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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!!

 

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

 

Watermelon Margarita (On the Rocks)

Watermelon Margarita
I’m having a hard time letting go of Summer. I felt like it came and went in a blink and I barely have any kind of tan to show for it. Sigh.
Anyway, Summer or not, I still love a good margarita and this watermelon margarita is no exception. I bought one of those personal size watermelons (though I can’t imagine eating one of these all by myself!) in part because I always think they look so darn cute. I found that the miniature size was much more manageable and I didn’t have to spend a half hour just cutting up a massive melon.
Most watermelon drink recipes will have you using a blender and running the juice through a mesh strainer. That’s one way to do it, but muddling chunks of melon produces similar results and involves less clean up (very important).
Watermelon Margarita (On the Rocks)
Makes One Drink
Ingredients:
1 c. cubed watermelon
1/2 lime, juiced
2 oz. Patron (or tequila of choice)
1/2 oz. triple sec
1/2 oz. simple syrup
coarse salt or sugar for rimming, optional
Preparation:
Scatter coarse salt or sugar onto a plate. Use a lime wedge to wet the rim of a glass. Dip the rim of the glass into the salt until the edge is covered in a salt ring. Fill the glass with ice.
In a cocktail shaker, add the cubed watermelon, juice of 1/2 a lime, and simple syrup. Muddle the watermelon until ample juice is produced. Add tequila, triple sec, and ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain into the salt rimmed glass. Garnish with a lime and watermelon wedge.
Drink. Repeat.

 

Watermelon Margarita
Cheers!
-Stephanie

St. Germain Gin Fizz Cocktail

Despite this week’s holiday, (thank you Labor Day) this week has been a long one. Shortened work weeks seem to always make the days longer as I try to cram in a full week’s worth of work into four days. Nevertheless, it’s Friday so it’s time to rejoice, relax, and sip on a delicious libation.

I can’t take credit for this one… One of the hubs’s buddies who is in the alcohol industry, came into town last weekend. As a result of his profession, he has a hand for crafting delicious cocktails. He prepared this one for me one night and I’m hooked. The trick is all in the ratios.
St. Germain Gin Fizz Cocktail
Makes one drink
Ingredients:
2 ounces gin, Hendricks
1 ounce elderflower liquor, St. Germain
1 ounce lemon (approx. one half lemon)
1 ounce club soda
1/2 ounce simple syrup
Sliced cucumber
Freshly ground pepper

Directions:
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add gin, elderflower liquor, lemon, and simple syrup. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain into an ice filled glass. Top with club soda. Garnish with cucumbers and freshly ground pepper.
Drink. Repeat.
Cheers!
-Stephanie