Paloma Mocktail

If you go to the right restaurant, the old waiter will light up briefly when you order it – because it’s just not a drink that people order – right before he goes all sadface on you to say that they don’t keep grapefruit soda behind the bar. Instead of grapefruit soda, a simple – and much fresher – combo of grapefruit juice and club soda works even better. At home. Pants optional. Ingredients 1/2 cup...

Coconut Lavender Lemonade

Summer has it’s many days of sunshine and fun adventures, but keeping refreshed is something that can never be taken for granted. This beverage recipe is my favorite for those sun lounging days. Tropical, herbal, sweet, and satisfying!This is a fresh squeezed lemonade made with coconut water and lavender simple syrup. It’s just as gorgeous as it is refreshing. Go ahead! Add some coconut rum or...

Cranberry Rosemary Refresher

Cranberries are loaded with antioxidants and Vitamin C, making this refresher the perfect winter immune booster. This was my first time juicing cranberries and I was pleasantly surprised by the intensely-tart flavor of fresh cranberry juice. Pairing it with fresh apple juice mellows the flavor and sweetens it up a bit without the use of refined sugars. If you don’t have access to a juicer, simply...

Hocus Pocus Fizz

Check out this fabulous and beautiful FIZZY DRINK RECIPE! Since I don’t drink alcohol, I changed the recipe a bit. I also kept the alcoholic version if you want to use that, too. Ingredients 1 1/2 cups pineapple juice 1/4 teaspoon almond extract (or 1/2 cup rum) 1/4 teaspoon Imitation Coconut Extract 3 drops McCormick® Red Food Coloring 2 drops McCormick® Yellow Food Coloring 1 bottle Welches® sparkling...

Purple Resolution Smoothie

I have a variety of smoothie recipes in my cookbook, and I wanted to share the purple variety with you today because it’s scrumptious, beautifully vivid, and the perfect way to kick off the day! Ingredients 2 cups Plain Or Vanilla Greek Yogurt 2 cups Fresh Or Frozen Blueberries 2 cups Fresh Or Frozen Mixed Berries (blackberries, Strawberries, Raspberries, Etc.) 1/4 head Red Cabbage 1 whole Banana,...

Mint Lime Grilled Mahi-Mahi

This recipe will work well with any firm white fish but the author recommends mahi-mahi. I suspect that many of us could do with more fish in our diets and this is a wonderful way to serve it. It’s perfect for summer grilling or for those of us who are lucky enough to live somewhere where we can cook outdoors all year round. Ingredients Juice of 2 medium limes 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 tablespoons soy...

Limoncello

Make your own limoncello recipe with just lemon peels and vodka then let it steep for a four days. Add a bit of simple syrup to the mixture and let it sit overnight before straining. You can drink it straight or add it to a cocktail. Ingredients 10 lemons 1 (750-ml) bottle vodka 3 1/2 cups water 2 1/2 cups sugar Directions Using a vegetable peeler, remove the peel from the lemons in long strips (reserve...

The Cherry-Chipotle Cooler

This potent tequila cocktail packs a punch of heat thanks to chipotle puree in the mix and chipotle powder rimming the glasses. Ingredients Lemon Simple Syrup: 1 cup sugar Zest of 1/2 lemon 1/3 cup lemon juice Chipotle Salt: 5 tablespoons chipotle powder 3 tablespoons kosher salt 12 ounces Bing cherry puree 9 ounces silver tequila 8 ounces lemon juice 3 ounces chipotle puree (just the adobo sauce from the...

Burnt Orange Negroni

Give the classic Negroni a fresh twist by charring an orange on the grill and adding a smoky slice to each glass. Ingredients 1 orange 1 1/2 ounces gin, such as Bombay Sapphire 1 ounce sweet vermouth 1/2 ounce bitter orange liqueur, such as Aperol 1/2 ounce simple syrup 1/4 ounce lemon juice Dash bitters Ice Directions Char a whole orange on the grill and set aside to cool down. Combine the gin, vermouth,...

Michelada

This Mexican cocktail is best for savory drink lovers. It's a bit salty and as spicy as you prefer to make it.  Ingredients  1/4 cup kosher salt 1 teaspoon chili powder Juice of 1 lime plus 1 lime wedge 2 cups ice 3 ounces tomato juice (1/3 cup) 4 dashes Louisiana-style hot sauce, such as Tabasco 4 dashes Worcestershire sauce One 12-ounce chilled Mexican-style beer, such as Dos Equis Amber Directions Combine...