Archive for Captivating Cocktails

Serenity

Since tomorrow’s New Year’s Eve, I thought I’d share my recipe for a delicious cocktail that I came up with some time ago. If you’d prefer not to have alcohol, just substitute sparkling apple juice (or sparkling grape juice) in place of the banana liqueur and vanilla rum and add a splash of vanilla extract. Either way it’s yummy!!!

And, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! đŸ™‚

~Renee

This cocktail would SUPER served tomorrow on New Year's Eve! It's actually great for any time!

This cocktail would SUPER served tomorrow on New Year’s Eve! It’s actually great for any time!

Serenity

For 1 Serving:

4 oz Pineapple Juice

2 oz Orange Juice

1 1/2 oz Banana Liqueur

1/2 oz Vanilla Rum

For about 4 Servings:

2 Cups Pineapple Juice

1 Cup Orange Juice

3/4 Cup (6 oz) Banana Liqueur

2 oz Vanilla Rum

For a pitcher:

4 Cups Pineapple Juice

2 Cups Orange Juice

1 1/2 Cups Banana Liqueur

4 oz Vanilla Rum

Optional for each serving, a splash of grenadine syrup and/or a splash of Sprite.

Also optional: To garnish, strawberries and small pineapple wedges

Mix the fruit juices with the banana liqueur and rum. To each serving, add a splash of the grenadine syrup and/or Sprite, if desired. ENJOY!!!

*NOTE: Either chill ingredients beforehand or you can serve over ice.

**RECIPE AND PHOTO BY RENEE’S GOURMETS**

©Renee Norris 2014

All rights reserved.

Watermelon Margaritas

These yummy cocktails aren’t red, white and blue but at least they’re red. And they’re a GREAT addition to your 4th of July celebration…or ANY celebration…or even for just relaxing at home!

Getting together the ingredients.

Getting together the ingredients.

I put the watermelon chunks into my Ninja.

I put the watermelon chunks into my Ninja.

Adding a little margarita mix. Don't mind the unfolded (but clean!) laundry in the background!

Adding a little margarita mix. Don’t mind the unfolded (but clean!) laundry in the background!

After I blended it til it was smooth, I added 2 cups of the ice. I pulsed it a few times and blended it a little more. Then, I did the same with the remaining 2 cups of ice.

After I blended it til it was smooth, I added 2 cups of the ice. I pulsed it a few times and blended it a little more. Then, I did the same with the remaining 2 cups of ice.

Blending in the rest of the ice. Again, don't mind the laundry...

Blending in the rest of the ice. Again, don’t mind the laundry…

The finished product is delicious...not to mention PRETTY!!! :)

The finished product is delicious…not to mention PRETTY!!! đŸ™‚

Watermelon Margaritas

4 Cups Seedless Watermelon, cut into small chunks

4 oz Margarita Mix

3 oz Tequila (I used Sauza)

3 oz Triple Sec

4 Cups Ice

1 Packet Stevia, if desired

*This recipe makes about 3 large cocktails or 4 smaller ones.*

1. Place the first 4 ingredients into the blender. Process several seconds til it’s well combined.

2. Put half the ice and the stevia (if desired) into the blender. Pulse a few times then process til the ice is incorporated.

3. Add the remaining 2 cups of ice. Pulse a few times again and then process til smooth.

4. Serve in cocktail glasses. Garnish with a small watermelon wedge.

**Recipe and Photos By Renee’s Gourmets**