THE YUMMIEST MOCKTAILS

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You wanna know what I’ve been obsessed with recently? Mocktails. Making them experimenting with them, DRINKING THEM – most important part right? Of course, I don’t drink alcohol and I know a lot of other people don’t due to personal preference, religion.. or sometimes you do just fancy a mocktail. I’ve been playing around with some recipes and have come up with my 3 favourite drinks so far. Each one is so easy to make & tastes SO good. Trust me, you have to try them.

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Before we get started, there is one thing  you HAVE to do. Literally the most important thing that will bring all your mocktails together & make them taste SO good. What am I babbling on about? Simple syrup. You gotta make yourself some of this stuff guys, it makes all the difference. What is simple syrup? Probably the easiest thing you’ll ever make. It’s literally 1 part sugar to 1 part water, put it in a saucepan and slowly bring it to a boil. Once bubbles start to appear, take it off the heat and place in a cup. This will store for around a week in the fridge. Why do you need simple syrups? Think about it, you have a lot of citrusy fruits going in your drink so you need to add some sugar to sweeten it. Adding sugar to a warm drink – it dissolves pretty quickly. Adding sugar to a cold drink – it’s going to take a lot longer to dissolve – and you could be left with a whole  load of sugar in the bottom of your glass. So this is where simple syrup comes in – it’s a sweet liquid that brings the drinks together nicely – and is an essential in mocktail making.

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Of course – get yourself some fancy glasses, umbrellas, funky stirrers & any other pretty props you want. Because what’s a mocktail without some fancy decor?

HOW TO

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Strawberry Daiquiri:

I feel like this is one drink I have mastered because I’ve made it SO many times. This is definitely everyone’s fave – and it is literally SO easy to make. The combination of strawberries and limes/lemons is SO yummy & perfect for helping you feel refreshed. With this being a frozen mocktail, it’s perfect for hot summer days. I think this is probably my fave out of the lot too.

1 cup strawberries frozen

1/2 cup ice

2 tbsp simple syrup

2 tbsp pomegranate syrup

4 tbsp lime juice

1 tbsp lemon juice

Splash of lemonade/7up – you can add more if you want – I just prefer a more slushie texture!

FYI – This makes around 5-6 small glasses worth of slush

Prep your glasses by rubbing a lemon round the rim and dipping it in sugar. Add a lime & strawberry to the rim and set aside. Add all the ingredients to a blender & blitz for a few seconds. You might need to stop and give it a stir because it will be slush! Add a splash of lemonade to the bottom of the glass, then spoon in the Strawberry Daiquiri slush. Give it a quick stir and serve!

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Virgin Mojito

This is definitely the one when I want something a little bit ‘lighter’ and refreshing. I didn’t think I would like the combo of mint & lime, but it is SO good. It is so easy to make and you don’t need a blender for this one!

FYI – these ingredients are per one glass

1 lime – chopped – I add a whole lime for extra flavour, as there is no alcohol

6-7 sprigs of fresh mint

Crushed ice – 1 cup

Simple syrup – 1 tbsp

Lemonade – personal preference. I add around 1/2 of the glass I’m using – but you can always add more/less

Lime/mint to garnish

Add the chopped lime, mint leaves & simple syrup to your glass. Muddle these for a few seconds (don’t crush the mint leaves – your drink will taste AWFUL if you do). Just press the ingredients gently (I use the end of a rolling pin – works perfectly fine), until you can smell the mint coming through. Then, add your crushed ice, lemonade and mix well. Garnish with lime & a few mint leaves, et VOILA. The yummiest virgin mojito ever – and it’s SO quick to make.

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Pineapple Margarita

Now unfortunately – I have not been able to make a Pina Colada that I actually really like the taste of *cries*.. BUT I have an amazing Pineapple Margarita that you can try in the meantime ! I WILL make the perfect Pina Colada. For now though – hope you enjoy the Margarita guys.

2 cups fresh pineapple – chopped up

1/4 cup lime juice

1/2 cup pineapple juice

1/4 cup orange juice

2 tbsp simple syrup

2 cups of ice

Lemon & pineapple to garnish

FYI – Makes around 5-6 servings

Add all the ingredients (except the lemon & pineapple that are to garnish) to a blender and blend well. Rim the glass with lemon & dip in sugar. Pour drink in & add a slice of pineapple or orange for decoration. And THAT’S IT.

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So there we have it. 3 VERY easy mocktail recipes for you to enjoy during the summer – or any time of year that you fancy. These drinks have been so much fun to make and really are the best thing to have on a hot, summer evening. Make sure to let me know if you try any of these!

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I’m working on experimenting with a few more ingredients, so if you enjoyed this post let me know and I’ll definitely share some more drinks with you!

