Passion Fruit Margarita from Awesome on 20

Passion Fruit Margaritas

Passion Fruit Margarita from Awesome on 20

We’re still being smart with our leftovers around here, and at my house, we have lilikoi or passion fruit literally dropping on our heads. My husband and my daughter made two jars full of lilikoi syrup while I was out getting my hair cut, and while I love passion fruit green tea and will certainly have plenty, I knew this time I needed to make a cocktail.

It’s passion fruit margarita time. The end of a long and crazy week requires a cocktail of the sweet tart variety. Preferably strong, bonus points for a lovely color and an awesome sugar rim. Do it up right. You worked hard; you deserve it.

Passion Fruit Margarita from Awesome on 20

We mix tequila, triple sec, lilikoi syrup, and a bit of lime juice, pour it over crushed ice, then put our feet up under a palm tree if we can find one. If not, maybe draw a palm tree, and tape it to the wall. It’s almost the same thing. Put your favorite music on. Order take out. Make things easy on yourself. Then commence being awesome!

Wasting food is like throwing money in the trash. Making delicious food out of the stuff that’s taking up space in your fridge tastes good, helps you clean, and saves you money. It’s nothing but win. Wrapping up a week of leftovers with a tasty cocktail gets you a gold medal.

Passion Fruit Margarita from Awesome on 20

Celebrate! With tequila!!! Happy Friday!

Passion Fruit Margaritas
Serves 1
A sweet and tart margarita with a tropical flair.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 ounces passion fruit syrup
  2. 2 ounces tequila
  3. 1 ounce lime juice
  4. 1 ounce triple sec
  5. 1 tablespoon sugar
  6. crushed ice
Instructions
  1. In a cocktail shaker or a separate glass, combine syrup, tequila, lime juice and triple sec. Stir or shake to combine.
  2. Use water or a bit of lime juice to wet the rim of your glass. Put the sugar on a plate, then press the rim of your glass into the sugar.
  3. Fill your cup with crushed ice and pour your margarita over it. Sip and smile.
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Apple Brandy Punch from Awesome on 20

Apple Brandy Punch

Apple Brandy Punch from Awesome on 20

You may still have holiday guests hanging around. You may be planning a fabulous brunch this weekend. You may need something to sip on New Year’s Eve. Apple Brandy Punch is the answer to all of your problems.

 Sometimes you want to take your time and spend the entire day feasting. Sometimes you want to be cheap and not spend a ton of money on liquor. Sometimes you want to make the drinks all at once and be done with it. That’s why this punch is so great. It’s mostly juice with just a splash of brandy. You could amp it up with some vodka or a heavier hand with the brandy if you like, or you can take it easy and just keep drinking this all day long.

Apple Brandy Punch from Awesome on 20

Sparkling apple cider, apple juice, pineapple juice, and brandy all get poured in a zip top bag, then tossed in the freezer. You can leave it in there for an hour or overnight. Then you just let it thaw enough to break into big chunks, pop it in your pitcher or punch bowl, maybe float some apple slices, and boom! You’re all sophisticated and fancy and you only spent ten bucks.

Apple brandy punch is a bit sweet, a bit sparkly, and a bit slushy. It’s all kinds of interesting. And make ahead drinks are completely stress free.

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Fill your glass with seasonal cheer. Then refill it again and again. It’s the right thing to do.

Apple Brandy Punch
Serves 6
Sparkly sweet punch you can keep drinking all day
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 cups sparkling apple cider
  2. 2 cups apple juice
  3. 1 cup pineapple juice
  4. 1/2 cup brandy
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a gallon-sized zip top bag.
  2. Freeze for at least an hour.
  3. Transfer to a pitcher or punch bowl and serve as it melts.
Notes
  1. This is great when it's still slightly slushy.
Adapted from 1001 Fast and Easy Recipes
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Spiced Sparkling Cider Cocktail from Awesome on 20

Spiced Sparkling Cider Cocktail

Spiced Sparkling Cider Cocktail from Awesome on 20

I’ve recently noticed that there is a shocking lack of cocktail recipes on this blog. Shame on me. Especially with the holiday season upon us, a time in which nearly every day can be an excuse for a celebration, I need to make sure all my friends can have a delightful cocktail at home. Cocktails are awesome, but bar prices suck. You need something fancy and festive, and I won’t let you down.

Spiced Sparkling Cider Cocktail from Awesome on 20

This cocktail comes from the brilliant Darla of Bakingdom. She is a genius and a major nerd fighter, and I might have a giant crush on her and her blog. She took the best juice ever, sparkling apple cider (aka kid champagne), added some vodka and a spiced syrup, and created a truly tasty cocktail. It will having you sipping merrily and trying to work fancy words like soiree into your vocabulary. 

I don’t know. Holding a martini glass just does strange things to me.

The only minor drawback to this drink is the fact that a bit of spice silt will collect in the bottom of your glass. I tried straining the syrup through a coffee filter to get rid of some of the spice particles, but it didn’t work. Just drink until you get to the thick bits, then rinse out your glass and start again. The flavor that the spiced syrup adds is totally worth it.

Spiced Sparkling Cider Cocktail from Awesome on 20

It’s nearly Christmas, so there’s no need to look too hard to come up with a reason to drink cocktails with friends. Give this one a try. It’s awesome!

Spiced Sparkling Cider Cocktail
Serves 1
A warmly spiced sparkling apple cocktail that's as lovely to look at as it is to drink
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Prep Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
For the syrup
  1. 1/2 cup sugar
  2. 1/2 cup orange juice
  3. 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  4. 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  5. 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
For the cocktail
  1. 1 shot chilled vodka
  2. 1 shot spiced syrup
  3. 4 shots chilled sparkling apple cider
  4. sugar for the rim
For the syrup
  1. In a small sauce pan over medium high heat, combine sugar, orange juice, and spices. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low.
  2. Simmer for ten minutes, then strain syrup through a fine mesh sieve. Allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
For the cocktail
  1. Pour a bit of the syrup onto a small plate, then pour some sugar onto another small plate. Dip the top of your martini glass into the syrup then into the sugar. I sort of press the sugar out to the edge of the plate to help coat it better, wedging the sugar between the rim of the glass and the edge of the plate to gently press it on.
  2. In a cocktail mixer or a measuring cup with a spout, stir together vodka, syrup, and sparkling cider. This one has to be stirred, not shaken. The bubbles from the sparkling cider will build up too much pressure if you shake it.
  3. Pour your cocktail into your beautifully rimmed martini glass, then walk around pretending you're on Mad Men.
Adapted from Bakingdom
Adapted from Bakingdom
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