Kiwi Coconut Cooler

Hooraaaay for Fridaaaay!

This Kiwi Coconut Cooler is the perfect, refreshing mocktail with a fun hit of color!

And for delicious kiwi-flavored beverages like this Kiwi Coconut Cooler. In fact, if you take nothing else away from this post today, I hope it’s that kiwi purėe is a fantastic, highly underutilized addition to any cocktail or mocktail. Talk about drinking the rainbow!


I’m not going to lie, sometimes it’s a little tricky to continue coming up with fun, new, innovative drink recipes every week, especially when I’m on the no-drinking train (just a few more months!) But if nothing else, I’ve learned that there are almost just as many options for nonalcoholic drinks as there are alcoholic ones, and it’s been pretty darn fun to get creative and see what I can come up with.

My inspiration for a kiwi-based drink initially came from those OG Snapple juices (do they even exist anymore?) I haven’t seen one in ages, but for some reason I kept thinking about the strawberry-kiwi flavored one and whether or not I could make a more natural, less artificially-sweetened version from fresh fruits.

So, I set out to make a kiwi-strawberry mocktail, but once I took inventory of everything I had on hand in my kitchen to make a delicious beverage, I realized I had pulled out a bunch more tropical, coconut-y flavors. Plus, I didn’t want to mess up the color of that vibrant green purėe by trying to muddle in some fresh strawberries. I knew that clear, only slightly cloudy coconut water and milky orgeat would do the trick for not only preserving that bright green color but perhaps even magnifying it. And hey, the taste combo isn’t bad either!

A Kiwi Coconut Cooler is the perfect special, healthy drink for any night of the week.

As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t own a juicer, so I have to get creative when I’m mixing up my own fresh fruit juices. For the kiwis, I found that my immersion blender did just the trick to get a nice, juicy purėe that would be easily sippable. I had initially thought I would need to strain out the seeds and other pulp, but everything broke down beautifully and I decided there was something kinda fun about those little black flecks suspended in the drink.

Aside from a boatload of fresh kiwis, the only ingredients you’ll need in order to have a Kiwi Coconut Cooler in your hand in no time are the aforementioned coconut water and orgeat, plus a splash of club soda. Oh, and I couldn’t leave out the strawberries completely, so I threw some on for garnish.

If you’ve had a long week and are currently fortunate enough to partake in boozy beverages, I highly recommend the addition of some white rum to this already tropical-vibe inspiring drink. It’ll get you in summer weekend relaxation mode in no time at all and itching to jump in the pool.

As for my weekend, my mom is coming to town to celebrate my niece’s birthday, and we’ve got a Saturday girls’ brunch date planned which I’m pretty darn excited for. Other than that, we’ll just be continuing to get our house organized and finding places for all of the things we’re acquiring for baby. I can’t believe my due date is just nine weeks away! Nesting mode has finally set in and I’m excited for my travel schedule to die down a bit so I can focus on really getting ready and finding some time to RELAX and enjoy these last few weeks of us being a family of two (well, three with our fur baby.)

Kiwi Coconut Coolers are a fun treat for kids and adults alike!

What are your plans for the weekend? Hoping they involve a Kiwi Coconut Cooler or two!

This Kiwi Coconut Cooler is the perfect, refreshing mocktail with a fun hit of color!
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Kiwi Coconut Cooler
Prep Time
10 mins
 

A vibrant, refreshing cocktail featuring fresh kiwi puree and hydrating coconut water - it tastes just like the tropics! Add rum to make it boozy 😉

Course: Drinks
Servings: 2 cocktails
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 6 kiwis, peeled and purėed with an immersion blender to make about 10 ounces juice
  • 2 ounces orgeat
  • 4 ounces coconut water
  • Club soda, to top
  • Kiwi wheel and fresh strawberry, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Divide kiwi purėe evenly between two tallboy glasses. Add 1 ounce orgeat and 2 ounces coconut water to each glass and stir. 

