Rum and Ginger Beer with a Twist

Rum & Ginger Beer with a Twist | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Ooph. It’s been a week, kids. I need a drink. Like now. Nothing complicated. No syrups or shrubs to prepare. N fancy rims or garnishes. I don’t want to think. I just want to drink.

One drink, maybe a piece of chocolate. Fifteen minutes to feel sorry for yourself. Then you have to take a deep breath, let it go, and move on. Here’s to saying no to taking onto other people’s emotional baggage. Here’s to pulling back, going internal, and allowing yourself to relax and let go. Here’s to knowing there’s every possibility that tomorrow will be better.

Rum & Ginger Beer with a Twist | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’ve made you a real life drink today. Three ingredients, and you’re well on your way to a spicy, flavorful drink that will have you totally chilled in no time. We’re mixing up our favorite spiced rum with ginger beer and a squeeze of fresh lime. Pour it all over ice, and you’re done.

Let’s be honest, this is the way we really drink most of the time? I mean, how often do you actually want to stand in the kitchen muddling up fruits and herbs after a stressful day? Fancy Instagram cocktails are beautiful, but this is real life, and this Rum & Ginger Beer is a real life drink. No apologies.

Rum & Ginger Beer with a Twist | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cheers, my friends, to confronting where you are in life right now, and making the most of it. A little rum should help.

Rum & Ginger Beer with a Twist

Yield

1 serving

Prep time

5 minutes

Difficulty

Easy

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce spiced rum
  • 4 ounces ginger beer
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • Ice

Instructions

  • Add ice to a short glass. Pour over the spiced rum, top up with ginger beer, squeeze in a wedge of lime, give it a gentle stir, and enjoy.
Lime Ginger & Lemongrass Infused Water | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Lime Ginger & Lemongrass Infused Water

Lime Ginger & Lemongrass Infused Water | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Sorry guys, but I 100% don’t care about your January diet. I mean, you do what you gotta do, but I can’t get on board with that nonsense. Of course, you should in no way be looking to me as an eating role model. I have atrocious habits and indulgent taste, and I’ve given up on trying to deny them. I know you’ll all be saying I told you so when I get heart disease or diabetes, but I just can’t be happy and on a diet at the same time.

I am, however, on a constant quest to drink more water. It’s always been something I struggle with. I’ve learned a little flavor goes a long way toward getting those eight glasses down. Not that I’ve ever actually had eight glasses of water in one day in my life. It’s a journey.

Lime Ginger & Lemongrass Infused Water | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Lime Ginger and Lemongrass Infused Water makes me feel like I might be rehydrating in Thailand. That somehow makes it more exciting. I like playing tricks on my mind for health reasons.

I’m not claiming any magical properties with this infusion. It’s probably not going to detoxify you in any way. That is totally not a thing. It’s just going to make you feel fancy. Accept it and smile.

This mixture can get bitter after a while, so if you don’t drink it within the first two hours, strain it into some jars and toss away your fruits, roots, and herbs. 

We don’t really need to write out a recipe card, right? Slice up a lime and a one inch piece of peeled ginger root. Cut the ends off two stems of lemon grass and then cut them into two or three pieces. Put all of this in a pitcher and fill it up with cold water. Drink it within two hours or strain and stash in the fridge. Done.

Lime Ginger & Lemongrass Infused Water | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Let’s be more active, drink more water, and eat whatever the hell we want because nobody really knows how weight works anyway. Love you.

Flourless Chocolate Lime Cake with Margarita Cream | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Flourless Chocolate Lime Cake with Margarita Cream

Flourless Chocolate Lime Cake with Margarita Cream | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

For a minute there, it seemed like we were going to have real summer in Scotland. For about two weeks, the weather was absolutely delightful. It was sunny and warm, not too hot. Perfect weather for outdoor eating and drinking. It was a dream.

I wore sandals and flowery kimonos and desperately wished I had a big floppy hat. It was like I knew who I was again for a moment. I’m having a hard time figuring out who I am in winter, but summer me is very familiar. I was reveling.

