Go-To Brunch Cocktail… The Strawscato

Let’s get one thing straight, I’m a brunch gal! I love brunch. I also like things to be simple and sweet, especially on a good ol’ Sunday early afternoon or any day for that matter! I think it is because whenever I eat something sweet I wish I could have something salty right there with it, and brunch seems to be the perfect solution to my oh so troubling sweet vs salty battle. And what goes perfectly with this sweet and savory meal? Well, a cocktail of course! I’m a sucker for the traditional Mimosa, Bellini, and Bloody Mary, but I like to simply mix things up every once in a while.

Well, one Sunday afternoon I was mixing and matching and came up with The Strawscato! Whether you think the name is awesome or a bit odd, just know it’s delicious and extremely easy to make. Make it for your next get together and your friends will be calling you the cocktail queen (or king)!

Okay, let’s get down to business!

IMG_8603Recipe (for 3 glasses)

Ingredients

Directions

I take the strawberries, lemon juice, and grapefruit zest and put them in a blender. I use the Magic Bullet short cup. Next, I blend the ingredients for about 45 seconds. I like the fruit on the bottom effect, but for a complete blend I recommend around 1 minute. Then just pour around 1-1.5 teaspoons of the strawberry blend into your wine flute and fill the rest of the glass with the Moscato. Remember to pour slowly to avoid the bubbly foam at the top or a possible overflow! Just repeat with the next couple of glasses.

Thoughts

  • Feel free to top it off with some mint or add a strawberry on the rim. Don’t be afraid to add your own creative touch!
  • Why did I choose the recipe to be for 3 people? I guess my brunch parties tend to have around 3-6 people so it is easy to double or triple the recipe! It may serve another glass depending on the size of the strawberries 🙂
  • It is just as easy to make a Strawsecco. Just substitute your favorite Prosecco in for the Moscato and voilà! You are now a Strawscato and Strawsecco making master!

Oh So Berry Kale Smoothie

I feel that it’s time for me to expand the blog, so that its more than just the story of why I am blogging. I thought today I would offer up a simple and oh so delicious recipe. It’s my very own “Oh So Berry Kale Smoothie” recipe.

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Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1 handful of fresh kale (feel free to be generous if you love you some kale)
  • 3 medium size fresh strawberries
  • About 15 fresh blueberries
  • .5 frozen fresh banana
  • 1-1.5 tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt
  • .5 teaspoon of agave nectar
  • 2 mint leaves

Directions

I add the lemon juice, kale, strawberries, blueberries, and the banana into my magic bullet. I blend those ingredients until there are no longer large pieces of fruit.  I then add the greek yogurt and agave nectar to add to the flavor and for the correct smooth consistency. Once again I blend the smoothie, this time for around 45 seconds. Sometimes I do two bursts of 30 second blends, mixing or shaking the blender in between. Finally, I pour the smoothie into a glass and top it off with a couple of mint leaves. Ta Da!

Thoughts

  • I choose to freeze fruit (or you can always buy frozen fruit at the grocery store) so that I can eliminate the use of ice most of the time. It is a perfect way to guarantee a cold refreshing smoothie without watering out the flavor.
  • The lemon juice gives it a much needed light refreshing kit. Sometimes I use 2 teaspoons.
  • I am a supporter of the idea “if you look good you feel good” and I don’t just apply this to my appearance. I love adding the mint to my smoothies for aesthetic appeal plus the aroma adds for a better smoothie drinking experience.
  • I am definitely not a pro, as you can see from my “handful”  kale measurements. You don’t have to be a pro to make a scrumptious smoothie. Be confident and try it out. If it doesn’t taste how you wanted just add a bit more of your favorite ingredient.
  • I love to start my day out with this recipe. It fills me up and is such a positive start to my day.
  • Get creative! There are unlimited ways of making berry kale smoothies. Feel free to comment with your favorite smoothie recipes. I would love to hear from all of you.

Oh So Berry Kale Smoothie

P.S. I will be island living for only two more weeks so I thought why not take advantage of the abundance of shells I have!