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Cucumber Mojito

May 9, 2014


I whipped up a batch of cucumber infused vodka and wanted to find some fun drinks to try it in.


Cucumber Mojito 

  • 2 oz cucumber-infused vodka
  • 1 persian cucumber, diced
  • handful of fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • juice of 1 lime
  • club soda
  1.  Muddle mint, agave, cucumber and lime juice in a cocktail shaker for 30 seconds.
  2. Strain the liquid into an ice-filled cocktail glass.
  3. Mix in vodka and stir.
  4. Top with club soda.



Hibiscus Tea Cocktail

January 10, 2014


My sister came up with the best idea over the holidays – infuse alcohol with TEA!  She bought this amazing, fruity tea and then let it steep in vodka overnight.  The result? A delicious concoction that paired well with a little fruit juice and bubbly club soda!


Hibiscus Tea Cocktail 

  • 2-4 oz club soda
  • 1 oz fruit tea infused vodka (you may need to strain tea before use)
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • juice of one lime

Combine vodka and simple syrup in a shaker with ice.  Shake until chilled.  Strain over ice filled glass and finish with lime juice. Stir and enjoy.

Other tea infusion combinations that I think could be tasty:

  • Blueberry white tea with lemonade
  • Green tea with white peach juice
  • Black tea with bourbon and orange juice



Last Minute Gift Ideas

December 23, 2013

Gift Bag Scrounging for some last minute present ideas?!  Forgot one of your coworkers?  Need a gift for your gardener? Look no further! I love the DIY approach to holiday gift giving and often find it best to make a little artisan or gourmet treat…

Last year I made homemade vanilla and while it does take a little planning (or at least waiting on the recipient’s end – it takes 3 months to really ferment) it is SO worth it.


This year I went with an infused simple syrup route.  I made my famous (to myself) Ginger Simple Syrup, and attached a homemade ginger ale recipe for the 21 and younger crowd and a Ginger Bourbon Fizz recipe for those that like to imbibe!

Homemade Ginger Ale Mix

Super simple (aside from the sticky mess that your kitchen is bound to fall victim to) and so delicious! Plus infused syrups are now like $12-15 a bottle at the store nowadays… and you easily can whip these up (bottles and all) for around $3!

DIY Holiday Gift

Other quick/less involved gift ideas:

  • wine (BevMo $0.05 wine sale!)
  • gift cards (Starbucks, Jamba, iTunes)
  • candles (I’m telling you… by them on sale when you see them!!!)
  • books (I love a great cookbook or coffee table book – Costco has great ones with CRAZY markdowns)
  • a beautiful frame with a picture of you and gift recipient (girls love pictures)

Bottle Top

What are some other quick and easy gift ideas!?