Ginger Strawberry Peach Smash

TGIF! Who’s ready for a refreshing drink?

Two chilled glasses of a refreshing Ginger Strawberry Peach Smash from CaliGirlCooking.com.

Meeeee!! Oh man has this week been a doozy, and I’m fully planning on enjoying this Ginger Strawberry Peach Smash alllll weekend long to get over it.


It all started last weekend when the hubs came down with a horrible cold which made him unable to travel up to the Bay Area to celebrate Father’s Day with our parents. Seeing as I didn’t want to be stuck around the house with him and come down with the same cold, I decided to make the trek alone, and of course I had to bring the pup with me because my man was laid up in bed. Well, that was an adventure. I’ll just say there was a Saturday evening total meltdown phone call to Chris and leave it at that.

To top it all off, I woke up on Sunday with what I had feared the most: that dreaded cold! Which meant I had to make the four-hour drive back to Santa Barbara with the pup while feeling like crud. I was so happy and grateful to see Chris when I got home, and he immediately pitched in to help with little Miss B, but unfortunately that only lasted about 24 hours before his back started having horrible spasms, essentially leaving him bedridden.

Pair a sick pregnant woman with a bedridden husband and a three-month old puppy with endless energy, and you can see why this week has been a bit more challenging than most!

The good news is (I hope), it can only get better from here, especially with these Ginger Strawberry Peach Smashes in the mix!

An overhead shot of two glasses of the refreshing Ginger Strawberry Peach Smash.

With all the sickness that has been floating around our house, the refrigerator is overflowing with fruit. We also have an endless supply of ginger beer on hand (thanks to my tummy’s needs during early pregnancy and the hubby’s knack for keeping me well-stocked with nonalcoholic beverages) so I thought a healthy, fruit- and ginger-packed mocktail is just what we needed to get us all on the up-and-up.

And, as always, have no fear, my friends that are still off the wagon 😉 Just a little splash of gin OR vodka would be perfectly suitable for your Ginger Strawberry Peach Smash to take it to the next level. In fact, give each one a shot and let me know your fave!

With the farmers’ markets teeming with fresh strawberries and peaches right now, you should have no problem getting some top-of-the-line fruits to really take this mocktail to the next level. Gotta use those in-season fruits while we’ve got ‘em!

And as far as ginger beer, go ahead and choose your favorite, but I’ll tell you that our go-to brand is definitely Fever-Tree. I never knew how much of a Fever-Tree snob I had become until we were in Tahoe a few weeks ago and were forced to buy another brand. It tasted horrible to me! The Fever-Tree is great because it’s not too sweet, and has plenty of REAL ginger spice and zing. There’s even some real sediment in there, so be sure to give the bottles a gentle tilt before using to get everything mixed up to its ultimate deliciousness.

A close-up shot of a Ginger Strawberry Peach Smash from CaliGirlCooking.com.

So are you ready for a Ginger Strawberry Peach Smash yet? I thought so. All that’s between you and this delicious drink is a quick muddling of strawberries and peaches, some crushed ice, a squeeze of lime and a pour-over of club soda and ginger beer.

Now get yourself a tall, frosty glass and a straw and get to work. There’s only about five minutes between you and the perfect Friday drink!

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Two chilled glasses of a refreshing Ginger Strawberry Peach Smash from CaliGirlCooking.com.
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Ginger Strawberry Peach Smash
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

A refreshing mocktail using some of the best in-season produce and spicy ginger beer. To make it boozy, just add vodka or gin!

Course: Drinks
Servings: 1 serving
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 1/2 peach, peeled and diced
  • 2 small strawberries, hulled and diced
  • 3 1/2 ounces ginger beer
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • Top with club soda
  • Additional strawberry and peach slice, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Muddle peach and strawberry in the bottom of a rocks glass. 

  2. Add ice to fill the glass, then pour in the ginger beer and lime, and top with club soda.

  3. Garnish with an additional strawberry and a slice of peach.

Ginger Strawberry Peach Smash | CaliGirlCooking.com

Hydrating Citrus Coconut Refresher

The perfect way to get ready for the weekend!

Two frosty glasses of the Hydrating Citrus Coconut Refresher mocktail. You can also make it a cocktail by adding vodka or gin!

It’s no secret that I love alllllll the tropical flavors. I mean, just take a quick glance through my Recipe Index and you’ll find everything from this Belizean Rum Punch to this Li Hing Pineapple Margarita. And now that it’s (almost) officially summer, they’re just going to keep on coming starting with this Hydrating Citrus Coconut Refresher!


