Pomegranate Mimosa

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For your next winter celebration, enjoy a tasty Pomegranate Mimosa cocktail, made with pomegranate and orange juice, champagne, and a secret ingredient!

For your next winter celebration, enjoy a tasty Pomegranate Mimosa cocktail, made with pomegranate and orange juice, champagne, and a secret ingredient!

I’m a huge fan of champagne. Its one of those drinks that tastes wonderful and gives me quite the buzz. It took me a few years spanning from my early 20s to my early 30s, but I’ve finally perfected the rate and volume at which I can consume champagne to reap the maximum benefit without any of the horrible side effects. There’s another life goal I can scratch off the list!

For your next winter celebration, enjoy a tasty Pomegranate Mimosa cocktail, made with pomegranate and orange juice, champagne, and a secret ingredient!

You know I’m a fan of pomegranates. Its one of those wondrous foods that I completely adore, yet didn’t try until I was well into my adulthood. You know, like beets. I’m not sure I had even heard of a pomegranate, as a matter of fact, until I had been adulting for a good decade or so. Then, once I saw one, it probably took a few years before I found the courage to actually crack one open and extract the seeds.

For your next winter celebration, enjoy a tasty Pomegranate Mimosa cocktail, made with pomegranate and orange juice, champagne, and a secret ingredient!

Now everyone knows mimosas are a classic drink, and I enjoy them morning, noon, and night. Who says they have to be a breakfast drink? Not me. But a basic OJ + champagne cocktail is boring, if you ask me. My secret ingredient to an amazing mimosa is a splash of Grand Marnier. Then, you can totally play around with your creativity and make cocktails like this one. Why not try a grapefruit mimosa?  That’s another favorite.

For your next winter celebration, enjoy a tasty Pomegranate Mimosa cocktail, made with pomegranate and orange juice, champagne, and a secret ingredient!

The best part about this drink, in my opinion, are the pomegranate seeds soaking on top. If you ask me, a bowl of fresh pomegranate seeds soaking in champagne should be considered a complete meal.

For your next winter celebration, enjoy a tasty Pomegranate Mimosa cocktail, made with pomegranate and orange juice, champagne, and a secret ingredient!

Watch me make this tasty cocktail here:

 

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For your next winter celebration, enjoy a tasty Pomegranate Mimosa cocktail, made with pomegranate and orange juice, champagne, and a secret ingredient!
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Recipe type: drink
Yields: 1 cocktail
Ingredients
  • 2 ounces pomegranate juice
  • 2 ounces orange juice
  • 1 ounce Grand Marnier
  • champagne
  • 10 pomegranate arils
Instructions
  1. In a champagne flute, combine pomegranate juice, orange juice, and grand marnier. Top with chilled champagne and continue to slowly add until the glass if filled. Add pomegranate arils (seeds) at the end.
  2. Serve and enjoy!

For your next winter celebration, enjoy a tasty Pomegranate Mimosa cocktail, made with pomegranate and orange juice, champagne, and a secret ingredient!
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Coconut Rum Hot Cocoa

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Rich and decadent Coconut Rum Hot Cocoa made from milk, half and half, chocolate, and coconut rum will warm your belly and put a smile on your face!

Rich and decadent Coconut Rum Hot Cocoa made from milk, half and half, chocolate, and coconut rum will warm your belly and put a smile on your face!

It is definitely cold and chilly in the Pacific Northwest where I live. I don’t usually get chilled just from cold temperatures. Its the rain plus the cold that shiver me to my core. When its cold and stormy outside, sometimes the one thing that sounds the best is a hot drink. Add a splash of booze and not only do you have a hot delicious drink, you have a hot delicious drink with just the right amount of wow to really make you smile.

Rich and decadent Coconut Rum Hot Cocoa made from milk, half and half, chocolate, and coconut rum will warm your belly and put a smile on your face!

When I was a kid, the only hot chocolate I knew was the powdered pouch where you just add water. Heck – I used to eat that stuff dry! Now, the taste of instant hot chocolate is pretty awful. Now I definitely feel its worth it to invest a few extra minutes and some higher quality ingredients to have a rich homemade cup of hot chocolate. I’m happy to say it tastes nothing like the instant kind and probably packs a lot more calories and fat – so worth it, my friends.

Rich and decadent Coconut Rum Hot Cocoa made from milk, half and half, chocolate, and coconut rum will warm your belly and put a smile on your face!

