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Ginger Pomegranate Sparkler

I think the days following January 1st should have a disclaimer that reads “Don’t operate any heavy machinery today”.  Ugh.  The excitement level has dropped about 20 notches, our wallets are a lighter, our tummies heavier (or mine anyway) – back to work, back to reality, back to winter in New England (or in whatever area of the world you’re in – although summer’s just starting for you other side of the world’ers – jealous)

BUT on the bright side, it’s a brand new year! So many opportunities & new experiences to get excited about – so while the letdown is inevitable, my mind is turning to all the great new things that 2013 will bring.  As Anne of Green Gables always used to say “Tomorrow is fresh, with no mistakes in it”, and a new year is just the same (minus the mistake already made of eating Five Guys for dinner last night – BAD idea – even my forgiving stretchy pants are feeling a little snug today)

I know NYE is already a thing of the past, but I have to share a delicious cocktail concoction that I made to ring in the new year.  A combination of Pomegranate juice, Domaine de Canton (ginger liquor) and a few other goodies, topped with a splash of bubbly  – the perfect libation to end a nearly perfect 2012!

Ginger Pomegranate Sparkler

*yields about 8-10 6oz servings

1 cup Pomegranate Juice
(You could also use cranberry juice or a cran/pomegranate mixture)

1 cup Domaine de Canton (ginger liquor)

Juice of 1 large lime or 2 small ones

1 cup triple sec

1/2 cup brandy


1) In a glass pitcher, combine all ingredients except the Prosecco and let chill for at least 2 hours, up to overnight.

2) Once mixture has chilled to your liking, fill 1/2 a champagne flute with the Pom/Ginger mixture and top the rest off with Prosecco.  Feel free to adjust the juice to prosecco ratio, putting more or less of each.  But the 1/2 and 1/2 combination will yield about 10 servings (if served in champagne flutes, which usually hold about 6 ounces).

Yum.  A bit on the boozy side yes, but New Year’s eve is special and deserves a stiff cocktail that’s pink and has bubbles 🙂

Cranberry Pomegranate Sangria

Mondays are bad enough, but when you have a food hangover, they’re even worse.  But, the food hangover was well worth it! Thanksgiving dinner, part I went off without a hitch, and we now have enough left overs to feed an army – serioulsy.  So many leftovers. OMG.

Cranberry Pomegranate Sangria

All the essentials – butter, sangria, turkey, and mustaches

But I’m anxious to share some recipes with you that I really think will add some zing to your t-day dinner!

In the last few  years, I’ve come to realize that cocktails are equally as important as Turkey & Stuffing on T-day, so I tried to think of a festive signature bevvie to serve alongside the usual beer & wine. And let me tell you, this Cranberry Pomegranate Sangria was a HIT!  I will say that it sat for over 24 hours, which I believe it what made it as tasty as it was.  Sangria really is it’s best when it has time to chill and let all the flavors meld together.

So THAT means that you still have time to:

1) go get your ingredients

2) find a big old pitcher to put it in

3) give it at least 24 hours to chill to perfection

Cherry Pomegranate Sangria

Cranberry Pomegranate Sangria
*Adapted from Food Network (Bobby Flay) & Deep South Dish


2 bottles of red wine of your choice
(I used Shiraz)

2 cups cranberry juice

1 cup brandy

1/2 cup triple sec

1/2 cup simple syrup

1 cup OJ

1  bottle of sparkling pomegranate juice
(Trader Joe’s has a really nice one or you could use pomegranate flavored seltzer water or even just sprite if you can’t find either of those!)

1 bag of cranberries

3-4 oranges, sliced

1) Combine all ingredients except the sparkling juice in a large container.  Let chill in the fridge for at least 4-6 hours, but as I said, overnight is best.

2) Just before ready to serve, add the sparkling juice to the container (or you can pour a little bit in each glass and then fill the rest of the glass with sangria)

*please note that I actually doubled the recipe for the large container pictured above

Such a fun and festive beverage, not just for Thanksgiving but Christmas too!  Trust me, if there was any leftover, I’d totally be pouring myself a tall glass when I got home 🙂

It’s a big day in the U S of A today – Election Day.

Go vote, will ya?

In the mean time, drool over these patriotic dishes that are totally stolen from some of my favorite Food Bloggers 🙂

The Classic “American Flag Cake”, made every 4th of July by my very own cousin, KB Murphy – the recipe is really intricate – see below:

Krissy:  its just a reg cake and strawberries and blueberries in a flag or funfetti

I love a chef that shares their secrets 🙂

American Flag Cake

“I pledge allegiance, to the flag, of blueberries and rasberries….”

