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Blueberry Moscow Mule

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The holiday season is made for spending time with your family, so that is exactly what I have been prepping myself for this past week! After taking all of my tests, finalizing reports, and submitting my graduate school applications I was overcome with a sensation of complete relief. I decided to start my Thanksgiving break a little early this past Friday and decided to celebrate with my sister Blair. Blair used to go to TCU as well but has yet to see how much Fort Worth has grown. We started with these blueberry moscow mules, lots of fashion and blog talk, and of course blog photos!

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Blair took lots of photos for me with her new camera and WOW they turned out great! I am so happy Blair talked me into starting a blog because it is such a fun thing that we have in common as we have grown older. Whenever the holiday’s roll around she comes down from Chicago, and we have a blast putting together outfits and taking photos.

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Holiday season is my favorite season by far- great food, festive drinks, family, and lots of love :)! This time of year is all about celebrating, so I always love concocting new drinks that I know my friends and family will enjoy. I love my Moscow Mules, but sometimes it’s fun to shake things up…

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Incorporating fruit into cocktails makes for a fresh, light, and crisp drink. I think it also gives the cocktail a celebratory look, which is on point with holiday season!

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Since it’s no fun to drink alone I made this recipe for two ;)!

Ingredients (blueberry syrup)
-1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
-2 Tbsp sugar
-1/2 cup water

Ingredients (Moscow Mule)
-juice of 1 lime
-1.5 oz. vodka
-1 bottle of Crabbie’s Ginger Beer(11.2 oz.)
-3 oz. blueberry syrup

In a saucepan heat water, sugar, frozen blueberries an dring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Once it has reached a boil, reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 10 minutes. Separate blueberry syrup from blueberries in a strainer. In two glasses add juice from 1/2 lime, 1.5 oz. vodka, 3 oz. of blueberry syrup, and ice. Then top with 5.5. oz. Crabbie’s ginger beer (each glass gets half a bottle). With a cocktail spoon stir well. Top with blueberry garnish and enjoy!

Absolutely love the print of this Maeve Anthropologie blouse and all of their similar Woodland Walk Buttondown blouses, they’re the perfect addition to your holiday season wardrobe!

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Mango Mint Margaritas

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Sweet, cool, refreshing…. yep, this drink has it all! I love margaritas, but not the fake, syrupy kind. I like the natural, fresh, real kind! These are made with all real fruit and a hint of fresh mint.

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I started with making a perfect sugar rim with fresh lime zest to add a little extra! I used an organic coarse ground sugar that was a little thicker than normal sugar. This sugar and lime zest mixture smelled so good, Sara (one of my roomies) and I almost licked the sugar plate clean! I then put a little lime wedge for garnish on the top and placed both glasses in the freezer so they would be nice and cool.

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I put all the fresh ingredients in a blender together until it was blended to a very smooth and even consistency. I poured them evenly into the frosty glasses!

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Sara and I thoroughly enjoyed these frozen treats! Probably because this recipe is a quick, guilt-free drink that is low-calorie, low sugar, and all natural! This recipe serves 2!

Ingredients
-1/4 cup silver tequila
-2 oz. triple sec
-juice from 1 lime
-1 and 1/3 cup frozen mango chunks
-10 mint leaves
-1 tsp sugar
-1 and 1/2 cups ice

Directions
Fill the bottom of a plate with a shallow layer of sugar. With a zester, zest the skin of the lime and mix the green flecks evenly in the sugar. Take two glasses (small, like in the pictures above), and wet the top rim with a lime wedge. Turn the cup upside-down and into the sugar a lime zest mixture. Swirl the cup in a circular motion until the entire top rim is coated with sugar. Place both glasses in the freezer. In a blender, combine tequila, triple sec, lime juice (I used a lime juicer), frozen mango chunks, sugar, and 10 large mint leaves. Blend until margarita reaches a smooth consistency. Enjoy!

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Strawberry Basil Ginger Beer

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Lately I’ve been really into beer cocktails for a few reasons: they are light and refreshing, crisp and fizzy, easy to make, and they aren’t loaded with tons of sugar and hard alcohol like a margarita. This sweet cocktail hits the spot by incorporating summer strawberries and fresh basil to create a delightfully fizzy refreshment! Crabbie’s is my favorite brand of ginger beer, probably because it’s one of the only alcoholic ones I can ever find, and because it’s not as peppery as other ginger beers. If you want to make this drink without an alcoholic ginger beer, Fever-Tree is always a good substitute. This recipe serves 1!

Ingredients
-3 medium strawberries (or 4 small)
-6 basil leaves (+1 for garnish)
-1.5 oz. vodka
-1 Tbs fresh lime juice
-about 7 oz. Crabbie’s Ginger Beer

Directions
Place a drinking glass in the freezer ahead of time. In a blender, puree the strawberries, basil leaves, vodka, and lime juice. Pour this mixture over ice into the frosty drinking glass. Top with about 7 or 8 ounces of Crabbie’s Ginger Beer (which can be found at Central Market or Specs).

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Cerveza Cocktail

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I had recently read an article that focused on the use of beer as the central ingredient in cocktails. I was intrigued since I love beer but sometimes crave a bit of a sweet taste. This recipe combines the flavors of a light lager and fresh fruit juices to create the best summer drink. It’s so light and refreshing I was shocked… this is my new go-to drink for sure! This recipe serves 2!

Ingredients
-1 bottle Modelo Especial or Corona Light (12 oz.)
-1/3 cup mango puree
-2 Tbs lime juice (freshly squeezed)
-1.5 oz. Tripel Sec

Directions
Ahead of time chill 2 beer glasses in the freezer. Use a lime juicer to fully juice a few fresh limes into a small bowl. Take one 7 oz. fruit cup of Del Monte mango chunks and drain half the liquid in the container. Blend the rest of the mango chunks and remaining liquid from the fruit cup to make the mango puree. In a 2 cup measuring cup combine 1/3 cup mango puree, 2 Tbs lime juice, and 1 oz. of Triple Sec and stir with a spoon. Top with your choice of light Mexican beer and stir until everything is mixed well. Fill both glasses with ice and pour drink mixture evenly into both. Enjoy!

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Sweet Water Brewing Company

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When I visited Atlanta my sister Katherine recommended the Sweet Water Brewing Company! Upon arrival we were given a beer glass and 6 tickets that allowed for refills! I loved the beer and the company of Katherine, her boyfriend Powell, and my Dad. They have a total of about 16 brews, on tap they had 8. My absolute favorite was the Sweet Water Blue Ale, a light wheat beer that has a hint of blueberry. If anyone is ever in Atlanta I totally recommend stopping by this brewery for a couple cold ones!

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