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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40 Awesome Recipes to Summon the Sunshine

40 Awesome Recipes to Summon the Sunshine

 

40 Awesome Recipes to Summon the Sunshine We’ve been having one of those days where it’s cold and rainy but also sunny at the same time. It’s a horrible trick. Rude almost. I’m done with the wind and the rain. I’m ready to hold onto that sunshine. I don’t know whether or not Scotland will deliver, so I’m going to turn to my kitchen . If we can’t have real sun, at least maybe we can put some sunshine on a plate. Or in a glass, as the case may be. 

Here’s 40 awesome recipes to bring some sunshine into your life, whether or not you’re getting any out your window.

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Breakfast

Feta & Strawberry Salad from Awesome on 20

Sides, Snacks, & Appetizers

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Lunch & Dinner

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Drinks

Citrus Bundt Cake from Awesome on 20

Desserts

I hope you have lots of sunny days full of al fresco dining. If not, at least you can eat and drink some sunshine.

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

Raspberry Cooler

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

I’ve been transferred at work and the whole world has gone insane. Stress is pouring off me in waves. Don’t get too close, or my insanity might splash onto you. I don’t want you to catch my crazy. Unless, of course, you’re going to bring me a cocktail, then you can sit right next to me, and we’ll be best friends.

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

This Raspberry Cooler is sweet and tart. Watch out because you won’t realize you’re drinking alcohol. You will probably have a big smile on your face, though, and that can never be bad.

Don’t forget that if you don’t want to pay ridiculous prices for a bottle of raspberry vodka, it’s perfectly easy to make your own if you have a little patience. All you need is a clean jar, some vodka, some raspberries, and two weeks. Just let the raspberries steep in the vodka, then strain it into another clean jar. Voila. Raspberry vodka for half the price. Use frozen berries in the off season for an even cheaper option.

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

The world has gone utterly mad, so there’s no better reason to put your feet up and enjoy a lovely pink cocktail in the comfort of your own home on a Tuesday night. Raspberry Coolers are the wave of the future, my friends. Let’s do it.

Raspberry Cooler
Serves 1
A Raspberry Cooler is the perfect sweet, tart cocktail to erase the insanity of the work week.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 ounce Chambord
  2. 1 ounce raspberry vodka
  3. 1/2 can of San Pellegrino limonata
  4. Ice
Instructions
  1. Add plenty of ice to your cocktail glass, then pour over the Chambord and raspberry vodka. Top it up with San Pellegrino, and give it a gentle stir. If you're feeling fancy, add some frozen berries to garnish, or just get straight to drinking.
Adapted from Kitchen by Nigella Lawson
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