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Spiked Kiwi Lemonade

Heading into the summer months always reminds me how much I love Lemonade. There’s just something so refreshing about an ice cold glass of lemonade on a hot summer day. And today I’m throwing a little vodka in the mix with this Spiked Kiwi Lemonade .

I’m using vodka, lemonade, midori, fresh kiwis, and a kiwi simple syrup.

Let’s start by making the Kiwi Simple Syrup.

Kiwi Simple Syrup

This is something you can make beforehand and it will keep just fine in your fridge for a few days or in the freezer for a few months!

Place a small pot on the stove and add about 2 Cups of water. Cut the skin off of the kiwis, cut them in half, and place them into the water. Next, add 1 Cup of sugar to the water. Mix and heat bringing to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Allow the simple syrup to simmer for about 15 minutes.

Finally, using a strainer with cheesecloth (you’ll need very small holes to keep the seeds out) strain the syrup separating the pulp/seeds from the liquid. Let simple syrup cool and keep in fridge when not using.

Spiked Kiwi Lemonade

First, fill your glass with ice. Add one ounce of Midori Melon Liquer. Next, add one and a half ounces of vodka. Add 2 Tbsp of the Kiwi Simple Syrup and fill with Lemonade. Garnish with Kiwi Slices or Diced Kiwi!

Spiked Kiwi Lemonade

Print Recipe
Serves: 1 Cooking Time: 15 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Ounce Midori
  • 1 1/2 Ounces Vodka
  • Lemonade
  • 2 Tbsp Kiwi Simple Syrup (see below)
  • --Kiwi Simple Syrup--
  • 4 Kiwis
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Cups of Hot Water

Instructions

1

Fill glass with ice.

2

Add 1 ounce of Midori Melon Liquer.

3

Add 1 1/2 ounces of vodka. Add 2 Tbsp of the Kiwi Simple Syrup (see below).

4

Fill glass with Lemonade.

5

Garnish with Kiwi Slices or Diced Kiwi

6

--To Make Kiwi Simple Syrup--

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Add 2 Cups of water to a medium pot on stove.

8

Cut the skin off of 3 of the kiwis (save one for garnish), cut them in half, and place them into the water.

9

Next, add 1 Cup of sugar to the water.

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Mix and heat bringing to a boil, then reduce the heat to low.

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Allow the simple syrup to simmer for about 15 minutes.

12

Use a strainer with cheesecloth (you'll need very small holes to keep the seeds out) strain the syrup separating the pulp/seeds from the liquid.

13

Let simple syrup cool & store in fridge.

Craving more kiwi? Check out my Strawberry Kiwi Margaritas!

Wanna make this a Mocktail? Easy. Just leave out the Midori & the Vodka! This Kiwi Simple Syrup adds a delightfully light, fruity flavor to your lemonade. It’s even a favorite with the kids!

Cocktails/ Culinary Tales

Strawberry Kiwi Margaritas

It’s finally warm & breezy here. So, enjoying a nice cold cocktail on the patio is the perfect end to a long day! Tonight I’m mixing up these sweet Strawberry Kiwi Margaritas.

To make these you’ll need tequila, triple sec, lime juice, kiwi slices, and a little strawberry simple syrup!

Let’s start by making the simple syrup!

Strawberry Simple Syrup

Using one container of strawberries (8-10 oz.) wash them and place them in a pot. Add 1 1/2 cups of water to the pot and 1 cup of sugar. Bring to a boil. Next, turn the heat down and let them simmer for about 15 minutes.

Once you’ve done that you’ll need to strain the mixture to separate the strawberries (and seeds) out of your simple syrup. Then, place simple syrup in fridge to cool!

Strawberry Kiwi Margaritas

First, rim your glass with salt or sugar. To do so place salt or sugar on a plate and use a lime wedge to wet the rim. Then, dip the rim of your glass into the salt or sugar.

Fill glass with ice. Add about 4-6 kiwi slices right into your glass!

Pour in one ounce of Patron Silver, a half ounce of triple sec, half ounce of lime juice, and one ounce of Strawberry Simple Syrup. Mix well & garnish with a lime slice!

