Grilled Peach + Rosemary Soda

Sometimes you just need a fresh, sweet drink. This Grilled Peach and Rosemary Soda hits the mark as it’s the perfect combination of a fancy yet easy-going drink.

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So homemade soda - is this something that you guys are into? I personally love it, it’s such a great alternative to traditional soda plus you can do so many good combos. I think my love of this all started back many many years ago when I would order fruit coolers at Earls. Now if you haven’t ever ordered one and you frequent Earls you must get on your next visit. It’s basically a fruit puree with either 7-up or Sprite, and it’s so good.

This Grilled Peach + Rosemary Soda is a grown-up version of the fruit cooler. The sweet caramelization of the peaches and the piney earthiness of the rosemary gives you a sophisticated flavour combination that is hard to beat.

One thing that I love to have on hand is simple syrup, and while plain simple syrup is a bit more versatile than rosemary, rosemary simple syrup also gives you so many options. I mean seriously, how good does strawberry rosemary or mango rosemary sound? Plus, if plain soda isn’t your thing you could always make a more adult version with vodka.

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prep time 5 minutes

cook time 15 minutes

total time 20 minutes

servings 2

Ingredients

1 peach sliced

1 oz rosemary simple syrup

soda water

2 sprig of rosemary

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup white sugar

Instructions

In a small saucepan combine rosemary, water and sugar and bring to a boil. Lower temperature and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

In a grill pan add in slices of peaches and grill for 2-3 minutes per side or until peaches are soft and have nice grill marks. Divide peaches between each glass then add in 1 oz of the rosemary simple syrup. Muddle until peaches are broken down then top with soda water and ice - garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

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Rosé Grapefruit Spritzer

This Rosé Grapefruit Spritzer is an amped up version of the traditional White Wine Spritzer - the addition of grapefruit bitters and fresh thyme makes it oh so good.

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Ok, so tomorrow is National Rosé day so it’s only appropriate to post about Rosé!!! I mean it’s probably a crime not to right?

In my opinion, Rosé has come a long way in the past few years, or perhaps it’s just the ones I drink! No longer is it overly sweet and bright pink; it's now dry, citrusy and can range from pale pink to bright coral. I have said it before and I will say it again that I think the French really know how to make a great Rosé, but I have also had some great ones from BC and California, so perhaps my opinion is slowly changing.

Now while I love a straight glass of cold crisp Rosé it is also nice to switch and lighten things up from time to time right! This spritzer is a slight take on the classic spritzer with white wine and soda water. This version has the addition of grapefruit bitters and fresh thyme - it’s upgraded and it’s soooo good.

So make sure you celebrate this weekend with a Crisp Rosé Grapefruit Spritzer, you won't be disappointed!!!!

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prep time 5 minutes

total time 5 minutes

servings 1

Ingredients

Rosé

Soda Water

2 dashes Grapefruit bitters

2 sprigs of thyme

Instructions

Take the thyme and rub it between your fingers to crush slightly then place in a wine or cocktail glass.

Fill the glass 1/2 full with rosé then put in 2 dashes of grapefruit bitters. Top with soda water until the glass is 3/4 full and serve immediately.

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Tajin Paloma

Freshly squeezed grapefruit Paloma’s with spicy tajin - the perfect way to kick start your weekend!

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It’s Friday and it’s Memorial Day Weekend - so if you're in the US it’s a Long Weekend!!! I love the first long weekend of summer, knowing that the days are getting warmer and the sun is shining a little bit brighter.

So kicking off this long weekend I figured we needed a bright fresh cocktail. If you have never had a Paloma you are missing out. They are so easy to make and a great alternative to the classic margarita. While this is a pretty classic recipe the tajin switching things up a bit with a little spicy kick.

Now if you have never had tajin you are missing out - it’s a combo of salt, lime and red chillies and you can put it on soooo many different things. Sprinkled on fish or chicken, cucumbers, popcorn or the classic mango. Now perhaps the idea of sprinkling salt and chillis on mangos seem odd to you but don’t knock it till you try it! So since there is a great balance of flavours in Tajin it also makes for a fun and unique rim for a drink.

