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

Hawaiian Stone Sour
 
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 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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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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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.

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.
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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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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!

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.
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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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Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

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

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

Nothing crazy weird here. This, my friends, is just a basic fresh squeezed lemonade. I would like to believe that everyone already knows how to make it and are looking at this post wondering why I bothered, but I’ve come to find out that there are a lot of people out there who don’t make their own freshly squeezed lemonade. They either buy it in a bottle, make it from concentrate, or *gasp* mix it up from a powder. Don’t get me wrong – when I was a kid I thought Country Time Lemonade was the best thing on the planet. Now, there’s no way you’d ever catch me drinking that stuff.

The trick to a really good lemonade, as with most sweetened drinks, is to use simple syrup. I’m sure you can buy simple syrup but its a cinch to make and it keeps for quite awhile when stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator. All you do is combine equal parts of sugar and water in a pan and heat just until the sugar has fully dissolved. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Now, feel free to follow my recipe or change it up to satisfy your preferences. I prefer a rather tart lemonade. I want my cheeks to pucker just a wee bit. But if you like it sweeter, just add more simple syrup. In my younger years I used to just mix lemon juice with sugar and water but the sugar would never fully dissolve. As a kid, this was fantastic because I could suck up the gritty sugar with my straw. As a sophisticated adult, however, I enjoy my lemonade to be 100% liquid.

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

 

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There is nothing better than enjoying an ice cold glass of easy-to-make classic homemade Fresh Squeezed Lemonade on a gorgeous warm day.
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Recipe type: drink
Yields: 1 glass
Ingredients
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 4 ounces water
  • ice
Instructions
  1. Combine lemon juice, simple syrup, and water. Mix well. Pour over ice and 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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Lemon Berry Cubes

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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.

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.

I sure do love me some frozen fruit and/or citrus cubes. We make refreshing lime water all the time in our house and we love popping out a cube or two to mix in with water. These lemon berry cubes are great, too, because you can drop them in a glass of water to have instant berry lemonade, or you can mix them with soda water for a bubbly version, mix them into some ginger ale or lemon lime soda if you want it a bit sweeter, or you can mix them with all of the above along with a healthy splash of tequila or vodka for what I like to call “mommy’s lemonade”.

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.

I have no shortage of frozen berries in my deep freezer. I live in Oregon, for crying out loud. One of my most favorite summer activities is to pick berries and freeze them for the remainder of the year. Let me tell you that you’ve have never really enjoyed a blueberry until you’ve picked a sun kissed perfectly ripe organic blueberry from an Oregon farm. Pure heaven.  I ended up using frozen blueberries, raspberries, and marionberries for these cubes. I combined them with fresh squeezed lemon juice and some simple syrup that I had made.

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.

I love using my little silicon ice cube tray. It makes perfect cubes and that makes me happy. Even when these lemon berry cubes are totally solid, they’re still a bit soft so be aware of that when you’re sliding them out of the tray.

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.

I personally don’t mind the seeds, but if you can’t stand them, you’ll either need to use fruit with no or very small seeds like blueberries and strawberries instead of raspberries and blackberries, or you can go the extra mile and thaw the berries, process them in the blender, then press them through a fine mesh sieve. This is a step that I might do if I’m entertaining and really want to impress, but since my family likes it a bit chunky with seeds, I don’t have to go the extra mile.

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.

These cubes are basically concentrated lemonade mixed with a lot of berry. Because of that, they’re on the tart side. I prefer them that way because super sweet lemonade makes me ill, and I like the option of being able to mix it with a lemon lime soda. I’m just letting you know so you don’t think I tricked you. These are on the tart side. If you like them sweeter, add more simple syrup. Then, when you’re ready to dilute them to make a fabulous drink, be sure to use a cute straw because its fun.

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.

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Lemon Berry Cubes
 
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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.
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Recipe type: drink
Yields: 15 cubes
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeeze lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup
  • 1 cup frozen berries (I used blueberry, raspberry, and blackberry)
Instructions
  1. To make simple syrup, just combine equal volumes of sugar and water in a saucepan and heat while occasionally swirling until the sugar dissolves. Cool before using and store in airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  2. Combine lemon juice, simple syrup, and frozen berries in the blender. Pulse until you've achieved your desired consistency (I prefer some small chunks as opposed to smooth).
  3. Spread into silicon ice cube tray and freeze until solid.
  4. Serve with water to dilute and turn into berry lemonade, mix in some booze if you prefer, or add to a big punch bowl with water and soda. You get the idea...
Notes
* If you don't like seeds, you will need to either use fruit that has no or very tiny seeds (like blueberries and strawberries), or you will need to thaw your fruit and press it through a fine mesh sieve once blended.
* Also, this makes a very tart lemonade when blended with water because of the berries. I intentionally left it tart in case you want to mix it with a sweet soda. If you intend on just blending these cubes with water, you may want to add more simple syrup.

 

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Grapefruit Mimosa

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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.

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.

When you can go to Costco and pick up a bag of big, beautiful, juicy, vibrant pink grapefruits, you do two things. 1) Enjoy the fact that although its winter and a fresh berry is months away, the citrus is AMAZING this time of year and 2) Grapefruit Mimosas kick some serious ass. Now, you may know a mimosa as juice + champagne. Its my favorite way to enjoy orange juice, after all. But grapefruit juice, even a super sweet one, is too bitter when paired with champagne. That’s why I like to sweeten it up with a bit of simple syrup and add a hefty splash of Grand Marnier to really bring out the citrus notes. Now, the amount of simple syrup I put in this cocktail bordered on almost-too-sweet for my liking, but it was definitely lip smacking good.

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.

The result is a pretty and bubbly breakfast cocktail that is super easy to make a refreshing change from a plain old glass of orange juice. Enjoy!

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.

Grapefruit Mimosa
 
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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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Recipe type: cocktail
Yields: 1 cocktail
Ingredients
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 1/2 ounce orange flavored liquor (I used Grand Marnier)
  • 2 ounces grapefruit juice
  • top with champagne
Instructions
  1. Make your simple syrup by combining equal volumes of water and granulated sugar in a sauce pot over medium heat, swirling until all of the sugar has dissolved. Cool and store in refrigerator.
  2. In a champagne flute, combine simple syrup with orange liquor. Add freshly squeeze grapefruit juice. Finally top with chilled champagne. Enjoy!

 

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