Day 56: Blueberry Gin Smash

First and foremost, I realized on Monday afternoon that I totally forgot to post about Father’s Day this weekend – Dad, I love you tons I promise! Sunday was just a preeeeeetty busy day, by which I mean I spent a lot of time trying to maintain my tan at the beach – but still! Between tanning, relaxing, and swimming I just didn’t have any interest time to be on the computer.

So Dad, here’s a big thank you and virtual hug to you on Father’s Day and everyday for being my hero, always having my back, and telling the best dad jokes around. Even 50 states apart, I know I can call you anytime (preferably after 12pm EST) and you’ll be there when I need you. I love you to pieces, and I am so proud to be your daughter. ❤

The funny thing about dads is they’re always full of random, interesting facts. You might not even ask, you’ll just ask one simple question that could get a yes or no answer, but good ol’ dad will launch into a 30 minute discussion about “why”. (This isn’t just my dad, right? Like all dads do this??) One day, I was just casually discussing my love of a good gin and tonic and my pops goes “you know WHY they invented gin and tonics??”Blueberry Gin Smash | Diamonds & Bacon

Well kids, long story short: explorers in Africa used to drink tonic water because it contains quinine which helps to prevent malaria. They added the gin because no one really wants to trek through treacherous jungle sober.

Now even though it’s ten trillion degrees here, I’m certainly not doing any trekking today, but I DO still want a good g&t. Something about a good gin & tonic on ice is so refreshing on a hot summer afternoon (and if you disagree, you’re wrong and not living life to the fullest). Blueberries are juuuust starting to come into season and my mint is finally starting to grow like crazy, so I figured they could only add the refresh factor in this beverage.Blueberry Gin Smash | Diamonds & Bacon

Typically I would add simple syrup to this sort of drink, but to me the tonic water and the sweeter berries I had made it sweet enough. Plus, I just really didn’t feel like standing near a hot stove at all – even if it’s just for a five minute simple syrup. I really hope you guys stay cool today, maybe hop on the gin train with me!

Cheers!
Cheers!

Blueberry Gin Smash
Serves: 1       Total Time: 3 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Small handful of blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 4-5 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 generous oz gin
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice
  • 1/4 cup tonic water (diet or regular)

Directions: 

  1. In a rocks glass, muddle blueberries and mint with the gin
  2. Fill cup 1/2 full (or empty, depending on the day you’re having) with crush iced
  3. Fill glass with tonic water
  4. Stir and enjoy!

Day 29: Spicy Perro Cocktail

Welcome back to the real world, y’all! I hope you guys all enjoyed your long weekend, hopefully outside enjoying the sunshine! I know mine was good, possibly too good considering all the awesome food and beverages I consumed. I was going to share a really healthy, green smoothie recipe today to help detox from the long weekend, but my blender is broken and the weather is just as gorgeous as it was this weekend, so I figured it’d be best to just keep the party going.

This drink is like a cross between the Salty Dog and a Spicy Paloma, so I’m calling it the Spicy Perro (sorry to disappoint you if you came here looking for an artisanal hot dog or something). It’s crazy refreshing on a hot day and since it has grapefruit juice in it, it’s basically a health food.Spicy Perro Cocktail | Diamonds & Bacon

If you’ve never made simple syrup before, it’s incredibly easy – as the name implies – and you can make as much or as little as you need. I typically make a whole pitcher when I make drinks with more than two ingredients, but tonight it’s just me and my manfriend and it’s a Tuesday soooooo we’re being responsible, and I only made a 1/2 cup (if making a large batch, the syrup will keep for about a week in the fridge). The jalapeno syrup definitely adds a kick to the drink, so if you want to keep it more mild take the seeds out before using them in the syrup, but I love a little kick!Jalapenos for Simple Syrup | Diamonds & Bacon

Even though I only made two servings, I have a feeling we’ll be going back for seconds – or maybe thirds – for this one. The flavors are on point, and if you don’t feel like having the club go up a Tuesday you could take out the gin and it’d be just as refreshing. Ease into your week with a Spicy Perro at dinner and the weekend will be here before you know it! I’ll see you poolside with a pitcher 😀Spicy Perro Cocktail | Diamonds & Bacon


Spicy Perro Cocktail

Serves: 2 
Prep Time: 15 min      Total Time: 20 min

Ingredients

  • 4 oz grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 oz gin of choice 
  • club soda
  • 1/2 jalapeno, sliced

Directions 

  1. In a small sauce pan, add 1/2 cup water, 1/2 jalapeno sliced (with or without seeds) and 1/2 cup sugar 
  2. Bring to boil, stirring, until sugar is dissolved, and turn off the heat 
  3. Allow syrup to cool before removing jalapeno slices 
  4. In a small glass, add 1 oz gin, 1 oz syrup, 2 oz grapefruit 
  5. Add ice and club soda to fill
  6. Stir, garnish with jalapeno slices
  7. Cheers to everyone on a happy summer!