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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Tequila Pina Colada

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

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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Recipe type: drink
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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Summer Vodka Fizz

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This post first appeared over at Real Housemoms where I’m a contributor.

Sit back, relax, and beat the heat by enjoying a refreshing SUMMER VODKA FIZZ  made with mint simple syrup, lemon, club soda, and vodka!

Sit back, relax, and beat the heat by enjoying a refreshing SUMMER VODKA FIZZ made with mint simple syrup, lemon, club soda, and vodka!

Have you ever tried to grow mint in your garden? I’m a firm believer that the secret to everlasting life lies within the DNA of mint. You know what I mean if you’ve ever planted it alongside other herbs, only to find that it spreads and grows beyond your wildest dreams, and year after year it comes back no matter how many times you rip it out of the ground. I have taken to growing my mint in pots and that solution simply makes everyone happy.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade

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This perfectly sweet and equally tart fresh squeezed Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade is the ultimate kid friendly summer drink and will quench any thirst.

This perfectly sweet and equally tart fresh squeezed Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade is the ultimate kid friendly summer drink and will quench any thirst.I love summer. Need I saw more? Having fresh and local produce available to me is good for my soul.

This perfectly sweet and equally tart fresh squeezed Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade is the ultimate kid friendly summer drink and will quench any thirst.This strawberry rhubarb lemonade was so incredibly delicious and refreshing, I’m afraid my words can’t describe how wonderful it was. I don’t know why the combination of strawberry and rhubarb is so wonderful, but if you’ve had my strawberry rhubarb jam or strawberry rhubarb lemon bars or strawberry rhubarb pie, you would agree. I started with dark red rhubarb. If you’re wondering if the rhubarb you’re buying is going to taste good, just make sure you see more red than green. Finding dark red juicy strawberries is a must. I cooked down the rhubarb with some sugar and then pressed it through a fine mesh strainer. Then, I blended this up with some fresh strawberries and fresh squeezed lemon juice and that was my base.

This perfectly sweet and equally tart fresh squeezed Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade is the ultimate kid friendly summer drink and will quench any thirst.

I prefer to keep that base cold in the refrigerator and not to add ice or water until I’m ready to serve – it takes up less space and if, by some miracle, its not all consumed instantly, you don’t want your ice to melt and dilute your lemonade.

This perfectly sweet and equally tart fresh squeezed Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade is the ultimate kid friendly summer drink and will quench any thirst.There are few drinks you’ll find this summer that will be more tasty and refreshing than this one!

This perfectly sweet and equally tart fresh squeezed Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade is the ultimate kid friendly summer drink and will quench any thirst.

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This perfectly sweet and equally tart fresh squeezed Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade is the ultimate kid friendly summer drink and will quench any thirst.
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Recipe type: Drinks
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
Lemonade base:
  • 2 to 2 1/2 cups fresh rhubarb, cut into half inch cubes
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups (1 pint) strawberries, stems removed
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
To make the lemonade:
  • 3 cups water or sparkling water
  • ice
Instructions
  1. To make the rhubarb syrup, combine the rhubarb, sugar, and 1 cup of water in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium low heat until the rhubarb completely breaks down, 10-15 minutes. Press mixture through a fine mesh sieve trying to extract as much as you can, scraping the bottom of the sieve. Discard remaining solids.
  2. Chill rhubarb syrup in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  3. Process rhubarb syrup, strawberries, and lemon juice through blender on low speed for 20 seconds. There will be approximately 3.5 to 4 cups of base.
  4. To make lemonade, add water or sparkling water to base and serve over ice. Enjoy!

 

This perfectly sweet and equally tart fresh squeezed Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade is the ultimate kid friendly summer drink and will quench any thirst.
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How to Make Simple Syrup

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If you enjoy making your own delicious cocktails at home, then you must know How to Make Simple Syrup.

If you enjoy making your own delicious cocktails at home, then you must know How to Make Simple Syrup.

I’ve debated for a long while about whether I should write a recipe post on how to make simple syrup because its really quite easy to make and I wasn’t sure it actually required its own post. The determining factor, however, was that I use my simple syrup in tons many recipes and I’ve grown quite weary of explaining the process in every single recipe. So now, I’ll just hyperlink the words “simple syrup” to this post and BAM! – everyone will know how to make it.

If you’ve never made simple syrup before, or don’t even know what it is for that matter, allow me to explain. Simple syrup is basically sugar dissolved in water. The solution is heated to fully dissolve the crystals and then cooled before using and/or storing. It keeps quite well in your refrigerator and lasts even longer if you make it with a stronger concentration of sugar. I’ve always used the 1:1 ratio of sugar:water but you can change that up if your heart desires. Then, just add it to any drink that’s in need of some sweetening!

