Tropical Pineapple Lime “Faux-mosa”

Better late than never, right?

Two tall flutes of delicious Tropical Pineapple Lime "Faux-mosas." The perfect mocktail for any special brunch!
I received compensation to create this recipe for Drizly.

I hope you don’t mind this post hitting your inbox a little late this morning, but, trust me, there’s an important story behind it. Plus, this Tropical Pineapple Lime “Faux-mosa” I created in partnership with my friends at Drizly is too good to pass up!

So, here’s the thing. This post almost didn’t happen. I recently took a part-time copyrighting job with a local company, and let’s just say it’s been a bit of a challenge for me to find a new balance between the work I have on my plate from them, my own blog work and, well, LIFE. I’ve been working some late nights and completely ignoring my husband (sorry, babe!) just to make sure I continue to uphold the standards I’ve set on myself as a an entrepreneur and also now a part-time employee.

I knew I wanted to share this Tropical Pineapple Lime “Faux-mosa” with you all at some point, and I was hoping it would be today, but I was waiting to get word from my good friends at Drizly that it was okay to post this early. I was also jamming on an important project for my company and really had no time yesterday to write a witty post for you all anyhow.

A single, refreshing glass of a Tropical Pineapple Lime "Faux-mosa" for your next special brunch!

I had resigned myself to just skipping a post day (I usually post Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with my Friday cocktail posts often being the most popular ones) which, for a perfectionist/Type A personality like me, is really hard to come to terms with. Anyone else feel me out there?

But I told myself, “You know what, it’s not worth the stress.” I did not have time to shoot another recipe and I REALLY wanted to be able to enjoy the weekend without beating myself up over something that, in the big scheme of things, is probably fairly insignificant anyhow. I bring this all up only because it seemed like a “big deal” to me, but with my goal of finding that healthy balance, both in life and in the kitchen, I thought it was really important for me to let you know that no, I don’t have it all figured out, and even I still struggle with not being perfect and knowing when I need to just let something go.

The good news is, I opened my inbox this morning and had the green light to share the recipe, so now you get to have some Tropical Pineapple Lime “Faux-mosas” in your life this weekend!

An overhead view of two delicious Tropical Pineapple Lime "Faux-mosas." Your next brunch celebration will never be the same with these mocktails!

And what a perfect weekend to have them. I don’t know about you, but we’re in the middle of a warming trend here in California, which means we’re looking at the high-80’s/low-90’s throughout most of the state. It’s also Father’s Day, so I’m hoping most of you will be doing something fun to celebrate with Tropical Pineapple Lime “Faux-mosas” in hand!

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of mimosas. After all, I’ve only already posted four variations of them here on the blog (and if you need a refresher, those would be this Harvey Wallbanger Mimosa, this Peachy Tangerine Kombucha Mimosa, this Harvest Mimosa and, my latest, Sparkling Carrot Mimosas.) So when Drizly approached me and asked me to make a nonalcoholic brunch cocktail for them to share on their site, I knew a “faux-mosa” was my only answer.

All of the warm weather and sunshine these past couple of weeks has gotten me on a big tropical fruit kick, so I immediately started leaning that way for the direction I wanted to take with the drink. I also wanted something that was flavorful enough (but not too sweet) that sparkling water (instead of sparkling wine) wouldn’t dilute the taste too much. The pineapple-lime combination (plus a touch of coconut water to really bring out the “tropical-ness”) was the perfect answer!

These Tropical Pineapple Lime "Faux-mosas" are the perfect mocktail to serve at your next brunch!

I also love that this drink is legitimately healthy AND hydrating, so you can enjoy a few Tropical Pineapple Lime “Faux-mosas” at brunch and still be awake and ready to take on the rest of your day. Although, if you just can’t pass up the sparkling wine at brunch (and I don’t blame you,) subbing in the boozy stuff for the sparkling water would be perfectly acceptable 😉

You can check out the recipe for my Tropical Pineapple Lime “Faux-mosa” on Drizly.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend filled with many tropical drinks! xx

Belizean 75

This drink is brought to you with so much looooove.

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I know Valentine’s Day is behind us, but this Belizean 75 holds a very special place in my heart for multiple reasons.

First, you all know that the French 75 is one of the hubs’ and my absolute favorite cocktails, so much so that it was one of the two signature drinks we served at our wedding. I mean, anything involving both bubbles AND gin is a winner in my book. I love them both to pieces.

Second, we first got to taste a “Belizean 75” on our honeymoon shortly thereafter which, although not quite what we expected, did have a few fond memories going for it. This drink is definitely one of them and I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to make my own version at home.

