Thirsty Thursday: No-Fuss Mojito

My favorite day of the week is here again. Thirsty Thursday. Aka almost Friday. Aka basically the weekend. Aka the week is almost over so it's ok to be thinking about Cocktail Recipes even though it isn't quiiiiite 5 o' clock yet. (But surely it is, somewhere.)

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Now sometimes, you have the time and energy to commit to a luxurious multi-step recipe, and other times, you want that luxurious complex flavor, but want to spare the energy spent creating it on other things. Like drinking. Today is one of those days. Luckily, my dear friends at Powell & Mahoney have days like today covered.

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If their name sounds familiar, perhaps it's because you've seen them at your local grocery store. Or maybe you've seen them written about on your favorite blog. Aka, right here. Either way, their line of all-natural mixers are a no-brainer. And making a Mojito with this sparkling Mojito Mix couldn't be simpler - combine 4oz of all-natural mix with 1.5 oz of light rum. Pour over ice and serve. No muddling. No cutting limes. (I wasn't kidding when I said it was a No-Fuss.)

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So, don't mind me kicking back and enjoying 1 or 3 of these. And if you knew what was good for you, you'd join too. Let's kick back and enjoy our Mojito's and pretend it's warmer outside than it really is, k? Cheers! x

Thirsty Thursday: Gin n' Juice

My favorite day of the week is here again - Thirsty Thursday. And boy have I got the perfect cocktail for your unpredictable early spring weather. The Gin n' (grapefuit) Juice. Also known as the Greyhound, it's chock-full of Vitamin C... so it's basically healthy. Right? Can't be getting sick as the temperatures are (slowly) starting to rise.

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Immensely simple in preparation, but the elegance of this cocktail lies in its simplicity. Of course, I'm going to put a personal twist on it, but you wouldn't expect anything less, would you? To make my version, muddle a couple basil leaves in the bottom of a shaker and combine with 1/2 cup of grapefruit juice and 2 oz of Gin. Top with Ice and shake.

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To serve, simply pour over a large ice cube, and finish with club soda or tonic water if that's your thing. Garnish with a basil leaf because they're pretty, and presentation is everything. Ps, if you're into basil in cocktails, be sure to give this one from a couple weeks back a try, my Spring Basil Cocktail. Or, for a full list of MOGBLOG approved cocktail recipes, check out all of my past Thirsty Thursday posts, you're bound to find something you like. Cheers! x

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Thirsty Thursday: Lavender Collins

It's my favorite day of the week again! And contrary to popular belief, it isn't Friday. It's Thursday. Something about the potential for the upcoming weekend is often more exciting to me than the weekend itself. It's sort of how like Tuesday's always end up being worse than Monday's even though you expect it to be the other way around. (Anyone else like that? Just me? I hope not.) Anyway...

Another reason I really love Thursdays is because I get to shamelessly treat myself to a fancy cocktail in honor of the approaching weekend. And being that we're in the throws of Spring, and Easter is this Sunday, I thought this floral-inspired libation was just the thing for a day like today. 

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I call this little number the Lavender Collins. It's a twist on the classic Tom Collins, subbing the usual gin and sugar for a little vodka and lavender-infused simple syrup. The delicate flavor and pastel hue is just begging to be in your hand alongside your Sunday best this weekend!

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To make it, start by creating your infused simple syrup. Combine 1 cup each of sugar and water, with 2 tablespoons of culinary lavender (no, not something you just picked up from your neighbor's garden... you need the food-grade stuff here.) Once it has dissolved, allow it to cool, and then strain into a separate container.

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To assemble the cocktail, combine 1.5 oz vodka, 3/4 oz of lavender simple syrup and 3/4 oz of fresh lemon juice in a shaker and mix. Serve over a large ice cube and top with fresh seltzer. Feel free to garnish with a sprig of lavender. Presentation is everything, after all. Cheers!

Thirsty Thursday: Spring Basil Cocktail

Thirsty Thursday is here again, and boy have I got a good one for you! This cocktail is inspired (read: stolen) from my recent trip to Steven Starr's Parc restaurant here in Philadelphia. Called the Basilic, it combines all of the garden fresh elements of Spring that this weather calls for.

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Start by combining 3oz cucumber vodka and 1oz St. Germain with a handful of fresh basil a in a shaker with some ice. To assemble, use a vegetable peeler to slice ribbons of cucumber into tall glasses. Then add ice, and pour the contents of the shaker between two glasses. Top with club soda and garnish with a couple basil leaves.

