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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Mango Mint Mojito

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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. 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.

Mango Mint Mojito
 
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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!

Tequila Pina Colada
 
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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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10 Mouthwatering Citrus Recipes

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‘Tis the season of citrus, and I have 10 Mouthwatering Citrus Recipes made from every variation of lemon, orange, lime that will tantalize your taste buds.

'Tis the season of citrus, and I have 10 Mouthwatering Citrus Recipes made from every variation of lemon, orange, lime that will tantalize your taste buds.

'Tis the season of citrus, and I have 10 Mouthwatering Citrus Recipes made from every variation of lemon, orange, lime that will tantalize your taste buds.

As you might know, I live in Portland, and I’m pretty sure that after this last rainy season I have seasonal mood disorder. If you don’t know what that is, you probably live in Southern California. We recently had our first few days of bright warm weather and my positive mood shot through the roof. That was the positive confirmation that I needed to know that the dark grey, low, wet Portland winter skies were giving me the blues. But there’s something else that depresses me during the winter months – the lack of incredible local produce!  The Pacific Northwest produces some of the finest crops in the world, but the down side is that our growing season doesn’t last all year long. One of the things that gets me through these tough months is citrus. That’s right. To me, citrus represents the end of the holidays and the beginning of warm dry weather that has yet to come.  I’m not shy of citrus recipes either. I’ve made everything from baked grapefruit, to grapefruit mimosas, to a grapefruit tequila slammer, to a healthy pomegranate orange arugula spinach salad and pomegranate orange muffins. That’s not even counting all the lemon and lime recipes that I’ve made! So if you’re getting over the winter blues like I am, hopefully these recipes will help tide you over until we are surrounded by berries and sunshine!

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Key Lime Pie

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This authentic homemade Key Lime Pie made with a gingersnap crust will deliver the perfect mouthwatering dessert in the form of a slice of heaven.

This authentic homemade Key Lime Pie made with a gingersnap crust will deliver the perfect mouthwatering dessert in the form of a slice of heaven.

Occasionally I like to publish fun facts about the food I publish including interesting health benefits or why I prefer to use a certain ingredient over the other. Thanks to my friend, wikipedia, I’m going to tell you a bit about key limes:

The Key lime (Citrus ×aurantiifolia) is a citrus hybrid with a globose fruit, 2.5–5 cm in diameter (1–2 in), that is yellow when ripe but usually picked green commercially.

It is smaller and seedier, with a higher acidity, a stronger aroma, and a thinner rind, than that of the Persian lime (Citrus × latifolia). It is valued for its unique flavor compared to other limes, with the Key lime usually having a more sweet and bitter flavor. The name comes from its association with the Florida Keys, where it is best known as the flavoring ingredient in Key lime pie. It is also known as West Indian lime, bartender’s lime, Omani lime, or Mexican lime, the last classified as a distinct race with a thicker skin and darker green color. Philippine varieties have various names, including dayap and bilolo.

You see, I’m sure you could make a key lime pie with regular limes, but that would just feel dirty to me. So, I went to the store and found me a bag of real key limes. They were a real bitch to juice because they were so small, but I was determined to make this pie authentic.

This authentic homemade Key Lime Pie made with a gingersnap crust will deliver the perfect mouthwatering dessert in the form of a slice of heaven.

You can totally make this with your standard graham cracker crust, but I think the flavor of ginger snaps is amazing with the mouth puckering zing of citrus, so I used Trader Joe’s ginger thin cookies. Oh my, was this pie good. I wanted to take some photos of the individual slices but we kind of devoured the pie before I could get one of those pretty “staged” photos. The pie is definitely easier to slice after it has really set in the refrigerator. Also, I used a full 2/3 cup of the lime juice because I love the tart flavor, but keep in mind that the more juice you use, the longer it will take to set up. If you love citrus desserts like I do, be sure to check out my blood orange cupcakes, strawberry rhubarb lemon bars, and my gorgeous (if I do say so myself) strawberry lemonade baked donuts. Enjoy!