Of course, now everything’s back to rain and clouds and chill and general dreariness. Beggars can’t be choosers, I suppose. But all that sunshine put me in the mood for margaritas!

Flourless Chocolate Lime Cake with Margarita Cream | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This time, those margaritas are coming to you in the form of cake. You can never say I don’t take good care of you. A flourless chocolate lime cake, to be precise. It’s topped with fluffy clouds of lime and tequila spiked whipped cream. It’s hot summer nights on a plate. And it’s gluten-free.

Flourless Chocolate Lime Cake with Margarita Cream | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I hope your summer is full of margaritas in the sun. If you can’t get sun, make a cup of team, and have some Flourless Chocolate Lime Cake with Margarita Cream. It’ll still be totally awesome.

Flourless Chocolate Lime Cake with Margarita Cream
Serves 8
Flourless Chocolate Lime Cake with Margarita Cream is deeply chocolaty, surprisingly light, and refreshingly tangy.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
40 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
40 min
For the cake
  1. 150 grams dark chocolate, broken into pieces
  2. 150 grams butter
  3. 6 eggs
  4. 250 grams sugar
  5. 100 grams ground almonds
  6. 4 teaspoons cocoa powder
  7. Zest and juice of 1 lime
  8. Powdered sugar to dust, optional
For the Margarita Cream
  1. 60 ml lime juice
  2. 1 tablespoon tequila
  3. 1 tablespoon triple sec
  4. 75 grams powdered sugar
  5. 250 ml double cream or heavy cream
For the cake
  1. Preheat oven to 180C or 350F. Line the bottom of a 9-inch/23 centimeter springform pan with parchment paper and butter the sides. Set aside.
  2. Melt chocolate and butter together. You can do this in a heatproof bowl suspended over a pan of simmering water or in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between each one. I do mine in the microwave, and it takes about a minute and a half. Set aside to cool a bit.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs and sugar with an electric mixer until it becomes pale and foamy and has approximately tripled in size. This foam is what will make your cake rise, so give it time to get good and frothy.
  4. Combine your ground almonds and cocoa powder, then gently fold them into your egg and sugar foam. Next, fold in the chocolate mixture. Finally fold in the lime zest and juice.
  5. Pour your cake batter into your waiting pan and bake for 35-40 minutes. You'll have a firm crust on top, but it may still be a tiny bit wobbly underneath.
  6. Allow your cake to cool completely. Run a thin knife around the edge of the cake before releasing the collar. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if you like.
For the Margarita Cream
  1. Combine lime juice, tequila, and triple sec on a medium mixing bowl. Whisk in the powdered sugar to dissolve. Add the cream, and whisk until stiff peaks form. I did this by hand, but an electric mixer would make it go more quickly. It may take slightly longer than normal because of the added liquid.
  2. Top each slice of cake with billowing clouds of margarita cream. Be sure to store any leftovers in the fridge.
Adapted from Kitchen by Nigella Lawson
How to be Awesome on $20 a day http://awesomeon20.com/

Chocolate Lime Pie | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Chocolate Lime Pie

Chocolate Lime Pie | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I truly don’t know how it happens. An entire week melts away into a haze of exhaustion, and before I even realize what’s happened, I wake up on a Sunday morning to discover I’ve been completely unproductive for six days straight. I’m not sure whether to be ashamed or proud. 

Are there some productivity/ambition pills out there that I can take? I mean, I definitely don’t want to be one of those moms that crushes up her kid’s Ritalin, but I would like to feel like something other than a dead fish when I get home from work. And to throw a wrench in this puzzle, I want to do it without having to eat vegetables.

Chocolate Lime Pie | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Last weekend when I was feeling productive, I made this simple and lovely Chocolate Lime Pie. It’s creamy and tangy and fluffy. The hint of chocolate in the crust balances the sourness from the citrus. There’s an ideal blend of crunchy and creamy. Everything’s happy and perfect.

This pie is no-bake, and it comes together super fast if you have a food processor and an electric mixer. It still works with strong arms, but it will just take a bit longer. There’s absolutely nothing complicated going on here, though. Simple flavors, simple ingredients, simple assembly. It’s a high reward, low effort lazy person’s dream come true.

