Raspberry Lemonade Smoothie
Like I mentioned in this post here, I enjoy dabbling in the art of mixology. Even though I’m just an amature myself, I find it fun creating different basic flavor combinations. One day I hope to expand my knowledge and start crafting with more intricate flavors, but for now I’m having a lot of fun doing this.
I wanted to make a fruity cocktail the other day, so I went into my freezer to see what fruits I had leftover. I always keep a variety of berries in my freezer as we try to go picking every summer. In the willamette valley there are lots of blueberries grown, so I usually have plenty of those. Blueberries are also easy for kids to help pick as there aren’t any thorns.
I pulled out some blueberries, found some mango chunks, and decided that those two flavors would make a great smoothie cocktail. After allowing the fruit to defrost, I used my blender and quickly whipped up this drink. The recipe makes enough for two cocktails.
Have you ever tasted a cosmopolitan before? If you haven’t, you’re missing out. They are the perfect classic drink to serve on a sunny evening.
I love dabbling in mixology. I believe in order to get creative with your cocktails you first need to know your basic spirits, as well as know how to make some classic drinks. Once you have a good foundation, then you can start playing around with some of the classic cocktails. From there you can then branch out and expirament further.
Now, I’m by means no expert in bartending or mixology at all. I’m learning just like you. I believe if you want to be a good host for guests, you should know a thing or two about cocktails. I’ve been reading books like this one to help increase my knowledge and guide me along this journey.
One cocktail everyone needs to know how to create is the cosmopolitan. After binge watching Sex and the City episodes a few months ago I decided that I needed to check out just what made this drink so special.
It’s very easy to make, and with vodka, triple sec, lime juice and cranberry juice, it’s safe to say that most people won’t complain if you serve it to them. The cranberry juice I used for this particular cosmopolitan shown in the pictures is probably a bit lighter in color than you’ll have because I made it with a different cranberry juice from the brand ‘Synergy‘ with Kombucha in it. It almost looks like a pink lemonade, doesn’t it?
Shake all ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a chilled glass and enjoy.
What other classic cocktails are a must to make on your list?
Have you heard of a Kamikaze before? I can honestly say I hadn’t, not until I purchased a cocktail book at a second-hand store the other day. It is a classic cocktail that I just had to try. It has a really refreshing taste that I imagine will be perfect on a summer evening.I’ve been on a cocktail kick lately! I’ve been practicing learning how to make some classic cocktails through a few cocktail books that I’ve recently acquired, and I’m learning a lot! One cocktail that’s name intrigued me was a kamikaze. I hadn’t ever heard of it before. Many of the kamikaze recipes are just vodka, triple sec, and lime juice. This version however, calls for a splash of dry wine, which adds a bit of unique flavor to it.
I love a good dry Riesling. There’s nothing better than a glass of chilled wine on a warm day. However, a wine smoothie isn’t too bad either. We pick a lot of Oregon strawberries every year and freeze them up, so I always have a supply of them handy.
I’ve always enjoyed a few sliced up fresh strawberries in my Riesling, but one day I thought about just blending the two flavors together. So I did just that. I poured 4 ounces of a dry Riesling that didn’t cost too much (Chateau Ste Michelle Riesling is great for the price)! Then, I added 1/2 cup of frozen strawberries and blended them until smooth.
I have been “Pinteresting” entirely too much lately. I have been eyeing gobs and gobs of delicious drinks. So I peaked into my liquor cabinet to see what I had on hand. I created this simple and tasty raspberry hazelnut cocktail.
Do you like hazelnut liquor? I can’t quite recall where I first tasted it, but I’ve enjoyed it ever since. It’s fairly sweet, so a little goes a long way. It’s a great liquor to mix up in delicious cocktails. There are many brands out there, but I generally stick to one that I know I like: Frangelico.
Since I like to keep frozen handpicked local Oregon raspberries in the freezer I thought, “What if I combined the raspberry and hazelnut flavors together and made a cocktail?” So, I did just that.
Tell me, who isn’t in love with Pinterest? It is so amazing to just pop over to one site and find everything and anything creative and beautiful. I stumbled upon this recipe for an apple pie smoothie, and I just had to try it.
I love to make smoothies and my favorites are pretty much any kind of berries with mango’s. An apple smoothie sounded just so different that I had to try. It actually is pretty good! Its packed with protein and fiber so its really good for you! The consistency is a little creamier than I am used to, but overall not bad. Why don’t you try it and tell me what you think?
blend all ingredients in blender until smooth 🙂
Well, Summer is officially in full swing around here which means it’s time to start creating tasty drinks like a strawberry lemon drop. Yesterday we lucked out and had gorgeous weather for the first day of the season. I also had a busy day shuffling the kiddos around in “soccer mom” fashion. I dropped the girls off at Vacation Bible school, then Noah and I went to run some errands and grocery shopping.
Note to self: after working night shift, make sure to take your wallet out of your work bag, and place it back into your purse. Lets just say after everything was rang up at the store I remembered that. So we went to the store. Twice. Then I had to hurry back and get the girls, and then off to lunch at the high school. I think everyone in our small town had the same idea on such a pretty day, because I ran into half of the people I know!
After lunch the kids went down to the community center for the reading program. Wednesdays they have performers and crafts. After that we had an impromptu invite to a classmates house for some good ol’ pool time fun. 5 o’clock rolled by as I was finally pulling back into our driveway, and all I could think was thank God I have pre-planned dinner for the evening!
Today is a clean up day for me, and catch up on my studying. I’ve been slacking the past couple months, and I really need to get back into it, so I can finish. For those of you that don’t know I’ve been working on my associates degree in Nursing. Slow but steady. 🙂