Tropical Tea Zinger

Time for another round of tea drinks!

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I don’t know why (maybe because they’re not that widespread yet?) but I love a good tea cocktail. Whether served cold or hot, I think they’re a fun, semi-healthy way to kick back and relax while enjoying a good drink. This Tropical Tea Zinger is perfect for summer, served cold over ice with the refreshing addition of spicy ginger beer and fresh orange juice.


I first ventured into the world of tea cocktails with this Pineapple Green Tea Martini, which I must say would also be a fantastic one to whip up this time of year when the weather is warm and tropical flavors sound like the best thing ever (and if you can actually drink booze right now!)

Then, during some of the colder months, I ventured into the boozy hot tea category with this Warming Ginger Tea Whiskey Cocktail and this Elder-Berry Tea Cocktail. I love both of these on cool fall or winter afternoons and evenings, which I might mention are just around the corner! [Side note: Has anyone else been seeing pumpkin slowly creeping back onto the scene already? On one hand it feels so soon to me but on the other I can’t wait for everything pumpkin season to arrive!]

This Tropical Tea Zinger is a perfect balance between the cold boozy tea martini and the hot toddy types that we need to shelve for another month or two. It’s cool and refreshing, yet does not contain any of the hard stuff. That being said, I certainly wouldn’t object if you wanted to perk it up a bit with some whiskey 😉

This Tropical Tea Zinger is a refreshing summer mocktail with plenty of spice!

My mom always has some homemade iced tea sitting in her refrigerator whenever I visit, and this time I was excited to find some decaf Lipton Tropical Iced Tea waiting in a huge pitcher. It’s been so refreshing to sip on during this warm weather, I immediately knew I wanted to use it to make this week’s mocktail!

While I love unsweetened iced tea, in order to make it mocktail-worthy I felt like it needed a little sweetness and spice. I turned to my good ol’ non-alcoholic friend, ginger beer, for some unexpected fizz and that gingery tang, and then added some fresh orange juice to sweeten the deal and give the tea a whole other dimension. Let’s just say I immediately fell in love, and I’m pretty sure you would, too.

A tall, refreshing glass of this Tropical Tea Zinger is just what you need on a warm summer's day!

Plus, it’s Friday, which means a Tropical Tea Zinger – whether you booze it up or not – is the perfect way to reward yourself after a long week and kick off a relaxing weekend. I know I’ll be kicking up my feet with a few of these at the ‘rents’ house. What exciting things will you be bringing these Zingers too this weekend??

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Tropical Tea Zinger
Prep Time
5 mins
 

A refreshing iced tea-based mocktail full of tropical flavor and plenty of zing from spicy ginger beer and fresh-squeezed orange juice.

Course: Drinks
Servings: 1 drink
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 3 ounces Lipton Tropical Iced Tea, brewed and brought to room temperature (or chilled)
  • 2 ounces ginger beer
  • 1 ounce fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • Citrus leaves and an orange wedge, for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Pour all ingredients into a tall glass filled with ice. Stir gently to combine.

  2. Garnish with citrus leaves and an orange wedge, if desired.

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Fresh Raspberry Mint Limeade

Thirst-quenching to the max!

This Fresh Raspberry Mint Limeade is the perfect thirst-quencher for summer! Add vodka for a boozy twist.

That’s exactly what this Fresh Raspberry Mint Limeade is. It’s the perfect drink for summer and, yes, in case you were wondering, you can easily booze it up 😉 Just add a shot or two of vodka!


Throughout my pregnancy, I’ve been a big fan of acidic drinks with just a hint of sweetness. Whenever we go somewhere that I’m ordering a mocktail, if the bartender asks me what kind of drinks I like, my answer is always “Not too sweet!” I also tend to notice that baby gets more active when I have the juicy, acidic stuff, which is always exciting and fun.

