Today’s post celebrates all things tropical! Plus, I’m sharing a recipe you can enjoy all summer long. It couldn’t be easier to make, and it’s a summer mocktail that packs a powerful punch. This is just what I need after a throat infection set me up for 10 days of antibiotics as we head into 4th of July weekend. No cocktails for me! You’re not likely to miss the alcohol in this virgin mai tai, but just in case you do, check out my original mai tai recipe to give the drink an extra kick!
First up: a few fun details to share. I took the morning off this past Monday and went searching for creative inspiration at some of my favorite shops. My friend Jon introduced me to the colorful, tropical products of Sunnylife last year, and I love how it instantly feels like summer each time I check out their collection. I couldn’t resist picking up some of these Sunnylife Pineapple Glass Markers.
One more important note: the wallpaper featured in the background today is Cloud Nine by Graham & Brown. You may remember seeing it in this photo shoot from our Graham & Brown giveaway. Isn’t the cloud-filled pattern dreamy?! And now, for the mocktail recipe…
Virgin Mai Tai
- 2 oz orange juice
- 2 oz cranberry juice
- 2 oz pineapple juice
- the juice of 1 lime
- a splash of orgeat
- sparkling water
- fruit for garnishing
Combine the orange, cranberry and pineapple juices and add the juice of one lime. Mix/shake well, and split the mixture between two ice-filled glasses. Add just a splash of orgeat (almond cordial syrup), and top off the drink with sparkling water such as San Pellegrino or Topo Chico. Add garnishes and another squeeze of lime if you wish. Enjoy! (Serves 2)
A quick note: the orgeat and lime juice really give this drink its mai tai taste. Otherwise it’s basically fruit punch. So if you can, pick up a bottle of orgeat (it’s non-alcoholic) and use this mixer to your advantage! And since sweet fruit juice is also involved, be generous with the sparkling water to prevent a syrupy taste. Feel free to add other fruit options for garnishing. More fruit=a more tropical look! And of course, flamingo stirrers are always welcome!
Did I mention that on Monday I also picked up these small lavender appetizer plates from CB2 (shown below)? They’re currently on clearance, so you can only find them in stores while supplies last. In other words, get thee to your local CB2 if you’re interested. Wishing you and yours a colorful summer filled with little moments to celebrate…
Cheers!!! XOXO, Kate