Santa Lucia Mocktail | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Santa Lucia Mocktail

Santa Lucia Mocktail | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’ve never met a recipe I didn’t like. Now by this, I don’t mean that every recipe I see looks delicious or turns out great. What I mean is, there’s probably no recipe I don’t want to read. I love an expensive cookbook or a glossy food magazine, but I equally love to check out the recipes on the back of the food packaging or the free magazine in the grocery store. Yes, I realize these are basically just product ads, but some of them are really tasty.

I’m not puritanical about making everything from scratch. In fact, I’m super lazy and quite happy to take some help from the store. If something sounds good, I’ll try it, no matter where it comes from. And as a long-time picky eater, I’ll even sometimes try a recipe that sounds good in theory but I don’t necessarily want to eat myself. Any chance to turn a piece of paper or ones and zeroes on a computer screen into something potentially tasty, I’ll take it.

Santa Lucia Mocktail | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

In case you haven’t guessed already, this Santa Lucia Mocktail comes from an ad in one of those free grocery store magazines. It’s a tangy, sweet mix of juices and fancy soda that’s pretty enough to serve at a party for friends who are driving or otherwise abstaining from alcohol. If the idea of a mocktail brings a hard eye roll to your face, I recommend adding a shot of rum to this mixture.

Ironically, my grocery store didn’t have all the ingredients the recipe suggested, so I improvised a bit, but I think it worked out well. The key ingredient is San Pellegrino Limonata, and everything else is open to interpretation. Something peachy, some fresh citrus, and a chilled martini glass puts you on your way to feeling fancy and refreshed.

Santa Lucia Mocktail | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Don’t be afraid to try something a little low brow. You might be pleasantly surprised. Delicious things come from unexpected places. 

Santa Lucia Mocktail
Serves 2
This Santa Lucia Mocktail is tangy, fruity, and refreshing
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 200 ml San Pellegrino Limonata
  2. 50 ml orange, peach, passion fruit, mango juice or other peach juice mix
  3. 1 tablespoon lime juice
  4. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  5. Ice
  6. Citrus wedges to garnish
Instructions
  1. Add ice water to your martini glasses to chill.
  2. Pour Limonata and all juices into a cocktail shaker or measuring jug over ice. Shake or stir well.
  3. Pour out the ice water and divide your mocktail evenly between your two glasses, straining out the ice.
  4. Garnish with a wedge of fresh lemon or lime.
Adapted from San Pellegrino
Adapted from San Pellegrino
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Cran-Orange-Apple Juice

Cran-Orange-Apple Juice | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

How’s the new year treating you, my darlings? I’ve been racking my brain for days for what I should set as my new Year’s resolution. We all know I can’t diet. I’ve already set a goal to exercise every day, which probably won’t last, but I’ll give it a go. But it’s not a real change, is it?

I’m looking for Oprah-level, best self, being completely awesome sort of stuff. Perhaps my resolution should be to lower my expectations. Does anybody else go through an existential crisis at the beginning of January? There’s a lot of pressure to figure out how to make yourself perfect, and I’m so susceptible to it. On the other hand, it’s just one day, and there are so many to come. Perhaps I’ll take it one day at a time.

Cran-Orange-Apple Juice | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I mixed up something super simple to get us started. Cran-Orange-Apple Juice is going to be there for you in so many ways. Perhaps you’ve been drinking non-stop prosecco for the past week, and you need something innocent and delicious to drink. Perhaps you hate eating fruit, so you’re at least going to try drinking some. Cran-Orange-Apple Juice is here for you.

This sweet and lovely mixture can also come to the rescue at your next party as well. It’s particularly useful if you have some people at your party who can’t or won’t be drinking alcohol. This juice can be mixed with soda water to make it sparkly just as nicely as it can be mixed with vodka or added to a glass of sparkling wine. Obviously, it would make a great drink for kids as well. See, everyone’s happy?

Cran-Orange-Apple Juice | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Raise your glass to 2018. May it be filled with sweetness. We’ll find awesomeness together. 

Cran-Orange-Apple Juice
Cran-Orange-Apple Juice is there for you when you need a bit of wholesome sweetness in your life.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 part cranberry juice
  2. 1 part orange juice
  3. 1 part apple juice
  4. Ice
Instructions
  1. Mix everything together in your desired vessel, be that pitcher or glass.
Adapted from Nigella Christmas
Adapted from Nigella Christmas
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Top 17 of 2017 | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

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We survived 2017. There were plenty of days when I it seemed like it might all fall apart, but we’ve been granted one more year. If we’re going to get through this year, we’re going to need lots of comfort food to keep us from completely losing our minds. Here were your favorite recipes from 2017.

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Nothing beats a classic.

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Amarula forever!

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Just try and stop eating this.

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Happy 2018, friends. Don’t forget to be awesome.

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