Baby, it’s hot outside! It’s that time of year where not even the pool water is refreshing anymore. I wanted a cool and refreshing treat, granita is the perfect way to cool off. I wanted to make this version more on the adult side and so I added vodka to this recipe. You can always omit the vodka and follow the recipe and it will still be perfect and kid-friendly. I think adding mint or basil to this would add a whole other layer of flavor. This is a very quick and easy way to beat this summer heat!
- 4 cups Watermelon juice
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
Citrus season is at its peak and I am taking full advantage of this wonderful fruit. A few weeks ago I posted this delicious Blood Orange Margarita which got me thinking about other great drinks made with citrus. I remembered watching an episode of Everyday Italian where Giada made homemade Limoncello and I knew immediately I wanted to try it. The recipe is really simple and only calls for a few ingredients. Limoncello is the second most popular liqueur in Italy and in generally served chilled as an after-dinner digestivo. In the US it is mainly used in cocktails, I will be featuring three different cocktail using this delicious lemon liqueur. Also, I used the leftover lemons for another treat I will be showing you this week, so stay tuned…….
- 10 Lemons
- 1 (750 ml) bottle Vodka
Yesterday was National Margarita Day and as I was scrolling and drooling over all the images of margaritas plastered over social media obviously I had to have one! I wanted to experiment with a flavor I had not yet tried so when I saw this margarita from Confections of a Foodie Bride’s blog I knew this one was it! I have had blood oranges only a handful of times and since they happen to be in season and available in the grocery store it was a no-brianer. They totally lived up to my expectations they were so good and her recipe was perfect for 2 margaritas. I will definitely make sure there is a reminder on my calendar for next year’s for National Margarita Day!
- 3 oz. tequila
When the first frosty morning appears I know it’s time to make a batch of hot cocoa mix. I like to have it ready to go for whenever the moment strikes, and in our house it strikes often! Jacob’s face totally lights up as soon as he sees the mugs and marshmallows out on the counter. Lucy will be able to have a little mug of her own this year ( a very cooled version of course;) What is a mug of hot chocolate without watching the Polar Express?
There is nothing super fancy about this mix, I got it straight off the Hershey’s Cocoa container! I do add some cinnamon to give it some warmth but other than that I follow the recipe. Also, this makes the perfect gift for teachers, postmen, neighbors, etc. I like to package it in a cute little mason jar with some ribbon and a little tag with a cute message.
How do you take your coffee? I like mine iced (yes, even in the winter months!) with flavored syrup and a little half-and-half! I make cold-pressed coffee on Sunday so it’s ready for me all week long. What is cold-press coffee you ask? Cold-press coffee is a way of making more concentrated coffee to keep in your fridge. It’s super easy to make and all you need is ground coffee and water. The instructions are posted below. This syrup is perfect for your morning coffee, however you prefer to drink it. It has just enough spice to make you feel cozy on these cool fall mornings.
Pumpkin Spiced Iced Coffee
In your favorite glass add the ice, coffee, half and half and syrup. Mix until combined. Enjoy!
|Sweet photo bomb by Jacob!|
In a blender add the raspberries and blend until smooth. You will still be able to see the seeds. Set a fine mesh strainer over a pitcher to strain out the seeds. To the pitcher add the lime juice and simple syrup and stir. When you are ready to serve add the sparkling water or club soda to the pitcher and stir to combine.