This authentic homemade Key Lime Pie made with a gingersnap crust will deliver the perfect mouthwatering dessert in the form of a slice of heaven.

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This authentic homemade Key Lime Pie made with a gingersnap crust will deliver the perfect mouthwatering dessert in the form of a slice of heaven.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Yields: 8 servings
Ingredients
crust:
  • 9 ounces ginger snaps, processed into fine crumbs
  • 8 tablespoons (1 cube) unsalted butter
filling:
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1-2 teaspoons key lime zest
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup key lime juice (depending on preferred tartness)
topping:
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1-2 tablespoons confectioner's sugar, depending on taste
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. To make the crust, combine ginger snap crumbs and melted butter in medium bowl and mix well until crumbs are evenly coated. Press crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of a standard 9-inch pie dish. Bake crust in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Set on cooling rack while you prepare filling. Allow oven to remain at temperature.
  3. To make the filling, beat zest and egg yolks in stand mixer with whisk attachment on medium high speed until pale and thick, about 5 minutes. Add sweetened condensed milk and beat until thickened again, about 3 minutes more. Whisk key lime juice into yolk mixture until combined. Pour into ginger snap crust and bake pie for another 10 minutes, until set but not browned. Let pie cool completely before adding topping.
  4. To make the topping, beat heavy cream with sugar in stand mixer using whisk attachment until soft peaks form. Take care not to over or under beat. Spread over top of chilled pie. Ideally, pie should be chilled overnight so that it can fully set and can be easily sliced.
  5. This delicious pie will last up to a week if refrigerated... but who can let a pie like this sit in their frig for a week without eating it?

This authentic homemade Key Lime Pie made with a gingersnap crust will deliver the perfect mouthwatering dessert in the form of a slice of heaven.
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Strawberry Coconut Lava Flow

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This blended non-alcoholic Strawberry Coconut Lava Flow made with fresh strawberries, pineapple juice and coconut cream is the perfect tropical mocktail.

This blended non-alcoholic Strawberry Coconut Lava Flow made with fresh strawberries, pineapple juice and coconut cream is the perfect tropical mocktail.

This blended non-alcoholic Strawberry Coconut Lava Flow made with fresh strawberries, pineapple juice and coconut cream is the perfect tropical mocktail.

I saw the most beautiful red and white layered drinks the other day while I had a 15 minute block of time to fill and I used it staring at food photos on the internet. I got the bright idea that I would make said red and white layered drink. It can’t be that hard to blend up something delicious that settles into perfectly uniform layers, right?  Well, I got the delicious part down, just not so much the layered part. Not to worry. Your mouth won’t care – I promise you. I still ended up alternating the pour of my red and white layers, they just mixed to together a little more than I had wanted. I’ll tell you one thing though: This drink was DE-LIC-IOUS. Oh my. I made it for my kids because it was a rare thing for me to make a delicious drink that wasn’t filled with booze, but I figured I’d better let the kids have something special once in awhile too. I will never admit, however, to the fact that any time they turned their heads I stole a sip of their drinks.


This blended non-alcoholic Strawberry Coconut Lava Flow made with fresh strawberries, pineapple juice and coconut cream is the perfect tropical mocktail. 

The combination of the pina colada flavors from the pineapple juice and coconut cream mixed with the fresh strawberries made tart by fresh lime juice and sweetened up with simple syrup – ugh. It was pure perfection. It was creamy and tropical and perfectly sweet. It made me feel like I was sitting on a white sand beach with warm clear water. Oh yes, this drink was tasty!

This blended non-alcoholic Strawberry Coconut Lava Flow made with fresh strawberries, pineapple juice and coconut cream is the perfect tropical mocktail.

