Recipe: Pimm's Cup

I think Spring might be here to stay this time around. I'm looking at the 10-day forecast and temperatures are finally staying above 60 degrees and we're seeing some sun. Thank goodness! Yesterday was the first day in a long while we saw some sun and warmer weather, and I knew I wanted to make a Pimm's Cup to celebrate. Spring says Pimm's Cup to me. On hotter days I want all the citrus and herby cocktails I can find, but we aren't there yet and a Pimm's Cup is the perfect Spring drink. Herby from the Pimm's no. 1, slightly citrusy from some lemon slices, and fruity and refreshing from the muddled strawberries and cucumber. Perfect.

The first time I had a Pimm's Cup was while visiting one of my best friends in New Orleans. We had driven out to the country for a family party and decided to stop at one of the plantations we passed. Neither of us are particularly interested in plantations tours or giftshops (I honestly feel like they downplay slavery and it makes me uncomfortable), so we found our way to the plantation bar, ordered the most southern cocktails we could think of (Pimm's Cup and a Mint Julep) and wandered the gardens for an hour. Since then I've had them multiple times, and if you're ever in Philly, Village Whiskey makes a damn good one. But here's how I like it:

Pimm's Cup

Yields one cocktail

4 oz Pimm's no. 1
2 small strawberries, cut in fourths
2 lemon slices
several mint leaves
3-4 cucumber slices
Ginger beer or Ginger ale.

In a cocktail shaker, muddle strawberries, mint, lemons slices, and cucumber slices. Add ice and Pimm's no. 1. Shake to combine. Fill a pint glass with ice and strain cocktail into glass. Add ginger beer until the glass is full, stir. Garnish with lemon slices, cucumber slices, and a strawberry. Cheers. 

Recipe: Pineapple Gin and Tonic

I spent last week house/petsitting in the suburbs for a friend of mine's parents, which was a great change of pace for me. A beautiful house, some fun pets, and a change of scenery, SOLD.

With the spring-like weather over the weekend, I knew I wanted to make a refreshing cocktail and use up some ingredients that were lingering in my house. Then I stumbled upon this BEAUTIFUL glasses one night while looking for a wine glass and I knew I wanted to photograph them. Look how gorgeous they are! I gasped when I spotted them! Forever a sucker for beautiful glassware.

It's maybe a little early for this cocktail. This is probably best served while sitting by a pool. Or lounging on a beachchair. Or even just at brunch outside on a spring day. BUT I'm hoping this weather stays for good. So this cocktail is part of my wishful thinking. It's super simple and easy to throw together at home, but very different and sweeter than a traditional g&t. 

Pineapple Gin and Tonic

Makes one drink

2 oz gin
2 oz pineapple juice
tonic water
half a lime
lime slices for garnish

Fill a tumbler glass with ice. Add gin and pineapple juice and then fill the rest of the glass with tonic water. Squeeze half of a lime into the glass and give it a stir. If you like a stronger drink, add 1-2 more ounces of gin before adding the tonic. Cheers!

Recipe: SNAP and Cider Cocktail

One of the items on my Fall Bucket List was to figure out a new favorite Fall cocktail and I think I can cross that off the list. My trouble with Fall/Winter cocktails is that I unfortunately don't like 99% of dark liquors. As much as I want to be that girl who loves bourbon and whiskey, even the smell of them makes me gag. This is a source of humiliation for me among my group of friends. They don't understand. But I keep trying; committed to finding a way to like them. But in the meantime, I stumbled upon Art in the Age spirits and I'm in love. Great alone on the rocks, I'm more of a cocktail girl so I threw together this apple cider cocktail with one of my favorite products by them, SNAP

As someone who loves apple cider, you probably don't understand how excited I was to find a spirit I could mix with apple cider. Are you excited for apple cider season? Yeah? Then maybe you do understand how excited I was!

