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.
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
Both of these recipes are quite refreshing. You know I'll be sipping one or another this summer.
Both of your recipes look quite refreshing. I know I'm going to be trying them this summer.
mmm these look amazing, roll on some sunshine so i can try them.
Absolutely love these, Kaili Bisson! Though be sure that they're at least 500 words each- otherwise they won't qualify as contest entries!!
Back I go to write about Absolut and how Amaretto is made :-)
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?
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
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
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
Fascinating! I had never heard of this being done before.
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 :-)
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)
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.
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!
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
To think I just published a hub yesterday for the contest! Okay will come up with more drinks
Here is a good summer drink recipe. Try it out for the 4th of July!
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!
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
Noon wine sounds amazing...I will give that a try for sure!
Those look delicious. Did you take the photos? They're so pretty!
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!!!
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!
I'll swing back next week to check out the hubs. Have fun everyone.
For all you Muppet fans, come on over and have a refreshing Kermit Special Cocktail!
http://nell-rose.hubpages.com/_3irgbjxg … l-Cocktail
Here is a great lemonade recipe!
I adore proper lemonade, can't wait to try this, thanks for sharing
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.
Here is my latest drink recipe Cherry Jam Milkshake http://kelleyward.hubpages.com/_3u47dtk … -Milkshake
Awesome Hub!!! I love all the photos you've included, and this sounds like a really scrumptious drink!
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.
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?
Wondering if I can reap the WTI benefits without my hub being an answer hub to that question.
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!
Here is my hub on how to make a refreshing Raspberry Iced Tea using fresh raspberries! Enjoy! http://specialk3749.hubpages.com/t/310946
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.
Here is a good punch recipe!
Really easy, really healthy.
I'm loving all the recepies on this thread.
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:)
Here's a super easy punch I made for an artist reception.
http://danettewatt.hubpages.com/hub/Mag … -Reception
Ok, I've got one for you. It's simple, sweet, and you can add vodka if you choose to!
http://mmargie1966.hubpages.com/hub/Old … ade-Recipe
I hope everyone enjoys it!
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.
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!
http://angela-michelle.hubpages.com/hub … t-Smoothie
Strawberry Banana Yogurt Fruit Smoothie
This is a very pretty golden punch recipe.
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!
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!
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.
Gorgeous Hub, brittanytodd. That drink sounds divine!
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
http://goodlady.hubpages.com/hub/Easy-M … Grapefruit
Hope you really enjoy this refreshing mixed drink cocktail - from Italy!
http://wrenfrost56.hubpages.com/hub/Hea … ink-recipe
Really easy, yummy and healthy. I love pineapple and this drink I really enjoy.
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!
Here's something different
MAKING YOUR DESIGNER COFFEE POWDER AT HOME
from drying, roasting, blending to TOASTING
http://bushraismail.hubpages.com/hub/Ma … er-at-home
A week late, but here's mine.
http://cardelean.hubpages.com/hub/How-t … ry-Liqueur
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