As soon as I saw the post on The Kitchn about infusing vodka with fruit, I knew I had to try it. Vodka is my spirit of choice, and usually for flavored varieties I buy Smirnoff, but I wanted to try my own.
I opted to get 80 proof 5 O’Clock vodka – the super cheap, bottom shelf, $6 plastic bottle kind – because my palette is not nearly sophisticated enough to discern the differences between vodkas, and I figured that after being infused with fruit and mixed into a cocktail that I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.
The choice of blueberry was really just because I had left over frozen blueberries from a previous recipe. So, I thawed them out and got to work!
Earlier this summer I wrote about how to make an Iced Vanilla Latte, so naturally I need to address it’s sister drink, the mocha latte! I actually started drinking coffee when I was accidentally handed a hot mocha latte instead of a hot chocolate, so the mocha has a special place in my heart. However with the heat wave the North East has been having, I was desperate for a cold version.
This is a great summer drink. Caffeine, chocolate, ice cold – just what I’ve needed while I prepare to make my move from Portland, ME to Boston! More photos and recipe below.
Two of my favorite non-alcoholic drinks are seltzer and pineapple juice, so when my mom asked me to create a fun no-alcohol spritzer drink I immediately thought to pair the two together.
Seltzer is a great low calorie alternative to soda! I’ve completely stopped purchasing soda for our house ever since me and my husband switched over to drinking it. It has a crispness and bubbliness that satisfies the soda craving without all the sugar and salt. I actually find most sodas to be overly sugary now that I’ve gotten used to seltzer.
I’ve been looking forward to making this Sangria ever since I made the first version of it for my birthday in May. Crisp, cold, fruity, slightly bubbly and very boozy – I’ve talked to some people who haven’t even heard of white wine sangria, but I think I prefer it over red, at least for the warm months.
More photos and recipe below
As you may have guessed from the name of my blog, I have an ongoing love affair with coffee.
It wasn’t always so, though! It used to be that when me and the hubs would stop to get his morning coffee, I’d be getting a hot chocolate. Until one fateful day he ordered a mocha which I mistook for my drink. I had a few sips, thinking “gee – this is the most delicious hot chocolate I’ve ever had!!”. We quickly realized the mix up but I was already a goner. Since then I’ve moved through mocha lattes, caramel macchiatos, vanilla lattes, and even gained a taste for regular coffees (with milk and sugar of course!) and cold brew.
Now that I have my very own espresso machine, my favorite drink to make at home is an iced vanilla latte. Cold and refreshing with just the right amount of sweetness!