I ordered the Belizean 75 the day we got back to our resort after being evacuated due to the hurricane, and, let me tell you, after being stuck in a $100 a night eco-lodge that flooded and had no power OR water after the storm hit it was like tasting the nectar of the Gods. Forget the plentiful glasses of red wine and steaming seafood platters that were constants at our Francis Coppola-owned resort, I just wanted this incredibly cool and refreshing cocktail on repeat.

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The main difference between a Belizean 75 and a French 75 is that local rum is used in place of gin, and any variety of local citrus is used in place of the standard lemon juice. I’m not too sure what variety of citrus they used at the Turtle Inn, but I had some blood oranges laying around and boy, did they add just the right zing of color to this cocktail!

I love this cocktail because it is incredibly easy to make and uses very few ingredients, ones you’ll likely have on hand already without requiring an extra trip to the store. All you’re going to need is sparkling wine, rum and fresh-squeezed citrus juice! I would just recommend that whatever citrus juice you use isn’t too tart, since there is no added sweetener in this drink (bonus – less of a hangover the next day!)

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The blood oranges I used were perfect and lent that lovely pinkish hue. Despite what it looks like in the photos, I did use the exact same amount of blood orange juice in each drink, the pulp of one of the blood oranges was just a lot darker than the other. But that’s nature for ya!

Now I know today isn’t a “special” Friday per se (although if you ask me, every Friday is pretty dang special) but that’s no excuse to forego making a Belizean 75 or two. Whether you’re getting together with girlfriends or just want an easy at-home Happy Hour drink for you and your honey, this cocktail will do the trick. And with another round of nasty weather headed our way, I’d say we need as many tropical drinks as we can get to make us forget all the rain. Am I right?

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Stay safe and dry this weekend my friends! Xx

Belizean 75 |
Belizean 75
Prep Time
5 mins

This cocktail is a fun, tropical riff on the classic French 75, using local rum instead of gin and fresh blood orange juice instead of lemon. The ultimate refresher!

Course: Drinks
Servings: 1 cocktail
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
  • 1 ounce fresh blood orange juice (or other fresh citrus juice)
  • 1 ounce rum
  • 4 ounces sparkling wine
  1. Combine orange juice and rum in the bottom of a champagne flute. Slowly pour the sparkling wine over top. Garnish with a blood orange wheel, if desired.

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Santa Barbara Sling

We’re putting a spin on a classic today!Santa Barbara Sling |

Who here has heard of (or enjoyed) a Singapore Sling before? I sure hadn’t, but I stumbled upon it one day in my cocktail research and knew I had to try it for a couple of reasons:

Reason #1: Gin

You probably know it’s one of my faves since it shows up in so many of my cocktails, like this Fresh Thyme and Plum Gin Fizz, this Turmeric Gin & Ginger Cocktail, and this You Go, Gin Coco (to name a few.) I’m down to try any and all gin drinks!

Reason #2: Pineapple

By now you know that this California gal has some Hawaii roots, and I believe that this tropical fruit can make just about any recipe ten times better.

It was pretty obvious that I needed to give this drink a shot, so I decided to interpret it in my own way (with the ingredients I had on hand in our liquor cabinet) and the Santa Barbara Sling was born!

Before I get into the recipe, here’s a quick recap of the OG Singapore Sling: It’s rumored to have been created way back at the beginning of the 19th century by a Hainanese bartender named Ngiam Tong Boon, who worked at the Long Bar in the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. It was originally just called a “gin sling,” but apparently it had an identity crisis. To this day, there are tons of iterations of this recipe, so it was only natural that I make it my own and give it a local California touch!

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This Santa Barbara Sling has a pretty large number of ingredients, but most of them are items you might already have in your liquor cabinet or pantry. I didn’t feel like tracking down the unique liqueurs the original recipe called for, like Cherry Heering and Benedictine, so I did my best to find the closest substitutes I could that I already had on hand.

Instead of Cherry Heering, I simply used some of the juice from a jar of maraschino cherries, and instead of the Benedictine, I used it’s more common counterpart here in the US, Jaegermeister. Because the cherry juice was non-alcoholic (and because I love gin) I also upped the amount of gin the recipe calls for.

Despite the numerous ingredients, the Santa Barbara Sling comes together in a snap. Once you have all of the ingredients, you simply pour them together in a glass over a hefty serving of ice, give the mixture a nice stir, and enjoy.

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My interpretation of this cocktail turned out quite tasty (if I do say so myself) and, after the week I’ve had, all I want to do today is sit out in my backyard with a good book and a Santa Barbara Sling in hand. I hosted my FEED Supper pop-up dinner last night, and it was a smashing success! It was quite a lot of work doing everything on my own (and did I mention they turned off our power for a couple of hours on Thursday morning?) but the payoff was totally worth it and we had a great turnout. Unfortunately, I still have a lot of work to get done today, but that’s the price I pay for all of the fun travel plans I have ahead!

