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Top 9 Meatless Recipes for Easter

Whether I’m hosting or attending an Easter soirée, I always like to have/bring some meat and diary-free options.  Sometimes during the holidays we can get sidetracked by so many unhealthy options.  Which is why today I’m sharing some of my top meatless recipes for Easter, as well as a cocktail or two.  Take a look:

Top 9 Meatless Recipes for Easter

Pistachio-Crusted Cheese Ball via Jessica in the Kitchen

 

 

Top 9 Meatless Recipes for Easter

Pink Jelly Bean Cocktail via BHG

 

Top 9 Meatless Recipes for Easter

Deviled Potatoes via Crazy Vegan Kitchen

 

Top 9 Meatless Recipes for Easter

White Bean and Lemon Soup via Half Baked Harvest

 

 

Top 9 Meatless Recipes for Easter

Spelt Rolls via Minimalist Baker

 

Top 9 Meatless Recipes for Easter

Lemon Pasta with Peas and Spinach via Abra’s Kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jalapeño Pineapple Margarita Recipe

Happy National Margarita Day!!  In celebration of this fun-filled holiday, I wanted to share my jalapeño pineapple margarita recipe with you.  (Last year I shared my Lemon Drop Margarita)  What I love most about this margarita recipe is that it’s a little spicy and a little sweet.  So you get the best of both worlds, all in one glass.  I discovered how well jalapeños and pineapple go together when one of my friends introduced me to jalapeño and pineapple hummus.  From that day forward I was hooked on the combination and have been keeping my eye open for other recipes that I could use these two ingredients in.  I hope you love this jalapeño pineapple margarita recipe as much as I do!

Jalapeño Pineapple Margarita Recipe

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 part lime juice
  • 2 parts tequila
  • 1/2 part cointreau
  • 2 parts fresh pineapple (blended)
  • jalapeños to taste (deseeded)
  • additional jalapeños and grilled pineapple chunks for garnish

Jalapeño Pineapple Margarita Recipe

Jalapeño Pineapple Margarita Recipe

The pineapple gives this cocktail a natural frothiness that makes it extra delicious!

Recipe:

  1. In a food processor, blend your fresh pineapple and jalapeños together.  I stopped when the pineapple got frothy but could still see bits of the jalapeño.
  2. Optional: I grilled pineapple chunks by placing a thin coating of coconut oil on each side and searing them quickly on the grill.  I used these grilled pineapple pieces as garnish.
  3. Mix all the other ingredients in with the pineapple and jalapeños.
  4. Serve over ice and garnish with grilled pineapple chunks and jalapeño slices.

 

Jalapeño Pineapple Margarita Recipe

Jalapeño Pineapple Margarita Recipe

I salted the rim prior to mixing with pink himalayan salt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cranberry Paloma Cocktail Recipe

When I set out to create this Cranberry Paloma Cocktail Recipe, I truly wasn’t trying to make it look like Santa Claus!  My intention was pure and simple, to take one of my favorite warm weather drinks and turn it into something I could serve at a festive holiday party.  However, once I decided to sugar coat the rim this cocktail drink turned into Christmas all on its own!  Grab the recipe below:

Cranberry Paloma Cocktail Recipe

Serving size: one cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice
  • 3 ounces sparkling water or club soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon simple vanilla syrup*
  • 2 lime wedges
  • sugar to coat glass rim (optional)

 

*Simple Vanilla Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp pure vanilla extract
Cranberry Paloma Cocktail Recipe

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!”

Recipe:

Simple Vanilla Syrup:

  1. Bring water and sugar to a boil on medium heat.
  2. Simmer until water/sugar begin to thicken (8-10 mins.)
  3. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, let cool before bottling.

Cranberry Paloma Cocktail:

  1. Cut two lime wedges.  Trace one along the edge of the glass.
  2. Place some sugar on a plate and dip glass into sugar.
  3. Add tequila, cranberry juice, sparkling water, and simple vanilla syrup together and stir.
  4. Squeeze the second lime wedge into your drink and use as a garnish.

Cranberry Paloma Cocktail Recipe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cranberry Paloma Cocktail Recipe

Cranberry Paloma Cocktail Recipe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Raspberry Summer Sangria Recipe

I’ve been wanting to share this sangria recipe with you for awhile but couldn’t seem to find the time to get these pictures taken!  This raspberry Summer sangria recipe is so delicious!!  The raspberries act as little tasty pops of deliciousness in your mouth as you sip this sangria.  Also I love that this cocktail is completely pink and the perfect sangria to mix up for a night with the girls.  Not to mention that because this is a white wine sangria, just like my Grapefruit Sangria Recipe, you don’t have to worry about making it 24 hours in advance.  Take a peek at the recipe below.

Raspberry Summer Sangria Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 4 cups pink lemonade
  • 4 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 bottle of a dry white wine – chilled

Raspberry Summer Sangria Recipe

Instructions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a pitcher
  2. Chill for 2 – 3 hours and serve

*I chilled my wine before hand and you can also add ice to this as well

Serves 5 – 6

Raspberry Summer Sangria Recipe

Raspberry Summer Sangria Recipe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Watermelon Coconut Spritzer – Summer Cocktail Recipe

This recipe for my watermelon coconut spritzer is perfect for Summer!  It’s fruity yet also light and refreshing.  You can make it by the pitcher to serve at a party or just one glass.  What’s best of all, is the fact that it only has 3 ingredients (plus a squeeze of lime).  I’ve never been the best at whipping up cocktails that have more ingredients then the dinner I’m serving.  I’ll have a delicious drink at a bar and try to recreate it at home but it never turns out even close.  If you share the same struggle I do, than this Summer cocktail is for you!

