If you missed our debut PLAY Ladies Night Out! event, not to worry. I am posting a couple of the seasonal cocktail and mocktail recipes in this post for your enjoyment! We had a grand time with 18 lively women ready to PLAY! Chelsea kicked-off the fun with the thought-provoking, yet amusing game, “If I Were Queen of the World…” While sipping a glass of fresh, seasonal vanilla infused peach sangria, participants shared their wishes for the world which included everything from a world where everyone was kind to men relinquishing ownership of the remote control.
Other games included a fast-moving game of “PLAY charades” with a variety of food and movement related subjects and “Pass the Cucumber” which was a great thigh workout and team building exercise. I considered posting photos of the cucumber game, but decided to spare the participants from embarrassment. As one of our pregnant participants said, “It’s a good thing I’m not further along as I would have had the baby from laughing so hard!”
In addition to Chelsea’s delish peach sangria, we served a fabulous Fizzy Basil Watermelon Caipirinha and a Cucumber Lemonade Chiller with fresh rosemary from my garden. We used local fruits, veggies and herbs when possible and it made for outstanding drinks! The mocktail versions were served with extra sparkling water instead of booze. I also made a thirst-quenching herb water that included sliced limes, lemons, cucumbers, ginger and mint. This concoction can be served in still or sparking water and is a great alternative to plain water – tasty, refreshing and alkalizing!
Here is the recipe for the favorite drink, the Fizzy Basil Watermelon Caipirinha.
Inspired by Marc of norecipes.com
- 1.5 cups Cachaça (liquor optional)
- 1/4 cup coconut crystals (make into a simple syrup, can also used whole cane sugar)
- ½ cup basil leaves finely chopped
- 1 lime juiced
- 1 sweet lime juiced (optional)
- 1 small seedless watermelon peeled and cubed (from a 3-4 pound melon)
- 2 cups ice
- mineral water
- Muddle together Cachaca, coconut crystals, basil, and lime juice.
- Peel and chop watermelon; transfer to a food processor/blender and puree.
- Pour the puree through a fine-mesh strainer set over a medium bowl or large measuring cup. Press on the solids to extract all the juice. (Repeat if necessary.)
- Add watermelon juice and Cachaca mixture into a blender, add 2 cups of ice and blend.
- Divide among 4 glasses. Add a splash or two of mineral water to taste.
Equally, delicious and refreshing, here is the Cucumber-Lemonade Chiller recipe inspired by Delish.com:
- 3 large cucumbers
- 1 TBSP of chopped fresh rosemary
- ¾ cup gin optional
- ½ cup fresh lemon juice
- 3 TBSP of agave syrup (you could also use raw honey or coconut crystal syrup
- Cut 12 thin slices of cucumber for garnish (optional).
- Peel and chop the rest of the cucumber; transfer to a food processor, add water and rosemary, and puree.
- Add gin, lemon juice, and agave syrup to the cucumber juice; stir or blend until the agave is dissolved.
- Divide among 4 ice-filled glasses. Garnish with cucumber slices and rosemary sprigs.
Finally, the evenings menu included a Summer Quinoa Salad, Tarragon Chicken Salad, green salad, crudite, hummus and cheese and crackers.
If you’re interested in joining us for our next PLAY Ladies Night Out! event, follow us on Facebook or sign up for Juicy News and be sure to select PLAY. Learn more about the PLAY Program at www.letsPLAYhealthy.com.
Chelsea and I are excited to debut the first event in the PLAY – Ladies Night Out Series: Games, Cocktails & Mocktails!
We designed this event to provide women in our community an unconventional opportunity to unwind, have fun, and experience new ways to create vibrant health in their busy lives.
Chelsea and I will inspire you to think outside the box when it comes to being “fit and healthy”. During the night you’ll be movin’ and groovin’ playing fun and sexy games and sipping on several delicious cocktails and mocktails made from fresh organic seasonal fruits and herbs.
Dress cute, and come ready to move and lift your “spirits”!
The night includes games, drinks and a light dinner. Checks are accepted, please contact us at 202-596-PLAY before Friday to make payment arrangements.
Date: Friday, July 27, 2012
Time: 7:00 to 9:00pm
Location: Greenbelt, MD
Not to worry, if you can’t join in the fun this Friday. We plan to make PLAY Ladies Night Out a regular event. So many games, cocktails and mocktails and so little time! Chelsea and I have begun to explore healthier versions of cocktails and their mocktail counterparts. We’ll share a few drink ideas with you for your next occasion or just to celebrate YOU and your fabulousness after a long day. The drinks will focus on natural sweeteners such as fruit, stevia, raw honey and coconut crystals instead of heavy mixers with high fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners, colors and flavors.
We’ll show you how to use seasonal fresh fruits, veggies and herbs to infuse healthful nutrients into your adult beverage. They give the drink much more depth and flavor than their artificially sweetened counterparts. If the idea of fresh herbs in a cocktail throws you for a loop, consider them as sexy sprigs of flavor that jazz up any beverage. By themselves, they are quite potent, but when used in a cocktail, they are subtle and flavorful. Some of our favorite fresh herbs include spearmint, rosemary and basil.
One of my personal summer gems is a mojito made with fresh lime, sparkling water and muddled spearmint and stevia for sweetness. Of course the rum is always a nice touch, too!
There are a several organic spirits distilled from organic grains on the market. I’ve included a few to get your started:
There are also some mixers on the market that are made without the use of artificial colors, sweeteners and flavors. I’ve only tried a few of these, so I can’t vouch for all of them. Try them and let me know!
More refreshing drink ideas coming your way…