This Cute as can be AND healthy Patriotic Fruit Trifle from the lovely Kelly at Eat Yourself Skinny


Easy, fun and frozen on a stick – Red White and Blue Ice pops from My Recipes – meant for kids, but could be made for adults by adding some booze!

redwhiteblue pops

Red, white and blue…and on a stick

And the best for last, naturally…

A slew of Red, White and Blue cocktails from Real Simple because by the end of this day, we’ll surely need a cocktail 🙂

red white blue cocktails

Cheers everyone 🙂


What a week (and a couple days) – lots of beer, lots of great new recipes to add to the list.  Let’s check out what the beer scoop was:

Roasted Garlic Beer Bread

Roasted Garlic Beer Bread

Beer-Brined Pork Tenderloin with Beer-Mustard Sauce

Beer-Brined Pork Tenderloin with Beer-Mustard Sauce

Spice Rubbed Beer Can Chicken

Beer Can Chicken

Honey-Beer Pizza Dough

Honey-Beer Pizza Dough

And what better way to end beer week than with a cocktail made with beer?  I’m pretty sure there is no better way.  This is a play on those delicious Blueberry Beergaritas that we made a few months ago – oh boy were they good.    But this Beergarita is straight and to the point – no frills – no fruits – just tequila and beer working together in perfect harmony, with a few other friends along to help 🙂


Beergaritas, plain and simple

(yields 4 drinks)

3/4 cup (4 shots) of your favorite tequila

3/4 cup skinny limeade
(recipe below)

3/4 cup orange juice

2 – 12oz. bottles of light beer
(preferably a Corona style)


1/2 cup splenda (or truvia)

1.5 cups water

1 cup fresh lime juice

1)  To make limeade: in a large saucepan, combine water and splenda until splenda is dissolved (won’t take long).  Remove from heat and let cool before adding the lime juice in.  You can freeze it for ‘frozen’ beergaritas – I personally like mine on the rocks 🙂

2) Combine tequila, limeade, OJ and a couple ice cubes in a cocktail shaker and shake a couple times until they’re completely mixed.  Pour into a pitcher and then add the beer before serving.  You can always adjust the beer taste as you see fit.

 Hope you guys enjoyed beer week – and that you enjoy your weekend even more!


Skinny Mudslides

Too delish to wait for an official photo shoot – you get the idea though 🙂

I know, I know – it’s goat cheese week and I’m posting a recipe for Skinny Frozen Mudslides.  But I had a REALLY good reason for cheating on goat cheese tonight: my cousin Krissy is in town from Atlanta and heading down to the cape tomorrow for a couple weeks of R&R (jealous).

Skinny Mudslides

When she’s not drinking mudslides, it’s Whiskey & Diet Coke

The Cape is a special place for us, filled with childhood mems of the summers we spent there.  When we were little, fun at the Cape meant bike riding, spending so much time in the ocean that our skin pruned, and the occasional french braid fest (except Krissy was the only one with a bowl cut, so she could never get a braid in her hair – pretty sure she’s still bitter about it)  Then we started to grow up, and once we all turned 21 we realized “MAN there are some tasty drinks that pair quite well with the smell of salt water and sand between your toes!”.

One drink in particular – frozen mudslides.  It’s like dessert in a cup – drunk through a straw – and there’s vodka in it.  Be still my heart.  However, indulging in one or two of these cocktails will probably wipe out your entire caloric intake for a day – between the ice cream, the vodka, the baileys, the chocolate syrup, the kahlua (ohhhhh I’m getting the shakes, I want one right now!)

So to start Krissy’s vaca off right, I concocted what I believe to be a ‘skinny’ frozen mudslide – and not to throw rose petals at myself or anything, but damn.  It was gooood.

Skinny Mudslides

*yields 2 mudslides

1/2 cup fat free vanilla frozen yogurt

1 cup fat free milk

2 shots vodka

2 tbsp. sugar free chocolate syrup

2 tbsp. Bailey’s Irish Cream Flavored coffee creamer
(can be found in the refrigerated section at the grocery store – near the milk)

1/2 tbsp. MAXWELL HOUSE International Latte MOCHA powder
(powder only – can be found in your grocer’s coffee section) 

(about 1 full tray)

1) Take 2 – 160z. plastic cups (I think mudslides taste better in plastic cups – classy I know) and line them with the chocolate syrup (you could also just add the syrup to the mixture before you blend it, or at the top, but I think this just makes the cup look pretty 🙂

2) Combine all other ingredients in a blender and blend until all the ice is crushed.  You can always add more ice too if it’s not your desired thickness.

There you have it – one of the best summer-time drinks of all time, without the all the guilt.

And  If I have done my calculations correctly, each drink is only 7 weight watchers points, which I know still seems like a lot for just one drink, but compared to a whopping TWENTY NINE points for a ‘Non-skinny’ mudslide, well I’d say it’s quite an improvement!

So I hope you enjoyed the ‘skinny frozen mudslide’ sidetrack – back to goat cheese next time! Promise!

Kiwi Mojitos

Yesterday, Dave and I celebrated our 4 month anniversary 🙂

Those of you out there who are married know how fast the big day goes by – you plan for weeks, months, years even, making sure every last detail is perfect.  You lay awake at night (as your “not-stressed-about-the-details” fiance snores away next to you)  wondering if it’s all going to go according to plan, playing it all out in your head over and over and over.  Then the day finally comes and it’s a blur of aisle walking downage, photo taking, bite of cake eating, 2 bites of dinner eating, “thank-you for coming” repeating,  dancing (if you’re lucky) and BOOM it’s over – like THAT!

