Cocktails

Clementine & Thyme Gin Cocktail (Vermont-Inspired)

 

Clementine and Thyme Gin Cocktail

Ahhhh….Vermont. It never gets old. For such a tiny state, it’s amazing how much Vermont has to offer. Countless outdoor adventuring opportunities, a food and drink scene in Burlington (and elsewhere in VT) that rivals cities ten or twenty times its size, culture, history, you name it. We just took our fourth trip up there  (in less than 16 months – eek!) and this time hit the ski area of Jay Peak (more on that another day) and then spent the tail end of our trip in Burlington and ate our way through the city. Read More

Pineapple Sangria

Pineapple Sangria

With the temps already in the 90s (ugh!), it’s definitely sangria time! What I love about sangria is that the alcohol content can be diluted without overly impacting the flavor. So on those hot summer days, you won’t do yourself in with a glass or two of it! I also appreciate that sangria can (and should) be made ahead, so when your guests arrive (I’m assuming you’re sharing that pitcher with someone)… it’s a snap to serve and you aren’t running all over the place mixing up custom cocktails. Read More

Honeydew Rum Cocktail

Honeydew Rum Cocktail

Back in college, bubble teas were the thing. I assume that most people know what these are … but if not, they’re those smoothie-like drinks with the tapioca pearls in them. In fact, we actually have a bubble tea recipe on this blog.

Anyway, my now-husband and I spent an obscene amount of money on these bubble teas. Honeydew bubble teas in particular. So, so good. They were like $5 a pop and we were there multiple times a week. In retrospect, I’m not sure how we did this on a student budget. Maybe that’s why we still have student loans. But I digress… this post is about honeydew in the cocktail form and I’ll try to stick to the topic.

Honeydew is so refreshing and IMHO, it works so well with white rum. We made a few of these last weekend when the temps hit 80 around here. Perfection!

Honeydew Rum Cocktail

Honeydew Rum Cocktail, honeydew syrup

Ingredients

3 oz. honeydew puree, strained
2 oz. white rum
1/2 – 1 oz. simple syrup (to taste)
1/2 oz. lime juice
3 mint leaves
ice

Directions

Put a few chunks of honeydew in a blender and puree until smooth. Press through a mesh strainer. (Obviously you’re probably going to want to make a few drinks if you’re going to the trouble of blending up honeydew…but the recipe above is per drink).
Pour honeydew puree, rum, simple syrup, lime juice and mint into shaker. Fill with ice. Shake vigorously and pour over ice. Cheers!!

 

Blueberry Mojito

 

Blueberry Mojito

Cheers to the weekend! If you don’t grow mint in your garden, you really should. Yes, it can be invasive, but it’s a small price to pay for having such an important cocktail ingredient readily available. My mint has been taking off like crazy this year and so I knew it was time to harvest some of it to whip up some mojitos. Checking the fridge to see what other ingredients I had on hand, I was very pleasantly surprised to see that blueberries were still available. Usually my son devours them within minutes of me unpacking the groceries. It’s an expensive habit that he’s developed. Time for him to get a job. He’ll be three this year, after all.

So here’s your Fruity Friday Cocktail for this week (if you missed last week’s Pineapple Mule, you can check it out here).

Blueberry Mojito
serves 1 (you’ll probably make more)

Blueberry Mojito


1 handful of fresh blueberries
1 sprig of mint
1 oz. lime juice
2 1/2 tsp sugar
2 oz. white rum
2 oz. club soda
ice

Muddle the blueberries with the mint, lime juice and sugar.

Add the rum and stir to combine. Pour over top of ice in cocktail glass. Top with club soda. Stir gently.

Enjoy!!

Featured cocktail tool: The Muddler