Hello summer, I would like you to stay just a tad longer please.
I would like a few more weeks where gigantic bowls of fruit qualify as meals, time to play in the sun and just a few more mornings of sleeping in without an alarm. Is that too much to ask?
Whether I like it or not, the end of summer is near. We are shopping for school uniforms, my daughter has already decorated her binder ( One Direction of course!) and I find myself trying to cram a million and one things into every single moment of daylight we have.
Lucky for me on really hectic days I can come home at night, kick my shoes off and whip up one of these Pineapple and Cilantro Moscow Mules – these tropical beauties are literally the essence of summer in a sip.
Apparently I am not alone in my quest to hold on to summer – Sherrie of With Food + Love and Renee of Will Frolic for Food have brought an amazing group of talented bloggers together to #drinkthesummer ! We are celebrating the best the summer has to offer with cocktails, mocktails and everything in between. It might be time to throw a summer party and invite all of our friends, because these summer sips are not to be missed!
Looking to make a refreshing non-alcoholic drink? Simply omit the vodka and replace it with ginger beer.
6 cilantro leaves
1½ ounces vodka
4 tablespoons pineapple puree
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
Gently muddle the cilantro leaves in a rocks glass to release their oils. Add ice to the top. Pour the vodka over the ice followed by the pineapple puree, lime juice, and top with ginger beer. Stir and serve.
To make pineapple puree simply blend pineapple chunks in the blender until smooth. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.
If you like sweeter drinks add a tablespoon of agave to the drink.
Meg van der Kruik is the writer, mother, photographer, designer, cook and creative spirit behind This Mess is Ours. After her infant son was diagnosed with a gluten allergy, she dedicated herself to learning to make meals the whole family would love. It’s a bit of a mess – cooking for a vegetarian and three meat-eaters with a range of gluten + dairy sensitivities, but she manages to bring them together every night around their little family table.