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This blended non-alcoholic Strawberry Coconut Lava Flow made with fresh strawberries, pineapple juice and coconut cream is the perfect tropical mocktail.
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Recipe type: drink
Yields: 1 drink
Ingredients
  • 3 ounces unsweetened coconut cream
  • 3 ounces pineapple juice
  • 6-7 large strawberries
  • 2 ounces simple syrup
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • lime
Instructions
  1. First, blend the coconut cream, pineapple juice, and a handful of ice until smooth. Pour into a separate measuring cup and set aside. Wash out blender.
  2. Second, blend together strawberries, simple syrup, lime juice, and a handful of ice.
  3. Alternate pouring coconut mixture with strawberry mixture into a large glass. Garnish with a fresh strawberry. 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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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 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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Hot Smoked Salmon

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Use fresh or frozen salmon fillets to create a citrus and herb infused Hot Smoked Salmon that is packed with flavor. Perfect on its own or in other recipes.

 Use fresh or frozen salmon fillets to create a citrus and herb infused Hot Smoked Salmon that is packed with flavor. Perfect on its own or in other recipes.

If you have a smoker and you haven’t smoked salmon, you need to get started! Hot smoked salmon has so much flavor, and when cooked properly, it has an excellent texture. I have a hard time not eating it all right after it comes off the smoker, but it tastes so good in other recipes or on salads that I force myself to save some.

 Use fresh or frozen salmon fillets to create a citrus and herb infused Hot Smoked Salmon that is packed with flavor. Perfect on its own or in other recipes.

The secret to a good smoked salmon is to first brine it. The brine actually forms a moisture barrier on the outside of the fillet so that it doesn’t dry out during the smoking process. Then, right before you smoke it, you smother it with a wonderful citrus herb mixture that gives it so much flavor. Mmmmm.

 Use fresh or frozen salmon fillets to create a citrus and herb infused Hot Smoked Salmon that is packed with flavor. Perfect on its own or in other recipes.

I wouldn’t recommend smoking a freshly caught salmon fillet. Oh, don’t get me wrong – it would be outstanding. I just think a freshly caught fillet deserves to be grilled up and eaten right then and there. I prefer to use those salmon fillets that have been in my freezer for awhile and just wouldn’t taste very good if I thawed them out and grilled them up for dinner. You see, I like to buy an entire salmon at a time. Its often cheaper when you buy the whole salmon at a place like Whole Foods, and they’ll fillet it exactly how you’d like, wrap each fillet up in freezer paper, and will even wrap up the head, tail, and bones so you can go home and make a wonderful salmon chowder for dinner made from an extraordinary broth.

 Use fresh or frozen salmon fillets to create a citrus and herb infused Hot Smoked Salmon that is packed with flavor. Perfect on its own or in other recipes.

This is one of my most favorite ways to eat salmon. Once its done, I just pick the meat off the skin and I get rid of any of the grey flesh too. You can certainly eat that part, but it has a more fishy flavor and I’m not crazy about it. Anyway, I take the meat and refrigerate it for future use. This is what it looks like after a day in the frig. I like to put it on top of salads or make other yummy dishes with it. Either way, having such a healthy protein-filled and tasty treat at the ready in the refrigerator is always a smart option.

 Use fresh or frozen salmon fillets to create a citrus and herb infused Hot Smoked Salmon that is packed with flavor. Perfect on its own or in other recipes.

