Summer Festivities: Recipe Roundup

Ok so I know we just had the June roundup yesterday, but with today being Canada Day and 4th of July on Friday, it seemed necessary to do another one based on recipes that are perfect for summer festivities.  Summer is definitely my favourite time of year, I have always dreamed about living in a place that gets sun and warmth all year round.  Luckily, Vancouver has surprisingly somewhat met this dream of mine this year.  Maybe not so warm, but our weather has been great. Exactly one year ago today I moved into a new apartment in a new city and just over a year ago I started a new job.  With all the changes that happened, I felt like I really didn’t get to enjoy summer 2013 as much as I could have.  So here is to making the most of the summer this year with some great recipes at your fingertips!

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Piña Colada Popsicles

Okay, so I’m not entirely sure why I am apparently obsessed with piña colada flavors lately but apparently I am because this is the second recipe I’ve posted within a week that has that theme. I mean I like the flavors but I don’t want you to think all I do is sit around thinking about piña colada’s all the time because that might seem a bit strange. I will say this though, I do love coconut milk and I strive to use it whenever possible. If you go back and look at my recipes you will find that quite a few contain it. There’s just endless things you can make and I intend on making every single one apparently. I made these popsicles alcohol-free and now I’m not sure why because I could really go for a boozy one. You can definitely add rum if desired, in fact I would encourage it!

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Spring Time Watermelon Sangria

Sangria is a great year-round drink for entertaining. I love that there are so many types of sangria that can be made throughout the seasons. Although sangria is great in the winter due to all the delicious cranberries, I quite like it in the summer because there is always so much fruit! Back in the winter, Sonia made this awesome and super delicious Spiced Cranberry Sangria – I figured it was time for a new spring sangria recipe!

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Sunshine Sips: Cocktail Recipe Roundup

It’s been a while since we’ve done a recipe round-up for drinks and I think its about time we had another one! With the warmer weather upon us here on the West coast I have been madly craving some cold refreshing cocktails. Luckily we have posted many here on ELP and so when I am feeling the need for one I look no further than our own blog for ideas. I thought it would be a good idea if we had them all together in one place. So here are some cocktails perfect for warmer weather.

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Fresh Whiskey Sour

Happy Friday!!  What better way to celebrate than with an adorable cocktail!  It`s been a very warm and sunny week here in Vancouver.  Temperatures have reached around 25 degrees Celsius the past few days, crazy right?! But hey I am not complaining, and instead celebrating with a refreshing cocktail!  As I’ve said before, I love sour! Lemons, limes, grapefruit,  you name it, I’ll eat it 🙂 Plus what screams summer better than fresh lemon aid!   I not only enjoy putting these sour fruits in desserts (as seen in my Lemon Chia Seed Muffins, or my Tequila Lime Ice Cream) but also in my drinks!  I’m a real Canadian girl and definitely love my whiskey and beer.  It was only natural for me to make a fresh whiskey sour to combine my love of sour with my love of whiskey!

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Blackberry Gin Fizz

What is with me, another cocktail? Two cocktail recipes in the past week? Well anyone who knows me knows that I love a good drink. Usually, however I settle for wine or beer because it’s both easy and delicious. However, this warmer weather is definitely calling for some cocktails on the deck. Nevermind that my deck overlooks a back alley with a bunch of trash disposals in it, the sun still shines there. We were pretty excited about the idea of having a little deck when we found the place but underestimated how little time we would want to spend out there due to the location. Regardless, it’s gin fizz time.

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Cucumber Grapefruit Cocktails

There is something about cucumber in a drink that I absolutely love.  It seems weird right, how could a vegetable make a cocktail taste good? But it adds a sort of freshness that you don’t get from anything else.  I love it in water as well.  Grapefruit is something I didn’t start loving until recently and now I can’t get enough of.  If you’re not a grapefruit fan, which I know many people aren’t, you may try substituting lemon or lime in this recipe.  I think both would be absolutely fabulous.

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Strawberry Margarita

We are getting into strawberry season!! Woooohooooo so many strawberry things that I want to make!!!  Hey did you ever get a chance to check out my Strawberry Banana Loaf?  If not you totally should, it’s a good one!  Anyways as you know I really like tequila, and I love making new kinda of margaritas!  And now that strawberries are so plentiful and relatively inexpensive, I knew it was time to try something a little bit different and new!  Tadaaaa the strawberry margarita was born!  Perfect for Cinco de Mayo!

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Hump Day Drinks: Recipe Roundup

Okay, I’ll be completely honest with you. I had planned on coming home and making something very delicious tonight and posting it for you all to see and try! Something fabulous has happened in the last week, we now have light at the time that I get home, which makes photo taking so much better! However, I just got home and have some sort of heartburn and headache going on and was not having it. If I didn’t have these ailments do you know what I would be craving? A Hump Day drink! So I’ve compiled a list of some of our most popular drink recipes in hopes to give inspiration for a hump day (or any day really) drink for you.

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