By combining the ingredients of a minty mojito along with the key ingredients of a colorful cosmopolitan, it’s easy to stir up a fresh-tasting beverage brimming with flavor.
A timely indulgence, this icy drink is a fabulous choice when it comes to beating the heat of summer. One thing is certain: enjoying this seasonal sipper at any hot-weather gathering is sure to make a splash.
4 fresh mint leaves 1 teaspoon sugar 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 3 tablespoons light rum 1 tablespoon orange-flavored liqueur, such as Triple Sec Crushed ice 1/4 cup cranberry juice cocktail, chilled Lemon-lime soda or club soda Lime slices (optional) Mint sprigs (optional)
Place mint, sugar, and lime juice in a tall glass. With a muddler or back of spoon, crush mint until sugar has dissolved. Stir in rum and orange-flavored liqueur. Fill glass with crushed ice; pour cranberry juice cocktail into glass; top with soda. Stir drink well. Garnish with lime slices and mint sprigs, if desired. Makes 1 serving.
If you’re pressed for time but still want to bake a homemade treat, grab a box of pound cake mix, pick up a couple of limes, and in no time you’ll have a refreshing dessert that no one will guess began with packaged mix.
You probably already have the other ingredients necessary for preparation in your pantry, so it’s as simple as stirring in a bit of lime zest before baking.
One thing is certain: By embellishing packaged mix, it’s easy to savor a tangy treat fresh from your kitchen.
EASY LIME POUND CAKE
1 (16-ounce) package pound cake mix, plus ingredients to prepare it 2 teaspoons finely grated lime zest 2 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan with shortening; dust with flour. Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Stir in lime zest. Transfer to prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack set over foil. Cool 10 minutes more. Meanwhile, combine sugar and lime juice in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH just until sugar has dissolved, 10 to 20 seconds. Stir well. Poke a long skewer into the top of cake at about 1-inch intervals; brush lime-sugar mixture over cake. Cool completely. Makes 12 servings.
From cocktails on the deck to pool parties, Frozen Banana Daiquiris will make a splash at any hot weather gathering.
A refreshing treat for drop-in guests, these frosty sippers can be whipped up in no time. Make them extra special by serving in stylish glasses like these from Anchor Hocking.
Garnish with fresh lime and banana slices—and savor a thirst-quenching drink perfect during the hazy days of summer.
FROZEN BANANA DAIQUIRIS
Lime wedges Sugar 1/2 cup light rum 1/3 cup orange flavored liqueur, such as Triple Sec Juice from 2 medium limes 4 ripe medium bananas 1/3 cup sugar (more or less, to taste) 3 cups crushed ice Lime slices (optional) Banana slices (optional)
Coat the rims of glasses with lime wedges; dip in sugar. In a blender, combine rum, orange flavored liqueur, lime juice, bananas, 1/3 cup sugar, and 2 cups crushed ice. Blend 30 seconds or until well combined. Add the remaining 1 cup ice; blend until slushy. Garnish with lime and banana slices, if desired. Makes 4 servings.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and the 40 shades of green with a frosty beverage as pretty as the landscape of Ireland.
Perfect for both children and adults, this refreshing drink calls for minimal ingredients and can be whipped up in no time. Keep the ingredients on hand for a last-minute treat that can easily be adjusted by using your favorite gelatin in place of lime.
Sprinkle with candy shamrocks to add a festive touch in honor of St. Patrick—and don’t forget your shamrock on St. Patrick’s Day. After all, March 17 is a day for the wearin’-o’-the-green. From my family to yours, Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Cheers!
1 pint vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt 1/4 cup lime gelatin (from a 4-serving size package) 3/4 cup milk or reduced-fat milk 1/4 cup half-and-half or fat-free half-and-half 3 to 4 drops green food color (optional) Whipped cream (optional) Candy sprinkles (optional)
In a blender, combine ice cream, gelatin, milk, half-and-half, and food color, if desired. Blend until thickened, about 25 seconds. Pour into glasses; top with whipped cream and candy sprinkles, if desired. Makes 3 servings.