Three Summer Mocktails and Cocktails!

August 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

When The Evergirl asked me last month for food feature topics for August, my mind immediately went to homemade summer beverages. I rarely drink regular soda, but love when I’m at a restaurant and there’s a zesty homemade soda. So I set out to create three homemade sodas and sparkling beverages.  That translated into a Sweet & Sour Peach Spritzer, a zesty Homemade Lemon Lime Soda, and a…


For Your Weekend: Peach & Blueberry Smoothie

May 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

I made this smoothie (and took these pictures) last Sunday when we saw the first sunny skies after what felt like an eternity of grey ones. I decided to snap the photos on our patio since the outdoor light was so gorgeous. These photos also give you a little sneak peak into what my shoots actually look like.  I was at a friend’s apartment earlier this week and someone asked me where I shoot my photos, thinking I had some gorgeous space in my apartment. I wish! It’s usually on a cloth on my living room floor. Admittedly that was getting a little dull, so it’s a nice change of pace to be able to shoot outdoors….

Cucumber Refreshment

July 28, 2011 § 2 Comments

Friends, have you had a cucumber cocktail?  I am obsessed with them.  While I was out to dinner last week I had one consisting of cucumber vodka, basil simple syrup, and lemon juice.  It was beyond refreshing!  I’m eager to test out my own version at home.  Here are a few flavor combinations I find most inspiring:

1. Cucumber and Ginger: Cucumber infused gin, fresh ginger simple syrup, and a splash of soda

2. Cucumber and Cantaloupe Cooler: Cucumber and cantaloupe infused vodka, lime simple syrup, and a splash of soda

3. Cucumber Mojito: Cucumber infused rum, fresh lime juice, and mint simple syrup

What would you add to your cucumber cocktail?

Homemade Mint Limeade

March 24, 2011 § 84 Comments

It dawned on me the other day I had never written about a beverage.  I’m certainly not whipping up cocktails in my kitchen every night, but alcohol or not, I do enjoy toying with ingredients in my drinks- whether it be adding apple pie spice to hot cocoa, or putting grapefruit juice in my gin and tonic (though there must be a name for that).  With an abundance of limes on hand, I decided to make homemade limeade.  If you’ve only had lemonade and not limeade, then you’re missing a crucial part of the citrus drink spectrum.  Even more tart in flavor, limeade is incredibly refreshing.  To enhance the drink’s natural green hue and mellow out the tartness, I added mint.  This drink is wonderful on its own, but it without a doubt begs for a splash of gin or vodka.  Cheers to finding my go to summertime drink.

Homemade Mint Limeade

Make 2 glasses

juice of 6 limes

2 tsp finely chopped fresh mint

3 T agave nectar (or simple syrup)

2 1/2 c water (sparkling if you have it)

Whisk together the lime juice, mint, and agave nectar.  Divide lime mixture between two medium size glasses.  Fill the glasses slightly more than half way with ice cubes.  Stir well to chill lime mixture.  Pour 1 1/4 cups of flat or sparkling water into each glass and stir well.  Enjoy immediately!

Mulled Cider

January 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

Monday afternoons (or Sunday, if it’s not a 3 day weekend) are made infinitely better with mulled cider.  This afternoon, from 3-4pm, I watched Brothers and Sisters while folding laundry and sipping hot cider.  It was glorious.  You can, and should, do it to.  Well everything except the Brothers and Sisters part, you can pick your own show.

Step 1: Get yourself some Williams Sonoma Mulling Spices.  Yes you could make your own, but theirs is just so aromatic, and they come in a beautiful tin.  All reasons to buy them.

Step 2: Measure out 2 cups of cider and 1 T mulling spices.  Place the ingredients in a medium saucepan and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.

Step 3: Strain the cider over your mug (if you have cheese cloth, you can wrap the spices in it and drop the bundle in to simmer).

Step 4: Enjoy immediately with a clementine, cookies, or whatever afternoon snack you have on hand.

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