If you haven’t noticed I’ve been on a major grapefruit kick lately. More so when it comes to cocktails. There’s something really refreshing about the grapefruit that’s perfect for Spring cocktails! One of my favorite cocktail recipes with grapefruit is this one, a grapefruit salty dog. It’s easy enough to make and super tasty!
Ingredients (yields two cocktails):
2 ounces Hangar 1 Straight Vodka
2/3 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
1 1/2 ounces of strawberry puree
course sea salt for rim
grapefruit slice and strawberry for garnish (optional)
via Sugar and Cloth
I’m loving these refreshing DIY for Spring that fit perfectly into any coastal or beach lover’s home! Click through the links for the step by step and make sure to check out more DIY on my DIY Pinterest Board.
30 large fresh mint leaves
4 thick slices fresh watermelon, seeds and rind removed
10 ounces light rum, such as Bacardi
1/2 cup simple syrup
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (3 limes)
Sprigs of mint and spears of watermelon, for serving
Use a mortar and pestle to mash the mint leaves you can add a little sugar to help break up the leaves and get the oils from the mint extracted.
Remove and discard the rind and seeds of the watermelon. Place the watermelon, rum, simple syrup and lime juice in a blender and blend until smooth. Stir to get the froth to go down.
Put the mashed mint into a large pitcher and add in the watermelon mixture. Stir to combine the mint with the juice.
Place ice cubes in 6 glasses and pour the mojito mixture into the glasses. Garnish with sprigs of fresh mint and spears of watermelon.
via The Vintage Mixer
If any of you have seen my Fashion board on Pinterest, you may just have an idea of how much I loved ripped jeans! It’s truly more of an obsession if I’m being honest. In general I do dress pretty casual most of the time. I do love dressing up but it’s usually only if the occasion calls for it. My Spring wardrobe does entail lots of simple casual outfits, usually enhanced with chic shoes and some beach jewelry. Take a look:
- Nautilus Shell Bracelet $48
- White Tee $20
- Grey Leopard Print Sunglasses $24
- White Tote $195
- Ripped Jeans $265
- Pink Pumps $130
image via Hello Fashion Blog
Last week I made lemonade for the first time this year and boy was it good! I sucked that puppy down faster than Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids. So when I spotted this mint ginger lemonade recipe on A Beautiful Plate, I knew immediately what I’d be passing out at my Easter luncheon. There’s something about the beginning of Spring that calls for all things delightful and refreshing, this recipe offers both!
Mint Ginger Simple Syrup:
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup packed mint leaves, torn
1-inch piece of fresh ginger, diced
3 cups cold water
3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (roughly 6-7 large lemons)
batch of mint ginger simple syrup (see recipe above)
1 lemon, sliced thinly
Prepare Simple Syrup:
Combine all of the simple syrup ingredients in a small saucepan.
Bring to a low simmer, and stir until the sugar has dissolved completely.
Boil and simmer the syrup for an additional 1-2 minutes. Remove and place in a heatproof bowl. Allow to come temperature, or alternative cover and allow to infuse in the fridge for at least 30 to 45 minutes or overnight (for a more intensely flavored lemonade).
Once chilled, strain simple syrup through a fine-mesh sieve. Discard the mint leaves and ginger pieces.
In a large pitcher, combine the water, lemon juice, and a full batch of mint ginger simple syrup. Stir well.
Add fresh mint and sliced lemon slices to the pitcher as desired. Chill.
Serve lemonade chilled or alternatively, over homemade mint ice cubes (simply add fresh mint leaves to your ice cube tray–optional).