Carrot Ginger Orange Mimosas | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Carrot Ginger Orange Mimosas

Whether you’re gathering with friends or enjoying a long languid Sunday morning of social distancing with your partner, a pitcher of Carrot Ginger Orange Mimosas is going to make everything a lot more fun. Brighter and zingier than the original, this drink is worth getting out of bed for.

Carrot Ginger Orange Mimosas | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

We’re entering what I like to call brunch season. The sun is finally up by the time we get out of bed in the morning for one thing. But we’ve also got British Mother’s Day, then Easter, and finally Mother’s Day in the US. Then we’re going to be smack in the middle of wedding season and hen/bacelorette weekends. All of these seem like a perfect reason to enjoy a little sparkling wine before noon.

As much as I enjoy going out for brunch, there’s something so much more inviting about hosting brunch in your home, particularly if it’s for a special occasion. I’ve got dozens of awesome breakfast and brunch recipes in my archives, and those are usually the ones that make my mouth water the most. You a gorgeous breakfast casserole in the oven, bake up a few little pastries, and put out a gorgeous spread of fresh fruit, and you’ve got yourself a party.

Carrot Ginger Orange Mimosas | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Of course, mimosas will take everything straight to the top. These Carrot Ginger Orange Mimosas almost make you feel like you’re at the spa. The carrot juice is stil quite sweet but also brings a subtle earthiness. The ginger infuses the whole thing with a fascinating bit of heat that really wakes you up. And the bonus is that you can use cheap sparkling wine here. The juice would mask the flavors of a fancy champagne anyway.

Carrot Ginger Orange Mimosas | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

How to make Carrot Ginger Orange Mimosas

Making this up could not be easier. No one will be surprised to learn that I use bottled carrot and orange juice here. If you want to juice carrots and squeeze oranges, be my guest. I’m sure that would be awesome, but I don’t have the equipment or the patience for that. Do you slices of fresh ginger, though. If you want the ginger flavor a little stronger, you could always grate the ginger in, but this leaves tiny bits of ginger root floating in your drink, then sticking in your teeth. I prefer more of an infusion of ginger.

You can also decide whether you want to mix the wine with the juice all at once or if you want to offer the juice mix and the wine separately. I like to keep them separate. Then you can also offer some soda water for anyone who can’t have or doesn’t want alcohol. Just fill the glass about a quarter of the way with the juice, then top it up with whichever sparkling beverage you choose.

Carrot Ginger Orange Mimosas | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Hopefully we’ll all be gathering together again very soon. Until then, get plenty of vitamins and drink a Carrot Ginger Orange Mimosa.

Recipe adapted from Homemade Decadence by Joy Wilson.

Kir Royale | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Kir Royale

The Kir Royale is a simple mix of Chambord and sparkling wine. It’s the perfect way to dress up a low quality wine for a cheap date night in. Get romantic with this gorgeous drink.

Kir Royale | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Do you go the Leslie Knope route and celebrate with your favorite gal pals for a sweet Galentine’s? Or do you go all out with a fancy dinner and drinks at an expensive restaurant? Do you get chocolate and roses and lingerie? This can be such a devisive holiday. I’m so curious to know how you like to spend it.

For the past few years in Glasgow, my husband has made us dinner reservations. It’s usually a bit of a surprise. It’s nice to go out, as we both prefer to be at home. I actually put on a dress and do something about my hair. You know, make an effort. But it’s always so crowded, usually we can’t wait for dessert to be finished so we can get out of there and actually hear each other speak.

Kir Royale | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

In Hawaii, we used to forego the actual restaurant scene. We’d order something to take away from one of our favorite restaurants and spread out a blanket on the beach and enjoy a nice meal while watching the sunset. February is very different there than it is in Scotland.

This year, Geoff tried to make reservations at an Italian place we’d been wanting to try, but it was already booked. I texted him the other day to see if he had a back up plan. I had one in mind, but I didn’t want to say since he usually makes the plans for this particular holiday. This is how I know this man is my soulmate. He did indeed have a back up plan, and it was the same as mine. This year for Valentine’s Day, we’re going to Five Guys, and I couldn’t be more excited.