These are fresh, green, and truly taste like Spring in a glass. What could be better? Personally, I'll be enjoying these to celebrate St. Patrick's day this weekend - so much better than green beer. Amirite? Just make them and find out for yourself. Cheers! x

Thirsty Thursday: Old School Negroni

Happy Thursday, friends! Are we having a fantastic week? Is it just me, or does February almost feel like holiday season part 2? It seems every weekend has something going on this month-- which of course, I'm not mad about. Busier is better. It helps the winter fly by, amirite?

Anyway, in the spirit of looking forward to the weekend, I thought I'd share with you one of my favorite beverages of late: The Negroni. Few cocktails are more perfect in their simplicity of ingredients, and yet complexity of flavor. Using just 3 ingredients, it packs a serious punch, so sip with caution, and get the recipe below:

Now, there are many twists on the classic, but the original Negroni simply combines equal parts Gin, Campari, and Sweet Vermouth. This holy trinity creates the perfect balance of spicy, bitter and sweet. Endlessly sippable.

Simply add one shot of each into a cocktail shaker and serve in a rocks glass with a twisted orange peel. Yum. A little sweet, a little spicy, and with a festive red color. Honestly, I can't think of anything more appropriate for Valentine's Day. Just saying.

So give this one a try this weekend, next weekend, or at noon after you're done taking pictures of it for your blog. I mean. What? Who said that. Not me. Cheers! x

Thirsty Thursday: Summer Fruit Shrub

Yes, you read that right. And no, it's not actually a shrub. If you haven't heard, Shrub Cocktails are the new thing. Or, so I've read in Bon Appetit. Naturally, if it's something I haven't tried before, I knew I needed to set out and make it for myself.  

Shrub, at its essence, is simply fruit-infused simple syrup with vinegar. This potent combination makes a perfect addition to bright summer cocktails, or even drank non-alcoholic, mixed into some seltzer. Find the super-simple recipe below:

To make your shrub, mix 3/4 of a cup of sugar with a 1/2 cup of water and bring to a boil. Then, add about a pound of cut fruit of your choice (today I'm using peaches) and simmer for about 15 minutes. Strain into a container and chill.

To make your shrub cocktail, add 2 oz of your shrub, 1 1/2 oz of vodka, and ice into a shaker. When frosty, strain over ice, and top with seltzer. Absolutely delicious. Perfect for these remaining hot summer days. Tell me you'll try this. Really. Go ahead. I'll wait.

Thirsty Thursday: Blackberry Smash

Don't you just love Thursdays? We here at MOG do - because that means its time to get thirsty! This week, in honor of our Summer Kickoff, we're sharing a super-simple cocktail that is sure to be a hit at your MDW Festivities: The Blackberry Smash. Check it out below.

So simple. Just muddle a handfull of blackberries, a couple slices of lemon and some fresh mint. Add your bourbon and simple syrup, give it a good shake, and pour over ice. YUM.

Let me know if you give this recipe a try over the weekend - I know you won't be disappointed. PS, feel free to share with me your favorite summer cocktails in the comments below. I'd love to give them a try in the future. Almost Friday, y'all - Memorial Day Weekend is nearly here!

Mother's Day Mimosas

Happy Mother's Day, Moms! To all of my mommy-readers out there - and especially my own - thank you. For all that you do. We literally wouldn't be here without you.

I hope you're all celebrating this morning with a nice brunch - and hopefully a few cocktails! I know mimosas are traditional brunch staples, but today I wanted to share with you a little something to kick them up a notch. (And to get mom to kick off her heels and spill a family secret or two to you!)

Presenting "Flirtinis". Based on a classic mimosa, the difference here is swapping OJ for Pineapple juice and - if your mom is daring - an extra kick of vodka! They are delicious. But whew do they pack a punch. Make sure to pace yourself with these ones. Or don't. Just don't drive afterwards. 

Simply pour two parts chilled pineapple juice and one part vodka in the bottom of a champagne flute, and top with a nice dry champagne (like classic Korbel Brut.) Couldn't be more simple. Whip up a batch, and let the good times roll. Hope you all have a fantastic mother's day! XO

Thirsty Thursday: The Desert Facial

So. Day Three. In between my busy schedule of dipping in the pool, soaking up the rays, and catching up on my reading, I've somehow managed to squeeze in about 7 of these killer cocktails. 

First of all, I love a cocktail with a raunchy name. I think its funny and charming. Lighten up okay? (Maybe that's the vodka talking.) Anyway, not only does this drink sound great - but it looks and tastes amazing, too.

It's hard to imagine a vodka cocktail be described as "refreshing" but with its blend of cucumber and mint - that's exactly what this is! Topped off with a splash of pineapple juice to sweeten the deal, it truly is the perfect beverage for a long day spent poolside. (Unless of course you count H20... but where's the fun in that?)