We had such a lovely Fourth of July yesterday. It was a beautiful day here in Arizona and we lazed around all day and I threw together a quick blueberry puree in my ninja blender. I had quite a bit of fresh mint left in the fridge and whipped together this refreshing sipper with some store bought lemonade. Normally I make fresh lemonade when our ginormous lemon tree is in season, but I think it is yummy even with store bought. I like the brand Simply Lemonade. The great thing about this quick cocktail is the little ones can enjoy it sans vodka, so it’s family friendly. Just whip up the puree earlier in the day and keep it in the fridge with the fresh mint.
We finished off the night swimming in the pool and sipping cocktails with our friends, while watching our neighbors’ fireworks. We are lucky to have neighbors a few blocks away who shoot off fireworks every year so we stay home and swim in the pool while taking in the bright display. Stay safe and enjoy Summer everyone!
Blueberry Mint Lemonade (with optional Vodka)
2 pints fresh blueberries, rinsed
1 Cup water
Place the blueberries and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to a simmer and simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Once cool, puree in a blender until smooth (some little bits of blueberry are fine).
How to make cocktail:
In a tall Collins glass place 1 1/2 Tbsp. of blueberry puree and mint leaves from one sprig. Smash lightly the mint with a spoon. Fill the glass with 1 oz. of vodka, one more sprig of mint, then top off with crushed ice and lemonade.
Tip for storing fresh mint: When you bring the mint home from the store, take it out of the package, rinse in cold water, and place in a glass of cold water (I use a mason jar). Make sure the sprigs are immersed in the water.
I have a serious THING for key lime pie, so turning that into a martini? yeah…
Is there really anymore to say? Other than this is for my Summer Cocktail Series. Cocktail # 2
Commence with the sippin’ and the porch sittin’ !!
Key Lime Pie Martini
1.5 oz. vanilla vodka
1 oz. key lime juice
1 tsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. Coco Lopez
0.5 oz. (1 Tbsp.) pineapple juice
1 oz. heavy cream
One drop mint green (gel) food color
Fill a martini glass or coupe glass with crushed ice to chill.
On a small plate mix the graham cracker crumbs and sugar together.
Mix the martini per instructions* in the cocktail shaker.
Pour out the ice water from the martini glass and wipe dry.
Cut a small piece of lime and wipe around the rim of martini/coupe glass.
Dip the rim of the glass into the cracker mixture.
Strain the cocktail into the glass and serve immediately.
* Fill a cocktail shaker with all the ingredients then fill with ice. Shake vigourously.
Graham Cracker Rim:
1 full rectangular square graham cracker ground to crumbs in either a mortar/pestle or in a ziplock bag using rolling pin. Mix the crumbs with 2 tsp. of sugar. (You could also use cinnamon graham cracker if you prefer).
Fresh ripe juicy blackberries
Elderflower St. Germain liqueur
Warm gentle breezes
A few of your best friends
What do all of these have in common? The Amelia cocktail– named after Amelia Earhart is a wonderful, berrylicious, bright and fresh cocktail that comes together quite easily in a cocktail shaker. The end result is a gorgeous purple-maroon colored beauty. Sorry guys- this is a girly girl drink.
Summer lends itself to our creative senses when it comes to sipping on something refreshing, so I’m starting a new category called “Summer Cocktail Series” to get us in the mood. The star of this beautiful libation utilizes fresh blackberries, sugar, lemon juice and St. Germain liqueur. St. Germain is a liqueur made from elderflower and it pairs nicely with berries and lemon because of it’s citrus notes.
Mix this up ahead of time and find a pretty glass container and invite your BFF’s over for some lazy sipping on the front porch. Serve it in coupe wineglasses if you have them, (or a martini glass will do) placed on a pretty serving tray for a style reminiscent of old Hollywood glamour. You can multiply the recipe and keep it in the fridge in a pretty glass container of your choice so easy pouring and seconds will not distract you from your lazy porch sitting-slow sipping-catching up on neighborhood gossip-entertaining duties. Serve it alongside simple hors d’oeuvres and you will never leave the porch or pool side. Enjoy~
The Amelia Cocktail
recipe: adapted slightly from Nordstrom Bar
yield: two cocktails
12 fresh large plump blackberries
1 Tbsp. super fine sugar
2.5 oz. vodka
2 oz. St. Germaine liqueur
1 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
ice to fill cocktail shaker
Garnish: fresh blackberries, mint, super fine sugar for rimming glasses
Chill glasses ahead of time in the fridge or place ice in each glass to fill then fill with enough water to fill each glass. Right before serving, dump out the ice cold water before pouring the cocktail.
