Cheers to All the Moms/ Wonderful Drink Recipes

When getting ready to shower your mom with love admiration and tokens of your affection you may want to take a leaf out of my family’s book and actually ASK your mom what she wants in terms of gifts or outings to celebrate the day. As my children are older than 21 it stands to reason that I will not be getting a handmade Popsicle stick jewelry box or a card with cut out hearts saying that I can redeem it for 1 hug anytime I need one. These precious types of gifts were wonderful when they were 5 now, not so much. Asking them for a manicure or pedicure or to clean out their closets is not unreasonable but what I really want is not something they can’t buy but rather something they can give me. Their time.

What I really wanted was one time just like we used to have when they were little. An afternoon or evening together, just the three of us. When I suggested it they jumped at it and suggested an evening at an outdoor cafe where we could just sit and talk and have a few appetizers a cocktail or two and listen to some music. I suggested we stay home, they clean their closets and we sit on the deck at sunset and drink fruity girlie drinks and talk. I figured I could get two gifts for the price of one, their company and clean closets. The rules were simple. At least 2 hours of uninterrupted time with no cell phones, nowhere else to go, just mom and kids, communication where I’m always right the way it was before they figured out I wasn’t omnipotent. Oh yeah, and fun fruity concoctions with the crackers and cheese and M&M’s they will cook for me (trust me, that is the limit of their cooking ability).

I started thinking about what we should make with my blender, some ice and the contents of our refrigerator and or bar. Since I don’t typically drink much alcohol I surfed the web and asked a few friends for their favorite beverages and I came up with a few fun recipes that are a little different than my usual beverages of choice, Snapple. While it’s true that some of following recipes contain alcohol my boys are of legal age and drink responsibly. However, most of these recipes can absolutely be made without it.

This Mother’s day I’m getting a gift more precious than diamonds and rubies or pearls. This year I get my babies back for a special time where I’m still the center of their universe. Days don’t get much better than that.

RASPBERRY LIME MARGARITA or MARGARTE & RITA without liquor

2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
1/3 cup lime juice
3/4 cups tequila (or lemon lime soda)
2 cups ice cubes
1/4 cup sugar

1/3 cup vanilla ice cream

Puree the raspberries in a blender. Strain out the seeds. This makes about 1 1/3 cups of liquid. Return the 1/2 cup of the juice to the blender and add the lime juice, tequila, ice cubes, ice cream and sugar and process until smooth. Makes 1 drink. This recipe can be doubled or tripled.

CHOCOLATE ORANGE TEQUILA KISS

1 1/2 oz tequila
1 oz chocolate liquor
2 tablespoon chocolate syrup
3/4 cup half and half
1/4 cup orange juice
Ice

Combine all ingredients in a blender and process. Pour into a glass. Makes 1 drink.

Modified from drinkmixer.com

PEACHY TEA

4 quarts boiling water

10  breakfast  or Earl Grey tea bags

1 (15-ounce) can cling peaches in juice, pureed

sugar, to taste

3 to 4 cups ice cubes

Fresh peaches, sliced for garnish (optional)

Pour boiling water over tea bags and let steep for at least 1 hour. Take tea bags out of tea. Pour pureed peaches into the tea and mix to combine. Taste to see if the tea is sweet enough for you. Add additional sugar, to taste, one teaspoon at a time. Add the ice cubes and chill for at least an hour. Garnish with slices of fresh peach. Serves 10 to 12.

Submitted by Julie Ellison Chicago IL

BANANA COLADA

3 medium bananas

1 cup milk

8 oz crushed pineapple in its own juice

6 tablespoons cream of coconut

1 tablespoon rum or 2 teaspoons rum extract

2 tablespoons sugar

1 1/2 tablespoon ground nutmeg

2 cups crushed ice

In a blender, combine the bananas, milk, pineapple and juice, cream of coconut, sugar, rum or extract and nutmeg. Process until smooth. Add the ice and blend  until smooth. Serves 4.

Modified from barnone.com

SMOOTH AS SILK STRAWBERRY LEMON FLIP

8 oz strawberry yogurt

1/2 cup milk

1 cup ice cubes

1 cup fresh blueberries

1 cup fresh strawberries

1 tablespoon frozen lemonade or orange juice concentrate

1 oz rum or vodka (optional)

Place yogurt, milk, ice cubes, blueberries, strawberries, lemonade concentrate and rum in a blender. Process until smooth. Serves 2. This recipe can be doubled or tripled.

HOT CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY RESPITE

If the evening is kinda cool this is the hot drink you want

2 tablespoons raspberry liqueur

1 oz. creme de cacao

8 oz. chocolate milk, heated

whipping cream from an aerosol can

2 or 3 fresh raspberry mashed in a bowl

Pour raspberry liqueur and crème de cacao in a mug.Add hot milk and mix to combine. Top with whipped cream and the mashed raspberries

FORBES CUCUMBER MOJITO

I got this recipe from the Forbes website and who knew a money magazine had such terrific taste in food.

1 1/2 ounces rum

4 slices peeled seedless cucumber

6 to 8 mint leaves

1/2 lime, cut into wedges

1 packet Equal

chilled ginger ale

In a tall glass, muddle together the cucumber, limes, mint and Equal. Add to cocktail shaker filled with ice. Add rum and shake. Fill glass with crushed ice, return mixture to glass and top with ginger ale. Garnish with a slice of cucumber. Makes one serving.

Modified from Forbes.com

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