Thirsty Thursday: Red Pepper Cocktail

Oh Thirsty Thursday, you beautiful weekday, you. It's no secret that I love a good cocktail, and (when the weather calls for it) enjoying it outdoors. With the recent surge of sunnier weather - knock on wood - I figured it was the perfect time to share a fresh springy libation with you. The Red Pepper Cocktail.

Deceptively simple to make, all you need is a red bell pepper, a handful of basil, a lime, and your poison of choice. Today, I'm using gin. Muddle strips of pepper, basil and the juice of half a lime in a cocktail shaker. Add 1.5 oz of gin and some ice and shake. To serve, just pour over a large ice cube in a rocks glass and garnish with a ring of pepper. I also like to add a little pinch of salt, just because.

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Are you loving these vegetable-infused cocktails? Then you should definitely give my cucumber basil cocktail a try. Or, if you're feeling adventurous - make your own cucumber-infused vodka! Myself, I'll be over here enjoying the sun with my red pepper cocktail in hand. Cheers!

Thirsty Thursday: Gin Mule

Hey everyone! It's Thursday - and it's time once again to share with you my favorite cocktail of the moment.

Presenting the Gin Mule. Different from is cousin the Moscow Mule, this tasty libation swaps the vodka for gin. I find when the temperatures start to rise, something about the fresh, piney taste of gin just hits the spot.

All you need to make your mule is some mint leaves, the juice of half a lime, and an ounce and a half of gin. After muddling those in your cocktail shaker, strain and serve over ice. Top with a nice spicy ginger beer (I like Reed's) and a sprig of mint. Ah, delicious.