I’d love to know what your favorite cocktail made with simple syrup is. Me? I love anything fruity that tastes best sipped through a straw under the hot summer sun.

I’ve added some examples of drinks that I’ve made with simple syrup. Just click on the photo and you’ll go to that recipe. Enjoy!

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This blended Strawberry Lemonade Whiskey Sour is perfectly tart and sweet with a bourbon whiskey kick is the perfect summertime cocktail.

There is nothing better than enjoying an ice cold glass of easy-to-make classic homemade Fresh Squeezed Lemonade on a gorgeous warm day.

Lemon Berry Cubes are super easy to make and are the best way to plan ahead to enjoy some delicious berry lemonade or any other citrus berry cocktail.

This Refreshing Raspberry Mule combines lime sweetened raspberry puree with vodka and ginger beer to create a tasty, refreshing, and easy to make cocktail.

I make my Grapefruit Mimosa a little different than just combining champagne and grapefruit juice and the result is a sweet and flavorful pink cocktail.

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Watermelon Limeade is a refreshing and tasty summer drink made from fresh watermelon and limes, perfect for all ages on a hot summer day.

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If you enjoy making your own delicious cocktails at home, then you must know How to Make Simple Syrup.
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Recipe type: cocktail
Yields: 3/4 cup
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
Instructions
  1. Combine sugar and water in small sauce pan. Heat over medium heat, swirling occasionally, just until sugar dissolves. Cool completely before using.
  2. Store in airtight container in refrigerator. Will keep for about one month.

 

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Honeycrisp Sangria

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My easy, delicious, and perfect for fall Honeycrisp Sangria is made with the most incredible locally produced apple cinnamon infused vodka and hard cider.

My easy, delicious, and perfect for fall Honeycrisp Sangria is made with the most incredible locally produced apple cinnamon infused vodka and hard cider.

My easy, delicious, and perfect for fall Honeycrisp Sangria is made with the most incredible locally produced apple cinnamon infused vodka and hard cider.  

There are only two kinds of apples in this world: Pink Lady, which is available in the spring, and Honeycrisp, which fill the farmers markets here in the Pacific Northwest starting in August. My love affair with the honeycrisp apple has to do with the fact that they are large, crisp, juicy, and a perfect balance of sweet and tart. Their flesh is white and doesn’t brown easily. They’re what I use to make my no sugar vanilla bean apple sauce and my apple compote cheesecake. They are wonderful. So wonderful, in fact, that I wouldn’t dare combine them with any products that weren’t extremely high quality. I made this undeniably delicious honeycrisp sangria with the help of two awesome companions, both locally produced and distributed right here in Portland, Oregon.  The first is Wild Roots Apple & Cinnamon Infused Vodka.  I first tasted the berry varieties of Wild Roots vodka at the farmers market a couple years ago and was blown away by the taste and quality. Since then, I’ve made countless tasty cocktails with their vodka. You definitely need to try them if you haven’t yet already. Second, I tried Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider. Since I’m not a beer drinker, I have a special place in my heart for hard cider. I actually found this cider at Trader Joe’s and they told me it was produced right here in town and was the best hard cider I’d ever taste. Like usual, they were right. I tortured my poor husband for about a week because I had it in the refrigerator but wouldn’t let him crack it open until I made this drink.My easy, delicious, and perfect for fall Honeycrisp Sangria is made with the most incredible locally produced apple cinnamon infused vodka and hard cider.  

This lovely cocktail starts by soaking that beautiful chopped honeycrisp apple in the vodka along with some orange peel. Now, if you’re in a hurry, you can let the apple swim for as little as 15 minutes, but I’m a big fan of letting the fruit really absorb all of that vodka goodness, so I prefer to let them soak in their chilled bath for at least a few hours or even over night. My easy, delicious, and perfect for fall Honeycrisp Sangria is made with the most incredible locally produced apple cinnamon infused vodka and hard cider.  

When you’re ready to serve your cocktail, you add your simple syrup, lemon juice, and apple cider (I use honeycrisp cider, of course) to your apple vodka mixture. Then, you divide the apples and the liquid between two glasses.
My easy, delicious, and perfect for fall Honeycrisp Sangria is made with the most incredible locally produced apple cinnamon infused vodka and hard cider.  

Finally, you fill the glass with the hard cider.My easy, delicious, and perfect for fall Honeycrisp Sangria is made with the most incredible locally produced apple cinnamon infused vodka and hard cider.  

Garnish with an orange peel twist and enjoy! Of course, although this recipe is only for two servings, there’s nothing stopping you from making this for a crowd. If you need help with the math, just let me know. Your job is just to make sure you have all the right ingredients on hand. Enjoy!My easy, delicious, and perfect for fall Honeycrisp Sangria is made with the most incredible locally produced apple cinnamon infused vodka and hard cider. My easy, delicious, and perfect for fall Honeycrisp Sangria is made with the most incredible locally produced apple cinnamon infused vodka and hard cider.

