Thank god it’s July! Anyone who knows me knows that June has been a crazy month, and I am very excited to welcome all that July has to bring 🙂
It has been unusually hot in South Carolina the past couple of weeks, reaching 100-120 in the afternoons (check out our Insta pic here, and yes I had the car maintenance completed). What better way to cool down than with some Wine Pops! These will not only serve as a cool treat in the summer, but they are more than appropriate for happy hour as well. Similar to our Vodsicles, I used the Zoku Popsicle maker, and have found that 3 cups of liquid is the perfect amount.
Happy 4th of July everyone! We be sure to share some festive pics and videos on Facebook and Instagram. Be sure to follow us!
What boozy pops are you looking to see on the blog this summer?
Strawberry Lemonade Wine Pops
Servings: 6 Pops
- 2 cups Trader Joe’s Organic Strawberry Lemonade (or similar)
- 4oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 4oz Pinot Grigio
- In a large mixing bowl or pitcher, add the lemonade, lemon juice and wine.
- Fill the mold 3/4 full (until the fill line) with wine mix.
- Place the Popsicle sticks and tops back into the mold. Freeze overnight, at least 10 hours.
- Remove from mold, and enjoy!!
Your long weekend starts NOW! I have been in craft cocktail mood lately posting all of these drink recipes, but I promise I will get back to blogging about food soon 🙂
Here is a Memorial Day Weekend cocktail recipe that uses one of our favorite products, Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka! Before we started our “real jobs,” Meaghan and I took a trip out to Wadmalaw Island, SC (45 min from Charleston) to the Firefly Distillery and Irvin House Vineyards. I believe our actual words were “why go wine tasting when you can go vodka tasting?!” We had a blast at the distillery, it is a very quaint farm with lots of dogs and wildlife. Bonus: they give you a free Firefly shot glass for tasting! Since 2011, I have been quite a few times, and may now have a complete set of Firefly shot glasses. Ok maybe I like Firefly a little too much…
Meaghan & Brittany at the Firefly Distillery June 2011
So many Firefly shot glasses
We hope you enjoy this delicious cocktail that uses Firefly Skinny Tea and LaCroix sparkling flavored water, totaling in only 96 calories per drink! Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!
Mint & Lime Skinny Sweet Tea Cocktail
Ingredients for 1 drink:
- Add the mint leaves and Firefly Vodka to the bottom of a small mason jar. Muddle the mint to infuse the Skinny Tea with the natural flavor.
- Add 6oz of La Croix Lime to the mason jar. Fill the rest of the jar with ice.
- Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy by a bonfire on a warm southern summer night.
Has anyone else been to the Firefly Distillery? Which flavor is your favorite?
As previously noted, if I could be any vegetable I would be a cucumber.
Here is even more evidence that a cucumber is one of the most diverse vegetables out there. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with this cool Cucumber Cilantro Margarita! This recipe takes a healthy twist on the traditional Margarita which can run ~350 calories per drink. I replaced the traditional sugar loaded sour mix with a healthy (and also green) cucumber juice, and added a hint of cilantro flavor. This recipe pairs perfectly with our Chicken Fajita Bowl for a yummy Cinco de Mayo dinner! Enjoy 🙂
Cucumber Cilantro Margarita
- 1 cucumber, washed and cut into 4 pieces
- 1/4 cup packed cilantro
- Juice of 2 limes
- 4oz Silver Tequila
- 2oz Triple Sec
- 0.5oz simple syrup
- Combine the cucumber, cilantro leaves, lime juice, tequila, simple syrup and triple sec into a food processor and pulse until completely combined.
- Using a small mesh strainer, pour the Margarita into a large glass. Discard the “chunks” of cucumber. Note: Use the back of a spoon to press and release the liquid into the glass.
- Divide the cocktail between two glasses and serve over ice!
Enjoy y’all! Happy Cinco de Mayo 🙂
Sorry that I have been MIA y’all! I was fortunate enough to be invited to a friends wedding in ARUBA!! Congrats to Kory and Rich, so glad the MUSC Dietetic Internship Class of 2011 has stayed so close over the years ❤ I had an amazing time celebrating you all.
