It was our puppies first birthday this week! Keira and Vegas are officially doggies. But, as Debbie said, they will always be our baby puppies. We might have a slight obsession with our dogs, but its not our fault that they are the cutest and smartest little dogs ever! Except for when they dug holes in my backyard yesterday! (Don’t tell Kevin) We might be a bit bias, but pretty much everyone that meets them thinks so too. Kevin and I have had multiple offers to take Vegas off our hands. I tell them they will have to fight me to the death! Lol. They are awesome dogs and they pretty much do everything with us. Camping, quading, running, and Vegas even goes to work with Kevin when he’s home.
Anyways, to celebrate their first birthday, I found these little dog cupcakes and got them each one. They are meat cupcakes with peanut butter icing! We decided to take pictures… Look how good they are, waiting for Debbie to tell them its ok and they can eat their treat. Good girls! That’s Keira on the left and Vegas on the right.
Did they ever love those birthday treats!
Alright, we do have a cocktail for you today. Raspberry Limoncello Lemonade! It is sooooooooo good. It not only tastes good, it looks so dang inviting too! Like its calling you to take a sip. See…. Look!
It was my birthday a little while ago and Kevin’s mom, Gail, gave me a bottle of Limoncello. It was super thoughtful as she had taken a trip to Italy earlier this year and brought back two bottles. So nice of her to give me one! Debbie and I both love Limoncello! Its sweet and tart and totally delicious. So we came up with this cocktail for all you lemon lovers out there… Check out my bottle, straight from Italy!
We made our raspberry lemonade first and used meyer lemons and frozen raspberries. You could use fresh raspberries too, but when the frozen ones thaw out, they create so much juice that they are perfect for making this drink with. We just mixed some sugar (you can use honey too if you like) with the raspberries and let them sit and thaw out. When they are thawed, if you give them a good stir, they pretty much break up into pieces and your muddling job is done. We left the pulp in from the raspberries, but if you don’t like any pulp, you could strain it out. I would suggest you strain it after mixing it with the lemon juice and water though, so you don’t lose any of that thick raspberry juice.
I have to say, this lemonade is crazy good on its own! It would be great to serve to kids (sans alcohol of course) or pregnant friends. You could make popsicles with it…!
You could mix your limoncello and vodka in the pitcher with the juice if you liked. We wanted to make sure we got the ratios right for the recipe so we made our drinks separately. We used both vodka and limoncello, just because we didn’t want it to be too sweet. If you like your drinks a little more sweet, you could either add more sugar or honey to the raspberries to start with, or just use all limoncello and omit the vodka.
We used meyer lemons as well which are a tad bit sweeter than regular lemons. I just like the meyer lemons, but you can use regular lemons too. The only problem with meyer lemons is that Debbie and I kept wanting to eat the garnish on our drinks cuz they looked so much like oranges! Lol. Don’t taste enough like oranges to do that though…
Don’t these drinks look amazing?! Go out and get your Limoncello on your way home from work tonight! Its been a long ass week. Kevin and I will be in the hot tub sipping on these tonight….
Raspberry Limoncello Lemonade
- FOR THE RASPBERRIES
- 2 cups frozen raspberries
- 1/8 cup sugar (or honey, but if you use honey, use a little less)FOR THE RASPBERRY LEMONADE
- 1/2 cup lemon juice (we used meyer lemons) this is about 3 lemons
- 1/2 cup of the raspberry/sugar mixture once its thawed and mixed
- 3 cups waterFOR THE COCKTAIL
- 1 oz limoncello
- 1 oz vodka
- 4 oz raspberry lemonade
- 1 slice lemon and a couple fresh raspberries for garnish
FOR THE RASPBERRIES
Add the raspberries to a bowl and sprinkle the sugar on top. Set aside to thaw out.
Once its thawed, mix the raspberries till they start breaking apart. Crush them on the sides of the bowl and really break them up.
If you need to, you can thaw them in the microwave quickly too.
FOR THE LEMONADE
Add the lemon juice to a pitcher. Next add the mixed and crushed up raspberries with sugar to the pitcher.
Add the water and mix well.
Taste it to see if it is sweet enough for you. Adjust if necessary. You don't want it too sweet because the limonchello is sweet as well.
FOR THE COCKTAIL
If you like, rim your glass with cocktail rimmer or sugar.
Fill your glass with ice.
Add the limoncello and vodka and then add the raspberry lemonade. Give it a good stir.
Garnish with a lemon slice and a couple raspberries if you like.