Blackberry Smashed Mojito

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Mmmmmm Mojito’s - I know it’s only Thursday but I can pretend it’s Friday right? So it’s been a long while since I have posted a cocktail recipe and so today I figured all of that should change.

So let's talk Mojitos. I use to think I hated them and that they tasted like toothpaste, but that was before I actually tried one and realized that they don’t taste like toothpaste at all! They are super refreshing and perfect, especially on a hot day. They are always my go-to vacation cocktail, though I do tend to worry about how annoying bartenders think I am when I order one. Maybe it’s because I watch too much Vanderpump Rules and they are either always refusing to make them, or claiming to be out of mint. But so far, I have never actually been refused, so I’ll just keep on ordering and see what happens!

Now, while I classic mojito is great, it also pairs really well with additional flavours - especially blackberries. Plus I love how purple the drink actually becomes, it makes me feel like a kid because I don’t know about you but I rarely drink bright purple beverages any more!

The other great think about this cocktail is that you can make it as sweet or not as sweet as you want. I gave you the option to either use soda water and a little sugar or lemon/lime soda, but you can always mix the two together or, pick up some sparkling limeade and switch it up altogether.

So next time you have a big bundle of mint whip one of these little beauties up and pretend it’s Friday any day of the week!

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prep time 5 minutes

total time 5 minutes

servings 1

Ingredients

4 blackberries

4 mint leaves

1/4 lime

1 tsp sugar (optional)

2 oz white run

soda water or lemon lime soda

Instructions

In a cocktail glass place blackberries, mint leaves and sugar (if using soda water rather than lemon lime soda) - muddle until blackberries are fully broken down. Squeeze in the juice of 1/4 lime then add in white rum, ice, and top with soda water or lemon lime soda. Serve immediately.

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Melon Gin Spritz

Light and refreshing - the perfect summer cocktail.

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Ok, so this Monday calls for a cocktail right! And it’s not just any old beverage, it's one that is perfect for a hot summer day. Infused with cucumber and melon, it is the perfect option for when it’s hot outside and you want something refreshing and not too sweet.

So this recipe calls for simple syrup which really is just so simple to make. If it’s one of those things that you haven’t done or seems intimidating you need to get up and make some right now! It’s one of the best ways to infuse almost any flavour into a drink, and it also allows you to sweeten your drink exactly to your liking, so if you have a major sweet tooth you can bump up the amount of simple syrup your throwing in, or the opposite if that's how you roll.

This is also a really great cocktail to have when you're hosting a party or bbq. Just set out all of the ingredients and let your guests mix their own concoction (with a bit of direction of course). Plus how fun is it for your guests to get involved and play bartender. It makes things interactive and casual, and in the summer, that is exactly how it should be!

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prep time 5 minutes

cook time 10 minutes

total time 15 minutes

servings 1

Ingredients

2 oz melon simple syrup

2 oz gin

seltzer water

cucumber slices

balled melon

Instructions

In a cocktail shaker combine melon simple syrup, gin and a slice of cucumber. Muddle the cucumber then top with ice and shake vigorously.

Fill a cocktail glass with ice then strain in the gin mixture and top with seltzer water. Garnish with melon and sliced cucumber.

Melon Simple Syrup

1 cup white sugar

1 cup water

2 cups chopped melon

In a small saucepan combine sugar, water and chopped melon. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain then place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.

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Hawaiian Mule

Pineapple and ginger beer - the perfect tropical combination!

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Nothing says tropical vacation more than pineapple drinks and little umbrellas right! I mean seriously, a Pina Colada is the quintessential Hawaiian cocktail that instantly comes to mind when I think about lying on a beach. So any time I go on vacation somewhere warm it just seems like a good idea to order one, that is until I taste it and it’s so sweet and sugary and rarely lives up to my expectations. That is where this Hawaiian Mule is a great alternative to give you all the feels without the fake sugary taste.

Now I am not trying to claim that this drink is healthy, I mean it does still have juice and ginger beer, which we all know has a fair amount of sugar, but what it does have is a more natural flavour and the classic ginger beer “bite” which for some reason feels like a better option. Plus, you don’t get the brain freeze that goes along with those slushy drinks.

The other great thing about this drink is that it can very easily be made non-alcoholic. Kids and your alcohol-free friend will seriously love this treat just as much without alcohol.

So serve this up at your next get together and treat your friends to a tropical getaway in your very own backyard!

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prep time 5 minutes

total time 5 minutes

servings 1

Ingredients

2 oz vodka

3 oz pineapple juice

non-alcoholic ginger beer

1/2 lime

1 pineapple spear

1 slice of lime

Instructions

In a cocktail shaker combine vodka, pineapple juice, the juice of half a lime and ice. Shake vigorously then pour over ice into a cocktail glass. Top with ginger beer and garnish with pineapple spear and lime slice.

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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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