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Grapefruit, Ginger, and Rum Cocktail


If I’m being honest, rum was very, very good to us in Key West.

Usually, beer or wine are our alcoholic drinks of choice.  Sure, we like a good margarita in the summer, but even that requires a fair amount of preparation in order to make a really, really exceptional one.  Not one for mixes, we hand squeeze the limes one-by-one.  Add a good tequila.  Then the salt.  Factor in the dirty dishes, the juice and wayward salt on the counter.  Well, you get the idea.  It’s still a chore (but totally worth it!).

In Key West, rum was our “theme”.  It was our go-to.  From Sloppy Joe’s Bar to the Rum Barrel, we ordered rum runners and rum punches and the only thing that was consistent was the inconsistency in recipes.  All good.  Very, Very good.

The primary motivation for coming up with this slightly-north-of-Key West cocktail was rum (duh), but also the desire to make a drink that isn’t too sweet, is relatively easy to put together, and uses the fabulous citrus from the early spring CSA.  Sure, you still have to juice the grapefruit but please opt for fresh over prepared juice as it is a main flavor in the drink.  Same with the ginger ale…go for quality.  It really does make a difference.

This recipe makes two good-sized cocktails.

Grapefruit, Ginger, and Rum cocktail


  • 1 cup fresh-squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice
  • 3 ounces light rum
  • 2 ounces triple sec
  • 8 ounces ginger beer/ginger ale

Add all ingredients to a large shaker. Stir gently and pour into glasses over ice. Garnish with fresh grapefruit (or add chunks of grapefruit to the glasses). Optional: wet rims of glasses with a wedge of grapefruit and roll rims on a saucer with sugar.


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A back to school cocktail

You don’t celebrate back to school with cocktails?


Let me start by saying this is more of an I’m-in-denial-summer-is-ending, un-celebratory cocktail.  When the kids were younger, I reached a point in the summer when I couldn’t wait for the break to end.  As much as I knew in my heart of hearts this meant that winter was coming (said in my best “Game of Thrones” mystery accent), I would grow tired of the seemingly endless meal preparation and clean up, weeknight sleepovers, and the house just generally never feeling completely clean because someone was always home.  My gym didn’t have daycare, so I blew it off.  They needed to get back on a schedule, and so did I.

Fast forward to summers with teenagers.  I like to sleep in a little.  They like to sleep in…A LOT.  They like to eat, and they can fix most things themselves.  If they can’t, they usually can’t be bothered with it.  And if I have errands to run?  They can stay home alone!  Not to mention when older kids go back to school there are more complex things to worry about than when they were younger.  Things like when is the first deadline to register for the SAT’s, how much is homecoming going to set me back this year,  and am I going to have to hire a tutor for Algebra 2 like I did for Algebra 1?  Because I can’t help them with that.  I don’t remember any Algebra.  Do you remember any Algebra?

So whether you are celebrating back to school or mourning summer being over,


Blackberry muddle


Easy Blackberry Muddle

*OK…something like this probably exists in the bartending world, but I swear I made this without consulting any book or the interwebs and therefore I claim it!

approximately 1/4 cup blackberries

juice of half a lime

1/2 shot of simple syrup

I make my simple syrup with equal parts raw honey and water.  Heat it on the stove in a small saucepan just until dissolved.  Remove from heat and cool.  Store in refrigerator.  You can also make simple syrup with granulated sugar.

1 shot white tequila (I used this, which apparently was created by rock and roller Sammy Hagar.  Who knew?)

club soda

more berries and mint leaves for garnish

one spoon

Put blackberries in the bottom of a glass.  Add simple syrup.  Smash the berries around in the juice.  This is called muddling.  I used the back of a fork since I don’t have a proper muddling tool, but that’s about to change thanks to this Etsy shop.  Add lime juice and tequila.  Finish with club soda, about 8 ounces or so.  Give it a stir.  Add ice and garnish.

What’s the spoon for?  Eating those tequila-infused berries at the bottom of the glass!

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my favorite green juice

green juice and me

I mentioned a few posts back that I bought a juicer.

I know what you’re thinking…  They’re kind of trendy right now.

But the the thing is this:  I am, without a doubt, the top consumer of vegetables in my house and even with all of the creative, wonderful ways I have found to cook vegetables since joining the CSA two years ago, sometimes I can’t keep up each week.  Although I add the green leafy veggies to breakfast smoothies, I couldn’t use up my weekly share of kale and spinach.  I even attempted to blend vegetables in my blender with a bit of water and then strain it (a suggestion from a few fellow bloggers)-gross and messy!

Enter the juicer.  I did my research, and you should too, if you’re considering buying one.  One of the great things about a juicer is that there is minimal prep time in getting the fruits and vegetables ready.  Sure, you have to wash everything, but if you eat organic you don’t have to peel a lot of things (depending on the type of juicer you have). Whenever I juice, I’m still in absolute awe at the sheer number of vegetables and fruit I consume in one tall glass!  Several people have told me that they know someone who even uses the pulp in muffins and cakes, but I’m not quite there yet.

The first couple of times I followed some of the green juice recipes out there it tasted, well…less than awesome.  I let my husband try a sip. He scrunched his face up. “Tastes like I’m drinking the ground”, he said.  I had to agree.  After doing a bit more research on flavor combinations, along with  distinguishing the flavors in juice that I liked and dialing back the flavors I didn’t like so much, I came up with this recipe after some tweaking.

Bottoms up!

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my favorite green juice

5 kale leaves (at times, I have replaced half of this with other green leafy vegetables-spinach, collards, chard, etc.)

1 medium cucumber

1 apple, cored

1 lemon (some recipes and web sites say you can use the lemon whole, but I prefer to peel it and remove the pith, which gives it a bitter taste)

a knuckle of fresh ginger root, unpeeled (about an inch)

Cut vegetables down to size to fit your juicer.  Pass through a juicer and enjoy over ice.

my juice


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