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friyay happy hour: summer stonefruit cooler

we are ten days in to parenthood and we are starting to settle in to our new normal.

i was so prepared for chaos, that i have been pleasantly surprised with how mellow things are at the moment. i know it won’t always be this simple, but right now it is pretty much just eat, sleep, repeat.

sweet sage is sleeping hours at a time, so i have had the chance to get back in the kitchen. and more importantly, back to my once a week cocktail consumption.

other parents are talking about the end of summer because their kids are headed back to school, but as far as i am concerned, summer is just hitting its full stride. the produce store is PACKED with gorgeous stone fruit and my garden is pumping out basil. they just happen to make a beautiful marriage of summer flavors. but don’t take my word for it, whip one up for yourself!

summer stonefruit cooler

serves: 1 cocktail

prep time: 2 minutes

active time: 1 minute

ingredients: 2 oz vodka. .5 cup chopped ripe plum (you could sub any of your favorite stone fruit) + plum wedge for garnish. 1.5 oz lemon juice. .5 oz simple syrup. 5 large basil leaves, torn and smashed to release their oils + a sprig of basil for garnish. shaker. strainer. food processor or blender. 2 cups ice.

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start by making your plum purée. place your ripe plums or stone fruit in you blender or food processor and purée till as smooth as you can get it.

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then in your shaker, combine the plum, vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup. add in your torn and smashed basil leaves. add in 1 cup of ice and shake well till frothy and well combined. fill your serving glass with the remaining ice.

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strain the contents of your shaker into your serving glass. garnish with plum wedge and basil. if you are using them.

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serve and enjoy.

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xo, a

summer stonefruit cooler

serves: 1 cocktail

prep time: 2 minutes

active time: 1 minute

ingredients: 2 oz vodka. .5 cup chopped ripe plum (you could sub any of your favorite stone fruit) + plum wedge for garnish. 1.5 oz lemon juice. .5 oz simple syrup. 5 large basil leaves, torn and smashed to release their oils + a sprig of basil for garnish. shaker. strainer. food processor or blender. 2 cups ice.

start by making your plum purée. place your ripe plums or stone fruit in you blender or food processor and purée till as smooth as you can get it. then in your shaker, combine the plum, vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup. add in your torn and smashed basil leaves. add in 1 cup of ice and shake well till frothy and well combined. fill your serving glass with the remaining ice. strain the contents of your shaker into your serving glass. garnish with plum wedge and basil. if you are using them. serve and enjoy.

friyay happy hour: strawberry + citrus cooler

well, baby girl minichiello could arrive any day now. she is due on august 6th (naturally on a tueasday), but at this point she is considered full term any time she decides to join us. and aside from a few more things we want to complete around the house, i am ready.

i mean, i’m not totally ready to push out a watermelon, but i’m as ready as i will ever be.

and even more ready to enjoy friyay happy hour cocktails again.

it is hot hot hot all over this here country and the best way to beat the heat is with a cool drink. i imaged this cocktail up as a fresh fruit, vodka version of a daiquiri. and when i went to google how to spell daiquiri (because i am a horrible speller) i discovered that today is national daiquiri DAY! so i guess you have to make it now.

strawberry + citrus cooler

serves: 1 cocktail

prep time: 3 minutes

active time: 1 minute

total time: 4 minutes

ingredients: 1 oz vodka. 3 oz dry white wine. .5 cup hulled and halved strawberries. 1 oz lemon juice. 1 oz lime juice. 1 tbs sugar. 2 cups ice. shaker. strainer. blender or food processor. lime wheel for garnish.

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in the food processor or blender, combine the vodka, strawberries, juices and sugar.

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blend until puréed. fill your shaker with half the ice. pour the blended mixture over ice in the shaker.

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add in the wine. shake well till combined. strain the contents of your shaker over the remaining ice in your serving glass.

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garnish with the lime wedge and serve.

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xo, a

strawberry + citrus cooler

serves: 1 cocktail

prep time: 3 minutes

active time: 1 minute

total time: 4 minutes

ingredients: 1 oz vodka. 3 oz dry white wine. .5 cup hulled and halved strawberries. 1 oz lemon juice. 1 oz lime juice. 1 tbs sugar. 2 cups ice. shaker. strainer. blender or food processor. lime wheel for garnish.

in the food processor or blender, combine the vodka, strawberries, juices and sugar. blend until puréed. fill your shaker with half the ice. pour the blended mixture over ice in the shaker. add in the wine. shake well till combined. strain the contents of your shaker over the remaining ice in your serving glass. garnish with the lime wedge and serve.