Cherry Mojito

Cherry Mojito

Cherry mojito is a fun summer time cocktail to make that uses rum, cherry syrup, mint, and lime.  Tastes like an alcoholic cherry limeaid.

So It’s Cherries for Charity time at one of the grocery stores in town. This is my absolute favorite time of the summer because cherries are on sale for cheap and cherries are my favorite fruit. So far, I’ve gotten 4 bags of cherries. I’ve even purchased a cherry pitter to make life easier. I’ve been looking up different cherry recipes on line and have decided on a few. I really want to make homemade maraschino cherries and a cherry pie. The first one is this cherry mojito.

Have you ever muddled mint before? One year I planted some mint in my garden. Bad idea. Mint is a weed and it keeps on coming back. Not that I don’t mind that it keeps on coming back. It’s good for garnishing desserts and making drinks like mojitos. Sometimes, I’ll even take a mint leaf and rub it back and forth on my teeth for a natural tooth brush. Just kidding! :) This drink is summer in a cocktail. It almost reminds me of a cherry seven up but with rum in it.

Cherry Mojito

Recipe adapted from Eat Live Run

Cherry Mojito
 
Ingredients
  • for cherry syrup
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 lb sweet cherries, pitted and roughly chopped
  • for assembly and serving
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh mint (each glass)
  • ¼ cup cherry syrup (each glass)
  • juice of 1 lime each
  • 2 oz light rum each
  • 8 oz sparkling water each
Instructions
  1. Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepot on the stove. Bring to a boil and stir so that all the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and add fresh, chopped cherries. Stir and refrigerate for about 2 hours, or until chilled. You can make this cherry syrup ahead of time and keep covered in the fridge.
  2. When you’re ready to make your mojitos, drop a tablespoon of fresh minced mint in each glass, followed by ¼ cup of cherry syrup and juice of 1 lime. Using the end of a wooden spoon (or whatever you have!) muddle the mixture together. The, add 2 oz rum and about a cup of sparkling water. Add ice! Serve with additional mint and cherries.

 

Watermelon Slushies

Watermelon Slushies

Watermelon has always been my favorite summertime fruit. It’s good just to cut up and eat it fresh, and it has to be cold watermelon. I can not stand watermelon that has been sitting out on the counter top, because it’s warm. Also, do not eat watermelon before bed time, that is a warning!

There’s not a lot of watermelon dessert recipes out there, but plenty of frozen treats and drinks you can make with them. One time I  tried making watermelon jam and it wasn’t pretty. The jam never got thick, it was just a bunch of hot watermelon mess in my big stove top. Anyone can make a watermelon slushie as long as you have a blender. If you feel like it you can add something fun to it like Vodka or Rum. I took the rest of my slushie drink and made some ice pops.

Watermelon Slushies

Watermelon Slushies

Watermelon Slushies
 
Ingredients
  • 1 whole seedless watermelon
Instructions
  1. Cut half of the watermelon into chunks and throw into a blender.
  2. Puree the watermelon until it resembles a slushie mix.

 

 

Blueberry Peanutbutter Shake

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I’ve been looking for healthy snack ideas lately, especially before a workout. I need to eat some type of protein before my body pump class and usually I’ve been getting sick of eating a spoonful of peanut butter lately. This smoothie does the trick I think and changes it up a bit. You can’t go wrong with blueberries and peanut butter together. I added in some greek yogurt for extra protein and  also the peanut butter and milk have that as well.

There is also something else I’ve tried recently. You take a container of plain non greek yogurt and add about a couple tablespoons of cherry cheesecake pudding mix to it. I was evil and added some cherry pie filling to the top of that. It was a low fat cheesecake without all the baking and prep work. That was super tasty too!

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To make this smoothie you will need:

2 1/12 cups of frozen blueberries

1/2 cup of peanut butter

1 cup of plain greek yogurt 8 oz container

1 banana

1 cup of 1 % milk

Directions: Puree in a blender until smooth and enjoy. Makes 2 or 3 servings.

Holiday Jingle Juice

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Usually at Thanksgiving, we don’t have any type of alcoholic beverage, but this year we did. I was in charge of bringing the beverage and I decided on this one called Holiday Jingle Juice. I had narrowed it down to a Sangria or a pumpkin spice martini. I got pumpkin pie spice cream liquor at the liquor store and I mixed that with some Rumchata and it was so good. The Sangria would have been way less ingredients but I’m not much of a wine drinker.

If you plan on having more than 5 guests at your next Holiday party this is a good drink to make. We had around 9 people and only 4 of us wanted to drink. I didn’t half the recipe and the punch bowl was almost overflowing. Heck, I could have probably even fourthed the recipe. The recipe can get quite expensive to make with the Grand Marnier, but I used Triple Sec instead cause I’m kind of cheap and didn’t want to pay almost 50.00 for a bottle of orange liquor.

Everyone really liked the punch and we would have probably been drinking it for the next two weeks, but I’m going to put the rest of it in my freezer and hopefully it turns into a slushy! If you’re going to a Holiday Party or barn dance in Fargo, ND then bring this Jingle Juice to your next get together. Just make sure to not drink and drive please! :) The cranberries and the fruit make the punch look really pretty and festive.