  2. Fill each glass to the top with ice, then top up with a splash of club soda. 

  3. Garnish each glass with a kiwi slice and strawberry to serve.

Kiwi Coconut Cooler | CaliGirlCooking.com

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.

Tropical Tea Zinger | CaliGirlCooking.com

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!

Fresh Raspberry Mint Limeade | CaliGirlCooking.com

Virgin Stone Fruit Sangria

Because every pregnant mama deserves a delicious virgin sangria, right?!

A tall, refreshing glass of Virgin Stone Fruit Sangria.

I tell ya, when you’re pregnant, you sure do get some funny cravings. And once you start thinking about something, it’s pretty hard to stop. For example, I’ve been craving doughnuts virtually my entire pregnancy, but have yet to satisfy my craving. I don’t know why I haven’t, maybe because I’m trying to be “healthy”? (Says she who has been baking the likes of cinnamon rolls and Chocolate Cherry Bread basically nonstop.) But perhaps if I DID give in to my craving and just go to Dunkin’ Donuts already, I’d be able to stop thinking about them! Anyone out there  have some insight on this?


But anyhow, one of the other things I’ve been really thinking a lot about in this day of pool parties and beach days is fruity, refreshing sangria. Sure, my Spindrifts and La Croix’s get me through an afternoon lounging in the sun, but sometimes I want something just a little more special (and, let’s be honest, I REALLY miss the wine.)

An overhead shot of two glasses of refreshing Virgin Stone Fruit Sangria, perfect for summer entertaining!

I got this idea for a virgin sangria when I was looking for some glasses of wine to use as props for one of my photo shoots. Since I’ve been on the wagon, the hubs hasn’t been opening too many bottles of wine because he’d then have to drink the whole bottle himself….womp womp. TBH, I’ve been totally okay with this because (a) I would be really bummed if he opened a bottle I really wanted to taste/enjoy with him and (b) that’s basically every bottle of wine we own.

So, in lieu of opening a bottle of wine which I would subsequently get to enjoy no part of, I turned to my refrigerator and realized that the bottle of cherry juice I had stuck in there would look JUST like red wine. And I could drink it up afterwards! This got me thinking, what else could I make that used cherry juice as a red wine substitute? Some sort of fruity sangria was the first thing that came to mind.

On top of the sangria inspiration, my local Trader Joe’s just happens to be popping with just about every type of stone fruit imaginable, and every time I go I just want to eat it all up. I decided a Virgin Stone Fruit Sangria would be the perfect way to satisfy both my wine and stone fruit cravings and, let me tell ya, I’m so pleased with the result!

A big pitcher of Virgin Stone Fruit Sangria is all you need for your next summer get-together.

I used fresh cherries, apricots and plums in my recipe, but you could really substitute any stone fruit that looks or sounds good to you. That’s half the fun!

And aside from the cherry juice I already mentioned, you’ll also want to have ginger beer and club soda on hand. The ginger beer adds a nice zest to the mix, while the club soda adds even more fizz and dilutes the mixture slightly so it’s not overly sweet.

Mix your stone fruit and your liquids together in a big pitcher, let chill for a bit (you definitely want that fruit to marinate!) and, finally, serve over ice in a big wine glass. Your Virgin Stone Fruit Sangria is served, wine headache not included.

This Virgin Stone Fruit Sangria is filled with the season's best fruit with a zesty kick from ginger beer.

A big pitcher of Virgin Stone Fruit Sangria is all you need for your next summer get-together.
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Virgin Stone Fruit Sangria
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

A fun, virgin take on classic sangria, this recipe utilizes fresh cherry juice, zesty ginger beer and summer's best stone fruits for a truly refreshing drink.

Course: Drinks
Servings: 6 servings
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 2 cups fresh cherries, pitted and cut in half
  • 3 small apricots, sliced
  • 2 plums, sliced
  • 2 cups cherry juice
  • 2 cups ginger beer
  • 2 cups sparkling water or club soda
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to a few hours.

  2. Serve in wine glasses filled with ice and enjoy!

Virgin Stone Fruit Sangria | CaliGirlCooking.com

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