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My easy, delicious, and perfect for fall Honeycrisp Sangria is made with the most incredible locally produced apple cinnamon infused vodka and hard cider.
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Recipe type: cocktail
Yields: 2
Ingredients
  • 4 ounces apple vodka (I recommend Wild Roots)
  • 1/2 large honeycrisp apple (about 1/2 cup, cubed, skin on)
  • orange peel (just the orange outer peel, not the white pith)
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 4 ounces apple cider (honeycrisp recommended), chilled
  • 1 bottle hard apple cider (I recommend Reverend Nat's)
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl or glass, combine vodka and cut apples with orange peel. Let steep for a minimum of 15 minutes or up to 24 hours in the refrigerator (longer is better).
  2. When ready to serve, add simple syrup, lemon juice, and apple cider. Stir well to combine.
  3. Spoon steeped fruit into two glasses and divide remaining liquid evenly between the two glasses as well. Discard the orange peel.
  4. Top each glass with hard cider.
  5. Garnish with fresh orange peel or a cinnamon stick. Enjoy!

 

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Mango Coconut Daiquiri

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There’s nothing quite like a refreshing tropical Mango Coconut Daiquiri made with fresh mango, coconut rum, and coconut cream on a hot summer day.

There's nothing quite like a refreshing tropical Mango Coconut Daiquiri made with fresh mango, coconut rum, and coconut cream on a hot summer day.

I just got back from a wonderful trip to Hawaii, so buying a mango here in the states was sorely disappointing. I had to do it, though, because I was making a dual purpose Mango Coconut Ginger Icebox Cake. Dual purpose because I made it to donate to a fundraiser for Juvenile Myositis (an outstanding cause), and also as a contributor post for Real Housemoms (an awesome blog). I like to consider myself a pretty good multitasker! Anyway, I had some leftover mango after making the dessert and what better use for leftover mango than to make a tropical cocktail!

There's nothing quite like a refreshing tropical Mango Coconut Daiquiri made with fresh mango, coconut rum, and coconut cream on a hot summer day.

I let that finely sliced mango soak in lime juice and sugar to mascerate which allows a lot of the natural juice to be extracted. If I were back in Maui, those mangos were so fresh and juicy they wouldn’t have needed to do this, but these mangos were not quite ripe, very tart, and they needed all the help they could get.

There's nothing quite like a refreshing tropical Mango Coconut Daiquiri made with fresh mango, coconut rum, and coconut cream on a hot summer day.

I also had this wonderful coconut heavy cream mixture leftover from the dessert and it when smashingly on top of my blended drink.

There's nothing quite like a refreshing tropical Mango Coconut Daiquiri made with fresh mango, coconut rum, and coconut cream on a hot summer day.

As pretty as the mango coconut drink was, its amazing how the pop of a bright red summer berry pleases my senses. This tiny little strawberry ended up being a garnish that made me so happy. See what pretty food does to me?

There's nothing quite like a refreshing tropical Mango Coconut Daiquiri made with fresh mango, coconut rum, and coconut cream on a hot summer day.

I was a naughty girl when I made this. Why? Because I wasn’t super hungry in the evening and this cocktail ended up being my dinner. It was so worth it, too.

There's nothing quite like a refreshing tropical Mango Coconut Daiquiri made with fresh mango, coconut rum, and coconut cream on a hot summer day.

The time difference between the photo above and below was only about 5 minutes. I have no shame!

There's nothing quite like a refreshing tropical Mango Coconut Daiquiri made with fresh mango, coconut rum, and coconut cream on a hot summer day.

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Mango Coconut Daiquiri
 
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There's nothing quite like a refreshing tropical Mango Coconut Daiquiri made with fresh mango, coconut rum, and coconut cream on a hot summer day.
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Recipe type: cocktail
Yields: 2 cocktails
Ingredients
daiquiri:
  • 1 large fresh mango
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • squeeze of fresh lime juice
  • 6 ounces coconut rum
topping:
  • 1 teaspoon coconut cream
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon coconut rum
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
Instructions
  1. Cut the mango lengthwise as close to the seed as you can on both sides. Then cut off any additional mango left around the edge of the seed. Remove skin. Thinly slice mango and set aside in bowl. Sprinkle sugar over fruit and squeeze lime onto mango as well. Allow fruit to mascerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the sugar to extract as much juice as possible.
  2. To make the daiquiri, combine sweetened mango and all the juice in the blender with coconut rum and a big handful of ice. Blend until smooth.
  3. To make the topping, whisk coconut cream, heavy whipping cream, sugar and coconut rum together until light and fluffy.
  4. Garnish with fresh mango and a bright beautiful berry.

