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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The Hendricks

This refreshing cucumber mint cocktail is those warm summer nights!

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So it’s almost the end of June, can you guys believe it? This is my first summer in LA and before being here I had no idea what June Gloom was, but now I get it.

So while it has been dreary here it has also been so rainy at home, so basically, everywhere I go has less than ideal weather. But they say the nice weather is coming so it’s time to start getting outside and enjoying summer.

Now one of the things that go so well with a summer bbq is a great summer cocktail, and this one is such a refreshing option! It’s the perfect blend of fresh cucumber and aromatic mint topped off with the perfectly complementing Hendricks Gin. Now, if you haven’t ever tried Hendricks you may not get why they type of gin is important, but it really is. Hendricks already has flavours of “cukes and flowers” making the flavours marry exceptionally well.

So next time you need a fun cocktail mix this one up - it’s guaranteed to become your summer go do drink!

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prep time 5 minutes

total time 5 minutes

servings 1


Ingredients

3 slices of cucumber

3 mint leaves

2 oz hendricks gin

lemon lime soda

Instructions

In a cocktail shaker place cucumber and mint leaves - muddle until juices have realized from the cucumber and the mint is fragrant. Add in gin and shake vigorously.

In a cocktail glass place 4-5 ice cubes then pour over gin cucumber mixture. Top with lemon lime soda and garnish with mint leaves.

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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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Ravioli with Peas, Mint and Pistachio Crumble

Ravioli with Peas, Mint and Pistachio Crumble - my version of Eataly’s Ravioli di Piselli.

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Ravioli with Peas - I must admit that initially, this wasn't a combination that sounded tasty, but then I tried it!!!

Last weekend we went to Eataly, one of my favourite places in LA, I mean seriously, It’s like Disneyland for food lovers especially Italian food lovers. If you ever have the opportunity to visit you must, plus they have locations in Vegas, Chicago, NYC and Boston so you have options. Seriously, if you want to make an amazing dinner that is simple yet so flavourful this is the place to visit. Just the mozzarella alone is worth the drive!

Now after you admire all of the amazing cheese and pasta you absolutely must visit one of the many food options. For us this weekend it was a necessity to have an Aperol spritz and some pasta, so while perusing the menu I was intrigued by their Ravioli di Piselli aka Ravioli with Peas.

So despite being unsure I went for it and let me say - I was instantly in love. Nothing is better than eating a meal and then dreaming of when you can return to have the exact same thing! So needless to say I needed to make a version of this to appease my ravioli needs.

Now while my version is a scaled down it is still super delicious. The Eataly version has pea and mint stuffed ravioli my version is a bit more weeknight friendly with a cheese ravioli and pea “sauce”. You get all of the spring pea flavours without all of the work.

This is a meal that you can whip up in less than 30 minutes yet looks fancy enough to serve at any dinner party. So if you can't run to Eataly tonight make this version - it will meet all of the Peas and Pasta needs you didn't even know you had!

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prep time 15 minutes

cook time 15 hour

total time 30 minutes

servings 4

Ingredients

1/4 cup pistachio

1/4 cup panko

1 cup peas + 1/4 cup

5 mint leaves

6 tbsp salted butter

1 lemon

1/2 tsp salt

pepper to taste

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

1 lb cheese ravioli

Instructions

In a small frying pan combine finely chopped pistachios and panko and cook over medium/high heat until browned - approx. 5 minutes (stir constantly to avoid burning).

Cook ravioli according to directions on the package. Meanwhile, in a food processor place the peas and mint leaves and blend until smooth. Add butter to a large saucepan and allow to melt completely then add in the zest of your lemon, salt, pepper, finely grated parmesan and the pea puree. Whisk until it comes together and is smooth.

Drain the ravioli setting aside 1/4 cup of the pasta water. Whisk the water into the sauce then toss with the ravioli and remaining peas. To serve divide between 4 plates then top with the pistachio crumble.

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