TGIF -Sparkling Raspberry Cocktail

Flavors of spring. Red raspberries, lemon zest, and bubbles of sparkling wine. Its Friday put your feet up and contemplate a relaxing weekend!

Sparkling wine

1 ounce raspberry simple syrupIMG_2662

1 lemon zest strip

Raspberries

Add 1 ounce raspberry simple syrup* to a flute then slowly fill with champagne. Garnish with lemon zest and a couple of fresh raspberries.  Enjoy!

*The key flavor ingredient in this cocktail is a very easy to make raspberry simple syrup.  Combine 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, and 1/2 cup fresh raspberries in a small sauce pan on medium heat. Stir constantly until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature, then strain mixture into a jar or container and refrigerate until ready to use.

TGIF – Citrus Margaritas

Long week. Weekend’s coming. A fresh pitcher of margaritas. Dreams of summer. Life is IMG_2568good.

1/4 cup water

6 ounces tequila

2 ounces Grand Marnier or triple sec

1 medium orange, peeled and halved

1 medium lemon, peeled and halved

1 medium lime, peeled

6 Tbsp sugar

6 cups ice cubes

Place all ingredients in a blender, secure the lid, and pulse on low a few times then increase speed to high until well blended and slushy.  Pour in to salted margarita glasses, garnish with lime, and enjoy!

Yield: 1 pitcher of margaritas

Prep Time:  15 min

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