Chocolate Lime Pie | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’m making plans but not promises. I want to try to be more productive outside of work, but I say that a lot. Eventually, though, everything changes. Except the awesomeness of Chocolate Lime Pie. That’s forever.

Chocolate Lime Pie
Serves 10
Chocolate Lime Pie is tangy, sweet, fluffy, crunchy, and extremely awesome.
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Prep Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 300 grams digestive biscuits or graham crackers
  2. 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  3. 50 grams unsalted butter
  4. 50 grams dark chocolate chips
  5. 1 397 gram can sweetened condensed milk
  6. 175 milliliters lime juice
  7. 300 milliliters double or heavy cream
  8. Zest of 1 lime
  9. 4 extra chocolate chips for garnish
Instructions
  1. Turn your digestive biscuits into sandy rubble by either blitzing them in a food processor or bashing them to bits with a rolling pin. Put your biscuits in a sealable bag, of course.
  2. Put your butter and chocolate chips into a microwavable bowl, and microwave them for about 30 seconds or until both are melted.
  3. In a large bowl or in the food processor, combine the crumbs, cocoa powder, and melted butter and chocolate until your crumbs are damp.
  4. Transfer the crumb mixture to a to a 23 centimeter tart pan and press it firmly into the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Stash this in the fridge while you get on with your feeling.
  5. In a large bowl mix together the sweetened condensed milk and the lime juice. If you're using a stand mixer, use your whisk attachment on low for this bit.
  6. Next, add in your cream and whisk on high (take it up to high gradually) until your mixture expands and thickens to stiff peaks.
  7. Transfer your filling to your waiting crust and smooth it out. Put it back in the refrigerator and chill for at least four hours.
  8. When you're ready to serve your pie, make it a bit prettier by topping it with fresh lime zest and shaved chocolate.
  9. Remove the collar from your tart pan, slice with a sharp knife, and serve to happy friends.
Adapted from Kitchen by Nigella Lawson
How to be Awesome on $20 a day http://awesomeon20.com/

Vodka Lime Slush | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Vodka Lime Slush

Vodka Lime Slush | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’m learning that the rumors you hear about Europeans not putting ice in their drinks is sort of true. It’s not that it’s impossible to get a drink with ice, it’s quite easy actually, but it’s definitely not as common as the U.S. It’s not like going to Sonic and getting a large vanilla root beer loaded up with perfectly crunchy ice. 

The most annoying thing is that it’s really tricky to make ice. My little Euro-fridge has a freezer at the bottom that consists of two deep but narrow drawers for all my frozen foods. It’s perfectly fine for peas and garlic bread, but it’s really tricky to stack ice cube trays in there. So maybe it’s just getting ice in your drink at home that’s a pain in the ass.

Vodka Lime Slush | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I used up all my ice to make this Vodka Lime Slush for you. It’s maybe not as slushy as you could make it with ice in the door, but it’s still pretty awesome. This drink is pretty sweet, but also rather potent, so be careful. There are more dangers here than just brain freeze.

You’ll need lime vodka and triple sec or another orange liqueur for this. You’ll also need some lime juice, but I won’t tell anyone if it comes from a plastic lime. That doesn’t bother me at all.

Vodka Lime Slush | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Let’s be grown ups who act like children and drink boozy slurpees while watching Mad Men on a Thursday afternoon. Make a Vodka Lime Slush and be awesome.

Vodka Lime Slush
Serves 1
Vodka Lime Slush is sweet, tart, and ever so fun.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 10 ice cubes or more (depending on how icy you like your slush)
  2. 2 ounces lime vodka
  3. 1 ounce simple syrup
  4. 1 ounce triple sec
  5. 1 ounce lime juice
  6. Lime wedges, optional
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until the ice is broken into fine pieces. Pour into a glass, add a straw and a lime wedge, and try not to get brain freeze.
Adapted from My Life as a Mrs.
Adapted from My Life as a Mrs.
How to be Awesome on $20 a day http://awesomeon20.com/



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