Kir Royale | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I think there’s nothing more romantic than a homemade dinner in, cooked with love for your sweetheart. And the best part is, you don’t have to go that far to the bedroom.

This Kir Royale would be an excellent way to start things off. A shot of Chambord goes into your champagne flute before topping it up with sparkling wine. And you don’t need to splash out on expensive champagne for this one because the raspberry liqueur will cover up most of the subtle flavors of the wine.

Kir Royale | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

The color of this drink is gorgeous. You can serve it plain or add a few frozen berries to the bottom of the glass to help keep it chilled. This drink really couldn’t be simpler. I just love it.

For the rest of my romantic dinner, I think I’d serve something earthy and delicious like Bacon Carbonara. And of course, Molten Chocolate Cake is the ultimate romantic dessert. I think anything home cooked lets someone know you really care.

Kir Royale | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Even if you think Valentine’s Day is complete garbage, make this Kir Royale for yourself. It’ll be awesome.

Let me know if you’re making my recipes by taggint them #awesomeon20 on Instagram. I can’t wait to see what you’ve made.

Salted Caramel White Russian | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Salted Caramel White Russian

Add a sweet twist to a classic cocktail with a Salted Caramel White Russian. Is it dessert? Is it a drink? Who cares. Just make one and be cool.

Salted Caramel White Russian | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

What kind of comedy do you like? I can’t do cringey comedy. Watching people struggle through awkward and embarrassing situations is like torture for me. I found the first season of Fleabag intensely uncomfortable. And remember Meet the Parents? I’d rather go to the dentist than watch that movie.

I’m also not that interested in gross out humor. My husband loves Anchorman and other Will Ferrel-type movies where a lot of the comedy is physical. He’s very pro-fart joke. It bores me.

Salted Caramel White Russian | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’m sure you’ve figured out by the fact that I’m posting a White Russian today, that I’m much more into eccentric, witty, verbal comedy. Coen Brothers? I’m all in. Does anyone remember Homestar Runner? This is 100% my wheelhouse. Make it weird. Make it witty. I’ll watch it over and over again. In fact, I might have to watch The Big Lebowski right now. For the hundredth time.

We actually have a bar/restaurant here in Glasgow called Lebowski’s. They have two pages of White Russians on their menu themed around various characters and moments from the movie. Naturally, my husband ordered the Salted Caramel White Russian and instantly proclaimed it the best drink he’d ever had. When I got home and looked at recreating it, I suddenly understood why they charged so much for this cocktail.

Salted Caramel White Russian | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Rather than using specialty spirits, I’ve simply added some caramel coffee syrup which you can probably find at a well-stocked grocery store. It’s not exactly the same, but it’s still super awesome. My store was out of squirty cream, but that would be a brilliant addition here. I did keep the crumble of tablet from the Lebowski’s version. If you’re Scottish, you know this is awesome. If you’ve never heard of tablet, just skip it.

Salted Caramel White Russian | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

We all need a little more laughter in our lives, no matter how we get there. I suggest you fix yourself a Salted Caramel White Russian and laugh ’til you cry.

If you’re looking for more White Russian variations, why not try a Pumpkin Spice White Russian, or a White Russian Milkshake.

Top 19 of 2019 | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Top 19 of 2019

Top 19 of 2019 | How to Be Aweome on $20 a Day

I’m so excited to share the top 19 recipes of 2019. You know how much I love a list, so I always look forward to this. Let’s see what you’ve been cooking up this year.

Cranberry Glazed Turkey Meatloaf | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

19. Cranberry Glazed Turkey Meatloaf – I hope my Thanksgiving tradition is finally starting to find it’s way into other people’s homes.

Spaghetti Quesadilla | How to be Awesome n $20 a Day

18. Spaghetti Quesadilla – I haven’t eaten this in forever, and that’s making me sad because this is my favorite way to use up leftover spaghetti bolognese.

Frito Chili Cheese Wrap from Awesome on 20

17. Frito Chili Cheese Wrap – Another delicious thing I’m sad I haven’t eaten lately. Someone send me some Fritos from America so I can remedy this.

