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Mom’s Favorite Raspberry Mojitos

I swear I wasn’t trying to get my Momma drunk, but you certainly wouldn’t know that by the number of cocktails we attempted in the last 10 days. Cocktail Week proved to be more daunting than I thought.

Lava Flows – frozen cocktails made from pineapple, strawberries, hooch and half & half? Not good.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Daquiris – sounded great in theory, but our fresh pineapple was flavorless and the chunks of pineapple & strawberry kept getting stuck in our straws; too gooey sweet; poor sipping factor.

Hurricanes – too many items to purchase at the liquor store; I already have a pantry shelf full of booze, and I’m not really a drinker. Plus, it’s Houston and we’re allergic to the word ‘hurricane’.

Sex on the Beach Popsicles – I was all in for the peach factor; I was all out for waiting 2 days for them to set up.

Big Sis’s Frozen Slushies – I don’t even know what’s in it. I just know that it was frozen, delicious and died a quick death. She brought them in an ice chest, so I didn’t witness their creation and unfortunately, it won the ‘most un-photogenic cocktail’ prize. Still, it will need to be shared this summer. For sure.

Cherry Amaretto Granitas & Spritzers – this one worked. Mom sampled it as a granita and a poptail, but I think my favorite version of it was the spritzer with ginger ale. You can see that one by clicking HERE.

Raspberry Mojitos – Mom’s pick for favorite cocktail of the week. I have to say, she’s right on the money with this one. It was a great balance of sweet (berries) and sour (lime). It also created a light summer beverage that was still remarkably flavorful. This is the kind of cocktail you could sip often and not tire of. In my book, that’s a keeper.

Here’s how we did it. And you know what? You should do it, too.

Mom’s Favorite Raspberry Mojitos
Makes 2 large mojitos over ice

the juice of 1/2 a lime (freshly squeezed)
1 cup fresh raspberries
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 ounces rum
1 ounce raspberry liqueur
3-4 fresh mint leaves

Simple syrup, to taste
1/4 to 1/2 cup of lime seltzer
ice
lime slices & mint leaves, for garnish

Begin by placing the lime juice, berries, sugar, booze & 3-4 mint leaves in a deep glass container. If you have a muddler, put it to good use. If not, use a sturdy wooden spoon and smash all the ingredients to a pulp. Literally. Place the container in the fridge and allow your fruit sludge to chill for at least one hour. The theory is to let the fruit macerate in the booze and sugar until the flavors are beautifully infused.

While your fruit is macerating, make a simple syrup by placing one cup of water and one cup of granulated sugar into a small saucepan. Heat to a boil, then remove from the heat and allow it to cool completely.

To serve, strain the fruit mixture equally into two serving glasses. Add simple syrup to taste, then add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of lime seltzer. Stir with a spoon and sample. Tweak the simple syrup or seltzer to your personal preference. I like them a little on the sweet side. You may like them with more seltzer. Garnish with a slice of lime, a fresh mint leaf and a colorful straw. If you’re feeling fancy schmancey, toss in a few fresh raspberries. Then pull up a lawn chair and sip until you forget it’s 103F outside.

We’ll be in the back yard drinking until we can’t hear the neighbor’s dogs barking.

Now, don’t forget to visit Wanna Be A Country Cleaver and enter to win that sexy new fabulously blue KitchenAid blender. She’s wrapping up Cocktail Week today with a lovely Lavender Blueberry Lemonade, and has also done a great job of re-capping all of our Cocktail Week shenanigans, so what are you waiting for? Shake a leg, and tell her NanaBread sent you.

While you’re at it, drop by Bakeaholic Mama‘s blog to see her cocktail finale – Funfetti Milkshakes. She’s celebrating her first blog anniversary by creating a party in a glass, and she’s giving away presents in the form of a Le Creuset giveaway you will not want to miss.

Fifteen gloriously refreshing cocktails just in time for summer AND two fabulous giveaways? I call that an unqualified success and a fabulous way to wrap up Cocktail Week. Thanks for joining us, and thanks to my fellow bloggers for another winning collaboration. Happy summer everyone!

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Cherry Amaretto Granitas

It’s Cocktail Week, which means my blogging buddies and I couldn’t resist the temptation of yet another collaboration. With the July 4th holiday and summer high temps just around the corner, what could be better than cocktails? Nothing! (That’s what WE said!) Here’s my contribution to quenching the proverbial thirst while battling record highs in Houston. You knew it had to be frozen.

Cherry Amaretto Granitas:
Makes 4 cocktails, 4 granitas OR 4 poptails

8 ozs. frozen dark sweet cherries
1/4 cup cherry jam or preserves
1/2 cup simple syrup
1/4 cup Pinnacle Whipped Cream Vodka
1/4 cup Amaretto
2-3 drops of red food color (optional)

Note: To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup of sugar with 1 cup of water in a saucepan; bring to a boil, then remove from heat and cool completely.

In a blender, combine all of the ingredients above and blend until the cherries are almost pureed. Pour the mixture into a shallow glass dish and place into the freezer until firm. This may take up to 2 hours, but it can also be made in advance and kept in the freezer until ready to serve.

To serve, use a fork to flake the frozen concoction into a slushy texture. Spoon the slush into an elegant flute or pretty glass and serve with an iced tea spoon and a straw. For a spritzer, add a touch of ginger ale. If you prefer, you can spoon the slush into small bowls and serve as a boozy adults-only granita. Either way, you’ll want to lick the vessel clean.