Homemade rich hot cocoa will put a smile on anyone’s face, but adding that splash (or in my case hefty pour) of coconut rum, and all things become right in the world. Ever eat a Mounds or Almond Joy candy bar?  It tastes like that, only better. When I drank this hot chocolate, I didn’t taste any booze. I only tasted chocolate coconut heaven. If you haven’t tried making your own homemade hot cocoa or adding coconut rum to your drink, you now have something new to try tonight!

Rich and decadent Coconut Rum Hot Cocoa made from milk, half and half, chocolate, and coconut rum will warm your belly and put a smile on your face!

If you love all things chocolate and naughty, you’ll definitely love one of my most popular recipes – Five Minute Fudge:

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And if you love hot chocolate, you should give my Dark Chocolate Vanilla Bean Hot Chocolate a try:

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Rich and decadent Coconut Rum Hot Cocoa made from milk, half and half, chocolate, and coconut rum will warm your belly and put a smile on your face!
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Recipe type: drink
Yields: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 3 ounces bittersweet or dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1-2 ounces coconut rum
  • whipped cream
Instructions
  1. In small saucepan over medium heat, heat milk and half-and-half until milk is almost to the boiling point. When milk starts to coat the bottom of the pan, you'll know its done.
  2. Remove from heat and add chocolate and rum. Stir until fully melted.
  3. Top with whipped cream.
Rich and decadent Coconut Rum Hot Cocoa made from milk, half and half, chocolate, and coconut rum will warm your belly and put a smile on your face!
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Cranberry Fizz

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Fruity, tart, and sparkling cocktails are always so refreshing and this Cranberry Fizz, spiked with vodka, is an easy drink you’re sure to love.

Fruity, tart, and sparkling cocktails are always so refreshing and this Cranberry Fizz, spiked with vodka, is an easy drink you’re sure to love.I’m a huge fan of easy cocktails. When I go to a fancy bar and look at the amazing combinations of flavors and bizarre concoctions they come up with, I realize the drinks I make at home simply can’t compare. What I do make, however, are simple drinks that taste good. What more do you need, really?

Fruity, tart, and sparkling cocktails are always so refreshing and this Cranberry Fizz, spiked with vodka, is an easy drink you’re sure to love. If you want a fancy drink with black walnut bitters and habanero infused absinthe, you’re best bet is to visit any of the trendy bars in Portland, Oregon. You’ll never see me come up with something crazy like that. What you will see are drinks like this Cranberry Fizz.

Fruity, tart, and sparkling cocktails are always so refreshing and this Cranberry Fizz, spiked with vodka, is an easy drink you’re sure to love.This tart and tasty cocktail starts with 100% cranberry juice, fresh orange juice, and sugar. I basically make a simple syrup by cooking these things together, but I take it a step farther and continue cooking until I end up with a thick ruby red syrup.

Fruity, tart, and sparkling cocktails are always so refreshing and this Cranberry Fizz, spiked with vodka, is an easy drink you’re sure to love.You can turn this into a non-alcoholic mocktail like I did for my kids by just mixing this syrup with sparkling water, or in my case sparkling cranberry lime water. That, all by itself, is downright delicious. If you’re looking to make a cocktail, however, an ice cold shot of vodka does the trick.

Fruity, tart, and sparkling cocktails are always so refreshing and this Cranberry Fizz, spiked with vodka, is an easy drink you’re sure to love.Just to make this drink extra pretty, I love freezing fresh cranberries in ice cubes. When you add a few cranberries and only fill the ice cubes wells half way up and let them freeze, you can top them with more water and freeze in order to get the cranberries to get frozen in the middle. Enjoy!

Fruity, tart, and sparkling cocktails are always so refreshing and this Cranberry Fizz, spiked with vodka, is an easy drink you’re sure to love.

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Fruity, tart, and sparkling cocktails are always so refreshing and this Cranberry Fizz, spiked with vodka, is an easy drink you’re sure to love.
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Recipe type: Drinks
Yields: 2 drinks
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • juice from one orange
  • 2 shots vodka
  • 12 ounces sparkling water
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine cranberry juice, sugar, and orange juice and cook until reduced by half while swirling occasionally, about 15 minutes.
  2. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.
  3. To make cocktail, combine sweetened cranberry syrup with vodka. Mix well. Divide between two ice filled glasses. Top with sparkling water.