But regardless of having weird pregnancy cravings/tendencies, this Fresh Raspberry Mint Limeade is most definitely a winner. If you’ve been reading this blog for any period of time, you’ll know that I’m not a big fan of processed foods (including juices) and try to make things from scratch whenever possible. No, I’m not a health nut, but I do care about quality, unprocessed food and minimal preservatives and additives.

The lemon- or limeade you’ll find at most grocery stores is often loaded with sugar, artificial dyes and who knows what else, so I always try to make my own as much as possible. And no, you do not need a truckload of citrus to make a decent glass of limeade. For example, for this Fresh Raspberry Mint Limeade, I only used about 1 cup of fresh lime juice, which is approximately a dozen limes.

Fresh Raspberry Mint Limeade is just as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the taste buds!

And the raspberries. Ohhhh the raspberries. Don’t they lend just the most beautiful color? I couldn’t resist snapping some photos of the limeade before stirring because of that beautiful layered look you get with the raspberries on the bottom, the limeade on top and the garnish of bright green mint, but you’ll definitely want to give the drink a good stir before drinking so you can get all the flavors to meld.

As delicious as fresh limes and raspberries are, the two together can be pretty tart and acidic, so to sweeten things up a bit we use good ol’ simple syrup. We keep a stash of this brand on hand, but you can also easily make your own by boiling up equal parts sugar and water until you get a thicker, syrupy consistency. It’s a great ingredient on hand, even if you’re only making alcohol-free cocktails!

The other thing I love about all citrus is how easy it is to juice! Whether you’re going for orange juice, lemonade or limeade, you can easily make it with a hand squeezer. No fancy juicer necessary. I don’t know about you, but we have no room whatsoever for any other appliances in our kitchen so, as much as I’d love to have fresh juice of any kind on hand at any given moment, I’m happy to settle for all the citruses, like this Fresh Raspberry Mint Limeade!

This Fresh Raspberry Mint Limeade has a beautiful neon pink color and tastes incredibly refreshing and delicious.

By this time you may be wondering how we work the raspberries, which are clearly not a citrus fruit, into the limeade and give it that beautiful pink color (it’s electric, I swear!) Well, my friends, that’s where we turn to one of our good ol’ bartending skills – muddling! This is one of my other favorite tricks for adding fresh fruit flavor (no pre-bottled, additive-laden junk) to a drink, and raspberries are soft and juicy enough to release all their sweet flavor with just a quick little mash in the bottom of your glass.

And the mint, of course we can’t forget the mint! This is the perfect finishing touch and adds just the perfect hit of subtle flavor to an already refreshing drink. I mean, there’s no better way to make a mocktail fancy then to add some fresh herb-y flavor and a beautiful garnish, am I right?

Now, it’s Friday, we’ve got two days of play ahead of us, and the weather is undoubtedly warm wherever you are (unless you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, that is) so what do you say we whip up some Fresh Raspberry Mint Limeade and call it a day?

Fresh Raspberry Mint Limeade is the perfect summer quencher. Add vodka to make it a cocktail!

This Fresh Raspberry Mint Limeade is the perfect thirst-quencher for summer! Add vodka for a boozy twist.
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Fresh Raspberry Mint Limeade
Prep Time
5 mins
 

This citrus quencher is loaded with fresh limes and raspberries, with a touch of mint to really bring it over the top. Add vodka for a delicious cocktail!

Course: Drinks
Servings: 2 drinks
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 16 fresh raspberries
  • 4-6 ounces simple syrup (depending on how sweet you want your drinks)
  • 10 fresh mint leaves, plus 2 mint sprigs for garnish
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice (approximately 12 limes)
Instructions
  1. Divide raspberries, simple syrup and mint leaves evenly into the bottom of two highball glasses. Muddle ingredients in each glass until the raspberries release their juices. 

  2. Fill highball glasses to the top with ice. Top with fresh lime juice. 

  3. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs and enjoy!

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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.

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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!

This post contains affiliate links. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for continuing to support the brands that make CaliGirl Cooking possible!

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.

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