French Martini | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

French Martini

French Martini | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

So… We’re trying to buy a flat. Things like mortgages and property ladders seem so ridiculously adult and normal that I can barely believe this is my life. We looked at a place that’s practically perfect for us the other day, and now we’re holding our breath for the weekend until we find out whether or not our offer is accepted. This isn’t real, is it?

Of course, I’m dreaming of what I want to do with the kitchen and then reminding myself that I’m hopeless at interior design. Please please please share your favorite resources in the comments. I need help. Seriously, completely, and totally hopeless.

French Martini | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’m sharing a cocktail today because we might need to celebrate or we might need to console ourselves. Either way, you should have something delicious and lovely in your hand. I can’t decide if Chambord is beautiful or kitschy. Either way, I’m into it.

A French Martini is a simple mix of vodka, chambord and pineapple juice. It’s a classic because it’s tasty and oh so pretty. This is probably considered a girl’s drink, but I don’t care. I like it. Make yourself one, and you will, too.

French Martini | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Soon my bar cart may be my only furniture. Come over and have a French Martini with me. It’ll be awesome.

French Martini
Serves 1
A French Martini is a pretty in pink cocktail just right for any occasion.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 tablespoons vodka
  2. 1 tablespoon Chambord
  3. 3 tablespoons pineapple juice
  4. Ice
Instructions
  1. Pour all ingredients over ice and shake together in a cocktail shaker or a jar with a tight sealing lid until well chilled.
  2. Strain into a martini glass, or drink it out of an old jam jar. Whatever you got.
Adapted from Kitchen by Nigella Lawson
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Ginger Iced Tea Lemonade | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Ginger Iced Tea Lemonade

Ginger Iced Tea Lemonade | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’m delighted to report that we had the loveliest sunny day here in Glasgow. A week ago it was downright cold, and I worried that summer had slipped away completely. It’s made a beautifully roaring comeback today. Unfortunately, we’re back in school this week, so I had to spend most of it indoors working. I did manage to slip away from my desk for a moment. I absolutely had to have an iced tea. What else are you supposed to do when the sun shines?

Ginger Iced Tea Lemonade | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

If you’re still enjoying lovely sunny days, make the most of it by making up some Ginger Iced Tea Lemonade. It’s tangy, sweet, and deep all at once. Absolutely perfect for lazy days on the porch with a good book.

If you have the patience or some sort of fancy juicing apparatus, by all means squeeze fresh lemons. It will be grand. If you can’t be bothered, don’t worry. Nothing is ruined. A jar of lemon juice works just as well. You’ll get no judgment here. 

Ginger Iced Tea Lemonade | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’ve learned to properly appreciate the sunshine while living in Scotland, and I’ve learned to live it up with Ginger Iced Tea Lemonade because that’s what summer is for.

Ginger Iced Tea Lemonade
Serves 4
Ginger Iced Tea Lemonade is exactly what you need on a sunny day.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 cups water, divided
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 2-inch piece of fresh ginger, sliced
  4. 2 black tea bags
  5. 2/3 cup lemon juice
  6. 1 cup soda water
Instructions
  1. In a small sauce pan, stir together one cup of water and the sugar. Add in the sliced ginger and place the pan over a low heat. Stir gently and heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. Set aside to cool.
  2. Your other two cups of water are going to come from a recently boiled kettle. Guys, we're just making tea. I put my boiled water into a large measuring cup with the two tea bags and steep it for about two minutes. Don't leave it too long or your tea will be bitter. You know how you like it. Remove the tea bags and set aside to cool.
  3. Once the hot stuff is no longer scorching, we can begin to combine everything into one beautiful drink. In a large pitcher or whatever you'd like to serve it from, add 1 cup (or up to 1-1/3 cups depending on how sweet you like it) of your ginger syrup, making sure to strain out the ginger as you add it in. Combine that with your tea, lemon juice, and soda water. Put this in the fridge to get it nice and cold.
  4. Serve over ice. A lemon wedge and a sprig of mint never hurt anything if you want to get fancy.
Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker
Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker
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Raspberry Lemonade | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Raspberry Lemonade

Raspberry Lemonade | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I think duality is very important in life. I like things to be a little bit fancy and a little bit trashy all at once. Luxurious but cheap. Sophisticated yet simple. Smart and funny. Sweet and salty. I guess I just want everything. That’s not too much to ask, is it?

Without contrast, life is boring. I am still learning to embrace my own duality. The seemingly incomprehensible juxtapositions within my own personality. How can someone be an introvert who loves to perform? A helper who is often intensely selfish? A food lover who is embarrassingly picky? There’s so much about me that just doesn’t make sense, but it’s what makes me unique. Occasionally, I still hate being unique. I want to find a home, but I don’t want to get too comfortable. 

Raspberry Lemonade | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

See that raspberry lemonade? First off, it’s awesome, but it’s got it’s own duality going on. There’s the obvious sweet and sour contrast, but it’s also got a bit of that fancy/trashy thing going on. See, I used fresh raspberries but bottled lemon juice. This has more to do with laziness than anything else. I just didn’t want to buy and squeeze a whole bag of lemons. That’s sticky, and I like to be clean. Just my hands, though. The kitchen, not so much.

We’re going to make some simple syrup by dissolving some sugar in hot water. We’re going to make raspberry puree by chucking some berries (fresh or frozen, it matters not to me) into a blender with a bit of water and then straining out the seeds. We’re going to mix all this together with some lemon juice, then add water until it’s pretty in pink and just exactly as sweet and puckery as you like.

And if the universe has you leaning more toward the trashy side, by all means add some vodka or gin. I would never ever try to stop you.

Raspberry Lemonade | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Hey kids, you can be whatever you want to be. You can even be two things at once. You can drink Raspberry Lemonade any dang time you want. And don’t forget to be awesome.

Raspberry Lemonade
Serves 4
Sweet and tart and lovely, Raspberry Lemonade is perfect for any mood.
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Prep Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup sugar
  2. 1/2 cup water
  3. Approximately 250 grams fresh raspberries
  4. 1/2 lemon juice
  5. Approximately 3 cups water
Instructions
  1. Stir together sugar and water in a small pan and heat over low heat, swirling occasionally until the sugar is dissolved. Set aside to cool.
  2. Add your berries to a blender and add about a half cup of water. Blend until smooth, about 20-30 seconds. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl. It will likely get clogged up, so use a spoon to move the seeds around to let all the tasty puree get through.
  3. Add your cooled simple syrup to the pitcher you're going to mix your lemonade in. Measure out 1/2 cup of the raspberry puree and add to the pitcher. Add lemon juice and water. Taste as you go with the water to make the lemonade as strong as you like. Give it all a good stir and serve over ice.
Notes
  1. If you have leftover raspberry puree, it's lovely on ice cream or pound cake.
Adapted from My Baking Addiction
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