With summer fever underway and the warm weather heating things up, there’s no better time to mix up a few fresh fruit cocktails for friends and family.
I decided to do a little search to find the best recipes for fresh fruit cocktails that can be made quickly and easily without a list of gourmet ingredients that have to be fetched from the highest peak of the Himalayan Mountains.
Tired of paying $16 a drink at restaurants or bars, I decided to take matters into my own hands. After all, couldn’t I make them better myself at home at a fraction of the cost?!
The Answer: YES I can!!!
And now for the drum roll please……
Here are the winning recipes:
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
3 cups of cubed, fresh cantaloupe
Juice and zest of 1 lime
4 oz rum
1/4 fresh mint leaves
In a small saucepan, bring 1/2 cup of water and sugar to a simmer over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Set sugar syrup aside and let cool. In a blender or food processor, combine cantaloupe, lime zest and juice, and mint leaves until smooth. Add rum and sugar syrup mix. Freeze, stirring occasionally until thick slush forms. Serve and garnish with mint leaves or lime slices.
The guests that I served this drink to were in heaven! They couldn’t believe that this was made by me at home. This beverage offers a fresh and refreshing taste and is sure not to disappoint at your next summer BBQ.
Prep Time: 8 minutes from start to finish
Grapefruit Strawberry Martini:
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
Juice from 3 1/2 grapefruits
4 oz vodka
1 cup fresh strawberries
In a small saucepan bring strawberries, sugar and 1/2 cup water to a boil. Stir until berries fall apart and get soft, approx 3 min. Strain and put strawberry syrup on side to cool. Discard berry pulp. In an ice filled shaker add juice and vodka. Strain into martini glass. Drizzle 1/4 of syrup into center of glass. Garnish as desired. Drink and enjoy
Considering how quickly all 4 of my guests asked for a refill, I’m going to say that the enjoyed it. The fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and the smooth taste makes this a summertime hit!
Prep time: 10 minutes
1. Got Zits?
Go and grab that lemon that life just threw at you!
According to Self magazine, “Citric acid, a naturally occurring alpha hydroxy acid, works like an astringent, clearing oil” from the skin. Take a tiny bowl and squeeze some lemon juice into it. Add a teaspoonful of water to dilute slightly. Grab a cotton ball and apply to oily or problem areas. Rinse after 15 minutes with warm water.
2. Olive oil as eye makeup remover.
If you’re like me and you’re using waterproof eyeliner and mascara, you’re going to want to take it off before bedtime. Olive oil on a tissue is a great way to save money and also doesn’t hurt your pretty eyes. No need to buy eye makeup remover anymore. Rinse face with water afterwards.
3. Sugar and Olive Oil
Miix equal parts of sugar and olive oil and stir in a small container. Seal the container afterwards for additional uses. It’s a great st home remedy that helps to exfoliate and moisturizer cuticles, lips, knees, elbows, and feet. I love this one and save money by not having to purchase those pricey sugar scrubs!
4. Pam cooking spray as nail polish quick dry
It takes the place of the aerosol quick drying product that they use at salons to dry the nails. It works just as well. (yep, I tried it and it really DOES work!)
5. UV Damage Face Mask: restore you sun damaged skin without destroying your budget with pricey spa facials. According to Fitness magazine, this at home facial works wonders for over exposed skin
What you need:
tablespoon of plain yogurt
Take the blueberries and mash them with a fork or put them in your food processor to blend, then add the yogurt.
Apply evenly to face and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes for maximum results. Rinse with warm water
Beauty Facts: The lactic acid in the yogurt helps to exfoliate and remove the UV damaged layers of the epidermis. The blueberries are loaded with vitamins C and E, which aid in moisturizing and repairing the fine lines caused by the sun.
“7 Rules of Summer Sun Safety”:
(print them out and post them on the fridge!)
1. Go with an SPF of at least 30
2. The rule of thumb for applying sunscreen is 1 oz, or the equivalent of 1 shot glass, for your body and a teaspoon for your face
3. You musy reapply every two hours without exception for maximum protection.
4. Spray sunscreens aren’t as powerful as lotions. If you have to use a spray, look for the one that says “continuous spray”. Lotions, creams and sticks are more effective as proven in FDA studies.
5. Make sure you always apply sun protection on your lips, with at least an SPF 30. Skin cancers of the lower lip are especially aggressive and are more likely to spread faster, according to dermatologists.
6. Don’t forget to protect your scalp and make sure to apply SPF along your part.
7. Sunscreen should NEVER be the first line of defense against the sun’s harmful rays. The best protection is shade, clothing, hats and avoiding the noontime sun.
I’ve attached a link to a wonderful article that Maria Shriver posted on her Twitter account that was written by renowned author, Elizabeth Lesser. For all of you who are reading my blog that are parents, this a fantastic article that highlights the emotional journey that we parents go through as our children grow and change.
I’m always eager to hear the many things that women of our great world have to say. This is an article that I could really relate to and also truly enjoyed reading. (I’ve just downloaded her book, Broken Open, so I’ll let you know what I think of it when I’m done.)
I hope that you enjoy this article as much as I did.
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