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      Colorful Cocktails: Blood Orange Ginger Iced Tea

      Colorful Cocktails: Blood Orange Ginger Iced Tea

      Cocktail or beverage? I'll let you decide. My Blood Orange Ginger Iced Tea is my last ditch effort to hold onto Summer for as long as possible.

      However there really is no reason why this drink can't work for Fall as well. Just substitute cold tea for hot. The flavors will still be refreshing and delicious!

      Blood Orange Ginger Iced Tea

      The flavor of Blood Orange is similar to the orange fruit we know and love. But there's a layer of berry-ness that gives it a richness that is almost wine-like.

      Ginger is a fragrant spice with a slightly peppery undertones and a sweetness that is warm and zesty.

      I love citruses all year long and the richness of blood orange is smooth and satisfying, not at all tart and biting like some can be. The addition of ginger makes this drink extra special!

      Blood Orange Ginger Iced Tea Ingredients

      This beverage is great for lunch, brunch or partytime. Or just when you need a liquid pick-me-up. 

      And with only 3 ingredients, you can whip up a pitcher in no time! 

      Watch my how-to video or follow the complete recipe below for all you need to add my Blood Orange Ginger Iced Tea to your home bar drink list!

       

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      Juliet's Blood Orange Ginger Iced Tea

      makes 1 drink


      INGREDIENTS

      Glass: Tall/Pint

      Garnish: orange slice, mint sprig

      Glass Size: 16 oz.

      INSTRUCTIONS

      1. Fill serving glass full of ice.
      2. Pour ingredients into serving glass in order listed.
      3. Pour mixture into cocktail shaker and back into serving glass to mix.
      4. Add garnish and serve.
       
      Until next time, let's raise a glass to living a life filled with COLOR!

       Love, Juliet

       

       

       

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      Colorful Cocktails: Blue Agave Margarita

      Colorful Cocktails: Blue Agave Margarita

      At the time this post was written, there were 38 days until the end of the Summer season. The CALENDAR end.

      I'm always a little annoyed at things that have unwritten rules based on nothingness, like "don't wear white after Labor Day" or "Pumpkin Spice Lattes are Fall drinks". Who says? Who is this invisible authority figure that puts arbitrary timetables on everyday living? 

      Margaritas have long been associated with warmer times, beach vacations and paper umbrellas. But I'm here to break the cycle of seasonal rule domination by declaring Margaritas a colorful cocktail for all seasons.

      My Blue Agave version is a refreshing mix of bitter citrus and spicy with a side of mild sweetness. It's a cocktail for ALL seasons. 

      Watch my how-to video or follow the complete recipe below for all you need to add my Blue Agave Margarita to your home bar repertoire!

       

       

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      Juliet's Blue Agave Margarita

      makes 1 drink

      INGREDIENTS

      Glass: Margarita

      Garnish: lemon, lime, salt rimmer

      Glass Size: 14 oz.

      INSTRUCTIONS

      1. Fill serving glass full of ice.
      2. Pour ingredients into cocktail shaker in order listed.
      3. Add ice from serving glass.
      4. Cap shaker and shake to mix.
      5. Slide a lime slice around the rim of serving glass.
      6. Dip serving glass into a salt rimmer.
      7. Pour ingredients back into serving glass.
      8. Add garnish, serve and enjoy!

       

      Until next time, let's raise a glass to living a life filled with COLOR!

      Love, Juliet

       

       

       

      Colorful Cocktails: Spiked Turmeric Lemonade and a GIVEAWAY! (CLOSED)

      Colorful Cocktails: Spiked Turmeric Lemonade and a GIVEAWAY! (CLOSED)

      My new Colorful Cocktail is....(drumroll)....this healthy take on a traditional Lemonade. The addition of Turmeric, a natural anti-inflammatory compound, makes it good FOR you. It's my salute to Summertime and it's just the right drink for picnics and cookouts. Every time I've served it, I run out, no matter how much I prepare. I've been asked for the recipe more times than I can count so I'm taking that as a sign that I should share it with everyone!  Watch my how-to video or follow the complete recipe below for all you need to add my Spiked Turmeric Lemonade to your at-home cocktail list!

