Lemon-Lime Basil Martini

Pouring the basil martini 3Bright sunshine, warm rains, blossoming dogwoods, and plump red-breasted robins… It seems spring is finally here to stay!

Ever since the first fingers of spring began to spread over the city, I have been aching to do all kinds of culinary things to welcome and celebrate spring. I made an elaborate lamb dinner last week, cupcakes with strawberry buttercream frosting over the weekend (post to come), and created this delicious martini!

I first experimented with basil simple syrup combined with ginger beer in mocktails that I made over the winter when I was pining for warmer weather. But now that spring is finally here, it’s time to break out the bar tools and use the syrup to create refreshing, light, fun martinis. And this one fits the bill! Continue reading

Pomegranate Orange Splash Cocktail

cocktail or pom 2After a wonderful New Year’s Eve with my sister, I found myself with half a bottle of sparkling wine left over. I find the bubbles in sparkling wine a bit too abrasive for drinking on a regular evening, so I set out to make a delicious cocktail from the leftovers. (What better kind of leftovers than sparkling wine, right?!)

Lately I have been in love with pomegranate juice and pomegranate seeds, so the cocktail’s ingredients really just fell together based on complementing flavors and what I had in my fridge! I justified having two of these by the super-healthy juices it contains. That’s fine, right? đŸ˜€

What are some of your favorite champagne cocktails?

Pomegranate Orange Splash Cocktail

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 oz. vodka
2 oz. pomegranate juice
1/2 oz. orange juice
1/2 oz. simple syrup
2 oz. sparkling wine

Fill a cocktail shaker 1/4 of the way full with ice. Pour all ingredients over the ice. Shake until mixed thoroughly and chilled, about 10-15 seconds.cocktail seeds2

Add pomegranate seeds to a glass if desired, strain the contents of the shaker into the glass, and serve.


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Corn-Free Cosmo

photo 1I, like any girl out there, certainly enjoy a good cocktail. One of my goals in eliminating allergens from my diet was to create cocktails that were legal for my allergies.

I purchased Chopin potato vodka to make homemade vanilla after finding many resources that named it corn-free. I decided that while I had it, I would try my hand at making a corn-free cocktail. I’m sure I will perfect this over time, but here was my delicious first try.

Edit: After learning I am also allergic to potatoes, I now use Kettle One or Ciroc to make cocktails!

Corn-Free, Healthier Cosmo

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Corn-Free Cosmo

2 oz. Ketel-One vodka (can also use Ciroc)
2 oz. Trader Joe’s 100% cranberry juice
1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice

Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker that is full of ice. (Since TJ’s cranberry juice is so tart, I also added 1 oz. simple syrup- be sure to use a corn-free sugar like Domino or C&H.) Shake well and strain into a martini glass. Enjoy!

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