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homemade mocktails

Recently, I’ve been trying to come up with fun non-alcoholic drinks.  Sometimes your liver can only take so much, right?  You also don’t have to conjure up the excuse that it’s five o’clock somewhere when in fact it’s early in the day… and a Sunday (and you’re not even at a classy brunch!).

Earlier this week, I picked up some goodies in anticipation of making this fun homemade soda this weekend.  Today, I finally got around to it.

Homemade Raspberry Lemon/Lime Soda

½ cup water
½ cup sugar
6 oz raspberries, pureed and strained for seeds
2 freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tbsp lemon juice
3 cups sparkling water, chilled
Lime slices or lemon slices, for serving

To make your simple syrup, add the water and sugar in small saucepan over medium heat.  Give it it a stir every now and again, until the sugar has dissolved. Set aside.

In a pitcher or a fun glass bottle like the one I picked up at the mall today, combine the lime juice, raspberry puree, and lemon juice. Stir in the simple syrup. Just before serving, add the sparkling water. Garnish with lime/lemon slices.


It’s refreshing and a fun change of pace.  Plus, when it is actually five o’clock you can bust out some vodka if you so choose.

Berry Tarts

One and a half weeks into the new apartment, and I thought that it was time to try out the oven and bake. Since it’s berry season, berry tarts seemed to be in order. For my tarts, I used raspberries and blackberries.

Joy of Baking Berry Tarts

I didn’t pay much attention to presentation since it was getting late and the recipe didn’t call for any additional butter or egg wash. Hence a pale looking tart like a swimsuit model in the off season. Still, something to look forward to in the morning.

Get Ready for a Hot Tan.


Needs a Refund.