Lemon Raspberry Fizz

While we love a good afternoon happy hour beverage, we are admittedly not the best when it comes to making cocktails. We usually stick to our rotation of wines and beers and call it a day. We had some extra fruit laying around and decided to play bartender and mix ourselves a grown up cocktail. This cocktail has cooked raspberry syrup and is balanced it out with a zing of lemon for a refreshing afternoon treat.

Lemon Raspberry Fizz

Makes: 2 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbs sugar, separated
  • 3 oz vodka
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cup club soda

Directions:

  1. Heat a small pot over medium heat. Add the raspberries, water, and 1 tbs sugar to the pot. Cook until the sugar has dissolved and the raspberries are starting to break down- about 4 minutes. Use a fork or rubber spatula to break the raspberries apart so that the juices mix. Remove from the heat and cool.
  2. Pour 1 tbs of sugar onto a flat plate. Dip each of the serving glass rims in water and then onto the plate to coat the rims in sugar.
  3. Add a few ice cubes to each glass. Strain the raspberry mix through a sieve or mesh slotted spoon to remove any seeds. Divide the raspberry juice between the two glasses.
  4. Use a vegetable peeler to peel a few slices of zest and put them into each glass. Slice the lemon in half and squeeze the juice from half into each glass.
  5. Add one shot of vodka (1.5 oz) to each glass. Top with club soda and serve immediately.

Spicy Watermelon Salad

We love the summertime and the food possibilities when we are in full blown fruit season. There is no better snack than a piece of watermelon or mango topped with a hearty pour of Tajin- a Mexican chili lime spice mix. You can find Tajin at most grocery stores and Trader Joe’s makes a comparable product as well. The heat from the chili powder, lime, and salt makes the fruit taste sweeter and come alive. We used that summer snack as inspiration to make this Spicy Watermelon Salad. It is a sweet and savory fruit salad that makes a great side dish for any summer party or your Memorial Day menu this weekend. 

Spicy Watermelon Salad 
Makes: 4 servings as a side dish 
Prep Time: 15 minutes     Total Time: 15 minutes 

Ingredients For the Salad: 

  • 1 mini watermelon (about 3 lbs before carving)
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced 
  • 1/2 cup queso fresco, crumbled 
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, roughly chopped 

Ingredients For the Dressing: 

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp chili powder depending on your crowd 
  • juice and zest of one lime  
  • 1 tbs honey 
  • salt and pepper to taste 

Directions: 

  1. Make the dressing for the salad. Whisk together the olive oil, chili powder, lime zest and juice, and honey in a small bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside. 
  2. Carve the watermelon so that the watermelon is in large, bite-sized pieces. We have a quick tutorial for this on our Instagram highlights, linked here. Put the watermelon and sliced red onion in a large bowl and cover with the dressing. Gently toss to coat. The two ingredients can easily sit in the dressing for a bit to marinate if you need to make this dish in advance. Just drain some of the excess liquid before serving. 
  3. Finish the salad by layering the watermelon with red onion, queso fresco, and cilantro in a serving dish. Season to taste with salt, pepper, or additional lime before serving. 

Cucumber Lemonade Gin Fizz

We don’t know about you but some of these work from home, parent from home, dog sit from home, never leave your home days have us feeling drained. Instead of grabbing a glass of wine or a beer, we wanted to celebrate the sunshine with these Cucumber Lemonade Gin Fizz Cocktails. The cucumber and lemonade are super refreshing and easy to find at the grocery store these days. And for those of you expecting or who have little ones that want in on the happy hour, simply exclude the gin and you will still love the taste!

Cucumber Lemonade Gin Fizz 
Makes: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes    Total Time: 5 minutes 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 English cucumber 
  • 8 oz gin (we used Hendrick’s) 
  • 16 oz lemonade 
  • 16 oz club soda 
  • Ice 

Directions: 

  1. Cut the 8 thin slices of cucumber for garnish. Use a grater to grate the rest of the cucumber into a small mixing bowl. 
  2. Mix the cucumber pulp, gin, lemonade, and club soda in a large pitcher. Stir well to combine. 
  3. Fill 8 high ball glasses with ice. Add the gin fizz mix to each of the glasses. Serve immediately with a cucumber slice for garnish.