Snow Bear

It has already been a long hot summer here in the Pacific Northwest. And it isn’t even August yet. June and July have been far too sticky and sweltering for this mild-weathered girl. Thankfully, I recently returned from an Alaskan cruise. Blissful 50 degree breezes blowing across the deck of our ship were the perfect relief from sweaty summer days. We saw gorgeous glaciers bigger than you can imagine. Giant chunks of ethereal blue ice creating tidal waves of force as they fell off. The little dots in the foreground of this picture are harbor seals.

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One of the highlights of our cruise were the drink cards our travel agent Dana (Dana@aplustravel.com) provided for us. She was incredibly helpful from booking to completion of our cruise and I highly recommend her! I had the opportunity to try some drinks I’d never even heard of before and really enjoyed one called a Snow Bear. It was cool and light – the perfect thing to put a chill in the summer air. It tastes a little like an Mounds candy bar. Full of refreshing coconut, milk and rich chocolate.

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Top 10 Drinks for Summer

It’s the last day of school in my area. Time for relaxing by the pool during the day, languid summer evenings, beach parties, bar-b-ques and camping trips. It occurred to me the other day that while I’ve shared many of my favorite drink recipes in the past few years, it might be nice to compile them all in one post. So here it is, just in time for summer frolicking. My great big Top 10 Drinks for Summer list!

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Dirty Vodka Martini

Any day is a good day for a dirty vodka martini. June 15th is an exceptionally good day. It’s the day I remember a man named Jeffrey. Most called him JD. He was my husband’s dad. I called him Jeff. He just referred to me as “the girl”. He was funny and crazy and I miss him all the time. My father-in-law used to say “Drinking a martini is just an excuse to eat olives.” He was right.

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Better Than Childhood Fruit Punch

Do you remember Hi C fruit punch? Getting bright red smile lines from the corners of your lips up to your cheeks? Do they even sell that stuff anymore? Probably not with all the sweeteners and dyes I’m sure it was made from. Apparently such things are horrific and we were lucky to survive childhood consuming all those body damaging products. Reward yourself for making it to adulthood unscathed with a drink sure to stir up all kinds of nostalgic taste memories, and provide you with a little kick! Fruit punch taste with the addition of alcohol. Oh yeah!

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Blue Ballz

The title of this drink truly irritates me. I hate it when normal words are spelled incorrectly on purpose to make them “interesting”. For me, it only serves to make a word totally annoying. As if the English language isn’t odd enough, I have to explain to my kids why some marketing “genius” decided to mess things all up even more. Dumb. See? Right there. A silent “b” at the end of a word. What’s that all about? Who decided to keep that as part of English? Whoever it was, congrats. Because that alone is plenty to make our language full of intrigue. Wait, and the silent “w”. Those are just wrong.

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Kihei Killer

Not only is my friend Bethany an excellent cook, she also enjoys mixing cocktails. It’s one of her many endearing qualities. She threw together this little drink while we were visiting and it was delicious! We decided to name it the Kihei Killer. Enjoy!

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Kihei Killer
from Bethany’s Bar

2 ounces pina colada mix
2 ounces orange juice
2 ounces vodka
4 ounces Malibu Black
1 ounce pineapple juice
dash of grenadine

Mix well over ice and strain into glass.

Bikini Martini

I stumbled upon this drink and thought it was only fitting to share as I will soon be basking on the warm sand of a Hawaiian beach. I am not genetically blessed, or maybe just didn’t appropriately apply coconut body lotion while pregnant and as such, I will not be in a bikini – but I figured I could test drive this drink anyway. It’s fruity and fun. Delightfully sweet, but not too much. It’s like summer in a glass. Perfect for sipping while soaking up some rays, or bringing a little sunshine to your dark, depressing winter day.

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Powerful Pomtini

This is my current absolute favorite drink. I love it. During all the parties of the holidays I made giant batches of it and brought it with me everywhere. It’s potent and perfectly pom-licious. I warn you though – I’ve seen 6′ 4″ men succumb to the power of these “tinis”. They think it’s a girly drink and they’ll have no problem plowing thru a couple. They are wrong. As my husband recently said “Honey, if bars made ‘girly drinks’ the way you make them, all men would drink girly drinks at bars”. It’s true.

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Make sure you use the real pomegranate juice (pictured) if you can. It makes all the difference in the world. And, you get antioxidant super juice with your alcohol! You can substitute triple sec for the Cointreau if you want, but a) it will be less powerful and b) it won’t be nearly as smooth and delicious. I don’t like my drinks sweet really – and the triple sec just makes it a little sugary for my tastes. Enjoy!

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Powerful Pomtini

2 parts vodka
2 parts pomegranate juice
1 part Cointreau

Combine all ingredients in a shaker full of ice. Shake vigorously 30 times. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lime if desired.

For those of you unfamiliar with the 1 part/2 parts recipe format — this means if you’re making 1 drink, do 2 ounces vodka & pom and 1 ounce Cointreau. If you’re making a batch, do 2 cups vodka & pom and 1 cup Cointreau.

Lemon Drop Martini

A good lemon drop martini is a perfect balance of tart and sweet. It should have enough vodka to give it a slightly dry martini feel in your mouth, but enough juice and sweetness to be utterly refreshing. This is my version. I think it’s pretty much perfect.

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Clear Cosmos

I really enjoy making drinks with my own spin on them. I also love anything I can make in a giant batch and bring to a party. I have a to-go container with a lid that I bring along with me to add a little cheer wherever I’m going. It holds almost a gallon of happy. This is one of my favorite beverages to liven up a get-together. And, since it’s clear, I don’t have to concern myself that someone might spill and ruin carpet or upholstery. Aren’t I a considerate guest?

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