Fruity, tart, and sparkling cocktails are always so refreshing and this Cranberry Fizz, spiked with vodka, is an easy drink you’re sure to love.
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Hot Apple Toddy

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Warm your belly this fall with a Hot Apple Toddy made in your slow cooker with apple cider, clove studded oranges, whiskey, and real whipped cream.

Warm your belly this fall with a Hot Apple Toddy made in your slow cooker with apple cider, clove studded oranges, whiskey, and real whipped cream.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. The second August rolls around, I’m all about everything-apple. From the second they are available at the farmers market up until I simply can’t stomach the sight of anything apple related (which usually happens by February or March), I can’t get enough crunchy tart juicy fresh apples, not to mention fresh apple cider, pie, apple brown betty, and even savory dinners with apple. The first time I had hot apple cider out of a crockpot was at a Thanksgiving dinner. The hostess had actually put butter in it. Although I wasn’t a huge fan of the fat that floated to the top, I have to admit there was something lovely about the decadent richness the fat added to that warm fall drink. I much prefer, however, to add a dollop of whipped cream at the end.

Warm your belly this fall with a Hot Apple Toddy made in your slow cooker with apple cider, clove studded oranges, whiskey, and real whipped cream.

This classic fall drink, of course, can be made kid friendly simply by omitting the booze, which is exactly why I don’t add it to the crockpot. That, plus the fact that I wouldn’t want any of the alcohol to burn off! You can really use any kind of liquor you want too – rum, bourbon whiskey, whatever warms our belly. My husband is a whiskey lover so that was my liquor of choice, but feel free to set several choices out for your guests and see what they prefer!

Warm your belly this fall with a Hot Apple Toddy made in your slow cooker with apple cider, clove studded oranges, whiskey, and real whipped cream.

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Warm your belly this fall with a Hot Apple Toddy made in your slow cooker with apple cider, clove studded oranges, whiskey, and real whipped cream.
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Recipe type: Drinks
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 6 cups apple cider
  • 1 valencia orange, sliced
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 20 cloves
  • 6 ounces whiskey
  • whipped cream
  • spices
Instructions
  1. Add cider to crockpot. Stud orange slices with cloves and add them to the crockpot along with the cinnamon sticks. Set temperature to high and heat for at least an hour.
  2. To serve, add a shot of whisky to a mug, then fill with spiced cider and top with whipped cream.

 

Warm your belly this fall with a Hot Apple Toddy made in your slow cooker with apple cider, clove studded oranges, whiskey, and real whipped cream.
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Citrus Beer Sangria

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Beer cocktails are a fantastic way to incorporate beer to create tasty new adult beverages. This Citrus Beer Sangria that is sweet, bubbly, and refreshing!

Beer cocktails are a fantastic way to incorporate beer to create tasty new adult beverages. This Citrus Beer Sangria that is sweet, bubbly, and refreshing!

Guess what? I’m  not a real fan of beer. I’ve always wanted to be because its such a social drink. What do you order when you go out with friends? Beer. What do you drink when you’re watching the game? Beer. What do you see when you open the cooler? Beer. As many times as I’ve tried to like it, however, I’ve never enjoyed it as much as I want to.

Now, this is a real shame, especially since I live in the Pacific Northwest where there are more micro breweries per capita than anywhere else in the country. I don’t actually know this to be completely factual, but I’d be willing to make that claim in a bet.

Beer cocktails are a fantastic way to incorporate beer to create tasty new adult beverages. This Citrus Beer Sangria that is sweet, bubbly, and refreshing!

I have found something beer related that I absolutely love, though: the beer cocktail. I saw an article at the end of last year that talked about the up and coming food trends and beer cocktails was on the top of the list. After making this Citrus Beer Sangria, I have a new found love for beer.

Beer cocktails are a fantastic way to incorporate beer to create tasty new adult beverages. This Citrus Beer Sangria that is sweet, bubbly, and refreshing!

To me, most beers are rather bitter. Just like I can’t drink hard alcohol on its own, I absolutely love it when its mixed into a wonderful cocktail creation. Beer is no different. The trick is finding complimentary flavors to balance out the bitter, earthy, hop flavor of a good beer.

Beer cocktails are a fantastic way to incorporate beer to create tasty new adult beverages. This Citrus Beer Sangria that is sweet, bubbly, and refreshing!

