Caipirinha with a twist

After several hours of yard work yesterday, I was craving something light and fresh. This is a take on the classic caipirinha, with a mix of different citrus flavors and some added herbs. I also rimmed the glass in a combo of sugar, salt and tajin for a little more of a kick. Recipe below: (this post contains affiliate links).

For two:
4 oz cachaça liquor (if you don’t have this, some people sub rum, but I think it tastes more like tequila)
2 oz lime juice
2 oz grapefruit juice
1 oz simple syrup
4 mint leaves
Several sprigs of thyme
Lime flavored lacroix water to top off

For the glasses (I love these)
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp tajin
1/2 tsp salt
Mix together on a small plate

First, wet the rims of the glasses and coat them in the tajin mix.
Place the liquor and the herbs in a shaker and muddle them well, until you can smell the thyme and mint. Add the juices and the simple syrup and a cube or two of ice and shake for at least 30 seconds.

Strain into glasses over an ice cube. Top off with lacroix. Garnish with lime or another mint sprig.

Blood orange vinaigrette

Sometimes lunch needs to be simple but leftovers are scarce and sandwiches are boring! This dressing (which is really kind of a salsa-dressing combo) really amps up an easy salad.

Ingredients (to dress and top two salads)

  • One blood orange, peeled and diced
  • Two tablespoons avocado oil
  • Two tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • One jalapeño, seeds removed and diced
  • One tablespoon honey

Add all ingredients to a bowl and stir to combine. Allow to sit for a few minutes to let the flavors mingle. Drizzle the juice over your salad and top it with the orange and pepper mixture.

Blood orange vinaigrette

Sometimes lunch needs to be simple but leftovers are scarce and sandwiches are boring! This dressing (which is really kind of a salsa-dressing combo) really amps up an easy salad.

Ingredients (to dress and top two salads)

  • One blood orange, peeled and diced
  • Two tablespoons avocado oil
  • Two tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • One jalapeño, seeds removed and diced
  • One tablespoon honey

Add all ingredients to a bowl and stir to combine. Allow to sit for a few minutes to let the flavors mingle. Drizzle the juice over your salad and top it with the orange and pepper mixture.