For now – I’m going to let you enjoy the rest of these sunny days we’re having in the UK at the moment, and will see you all in my next post!

Lots of love,

Saira

Xx

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Summer Bucket List

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So … bucket lists. These have literally become my favourite thing EVER. Probs cos’ I’m a massive lover of writing lists and ticking things off – is there anything more satisfying? I think not kids.

Now – I recently did a Spring Bucket List which a lot of you REALLY enjoyed – which is fab because I not only loved writing it, but also ticking things off it! It only seemed right that I do a summer one too right ? Funnily enough I actually started writing this on 1st June – the first proper day of Summer – and am only publishing it 12 days after. Lol. As you do. Bare with me guys .. I am getting back on the blogging bandwagon.

It’s funny because summer is probably my least favourite season, believe it or not. I am 100% an Autumn/Winter kinda gal, but that’s not to say I don’t try to make the most of my summer days. I still love the warmer weather, just not as much as a cosy Autumn day, tehe.

Bucket lists. Let’s get on with it ey?

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Have a themed picnic

I was inspired by Zoella on this one guys. She had the most AMAZING summer themed picnic a few days ago and I knew I had to have one of my own. I love me a good picnic, and I’m all up for adding themes to EVERYTHING (bedrooms, parties etc); I once threw the hubby a Las Vegas themed birthday party which was SO much fun, so I am VERY excited to plan a themed picnic! I am HOPING to have the picnic for my birthday (which is in July FYI) – I just need some sunny weather please.

I am unsure as to what theme to have yet – maybe American/4th July style with a BBQ? Or Mexican – or good ol’ British with plenty of scones & tea. Ahhh so many ideas – I might have more than one HA. Pinterest has become my best friend.

 

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Blog Rebrand

This is another very exciting one – if you follow my social media you will know I am currently in the middle of a blog rebrand. I am just planning my new blog name, my theme, banner etc – so am hoping this will be done very soon ! Keep your eyes peeled for some changes !

Complete a whole BBQ by myself

This is a small but special one for me. I’ve helped out plenty of times when making a BBQ – but never have I completed a whole one myself. I’m talking the whole works guys – preparing what is going to be on it, getting it lit and cooking on it. I’m very excited for this one too – and want to master the whole thing this summer !

Make Jam

This goes hand in hand with something else I do every single summer, and that is strawberry picking ! I love going to the strawberry fields and spending time picking my own – there is something so relaxing and satisfying about it ! I have found that pick your own strawbs tend to get bad quite quickly compared to store bought, and unless you live on a diet of strawberries for a few days, you’re going to get rotten ones (boo!). My solution to this? Make some jam! It’s such a good way to use up a lot of strawberries in one go… and can you imagine having homemade scones & jam? YUM. I’m planning on getting loads of cute mason jars and making a whole batch, to give as gifts and keep! I’ve never made jam either, so it will be an exciting thing for me to try out.

 

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Make The Perfect Lemonade

Ok I feel like this summer my main aim is to make lots of food & drinks right ?! But seriously though – is there anything better than homemade lemonade on a warm day ? Hubby had the nicest one whilst we were out in Amsterdam and it is my goal to make it exactly like that. I’m not talking any of this watered down stuff though – I WILL make it the best lemonade I’ve ever had. And of course, I’ll be sharing it with you once I’ve perfected it.

Visit Brighton

This place has been on my travel list for so so long – only bad thing? It would take me around 5 hours to drive down. Don’t think I could do a Brighton day trip eh? I want to plan a weekend away here so I can really enjoy it, and I’m sure anyone who has been to Brighton, or lives there (lucky sods) will know exactly why. So – if anyone has any recommendations of where to go/stay, pass them my way, ta.

Restart my YT channel

Most of you will know that I have a YT channel, which I started probably over a year ago now. You may have also noticed that it’s been an absolute age since I last uploaded a video. Why? I honestly cannot find the time to film, edit & upload videos. Was I just not bothered about trying to make the time? Maybe. All I know is that I love making videos and really want to start making the effort with them again. So this summer, I’m going to get on the ball, get my ass into gear and start up with the videos again !

Make ice cream from scratch

You know I jut had to get one more ‘make my own’ in this post right? What can I say – summer is the time to get creative and try new things. And of course, with the weather hopefully being ‘slightly’ warmer (let’s be real guys we’re in England and only see a handful of days with the temp above 15c), we all crave ice cream right? And, I can’t imagine anything more perfect than making my own on a hot day, and eating it straight away.

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Now I’m just wishing for some Summer days .. coming anytime soon?

 

 

Lots of Love,

Saira

xx

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