Ginger Lemongrass Martini Cocktail Recipe

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Ginger Lemongrass Martini Cocktail Recipe

While the fourth of July has come and gone, it did inspire me to try a new vodka. I’ve been on a huge gin kick lately but after seeing the Spud Ginger Lemongrass Vodka at the ABC store I just couldn’t resist. A fifth of this flavored potato vodka was a reasonable $20 and it’s distilled five times so I decide why not. In the end I was pretty pleased with this vodka though I wish they had more recipes on the Spud Vodka website for this one as I’m not a great mixologist. I generally go out for my drinks but I did really enjoy the one Spudtini recipe they had.

The original recipe for this martini cocktail recipe called for honey syrup. However, I had no idea what honey syrup is or where to find it so I subbed this ingredient for some mighty delicious agave syrup instead. I hope you like this one. I know I did. And please, if you have other ideas for this awesome vodka, share them so I have more reasons to keep it in the freezer on a more regular basis. I’m kind of also wanting to try their pumpkin spice vodka come fall as well for a grown up Halloween treat.

Ginger Lemongrass Martini Cocktail Recipe

The Ginger Lemongrass Spudtini Martini Recipe

Adapted slightly from Spud Vodka’s Spudtini Recipe

Ingredients:

2 oz. Spud Ginger Lemongrass Vodka
1 oz. lemon juice
.5 oz. Madhava Light Agave Nectar (or other light agave syrup)
1 egg white
dash Angostura Aromatic Cocktail Bitters

Directions:

Combine all ingredients but the bitters in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Pour into a martini glass, add a dash of bitters and stir. If you’re using a whiskey glass simply double the recipe.

Also be sure to check out this great recipe for a French 95 from my favorite local bartender. You can find that bourbon cocktail recipe here. Or for even more great cocktail recipes follow my Cocktail Hour board on Pinterest.


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Banana, Chocolate and Coconut Vodka Smoothie Cocktail Recipe

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Homemade Summer Cocktail Recipe - Creamy Banana, Chocolate and Coconut Vodka SmoothieYou know when you only have a flavored alcohol in your freezer and nothing to really mix with it? Well, that was my dilemma. I had a bottle of Coconut Chocolate Stoli Vodka that I bought on a whim not thinking of what I’d actually mix it with. However, genius struck when I noticed the bananas on the counter were so ripe they probably wouldn’t make a it another day. And it was too hot outside to make banana bread. So I created an improvised smoothie cocktail with ingredients I had in my fridge.

Homemade Cocktail Recipe - Banana, Coconut and Chocolate Vodka Smoothe

Banana, Chocolate & Coconut Vodka Smoothie Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients:

1 ripe banana, peeled
3 ice cubes (or 3 ice cubes of frozen coconut milk made in an ice cube tray)
1 shot half and half
1 1/2 shots Stoli Chocolat Kokonut
touch of honey

Optional Ingredients:

a swirl of chocolate syrup
a taste of vanilla ice cream

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth. Pour and enjoy! What are some of your favorite summer cocktails? (Mine is a gin fizz.)


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Household Ideas for Pinching Pennies and Stretching Your Dime

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I apologize for being off line for that past week or so. My wireless connection has been spotty at best, but it seems to be rolling along smoothly for now. I’ve got my fingers crossed that I can squeeze another year out of my wireless router since I’ve only gotten 14 months out of it so far. Luckily my ex-husband is still willing to fix things computer related for me on occasion. However, knowing now that cheap consumer wireless routers last only 1 to 3 years tops – the ex switches his out every two years – it means I’m going to have to budget for some new hardware soon. Which of course means finding ways to save money. While I’ve posted about how to save money on laundry and dishes by making your own laundry and dishwasher detergent and even household cleaners, here are a few others I’ve run across lately that I felt were worth sharing.
Natural Homemade Drain Cleaner Recipe from Tidy Mom
Tidy Mom has an excellent recipe for making an all natural, homemade drain cleaner using just baking soda and vinegar. Not only is it a LOT cheaper than buyer chemical drain cleaners, but it’s non-toxic and won’t harm the environment. Plus, it really does work. My parents use this method to clear their drains whenever the water starts to drain slowly. I’m not sure how well if at all if it works on standing water – anyone tried this before? – but if you use this solution on a regular basis you should have no worries.
Febreeze seems to be a household staple for most everyone since gaining popularity for its ability to neutralize tough odors after being introduced some years back. In fact, this past March this air freshener created by Procter & Gamble hit the $1Billion sales mark. The price for this product isn’t cheap though. At a retail price of $5.59 each, it’s not budget savvy for those on fixed budgets facing rising food and energy costs. But if you have pets or even kids into sports, it’s not necessarily something you want to live without. So I was super psyched to find a knock off recipe for Febreeze at Fake It Frugal. A 32oz. bottle of the knock off costs just 15cents. I haven’t tried this yet, but would love to hear feedback if you decide to give it a shot.
DIY Wallflowers Scented Plugin from Holy Crickey
If you enjoy scenting your home, but want a cheaper alternative, then turn to Holy Crickey for her diy idea for refilling your Wallflowers Scented Plugin with natural essential oils. Buying your essential oils in bulk will save money in the long run and you always know just what is going into your air because you choose the ingredients. Be sure to check out Holy Crickey for a photo tutorial of the process. You can also check out this recipe for diy gel air fresheners from Soap Deli News.
If you by chance have a bottle of cheap vodka left at your house from your last shindig that you don’t plan to drink – I mean, I wouldn’t use Grey Goose or Ciroc for this – you can finish it off with twelve great household uses for vodka found at Apartment Therapy. Vodka is great for things like keeping aphids off household plants, cleaning, removing stains on fabric, and even getting rid of the smell of cigarette smoke.
Don’t throw out your leftover soap slivers. Instead, use the leftover soap bits from your shower to create a diy pre-laundry stain treatment. The recipe for this laundry stain remover is available on Tip Nut.
The next few ideas probably aren’t going to save you money, but they will make your life easier. So you may want to also check out the following household tips as well.
1. When painting a room, keep some of the paint aside in an old baby food jar for quick touch ups. (via New Uses for Old Things: Kids Edition from Real Simple.)
2. Make salad in a jar and keep it fresh for up to 14 days while making enough to last for ten days at one time. Find out how at Salad in a Jar.
3. Use citrus oil to remove sticky residue from jars and other glass you want to recycle. (via Green Your Way.)
4. Add drawers to the bottom of your kitchen cabinets in order to create more storage space. You’ll find the diy for building under-cabinet drawers at The Family Handyman.
5. Unexpected fruit flies? Trap them using a jar, a paper cone, and a banana. Find out how to make your own fruit fly trap at The Idea Room.
Looking for more household tips? Check out these articles from Soap Deli News for ways to make homemaking easier.

1. Household Tips for Organizing and Living.
2. Home Office Organizing Tips and DIY Projects.
3. Helpful Tips for Everyday Success.
4. Everyday Homemaking Tips.

What’s your favorite way to save money for your household? I’d love to hear your tips and solutions to common everyday problems as well!


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