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PIMM’s Summer Drink

PIMM’s is a light and tasty British liqueur, popularly served in summer in a tall glass with ice, some lemon/lime soda, maybe some strawberries and cucumber and a slice of lemon. You can read more about Mr. Pimm’s and the history of the drink on Wikipedia, or just stir up a pitcher and enjoy! 🙂

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  • PIMM’s liqueur
  • Ice
  • Strawberries
  • Cucumber
  • Ginger ale, lemon/lime soda or unsweetened carbonated waters
  • Lemon slices


  • Fill a tall glass halfway with ice
  • Add 1.5oz of PIMM’s
  • top with soda
  • Garnish with a lemon slice
  • Optionally stir in some slices of cucumber and strawberries

Enjoy! 🙂


Orange and Star Anise Festive Cocktail

Did you watch the Oscars this weekend? Dream of walking down the red carpet? Or simply prefer a sparkling cocktail and viewing party from the comfort of your own house? 🙂

If you love citrus but are not into those sweet syrupy cocktails, then this refreshing cocktail is just for you! Garnish with some pieces of star anise for a festive touch!

Oscars, garden party, holiday party or whatever.. cheers!

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  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed blood orange juice
  • 1/2 lime, squeezed
  • 2 oz. Cointreau or Absolut Mandarin Vodka (OR bourbon if that is your thing! Takes this cocktail in a different direction, but is definitely palatable.. again.. you kind of have to like the flavor of bourbon)
  • 1/4 cup sparkling water
  • Orange slices, for garnish
  • 4 pieces star anise (optional)


  • Combine juice, vodka, water and divide between two ice filled glasses
  • Garnish with orange and star anise
  • Cheers!


Lemon and Lime Juicing Tips

Making holiday cocktails with lemon or lime juice? Here’s a quick tip on juicing. First, get yourself a lemon squeezer. Not fancy, you can get a decent one for around $10. They come with single or double ‘bowls’. The double fits a lemon and lime separately, but single works fine!

Once you are ready to do some juicing, slice the lemon in half and instead of placing it into the bowl peel side down, simply turn it cut side down. Now when you press the handles together, the juice will not spray everywhere. Seems obvious now, but it wasn’t at first, so I wanted to pass this little tip along to make your juicing one step less sticky! 🙂

More festive cocktail recipes forthcoming. Have a great rest of 2015!

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Classic Ricky

This is a super simple cocktail. With the rich orange flavor of Cointreau, balanced with tart lime or lemon juice, and topped off with some sparkling water, it’s a great holiday drink to serve!

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  • 2 oz Cointreau
  • 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 4 oz Club Soda


  • Pour Cointreau and fresh lime juice into a glass and add ice.
  • Top with club soda and stir.
  • Garnish with a lime and orange zest.

Thanks Cointreau for the recipes and bartending tips!


Spicy Cilantro Pineapple Margarita

A variation of the Perfect Margarita – with spicy jalapenos, sweet pineapple juice and chopped cilantro!

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  • 1 oz. Lime juice
  • 1 oz. Triple Sec
  • 1 oz. Pineapple juice (fresh or from a can)
  • 2 oz. Tequila (something good like Patron)
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Jalapeno pepper, a couple of slices, chopped


Perfect Margarita

So simple, so perfect.. Forget heavy margarita mixes with dye and sugars, this is a basic and made from scratch recipe. This is the best margarita recipe we’ve tried and shared with friends. So far, it’s a winner! Tequila, tart lime juice and sweet triple sec are shaken and chilled to perfection! Paleo? Umm… not really. But some claims tequila as the purest alcohol (it’s made from agave) and if you have to drink something, then go with tequila. Call it paleo’ish and say cheers! 🙂

Great with tortilla chips and guacamole!

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  • 2 oz. Tequila (like Patron. It’s worth it!)
  • 1 oz. Triple Sec
  • 1 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
  • Ice
  • Salt for glass (optional)


  • Salt the rims of glasses if desired. To do so, pour salt onto a small plate, rub the rims of the glasses with lime and press them into the salt.
  • Put all ingredients in a shaker with ice
  • Shake up and strain into a glass