Cosmopolitan | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cosmopolitan

Cosmopolitan | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’ve lamented on several occasions the 90’s revival we seemed to be trapped in currently. I guess it just makes me feel old. There was one late 90’s pop culture trend I could just never get behind, and that’s Sex in the City. I know a lot of women my age are obsessed. I’ve tried to watch it a couple of times, and I just can’t. There’s just something about it that makes me feel slightly nauseous.

I do appreciate it for creating a surging popularity in pretty, sweet cocktails. I know there’s a huge backlash against that right now and everybody’s drinking Negronis and Manhattans and putting bitters in anything that will stay still long enough, but I’m still firmly in the sweet drinks camp. Come on over. We’re having lots of fun here.

Cosmopolitan | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

The cosmopolitan is the classic 90’s cocktail throwback, and I’m not afraid to say I love it. There’s something about drinking from a martini glass that makes me feel girly in a way that I usually pretend to abhor. This drink is sweet but not syrupy and potent without tasting like pure alcohol. 

If you order this at a bar, you’ll probably pay something ridiculous, but you can make it at home with ingredients you probably already have on your bar cart and in your fridge. And if not, they’re easily obtained. Nothing fancy here. 

Hopefully I won’t get any hate mail from all you Carrie Bradshaw fans out there. Let’s talk it out over a couple of Cosmos.

Cosmopolitan
Serves 1
Go back in time just a little bit with a sweet and sassy Cosmopolitan
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1-1/2 ounces vodka
  2. 1 ounce cranberry juice
  3. 1/2 ounce triple sec
  4. 1/2 ounce lime juice
  5. Ice
Instructions
  1. Pour everything in a jar or shaker over ice. Shake well and strain into your favorite cocktail glass. Drink while gossiping.
Adapted from Tequila Mockingbird
Adapted from Tequila Mockingbird
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Passion Fruit Green Tea | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Passion Fruit Green Tea

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

From the inside, my life is super boring. It sounds much cooler than it really is. When I tell people all the places I’ve lived, they’re often amazed. Nashville, Taiwan, Honolulu, and Glasgow sound pretty sexy to people who don’t actually live in any of those places, but the truth is, I do pretty much the same thing in all of those cities. 

Basically my life revolves around reading books, watching movies and tv, and searching for great food. When I find something I love in one place, I want to take it with me everywhere I go from then on. Even though I’ve left the tropics, I’m not willing to let go of my favorite tropical flavors.

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

Passion Fruit Green Tea was our favorite in Taiwan, and we practically had passion fruit falling on our heads in Hawaii. Luckily, it’s pretty easy, though not exactly dirt cheap, to get passion fruit at the grocery store here in Scotland. So my favorite drink is back with a vengeance for those rare Scottish sunny days.

Make yourself up some passion fruit syrup, and you can add it to even more than a glass of iced green tea whenever you like. Store it in a very clean jar in the fridge and add it to your glass until it’s exactly as sweet as you like. It would also be awesome on pancakes and waffles for a little tropical flare.

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

Take yourself to the tropics with Passion Fruit Green Tea this summer. All the cool kids are doing it.

Passion Fruit Green Tea
Serves 4
Passion Fruit Green Tea takes you to the tropics no matter where you live.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
For the syrup
  1. 1 cup sugar
  2. 1 cup water
  3. Pulp of 3 passion fruits
For the tea
  1. 1 green tea bag per cup of water
  2. Ice
For the syrup
  1. Put sugar and water in a medium sauce pan over medium high heat. Bring to a boil and lower heat. Simmer and stir until sugar is dissolved. This should only take a few minutes.
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. Add passion fruit pulp to simple syrup. Put a lid on the pot and leave it to steep for two hours.
  4. Strain out pulp and store in an air tight container or mix directly with tea.
For the tea
  1. Boil some water and soak tea bags to desired strength. It's making tea, not rocket science.
  2. You can store the syrup in a separate container or combine it in a pitcher directly with the green tea. Fill up your desired container (short glass, tall glass, pitcher, bucket) with 3/4 green tea and 1/4 passion fruit syrup.
  3. Serve over ice.
Adapted from How to be Awesome on $20 a Day
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Lemon Champagne Punch | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Lemon Champagne Punch

Lemon Champagne Punch | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This is the part where I usually say something silly about life and pretend it’s interesting. I admit, I’m not feeling particularly interesting today. I’m emerging from the dark side but still finding my footing. I’m making a concerted effort to relax and be happy, but it’s still feeling a bit foreign, a bit undeserved. These are the weird, illogical things that go through the mind of a depressed person, or at least this depressed person. Being happy takes work. 

But enough of that nonsense. Let’s talk about what I’ve got for you. It’s good.

Lemon Champagne Punch | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I come bearing gifts for your sunny days. We have one more day of sun promised before the rain comes back, but you hopefully have lots of sun, maybe even unbearable heat in your future. You need some fizzy, sweet, and boozy. I like to give the people what they want.

 This Lemon Champagne Punch is sweet and tart, so get drinking. Just dump a bunch of lovely things into a lovely punch bowl or pitcher, give them a gentle stir, then sip until you couldn’t be happier.

Lemon Champagne Punch | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

You deserve to be happy. 100%. A little Lemon Champagne Punch could only help.

Lemon Champagne Punch
Serves 8
Lemon Champagne Punch is sweet and tart and bubbling with happiness.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 2/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  2. 1/2 cup caster sugar
  3. 1 cup vodka
  4. 1/2 cup limoncello
  5. 1 tablespoon vermouth
  6. 1 bottle (750 ml) dry sparkling wine, chilled
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients with ice in a punch bowl or large pitcher. Enjoy with friends.
Adapted from Emeril Lagase
Adapted from Emeril Lagase
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