If you’re new to these parts, you can take a look at this Lightened Up Double Strawberry Milkshake post for all the deets on why I’m taking a little break from the heavily alcoholic beverages but, have no fear! Even if the drink recipes I’m posting don’t always contain alcohol as is, I’ll always provide a recommendation for a good way to booze them up a little bit 😉 (I mean, someone around here’s got to have a little fun, right??)

But before I get to my new fave Hydrating Citrus Coconut Refresher, tell me, what fun things are you up to this weekend? I, for one, am really looking forward to relaxing and just getting my head on straight. I recently took a part-time copyrighting job for a beverage company and it has definitely been keeping me busy. I’ve been working 14-hour days (between the blog and this new gig,) waking up early and going to bed a little later than usual for this preggo mama. I’ve just gotten the bulk of a big project out of the way, though, so I’m looking forward to regrouping, maybe heading to the beach, and just getting some extra sleep over the next couple of days!

A single ice-cold glass of the Hydrating Citrus Coconut Refresher mocktail or cocktail!

I will also most likely be sipping on plenty of Hydrating Citrus Coconut Refreshers. Since I’ve been pregnant, I’ve really been conscious of not going overboard on the nonalcoholic beverages, whose empty calories can really add up over time (Baby D. needs real, filling nutrients, not empty calories!) What I love about this Hydrating Citrus Coconut Refresher is that it’s actually REALLY healthy, with hardly any sugar (save for a little bit of simple syrup.)

The lemon and lime juices are giving me (and baby) an extra dose of Vitamin C, while the coconut water and club soda make the drink incredibly hydrating. So there’s definitely no need for me to feel guilty when I’m sipping one of these and relaxing on a sunny beach this weekend!

An overhead shot of the tasty Hydrating Citrus Coconut Refresher.

The other great thing about this mocktail is that, if you’re anything like me, you probably already have just all of these ingredients on hand in your pantry or refrigerator. And if you aren’t well-stocked with bar accessories like simple syrup, just throw some water and sugar together in a pot to boil and simmer down and you’ll have a homemade batch ready in no time.

And for those of you who are still able to imbibe, I’d highly recommend either vodka or gin as the spirit of choice to spike these bad boys. I am personally more of a fan of gin because of its floral notes, but I also know there are a lot of you out there who would much rather go the less flavor-forward vodka route.

I’m keeping it fairly short today because there are a lot of tasks I still need to complete before kicking off my weekend with a Hydrating Citrus Coconut Refresher, but enjoy your Friday and, if you can, enjoy a spiked version or two for me!

This Hydrating Citrus Coconut refresher is nonalcoholic, but can easily be made into a cocktail with the addition of vodka or gin!

Two frosty glasses of the Hydrating Citrus Coconut Refresher mocktail. You can also make it a cocktail by adding vodka or gin!
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Hydrating Citrus Coconut Refresher
Prep Time
5 mins
 

The perfect, healthy mocktail for summer featuring two types of fresh citrus, hydrating coconut water and fizzy club soda. Make it boozy with vodka or gin!

Course: Drinks
Servings: 1 cocktail
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces coconut water
  • 2 ounces club soda
  • Optional: 2 ounces vodka or gin
Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients except the club soda in a cocktail shaker filled ¾ full with ice. Shake vigorously for 10-20 seconds and then strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice. Top with club soda and garnish with a lemon and lime wedge threaded onto a cocktail pick.

 Citrus Coconut Refresher | CaliGirlCooking.com

Pineapple Orgeat Fizz

Time to break out the summer cocktails and mocktails!

A refreshing Pineapple Orgeat Fizz that can be made with or without alcohol. The perfect drink for summer!

Don’t get me wrong, I love my spring drinks featuring rhubarb and cherries just as much as the next person, but as soon as Memorial Day passes, I start thinking about all things refreshing and summer-y. Like this Pineapple Orgeat Fizz! OMG you guys, I’m pretty excited about this. And not because it tastes just as good as a mocktail as it does a cocktail.


I was first introduced to the idea of a non-alcoholic Orgeat Fizz (which utilizes lemon instead of pineapple) when I was in my first trimester and still trying to hide the fact that I was pregnant from most of the general public. I had a networking get-together with some local blogger babes at Santa Barbara’s one and only tiki bar (yes, we have a neighborhood tiki bar, fancy that!) and quietly asked the bartender to whip me up his favorite mocktail. He proceeded to fill a sufficiently iced glass with fresh lemon juice, orgeat and soda water. So easy and soooo delicious.