Watermelon Coconut Spritzer - Summer Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 part coconut rum (I used Malibu)
  • 3 parts watermelon juice (I used We Grow Water brand)
  • 2 parts sparkling water (I used Pellegrino)
  • 1 lime per 2 servings – cut into 4 wedges

Recipe:

  1. Combine first two ingredients and stir.  Top off with the sparkling water and add a big squeeze of lime.  Use additional lime wedge to garnish.
  2. Sip and enjoy!

Watermelon Coconut Spritzer - Summer Cocktail Recipe

Lemon Drop Margarita Recipe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grapefruit Sangria Recipe

I recently rediscovered my grapefruit sangria recipe and knew I had to share!  I was looking for a sangria recipe that would be perfect for Spring, something light and refreshing to serve some friends who were coming over.  Since this sangria recipe uses white wine, you don’t have to let it sit for 24 hours before serving, only about 2 -3.  This is great if you don’t know you’re having people over till the morning or afternoon of!  I also think the white wine gives it a lighter taste compared to the boldness that red sangria recipes can have.  Not to mention that I think the bits of grapefruit in this sangria remind me of pink petals floating on top of water.  Which is perfect for Spring!

Grapefruit Sangria Recipe from The Nautical Wheeler

Ingredients:

  • 2 red grapefruits
  • 1 cup lemonade
  • 1 nip Chambord
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 750ml bottle of dry white wine
  • 750ml bottle of sparkling water or club soda
  • ice cubes (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Slice and deseed one grapefruit and set aside for garnish.  Start by peeling/slicing/deseeding the other grapefruit then with your fingers pull apart the pulp and place into your sangria pitcher.
  2. Add the lemonade, Chambord, and white wine.
  3. While stirring add the sugar and keep stirring until all the sugar has dissolved.
  4. Chill sangria in the fridge for 2 – 3 hours.  I chilled my white wine, lemonade and sparkling water before hand so I only needed to let it sit for 2 hours.  If your ingredients are at room temperature, let them chill for the full 3 hours.
  5. Before serving, top off each glass with some sparkling water and squeeze a slice of grapefruit into the glass.  Now you’re ready to serve!

Grapefruit Sangria Recipe from The Nautical Wheeler

Grapefruit Sangria Recipe from The Nautical Wheeler

Grapefruit Sangria Recipe from The Nautical Wheeler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lemon Drop Margarita Recipe

Happy National Margarita Day!!  Why this little holiday happens in February, I have no idea but it’s a second favorite only to Cinco de Mayo.  In honor of said holiday, I wanted to share my Lemon Drop Margarita recipe with you.  It’s a simple and tasty cocktail to help get you through those cold winter blues.  Just remember that with every sip, Summer is coming!

Lemon Drop Margarita Recipe from The Nautical Wheeler

 

There’s something I really love about fresh fruit and cocktails.  Instead of using a fruit flavored liquor, I will chose the real thing every time.  Clearly I’m not alone, if you look through any cocktail recipe book there are tons of fruity drinks listed.  I also feel by adding real fruit it makes it a touch healthier?  Like the vitamin C balances out all the tequila!  I’m not sure how my math adds up on this but real fruit has got to be better than sugar flavored lemon any day.  At least that’s what I’ll keep telling myself…

 

Lemon Drop Margarita Recipe from The Nautical Wheeler

 

This margarita recipe is very simple to make and to prove it, I’ll let you in on a little secret.  I am a terrible bartender.  I have a hard time getting through most drink recipes that have more than three ingredients.  Which is sad because so often I want to make a delicious cocktail that I’ve had in a restaurant or bar.  So believe me when I say that this is a very simple recipe!  If I can make it, so can you.  One of my best friends happens to be an amazing bartender.  No, she doesn’t bartend for a living or even to make extra money.  She’s just a born natural.  She barely needs to look at a recipe (she’s had no formal training!) to whip together something tasty.  I truly don’t know how she does it.  Anyways, on to the recipe –>

Lemon Drop Margarita Recipe from The Nautical Wheeler

 

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 1/2 ounce Triple Sec
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 2 – 3 lemons)
  • Ice
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Lemon slice for garnish

Lemon Drop Margarita Recipe from The Nautical Wheeler

Instructions

  1. Squeeze lemons and strain out seeds
  2. Add the top four ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake for roughly 10 – 20 seconds.
  3. Place ice in glass and pour ingredients from cocktail shaker into glass.  (If you’d prefer you can shake with ice and strain instead)
  4. Add pinch of sea salt and lemon slice (optional)

Lemon Drop Margarita Recipe from The Nautical Wheeler

 

That’s it!  Now lay back, relax, and enjoy your Lemon Drop Margarita!

A side note: Adding the salt to the rim instead of in the drink is another, more traditional option.  To do this, while the glass is empty, wipe a lemon wedge along the edge of the glass.  Place salt onto a plate and dip the top of the glass into the salt.  If you’d like to go a step further, you can then place the glass in the freezer so it’s nice and cool before you mix your margarita.

 

 

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