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 ❤

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Love Potion aka Apple Cider Sangria

IT’S FRIDAY.

IT’S BOOZE DAY.

LET’S CELEBRATE!!

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… ps, I’ve come to realize – I bake a lot with alcohol!! Not that I think I need an excuse, but I figure what I can’t drink, I’ll eat – just kidding … kind of. 

I know we’re still a little ways away from valentine’s day, but trust me when I say love is in the air.

Just a couple weeks into this spanky year, and there’s talk of proposals, weddings & babies –first NO I’M NOT PREGNANT – and second, these three things can only mean L.O.V.E. A little love potion never hurt anyone and technically, this is just a mish-mosh of winter spices, some juice and booze .. lots of booze … lot of sweet, delicious, come-to-mama booze.

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It’s been a rough week. I have big plans of downing this pitcher and having a scandal marathon. On that note, can we talk about my insane tendency to jump on good tv shows waaaaaayyy after the hoopla begins. It happened with friends, happened with How I Met Your Mother, happened with The Good Wife, Suits, Blacklist and now, of course Scandal. So I have crazy marathons, and then have no one to talk to about it, since everyone else is waaaaaayyy ahead of me.

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 Love Potion aka Apple Cider Sangria

Serves 8 .. or 1 thirsty ready to ppaaarrtaaay /tired girl aka moi

3 apples, cored and sliced

1/4 cup cognac

3/4 cup caramel rum

4 cups apple cider

3 Cups persecco – chilled

1/2 Cup pomegranate seeds

5 cinnamon sticks

4 stars of anise

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Directions: 

Add the apples to a large pitcher. Add the cognac, vodka, apple cider, and persecco. Add cinnamon sticks and stars of anise. Stir.

Fill the pitcher with ice. Pour the sangria into glasses filled with ice and top with sliced apple and pomegranate seeds.

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 Cheers mate!!

P.s please don’t drink and drive, be responsible, be cool, spend the night and have a scandal marathon with me.

Trinidadian Peanut Punch

The Birds are singing their little hearts out

The Sun has come out to play

Everyone is letting their pale skin see the light of day

…. I even saw a butterfly yesterday

SPRING HAS SPRUNG and I’m LOOOOOOOVVVEIN it 😉

Of course, I can’t hate on mother nature this year – that little lady was extremely nice to us … we didn’t get much snow, I can’t even claim that it was really that cold – – I think her and I have finally come to a common ground.

As I have her attention though, I must do us all a favor – –

Dearest Mother Nature – – thank you for not freezing my cookies to bits this winter – – but please come june, can you not turn my hair into a total frizz ball – – I love you, but seriously … when my hair looks like that, no one loves me and you know how cranky I get when I’m hot and sweaty (ewww :()

Thanks lady … I’ll repay you by recycling and not littering.

To celebrate this phenomenal amazing-tastic weather and the fact that I saw a butterfly ( and I seriously think butterflies are magic) I have the perfect drink to quench your thirst.

My main hype-man actually requested I make this drink for him – – who can say no to that man?

So I made it.

He drank it.

All.Of. It.

The end. 

Ice cold

Sweet

Creamy

Thick

Peanut Buttery Fantasy… 

It’s calling your name … answer, you won’t regret it 😉

Trinidadian Peanut Punch

serves 1 

1 Cup Unsalted Peanuts

1/2 Cup Smooth Peanut Butter

2 3/4 Cups Water

1/2 Condensed Milk

1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

1 Tsp Cinnamon

1 Tsp Nutmeg

Directions:

Add all of the above ingredients into a blender.

Blend until smooth.

Enjoy right away, or refridgerate until ice cold.

Have a sweet spring day my loves

xox

Luck of the Irish Peanut Butter Chocolate Frozen Mocha

HAPPY ST.PATTY’S DAY SWEET HEARTS!!

Wooo-hooooooo …. bring on the green cupcakes … got green cookies? – yes please …. mint ice cream … suuuurrreee …. hey, are you making  green eggs? – – make me a plate… and of course, what would St. Patty’s day be without GREEEEENNN BEEEERRRRR?!?!

🙂 See why I like celebrating such highly important holidays … lol.

So really, what is St. Patty’s day – – and why do we celebrate?  the green beer of course!  it’s actually a celebration of Saint Patrick an Irish icon. It was once upon a time a highly religious celebration – – but now, everyone just wants to get their irish on and shake their shamrocks 😉 … so let’s do it good looking people.

Sure it’s early – – but let’s get the happy juice flowing and I have just the thing to get you to do an irish jig… and, it’s not green just in case, you’re weirded out by drinking something that resembles slime!!

It may not be happy hour here, but everyone know’s  today is the one day that the entire world runs in accordance to the time in Ireland – – and I believe it’s happy hour there (… maybe not, but still – – it’s Saturday) – – get your drank on, party people – – but be responsible 😦 – – seriously, be a cool temporary Irish and drink like a responsible little leprechaun, and keep your lucky charms together.

Luck of the Irish Peanut Butter Chocolate Frozen Mocha 

Serves 2 (or 1 depending on how thirsty you are ;)) 

1/4 Cup Peanut Butter

1/2 Cup Chopped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

1 Cup Milk

1 Shot of Kahlua Liquor

1/2 Cup Ice (approximately 4 cubes)

Whipped cream – – optional, to fancy’er up

Green sprinkles – – optional, but everything is better with sprinkles.

Directions

Using your blender, add all of the ingredients above.

Blend until smoothie consistency.

Then drink a wee’oh’bit – – Join the celebratin’ fer the grandest time ta’ be had……that would be my Irish accent 😦 – – I won’t do it again , promise.

… hmmm – awkward.

Enjoy 🙂