Traditional sangria combines fresh fruit muddled with hard alcohol and is later topped with something like wine. I followed the same basic principals with this recipe but chose grapefruit, orange, lemon and lime (all citrus) as my fruit, used vodka as my hard alcohol, and incorporated pineapple juice to add some sweet to all the tartness of fruit. Don’t get me wrong – this alone would have made a tasty treat. Once that beer was added, however, it took the cocktail to a whole new level. There were so many different flavors and notes that danced around with each taste.

Beer cocktails are a fantastic way to incorporate beer to create tasty new adult beverages. This Citrus Beer Sangria that is sweet, bubbly, and refreshing!

I’m especially fond of pitcher drinks because they’re so easy when entertaining a crowd. Plus, have you ever seen a prettier drink than this one with all that fruit swimming around? I think we can all agree that the very best part of a good sangria is eating the fruit at the end. Yum!

Beer cocktails are a fantastic way to incorporate beer to create tasty new adult beverages. This Citrus Beer Sangria that is sweet, bubbly, and refreshing!

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Beer cocktails are a fantastic way to incorporate beer to create tasty new adult beverages. This Citrus Beer Sangria that is sweet, bubbly, and refreshing!
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Hawaiian Stone Sour

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This tart Hawaiian Stone Sour made with whiskey and pineapple juice will make your mouth pucker while you daydream about relaxing on a tropical beach.

This tart Hawaiian Stone Sour made with whiskey and pineapple juice will make your mouth pucker while you daydream about relaxing on a tropical beach.

I love tropical drinks. Wanna know why? Aside from the fact that they taste amazing, they completely transport me to a tropical island, even if its just for the few minutes it takes for me to guzzle down said drink. I had a pineapple that needed to be used up along with a lonely little lemon. Sure, I could have just sliced up the pineapple and called it good, but where’s the fun in that? Alas, the poor little pineapple and lemon looked rather bland all by their lonesome.

This tart Hawaiian Stone Sour made with whiskey and pineapple juice will make your mouth pucker while you daydream about relaxing on a tropical beach.

Enter one shot of whiskey. That shot glass only has an ounce of whiskey in it and I use a full 1.5 ounces in this cocktail. I like to round up. Now, doesn’t this picture below look more complete? Canned pineapple juice would work perfectly well. In fact, I highly recommend just buying juice. Is that what I did? Nope. I had the grand idea of juicing the fresh pineapple. Did it taste better? Probably. Was it worth the work and the mess it created? Probably not. Just buy the juice.

This tart Hawaiian Stone Sour made with whiskey and pineapple juice will make your mouth pucker while you daydream about relaxing on a tropical beach.

I’m not a huge whiskey fan, to be completely honest. I don’t know how, but my husband can drink it straight – along with just about any other type of booze. There is something, however, about a whiskey sour that I just love. If its made properly, there’s just the right amount of sweet versus tart and they perfectly compliment the take-your-breath-away intensity of the whiskey.

This tart Hawaiian Stone Sour made with whiskey and pineapple juice will make your mouth pucker while you daydream about relaxing on a tropical beach.

Can’t get enough whiskey sours? Well then, you’d better be sure to try this Strawberry Lemonade Whiskey Sour:
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Or how about this Pomegranate Whiskey Sour:pomegranate-whiskey-sour-IG

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This tart Hawaiian Stone Sour made with whiskey and pineapple juice will make your mouth pucker while you daydream about relaxing on a tropical beach.
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Recipe type: Drinks
Yields: 1 drink
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 ounces whiskey
  • 1 1/2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
Instructions
  1. Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain and serve in an old-fashioned glass over fresh ice.
  2. Garnish with fresh pineapple, a cherry, or one of those paper umbrellas if you have them!
This tart Hawaiian Stone Sour made with whiskey and pineapple juice will make your mouth pucker while you daydream about relaxing on a tropical beach.
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Mango Mint Mojito

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Altos Tequila. All opinions are 100% mine.

This Mango Mint Mojito cocktail, made with  silver tequila, mango juice, lime, and fresh mint, is simple to make as well as perfectly sweet and refreshing. This Mango Mint Mojito cocktail, made with silver tequila, mango juice, lime, and fresh mint, is simple to make as well as perfectly sweet and refreshing.

Do you like to travel? I love to travel, but I don’t do it nearly as often as I should. My ideal vacation is somewhere close to the equator and it involves white sand, warm water, and tropical fruits. Whenever I mix a drink with any kind of tropical juice, I’m instantly transported to a deserted tropical island. Even if that euphoric feeling only lasts a few minutes, its worth it. Not to mention the fact that something like mango juice tastes incredible in a cocktail.

