Cocktails

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

Pineapple Mule Cocktail

Pineapple Moscow Mule, Pineapple vodka
We spent Spring Break in sunny and exotic Cincinnati, Ohio. (I kid, I kid). Cinci is actually a pretty cool town. My favorite spots? The zoo, Jungle Jim’s (a MASSIVE grocery store full of hard-to-find international products), and the Yard House (it’s a chain, but my first time eating there). The best thing about the Yard House was their extensive cocktail list. My husband and I love, love, love trying (and crafting) new cocktails (I’d call it a hobby…), so we studied and took notes on the YH cocktail list like there was going to be a test later. My husband ordered a Pineapple Mule – delicious. We knew we had to try it at home.

Pineapple Mule

1 1/2 oz. pineapple vodka (we used New Amsterdam)
5 oz. alcoholic ginger beer (we used Crabbie’s)*
1/2 oz. lime juice
2-3 pineapple chunks
2 sprigs of mint
ice

We approached this a little like a mojito. Muddle one sprig of mint, pineapple and lime juice together in a copper mug. Add ice and pour in vodka. Stir gently. Pour in ginger beer and stir again. Garnish with mint. Cheers to the weekend!

*You can use nonalcoholic ginger beer (alcoholic may be harder to find, depending on where you live). If you use nonalcoholic, increase vodka by 1/2 to 1 ounce, depending on taste
Pineapple Moscow Mule, Pineapple Vodka

Cherry Coca-Cola Ole Smoky Moonshine

I intended to post a good New Years cocktail today, however I celebrated New Years Eve with the stomach flu. Boo. Needless to say I didn’t enjoy any cocktails for New Years so I’m lacking something festive and fancy to share. The Huffington Post did pull one of our recent cocktails, our Blackberry Lime Gin Gimlet, as one of twenty “Great New Years Eve Cocktails” so if you’re looking for something a little more NYE-esque, check out that post.
Otherwise, if you’re looking for a classic, go-to, look no further.
My first experience with moonshine was actually with Ashleigh. On a road trip down to visit Ashleigh and fam, the guys decided to stop and get some party supplies in Kentucky which included Ole Smoky Moonshine Cherries. Boozy maraschino cherries make the perfect addition to all kinds of drinks (also acceptable to munch on a couple on their own…their sweet with heat and so good!). The most obvious mixer to me is some good ol’ Coca-Cola. It’s just like an old fashioned cherry Coca-Cola (sub moonshine for grenadine).

Cherry Coca Cola Ole Smokey Moonshine // Beckham + Belle

Cherry Coca-Cola Ole Smoky Moonshine 
Makes one drink
Ingredients:
6 oz Coca-Cola
2 oz Ole Smokey Moonshine Cherries juice + 3-4 cherries
Directions:
Fill a glass with ice. Add moonshine. Add soda. Top with 3-4 cherries.
Sip. Repeat.
herry Coca Cola Ole Smokey Moonshine // Beckham + Belle

 

Blackberry-Lime Gin Gimlet

Blackberry Lime Gimlet // Beckham + Belle
It’s been a while since I’ve posted a cocktail… This one was worth the wait!
I crafted this cocktail for my sister and I when she came in for a visit a couple weeks ago. Simple, delicious, and good looking – the perfect cocktail combo.
Blackberry Gin Gimlet
(Makes Two)
Ingredients:
4 oz. Gin, Hendrick’s
1 lime freshly squeezed, plus slices for garnish
1 pint or approx. 15 blackberries, plus additional for garnish.
1 1/2 oz simple syrup
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the blackberries. Add lime juice, gin, and simple syrup.
Fill with ice.
Shake vigorously for approx. 10 seconds.
Strain into two glasses filled with ice.
Garnish with a lime slice and fresh blackberries.
Drink. Repeat.
Blackberry Lime Gimlet // Beckham + Belle
Cheers!
-Stephanie

 

Meyer Lemon Simple Syrup

I am officially a citrus farmer. I just harvested 4 good-sized lemons from my Meyer lemon tree! This is my second attempt at citrus farming, so I’m pretty excited that I finally had some success. Since so many of my favorite cocktails contain lemon juice and simple syrup, I knew right away that I wanted to make a simple syrup with my harvest.

These syrup walks the line between acidic and sweet. I love it and am so looking forward to trying it in a Bee’s Knees, a Cherry Gin Sour, and even the Vermont 75. This would be another awesome holiday gift for neighbors and friends (regardless of whether you grow the lemons yourself or buy them from the store!!)


Ingredients 

2 large Meyer lemons
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of water

Directions

Cut peels off lemons, being careful to avoid the white pith.

Juice the lemons when finished.

Pour water into small saucepan with the peel, add in sugar and lemon juice.

Bring to a simmer, stirring to dissolve sugar. Simmer for about 10 minutes, then turn off heat. Allow to cool for about 30 minutes, and then pour into jar or glass bottle.

Stay tuned for a new cocktail recipe this Friday using this magical syrup …