Grapefruit CrushI’ve made mention of the Orange Crushes that are a favorite of our Delmarva beaches. But, have you ever heard of the grapefruit crush? It’s exactly like the orange crush. But, you guessed it! You’re using lots of fresh juice from grapefruits – in place of oranges, to get this lovely cocktail.

The good folks at Karlsson’s sent me a bottle of their Gold Vodka to try. Ya’ll know me – I’m not one to turn down a bottle of booze! The minute I opened the bottle and gave it a whiff, I was impressed. While most vodkas don’t smell or taste like much of anything – this had all kind of floral notes going on. That’s probably because it’s made by a single distillation and is unfiltered – a rarity among vodkas of today. What also sets them apart is that they only use baby new potatoes, of several Swedish varieties in the mash process. This leads to a vodka with plenty of great flavor – I mentioned the floral notes, but also fresh herbs, and grapefruit. Highly recommended!

I hope everyone has a great weekend! We’re looking forward to the Salisbury Festival here, a local event that’s held annually. I’ll be at Parker Place selling cupcakes, for any of you locals out and about! Stop by and say hello. Don’t forget to enter the Magimix Giveaway if you haven’t done so already. Winner will be chosen Monday morning!

Strawberry Daiquiri Cupcakes

My friend Shelly is getting married in June, and she’s chosen a beach themed wedding. She wanted something fun, fruity, and beachy – and thought a strawberry daiquiri cupcake sounded like a good contender for her cupcake lineup. I went to work in the kitchen, and this are what I ended up with. The ones we make for her big day will be much more subdued – with more natural looking decorations. But, I couldn’t help gussying them up with a cute cocktail umbrella. Can you blame me?

So, it’s a strawberry daiquiri cupcake – which is a vanilla cupcake that I spiked with some homemade strawberry daiquiri mix, and a glug of rum. They turned out moist and delicious. I then topped them with a rum buttercream – which was the absolutely perfect addition. Frostings are so much fun, there’s always a fun new flavor to create and experiment with! I used rum extract, as well as a little of the “hard stuff” to flavor the frosting, and I think it was a nice balance.

Just looking at them makes me want the beach! Another month or so, and we’ll be taking a batch of these cupcakes to the sandbar (via boat!) to share with our friends. Come on summer!

Strawberry Daiquiri MixStrawberries. Ice. Rum. What’s not to love in a strawberry daiquiri? Pre-bottled mixes, that’s what. As with the margarita, and every other libation known to man – I’ve found that drinks are always better when made from fresh ingredients right in your own home!

My girlfriend is getting married in June, and requested strawberry daiquiri cupcakes for her beach wedding (recipe is coming Friday!). I found a couple of recipes that looked promising, but they all used fresh strawberries in addition to a store-bought mixer. I decided to take matters into my own hands, strike two birds with one stone, actually have fresh pureed strawberries IN the mix. It’s pretty much a glorified strawberry simple syrup – but it’s wonderful! Great when blended with ice for a strawberry daiquiri, on top of ice cream, or a little bit in your glass of lemonade will turn it a gorgeous hue of pink.

Blackberry Margaritas

Happy Friday! I don’t know if it’s just me – or, has it been an especially long week for everyone? I thought nothing would be better to close out the week than a good cocktail! And, what better way to round out this week of blackberry posts than blackberry margarita? You guys know me, I always reach for the tequila first.

Thankfully, so does Shawnda – I don’t know there there is a fruit left under the sun that she hasn’t turned into a delicious margarita. Nothing but goodness in this glass – homemade margarita mix, tequila, triple sec, and blackberry  puree. I went ahead and put it through a fine mesh strainer, but I think they’d be fun to muddle right in the glass too. A blackberry mojito may or may not be in the works already…