Raspberry Rose Gin Lemonade

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I’m back from Cuba… and if I’m being honest real life is so blah compared to vacation life.

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Real life = responsibilities. Waking up early. Eating healthy. working out. Grocery shopping. Doctors appointments. Aka BLLLAAAAHHH … as compared to vacation life where my most pressing decisions were; pool or ocean ? What colour bikini should I wear? To nap, or not to nap? Let’s eat French fries at 3:00 am with Cuban ketchup that tastes like barbecue sauce!!

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Is there a world, where real life could equal vacation life? If so, can someone show me the magic door … I’ll race you to it.

In case anyone was wondering, the trip was amazing … the beach was BEAUTIFUL … the food was surprisingly pretty good ( I honestly had absolutely no expectations for good food)… and the drinks were mehh; for those who know me, I’m a Gin girl. The gin in cuba was just different, I couldn’t drink it …. So I had Vodka and OJ / Lemonade all week … I know snnnnooorreee.

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And while they tasted incredibly strong, they weren’t … there were at least a dozen times I should have been drunk… and I just wasn’t.

Soooo … in a way, I’m glad to be back … and to have my gin (how much of a lush do I sound like?!?)

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 Raspberry Rose Gin Lemonade

6 cups water

2/3 cups sugar

1 cup lemonade concentrate

1/4 tsp salt

1 tbsps rose water

¼ cup Gin

1/2 cup crushed raspberries

Sprigs of fresh Thyme ( it just makes things pretty… and it’s completely optional)

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Directions: 

Place 2 cups of water and the sugar in a large saucepan and bring to a boil.

Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and let cool.

Mix the lemon concentrate, salt, and cooled simple syrup together.

Add remaining water to taste. Stir in rose water.

In a large pitcher add crushed raspberries & gin.

Add lemonade. Mix well.

Chill for 2 hours, or serve immediately over ice.

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So Fresh, So Clean, So Summer!! Cheers <3

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Irish Car Bomb Popcorn

If being Irish and celebrating St. Patty’s day means 3 kinds of alcohol in one snack

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 Sign.me.uppppppppp.

Ladies and lepracauns (heh. See what I did there) I got a snaaaaayck for you.

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Popcorn … Popacorno popacorno, that’s popcorn in Italian (name that amazing t.v show) … hehe ohhh Schmidt, you lovely lovely schmidty-roo!!

You guys need this popcorn, it’s part of a healthy diet and shnidzz … it’s not, but popcorn is a whole grain, so do the dirty work and justify the healthification.

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Also, HAPPY ALMOST ST. PATTY’S DAY … are you doing anything special to celebrate? Making stew, eating green stuff, drinking green stuff, running away from any bar because it’s going to be crazier than the new box of marshmallow-only lucky charm cereal?!?

By eating this popcorn, you’re really just doing your part to help society get their irish on … also, it’s the weekend. And booze.

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 Some for the pot , some for me … some for the pot … rest for me.

 Irish Car Bomb Popcorn

1 bag microwave popcorn – popped

3 cups of granulated white sugar

1/4 cup Guinness beer

¼ cup Baily’s Liquor

¼ cup Whisky
3 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 Tsp rum extract
1 ½  tsp salt
1 ½  tsp baking soda

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  1. Place popped popcorn in a large bowl or foil roasting pan (this works great if you have one available).
  2. Line 1 large baking tray with foil
  3. In a large saucepan, combine sugar, Guinness, Bailey’s, Whisky, butter, Rum Extract, and salt. Heat over medium heat, stirring continuously until sugar melts and caramel becomes a light brown.
  4. Add the baking soda and continue to stir keep stirring. NOTE: The mixture doubles up very quickly!!
  5. Remove from heat, pour over the popcorn.
  6. Spread the popcorn mixture out on foil lined sheet pans and allow to cool at least ten minutes before eating.

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