whiskey plum smash

 

plums, peaches, apricots, nectarines.. it is stone fruit season!!!! i have been baking nonstop with the fresh fruit i have picked up at the farmers market. aside from the classic galettes, pies, crumbles & crisps, stone fruit can be worked into refreshing cocktails too! the whiskey plum smash gets its name from literally "smashing" the sweet plum flesh. i opted to infuse it with fresh mint, but fresh thyme or rosemary would be amazing too! i just love the ombre effect the drink has when topped with the clear fizzy sparkling water. instead of regular sparkling water, i opted to use zevia's cucumber lemon sparkling water. it is very lightly sweetened with stevia & has subtle cues of cucumber + lemon flavours. nothing over powering, just extra refreshing! this cocktail would work great with any stone fruit you can get your hands on. enjoy it now while we are in the heart of the dog days!

ingredients

  • 3 plums, peeled & sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons raw honey
  • 4 ounces whiskey
  • 4 ounces zevia's cucumber lemon sparkling water
  • ice, for serving
  • sliced plums, for garnish
  • fresh mint, for garnish

directions

  • using a muddle mash (smash) together the plums, mint, lemon juice and honey until smooth.
  • evenly dispurse plum mixture between two cocktail glasses.
  • add whiskey & stir until incorporated.
  • fill glass with ice & finish off with a big splash of zevia!
  • garnish with sliced plums and a sprig of mint if desired.

lemon + ginger cola winter elixir

 

today's recipe is for anyone who gets sick as often as i do in the winter months! even though i work from home, i still can't seem to escape all the colds floating around outside. this drink is my twist on a vintage elixir that used to be served hot back in the day. it is a natural remedy for anyone suffering with a cold, sore throat, flu & upset stomach. the classic recipe calls for boiling coca-cola, ginger & lemon together, steeping it & drinking it hot. it sounds a little weird to boil something carbonated, so i thought i would turn it into a refreshing drink! but if you want to enjoy it warm, i won't stop you. i made it calorie free by using a sugar free cola made by zevia. it is naturally sweetened with stevia & has no colouring added to it which is why it is CLEAR! clear cola! so cool. i also added mint to freshen things up & add one more naturally healthy ingredient to the mix that soothes stomachs. stay healthy friends!

p.s. exlixir or not, this drink would make for a killer ginger cocktail! just add a shot of rum or vodka to the mix.

ingredients

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1-2 mint leaves, chopped * 1/2 cup zevia cola
  • ice, for serving
  • lemon slice, for garnish

directions

  • in a large glass muddle the ginger, lemon juice & mint leaves together.
  • pour in zevia & shake.
  • strain over a fresh glass filled with ice.
  • garnish with a slice of lemon.

orange creamsicle cocktail

 

i hope everyone had the BEST (most spoiled) christmas ever! i am beyond stuffed from all the turkey & ham that was consumed, not to mention the italian tradition of a big plate of pasta before every meal. the sugared cranberry cheesecake was a hit too! it was the first time any of my family had eaten sugared cranberries and they loved them.

the holiday celebrations are not over yet though! we have one more boxing day dinner tonight with justin's family before we get ready to ring in the new year! i am not that big of a new years eve person anymore.. we will probably stay in, make some fancy snacks & ring in 2017 in our new home. however, i love new years day brunch gatherings. one last meal before we all start to lose the holiday weight caused by endless amounts of food & drinks.

this year i wanted to create a lighter cocktail to sip on during brunch. a vodka twist on the classic mimosa, but still including fresh orange juice. orange juice always has to be served with breakfast or brunch, so i created this orange creamsicle cocktail using zevia's natural cream soda. it is so good, it literally taste like an orange creamsicle popsicle. bonus points that it is made with zevia's zero calorie cream soda sweetended with stevia. this cocktail will be sure to impress your guest & bring them back to those childhood creamsicle days.

happy new year friends! cheers to the last post of 2016. i can't wait to see what 2017 has in store:)

xo

ingredients

  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • 2 oz freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 oz milk * 2 oz zevia cream soda
  • ice, for serving
  • fresh mint, for garnishing

directions

  • in a cocktail shaker add vodka, orange juice, milk, cream soda & ice. shake well!
  • pour into desired cocktail glass, add fresh ice & garnish with a sprig of mint.