As you all probably know by now, we're huge fans of the Bloody Mary and I get excited about any variations I come across. I found this recipe while watching Rachel Ray one morning. I really loved the idea of using grilled green tomatoes instead of regular tomato juice as a base. The tomatoes only took a few minutes to grill, yet had a sweet and smokey taste, which was nice. What's nice is this drink isn't too labor intensive and can be made ahead of time. There's no reason for this drink to be green with envy – it's definitely a go-to this summer while green tomatoes are in season!
What You'll Need: Serves 2
3 green tomatoes
Tabasco (about 10-20 dashes depending on how spicy you like it!)
Worcestershire Sauce (15 dashes)
Horseradish (2 table spoons)
Bonus: Throw some cocktail onions and/or olives on the grill as a garnish.
What To Do:
1) Start out by slicing the tomatoes and throwing them on the grill. Leave one raw (it adds a nice tangy flavor to the sweet smokey tomatoes).
2) Add the tomatoes grilled and raw tomatoes to a blender along with the Worcestershire Sauce, Tabasco, horseradish, black pepper and the juice from one lime.
3) Blend until smooth and pour the contents of the blender into 2 high ball glasses with ice and your favorite vodka.
Watermelon is one of my favorite fruits. Any cocktail that calls for it is an automatic go-to for me in the summer. I came across this recipe for a watermelon keg on Pinterest and couldn't resist sharing. Yes, you read it correctly: a watermelon keg! The best part about this recipe is you can use ANY type of liquor you want.
Summer has officially started! Here at Lazyjack Press, we are definitely trying to savor every last moment. We're loving the rooftop happy hours, concerts in the park, and drinking a cold one (or ten) on the beach.
I am a huge fan of the Skinny Taste blog (you should check it out) and saw a recipe for frozen mojito popsicles. Unfortunately, her recipe didn't include rum since she was making them for her toddler. I adapted the recipe so we can add something different, light, and refreshing to the cocktail repertoire so that we really can enjoy all the summer has to offer! Bonus: This recipe serves 8!
Here's What You'll Need:
1 1/4 cups of orange juice (really try to do fresh squeezed if at all possible)
8 teaspoons of your favorite sweetener although I think 2 Splenda packets is sufficient
3 tbsp lime juice
3 tbsp lemon juice
3/4 cup of water
10 fresh mint leaves
8 fresh basil leaves
8 shots of rum of your choice
Optional: adding strawberries of pineapple or another favorite fruit
What To Do:
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
Pour about 1/3 of a cup of the mixture into a popsicle mold if you have it. Otherwise, pour the mixture into small dixie cups and place in the freezer. After about an hour, add a popsicle stick to the almost solidified mixture.
About a year ago, I saw a segment about Zach Sobiech, a young man with terminal cancer. I was absolutely blown away by his story. His courage, poise, and determination was so inspiring! I know we all find ourselves at times taking life for granted and letting the little things get us down. I recently re-watched his story and renewed a promise to myself to live life to the fullest and not take anything/anyone for granted.
His story is about 20 minutes long, but I promise, it's the best 20 minutes you'll spend today.
Here's his story.
After you watch the video, check out the song Zach wrote, "Clouds." It's available on iTunes and all proceeds go to his osteosarcoma fund. He inspired so many celebrities who took part in his song and dedicated it to him. Great to see Bryan Cranston! Listen to it here.