It might be spring in Minnesota…finally. Though I’m not convinced it’s here to stay seeing as though the forecast says snow on Thursday. Perfect, I thought, because I was really starting to miss the snow 😦 But, let’s focus on the positive. It was in the 70s all weekend long. It’s getting closer to my kind of weather. We had our neighbors over for dinner on Friday, after the four of us attended a fun FREE wine tasting at our local liquor store. Probably not as much fun for the pregnant one, but she seems to always have a great time no matter what. I really love that about her! With this pleasant heat wave we’re having, we actually got enjoy our deck for a bit with drinks and appetizers before we headed over to the wine tasting. AMAZING!
I was in the mood to make a classic summer cocktail since the weather was so nice, and I came across Nicole’s grapefruit margarita on Prevention RD. Sounded perfect enough for me! Fresh squeezed grapefruit and lime juice, mixed with some tequilla, all those things sounded perfect. First, I reserved some of the juices for a mocktail for the mommy-to-be. I just added a little bit of Sprite to her juices and garnished the same. The result was still wonderful and she really seemed to enjoy it. For the non-mommy-to-be drinks, I put all the ingredients (doubled, maybe more) in a shaker (it was filled to the brim), shook ‘er up, and poured. Wow. The three of us put down the entire shaker in about 30 minutes. Once we returned from the tasting, we promptly finished another before dinner.
I got some okay pictures on Friday night, but wanted to get a few more on Saturday. Plus, then I had an excuse to use up the rest of my grapefruits and limes (ok, I guess really I had an excuse to make another batch of these fantastic refreshing treats!). After a very busy morning and afternoon of errands, Nate and I took a quick break to enjoy a shaker full of grapefruit margaritas on our deck before we headed over to his parents house for dinner. Yum! Don’t forget Cinco de Mayo is coming up. You’ll be sure to impress your friends with these babies!
Source: Adapted from Prevention RD
Servings: 2 drinks
4 oz tequilla
2 oz orange liqueur (such as triple sec)
2 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice (about 2 limes)
6 oz fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice (about 1 grapefruit)
lime and/or grapefruit wedges for garnish
1. Pour a handful of cocktail salt (I used Kosher) on a small plate. Rub rim of glasses with lime and dip in salt. Fill glasses with ice.
2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add tequilla, orange liqueur, lime and grapefruit juices. Shake. Pour into glasses and garnish. Serve and enjoy (responsibly!).
I generally stay away from fruity drinks and sweet mixers, but it’s always fun to try something new once in a while. My aunt asked me to make a non-alcoholic blue drink for her Christmas cookie exchange, and I think I really rose to the challenge. This isn’t overly fruity, as the cranberry juice’s tartness mellows the sweetness from the Kool-Aid (OH YEAH!). Adding in the 7-UP brings a little bubbly to the party. I dressed this up a bit more to make it more Christmasy by using crushed candy canes (the cherry flavor) on the rim of the glasses. Super fun! Everyone loved these drinks and I had to make a second batch for dinner as they drank up the first one during the appetizers!
Source: Pigzilla Original
1 tbsp ice blue raspberry lemonade Kool-Aid (I used the kind pre-mixed with sugar)
6 oz white cranberry and peach juice (white cranberry would be fine, but I couldn’t find any)
2 oz 7-UP
1. Mix together Kool-Aid mixture and white cranberry juice. Pour over ice and top with 7-UP and serve. *For and adult version, simply add vodka, Kool-Aid mix, and juice to shaker with ice. Shake and pour, then add 7-UP.
This past Friday was another drink tasting party, hosted by our dear friends, Kimmy J and Nate. In the spring they picked up and ditched Minnesota for Wisconsin. They traded in their city digs for a simple country life. Okay, that might not be entirely true as they are now successful business owners (;)), but it does seem that they live in the middle of nowhere to a city person. Kimmy is still not quite sure where she lives, and I’m not making this up – she literally said this in a Facebook conversation.
Back to the party. The theme was 1920’s, which most of us loved as we watch Boardwalk Empire. Thankfully for me, no one brought straight whiskey for us to taste! I didn’t get any pics of the drink itself, but here are a few of us dressed up.
Surprisingly everyone’s drink included gin. Or not so surprisingly. Nate and I made a French 75 (and Pesto Chicken Pockets), which was a hit! We only snuck into the winner’s circle by one measly point. Kimmy and Nate were a very tight second. Not surprising as their drink was pretty similar to ours. I like gin, but I don’t think you have to like it to enjoy this drink. The lemon juice and sparkling wine really make it pop!
Source: Adapted from about.com
1/2 oz lemon juice
1 oz gin
1/2 oz Cointreau (we used triple sec instead)
champagne (we used a dry Rose sparkling wine)
1. Fill a shaker with ice and add lemon juice, gin and Cointreau. Shake and pour over ice filled tumbler. Top with champagne.
Our last drink tasting party was Olympic themed. You might be wondering how a drink called Panty Ripper has anything to do with the Olympics. Well, did you know that at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, 100,000 condoms were distributed to the athletes in Olympic Village, which breaks down to 14 per athlete? Did you know they ran out (Waoh Naija)? The 2012 Summer Olympics are slightly higher. There were over 150,000 condoms distributed to Olympic Village, averaging about 15 per athlete (Housing Works). That means that athletes were getting it on about 30 times in a two-week time period (of course, that’s assuming they are only hooking up with each other – and let’s be honest, if you had a body like Ryan Lochte, wouldn’t you only hook up with someone as equally hot as you?).
Well, that is not at all why we made the Panty Ripper for the Olympic themed drink tasting, you sicko. The rules were to bring a drink that was at least one color of the Olympic Rings. Did I tell you this was a last-minute tasting? Anyway, the Panty Ripper is yellow, one of the allowed colors. The first time I had one was in Belize, the country’s unofficial national drink. In Belize, you’ll find it on menus and hear it pronounced as “panty rippa”. It’s a simple concoction of coconut rum and pineapple juice with a maraschino cherry. Sounds so easy, and it is, and it’s also very refreshing. My mother, who is not generally a drinker, would put down 4-5 of these before and during dinner. She absolutely loved them! And they were making them “light” by any means 😉 Everyone else on the trip seemed to like them too; I think we each had a few per day while we were there.
We brought home the gold with this drink, although I must admit that we tied with Leah and Dan. They made Olympic Dreams, Russian Style. This drink was a mix of fruit punch flavored vodka (I didn’t even know they made that), 7Up, grenadine, and a splash of lime juice, garnished with a cherry. It was tastey, but slightly on the sweet side for me. It tasted like a strawberry soda! Dave and Shane didn’t bring their “A” game and came with watermelon pucker. But, lucky for them, they took home the bronze. We had a ceremony and everything – Leah and I represented the top stair of the “podium” for our gold medals (although no actual medals were distributed).
coconut rum (I like Parrot Bay)
1. In a tall glass filled with ice, add 1 part rum and 2 parts pineapple juice. Garnish with a cherry, mix as desired, and serve.