8 Wonderful Watermelon Cocktails

If you are anything like me, you have been waiting for a very long time for watermelon to come in season! Well, summer is finally here and the sweet juicy goodness of watermelon is in abundance! I have gathered 8 Watermelon Recipes to help you make use of this healthy summer treat in unique and delicious ways! From a Watermelon Cake to Iced Tea with Watermelon this collection of recipes is packed full of unforgettable ways to use watermelon all summer long! I can’t wait to hear which of these recipes you will try first! If you have a great way to use watermelon, be sure to leave a comment to inspire my summer melon munching!

  1. Sparkling Watermelon Cocktail – Baking Beauty
  2. Easy Watermelon Sangria – Pizzazzerie
  3. Watermelon Margarita – All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
  4. Sparkling Watermelon Ginger Punch – Today’s Creative Life
  5. Watermelon Daiquiri – Who Needs a Cape
  6. Watermelon Martini – Happy Hour Projects
  7. Watermelon Amaretto Bowl – Elephantastic Vegan
  8. Watermelon Mint Martini – Plating Pixels

Which beverage would you like to try first? 

While the adults are sipping a refreshing watermelon cocktail, your kids can stay cool while eating Summer Berry Swirl Ice Cream by Mayfield Creamery!

Pumpkin Spice Irish Coffee

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Pumpkin pie spice is one of the quintessential flavors of fall. Although you can buy containers of this popular spice, it only takes a couple minutes to whip up your own using ingredients you probably already have on hand. Use what you need and store the rest in an airtight container for several weeks, if it lasts that long!

If you can’t get enough of this classic flavor, this recipe combines it with hot coffee, Irish cream and delicious whipped cream for a cozy and satisfying adults only treat. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

Pumpkin Pie Spice:

  • 3 T. cinnamon
  • 1 T. ground ginger
  • 1 T. ground nutmeg
  • 2 t. ground allspice
  • 2 t. ground cloves

Homemade Whipped Cream ingredients:*

  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 2 T. real maple syrup
  • 1 T. pumpkin pie spice
  • 16 oz. freshly brewed hot coffee
  • 8 oz. Irish Crème
  • Additional pumpkin pie spice, for garnish

* substitute pre-made whipped cream, if preferred.

Directions:

  1. In a large glass bowl, blend 1 pint of heavy whipping cream with a hand or immersion blender until it doubles in size and changes texture. Then, drizzle maple syrup into the bowl and continue blending until the mixture is light and fluffy. Set aside.
  2. Before brewing, sprinkle fresh coffee grounds with pumpkin pie spice and gently shake to evenly combine the mixture. Brew spiced coffee grounds as usual.
  3. Pour 2 oz. Irish Cream into each cup and top with 4 oz. of freshly brewed coffee.
  4. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with additional pumpkin pie spice before serving.
  5. Enjoy!

What is your favorite beverage to enjoy during the cooler months?

Strawberry Mojito Lemonade

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A few days ago, we visited a local Strawberry Farm. There, we were able to sample honey, collect strawberries and even take a few of them home. After the kids got their fill of strawberries, I somehow had a ton left over. I decided to make a Strawberry Mojito Lemonade.

This drink is very easy to make and is the perfect refreshing drink. If you have fresh lemons and can make homemade lemonade it is best, but you can also buy already made lemonade or if you are in a rush, the Kool-Aid Version. What makes this drink so great is the way the mint and strawberry intertwine with each other. It is simply delish and perfect for a warm summer day.

You will only need a few simple ingredients to make my Strawberry Mojito Lemonade:

  • 20 fresh strawberries
  • Freshly picked mint
  • Lemonade

Directions: 

  • Wash/hull & quarter the strawberries.
  • Put the strawberries into a blender.
  • Puree the strawberries.
  • Pour through a fine mesh strainer to remove any larger  bits & pieces of strawberry left.

Lemonade: 

  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 C water
  • Zest from 2 lemons
  • Juice from the 6 lemons
  • 1 gallon of cold water
  • ice

Directions: 

  • Bring the cup of water to a boil adding the sugar and zest stirring constantly until sugar has dissolved.
  • Pour water into a pitcher.
  • Add lemon juice, stir well.
  • Mix in the simple syrup with the lemon zest, Stirring until the simple syrup has been thoroughly mixed.

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Strawberry Lemonade

Ingredients:

  • Fresh lemonade
  • Pureed strawberry
  • Fresh mint sprigs
  • Ice

Directions: 

  • Pour half of the lemonade into a pitcher.
  • Add half of the pureed strawberry, stir well
  • Add ice
  • Garnish with mint sprigs.