A single glass of the refreshing Pineapple Orgeat Fizz.

Now I know some of you are wondering what the heck orgeat is, so let me fill you in. Orgeat is basically liquid marzipan. It’s a creamy white cocktail mixer that you’ll easily find at your local BevMo next to all of your other mixers, bitters, etc. (or on Amazon.) It’s perhaps most famously added as a discreet ingredient in mai tai’s, but can be used in so many other delicious ways as well, like these Grapefruit Coladas on the Rocks.

So because of my recent summer obsession (and my desire to now post both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages due to my current preggo state) I decided to do a little riff on the classic Orgeat Fizz and completely “summer-fy” it!

One of my absolute favorite summer fruits is pineapple. I could probably easily eat an entire one by myself if I didn’t care about inflaming all of my taste buds from all of the acidity. I most definitely picked up two whole pineapples for our trip to Tahoe this weekend and I’m pretty sure I ate at least 75% of it by myself. Is it a valid excuse if I say it was because Baby Girl liked it?

Anywho, maybe it’s just been on my brain lately but I thought pineapple would be the perfect way to jazz up my Orgeat Fizz. And we all know that pineapple’s tropical tendencies make it a natural pairing for rum, so I knew right away how I was going to booze this Pineapple Orgeat Fizz up for all of you out there who can still imbibe (luckies!)

A landscape shot of two icy cold Pineapple Orgeat Fizzes. The perfect cocktail or mocktail for summer!

Aside from the aforementioned pineapple juice, orgeat and club soda, there’s just one more ingredient that really puts BOTH of these drinks (cocktail or mocktail) over the top, and that’s just a little squeeze of fresh lime juice, adding just the perfect touch of acidity.

Now if a Pineapple Orgeat Fizz isn’t the perfect summer drink, please tell me what is? I mean, I’m even going to venture out there and guess that children not yet of drinking age will be downing these at your next pool party. With all of that yummy flavor going on in there, who can blame them?

An overhead shot of two Pineapple Orgeat Fizzes.

I hope you all have some fun and exciting plans for this first “unofficial” summer weekend of June. We’ve got a fundraiser to attend on Saturday and a birthday party to attend on Sunday, so we’ll just be partying all weekend. And you can bet I’ll have a Pineapple Orgeat Fizz in hand!

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A refreshing Pineapple Orgeat Fizz that can be made with or without alcohol. The perfect drink for summer!
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Pineapple Orgeat Fizz
Prep Time
5 mins
 

A refreshing summer cocktail full of tropical pineapple, lime and almond flavors that's just as delicious with alcohol as it is without!

Course: Drinks
Servings: 1 cocktail
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 3/4 ounce orgeat
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 4 ounces club soda
  • Juice of 1/4 lime
  • 1 1/2 ounces of your favorite rum (optional)
  • Pineapple wedge to garnish
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a tall glass filled with crushed ice. Stir to combine and garnish with a pineapple wedge.

Pineapple Orgeat Fizz | CaliGirlCooking.com

Cherry Bourbon Breeze (plus a Mocktail Option!)

And so begins a new chapter…

This Cherry Bourbon Breeze can easily be made non-alcoholic, and still tastes absolutely amazing!

Now that the word is out about my pregnancy, I think it’s only fair that I start posting mama-to-be (or just non-drinker) friendly mocktails along with my cocktails. Because, as I’ve discovered these past four and a half months, they can sometimes taste just as good as the real thing (minus the hangover!)


This Cherry Bourbon Breeze and its booze-free version, which I’m simply dubbing the “Cherry Breeze,” is the perfect way to kick off this little series, just in time for Memorial Day!

I hope you like cherries, because both today and Monday’s posts are inspired by my inability to visit the local Farmer’s Market without loading up on the in-season “it” produce. In fact, it was a little hard for me to keep my hands off of the cherries long enough to make this. Luckily, I was able to find cherry juice at Trader Joe’s, so I could use that for the bulk of this cocktail/mocktail and save more cherries for those mid-afternoon pregnancy cravings.

A head-on shot of this in-season Cherry Bourbon Breeze, which can easily be made non-alcoholic!