Chili with Gnocchi from Awesome on 20

16. Chili with Gnocchi – It’s the perfect time of year for this big pot of goodness.

Buttery Nipple Milkshake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

15. Buttery Nipple Milkshake – Perfect for when you can’t decide if you want a cocktail or dessert.

14. Spam Mac & Cheese – I was surprised to see this one on the list. I was also surprised by how much I still liked this when I made it recently.

13. Mint Brownies – Get ready for St. Patrick’s Day with the pop of minty green in these fudgy brownies.

Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

12. Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta – This recipe makes a huge batch of pasta, so perfect for feeding a crowd.

Chicken Parmesan from Awesome on 20

11. Chicken Parmesan – I still remember when my husband said this was the best chicken he’d ever had.

Passion Fruit Green Tea | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

10. Passion Fruit Green Tea – Takes me back to Taiwan every time.

Brown Elephant Cocktail from Awesome on 20

9. Brown Elephant Cocktail – If you’ve never tried Amarula, you definitely need to change that in 2020.

White Cheddar Fondue | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

8. White Cheddar Fondue – You can’t go wrong with a big bowl of melty cheese.

Amaretto Sour | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

7. Amaretto Sour – I love that this doesn’t need a store-bought sour mix.

Parmesan Fried Gnocchi from Awesome on 20

6. Parmesan Fried Gnocchi – The best five-minute side dish ever.

Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

5. Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail – Another one of my holiday traditions conquering the world.

Whipped Ricotta | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

4. Whipped Ricotta – I love how you guys are as crazy about cheese as I am.

Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

3. Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels – Party food extraordinaire.

Peanut Butter Fudge from Awesome on 20

2. Peanut Butter Fudge – Always a favorite.

Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day
  1. Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies – Another classic recipe that reminds me of my mom.

This list is making me so hungry for 2020. Let me know what kind of recipes and posts you’d like to see more of in the comments. And don’t forget to tag me in your creations on Instagram or use #awesomeon20.

Spiced Sparkling Cider Cocktail | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Spiced Sparkling Cider Cocktail

This Spiced Sparkling Cider Cocktail is both sweet and sophisticated. It’s perfect for when you want something a little bit fancy but not straight up boozy. You’re gonna want to drink this the entire holiday season.

Spiced Sparkling Cider Cocktail | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

As I write this, we are on the eve of a general election here in the UK, and it’s really messing with my holiday spirit. Just when your days start feeling merry and bright, somebody does or says something ridiculous on the news, and you wonder if we’ll even survive to next year. The world feels totally out of control, and I don’t know if we’ll actually be okay.

Christmas and Yule and so many other winter solstice traditions all have themes of hope and renewal. I feel like we really need to tap into that right now. We’ve been wading through a dark time. It’s a natural and necessary cycle of death, but late December signifies the return of the light. It comes slowly, but every day from December 21st will start to be just a little bit longer than the day before. And then all of a sudden we’ll start to see crocuses and remember what color is. Life always come back. Let’s hold onto that feeling.

Or maybe we just need to chill out and drink cocktails until we forget for a minute that the world is falling apart around us. I don’t know.

Spiced Sparkling Cider Cocktail | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

If you are going to make yourself a cocktail, make this Spiced Sparkling Cider Cocktail. It’s absolutely delicious, guys. It’s sugar and spice and Christmas cheer and bubbles and fun. I’m into it.

A little vodka and a little non-alcoholic sparkling apple cider get mixed together with a homemade spiced simple syrup made with orange juice, sugar, and a mix of winter spices. We use ground spices because this is real life, and that’s what you probably have in your kitchen. I strained my syrup through a coffee filter to try to get rid of some of the bigger bits, but you’ll still have some ground spices in your syrup. Don’t sweat it. Just make sure you give everyone something to stir their drink with. A cinnamon stick is super cute. Go to an Asian market to get cheap whole spices. Save your money for gifts.

Spiced Sparkling Cider Cocktail | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I don’t know what’s going to happen with Brexit or impeachment or any of that. I do know that, barring some type of comic book-level catastrophe, the Earth will continue to journey around the sun, and the light will slowly but surely return to the Northern Hemisphere. In the meantime, I’ll be over here drinking a cocktail. You should join me. It’ll be awesome.

Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram if you make this cocktail. I can’t wait to see .

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