Fresh Summer Recipes

One of my favorite things to do during the summer is drink a homemade, crisp cocktail with good company out on the porch in the evening. 

Watching the sunset, enjoying a refreshing drink and chatting with my favorite people ... yup, that's a good night.

If you're like me and like a good drink, then give infusing your own gin a go.

Tip: scroll all the way down for a mouth-watering recipe of garlic butter :)

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1. Buy a bottle of gin and two grapefruits.

2. Take a knife or vegetable peeler and thinly peel the skin of the grapefruits. Be careful not to get any pith or white part right underneath the top layer.

3. Put the peels into a big jar and pour the gin over into the jar.

Here, I have one jar of grapefruit and one jar of lemon. The lemon didn't turn out too well, because I included too much pith. Lesson learned!

Here, I have one jar of grapefruit and one jar of lemon. The lemon didn't turn out too well, because I included too much pith. Lesson learned!

4. Let sit for about two weeks. The gin will turn into a yellow-orange color when it's ready to drink.

5. Strain or pick out the grapefruit peels. Be sure to save the infused gin.

6. Make some simple syrup with one cup of water and one cup of sugar heated in a pot over the stove. Stir mixture until sugar has dissolved. Pour into jar of grapefruit-infused gin. [depending on personal tastes, you may want to skip this step.]

7. Grab some seltzer water, mint and make yourself a refreshing homemade cocktail!

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Need a little saltiness to balance out that sweet drink? I recently discovered the addictive-ness of making your own herb butter. This takes butter to a whole new level. Honestly!

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1. Leave a stick of butter [I like to go for European kinds for herb butter] out until it has softened to room temperature.

2. Mince a few different kinds of herbs. You can choose what you'd like to include, but I go for garlic (about 3 cloves), rosemary, parsley and thyme. Eyeball equal parts of each herb.

3. When the butter is softened, place into a bowl and mash it up with a fork. Stir in some salt and pepper along with all the minced herbs until all mixed together.

4. When wrapping, have a sheet of parchment paper or plastic wrap ready on the counter. Scoop the mixed herb butter onto the parchment or plastic wrap and shape with hands and spatula into a roll of butter.

5. Let sit in the refrigerator for at least two hours.

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Slice a baguette, warm the pieces up in the oven, then spread some homemade herb butter! YUM. Honestly, the herb butter never lasts long around my house!

Enjoy, mes amis!

Bisous, xo.

midwest-femme
 

P.S. I'm back from my amazing camping trip at Glacier National Park! Look out for a post about it next Monday. In the meantime, take a look at my Instagram (@midwestfemme) for pictures!