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Monday, June 3, 2013

Pretty Little Cocktails.

Virgin cocktails are where it's at for us prego girls. And.....there is a major flipside to non-alcoholic drinks—less calories and no hangover! Whether planning a brunch, baby shower or sweet sixteen party, these yummy drinks are always a good idea. So, sit back, chill out and soak up the sweet sunshine sipping on a pretty little cocktail=)  

3 ounces Sierra Mist Natural
3 ounces Cranberry Juice
Juice from 1 cutie/clementine orange
1 ounce lime juice
Clementine slice and sugar for garnish

1. In a shaker filled with ice, mix cranberry juice, cutie juice, and lime juice.
2. Add Sierra Mist Natural and stir.
3. Strain into two martini glasses with edges that have been dipped in sugar (optional).
4. Garnish with a clementine slice.

1 oz fresh Peach Puree
1 1/2 oz fresh Orange Juice
1 oz Simple Syrup
5 oz Club Soda
Rasberry Puree (optional)

1. Peel, pit, and core out the peach's rough pit flesh. Puree in a blender or food processor until smooth. (If your peach isn't super ripe and juicy & won't puree very easily, add a touch of OJ to help it out.) If you aren't sure you're puree is smooth, strain through a wire mesh strainer.
2. Put a few ice cubes in a glass, add the peach puree, OJ, and simple syrup. (If you don't have simple syrup, you can add @ 1 t sugar and mix with the OJ to dissolve it.)
3. Slowly pour the club soda along the inside wall of the glass, then gently stir everything to combine. Garnish with a slice of peach and a sprig of thyme if you want to get fancy.

15 medium sage leaves
4 tablespoons sugar
1 cup water
8 oz. blackberries
8 oz. club soda (per drink)

1.    Bring the water and sugar to a boil over high heat just until sugar dissolves.
2.    Crush the sage leaves with the back of a spoon and add to the syrup mixture and set aside to let the sage infuse for 15 minutes and then remove the herbs.
3.   Puree the blackberries in the blender and then strain the mixture through a fine strainer.
4.    To serve, place a tablespoon of the blackberry puree in the bottom of a glass, add a tablespoon of the sage syrup and top off with 8 ounces of club soda.

Cheers to a fabulous Monday, y'all!

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