Cocktails Anyone?- Yes please!

December is here and there is so much going on!

No matter what holiday you celebrate this time of year, there are gatherings that may call for an indulgence in food and drink.  We tend to eat things we may not normally and also drink a little too much.

Don’t worry!  We’ve got your back!

We had an evening of experimental cocktails…I know…we are awesome.  We did this just for you!  The result was a few amazing recipes that we want to share.  Perhaps you can give them a whirl over the holidays!

The drinks we chose were mainly gin based but I am sure vodka can be substituted for any of them, if that is your drink of choice.


Getting a few of the recipes from Amelia Freer’s book Cook. Nourish. Glow, we set out to concoct a few cocktails that were delicious and have some nourishing qualities as well.





The first one we tried was a simple white wine spritzer.  This is a great way have your wine and water too!

Here’s how you make it:

Take one lemon and zest it and mix with 2 teaspoons of sea salt.  Wet the rim of your wine glass and salt the rim with the lemon/salt mix.  Add a few cubes of ice and pour the white wine over the ice and add a splash of club soda.  A lemon wedge is a nice added touch.


You get a refeshing, lemon bursting drink that contains no added sugar!  Deeeelish!

The next one we tried was a Granny Smith, Vodka (we used Gin) and Matcha Cocktail.  Ok…have to admit, sounds weird.  Also have to admit, looks weirder.  Tastes pretty darn good though!  So if you want to get your Matcha on in your cocktail, give this one a try 🙂

Here’s how to make the Granny Smith, Vodka (or Gin) and Matcha

Val has a juicer, so we were lucky to have this at our disposal.  We juiced 6 Granny Smith apples (approx 1 cup, although we were able to get more than that), 1/2 teaspoon of Matcha powder, 1/4 cup of vodka or gin, 1 tablespoon of cocnut nectar, crushed ice and club soda.

Whisk up the matcha powder into 2 tablespoons of water.  Put into a shaker with the juice, vodka or gin and coconut nectar.  Shake baby shake!   

Pour over the crushed ice and splash it with some club soda!

Enjoy the greeness of this delicious cocktail!

We garnished ours with lime and juniper berries. Very refreshing and matcha-y!

Check back tomorrow for a couple of more of our holiday cocktails we have sampled from this amazing book.  AND one of Crave Life’s own creation!



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