Prepare cocktail: In a cocktail shaker place the berries and sugar. Muddle the berries and sugar (with a cocktail muddler or end of a large wooden spoon) until broken down and juicy. Add the vodka, St. Germain, lemon juice and enough ice to fill the shaker. Cap the shaker and shake vigourosly about 20 times.
Prepare glasses: Remove chilled glasses from fridge (or dump out the ice water from glasses and wipe dry). Swipe a small piece of lemon around the rims of glasses and then dip the glasses in sugar (place sugar on a small plate for easy rimming). Strain the cocktail into the glasses and serve garnished with fresh mint and blackberries.
I always wanted a house with a big wrap around porch. You know the kind you see on those fancy home renovation shows. It would have dual porch swings facing each other and trees in the front yard lending soft breezes. My friends would stop by and I would whip up some boozy fruit flavored drink and we would sit for hours talking about nothing. I have a backyard pool with palm trees that give off a nice breeze, so don’t feel too sorry for me, but this is the kind of drink that evokes porch sippin’. If you have a nice covered front porch I demand you to make this drink and invite over a friend or two….
Blackberry-Mint Vodka Fizz
1.5 oz. blackberry mint syrup (recipe below)
crushed ice (this is key)
lime (or plain) flavored sparkling water (I used La Croix lime)
1.0 oz. vodka (optional)
4-5 fresh blackberries
sprig of fresh mint
In a short glass tumbler place crushed ice and blackberry mint syrup. Add in sparkling water or plain soda and optional vodka. Stir. Top with berries and fresh mint.
Blackberry mint syrup
makes a generous 1 Cup
1 Cup water
1 Cup sugar
2 Cups fresh or frozen blackberries
1/4 Cup fresh (clean) mint (about 20 leaves)
Bring everything to a boil except the mint. While mixture is coming to a boil crush the blackberries softly (they don’t have to be totally crushed). Let mixture boil for about 6 minutes. Remove from heat and then add the fresh mint. Let mint steep for 20 minutes, then strain out solids and store syrup in refrigerator.
Have you ever had one of those days…. you have already put in more than 9 hours today and you just can’t seem to make a dent in that towering stack of work on your desk you matter how hard you try? and the promise of a good martini is the only thing that is keeping you from going off the deep end?
That stack of papers is so menacing at this point you have actually started memorizing the way it looks from top to bottom? Scratch that, you HAVE memorized it.
Truth be told if someone were to come in and remove something from the pile, you would know. Immediately.
Yeah, you know what I’m talking about- the office that looks like “controlled chaos” You might as well cash it in, ’cause you are no bueno at this point my friend…
A hot bath, and a sweet sip of one of these candy bar martinis after a long day is just what the Dr. ordered.
Note: I’ve partnered with the awesome folks at www.Drizly.com who were gracious to supply me with the items needed to inspire my candy bar martini recipes!
1 1/2 oz. half and half
1 oz. Crème de Cacao liqueur
1 1/2 oz. Dark Godiva Chocolate liqueur
1 oz. caramel flavored vodka
1/4 oz. chocolate syrup
Fill a martini shaker with ice. Pour the contents into the shaker and shake vigorously to mix. Drizzle inside of a martini glass with caramel sauce and chocolate sauce. Strain contents into martini glass and garnish with mini snickers bar on rim of glass.
Almond Joy Martini
1 oz. Malibu rum
1 oz. Amaretto liqueur
1 oz. Crème de Cacao liqueur
2 oz. half and half
chocolate sauce and sweetened coconut (optional for garnish)
Fill a martini shaker with ice. Pour in the contents and shake vigorously. Prepare a martini glass by dipping edge in chocolate sauce and dipping in sweetened coconut. Strain contents into martini glass and serve.
You know I love a good cocktail. It’s Summer and it’s time for a great fruity drink that calls for sipping on the porch or by the pool. Summer is the best time to explore new drinks as the fruit is ripe and plentiful. If you are lucky enough to have a strawberry plant then you can pluck off a little white or pink flower from the plant and use as a garnish, or simply garnish with a ripe strawberry placed on the rim of the glass.
Strawberry Cassis Martini
yield: 2 servings
4 fresh strawberries, (preferably large size) washed and dried
4-6 ice cubes
4 oz. quality vodka
2 tsp. crème de cassis liquer
2 tsp. fresh lime juice
2 tsp. sugar (preferably superfine sugar)
Prepare 2 martini glasses or other decorative glasses by chilling in the fridge. Muddle 2 strawberries in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add in the ice, vodka, crème de cassis, lime juice and sugar. Shake vigorously about 10-12 times. Prepare the rim of the glasses by rubbing with lime juice around the rim and dip each one into sugar. Strain and divide the contents into the two chilled glasses. Garnish each glass with a fresh strawberry on the rim by making a small slit into the berry with a sharp knife.