This Mango Mint Mojito cocktail, made with silver tequila, mango juice, lime, and fresh mint, is simple to make as well as perfectly sweet and refreshing. I used Altos Tequila Field Notes for this recipe. Not only is it smooth and delicious, but it’s 100% Blue Agave and goes perfectly with the intense flavors I incorporated into this cocktail.This Mango Mint Mojito cocktail, made with silver tequila, mango juice, lime, and fresh mint, is simple to make as well as perfectly sweet and refreshing.A mojito is typically made from rum, but I’m a firm believer that mixing a high quality tequila with the right ingredients creates a perfect drink, so I went with it. the base of this drink is lime juice, simple syrup, fresh mint, and mango juice. This Mango Mint Mojito cocktail, made with silver tequila, mango juice, lime, and fresh mint, is simple to make as well as perfectly sweet and refreshing.That combination alone makes for a tasty treat, but when you add the tequila and top it off with some bubbly club soda, a refreshing adult cocktail is what you get. This Mango Mint Mojito cocktail, made with silver tequila, mango juice, lime, and fresh mint, is simple to make as well as perfectly sweet and refreshing. I consider this drink the perfect summer cocktail because not only does it have the fresh flavors of summer, but its easy to make and is incredibly refreshing. Enjoy! This Mango Mint Mojito cocktail, made with silver tequila, mango juice, lime, and fresh mint, is simple to make as well as perfectly sweet and refreshing.

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Recipe type: Drinks
Yields: 1 cocktail
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 oz Altos Silver Tequila
  • 3 fresh mint sprigs
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 2 1/2 oz mango juice
  • 1 splash club soda
Instructions
  1. Muddle the mint leaves, simple syrup and lime juice in the bottom of a tall glass.
  2. Add mango juice and stir.
  3. Add tequila and stir.
  4. Add ice cubes and then top with club soda. Enjoy!

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This Mango Mint Mojito cocktail, made with silver tequila, mango juice, lime, and fresh mint, is simple to make as well as perfectly sweet and refreshing.
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Tequila Pina Colada

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Shake up your traditional drink with this Tequila Pina Colada made with silver tequila, coconut cream, fresh pineapple, plus pineapple and lime juice. Shake up your traditional drink with this Tequila Pina Colada made with silver tequila, coconut cream, fresh pineapple, plus pineapple and lime juice. I have found many passions as I have traveled through life. The first thing that I was totally and utterly passionate about were my kids. I’m sure every parent can relate. The inspired me to learn how to take good quality photos and that passion led to many different avenues that I would have otherwise never taken. But the one passion that has been with me my entire life and only continues to grow is my passion for food. Ever since I can remember I have not only been a lover of eating food, but creating new recipes. I’ve always felt comfortable in the kitchen and take great pride in creating wonderful meals, desserts, and drinks that my friends and family can enjoy. I’ve also found that I’m incredibly passionate about the quality of my ingredients. Shake up your traditional drink with this Tequila Pina Colada made with silver tequila, coconut cream, fresh pineapple, plus pineapple and lime juice. That is why I was so impressed when I found Altos Tequila Field Notes.  I was inspired not only by the high quality tequila – and oh boy is it good – but also by their story. Altos Tequila was created by two bartenders named Henry Besant and Dre Masso. They realized there were only two categories of tequila; those that were cheap and were guaranteed to make you sick, and those that were expensive, “hand-crafted” and guaranteed to make you poor. You know exactly what I’m talking about, right? After noticing this gap in the market, these two bartenders and Master Distiller Jesus Hernandez created Olmeca Altos – hand crafted, authentically produced, quality tequila at a competitive price point. Very similar to my love of food and high quality ingredients, they took what they were passionate about and created something wonderful that we can all enjoy! Shake up your traditional drink with this Tequila Pina Colada made with silver tequila, coconut cream, fresh pineapple, plus pineapple and lime juice. Now, I know a typical Pina Colada is made with rum but I personally love tequila – silver tequila at that – and I really wanted a tequila-ized pina colada. In my opinion, one cannot fully enjoy tequila without a hefty squeeze of lime so I was sure to include that with a touch of simple syrup to sweeten it up. Shake up your traditional drink with this Tequila Pina Colada made with silver tequila, coconut cream, fresh pineapple, plus pineapple and lime juice. The combination of these tropical flavors with a hint of tart from the lime and the smooth finish of the tequila absolutely hit the spot. Next time you’re in the mood for a blended drink, this is the one you should try! Shake up your traditional drink with this Tequila Pina Colada made with silver tequila, coconut cream, fresh pineapple, plus pineapple and lime juice. If you’ve never tried Altos Tequila, I highly encourage you to add a bottle to your home bar. Be sure to check them out on Altos Tequila Twitter and Altos Tequila Instagram!

