Best Ever: Skinny Blueberry Cocktail

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You know that I’m all about the healthy eats, but can’ t give up the yummy drinks. My new solution to this conundrum is to use soda water as my mixer in all my cocktails, and then to add some sweetness with healthy fruity garnishes (or ginger!!). This post focuses on my latest fave, which is oh-so-simple, just the way I like it!

♥ 1 shot vodka
♥ 1 cup soda water
♥ handful of blueberries, muddled & mixed
♥ 1 splash triple sec

*In case you’re wondering, I prefer my blueberries whole so that I can suck ’em up and enjoy them as little treats in between sips! Depending on personal preference, you can muddle to expose more flavor in your drink! Random finding: orange slices are the perfecccct little treat to pair with this drink because they’re just so sweet and tasty! (AYSO memories, anyone?). This might have something to do with the sweet citrusy element of triple-sec, which adds a certain richness to the drink and helps make it feel like you’re not just guzzling watered down vodka.

Of course, you can totally alter this recipe as desired. I’ve done this combo with strawberries, raspberries, even APPLE SLICES. Go crazy! Share your results below!

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^ Everything tastes better with super cute straws ^

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Homemade Happy Hour: Moscow Mule

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Moscow Mule

Ingredients:
1 Shot of Vodka
1 Cup of Ginger Beer
3-4 Ice Cubes
Slice of Lime
Frozen Blueberries (Optional)
1/2 T Agave Nectar (Optional)
*My Twist: Add blueberries and mint leaves

My all-time favorite happy hour drink is a Moscow Mule. I love the mixture of ginger beer and vodka, with the hint of lime! Since the ingredients are so simple, I decided to give it a try, and add my own little twist. In my opinion, there is really no particular order to add the ingredients, but I did ice, vodka, ginger beer, lime, blueberries, mint leaves, and agave nectar. After topping it off and mixing it up, I thoroughly enjoyed every sip! It was so easy to make, so I suggest you try it! If you have copper cups that you plan on using, I highly suggest placing them in the freezer the night or hours before – it helps keep the drink a bit cooler and refreshing!

What is your favorite happy hour drink?

Restaurant Review: Mercado

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Restaurant Name: Mercado
Location: 7910 West Third Street, Los Angeles, California 90048 
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★★
Halfsies Bank: $$$
Great for: Happy hour

What I loved: Guac & margaritas! And their carnitas are absolutely drool worthy… among the best I’ve had. EVER.

What I’d improve: I’d love to see more drink options on the happy hour menu.

What I’d recommend: The carnitas, shrimp taquitos, and hibiscus margarita!

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Looking for an extra “cool factor”? The restaurant sits facing the street with a super airy vibe! The front facade is completely open, letting in the warm breezes that define LA. It’s a super fun way to people watch while enjoying yourself :)

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Don’t forget to ask about drink specials! Servers are all super well versed in their offerings and are always coming up with great new mixes! My fave are the margs, especially the hibiscus margarita and the blood orange ruby grapefruit margarita!

Yum yum! Enjoy friends! This place is a must visit!!

Cucumber Martini

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While the rest of the world struggles to survive the Polar Vortex and sub-zero temperatures, I’m sitting in sunny California trying to concoct a refreshing new cocktail for this weekend’s pool-side splendors. It’s March now and aside from a few days of rain, we’ve had consistently 80˚ weather. I’m already in full-blown summer mode. Sorry I’m not sorry?

Even if you’re stuck in the midst of snow flurries, this refresher will help you to pretend you’re somewhere “sunny and seventy-five”.

Here’s what you’ll need:

o    Fresh cucumber

o    Grapefruit juice with pulp

o    Cucumber vodka

o    Vermouth

o    Champagne

o    Ice

Screen Shot 2014-03-02 at 3.52.34 PMIn a cocktail shaker, mix 2.5 oz cucumber vodka with 0.5 oz vermouth and 1 oz grapefruit juice. Add half a cup of crushed ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a glass and top with a splash of champagne and cucumber slices! It’s that easy! Cheers!