But before I get to this Cherry Bourbon Breeze, can we just talk about what everyone’s plans are for the long holiday weekend? The hubs and I drove up to his parents’ place in Morgan Hill last night, and are taking off early this morning for Tahoe. So excited! As I mentioned in Monday’s Cheesy BBQ Garlic Bread post, Chris’ birthday actually falls on Memorial Day this year, and since we were too busy planning a wedding last year to throw together a big bash for his 30th, we’re doing a “make-up” 30th of sorts for his 31st! There will be a total of eight of us there (plus two babies, my how times have changed!) and we’re really looking forward to a little R&R and time out in the sun. The weather is supposed to be in the 70’s while we’re there, so we’re stoked! What are you all up to this weekend?? Something fun I hope!

So, about this Cherry Bourbon Breeze. It’s no secret on this here blog that I’m a big fan of bourbon/whiskey, and I probably have Chris’ love for it to thank for that. I love me a classic old-fashioned, but have also found some fun ways to mix it up like this Twisted Whiskey Kind of Afternoon and this Bourbon, ‘Barb and Blue. Any of which would be absolutely perfect cocktails to whip up this weekend if you’re not feeling the cherries!

But really, you should be feeling the cherries, because they are soooo good and their flavor translates perfectly into this Cherry Bourbon Breeze. I went for the classic pairing of cherry and orange for this drink, because I knew the flavors would be spot on even in a non-alcoholic version. Did you also know that cherry juice has been proven to be an aid in recovery for sore muscles? So really, I’m doing you a favor with this cocktail here.

A look down at two Cherry Bourbon Breezes side by side, perfect to mix up for Memorial Day weekend!

For the alcoholic version, all you’re going to need is bourbon, Grand Marnier, cherry juice, fresh oranges and a dash of club soda. For cocktails, unless I’m making something like my fave Harvey Wallbanger Mimosa, I prefer to use juice from fresh oranges as opposed to the pre-squeezed, store-bought stuff. I feel like they add just the perfect amount of orange flavor, without completely overwhelming a drink or making it too sweet.

The only change for the non-alcoholic Cherry Breeze is to simply omit the bourbon and Grand Marnier. I gotta say, it still tastes absolutely fantastic! It was only after I had already made (and consumed) the mocktail that I realized a dash of orgeat might have been the perfect little touch, so if you have some in your bar and want to give it a shot, let me know how it is!

As far as the technique for making this cocktail, it couldn’t be easier! Just throw all ingredients into a rocks glass full of ice and give it a little stir. If you’re feeling daring (or just want your Cherry Bourbon Breeze or Cherry Breeze to look a little more festive) add some skewered fresh cherries as a garnish.

A close-up view of the Cherry Bourbon Breeze, that comes together with just five ingredients and can easily be made non-alcoholic!

What else do you need to kick off a fabulous Memorial Day weekend?

This Cherry Bourbon Breeze can easily be made non-alcoholic, and still tastes absolutely amazing!
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Cherry Bourbon Breeze
Prep Time
5 mins
 

A fun, refreshing cocktail using some of the best in-season produce - cherries! Perfect for any warm weather cookout or get-together.

Course: Drinks
Servings: 1 cocktail
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 1 ounce bourbon
  • 3/4 ounce Grand Marnier
  • 2 ounces cherry juice
  • 1/2 ounce fresh squeezed orange juice
  • Splash of club soda
  • Fresh cherries for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a rocks glass filled with ice. Stir gently. Garnish with a couple of speared fresh cherries, if desired.

 

 

A head-on shot of this in-season Cherry Bourbon Breeze, which can easily be made non-alcoholic!
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Cherry Breeze
Prep Time
5 mins
 

A fun mocktail using some of the best in-season produce - cherries! Flavors of orange round out this drink that's perfect for your next get-together.

Course: Drinks
Servings: 1 mocktail
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 2 ounces fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 3 ounces cherry juice
  • Splash of club soda
  • Fresh cherries for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a rocks glass filled with ice. Stir gently. Garnish with a couple of speared fresh cherries, if desired.

Cherry Bourbon Breeze (plus a Mocktail Option!) | CaliGirlCooking.com

Minty Watermelon Strawberry Refresher

The best of both worlds!

Minty Watermelon Strawberry Refresher | CaliGirlCooking.com - The perfect cocktail OR mocktail for late spring celebrations like Mother's Day and Memorial Day.