The transition back into reality after Aruba has been pretty rough. The weather there is perfect (like 86 everyday), everyone is so nice, and I can’t tell you how happy I was to have no cell service. It was so incredibly relaxing! Take me back!
In my tough transition back into reality, I have been trying to get back to my normal routine of cooking and exercising … oh and catch up on missing a week of grad school too 😉 What better way to catch up slowly than to create a beverage that relaxes you?
I am probably the biggest cucumber fan you will ever meet. You know when people ask you those questions like “if you were a vegetable which vegetable would you be?” Well, I would be as cool as a cucumber. I love how refreshing and diverse cucumbers are; whether you are having them in a salad or a cocktail! When my friends see a gin & cucumber drink on the menu they without a doubt know I am going to order one (…OK at least 2).
Here is my recipe for relaxing cucumber water. I find that spiralizing the cucumber, rather than simply slicing it, gives it a bolder flavor. Regardless of what is going on in your life, I promise you this drink will make you feel like you are at the S-P-A!
Relaxing Spiralized Cucumber Water
- 1/2 cucumber
- 16oz of water
- Cut a large cucumber in half, and cut off the end.
- Using the largest pasta blade, spiralize the 1/2 cucumber into a small bowl.
- Add 1/2 of the spiralized cucumber into a glass and fill with water. Repeat with a second glass. (I love these ball jar mugs)
- Drink and relax!
Hint: You can also make a full pitcher of cucumber water with 1 whole spiralized cucumber. The increased surface area from the spiralizer strengthens the flavor, however for an even more intense cucumber flavor, refrigerate overnight.
Did you know that there are only 78 calories in 1 glass of champagne? Try combining one or more of the options above for a fancy and easy New Years cocktail.
Drink healthfully and responsibly this New Years Eve, and remember to alternate water with alcohol!
HAPPY NEW YEAR HEALTHY BACHELORETTES!
Anyone who knows me well, knows how much I love St. Germain. It has a wonderful earthy taste. It’s like a field in a liquor. My boyfriend is also very into Gin, which of course goes very well with St. Germain.
I came up with this recipe because I had leftover pomegranate seeds from making my Pomegranate Quinoa Salad with Feta. This drink is extremely festive, with the red pomegranate seeds and green Rosemary sprig. It has a very light, not too sweet flavor, and goes down easy (believe me). It gets its herbal flavor from the Rosemary and St. Germain. And bonus: you get to eat the pomegranate seeds in the end!
The Herbal Pom holiday drink is a great option for your Friendsgiving dinner or Christmas cocktail party!
The Herbal Pom
Yield: 1 Drink
- 1oz POM Juice, chilled
- 2oz Gin
- 1oz St. Germain
- 2-3oz Club Soda, chilled
- 1 Tablespoon Pomegranate Seeds
- 1 Sprig Rosemary
- To one small tumbler glass: add in the POM, Gin, St. Germain and Club Soda. Stir with a drink stirrer.
- Add in the Pomegranate Seeds and Rosemary sprig.
- Serve and repeat!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Healthy Bachelorettes!
What better way to celebrate the 4th of July than with a frozen treat, right?! If you are looking for something to bring to a party this summer, definitely check out or Cran-lemonade Vodsicles! Meaghan actually got me this awesome Zoku Popsicle mold for my birthday, and I have been dying to use it (photo below). This was the perfect opportunity! These vodsicles are easy to make with only 4 ingredients, and are fun and refreshing – not to mention they only have 60 calories!
Cran-lemonade Vodsicles with Lime & Mint
Yields: 6 Vodsicles
- 3 cups Ocean Spray Light Cran-Lemonade
- 2 oz vodka
- 6 thin lime slices
- 12 mint leaves
- In a large bowl or pitcher, mix together the cran-lemonade and vodka.
- Place 1 lime slice and 2 mint leaves in each Popsicle mold.
- Fill the mold 3/4 full, or until the fill line with the cran-lemonade vodka mix.
- Place the Popsicle sticks and tops into the mold. Freeze overnight, at least 10 hours.
- Remove from mold, and enjoy!!
Check out these Zoku Popsicle Molds Here
What type of fun Popsicle recipes do you want to see on the blog? Sangria, Watermelon, Bellini? Leave your comments below, we can’t wait to read them!
Happy 4th of July Healthy Bachelorette’s!!!!