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Yields: 1 cocktail
Ingredients
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1/2 cup diced pineapple, frozen or fresh
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 2 ounces coconut cream
  • 2 1/2 ounces tequila
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ounce lime juice
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Garnish with fresh pineapple and serve immediately.

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Shake up your traditional drink with this Tequila Pina Colada made with silver tequila, coconut cream, fresh pineapple, plus pineapple and lime juice.
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Blackberry Vanilla Mocktail

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This refreshing and perfectly sweet Blackberry Vanilla Mocktail made from fresh blackberry puree and vanilla paste is a favorite summer drink for all ages.

This refreshing and perfectly sweet Blackberry Vanilla Mocktail made from fresh blackberry puree and vanilla paste is a favorite summer drink for all ages.

I’m a huge fan of vanilla paste. When you add it to your favorite recipes, you get that intense vanilla flavor without any of the alcohol you get when you add extract. If you don’t have vanilla beans on hand, paste is a great alternative. I was at the farmer’s market last week and our local store, New Seasons Market, was giving away samples, along with the recipe, of a blackberry vanilla mocktail. First of all, that little two-sip sample they handed out was so refreshing on that gorgeous sunny day. Second, I watched them prepare the next batch and what were they using for the vanilla? This same exact vanilla paste. New Seasons is a high end grocery store located throughout the Portland metro area, and I knew that if they were using this product, it had to be a good one.

This refreshing and perfectly sweet Blackberry Vanilla Mocktail made from fresh blackberry puree and vanilla paste is a favorite summer drink for all ages.

The base of this recipe is all of the ingredients, minus the seltzer water that gets added just before stirring. Pressing the blackberry puree through a fine mesh strainer is a serious pain in the butt, but well worth the effort to avoid seeds in your drink. These blackberries were destined to be used for something wonder. We picked them ourselves and my poor son got stung by a wasp on the berry farm! After that, I had to make him a special treat. The sweetened blackberry vanilla puree can be added to ice cube trays and frozen if you’d like. I also took the puree to a backyard party and we mixed it with lemonade. There are tons of options!

This refreshing and perfectly sweet Blackberry Vanilla Mocktail made from fresh blackberry puree and vanilla paste is a favorite summer drink for all ages.

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This refreshing and perfectly sweet Blackberry Vanilla Mocktail made from fresh blackberry puree and vanilla paste is a favorite summer drink for all ages.
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Recipe type: drink
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 pints fresh blackberries
  • juice from 3 lemons
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla paste
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • sparkling water
Instructions
  1. Puree blackberries in blender and strain through fine mesh strainer. I recommend using a silicon spatula to press as much of the fruit through. Discard the seeds.
  2. Add the lemon juice, vanilla paste, and honey to the puree. Stir well and taste. Add more honey if needed.
  3. Store this blackberry base in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to five days until ready to use.*
  4. To serve, combine in a pitcher with sparkling water (amount depends on how strong you want the blackberry flavor) or allow each person to add puree to their ice filled glass and they can top with sparkling water.
Notes
* Puree can also be frozen in ice cube trays for later use.

This refreshing and perfectly sweet Blackberry Vanilla Mocktail made from fresh blackberry puree and vanilla paste is a favorite summer drink for all ages.
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Ginger Berry Smoothie

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This GINGER BERRY SMOOTHIE isn’t much to look at, but it is possibly the most deliciously tart fruit and veggie smoothie you will ever enjoy!

This GINGER BERRY SMOOTHIE is not much to look at, but it is possibly the most deliciously tart fruit and veggie smoothie you will ever enjoy!

My husband doesn’t cook. I can count the number of times he’s made me a full meal on one finger, and that was just after I had delivered our first born. But he is the keeper to a very tightly held secret – I’m pretty sure he can cook. Not just that, but the man makes the best damn smoothies I’ve ever enjoyed. I consider myself a decent smoothie maker. They taste pretty good and I’m usually able to put in the right balance of ingredients to make it healthy and able to sustain me. But the smoothies my husband makes? My god, they taste good.

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