My Green Drink is Way More Delicious Than Green Beer

cloverI LOVE St. Patrick’s Day. Maybe because I’m Irish, maybe because I love to drink, maybe because I hate snakes. I don’t know. I wore this little four leaf clover sticker on my face all day, and put them on anyone who would let me. Even the girl handing out liquor samples at the store (obviously the most awesome girl ever!). She was super excited about her sticker.

Anyway, I concocted a little potion for those of us that want a festive green drink, but don’t like beer. This recipe is for a basic mojito, but I subbed cachaca (a Brazilian liquor similar to rum, but with a little more bite. It is most commonly used to make caipirinhas) for the rum. Enjoy!!

 

Caipir-jito!

  • 2.5 oz cachaca
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 lime
  • handful of mint
  • ice
  • soda water

ingredientsStep 1: assemble all ingredients. Wash and cut the lime into eight pieces, and wash the mint.

mintStep 2: Use about this much mint for one drink. You can leave the stems on for a little more flavor, or remove the leaves for a prettier look. Your choice.

glassStep 3: Rub a few of the mint leaves all around the inside of the glass you plan to serve the drink in. It gives the drink way more flavor. This is a pro tip 😉

muddledStep 4: Put all of the mint, even what you used in the glass, into whatever you plan to muddle in (a shaker, a wooden cup, the glass). Add half of the lime and two teaspoons of sugar. Muddle them all together- just smash them up until the juice is out of the limes. If you don’t have a muddler, you can use a spoon. Then add about a shot and a half of cachaca and muddle again. If you’re using a shaker, at this point add ice and shake it all up like crazy. If not, fill your glass with ice, then pour this mixture on top. If you used a shaker, just pour everything in the glass (you want to leave the lime peel and mint in). This picture illustrates how much room I had left at the top after pouring mine into the glass.

finishedStep 5: To finish it off, top it off with soda water and garnish if you like.

Bottoms up!

Jillian

Simplify Sunday- Strawberries and Cleaning

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I thought I would check cleaning out the bedroom off my list this week. As it turns out, there was not a single thing to get rid of in the bedroom. It is already really minimal. There isn’t even anything in that closet except two summer weight coats that I’m not currently using. I still feel good knowing that’s it’s been gone through, but I got off way too easy on this week’s project. That being the case, I decided to also provide you with a cocktail recipe!

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I love to make up drink recipes, but I try to keep them as simple as possible. This has a few steps, but the ingredients are basic, with no extra sugar or pre-made mixes involved. It’s important to me to know what I’m drinking 🙂

Strawberry Sunset (serves 1 strong drink)

  • 5 strawberries
  • 3 ounces whipped cream vodka
  • 1 tablespoon limeaid (or just lime juice)
  • 3 ice cubes

Muddle the strawberries (save one for a garnish, if you like) until they are all smashed up! Then muddle in the vodka and limeaid. At this point, if you’re okay with the texture, you can just stir in the ice cubes for a few seconds to cool down the drink, then pull out the ice cubes and pour into a glass. If it’s too chunky, pour it in the blender for a few seconds (I ended up doing this). If you leave the ice cubes in when you’re blending it, you will get more of a daiquiri like texture. I took them out and got a thinner texture (I’m not crazy about frozen drinks).

Bottoms up!

Jillian

 

My Favorite, Simple Cocktail Recipe

Eye Candy CocktailI’m just going to say it- I love Tuaca. My partner in crime (Bunniey) and I discovered it in our early 20s, and life has been that much better since. It is a vanilla citrus liqueur, but it is brandy based and 35% alcohol. This makes it the same strength as most liquors, so beware that it is much stronger than the “liqueur” in the name implies. It’s good in pretty much anything, but this is my go to cocktail.

 

 

 

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Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces Tuaca (substitute Pinnacle Whipped Vodka for a lemon meringue pie taste- my second favorite)
  • 3 lemon wedges
  • ice

Directions:

Cut your lemon into eight wedges (or four if it’s a tiny lemon). Muddle three wedges. If you do not have a muddler, you can use anything to smash the juice out of the lemon. Try a wooden spoon or the handle end of another cooking utensil. If you just really don’t want to muddle, you can use lemon juice instead (about half an ounce, to taste). For the best mix of flavors, pour this into a shaker (you can leave the lemon peels in for extra flavor and more of a mojito look) with the Tuaca and ice, then shake. Pour everything into a glass and garnish with a lemon wedge. You can also stir all of the ingredients, it’s up to you.

If this tastes too strong for you, add some lemonade or soda water.

For a mocktail, you could try adding the muddled lemon to a vanilla cream soda, and add a dash of orange juice.

Enjoy!

Jillian