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Raspberry Margarita

Raspberry Margarita Print

This Raspberry Margarita just might be your new favorite summer drink! I know it’s mine! Raspberries and lime really do make the perfect pairing in this frosty, oh-so-pretty summertime drink. And it’s just in time for the 4th of July holiday as one more way to celebrate. I pureed the raspberries in this drink because I’m not fond of the seeds and I know a lot of people who don’t love them too, but if they don’t bother you go ahead and save a step by leaving them in when you blend the ingredients. I hope you’ll add this delicious and lovely Raspberry Margarita to your list of must make summer beverages. Happy 4th, everyone!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries, pureed
  • 1/2 cup raspberry liqueur
  • 1/2 cup white tequila
  • 3 tablespoons orange liqueur
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • Lime slices for garnish
  • Raspberries for garnish
  • 5-6 cups ice

Directions

  1. To puree raspberries: place a fine mesh strainer over a large bowl, pour raspberries into the strainer and press with the back of a wooden spoon to force the juice from the berries. All that should remain in the strainer are the seeds and pulp. Discard seeds.
  2. Blend raspberry puree, raspberry liqueur, tequila, orange liqueur, honey and lime juice. Add ice and blend. Garnish with lime slices and raspberries.
Makes 4 servings
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Root Beer Float Print

It’s an oldie, but oh what a goodie! The Root Beer Float is such a classic that I couldn’t let the summer go by without including it in the mix of ice cream treats I’ve been bringing you. I used one of my favorite brands of root beer, but if you have your own root beer recipe – all the better. And of course, if you want to make this treat super easy, just use your favorite premium store-bought ice cream and your go-to root beer. To make this an “adult” drink just add in a shot of bourbon or vanilla vodka. Yum! Did you all know it was the hottest July in recorded history? I hope this Root Beer Float is part of your solution to finding relief from the sultry summer heat! Cheers!

Root Beer Float

Root Beer Float

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    For the ice cream:
  • 2 cups (1 pint) heavy cream
  • 1 3/4 cups maple-syrup sweetened condensed milk, cooled (*Recipe below)
  • 1 vanilla bean, split with seeds scraped out
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla liqueur
  • For the float:
  • 3-4 16-oz. root beers, chilled
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    To make the ice cream:
  1. In a large chilled bowl, whip heavy cream to stiff peaks. In another large bowl, whisk cooled condensed milk, vanilla bean seeds, and vodka. Gently fold in whipped cream with a rubber spatula until completely combined.
  2. Pour into a 2-quart container ( a loaf pan works well) and cover with plastic wrap. Freeze 6 hours or until it firms completely. Makes about 4 cups
  3. To make the floats:
  4. Fill a chilled glass two-thirds full with cold root beer. Carefully add 1 scoop of vanilla bean ice cream, then add another scoop, being careful not to overflow the glass.
    *Maple Syrup Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2-14 oz. cans full-fat condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  1. Bring condensed milk to a boil in a sauce pan. Lower the heat and whisk in the maple syrup until fully incorporated. Simmer for about 30 minutes, or until it thickens
    as desired.
  2. Store in a glass jar in the refrigerator until you are ready to use.
  3. It makes about 16 ounces of maple sweetened condensed milk and should last a week or so refrigerated.
NOTES:
◊You can omit the liqueur if you want; it’ll just make the ice cream texture a little harder. Add 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, instead.
◊The colder the root beer and serving glasses are, the better; the ice cream won’t melt as quickly in your float.
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