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This is me drinking the punch bowl, don’t worry I wasn’t really taking drinks like that out of it. That would have been gross. :)

Citrus Sugar:

1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 teaspoon grapefruit zest
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Punch:

3/4 cup Citrus Sugar
1 cup lime juice
1 cup lemon juice
2 cups orange juice
1 cup grapefruit juice
1 cup mango nectar
1 cup pineapple juice
3 3/4 cups Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
2 1/4 cup Grand Marnier
1 1/2 cups Amaretto
3 cups sparkling water
orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit slices, frozen cranberries for garnish

For the rest of the recipe please visit Baked Bree!

Bahama Mama

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I don’t think I’ve ever posted an alcoholic beverage on my website before. Maybe a mojito once but I think this is the first time. This is one of my favorite drinks to make, the Bahama Mama. I am mostly of a fan of fruity drinks. Tropical Teas, Sex on the Beach, Mai Tais, Pina Coladas, drinks like that, that remind of a Tropical place. I’ve been making one of these drinks at least once a night this week. I think I may be turning into an alcoholic, but that is what unemployment does to you. ;)

Alcoholic beverages I do not like. Wine. Infact, I don’t see what the big deal is about it? I do not like beer either. I know, call me crazy right?! I don’t like coffee. When I do drink though. Mikes Hard Lemonade or Smirnoff is where it’s at. :)

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Bahama Mama

1 oz of Peach Flavored Vodka
1 oz of Coconut flavored Rum
1 splash of Grenadine
1 oz of Orange Juice
1 oz of Pineapple Juice
Ice

Directions:
Combine all ingredients into a shaker glass with some ice and pour into a glass. Garnish with a marschino cherry if desired.

Cranberry-Lime Vodka

I’ve never thought of making my own flavored vodka before until I saw all the different kinds you could make. Lemon head, gummy bears, skittles, etc…..Pack the flavored vodka  in fancy jars and you have some unique homemade gifts for the Holidays. Vodka is also the main ingredient for making different types of extracts like almond and vanilla. Who knew?

I went to Hobby Lobby and found these fancy jars. They were about $6 to $8 a piece for them. You can get fresh cranberries for really cheap around the Holidays.  At  Thanksgiving time,  I’ve seen them for $.98 a bag.  I think everyone has vodka in their liquor pantry as well.

This type of flavored vodka is so good with some orange juice added to it. I haven’t tried it with some z-up yet, and I’m sure that would be really great too. It almost makes me want to become an alcoholic, this vodka is that good. J/k. Depending on what size jars you get, (they can even be those smaller jars you can buy at the groceries) make sure to clean and rinse them out before adding all the stuff in there. I just did that to be safe. Everyone I gave these too really liked them. Be sure to make some for yourself to have.

I even made some candy cane flavored vodka and that is really good with some egg nog.

Cranberry – Lime Vodka from Fancy Napkin

1 bag of fresh cranberries

Zest of one lime

2 tablespoons of sugar

vodka

Directions:

Poke holes in cranberries and put them in a jar of your liking. Add lime zest and sugar and fill to top with vodka. For candy cane vodka use 5 peppermint candy canes and vodka. Can keep for weeks.

Butter Beer!

I admit, I’m not a beer drinker. I do like flavored beers like Mike’s Hard Lemonade or Smirnoff. My favorite is the dark cherry one. I don’t know if you would consider this a beer or not, but it’s really darn tasty and it sure beats driving over 1,000 miles just to get to the Harry Potter theme park and try Butter Beer.

Tomorrow at 12 noon CST I will be watching the last movie of Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows. This is the first time ever going to a movie on the opening day and I don’t know what to expect. I’m hoping to see someone dressed in a HP outfit or trying to fly a broom stick. Thankfully, I got my ticket online so we don’t have to wait inline to see if everything was sold out. :)

Ingredients: from Mugglenet

  • 1 cup (8 oz) club soda or cream soda
  • ½ cup (4 oz) butterscotch syrup (ice cream topping)
  • ½ tablespoon butter

Directions:

Step 1: Measure butterscotch and butter into a 2 cup (16 oz) glass. Microwave on high for 1 to 1½ minutes, or until syrup is bubbly and butter is completely incorporated.

Step 2: Stir and cool for 30 seconds, then slowly mix in club soda. Mixture will fizz quite a bit.

Step 3: Serve in two coffee mugs or small glasses; a perfectly warm Hogwarts treat for two!

Step 4: Tell us how this recipe is on the feedback form.

Piña Colada Smoothie

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Our kitchen is getting close to being done. I’m getting really sick of our house being such a mess with card board boxes every where and appliances being out of place. The only thing we have left to do is pick a paint color and door knobs. We ordered some fancy oven vent and that still needs to go up too. We’re going to put a bright light underneath the vent, so that I can take some pictures of food cooking on the stove. It will be so awesome when it’s done.

When the kitchen is done, I decided that we’re going to celebrate with some pina coladas. Not the smoothie that I just made here, but the actual drink and with rum in it. That’s the only thing this recipe is missing. If you want to you can use light coconut milk to make this smoothie lighter.

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Calories 150 | Fat 6.29g | Carbohydrate 25.26g | Fiber 2.6g | Protein 1.06g

Serves: 2

Points Plus: 4

Ingredients from Paula Dean

1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1 banana
1/4 cup ice cubes
2 teaspoons honey, optional
Pineapple wedges, for garnish

Directions

In a blender, combine the pineapple chunks, coconut milk, banana, ice, and, if desired, honey. Puree until smooth. Pour into 2 large glasses.