That’s right folks, my marathon month of traveling continues next week when the hubby and I take a long weekend trip up to Napa (right in the middle of harvest! So excited.) Then I’m back for a few days and off on a plane to Hawaii the following week with my dad. I convinced him to come along on a “work research” trip with me and I’m so excited to have some one-on-one time with him. We definitely have lots of eating planned, but we’re hoping to also find some fun farm tours or other excursions to go on while we’re there. Please let me know in the comments if you have any ideas or suggestions!

But, since it’s Friday and I plan to work as little as possible while still getting everything done that I need to, I’m going to just leave you with this, the tropical, tasty and refreshing Santa Barbara Sling!

Santa Barbara Sling |

Santa Barbara Sling

5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: Makes one cocktail

A Santa Barbara take on the classic Singapore Sling - a gin-based cocktail with pineapple juice and a few other secret ingredients.



  1. Fill a highboy glass three quarters of the way full with ice. Add ingredients to glass and stir to combine. Serve with a lime wedge for garnish.
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One for me, one for you.

Indian Summer I

Summer isn’t over yet!

Indian Summer I | CaliGirl Cooking

It seems like as soon as the calendar turned to September 1, the Internet started exploding with all things pumpkin, apple and spice. But let’s not forget that we technically still have two whole weeks before we officially say au revoir to the warmest season of the year!

Granted, I do have some tasty fall-themed recipe ideas lined up for you in the coming weeks, but before we get to that, I wanted to leave you with a couple more summer-inspired cocktail recipes, the first of which I’ll be sharing with you today. Yes, they are both called Indian Summer (hence the “Indian Summer I” and, next week, the “Indian Summer II”) but although there will be a couple of similarities (mostly the beautiful orangeish-red color) they each are pretty darn unique in their own way.

Indian Summer I | CaliGirl Cooking

My friend Vanessa and I came up with these Indian Summer cocktail recipes in preparation for our other friend’s “Convention of Cocktails” birthday party we attended over Labor Day weekend. Basically, everyone teamed up in groups of 2 or 4, and had to come up with a unique cocktail recipe. Then the birthday gal and her hubby-to-be made the rounds and tasted everything, eventually deciding on a winner. Isn’t that such a great party idea? We definitely all need to start planning some of those.

We actually decided to make the Indian Summer II for the party (which I’ll be sharing next week,) but I dare say this Indian Summer I would have put up just as much competition against the other drinks vying for the prize.

We knew the birthday gal liked bubbles, so needed to create something that had at least a splash of sparkling wine in it if we had any chance of winning. My hubby also just so happened to have received a new product to try, Ciroc Mango Vodka and, because it was getting rave reviews, had been encouraging me to make up a cocktail recipe with it.

Indian Summer I | CaliGirl Cooking

Vanessa and I decided to combine the mango vodka with the bubbles, some date caramel for sweetness (yes, you can get it premade…I used this exact one for the recipe!) and a healthy dash of Aperol to really bring that sunset color home. If nothing else, this Indian Summer cocktail was going to be a beaut!

But boy, it did not end up letting down in taste either. You get some fantastic tropical flavor from the mango vodka (to always remind us of these glorious summer days), the perfect healthy sweetness from the date caramel, a balance of bitter from the Aperol, and of course….BUBBLES!!!! We also just had to garnish with a fresh lime wedge to cap off the summery feel and add just a touch of acidity. Do we have all of the tastes covered or what?

The great news is, you can adjust this drink with a little more or less of each ingredient, depending on how sweet, bitter or acidic you like your cocktails to be. Taste too strong? Try adding a tad more date caramel. Don’t like the bitterness of Aperol? Use less (or none at all, although then you’ll really be missing out on that beautiful color.) It’s totally up to you!

Indian Summer I | CaliGirl Cooking

Indian Summer I is the perfect drink to savor these last few beach weekends, before we start cozying up indoors and devoting our weekends to watching football. So go grab yourself these ingredients, order some date caramel, and whip some of these up ASAP. We’ll squeeze out every last ounce of the season as if our lives depended on it!

Indian Summer I

5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: Makes one cocktail

A sparkling wine cocktail with tropical mango and lime flavors to help say farewell to summer.