SNAP and Cider Cocktail

Makes one cocktail

  • Ice
  • 2-4 oz Art in the Age SNAP
  • 3/4 cup apple cider
  • 1 oz fresh squeezed orange juice, strained
  • 3 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • Cinnamon stick, orange slice, and cinnamon sugar for garnish

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add apple cider, orange juice, SNAP, and bitters. The amount of SNAP you add depends on how strong you like your cocktails, but I usually stick with the 2 oz. Cap your shaker and shake to combine. Mix up some cinnamon and sugar and using your orange slice (or a little honey) to wet the rim of your glass, dip in the cinnamon sugar mixture for a fancy rim. Add ice to your glass and pour cocktail over ice. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and a slice of orange.

Because it's easier, I usually use apple cider I have in the fridge. If you were making these for a party, or you have a little more time, try making spiced cider and cooling it down in the fridge prior to cocktail making. 

Cocktail: Apple Cider Margaritas Recipe

Last weekend, Tim and I hosted a Mexican-themed Christmas party and I knew I wanted to make a special cocktail to combine to two themes. This is a cocktail recipe from my aunt, who served this cocktail at Thanksgiving. When I was thinking about an easy cocktail that would be easy to make in a large batch, I knew this mixed the two themes perfectly, and was easy to make. Super bonus.

Apple Cider Margaritas

Makes 1 drink

  • 6 oz apple cider
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1-2 oz of tequila
  • dash of Amaretto
  • orange slice
  • cinnamon sugar

In a shaker with ice, add apple cider, triple sec, tequila, and Amaretto and combine. To prepare the rim, use a slice of orange to wet the rim of your glass and dip in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. Fill glass with ice and pour drink. Throw in a slice of orange for good measure.

I made this cocktail in a batch for our party. So to make 4-5 (depending on the glasses you use) drinks at once: 3c apple cider, 5-5.5 oz tequila, 4 oz triple sec, and a large pour of Amaretto. 

To make everything easy for guests, I precut a few oranges and put out a dish of cinnamon sugar with directions on how to put the drink together. If you are going to give this a try, make sure your directions are straightforward and easy to read. It was a pretty big hit!

Happy celebrating!

Blueberry Lime Smash

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Recently, I've been discovering the world of cocktails. I usually never ordered them while out to dinner or out for drinks because it was hard for me to envision how it would taste. I've always tried my mom's martinis and rarely ever liked them. They never tasted like much more than vodka. Then I became a beer gal, which was Tim's influence, trying different beers and discovering what I liked. But now that it's summer, I've be trying out fruity cocktails. They just seem so special.

I stumbled upon Cindy's wonderful blog, Hungry Girl por Vida, and her recipe for Blackberry Ginger Smash. Upon reading, I learned that a smash is a cocktail made by muddling mint and sugar, and maybe adding some kind of fruit, and booze and soda. Sounds like everything I want in a cocktail! In my recipe, I left out the sugar because it becomes way too sweet, but you do as you please. Here we go.

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Blueberry Lime Smash

makes 1 drink

  • handful of blueberries (about 20 or so)
  • 4-6 mint leaves, depending on the size
  • half a lime
  • 2oz vodka (or more if like your drink with some bite, I did.)
  • berry flavored zero-calorie sparkling water (or soda water)

You could either make this drink directly in the glass or in a shaker. If you don't mind having chucks of fruit and mint in your drink, make it in the glass. I prefer to strain that out so chunks don't get stuck in the straw. I am anti-chunks. Especially if it's chunks of fruit. Bleh.

In a shaker, muddle blueberries, mint, and a squeeze of lime juice until the mint is bruised and all the berries broken up. Add vodka and ice, shake. 

Strain into a lowball glasses. Fill the rest of the glass with the flavored sparkling water. Finish with another squeeze of lime juice, and garnish with a few whole blueberries and a lime slice. Bam. New favorite at-home cocktail.

Part of the fun with cocktail recipes is you can change things around so they fit your specific tastes. More or less mint, a different kind of berry or fruit, gin instead of vodka. The possibilities are pretty limitless. 

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These would also be very easy to make in a large batch for guests or a party. Tim and I are kind of obsessed with those zero-calorie flavored sparkling waters. We usually pick up 5-6 of them each time we go to the food store. There are so many different flavors and they're like 50cents a bottle! We usually buy the store brand and they're found in the water aisle.

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Enjoy! :)