Strawberry Kiwi Margaritas

Print Recipe
Serves: 1 Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce Patron Silver Tequila
  • 4-6 Kiwi Slices
  • 1/2 Ounce Triple Sec
  • 1/2 Ounce Lime Juice
  • 1 ounce Strawberry Simple Syrup
  • (8 oz. Strawberries/1 Cup Sugar/1 1/2 Cups Water)
  • Salt (Optional to rim glass)

Instructions

1

Rim glass with salt or sugar.

2

Fill glass with ice.

3

Add about 4-6 kiwi slices right into glass.

4

Pour in one ounce of Patron Silver, a half ounce of triple sec, half ounce of lime juice, and one ounce of Strawberry Simple Syrup.

5

Mix well & garnish with a lime slice!

6

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-To Make Strawberry Simple Syrup-

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Place strawberries in a pot on medium-high heat. Add 1 1/2 cups of water to the pot and 1 cup of sugar.

9

Bring to a boil.Turn heat down and let them simmer for about 15 minutes.

10

Strain strawberries (& seeds) out of simple syrup. Let simple syrup cool in fridge!

If you’re looking for a frozen margarita be sure to try my Coconut Lime Margaritas!

Wanna make this a mocktail? How about a Strawberry Kiwi Lemonade? By omitting the alcohol and adding either a limeade or lemonade in it’s place and keeping the Strawberry Simple Syrup & Kiwi Slices you can totally make this into a non-alcoholic version! Happy sipping!

Cocktails/ Culinary Tales

Cucumber Melon Splash Cocktail

It’s no secret that I love using fresh fruits/vegetables in cocktails and with spring upon us one of my favorites is definitely Cucumbers! So, today I’m sharing this quick recipe for a Cucumber Melon Splash! When I think refreshing, cucumbers are a definite!

I used to work at this restaurant that kept liters of water infused with cucumbers in the fridge ready for table service. Honestly, I was surprised how just simply adding a few slices of cucumbers to the water really made all the difference on a hot summer day. Ever since then I’ve loved the thought of adding them to cocktails as well!

This Cucumber Melon Spritzer pairs fresh cucumbers, cantaloupe, cucumber vodka, and sparkling water for a satisfyingly light cocktail!

Cucumber Melon Splash

The first thing you’ll want to do is make a quick Cantaloupe puree. This puree is so great because its really very subtle. To make it place 1 cup of cantaloupe in the food processor and blend. Set it aside.

This is also a good time to make the garnish: Cut a few thin slices of cantaloupe to place in your glass. You’ll also need to slice a cucumber into 1/2 inch thick slices.

Fill a tall glass with ice. Add 1 1/2 ounces of cucumber vodka to the glass. There are a lot of different brands that make cucumber vodka (Stoli, Effen, & Ketel 1 to name a few) but, you can absolutely use regular vodka if it’s all you have on hand – just add extra cucumber slices!

Next, pour in a few tablespoons of the Cantaloupe puree. Stir and then add your garnishes – a couple of cucumber slices and a slice of cantaloupe right on the top!

Top it all off with a large splash of sparkling water, sit back and enjoy!

Cucumber Melon Splash

Print Recipe
Serves: 1 Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces of Cucumber Vodka
  • 1/2 of a Cucumber
  • 1/2 of a Cantaloupe
  • 1 ounce Sparkling Water

Instructions

1

Make the Cantaloupe Puree by blending 1 cup of cantaloupe in the food processor. Set it aside

2

Create your garnish by slicing some thin slices of cantaloupe - set them aside.

3

Slice a cucumber into 1/2 inch thick slices.

4

Fill a tall glass with ice. Add 1 1/2 ounces of cucumber vodka to the glass.

5

Pour in a few tablespoons of the Cantaloupe puree.

6

Add the garnish - a few cucumber slices and a cantaloupe slice.

7

Top it off with some sparkling water and enjoy!

Want to make this a Mocktail? Just omit the Cucumber Vodka! This drink is just as satisfying! The combination of the cucumbers and cantaloupe, infused with the sparkling water make it oh so refreshing !

Need some more cocktail inspiration? Check out these other yummy cocktail/mocktails below from a few of my friends!

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Cocktails/ Culinary Tales

Bourbon Apple Smash

Bourbon is a type of American Whiskey. It’s typically aged for over two years in oak barrels and made mostly from Corn. I love using it in fall cocktails, because it pairs so well with fruits without going overly sweet! This Bourbon Apple Smash contains bourbon, vanilla, hard cider, and fresh apples. It’s sweet and warm with a little spice!

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