Violet Crush Cocktail

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I have this bottle of violet liqueur that has been sitting in my liquor cabinet untouched, which felt wrong. So I started experimenting and this is what I came up with. Not too sweet, light and refreshing.

Ingredients:

1.5 oz vodka
0.5 oz violet liqueur
2 dash orange bitters
Ice
2 oz seltzer

In a shaker with ice, stir together vodka, violet liqueur and bitters. Pour into a rocks glass over ice add seltzer.

Serves 1.

Mango Margarita

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Since getting my Vitamix I’ve gone a little blender crazy, yup I’m trying to get every penny out of this purchase. This week it was mango margaritas – booze and serving a fruit? I’m in!

Ingredients:
2 c ice
1/4 lime juice lime wedge
8 oz silver tequila
10 oz frozen mango
2 ozs orange liqueur

In a blender, pure the ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and serve.

Mint Julep

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In honor of the Kentucky Derby we are drinking Mint Juleups!

Ingredients
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c water
Soda water
Mint springs
Bourbon

In a small saucepan bring water and sugar to a boil. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Add mint sprigs and chill overnight.

Add 1 TBSP mint syrup to 2 oz bourbon and mint leaves. Muddle, add ice and soda.

Strawberry Margarita

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I was never a fan of blended drinks until I got a Vitamix and a fridge with an ice maker – now it’s margarita mayhem at my house come the weekend! It’s super hot today so needed something extra refreshing – these hit the spot!

Ingredients
1 1/2 lb frozen strawberries
8 oz tequila
4 oz lime juice
2 oz grand marnier
1/8 teaspoon fine salt
3 c ice

Place all of the ingredients except the ice in a blender and blend on high until smooth. Add the ice, pushing it to the bottom of the pitcher, and blend on high until smooth. Serve immediately.

The Opening Act Cocktail

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The first week back after the holidays calls for a Friday night cocktail! This one has two of my favorite ingredients, ginger liquor and Campari! Light and refreshing – the perfect opening act to the weekend.

2 oz domain canton
1/2 oz Campari
1/2 oz lime juice
Seltzer
Dash orange bitters

Combine in all ingredients in a colins glass, stir, add ice and top with seltzer and a lime wedge.

Serves 1.