Trying to find delicious and refreshing alternatives to alcohol can be hard, especially in the summer when all you want to do is have a cocktail in the sunshine! Whether you’re on a fitness journey, trying to consume things in moderation or simply don’t like the taste of alcohol – this is the drink for you! Its flavorful, fun and uses delicious summer cherries. Grab the four ingredients and your muddler and lets make the tastiest cocktail all summer long!
1/4 cup fresh mint 3 limes Ginger Beer 5 red cherries
Slice limes and juice them into a cup. Pit the cherries and slice in half. Add the cherries and mint to the cup with lime juice. Muddle them together until the cherries have broken down a little and released some of their juices. Place ice in glass and pour in lime, mint and cherries. Top with ginger beer and garnish with additional lime slice. Enjoy!
*If you do not want to add the cherries you can substitute with pomegranate, orange, other seasonal fruit or omit completely!
It’s New Years Eve!!! Wow, cannot believe 2020 is coming to an end. THANK GOODNESS! Even though this year was a whole lot extra, I can’t say it didn’t have its bright moments. I became an aunt to TWO of the sweetest little boys, I challenged myself both professionally and personally and cooked a whole lot of delicious food (thanks to my new work from home gig). If you are looking for a last minute easy and TASTY cocktail to ring in the New Year, you should make this Blood Orange Bourbon Fizz! It’s sweet and tangy and simply delicious! Only a few ingredients, some tasty bourbon, a shaker and your one step closer to this perfect cocktail!
3 oz Bourbon (I used Woodford Reserve)
2 blood oranges, juiced
Handful of blueberries
6 oz Champagne
Add blood orange juice to a shaker with blueberries and a handful of ice. Add 1 oz of Bourbon to the shaker with a splash of bitters (like 3-4 shakes). Shake Shake Shake for 30-60 seconds! Shaking helps to melt a little bit of the ice which helps bring this entire drink together. Add 1 oz of Bourbon to each of your classes with two ice cubes each. Strain blood orange mixture evenly between the two glasses. Top with Champagne and garnish with a slice of blood orange, a few blueberries and a blood orange twist (take a peeler and peel some of the blood orange skin, twist and add to your glass).
Now drink and repeat a few times while you ring in the New Year!
Weekends mean cocktails and the only beverage I am reaching for this weekend is this refreshing, delicious Strawberry Paloma. Traditionally a Paloma is a tequila cocktail mixed with grapefruit soda, lime & salt. I have taken the traditional and kicked it up a few notches – because duh!
I love love love tequila – yes I know this particular spirit isn’t everyone’s favorite BUT my fellow tequila lovers will love this cocktail! When it comes to tequila their are three different varieties – blanco (silver), reposado & anjeo. There is a huge difference amongst the three! Blanco Tequila is not aged – meaning the agave has not had time to develop over time. This particular type of tequila is the best for mixed drinks like paloma’s & margarita’s! Reposado Tequila which is a little golden in color is aged (for at least two months) in oak barrels. The aging process allows for the tequila to develop flavor from the oak barrel. Anjeo Tequila is aged for at least a year – the flavors are very robust and is a dark golden color. Anjeo Tequila is great for sipping!
What You’ll Need: Tequila – I am using Espolon Blanco Tequila Grapefruit Sparkling Water – I am using Spindrift Grapefruit 1 Cup Strawberries 2 Limes
Instructions: First, I cut up the strawberries, remove the stems and quarter the berry. Add the cut strawberries into a jar and squeeze the juice of 1 lime into the jar. Muddle the mixture until there is a good amount of liquid and the strawberries are mashed up. TIP: If you don’t have a traditional muddle you can use other kitchen essentials – I used a beater that goes to my hand mixture. Transfer the muddled strawberry and lime mixture to a shaker or large glass jar (make sure it has a lid). Fill the jar up half way with ice. Add three ounces of tequila – or more if you are trying to feel good! I added a little more lime juice for balance! Close the jar and shake shake shake! Add ice to your glasses and strain the liquid into each glass evenly. Top with Grapefruit Sparkling Water and add extra strawberries as garnish! Enjoy!