       

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      JULIET'S SPIKED TURMERIC LEMONADE

      makes 1 drink 

      INGREDIENTS


      INSTRUCTIONS

      1. Fill serving glass full of ice.
      2. Pour ingredients into serving glass in order listed.
      3. Pour mixture into mixing tin and back into serving glass to mix.
      4. Add garnish and serve.
      5. Enjoy!

       

      Love, Juliet

       

      NOW, IT'S GIVEAWAY TIME!

       

      Colorful Cocktails: Sour Apple Martini

      Colorful Cocktails: Sour Apple Martini

       

      I'm back with another Colorful Cocktail! This time, I've got the sour and the sweet commingling to make this fruity drink plus my favorite color, Green has a starring role! I put my special twist to the mix but feel free to make it your own. Watch the video or follow the complete recipe below for all you need to add this super easy drink to your at-home beverage rotation!

       

       

      Juliet's Sour Apple Martini

      makes 1 drink

      INGREDIENTS

      INSTRUCTIONS

      1. Chill a martini glass.
      2. Pour ingredients into mixing glass with 2/3 ice in order listed.
      3. Cap, shake and strain into chilled martini glass.
      4. Add garnish with a green apple slice and serve.
      5. Enjoy!

       

      Love, Juliet

       

       

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      Colorful Cocktails: The Heartbreaker

      Colorful Cocktails: The Heartbreaker - JulRe Designs LLC

      While I was on Summer break, I did a lot of eating and drinking. A LOT! The Home Chef Extraordinaire outdid himself with all sorts of fresh, healthy, colorful foods so you can expect to see more of his tasty recipes added to my Colorful Eats series. Somewhere in between food gorging and taste testing, I got the bright idea to experiment with spirits, mixers and garnishes to see if I could create some beverages that would live up to the very high standard set by the culinary wizard. Wine.com and other places for the ingredients for tasty libations were bookmarked and favorited for easy access because each drink I came up with always seemed to require a whole new set of ingredients. One night, my kitchen island looked like a fully stocked bar in a nightclub!

       

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      You should know that I don't drink alcohol. That's right, I'm a non-imbiber and I have spent a lot of my adult life trying to find restaurants and bars that don't treat those of us who choose to not to indulge like kids or even worse, outcasts with only the standard Shirley Temples, juices and sodas amongst their limited offerings. Pre-Covid, mocktails were starting to become trendy, with some innovative spaces dedicated to the non-alcoholic lifestyle popping up all over the country. From exotic herbal elixirs to spirit alternatives, booze-free living no longer has to be boring and monotonous. 

      I wanted to share a few of my successful liquid experiments with you so Colorful Cocktails will be a new blog series featuring beautiful concoctions that I've imagined and even a few standards that I've reimagined. The first drink on the menu is called the The Heartbreaker. It was a drink originally created in honor of Valentine's Day (hence the name) and you can find variations all over the web but my spin is a bit unique. It's pale pink in color and a bit on the sweet side so I recommend serving it for showers, brunches or afternoons on the deck. And please feel free to substitute your favorite alcoholic spirit for my spirit alternative. Check out the recipe below!

      Heartbreaker Cocktail Ingredients | The Color Lab Blog

       

      The Heartbreaker

      makes 1 serving

      Ingredients

      1 oz tequila (the Home Chef's favorite!) or tequila alternative (<-- LOVE this!)

      1 oz fresh lemon juice

      1/2 oz rose syrup (this one is best - vegan and gluten-free!)

      ice cubes or crushed ice 

      edible rose petals (optional)

       

      Instructions

      1. Place tequila or tequila alternative, lemon juice and rose syrup in a shaker with a few ice cubes or crushed ice for a less intense flavor. Shake briefly to mix.

      2. Pour into a glass of your choice (these are perfect!) straight or over crushed ice for less intensity.

      3. Garnish with a few edible rose petals. Enjoy!

      NOTE: Please drink responsibly!

       

      The Heartbreaker Cocktail | The Color Lab Blog

       

      Until next time, raise a glass to living a color-filled life!

      Love, Juliet 

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

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