So what do you think? You can switch this recipe up if you want and use a different fruit and come out with about the same outcome. If you tried out this recipe, share with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and tag us!

Tips:

  • If you are going to a brunch, you can make this ahead of time.
  • Muddle some strawberries in the bottom of the glass for an extra twang.
  • Garnish with a strawberry and lemon.

Here are a few items I love to use:

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Cocktail Muddler – Stainless Steel – Grooved Nylon Head

Circleware Mojito Sling Glass Cocktail Drinking Glasses Set, 14.5 Ounce, Set of 4, Limited Edition Glassware Drinkware

101 Mojitos and Other Muddled Drinks Recipe Book

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Delicious Smoothie & Shake Recipes

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There is nothing like enjoying a cool beverage on those hot summer days. I’ve gathered some of our favorite delicious smoothie and shake recipes. Let me know below which recipe you will be trying first.

Very Berry Smoothie from Cooking on the Front Burner

Be My Valentine Smoothie from Courtney’s Sweet’s

Homemade Drinkable Yogurt (Kid Friendly) from Courtney’s Sweet’s

Peaches & Vanilla Cream Smoothie from Snappy Gourmet

Patriotic Layered Smoothie from A Mom’s Take

Pineapple Smoothie from CopyKat Recipes

MonkeyLada Smoothie from Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie from Little House Living

Strawberry Milkshake from A Mom’s Take

Orange Smoothie Float from A Mom’s Take

Green Tea Chia Smoothie from Mom Foodie

Pina Colada Smoothie : Carnation Breakfast Essentials from Seven on a ShoeString

Blueberry Smoothie from The Country Chic Cottage 

Banana Almond Paleo Smoothie from Confessions of a over-worked Mom

Blueberry Muffin Smoothie from Thrifty Recipes

Starbucks Copycat Strawberries & Cream Frappuccino from Mom Foodie 

Mango Lassi from Local Fun For Kids

Milksplash Milkshake from A Mom’s Take

Copycat Wendy’s Frosty from MomFoodie

What is your favorite Smoothie or Shake?

8 Drinks to Make for St. Patrick’s Day

8 Drinks to Make for St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day will be here soon! My family loves to take a break from the every day and celebrate the luck of the Irish. Not only is it fun to break routine every now and then, but it is always so much fun to add a touch of color to our menu. To add to the fun, this year I am going to serve my family some fun and festive beverages! I found 8 Drinks to Make for St. Patrick’s Day that are fun, flavorful and sure to be a huge hit with your little leprechauns!

8 Drinks to Make for St. Patrick’s Day

Rainbow Water

Easy Green Kool Aid Milkshakes

Shamrock Milkshake

Lime Sherbert Floats

Shamrock Shake with a Twist

Green Lemonade

Marvelously Minty Shake

Baileys Mint Chocolate Chip Milk Shake {for grown ups!}

Of course, the glassware you serve these St. Patrick’s Day Drinks in are part of what makes them so much fun. You can find lots of different styles of glassware online at great prices. Here are a few of our favorites!

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mason jar mugs

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irish coffee mugs

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Which of these 8 Drinks to Make for St. Patrick’s Day do you think your family will most enjoy? Of course, I want to try the Bailey’s Mint Chocolate Chip Milk Shake! I think my boys will love the Rainbow Water or the Shamrock Shake with a Twist. If you have a favorite drink for St. Patrick’s Day, I would love to hear about it. Tell me about it in the comments.

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9 Cocktails to Make for New Years Eve

9 Cocktails to Make for New Years Eve finalAre you hosting a New Years Eve party this year? If you answered yes, you are in luck! I have found a handful of awesome recipes that your party guests are going to love! These drinks are sure to make your party a huge hit with unforgettable beverages!

Green Apple Martini
Cranberry Rum Punch
Grown Up Mocha Leches Shake
Cranberry Wine Hibiscus Mint Cocktail
Raspberry Strawberry Mimosa
Blue Sparkling Star Cocktail
Peppermint Cookietini
Cocoa Snickerdoodle Rumchata Martini
Pomegranate Orange Sangria

Which of these 9 Cocktails to Make for New Years Eve do you think you will whip up first? I think the Green Apple Martini and the Cocoa Snickerdoodle Rumchata Martini will be the biggest hits at my party! If you have a go to cocktail recipe I would love to hear about it! From my family to yours Have a festive, fun and safe New Years Eve!

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