There's nothing quite like a refreshing tropical Mango Coconut Daiquiri made with fresh mango, coconut rum, and coconut cream on a hot summer day.

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Refreshing Raspberry Mule

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This Refreshing Raspberry Mule combines lime sweetened raspberry puree with vodka and ginger beer to create a tasty, refreshing, and easy to make cocktail.

This Refreshing Raspberry Mule combines lime sweetened raspberry puree with vodka and ginger beer to create a tasty, refreshing, and easy to make cocktail.

This cocktail was a bit of a no brainer. It was easy to throw together. A traditional Moscow Mule is the combination of lime juice, vodka, and ginger beer. I just prettied it up a bit by adding tart raspberries and sweet simple syrup. You could totally make this kid friendly by omitting the vodka because ginger beer, after all, has no more alcohol than root beer does. I made this drink for my husband and asked him to describe it for me. He thought long and hard and he finally came up with his answer: “good”. Not super helpful when I was searching for words to include in my description of how wonderful it is.  After some more prying, I finally got him to say “refreshing”, so that is why I called it a Refreshing Raspberry Mule. Enjoy!

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This Refreshing Raspberry Mule combines lime sweetened raspberry puree with vodka and ginger beer to create a tasty, refreshing, and easy to make cocktail.
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Recipe type: cocktail
Yields: 1 cocktail
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raspberries (12-15)
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 3 ounces vodka
  • 3 ounces ginger beer
Instructions
  1. Combine raspberries, lime juice, and simple syrup in blender and process until smooth, about 30 seconds. Pour mixture through a fine mesh sieve to separate any seeds. Combine strained raspberry juice with vodka. Refrigerate or freeze until ready to serve.
  2. When ready to serve, combine vodka raspberry juice with ginger beer in an ice filled glass. Enjoy!
Notes
If you don't have simple syrup on hand, its easy to make. Just combine equal volumes of water and sugar in a saucepan and heat while swirling just until sugar dissolves. Cool before using and store in air tight container in the refrigerator.

 

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Watermelon Limeade

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Watermelon Limeade is a refreshing and tasty summer drink made from fresh watermelon and limes, perfect for all ages on a hot summer day.

Watermelon Limeade is a refreshing and tasty summer drink made from fresh watermelon and limes, perfect for all ages on a hot summer day.

This was sure a fun way to consume a watermelon.

Watermelon Limeade is a refreshing and tasty summer drink made from fresh watermelon and limes, perfect for all ages on a hot summer day.

I was at the grocery store like I am every week, and I started to daydream about summer produce. You see, its around late spring that I start to go into some serious withdrawl. The citrus and apples and pears of winter can only tide me over for so long. Then I start longing for the sun kissed fruit of the Pacific Northwest. The bounty of berries, melons, and tomatoes up here is incredible, but also sadly very short lived. I had to do something to tame my craving, so I bought a baby watermelon. Long story short, it wasn’t very good, so I through it in the blender. I do this every time a watermelon isn’t perfect and I end up making really good drinks like blended watermelon margaritas, watermelon gin fizz, watermelon mint agua fresca, and this watermelon limeade.

Watermelon Limeade is a refreshing and tasty summer drink made from fresh watermelon and limes, perfect for all ages on a hot summer day.

If you recall, classic lemonade is basically made from lemon juice, water, and simple syrup. I followed the same methodology for this drink, but instead of lemon juice I used lime and instead of water, I used watermelon juice. It was perfect!  If you find it needs to be diluted, just add a punch of ice, let it melt a bit, then stir. This is a perfectly refreshing drink for a hot summer day, and can easily be turned into a quick cocktail with a splash of your favorite booze.

Watermelon Limeade is a refreshing and tasty summer drink made from fresh watermelon and limes, perfect for all ages on a hot summer day.

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Watermelon Limeade
 
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Watermelon Limeade is a refreshing and tasty summer drink made from fresh watermelon and limes, perfect for all ages on a hot summer day.
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Recipe type: drink
Yields: 4 drinks
Ingredients
  • 4 cups fresh watermelon juice
  • 4 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 4 ounces simple syrup
Instructions
  1. To make watermelon juice, process chunks of fresh watermelon in your blender until liquefied. Pour through fine mesh strainer if there were any seeds or solids.
  2. To make watermelon limeade, combine watermelon juice, lime juice, and simple syrup in a pitcher. Add ice. Serve immediately or allow ice to melt a bit, stir, and then serve.
Notes
If you don't have simple syrup on hand, its easy to make. Just combine equal volumes of water and sugar in a saucepan and heat while swirling just until sugar dissolves. Cool before using and store in air tight container in the refrigerator.

 

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