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!

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!

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

Watermelon Caprese Salad with Prosciutto

The most refreshing salad EVER!

A big bowl of refreshing Watermelon Caprese Salad with Prosciutto. The perfect summer salad!

Seriously, if you’re in need of some hydration in your life (and I know at least all us Californians do after this heat wave we’ve been having) then this Watermelon Caprese Salad with Prosciutto is going to be your saving grace right now.


Let me tell you, we are soooo lucky that our landlord was kind enough to install A/C for us about a year ago because, judging by all my CA friends’ social media posts, every store that sells fans is completely sold out and people are sweltering in the near 100-degree heat. This does not sound like one ounce of fun to me (especially being pregnant,) so this is my open invitation to all of my overheating friends to come over and enjoy some Watermelon Caprese Salad with Prosciutto in our comfortably 75-degree little duplex!

But seriously, even if you’re not close enough to come over, you’ve GOT to get some of this salad in your life stat. Don’t get me wrong, I love a delicious classic caprese salad with that creamy mozzarella and alllll the fresh tomatoes and basil, but sometimes I just want to mix it up and swapping in the watermelon for the tomatoes is just the perfect little change (but not too much of a change) to really wow people the first time you serve it up.

A close-up shot of delicious Watermelon Caprese Salad with Prosciutto. The perfect no-cook salad for summer!

And the prosciutto…Oh, the prosciutto! Okay, it’s no secret that I love the stuff, and it has that perfect saltiness (and extra protein) to really give this dish the ultimate flavor trifecta AND pass as a complete meal. I gave the prosciutto a quick spin in a saute pan to heat it up and therefore make it “pregnancy-safe,” but if you’re not expecting you can just throw it in as-is, straight from the package. Or, if you’re a vegetarian, simply omit the prosciutto and you’ll still be more than pleased with the taste. Pinky promise.

So how long will it be until you can get this Watermelon Caprese Salad with Prosciutto whipped up and ready to serve on your kitchen table? Approximately 10 minutes. No joke. There’s no cooking involved, so the most time-consuming thing about this recipe might just be chopping up the watermelon into bite-size chunks.

A single serving of Watermelon Caprese Salad with Crispy Prosciutto from CaliGirlCooking.com.

And, if you haven’t refrigerated your uncut watermelon ahead of time, you may want to give the salad a little bit of time to chill out before serving. It’s totally worth it for how much more refreshing it will make it!

I don’t know about you, but all this talking about my new favorite “salad” is making me want to whip up another batch this weekend. We’re hanging out in town again, and planning on fully enjoying the summer weather with some beach time and maybe a barbecue or two.

What are your plans for the first “official” weekend of summer?!? Making some Watermelon Caprese Salad with Prosciutto, I hope?

A bowl of this refreshing Watermelon Caprese Salad with Prosciutto is the perfect light meal for summer!

A big bowl of refreshing Watermelon Caprese Salad with Prosciutto. The perfect summer salad!
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Watermelon Caprese Salad with Prosciutto
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

This fun take on the classic caprese salad is full of refreshing watermelon and bites of salty prosciutto. The perfect dish for warm weather entertaining!

Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Salad, Snack
Servings: 6 servings
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 1 mini seedless watermelon, cubed
  • 12 ounces ciliegine (mini mozzarella balls)
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 5 ounces prosciutto, chopped
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Drizzle of balsamic glaze
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients except the balsamic glaze to a large bowl and toss to combine. 

  2. If watermelon was not pre-chilled before cutting, place salad in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. 

  3. Before serving, drizzle on balsamic glaze and garnish with whole basil leaves, if desired.

Watermelon Caprese Salad with Prosciutto | CaliGirlCooking.com

Cherry Salsa

My cherry obsession is still going strong…

A bowl of delicious Cherry Salsa just waiting to be eaten with your favorite tortilla chips!

I honestly can’t get enough! Do you ever obsess about a certain produce item coming into season so much that your list of what to do with it is about a mile long? Hi, yea, looking at me right here. This Cherry Salsa is just another in the long list of recipe ideas I’ve been dreaming about since cherries went out of season last year, and I’m so excited about the way it turned out!


I know I’ve been inundating you with the cherry recipes lately, so I can only hope that you’re enjoying these Cherry Bourbon Breezes and this Herbed Cherry and Ricotta Crostini as much as I am. If so, I’m confident that you’ll be totally digging on this Cherry Salsa as well.

It’s an easy recipe, with no cooking involved, that can easily be served up on its own as an appetizer or snack, or as a topping for your favorite barbecued meat (I have some juicy grilled pork chops in mind.) Might I also mention it would be the perfect addition to your Father’s Day menu this weekend?

This Cherry Salsa is the perfect appetizer or snack for any barbecue or family get-together you're having this weekend!

Speaking of, what are your plans for celebrating Dad on Sunday? We’re so lucky that both of our dads live relatively close to each other, so we’re heading up to the Bay Area to spend some quality time with them, and of course to make them some delicious food!

I think some Cherry Salsa might definitely need to make an appearance alongside the tri tip, chicken and sausages we’re already planning on serving. Still need to think of some more sides and dessert though. Any fun suggestions?

As I mentioned above, this Cherry Salsa is a breeze to make, and you can have it ready to serve in under 20 minutes. It involves basically all of the same ingredients as a regular pico de gallo salsa, but subs in fresh, pitted cherries instead of  tomatoes. That’s it! So easy, right?

Fresh cherries, rinsed and ready to be made into delicious Cherry Salsa!

And if you’re looking for another, more traditional salsa to serve alongside (or instead) of this one, be sure to check out my Spicy Homemade Salsa. You could even go with a fancy selection and add this Mango Salsa to the mix! Clearly I’m a salsa-lover and I’m not ashamed to show it.

Even if you have no plans for Father’s Day, this Cherry Salsa needs to make an appearance in your household in the next week. Cherries are at the top of their game right now and you wouldn’t want to miss out on another great opportunity to use them.

An overhead shot of a big bowl of delicious Cherry Salsa.

Happy Monday and I hope your week is made even better with this delicious recipe!

A bowl of delicious Cherry Salsa just waiting to be eaten with your favorite tortilla chips!
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Cherry Salsa

A fun take on everyone's favorite Mexican condiment, this salsa uses the season's best fresh cherries in lieu of tomatoes - a delicious twist!

Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Servings: 6 people
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 16 ounces fresh red cherries, pitted and diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a medium bowl and stir to combine. Refrigerate for a half hour or so for best results. Serve with tortilla chips!

Cherry Salsa | 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!

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.

Pineapple Orgeat Fizz | CaliGirlCooking.com