Speaking of, you can also turn these into grown-up Poptails by boosting the simple syrup amount up to 3/4 cup and reducing the whipped cream vodka to 1/8 cup, which will allow the mixture to freeze hard. Just adjust your liquids and pour the mixture into popsicle molds. Allow them to freeze overnight for best results. Just be sure to mark them “For Adults Only” and keep them out of the reach of children. Who says kids should have all the fun this summer?

Special thanks to: my mother, who helped develop & test way too many cocktails over the past 10 days & my friend Kirsten, who inspired this concoction with a jar of the most wonderful homemade Michigan cherry jam. I couldn’t have done it without either of you ladies. Thanks so much!

Mom takes one for the team by sampling a Cherry Amaretto Poptail

And now, be sure to drop in on these fabulous cocktails:

The Raging Aztec Frappe – by Megan of Wanna Be A Country Cleaver (her post includes a giveaway of a FABulous KitchenAid blender; how convenient!)

Peach Pie Prosecco Palmer – by Allison of Decadent Philistines

Raspberry Thyme Tom Collins – by Carrie of Bakeaholic Mama

Traverse City Cherry Mojitos – by Kirsten of Comfortably Domestic

Amaretto Sours – by Kat of Tenaciously Yours

Watermelon Mojos – by Katie of The Hill Country Cook

Palomas – by Lauren of Climbing Grier Mountain

Radlermass – by Allison of Decadent Philistines Save the World

Blueberry Smash Cocktail – by Madeline of Munching in the Mitten

Peach Bellinis – from Madelyn of La Petite Pancake

And there’s still more to come! Allison is prepping an Anniversary Sgroppino Cocktail, Megan is mixing up a Lavender Lemonade, Carrie is stirring up a Funfetti Martini, Lauren is shaking up a Vodka Gimlet, and I’ll be back soon with a Raspberry Mojito so good my mother gave it ‘two thumbs – way up!’

Don’t forget to drop in on Megan of Wanna Be A Country Cleaver and enter to win that gorgeous KitchenAid Blender. It’s a fabulous addition to any kitchen, and the color will blow your socks off. As if that isn’t enough, she’s giving readers a buhzillion ways to enter, so check it out and tell her NanaBread sent you. Good luck and happy sipping!

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Hoegarden 2011: Favorite Cocktail

For two years running, our favorite Hoegarden cocktails have been Mexican Martinis and Lemon Drop Shots. While we did enjoy a few pitchers of Mexican Martinis, I wanted to try something new. Actually, I tried several new ones, but nothing blew our skirts up like the Reggae Rainbow. It’s one of those layered cocktails that needs to be prepared in a certain order to give you these lovely layers. Because of the layered effect, it works better to make them one at a time. A word of caution: this deceptively cute cocktail packs a punch, so plan accordingly. Now, let the fruity fun begin!

NanaBread’s Reggae Rainbow
(makes one)

1 cup of crushed ice
2 ounces of coconut rum
1 ounce of green melon liqueur
3-4 ounces of pineapple juice
1 ounce of grenadine

For best results, place crushed ice into a tall, skinny glass. Pour the coconut rum over the ice and allow it to settle. Slowly add the melon liqueur; it should sink to the bottom of the glass. Slowly add the pineapple juice and allow it to settle, then slowly add the grenadine. It will sink to the bottom, moving everything else up. If you want to get fancy, garnish your Reggae Rainbow with a wedge of pineapple and a maraschino cherry. And don’t forget that paper umbrella! Now go, my children…smear on some Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen, pull up a lawn chair, relax and take a trip to the eye-lahnds (Bob Marley music not included, but highly recommended). Yah, mahn.

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NanaBread’s “Mexican Martinis”

I’m not really a drinker, but I love this cocktail. We discovered these at Chuy’s Mexican Cantina in Austin, Texas. And once we did, we made a conscious effort to rediscover them over and over again {insert cheeky wink here}. The name is a little misleading. While these are served in martini glasses, they are actually margaritas. Here’s the breakdown: a mind-blowing homemade margarita mix poured into a cocktail shaker full of ice, vigorously shaken, and strained into glasses garnished with salted rims and a skewer of jalapeno-stuffed olives. Sold yet? You will be.

NanaBread’s Mexican Martinis:
2 cans (12 ozs. each) Minute Maid limeade frozen concentrate
2 empty limeade cans full of cold water
1 good pinch of salt
1/4 cup Grand Marnier
1/4 cup Triple Sec
3/4 cup good quality tequila (I use Hornitos Reposado)
1 to 2 tablespoons of olive juice from the olive jar
a bowl of ice cubes or crushed ice for the cocktail shaker
1 jar of jalapeno-stuffed olives, for garnish

Combine all ingredients except for the ice and jalapeno-stuffed olives in a pitcher and mix well to combine. To serve, dip the rims of your glasses in lime juice and then into salt to “rim” the glasses. Put jalapeno-stuffed olives onto a toothpick or drink skewer and set aside. In a cocktail shaker or canning jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine 1 cup of ice and enough margarita mix to fill to 2/3 full. Make sure the lid is on tight and shake for at least one minute or until the mix is freezing cold. Strain the margarita mix into your glasses (being careful not to ruin your salted rims). Garnish with a skewer of jalapeno-stuffed olives and serve immediately.

A few recommendations:
1. Save the olives for last; they taste even better after they soak a while.
2. Feel free to add more or less olive juice, to your own taste. I go for more.
3. These are good on their own, but I prefer them with a plate of Mexican food.
4. Drink responsibly; don’t drink & drive; designate a driver; or plan to stay in.
5. Invite me to your house when you make these & I’ll be your new best friend.

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