Grapefruit Margarita with Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

I love taking a classic drink and changing it up with an unexpected ingredient. Using raw, unprocessed pink Himalayan sea salt in my favorite grapefruit margarita not only looks gorgeous but also gives the drink a distinct layer of earthiness. The crystals don’t have the same bite of traditional rimming salt – it’s more of soft mineral flavor with a fun, rocky texture. Plus, the pink tones remind me so much of the beach…love!

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Limoncello & Blue Moon Beer Cocktail

My darling cocktailers, I’m sorry it’s been so long since I’ve made you a drink! It’s been a very hectic last few months but I’m back and ready for some amazing new sips.

Here’s one of my all time favorites that I’ve been enjoying lately, perfect for the summer heat. Beer cocktails keep you refreshed and aren’t too strong for those summer afternoons. Blue Moon is one of my favorite beers because it’s light and has a citrusy-sweet flavor. Instead of adding a simple slice of orange or lemon, I like to add some limoncello for boost of flavor. Yum!

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Citrus Salt

I love this easy, fresh citrus salt I can whip in just a few hours to garnish the perfect Saturday evening margarita. It brings out all the juiciness and freshness of the fruits without too much effort or additional ingredients. Keep the salt in a tightly sealed container so it stays dry – this will help keep it fresh for a few weeks. Try adding this to a classic margarita or my citrus & sage version!

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Grapefruit Basil Cocktail with Elderflower

I love the combo of grapefruit and basil, but I never use it! I’ve been buying a ton of herbs lately – they help brighten up the winter gloom that’s been dominating NYC overthe last few weeks. I had a grapefruit & basil sorbet over the summer and it was so unexpected and lively. Turing it into a cocktail was the perfect idea, and I decided to give it and extra boost of warmth by adding the elderflower and bubbly. Make sure to use the freshest herbs you can find – I like to reserve this drink for the weekends when I have time to stop at the farmers market or somewhere that I know will carry higher quality produce. Old basil will be bruised and lack the burst of flavor you’re looking for.

PS – Do you like the cocktail stirrers? Well, you can buy them on Etsy! I’ve decided to open a little shop and sell some affordable items to complete your cocktail creations at home. Check it out here and be sure to leave suggestions of more items you’d like to see!

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Coconut Hot Chocolate with Lavender Essence

I love hot chocolate, but usually I only make it once or twice a year since it’s such an indulgence. When you make it from scratch and play with the infusions you can get away cutting down on the richness while still preserving that *something special* feeling. I’ve made this recipe with almond milk (which I use at home all the time) and it still tastes great. I like to add a drop or two of coconut extract with this method because the almonds give off a stronger backdrop flavor than your standard glass of whole milk. This will really help emphasize the unexpected flavors you’ve infused with white chocolate and just add to the decadence!

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