Category Archives: Beverage

Summery Citrus Blanc


This weekend was incredible! We went to a Cubs game and despite the weather in the morning, it turned out to be a beautiful day.  The Cubbies pulled out a win!!  We went to several of our favorite pre and post game spots as well as some new ones.  There as one theme I noticed at each bar, skinny cocktails.  These cocktails seem to be all the rage since the release of Skinnygirl margaritas.  I have to say they are pretty delicious, but the hubby and were looking for something a little different while grilling out.  We had several things on hand and just decided to experiment.  Well after a few failed attempts, this was the recipe we settled on.  It is so delicious, and for under 50 calories per drink you cannot go wrong.  This will definitely be an easy go to summer drink for us.  The below recipe makes one drink.

Summery Citrus Blanc

2 ounces vodka

2 ounces Savingnon Blanc wine

3/4 ounce Triple Sec

1/4 lemon juiced

1/2 lime juiced

cut lemons and limes for garnish


Add 1 cup of ice to a cocktail shaker.  Juice the 1/4 lemon and 1/2 lime in the shaker.  Add the vodka, wine, and triple sec.  Shake vigorously, then strain into highball glass filled with ice.  Garnish with additional lemons and limes. Enjoy!


Iced Coffee


Everyone can call me crazy, but I am not a fan of the famous “S” coffee establishment.  I am a NW Indiana girl, and grew up with DD my whole life.  To me there is no better coffee out there for the money.  Now I know a lot of you will protest, but for me “S” is way too strong.  I always see people with iced coffee from the big chain coffee places, but I have never really tried on since I do not like cold beverages.  But once the temperatures started rising I knew I may have to explore my iced coffee options.  I do not buy coffee out very much at all since getting my Keuring, so I knew it was going to be a struggle to find a coffee I liked.  Then, I saw this recipe and knew I could make this! Let me tell you, I have shared the iced coffee with several people and they say it is the best they have ever had.  The best part is you can make it in all flavors.  I made this batch with coconut-almond coffee and it definitely gives me a tropical feel on these warm days.  Try it and you will never go through the drive thru again.

Iced Coffee

from  The Pioneer Woman Cooks


1 pound Ground Coffee ( I used coconut-almond flavored)

8 quarts Cold Water

Half-and-half (healthy Splash Per Serving)

Sweetened Condensed Milk (2-3 Tablespoons Per Serving)

Note: Can Use Skim Milk, 2% Milk, Whole Milk, Sugar, Artificial Sweeteners, Syrups…adapt To Your Liking!


To make iced coffee concentrate:

In a large container, mix ground coffee with water. Cover and allow to sit at room temperature eight hours or overnight.

Line a fine mesh strainer with cheesecloth and set over a pitcher or other container. Pour coffee/water mixture through the strainer, allowing all liquid to run through. Discard grounds.

Place coffee liquid in the fridge and allow to cool. Use as needed.

To make iced coffee:

Pack a glass full of ice cubes. Fill glass 2/3 full with coffee liquid. Add healthy splash of half-and-half. Add 2-3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk (can use plain sugar instead) and stir to combine. Taste and adjust half-and-half and/or sweetened condensed milk as needed.

Champagne Punch


We had such a busy, but rewarding weekend.  We stained and painted our porch this weekend with the help of my wonderful in laws.  It seems like with each passing day we are working on projects that make me in awe that is is our house.  Everyone of course has their dream mansion, but to me this home is my dream.  We are making it in to our own each day more and more, and when we decide to move some day it will have given us so many memories.This weekend really solidified how much we are doing to make this our own home.  It looks wonderful! I cannot wait for it to dry so we are able to grill on it and I can post pictures.  But, don’t tell anyone the picture was taken on our still drying newly stained deck!

Well, as you can see we have had quite the weekend, so we thought a cocktail was in order to celebrate. While watching , the show,Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello”, we saw an amazing light cocktail.  Well, let me digress for a second.  when we were in Napa and Sonoma, I was able to meet and talk with Chef Chiarello at Bottega it was AMAZING!

Now that I have shamelessly plugged one of my favorite chefs in the world, back to what I was saying.  My hubby found an amazing light cocktail, which mimicked the light notes in Chef Chiarello’s cocktail, but was very different in flavor.  It truly made both of us smile at the thought of toasting to our new porch.

Champagne Punch

from Martha Stewart


1 thinly sliced peach
1 cup raspberries
1 cup blueberries
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup Simple Syrup
1 bottle champagne or other sparkling white wine (We used Cava)

In a pitcher, combine ice, peach, raspberries, blueberries, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Slowly pour in champagne or other sparkling white wine.

Frozen Coke


So my days in South Bend remind me of two things, frozen pops and Lulu’s.  If any of you have been there, you can attest these might be the most exciting things in a 50 mile radius.  Now don’t get me wrong Lulu’s was my go to spot for coffee and studying, but when I wanted a quick sugar fix the 7-11 on Grape Rd. was the spot.   Then I moved to Chicago and there were so many more exciting foods and drinks that the frozen pops were not that exciting anymore.  But, then came my move to Indianapolis and much to my surprise there was a 7-11 a couple blocks away from my house!!   I could not deny the fact that I was longing for a frozen coke anymore.  But, when I went in much to my surprise there were no frozen cokes anymore, just red and blue sugary slushies.  I knew that I had to find a replacement.  Then, this weekend I went out of town with my hubby to his tournament.  While he prepared I explored and shopped knowing that I wanted an ice cream machine.  Much to my surprise, I found the exact ice cream machine I have been drooling over for only a fraction of the cost.  So I got a 2 liter of coke and knew what I wanted to make.  After twenty minutes we had the best frozen cokes I have ever had!  We cannot wait to try this with other pop.


Frozen Pop

48 oz or 4 cans of your favorite pop

Ice cream maker


Put pop in ice cream maker and churn for 20 minutes.  Place in frozen glasses and enjoy!!


***Do not use diet pop since the aspartame freezes at a much lower temperature and will ruin  your ice cream machine***