Kiwi MojitosFor us, selecting the perfect signature drink for the night was a big deal.  We did lots of brainstorming, and once we figured out what the perfect drink was, we did lots of research and experimentation – and the perfect drink was a Kiwi Mojito, a tribute to our honeymoon trip to New Zealand, a.k.a “kiwi land”.  I remember at the wedding, seeing our perfectly planned out Kiwi Mojito in the hands of many guests, thinking “augh, man I gotta get my hands on one of those!” and then next day, as we reminisced over our wedding day, that we couldn’t believe had just come and gone, we both realized that we never got to try one of those damn mojitos! DOH!

So hey, better 4 months late than never, eh?


Kiwi Mojitos

*yields 2 drinks – it is  only Monday afterall!

2 kiwis, quartered

6 tbsp. kiwi/mint infused simple syrup
(recipe below)

2 shots of light rum

juice of 2 limes

10 mint leaves, chopped

seltzer water
(I used lime flavored)


2 kiwis, quartered

6 splenda packets

1/2 cup water

10 mint leaves

1)  To make the simple syrup:  break up the 2 sliced kiwis with the bottom of a wooden spoon to release the juices, then add the 10 mint leaves, 1/2 cup water and splenda and boil over low heat until all the splenda dissolves.  Drain the syrup through a mesh strainer and let cool.

Kiwi Mojitos

Kiwi Mojitos

Kiwi Mojitos

2) Take the rest of the kiwi slices and blend in a food processor or blender.

Kiwi Mojitos

3) In a cocktail shaker, combine the blended kiwi, 6 tbsp. of simple syrup, 2 shots of rum, juice of 2 limes and chopped mint leaves.  Muddle with the end of a wooden spoon or muddler and then shake until fully combined.

Kiwi Mojitos

4) Fill a tall glass with ice and fill half with the kiwi/rum mixture and top the remainder off w/ seltzer water.

Boy were these worth the 4 month wait!  They tasted fresh and light, a great summer time drink that all in all, isn’t too bad for you either! Using the splenda in the simple syrup can really save some calories, but of course you can use sugar.  It should also be noted that by mistake, I bought Gold Kiwis – which I didn’t even know existed! However, they tasted pretty much the same and made the drinks really pretty!

Kiwi Mojitos

Gold Kiwis – who knew?

So Happy Monday, and cheers to 4 months!

Kiwi Mojitos

Mojitos with umbrella straws on a Monday – oh and Dave wanted me to point out his mustache too

Blueberry Beergaritas

What a weekend!

Katie and Sarin’s wedding was fantastic – Katie looked beauuuuutiful, and despite the heat, everyone had a great time and loved their Chocolate covered pretzels! (even if they were a little on the melted side)

ChocolateCovered Pretzels

That’s a happy pretzel eater!

After all that dipping though, I needed a cocktail, big time.  And it was a perfect weekend to try a new drink! I’ve had margaritas on the brain with all this beautiful weather,  more specifically, though, Beergaritas.  I’ve seen a few recipes for this delicious combo of tequila and beer and while it sounds dangerous, it also sounds delicious!

One of my favorite summer time drinks is a nice cold Blueberry beer, especially when it has nice, plump, beer soaked blueberries bobbing on the top of it!  So I adapted this recipe from Eat Yourself Skinny, swapping out the regular beer for Blueberry beer, and infusing the limeade with fresh Blueberries!  OMG.

Blueberry Beergaritas
Adapted from Eat Yourself Skinny

*yields 4 Blueberry Beergaritas

1 cup Blueberry Limeade
(recipe below)

2 shots of your favorite Tequila

1 – 6oz package of fresh blueberries

2 – 12oz. bottles of your favorite Blueberry Beer


1 – 6 oz container of fresh blueberries

zest of 2 limes

1.5 cups of water

1/2 cup splenda (or sugar)

2/3 cup fresh lime juice
(juice of about 8-10 limes)

1) To make Blueberry Limeade: Dump the fresh blueberries in a medium saucepan.  Take a fork or bottom of a wooden spoon to break the skin of the blueberries (this will help the juice from the berry to mix into the limeade).  Add the lime zest, water and splenda and heat over medium heat until the splenda dissolves completely.  Strain the blueberries and lime zest from the Limeade with a mesh strainer.  Let mixture cool at room temperature and then stir the fresh lime juice in.  Chill for about a 1/2 hour.

Blueberry Beergaritas

Blueberry Beergaritas

2)  For Blueberry BeerGaritas: In a cocktail shaker, take 2 shots of tequilla and 1 cup of Blueberry Limeade and shake for a few seconds until fully combined.

3) Place a few blueberries at the bottom of 4 margharita glasses (and ice if you like).  Distribute the tequilla/limeade mixture into the four glasses.

Blueberry Beergaritas

4)  Top the rest of each glass off with the 2 bottles of Blueberry beer (you could also just pour the ingredients all into one pitcher as well – either way it yields about 4 Beergaritas.)

Blueberry Beergaritas

Blueberry Beergaritas

 And to answer your question – yes, these are as good as they sound!!!!

I hope you all had a fantastic long weekend – bring on summer!

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