This is by far the most refreshing drink I’ve had this summer, even sans alcohol! The recipe is quite simple too. Use either a seedless watermelon or make sure you remove the seeds out of a regular one. Cut the watermelon up into small cubes and add about 3-4 cubes to a tall glass. Muddle the cubes and a few ice cubes along with some fresh mint leaves and just a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Add a shot (or two!) of your favorite white rum and top off with ginger ale. Say ahhh and enjoy
This smoothie is great for breakfast early in the morning because it’s refreshing, healthy, energizing, and not too sweet! Perfect for summer!
Ingredients (for 1 smoothie):
1/2 cup of fresh pineapple chunks
1/2 cup of fresh sliced mango
1/4 cup of water
about 1/2 an inch cube of fresh ginger, peeled
Simply throw all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add a few ice cubes to cool this down even more and add more water if you like your smoothie a bit thinner.
Summer is right around the corner…and you know what that means: margaritas by the pool! Although I love margaritas, I’m not a big fan of pre-made mixes since they tend to be high in sugar or high fructose corn syrup and add a ton of calories to your drink. Because of this, I decided to take things into my own hands and blended together a fresh strawberry margarita for me and the hubs. I didn’t look up a recipe anywhere, so went completely off my instincts. Check it out and let me know if you like it as much as we did!
Ingredients (for two margaritas)
6 to 7 fresh strawberries, washed and leaves removed
1 cup crushed ice cubes
2 shots of your favorite tequila
1 shot of Cointreau, triple sec, or other orange liqueur
1 shot of sweetened lime juice
1 tablespoon of confectioners sugar
a squeeze of fresh lime juice
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into two margarita glasses and enjoy with your favorite Mexican food, or, all by itself!
It’s finally fall and is starting to feel a bit more like it as well in my area. With cooler weather, here’s what I absolutely love this month!
Trader Joe’s Mulling Spices
If you’re looking for a warm, fat free dessert, this is going to be one of your new fall favorites!
What I love: These mulling spices lend the perfect amount of sweetness, warmth, and flavor and can turn either apple cider, apple juice, or red wine into warm (or cold, if you prefer that) fall treat. I heated these spices in warm apple juice and they were just amazing. The apple juice was not only very soothing, but made the entire house smell fantastic as well. I want another mug just thinking about it!
What I don’t like: There’s really nothing to like here. If you don’t have a muslin bag or cloth, you will have to add the spices to your drink, which means that some of them will float, some of them will hang out at the bottom of your mug or cup, and you might accidentally bite into a clove, which has a very strong flavor. However, I actually enjoyed chewing on the small pieces of lemon and orange peel, so did not mind this at all.
The verdict: If you have a Trader Joe’s in your area, you must look for these in the tea section! With autumn flavors such as lemon and orange peel, cinnamon, all spice, and cloves, you can’t go wrong. If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you, you can always try making this yourself or trying the mulling spices at other grocery stores. I believe Williams-Sonoma has these as well. Give it a try, I promise you’ll love it =).
This is a slight twist on the traditional French martini (one of my favorites!). To be precise, this is a lemony twist on this refreshing, slightly sweet cocktail. Since this drink is quite strong, you can adjust the amount of pineapple juice or substitute with club soda if you like your cocktails to be less sweet.
1 shot of vodka
1/6 shot of Chambord raspberry liqueur
1/4 shot of limoncello
1/6 shot of pineapple juice or club soda
a handful of ice cubes
1. Add ice cubes to a martini glass and let stand a few minutes in order to cool the glass.
2. Mix the Chambord, vodka (I like Grey Goose or Three Olives, but pick your favorite), limoncello, ice cubes and pineapple juice to a cocktail shaker and shake away! If you’re using club soda, add this after you’re done shaking.
3. Pour into the glass (without the ice cubes) and enjoy!