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Strawberry Basil Ginger Beer

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strawberry basil ginger beer, ginger beer, ginger beer cocktail, strawberry basil cocktail, caroline culwell, the life eclectic

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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cerveza cocktail, beer cocktail, cocktail recipe, beer cocktail recipe, caroline culwell, the life eclectic

cerveza cocktail, beer cocktail, cocktail recipe, beer cocktail recipe, caroline culwell, the life eclectic

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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sweet water brewing company, sweet water brewery tours, sweet water beer, Atlanta brewery, caroline culwell, the life eclectic

sweet water brewing company, sweet water brewery tours, sweet water beer, Atlanta brewery, caroline culwell, the life eclectic

sweet water brewing company, sweet water brewery tours, sweet water beer, Atlanta brewery, caroline culwell, the life eclectic

sweet water brewing company, sweet water brewery tours, sweet water beer, Atlanta brewery, caroline culwell, the life eclectic

sweet water brewing company, sweet water brewery tours, sweet water beer, Atlanta brewery, caroline culwell, the life eclectic

sweet water brewing company, sweet water brewery tours, sweet water beer, Atlanta brewery, caroline culwell, the life eclectic

sweet water brewing company, sweet water brewery tours, sweet water beer, Atlanta brewery, caroline culwell, the life eclectic

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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Pineapple Mojito

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Ingredients
-6 to 8 mint leaves
-1/2 large ripe lime (cut into wedges)
-1/4 to 1/3 cup pineapple pieces
-1 oz. simple syrup
-2 oz. Bacardi Pineapple Rum
-4 to 5 oz. club soda
-ice

Directions
In a drinking glass, similar to the one above (about 14 oz.), place lime wedges and fresh mint leaves. Use a muddler to crush the lime wedges and mint. Next measure out 1/4 to 1/3 cup of pineapple pieces (I used Safeway Farms pineapple cups), and add them to your glass and muddle well. For a stronger pineapple taste I used some of the juice from the pineapple cup. Then add 1 oz. simple syrup and 2 oz. Bacardi Pineapple Rum. Fill the remaining space with ice, then pour 3-4 oz. of club soda into the glass (to the brim). With a spoon mix ingredients and pull lime wedges and pineapple pieces towards the top. Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy!

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Orange White Wine Sangria

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This sangria recipe is light and sweet with a great orange flavor! It’s crisp flavor makes it very refreshing and it’s so easy to make.

Ingredients
-1 lemon
-1 lime
-1 orange
-1 cup orange juice
-1 and 1/4 cups white rum
-1 (750 ml) bottle white wine
-4 oz. club soda
-15 mint leaves
-1/2 cup white sugar

Directions
In a large mixing bowl combine sugar, mint leaves, and white rum. Thinly slice lime, lemon, and orange into even pieces. Place in the refrigerator for two hours to allow fruit to absorb the rum and sugar. When ready to serve, use a muddler to extract the fresh juices and mint flavor. Then add white wine (about 600 ml), orange juice, and club soda. Mix well and pour into a glass pitcher to display the fruit and mint pieces. Enjoy!

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