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Pink Drinks and Coffee Pot Cooking

I’m going to take some pointers from other bloggers and do a fairly random post with two pretty distinct topics. Last week was a big week.

For all of you who hadn’t heard, last week was National Princess Week. Actually, it was the first ever, National Princess Week.  This was fully supported and promoted by Julie Andrews.  With two daughters, you’d think that I would know about this.  Sadly, that was not the case.  My cousin, Cait, raised this issue and suggested that we have some tasty pink drinks to celebrate.  While we rarely need a reason to indulge in a tasty drink, National Princess Week seemed as good as any.  Especially as the two daddy’s little girls that we are.  But herein lies the dilemas – what alcohol do we start as our base? what mixer do we use?  The obvious answer was something to do with strawberry or raspberry as once you muddle them, they’ll turn almost any drink pink.  Cait chose strawberry and suggested a spike strawberry lemonade.  While Mike’s hard lemonade does come in strawberry or raspberry, I looked around for some other suggestions.  I found the simplest strawberry basil margarita recipe, so the decision was done.

On top of all that excitement from National Princess Week, my dad, Poppa John, published his kindle book on how he lost more than 100 pounds cooking in his coffee pot.  This was a several year undertaking starting with the death of my mother and continuing now as he works to maintain he weight loss.  Poppa John tends to blame me and Cait for forcing him on a weight loss program, but it was solely so he could continue to participate on family adventures (space camp, hang gliding, canoeing, hiking, etc) for many years to come.  He experience cooking in commercial kitchens, combined with this chemical engineering education and experience, allowed him to convert crockpot recipes into coffee pot recipes.  Anyway, while I realize that this all seems weird and a little unorthodox, it worked for him.  Maybe it will be become a mass phenomenon…cooking in your coffee pot.  My family is doing it.  Maybe yours should too!  It is great fun with children and has added benefits of built in portion control for those cooking for themselves or those deprived of other cooking equipment.

Strawberry Basil Margaritas 


1 can frozen limeade concentrate

10 – 12 strawberries hulled and cut in half (I cut large strawberries into quarters)

8 – 10 basil leaves crumbled (do this right before adding to the pitcher)

2 1/2 cups tequila (I used gold, but you can use whichever)

2 1/2 cans of water


1.  Empty limeade concentrate into pitcher

2.  Add 2 1/2 cans of water and tequila

3.  Add strawberries and crumbled basil leaves

4.  Mix

5.  Cover and keep in refrigerator a minimum of 4 hours (preferably over night)

Note:  The tequila settles so make sure you mix before serving


This was exactly what we were looking for.  The flavors blended perfectly, but you could still taste the tequila.  It is a little strong, so for at least one guest we topped it with club soda to lighten it up a little.  Everyone was happy.  But as I said above, the tequila does settle so make sure you constantly mix before serving.


Cranberry Orange Mojito

My dad arrived from St. Croix yesterday to babysit the kids for a week while my husband and I go on vacation.  As usual, his flight was a little late so we went to Friday’s for an afternoon cocktail.  Unfortunately my cousin, Cait, forgot her ID and therefore couldn’t get served.  We decided we would make a new cocktail “for science” later in the afternoon.  I have some cranberry and ginger infused vodka that I made around Christmas and decided that should be the alcoholic base for our drink.  Beyond that we weren’t really sure what to serve it with. I then came up with the idea that we should make a mojito, substituting orange for the lime.  I was the idea generator, but my cousin did all the execution.


1 orange quartered (1 quarter per drink)

6 – 8 mint leaves

1/4 cup simple syrup

1/2 cup cranberry ginger vodka

1/2 cup club soda



1.  Muddle 1 orange quarter with 6-8 mint leaves until juices are released

2.  Add 1/4 cup simple syrup

3.  Fill glass with ice

4.  Add about 1/2 cup cranberry ginger vodka

5.  Top off drink with club soda (about 1/2 cup)

6.  Mix drink (with cocktail shaker, spoon or using two glasses)



This was delicious! It was declared the best mojito they have ever had by both my dad and my husband.  They’re pretty potent, so we only had two.

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