Brief: it was over 80 in L.A. this weekend, meaning it was time to BBQ and have some blended drinks. Instead of combining some gross pre-made mixers with tequila, I went to Trader Joe’s and grabbed some fresh fruit.
In this situation, I went for some very fresh looking strawberries and meyer lemons. I also had some mango juice, so I made mango juice ice cubes to use instead of normal ice.
Makes: 1 pitcher
15 medium to large sized strawberries
12 oz of fresh squeezed lemon juice (~8 lemons) – limes OK, too
15-20 mango juice ice cubes – blender should be 2/3 full with ice (normal ice works too, but add 8 oz juice)
8 oz tequila
4 tablespoons of honey
mango juice in ice trays = mango juice ice cubes
cut the tops of the strawberries (and make your fresh squeezed lemon juice)
combine all ingredients into a blender and blend
be amazed. be refreshed
This one is easy to make and easy to modify. Just switch out the strawberries and/or mango juice for whatever fruit looks fresh (papaya, kiwi, cranberry, orange, blueberry, pineapple, raspberry, etc). BUT, do not remove the 12 ounces of lemon/lime juice. It is critical.
Brief: So I’ve made a couple cocktails before this that were definitely NOT worth posting; however this Kiwi based drink is awesome! It’s strong, so is meant to be served as a martini or in a highball (full of ice). Watch yourself.
Kiwi is loaded with vitamin C and also a good source of fiber, potassium, copper, magnesium, vitamin E, and manganese. So don’t be afraid to add extra kiwi if you have it.
Awkward fruit pictures are a dime a dozen; this gigantic kiwi topped with more kiwi is no exception.
Makes: 2 cocktails
20 mint leaves (flexible)
2 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
4 small to medium sized kiwis (peeled)
1 tablespoon of honey
4 oz of light rum (vodka and gin also work)
2 oz water
Puree the kiwis in a cuisine art or blender (or just smush if necessary).
Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker (with ice if you’re serving as a martini). Shake hard!
Strain into highball glass (tall and skinny) filled w/ ice, or martini glass.
If you’re a pulp lover, combine everything except the kiwi and strain. Then add the kiwi puree as the last step and mix. Hardest part of this drink is peeling the kiwis and pureeing them. Otherwise, pretty easy and great!
Brief: OK, so I’ve felt like crap for the last week. A bad head cold has left me all but sidelined from drinking (not hearing any complaints from my liver). My poor little healthy cocktail blog was getting very lonely until I had a pretty genius idea; make a cocktail that clears my sinuses!
Anyway, full credit goes to the Food Wolf’s Cold Cure Cocktail (check it out here), which provided the base for this recipe.
Makes: 2 cocktails
1 cup of boiling water
1 oz fresh lime juice (~2 fresh squeezed limes) – lemons OK, too
3 oz of whiskey (I used Laphroaig 10 which is TOO good to be mixed, but hey, I’m sick and confused. Leave me alone.)
2 oz of homemade jalapeño & ginger infused simple syrup (see directions on how to make). Includes:
1 cup of sugar (I used TJ’s evaporated cane juice – less processed)
1 or 2 chopped-up jalapeños (seeds removed). The more, the spicier. Be careful when cutting. See the video at the end of this post for a quick run down on cutting jalapeños.
1/4 cup of chopped-up fresh ginger
1/2 cup of water
Make the simple syrup:
Combine the sugar and water in a sauce pan and put on high heat. Once it boils, reduce heat to low and let sit for 10 minutes. Add in jalapeño and ginger and set heat to medium. Once jalapeño skin turns brownish (4-5 minutes), turn off heat and let cool. Store leftovers in the ‘fridge in an airtight container.
Add the boiling water, lime juice, booze, and simple syrup into a coffee cup and stir. Your “healthy cocktail” is now ready to enjoy.
Thoughts: Wow. This cleared my sinuses, gave me a little buzz, and even tasted pretty good. Best day of being sick so far. Give it a try – it’s worth the effort!
(Round 2: With my leftover spicy syrup, I’ll be trying it with some Jameson tonight. Note: I followed through with round 2 but used a mix of tangerine and lemon juice because I was low on lemons. It was still good, but the lemon feels more soothing. I highly recommend making sure the drink is HOT [in temperature]. I’m also happy to report I’m almost back to 100%. So stop worrying about me, seriously.)