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
http://awesomeon20.com/
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
http://awesomeon20.com/
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
http://awesomeon20.com/
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