Strawberry Mojito

Love this summer cocktail! Ever since we have been home from the beach, I get it out almost every time we go to dinner. It is my new favorite! So I have made it my mission to perfect the Mojito at home. I may or may not have gone through an entire bottle of rum. Just the sacrifice I am willing to make for you guys!

 

Ingredients- serves 2- but I drink both because the hubby doesn’t do rum ūüėČ

6 large strawberries, sliced
10 fresh mint leaves
2 shots of your favorite white rum
2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons simple syrup – equal parts water and sugar, boiled until combined, then cooled…I make a batch and keep it in the fridge.
1/4 cup club soda (or sprite/7up tastes awesome in there as well)

***For a non-alcoholic version, you can simply omit the rum and add a bit more soda

Directions

In a glass, muddle the simple syrup, strawberries, and fresh mint leaves. That smell is glorious!  Add a handful of ice to your glass and pour in the white rum, lime juice, and club soda. Carefully combine together, garnish with a sprig of mint, and enjoy!

Do you have a favorite summer cocktail? Share in the comments section, please!!

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If you have a Chenin Blanc, Champagne, ¬†or even¬†a Prosecco, you could sub that for the soda ūüėČ No judgments here! Cheers!

Peach Vodka

On Monday, I cut up 4 peaches and put them in a large mason jar. Then I added vodka to half of the jar.

Tonight I tested it to see if it was ready. It looks like this..

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I taste tested a tablespoon. It was pretty strong, so I just added a shot of it to a some mango passion fruit  juice.

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Perfect nightcap!

Recipe Review- Sophisticated Long Island Iced Tea

So remember that one time in college you ordered a Long Island Iced Tea? It was gross, but you drank it anyway because you didn’t want to be THAT girl. Well, this is nothing like that. It actually tastes good!

The Long Island Iced Tea dates back to the 50’s when Long Island house wives wanted to drink, but didn’t want their husbands to know they were sneaking their stash. They would just put a small amount of everything in cola, tea, or soda water. Problem solved! Brilliant! Well, it is 2015, so hopefully you don’t need your husbands permission to drink. ¬†If you do, come over to my house. I will provide the liquor and hook you up with a divorce lawyer!

Courtesy of Geoffery Zakarian on The Kitchen…

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/geoffrey-zakarian/gz-long-island-iced-tea.html

Ingredients
1 ounce Sour Mix, recipe follows
3/4 ounce vodka
3/4 ounce gin
3/4 ounce tequila
3/4 ounce rum
3/4 ounce triple sec
Splash of rose champagne
Lime or lemon slices, for garnish
Sour Mix:
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup lemon juice
3/4 cup lime juice

Directions
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the Sour Mix, vodka, gin, tequila, rum and triple sec. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds and then strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Top with rose champagne, garnish with a lime or lemon slice and serve.

Sour Mix:
Combine the sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and let cool completely. Stir in the lemon and lime juice. Store, covered, in a glass or plastic container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Yield: About 3 cups

Recipe courtesy of Geoffrey Zakarian

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Spinach Chips

I had a nice quiet house, a growling tummy, and a bag of spinach. I made this…

http://theindolentcook.blogspot.com/2010/11/oven-baked-spinach-chips.html

This snack or side dish goes well with a nice glass of Cabernet. Would be a nice snack for girls night or happy hour!

Enjoy some healthy indulgence!
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Fuzzy Navel with Fresh Fruit and Prosecco

Heeheehee…For some reason, the name of this drink makes me giggle. A traditional fuzzy navel has OJ and peach schnapps. I decided to change mine up a bit. I just happened to have fresh oranges and a big juicy peach. I used my hand juicer to get all the fresh juice out and combined that with about a shot of triple sec and topped off with Prosecco. Delish!
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Cocktail time!

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It is Saturday! My 3 girlies are spending the night with my sweet parents, and my husband is playing hockey until late. I have a 3 year old German Shepard and Husky mix who is crazy smart. He nosed his way into my open food cabinet, where he found a bone. He may have even jumped in my lap for some spoiled doggie kisses and extra belly rubs. This is a good combo for those who want to have a drink but not waste their hour time on the treadmill…I have a 5K coming up in September…