Cantaloupe-Mint Caipirinha Cocktails

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If you can’t be at the World Cup, join in with a toast from home! This recipe for Cantaloupe-Mint Caipirinha Cocktails is a fun, not-quite-classic version of the national cocktail of Brazil.

In case you’re out of the loop, the World Cup is taking place right now in Brazil. Since my husband and I can’t be there in person, we’ve been tuning in via TV. To help set the mood and get in the spirit of the games, we’ve been mixing up Caipirinha (pronounced kai-pee-REEN-yuh) cocktails and yelling “gooooooooal” whenever possible.

Caipirinha Cocktails

To be honest, I wasn’t sure I would like this drink, but I think I’m hooked. Really hooked. This drink has a fresh, slightly sweet flavor that includes a hint of tart lime.

Caiprinha is made with cachaça (pronounced ka-SHAH-suh), a distilled liquor made from sugarcane (but don’t confuse it with rum). Cachaça has been made in Brazil since the 1500s, so let me sound it out for you: it’s time you give this drink a try!

One version of this drink we put together – Cantaloupe-Mint Caipirinha Cocktails – takes a little liberty with the simple original. I’ve been reading up on Caipirinhas, and apparently adding fresh fruit like berries or melon is fairly common, too.

Caipirinha cocktails

I like the original recipe, but adding cantaloupe and mint gave these drinks a nice blush color, not to mention a punch of flavor and texture. Most recipes for Caipirinhas call for muddling the lime. Go for it if you need to relieve some stress (and enjoy a little pulp). I simply juiced my limes.

Cantaloupe-Mint Caipirinha Cocktails perfect to enjoy during the warm weather, and they’re wildly appropriate to drink during this year’s World Cup – no matter who you’re cheering for!

Cantaloupe- Mint Caipirinha Cocktails
Serves 2

Paloma Cocktail

The Paloma CocktailWho’s ready for a cocktail? I discovered a refreshing cocktail last year, and it is a delight! It’s called a Paloma Cocktail and it’s said to be the most popular tequila drink in Mexico (the margarita is apparently the most popular tequila drink in the U.S.). This drink is vibrant and refreshing, and doubles up on citrus flavors.

Try a Paloma CocktailAdd grapefruit soda and lime juice to this tequila-based drink and enjoy. It’s pretty straightforward. Some people make it with grapefruit juice and club soda, but I made this recipe using a Mexican soda called Jarritos. It’s pretty common in Phoenix, but if you can’t find it, any grapefruit soda works well.

I’ve noticed the Paloma Cocktail showing up in more and more bars and restaurants lately, and I for that, I’m thrilled. Since it has already reached 100 degrees here in Phoenix, I’m going to make cocktail hour all about this refreshing drink!

The Paloma Cocktail delights!You don’t have to wait for 100-degree temperatures to enjoy a Paloma Cocktail. My husband surprised me with one a few times this spring, and we even made them for the family in Ohio over the Easter holiday (they loved it, too). Try something different this summer and make your very own Paloma Cocktail.

Recipe for Paloma Cocktail
Yields 1, 12-ounce drink

Verde Mary Cocktail with Green Tomatoes and Tomatillos

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A drink for an occasion

I love Bloody Mary drinks, and it seems like I usually wait for vacation or a special brunch to enjoy them. Since July Fourth is upon us and tomatillos are in season, I thought it would be fun to create a variation of the Bloody Mary: the Verde Mary Cocktail with Green Tomatoes and Tomatillos.

This drink is made using green tomatoes and tomatillos. Tomatillos are popular in Mexican cooking, and look similar to green tomatoes. They’re smaller than a normal tomato and they’re covered with a thin husk. They have a slightly tangy taste to them, and are great in salsas, either roasted or raw, and are used in green sauces, too.

Through thick and thin

There are several small seeds in this mix and it’s fairly thick, so if you prefer a seedless, thin drink, strain the mixture with a mesh sieve after blending it. To me it seems like some of the veggie juices I’ve made (minus the vodka and seasoning!). Yum!

Verde Mary Cocktail

The Verde Mary Cocktail with Green Tomatoes and Tomatillos is refreshing, both in color and flavor. Whip up a batch and turn your day into a special occasion!

Recipe for Verde Mary Cocktail with Green Tomatoes and Tomatillos
Yields 4, 6-ounce glasses

Dark & Stormy Cocktails

Dark & Stormy

Dark & Stormy Cocktails

It was a dark and stormy night on Halloween weekend. Well, not really. This is Phoenix and it was sunny and 85 degrees today. I just thought it would be a good spooky start to this post for Dark & Stormy Cocktails!

Kids in other parts of the country are bummed out because their winter jackets will probably cover up their costumes when they head out to trick-or-treat (I remember this well growing up). Not here. It’s finally pleasant in the evenings. That means if you want to, you can wear a light sweater or jacket. It seems strange, but in this part of the country, we get so excited for this seasonal turning point! After months of temperatures in the 110-degree range, who wouldn’t be thrilled to wear a jacket?

I’m ready for this treat

Since it’s Halloween (and warm) I thought a recipe for Dark & Stormy Cocktails would make a fun post and a delicious adult refreshment! Besides (and I can’t believe I’m saying this) I need a break from reading and writing about every sort of pumpkin dessert and ooey gooey sugary treat imaginable.

My husband (a former bartender post-college) likes to mix drinks for us to try. I’ve never really liked rum, but by now he’s smart enough to know that if he tells me what’s in a drink before I try it, I won’t drink it if I think I won’t like it. His method is sort of the equivalent to sneaking vegetables into kids’ meals. When I tried this drink, I definitely liked it!

Dark & Stormy Cocktails are traditionally made with Gosling’s rum, ginger beer and lime juice, and is said to be the national drink of Bermuda. It’s usually served as a spring or summer cocktail, but it’s delicious at any time. Dark, stormy or otherwise!

Recipe for a Dark & Stormy cocktails:

Makes one cocktail