 words!!  (And since there is no word count in the ingredients and instructions capsules...)
    I just re-checked this particular hub--WITH the backstory explaining the origin of the recipe, I have 87 words--not counting ingredients and assembly instructions.  There is no way to reasonably stretch this hub by an additional 400+ words!

    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I love the witty manner in which you "faked" the image, DzyMsLizzy!

      One thing you can do to extend the length of recipe Hubs is to follow in GoodLady's footsteps and add some additional information on the dish or drink's background and history. Other folks add additional information about the health aspects of a certain drink, or why it is budget-friendly or great for families.

      1. DzyMsLizzy profile image91
        DzyMsLizzyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        So, adding biographical information on the person who came up with the dish/drink is acceptable in a recipe hub????

  24. brittanytodd profile image91
    brittanytoddposted 4 years ago
    1. angela_michelle profile image92
      angela_michelleposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Yummy!

      1. brittanytodd profile image91
        brittanytoddposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks!

    2. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Gorgeous Hub, brittanytodd. That drink sounds divine!

      1. brittanytodd profile image91
        brittanytoddposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks, Simone!  Have a great night!

  25. rmcrayne profile image94
    rmcrayneposted 4 years ago

    Simple Beverages for Everyday- Over 30 Simple and Delicious Drink Recipes

    http://rmcrayne.hubpages.com/hub/Simple … nk-Recipes

    A treat doesn’t always have to be something you eat.  Make your day just a little less ordinary with a beverage treat.  It can be as easy as adding a little fruit to a soda, or mixing two juice flavors.  The possibilities are endless. 

    All personal photos smile

    http://s3.hubimg.com/u/6773158_f248.jpg

    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I absolutely love this collection of recipes- and your original photos are awesome! So many!! Love it!

  26. GoodLady profile image83
    GoodLadyposted 4 years ago

    http://goodlady.hubpages.com/hub/Easy-M … Grapefruit

    Hope you really enjoy this refreshing mixed drink cocktail - from Italy!

    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Refreshing, beautiful, and fascinating! Love the additional background and the beautiful photos.

  27. wrenfrost56 profile image82
    wrenfrost56posted 4 years ago

    http://wrenfrost56.hubpages.com/hub/Hea … ink-recipe

    Really easy, yummy and healthy. I love pineapple and this drink I really enjoy. smile

    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I've always  been a fan of pineapples. Enjoyable Hub! I'd float the image to the right though- it's looking a bit on the pixelated side of things.

  28. Simone Smith profile image92
    Simone Smithposted 4 years ago

    Hey everyone, the new WTI thread is up! This week, we're focusing on the Family-Friendly aspect of the Cookbook Contest, since that section is also seeing relatively little action (despite being both fun AND search-friendly).

    I'll hope you'll join in on the fun and share on of your favorite family recipes!

  29. bushraismail profile image60
    bushraismailposted 4 years ago

    Here's something different

    MAKING YOUR DESIGNER COFFEE POWDER AT HOME
    from drying, roasting, blending to TOASTING smile

    http://bushraismail.hubpages.com/hub/Ma … er-at-home




    http://s2.hubimg.com/u/6725817_f248.jpg

  30. cardelean profile image90
    cardeleanposted 4 years ago
 
working