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Saturday
Jul142012

Blackberry Gin Fizz

Gin fizz2

This week, I've been on a roll with cocktails. Usually, I don't plan our meals down to the drinks I serve, but for some reason, this week, I found several cocktails that I was dying to try. As I've mentioned before, everything that Deb makes is amazing, so when I saw her post about these babies, I knew I had to have them. I ran to the liquor store and bought gin, since it isn't something we typically drink. I didn't feel bad, though, because it helped me to stock the bar! While pureeing and straining the raspberries seems like a lot of work, I assure you that it is well worth it! These fizzy drinks complemented our quesadillas very well, and were incredibly refreshing!

1/4 cup Fresh Blackberries
2 tablespoons Sugar
1/2 cup Gin
1/4 cup Fresh Lime Juice (from 2 limes)
Club Soda
Lime Wedges or Basil Springs, to garnish (optional) 

Puree the blackberries and sugar in a blender until they are ais as liquefied as possible. Strain the puree through a fine-mesh sieve or tea strainer into 2 tall collins-style glasses (I used stemless wine glasses and it was perfect); discard the seeds in the sieve. Divide the gin and lime juice between the two glasses and stir to combine. Add ice to the glasses, then top each with club soda and the basil or lime wedge. 

SOURCE: Smitten Kitchen

Wednesday
Jul112012

Grapefruit Magaritas

Grapefruit margarita

Happy Wednesday! You've made it over the work-week hump. Can I offer you a drink? How about this grapefruit margarita? It's the perfect combination of sweet and tart. Last night, Joel and I had a little Mexican fiesta for ourselves in the backyard, which featured these margaritas. They were a delicious end cap to a long day of work (for him) and gardening (for me). 

3 ounces Tequila
2 ounces Orange Liqueur, such as Grand Marnier or Triple Sec
2 ounces Fresh-Squeezed Lime Juice (I got this from 1 lime)
6 ounces Fresh-Squeezed Grapefruit Juice (1 large grapefruit)
Blue Agave Nectar, to taste
Salt for rim, optional (I omitted)

In a cocktail shaker, combine the tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, grapefruit juice, and agave nectar. Check for sweetness and add additional agave nectar, if desired. Pour over two small glasses of ice, rimmed with salt if desired. Serves 2. 

SOURCE: Sing for Your Supper

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