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Use fresh or frozen salmon fillets to create a citrus and herb infused Hot Smoked Salmon that is packed with flavor. Perfect on its own or in other recipes.
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Recipe type: main dish, appetizer
Yields: 1 fillet
Ingredients
  • 1 large salmon fillet
brine:
  • 2 quarts water, warmed to just above room temperature
  • 5 tablespoons salt
marinade:
  • 2 limes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • handful of fresh herbs, minced (I used basil, chives, thyme, oregano)
Instructions
  1. To brine the salmon, combine the warm water and the salt in a dish large enough to hold the salmon fillet. Stir until the salt has completely dissolved.
  2. Rinse the salmon fillet and place it, skin side down, in the brine. Allow fish to soak while covered completely in the brine for 20 minutes. Remove the salmon, gently rinse both sides with cold water, and gently dab dry with a paper towel. Set salmon, skin side down, on a wire rack for at least two hours. Your goal is to have a tacky glaze form on the fish - this keeps it from drying out while you smoke it.
  3. While the salmon is in the brine, make your marinade by combining juice and zest from limes, salt, pepper, olive oil, and minced herbs. Allow flavors to develop until fillet is ready.
  4. To smoke your fish, set your smoker to smoke and then once you have a good smoke going, set the temperature to no higher than 200 degrees F. When smoker is ready, place salmon with the skin side down on a piece of heavy duty aluminum and curl up edges to catch any juice. Spoon on marinade and cover the top of the fillet best you can. Do not do this until you are ready to smoke your salmon because the acid from the lime will start working its magic right away.
  5. Smoke in prepared smoker until the internal temperature is about 140 degrees F. I usually never test with a thermometer. I test by evaluating the color and firmness of the fish. You don't want it to flake while on the grill because the cooking process will continue even after you remove it, and if it flakes while on the grill, you've over cooked it. You basically want to remove it as soon as it is minimally done.
  6. You can eat your salmon straight out of the smoker with a squeeze of limes or use it for other recipes like in salads, breakfast frittatas, or salmon dip.

 

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Fresh Melon Basil Salad

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This vibrant and easy to make Fresh Melon Basil Salad is a healthy and tasty addition to any breakfast or brunch. Its the perfect Mother’s Day brunch treat.

This vibrant and easy to make Fresh Melon Basil Salad is a healthy and tasty addition to any breakfast or brunch. Its the perfect Mother's Day brunch treat.

Isn’t it pretty? There’s something so wonderful about having cute little perfectly shaped melon balls and then dressing them up with thin little ribbons of basil. I plan on making this ahead of time and then my kids can “make” it for me on Mother’s Day. They are so excited about making me breakfast in bed all by themselves. I plan on getting everything ready for them so all they really have to do is assemble it and carry it up stairs, but they are so excited to be able to do that for me and I am really looking forward to it.

This vibrant and easy to make Fresh Melon Basil Salad is a healthy and tasty addition to any breakfast or brunch. Its the perfect Mother's Day brunch treat.

So, I don’t have a real melon baller. I actually just used my cookie dough scoop and it worked perfectly fine. The trick to a perfectly shaped melon ball is to press it down into the melon until the fruit fills the entire scoop. Then you just twist the melon ball right out. I actually had to watch a youtube video to figure out how to do it correctly. Toss those balls (that’s what he said) in some lime juice and honey and serve them up in a chilled glass and you have a beautiful, colorful, fresh and delicious breakfast fruit salad.

This vibrant and easy to make Fresh Melon Basil Salad is a healthy and tasty addition to any breakfast or brunch. Its the perfect Mother's Day brunch treat.

Fresh Melon Basil Salad
 
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This vibrant and easy to make Fresh Melon Basil Salad is a healthy and tasty addition to any breakfast or brunch. Its the perfect Mother's Day brunch treat.
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Recipe type: Sides, breakfast
Yields: 2-4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cantaloupe or similar variety, seeds removed
  • 1/2 mini watermelon
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 4-6 large basil leaves
Instructions
  1. To scoop perfect melon balls, push melon baller (I didn't have one so I used my cookie scoop) into the melon until the fruit fills the baller, then twist to remove the ball. Super easy.
  2. In small dish, whisk together lime juice and honey until the honey dissolves. Pour lime honey mixture over your cut melon balls and gently toss to coat.
  3. To cut basil leaves into ribbons, stack the leaves, then roll them up tightly and slice. Mix in with melon. Serve chilled.

 

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