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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Amaretto Sour | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Amaretto Sour

Amaretto Sour | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Happy holidays, friends. I’m wishing you lots of laughs and unexpected guests who bring cookies and hugs over the next few weeks.  Because I love you, I’m sharing a simple drink you can easily throw together for guests both planned and impromptu. Two ingredients and a simple ratio means you can easily scale it up or down. Plus, the addition of a couple of simple garnishes help to elevate it to a festive tipple that will make your guests feel fancy without you even trying.

Amaretto Sour | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

To make an amaretto sour, simply stir together three parts amaretto with two parts lemon juice. Pour this over ice and prepare to pucker up. Make a pitcher or a single drink. Add a cherry and a strip of orange peel if you like. It’s amazing what the scent of fresh orange adds to this drink. It’s holiday cheer in a glass, and I love it.

Amaretto Sour | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I hope you have lots of friends to share a drink with this holiday season. You can always come over and share a drink with me. See you soon, my awesome friends. Eat, drink, and be merry.

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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