  • ½ teaspoon date caramel
  • 1 ounce mango-flavored vodka (we used Ciroc Mango)
  • ½ ounce Aperol
  • 3-4 ounces sparkling wine (depending on glass size)
  • Lime wedge for garnish


  1. Add date caramel and vodka to a champagne flute. Stir together so date caramel isn’t just sitting in the bottom of the glass.
  2. Add Aperol, then sparkling wine, and garnish with a lime wedge.
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Oh heeeey bae….

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Tropical Matcha Chia Pudding

Full-on long weekend recovery mode right here.Tropical Matcha Chia Pudding | CaliGirl Cooking

And this Tropical Matcha Chia Pudding is helping us keep on keepin’ on.

How was everyone’s long weekend? Do anything fun? Eat (or drink) anything delicious? Tell me, tell me! I want to hear all about it. This Labor Day weekend was a tad bittersweet for us. When it comes to long weekends, we’re usually the ones to jump at the chance to go on a short trip somewhere or go visit our family. Unfortunately, due to recent injuries, we had to stick at home this year, but we still managed to squeeze in some fun!

The best part was all of the delicious food and drink that were consumed. We attended a Convention of Cocktails on Sunday (yep, my friends are the coolest and have cocktail competitions for their birthday parties) and my good friend Dez hosted a CaliGirl Cooking Night for me last night!

Guys, this was soooo fun and I highly recommend that all of my food blogger friends jump on this train. Basically, Dez invited over a bunch of our friends, and asked each person to contribute a dish using a recipe from my blog. Everyone was told to come armed with empty stomachs and feedback for how easy the recipe was to follow, whether I missed anything in my instructions, if there was a part they didn’t understand, etc. Let me tell you, it was just EPIC and my heart felt so full seeing everyone enjoying all of the recipes I work so hard to create for you all.

It was also the perfect way for me to do a “soft” kick-off for my newest venture, Celebrations by CaliGirl Cooking! Yes, that’s right, this gal is stepping into the menu planning/food and beverage consultation world and I couldn’t be more excited. In a nutshell, I’m here to help anyone (including you!) that needs just a little (or a lot of) guidance in planning a menu for any special occasion you may be celebrating. I’ll have more details coming to the site soon, but in the meantime, if you’re curious, drop me a line. I always love to hear from you!

Tropical Matcha Chia Pudding | CaliGirl Cooking

But as per usual, I’m digressing again. What I REALLY want to tell you guys about today is this Tropical Matcha Chia Pudding, because I’m pretty darn excited about it. As I mentioned when I made these Coconut-Vanilla Chia Pudding Parfaits, it took me a while to jump on the chia pudding train. I always add chia seeds to my smoothie in the morning, but for that very reason it took me a while to feel the urge to make some other sort of breakfast involving the gelatinous superfood.

You may have seen a little teaser for these during my @bloglovin_food Instagram takeover this past weekend, and I’ve been getting so many requests for the recipe! Well wait no longer, my friends, it’s coming right at ya today.

To be honest, I was so surprised at how easy it was to make a matcha version of chia pudding. Like, why haven’t I been seeing more of this all over the inter-webs? Seriously, so simple. Much like our beloved matcha lattes, we just whisk matcha powder into almond milk, and then we add the chia seeds and just a touch of honey. Pop it in the refrigerator overnight and you’ll be ready to enjoy Tropical Matcha Chia Pudding first thing in the AM!

Tropical Matcha Chia Pudding | CaliGirl Cooking

Seriously, aside from chopping up the macadamia nuts and pineapple, there will be no other prep time required once you pull this pudding out of the refrigerator. If that’s not considered a grab-and-go breakfast, I don’t know what is!

Before I leave you with the recipe, let me just say that this Tropical Matcha Chia Pudding has got alllll the right flavors. The soft and silky matcha chia pudding is balanced out by the crunch of the macadamia nuts and the sweet hit from the fresh pineapple. And the coconut! We can’t forget the coconut. Because could we really call this a TROPICAL Matcha Chia Pudding without it?

Tropical Matcha Chia Pudding | CaliGirl Cooking

Tropical Matcha Chia Pudding

10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Total Time: 8 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: Makes 2 large or 4 small servings

A tropical twist on the favorite overnight chia pudding recipe, featuring matcha powder, fresh pineapple, macadamia nuts and toasty coconut.



  1. Pour matcha powder into almond milk and whisk vigorously to combine (try to get as many chunks of the matcha out as possible.) Whisk in honey, then add chia seeds.
  2. Let sit for 10 minutes, and then stir again, breaking up any large chunks of chia seeds. Place in refrigerator at least 8 hours or overnight.
  3. In the morning, remove chia pudding from the refrigerator. Scoop into individual serving vessels and top with macadamia nuts, pineapple and coconut flakes.
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Little cup o’paradise!