Watermelon Mint Margaritas - the most refreshing summer drink! Perfect for poolside parties, Cinco de Mayo, or just a Friday night!

I feel like I’ve been so behind on holidays this year. I didn’t post a single Mardi Gras recipe, I think I posted one for Easter, and I can’t name another holiday that’s passed to save my life.

It’s safe to say that if there were more, I definitely missed them.

But I will not miss Cinco de Mayo! We’re starting a couple weeks early so I can squeeze in all the margaritas and melted cheese I can come up with.

(I’ve also started planning for National S’mores Day. I may miss all the other holidays but you know I’ll be here for margaritas and s’mores.)

Watermelon Mint Margaritas - the most refreshing summer drink! Perfect for poolside parties, Cinco de Mayo, or just a Friday night!

I’ve been obsessed with watermelon for the last couple summers and it looks like it will be continuing this year since I couldn’t wait to share these Watermelon Mint Margaritas with you!

They’re really easy and yes, they start with fresh watermelon. No fake stuff here! You just need the watermelon and then you make a quick mint simple syrup, stir in some tequila and lime juice, and you’re done!

I bet they would be delicious next to a pool or on the beach or basically anywhere that it’s hot! And look how pretty they are!

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Pineapple Blackberry Mojitos - the BEST summer cocktail recipe! Pineapple, blackberries, and mint are crushed and then mixed with rum, lime juice, and sparkling water!

It is really Monday again?

How does this keep happening to us?

Ugggghhhh.

I hope you had a relaxing and/or exciting weekend and hopefully Monday won’t be too bad to you. But just in case, I made us some Blackberry Pineapple Mojitos.

Pineapple Blackberry Mojitos - the BEST summer cocktail recipe! Pineapple, blackberries, and mint are crushed and then mixed with rum, lime juice, and sparkling water!

These are really, really easy to make. You just use the handle of a wooden spoon to mash a bunch of blackberries, pineapple, and mint together and then dump in some rum, lime juice, and sparkling water. Throw some ice in and top it with a bunch of mint so it looks fancy. Done.

It’s going to become your official summer drink!

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This McDonald’s copycat recipe for the Shamrock Shake is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or any day you need a sweet, minty treat!

Shamrock Shake - McDonald's copycat recipe! This tastes just like the original! So good!

This blog post originally published on March 10, 2014. Photos updated on February 22, 2016.

I worked at McDonald’s for a couple years during high school and college and Shamrock Shake season was always a fun one. I would have to walk through the door at 4:45 am and right after I turned off the alarm, I’d turn the shake machine on. If I got wrapped up in other stuff and forgot to do it, I’d have angry customers on my hands the minute we opened the doors. It was crazy!

It’s hard to believe but I never tried one during that time. The whole mint thing just didn’t appeal to me.

We went for Happy Meals last week and I saw the Shamrock Shake sign and ordered one without even thinking about it. I can’t believe I went so long without trying it! It was so good!

I wanted to recreate it at home for the kids and it turned out perfectly. It’s pretty dangerous that I can now make them whenever I want with ingredients that I always have on hand!

Make sure you go for mint extract and not peppermint – really makes a huge difference!

Shamrock Shake - McDonald's copycat recipe! This tastes just like the original! So good!

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Peanut Butter White Hot Chocolate - white chocolate and peanut butter hot chocolate recipe!

Hey guys!

Guess what. It’s been almost chilly here in Texas this week! I went for a run yesterday morning (hard to believe, I know) and didn’t feel like I was running through a bowl of pea soup. It was amazing.

Also, it’s so easy to run in Texas compared to Colorado. Still moving back though. ASAP. And by ASAP I mean probably 15 years from now.

Anyway, I haven’t been drinking coffee at home recently for whatever reason but I’ve still been craving something warm and sweet and delicious every morning. So I’m on a hot chocolate kick and have tried every combination you can imagine with basically everything in my baking cabinet.

This one is my favorite and I’ve made it for, like, 5 mornings in a row!

Peanut Butter White Hot Chocolate - white chocolate and peanut butter hot chocolate recipe!

Have you tried the Jif Peanut Powder?

It’s the secret ingredient in this Peanut Butter White Hot Chocolate! It dissolves into the hot chocolate and creates the most perfect cup of hot chocolate you can imagine!

I’ve been into Jif Peanut Butter since I first found out about it. Powdered peanut butter is something I can get behind! It’s perfect for adding that peanut butter flavor to smoothies, oatmeal, pancakes, or you can even bake with it! Plus, it has 85% less fat than traditional peanut butter but still has 7 – 9 grams of protein per serving!

If you are interested in trying Jif Peanut Powder, Smucker’s has a $1 off coupon on Ibotta.com! And when you get your bag of Peanut Powder, make sure you try this Peanut Butter White Hot Chocolate!

Peanut Butter White Hot Chocolate - white chocolate and peanut butter hot chocolate recipe!

Peanut Butter White Hot Chocolate - white chocolate and peanut butter hot chocolate recipe!

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Happy Thursday!

I can’t believe it’s already September! But just because it’s after Labor Day doesn’t mean summer fun has to be over!

Guys, I have the easiest and tastiest cocktail for you today. Two ingredients. Two! All you need is ginger ale and Pinnacle® Raspberry vodka!

How much do you love the Pinnacle® flavored vodkas? They are the only vodka with over 40 playful flavors. We’re talking things like Whipped®, Habanero, and even Pecan and Pumpkin Pie. They offer premium quality at a price that won’t break the bank. And they are so delicious! I love that when you use the Pinnacle® flavored vodkas, you can just add one or 2 mixers and you have a yummy cocktail. Like this one!

I’m obsessed with raspberries every summer so obviously I went with a Raspberry vodka drink for this post. This easy cocktail is seriously just ginger ale (I used diet, because #bikiniseason all year long in Texas) and the vodka. It’s perfect for serving at a party or at a weekend picnic with friends – just mix the two ingredients together in a pitcher and serve over ice! Or with a fruit popsicle!

And most importantly when making a cocktail, you have to take a cute cocktail selfie for Instagram (or Twitter or Facebook or whatever you use)! Make sure to tag your #CocktailSelfie!

Pinnacle® Picnic Punch Recipe

Ingredients

1 part Pinnacle® Raspberry Vodka
3 parts Ginger Ale

Instructions

  1. Mix ingredients and serve with fruit popsicles as ice.
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Beam Suntory Inc. sent me a bottle of Pinnacle® Raspberry Vodka to try and I absolutely love it. All content is original and all opinions are my own. All trademarks are the property of their respective owner.

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