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friyay happy hour: basil paloma

spring has sprung and i am thrilled. i love the rain, and it’s been so wonderful having a wet winter (we needed it), but i am a summer girl and i'm ready for warmer weather.

now that it is lighter longer and we cut back the passion fruit vine that had taken over our yard, we are sprucing things up in the garden. wes spent the last two days reorganizing the whole yard and reinforcing all of our planting spaces and it looks amazing. a very far cry form the six foot tall bed of weeds we inherited when we moved in here together almost six years ago.

to assist in the garden spruce up, i headed to our local nursery to pick up some bee favorites, herbs and edible flowers. and the beautiful fresh basil i got had to go into today’s super refreshing paloma.

basil paloma

prep time: 3 minutes

active time: 1 minute

total time: 4 minutes

ingredients: 2 oz tequila. 3 oz fresh grapefruit juice + a small grapefruit wedge for garnish. club soda. 4 freshly chopped basil leaves + extra for garnish. 2 cups ice. shaker. edible flowers optional for garnish.

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start by combining half the basil, the tequila and grapefruit juice in a shaker with half the ice. shake well to combine about thirty seconds, till the basil is beaten up and the oils released.

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fill your serving glass with the rest of the basil and ice. pour the contents of your shaker over ice.

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top off with club soda.

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garnish with grapefruit wedge, basil sprig and edible flowers and serve.

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xo, a

basil paloma

prep time: 3 minutes

active time: 1 minute

total time: 4 minutes

ingredients: 2 oz tequila. 3 oz fresh grapefruit juice + a small grapefruit wedge for garnish. club soda. 4 freshly chopped basil leaves + extra for garnish. 2 cups ice. shaker. edible flowers optional for garnish.

start by combining half the basil, the tequila and grapefruit juice in a shaker with half the ice. shake well to combine about thirty seconds, till the basil is beaten up and the oils released. fill your serving glass with the rest of the basil and ice. pour the contents of your shaker over ice. top off with club soda. garnish with grapefruit wedge, basil sprig and edible flowers and serve.

friyay happy hour: midori mojito

why hello there st. patrick’s day. nice to see you again.

long gone are my days of getting up at four-thirty in the morning to drink irish car bombs and watch turtle racing at brennan’s. but that doesn’t mean i still don’t want to celebrate the irish with something green. and this week we got hit with some warm spring weather in socal and i need something REFRESHING.

midori is a tasty melon liquor that ads great flavor and color to a light cocktail. and what is more refreshing than mint and melon? I’ll tell you. NOTHING.

midori mojito

serves: 1 cocktail

prep time: 2 minutes

active time: 2 minutes

total time: 4 minutes

ingredients: 1.5 oz rum. 1 oz midori liquor. 1 oz lemon juice. 1 tsp sugar. club soda. 10 torn mint leave, plus an extra mint sprig for garnish. muddler (note that my husband lent out our muddler so i used a mortar and pestle which worked quite well). 1 cup ice.

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start by combining your sugar, mint leaves, lime juice and rum together in your glass.

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muddle it all together till the mint is really smashed to smithereens.

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add in the ice and the midori.

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fill the glass with club soda. stir well.

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top with mint sprig for garnish and enjoy.

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xo, a

midori mojito

serves: 1 cocktail

prep time: 2 minutes

active time: 2 minutes

total time: 4 minutes

ingredients: 1.5 oz rum. 1 oz midori liquor. 1 oz lemon juice. 1 tsp sugar. club soda. 10 torn mint leave, plus an extra mint sprig for garnish. muddler (note that my husband lent out our muddler so i used a mortar and pestle which worked quite well). 1 cup ice.

start by combining your sugar, mint leaves, lime juice and rum together in your glass. muddle it all together till the mint is really smashed to smithereens. add in the ice and the midori. fill the glass with club soda. stir well. top with mint sprig for garnish and enjoy.