Refreshing and Simple Vodka Cocktails

by Alicia Lewis Murray on August 29, 2014

simple vodka cocktails w/ recipe on BalancingMotherhood.comThere are three drinks in this photo. I will neither confirm nor deny drinking all three of these simple and refreshing vodka cocktails.

Did I say there were delicious? Well, they are.

So easy to make, that even a non-mix-master can make these and still look like a rock star bartender.

Here are the links to the recipes. Each drink only takes 2-3 ingredients.

The Porch Sipper

Crandazzle

Strawbasil Splash

Disclosure: I received product samples for review. I was not compensated for this post. Opinions are my own, and these taste delicious!

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The Porch Sipper Strawberry Vodka Cocktail

by Alicia Lewis Murray on August 28, 2014

porch sipper vodka cocktail

Nothing sounds better than sitting in a rocking chair on the porch with the cool breeze passing by. This is how we spend many of our evenings here in the mountains.

Enter “The Porch Sipper” adult beverage. ;) Just a hint of strawberry in this vodka makes this a light and refreshing drink. It’s perfect for that rocking chair.

The Porch Sipper Strawberry Vodka Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz. SMIRNOFF SORBET® Light Summer Strawberry Vodka
  • 3 oz. Diet citrus soda
  • Ice
  • Lemon

Instructions

  1. Fill a short glass with ice
  2. Add vodka and citrus soda
  3. Add a squeeze of lemon
  4. Stir
http://www.balancingmotherhood.com/2014/08/28/porch-sipper-strawberry-vodka-cocktail/

Disclosure: I received a product sample for review. I was not compensated for this post. Opinions are my own, and man, this is a good one.

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Redifining School Lunches

by Alicia Lewis Murray on August 28, 2014

school lunchSchool has only been in session one week and I’m already having a hard time coming up with lunch ideas for the kids. And the first two days were half days with no lunches!

Our school has a new cafeteria and offer hot lunches every day. It’s really exciting, but just isn’t in our budget right now. So, this has made me even more concious of what I’m sending to lunch each day. I don’t want my kids coming home complaigning because they can’t buy a great hot lunch like their friends.

My goals for lunch this year are simple:

  • Affordable
  • Tasty (my goal is an empty lunch box at the end of the day)
  • Healthy (with occasional splurges)
  • Look appetizing and even fun at times!
  • Not too time consuming to make

So, here’s one lunch I made. I also put a protein (turkey hot dogs) in a thermos that I didn’t photograph. I don’t think I did that great on the healthy part, but the tasty part I got spot on with this lunch:

  • half a pumpkin bagel with pumpkin cream cheese (pumpkin’s healthy, right?) (got both of these items from Aldi. Delish!)
  • almonds and chocolate covered blueberries
  • fresh strawberries
  • special flavored Pringles chips (OK, definitely not healthy, but I only put about 4 in there)

I’m expecting empty boxes today.

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Strawberry Vodka Cocktail with Basil

by Alicia Lewis Murray on August 28, 2014

A delicious and simple vodka cocktail with a hint of strawberry and basil.

Strawberry Vodka Cocktail with Basil

Ingredients

  • 5 oz. SMIRNOFF SORBET® Light Summer Strawberry Vodka
  • 4 oz. Diet lemonade
  • Fresh basil

Instructions

  1. Muddle the basil in the bottom of the highball glass
  2. Add ice
  3. Add remaining ingredients
  4. Stir
  5. Garnish with fresh basil
http://www.balancingmotherhood.com/2014/08/28/strawberry-vodka-cocktail-basil/

 

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Cranberry Vodka Cocktail

by Alicia Lewis Murray on August 28, 2014

Cranberry Vodka Cocktail - The Crandazzle!

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz. SMIRNOFF SORBET® Light White Peach Vodka
  • 1.5 oz. Diet lemonade
  • 1.5 oz. Cranberry juice
  • Garnish: Lemon

Instructions

  1. Pour ingredients into glass
  2. Stir
  3. Add ice
  4. Garnish with lemon
http://www.balancingmotherhood.com/2014/08/28/cranberry-vodka-cocktail/

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