In multiple senses of the words 😉 I’m super excited to bring you this Minty Watermelon Strawberry Refresher today for a couple of reasons:

  1. It can be made virgin or alcoholic – you choose depending on your situation or personal tastes.
  2. It combines some of my favorite spring produce (strawberries!) with some of my favorite summer produce (watermelon!)

If those aren’t the perfect excuses for Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and beyond, I don’t know what would be!

I first made this incredibly refreshing beverage for our monthly SB Foodie Gals meetup we had a couple of weeks ago at the Santa Barbara Mission. I love when we host our meet-ups at the Mission because we do them picnic potluck-style…everyone brings blankets, wine, cheese, cookies, you name it, and we relax and chat about our recent trials and triumphs goals for the future, etc. I feel so lucky to have met such a great group of local gals that share so many of my same passions and ambitions.

We were all sipping on this Minty Watermelon Strawberry Refresher, that I had totally made off-the-cuff and with no intention of sharing it on the blog, but after receiving so many rave reviews from the gals and requests for the recipe, I decided I better recreate and share it so everyone can make it for all of their celebrations this weekend!

Minty Watermelon Strawberry Refresher | CaliGirlCooking.com - An icy glass of one of the most refreshing cocktails or mocktails you'll ever taste. Incredibly easy to make with all fresh ingredients. The perfect drink for Mother's Day!

I love making drinks with watermelon because you can easily “juice” it without a juicer (because unfortunately neither our kitchen nor our budget can handle one right now.) And when I say “juicing,” I mean whirring it up in a blender (with some fresh strawberries, in this case) and then passing the mixture through a fine sieve to remove any seeds or other things that didn’t break down during the pureeing process. Sure, it takes a tiny but of extra time, but the deliciously thirst-quenching result is soooo worth it.

So, I mentioned the watermelon and the strawberry, but there are a few other ingredients that take this Minty Watermelon Strawberry Refresh from “just juice” to over-the-top. We’re lucky enough to have a ton of wild mint growing in our backyard (which also happens to be about the only thing we can keep alive back there) so I threw a big handful into the mix to give the drink an extra hit of flavor. I also added some fresh lime juice to balance out all the sweetness, as any cocktail or mocktail should have.

And last, but not least, the big question: to make it alcoholic or not to make it alcoholic? This is totally up to you! It will taste REALLY good either way you try it. For the non-alcoholic version, simply add sparkling water or club soda. To booze things up, simply use sparkling wine in lieu of the soda! And, if you can’t decide, you can always break the juice into two batches and add club soda to one and sparkling wine to the other. See, so easy!

Minty Watermelon Strawberry Refresher | CaliGirlCooking.com - These refreshing drinks with fresh strawberry and watermelon can be made alcoholic or non-alcoholic and are the perfect drink for summer holidays!

I am personally becoming quite a pro at making this Minty Watermelon Strawberry Refresher (and subsequently cleaning out our local TJ’s of most of their strawberries and watermelon,) so I think I am definitely going to have to whip up a batch for the weekend. We’re headed over to my brother and sister-in-law’s house for a BBQ on Sunday and I know it will go over well with both the kids and adults alike. 🙂

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend celebrating all of the beautiful mothers in your life! Xo

Minty Watermelon Strawberry Refresher | CaliGirlCooking.com - The perfect cocktail OR mocktail for late spring celebrations like Mother's Day and Memorial Day.
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Minty Watermelon Strawberry Refresher
Prep Time
20 mins
 

This refreshing drink filled with fresh watermelon and strawberries can be made into a mocktail OR cocktail. The perfect sipper for spring and summer occasions! 

Course: Drinks
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 8 cups cubed watermelon (about 1 baby watermelon)
  • 3 cups hulled strawberries
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 10-12 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 cups chilled club soda or sparkling wine
Instructions
  1. Combine watermelon and strawberries in a blender and puree until no chunks remain. 

  2. Place a fine mesh sieve over a wide-mouthed pitcher and, in batches, slowly pour the watermelon mixture through to strain. To speed up the process, use a pestle or some other utensil to help push the mixture through the sieve more quickly. It took me about 4 sieve-fuls to get through the entire batch of juice from the blender.

  3. Remove sieve from pitcher and add lime juice and mint leaves. Stir to combine and refrigerate for at least a half hour. Add chilled club soda or sparkling wine right before serving. Serve over ice or neat, up to you!

Minty Watermelon Strawberry Refresher | CaliGirlCooking.com