So cheers to the long weekend and the official kick-off to summer - have a Paloma to celebrate!

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prep time 25 minutes

cook time 13 minutes

total time 38 minutes

servings 30 cookies

Ingredients

2 oz freshly squeezed grapefruit juice

1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice

1 oz simple syrup

2 oz tequila

soda water

Tajin

Instructions

In a cocktail shaker add grapefruit juice, lime juice simple syrup and tequila. Add in 1/2 cup of ice and shake.

Rim the edge of your cocktail glass with the tajin then strain your drink into the prepared glass and top with soda water.

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Cherry Smash

It’s cherry season so why not celebrate with a cherry smash - it’s sweet, minty and tastes like summer!

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Do you guys love cherry season as much as I do - they are one of those little fruits that because they seem to be available so rarely just feel special.

Now when it comes to cocktails I have said it many many times, I don’t like things all that sweet which is why this drink is perfect. You can add more or less simple syrup to adjust to your personal taste and even make it non-alcoholic if your serving kids or non-drinkers.

Now, this drink requires some good muddling, but if you don't have a muddler have no fear, the handle of a wooden spoon will solve all of your problems, plus you don’t need to have an extra tool taking up room in your cupboard.

So since it’s summer what is your favourite patio sipping drink? Do you like a classic mojito or do you switch it up and make your cocktail making a bit of a game? Keep a bit of simple syrup on hand as well as some sparkling water and your options are endless. How about adding pureed mango, watermelon or blackberries. I think that if it’s in season it’s a wonderful idea!

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prep time 5 minutes

total time 5 minutes

servings 2

Ingredients

1/2 cup cherries pitted

4 mint leaves + more to garnish

1 oz lemon juice

2 oz simple syrup

4 oz vodka

soda water

Instructions

Divide cherries and mint leaves between 2 highball glasses and muddle until cherries are completely broken down. To the glasses divide lemon juice, simple syrup and vodka. Top with soda water and garnish with mint leaves.

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Coconut Jalapeño Margarita

It’s almost Happy Margarita Day - aka Cinco De Mayo - so make yourself a cocktail and enjoy the weekend!

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Margaritas - one of the first cocktails I ever ordered in a restaurant and let’s just say it was not love at first sip! It was margarita Monday many many years ago at Earls and so ordering a margarita just seemed like a good idea. Everyone else ordered strawberry or mango but not me, I went all in with a classic lime margarita on the rocks - needless to say, I had no idea what I was ordering.

Let’s just say the first challenge was the salt - I assumed it was going to be sugar so that was an unfortunate surprise; secondly, it wasn’t sweet, fruity, or slushy like the other ones. I took 1 sip and I was done.

Fast forward many many years later and margaritas are now one of my go-to drinks, especially on vacation. Maybe it’s my old age but the tart lemon with a hint of sweet is now right up my ally and the fruity slushy drinks are long behind me.

Now while I love a classic lime margarita I also like a good switch up so this coconut jalapeño combo is right up my ally. Plus there are so many great coconut sparkling waters that are sugar-free that making this drink is a breeze. You can also give your drink an extra spicy kick if you take some time and make a jalapeño tequila. It’s so easy and only takes a few days. Just pour your tequila into a jar and add jalapeño slices. This will really give your tequila a great flavour, but if you don't have time you can always just let your jalapeños rest in the tequila for 10 minutes or so. The flavour won’t be as strong but it still works!

So if your celebrating Cinco De Mayo this weekend make sure you celebrate with one of these spicy coconut treats, your adult self will love it!

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prep time 15 minutes

total time 15 minutes

servings 1

Ingredients

1.5 oz tequila

.5 oz Cointreau

4 oz freshly squeezed lime juice

4 slices of jalapeño

coarse salt

coconut sparkling water (sugar free)

1 lime wedge

ice

Instructions

Run the lime wedge around the rim of your cocktail glass then dip the glass in coarse salt. To the glass add in jalapeño slices and tequila and let sit for 10 minutes to allow the jalapeño to infuse the vodka.

To the glass add Cointreau, lime juice and ice then stir and top with coconut sparkling water - serve immediately.

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