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Weekly Giveaway: The Fresh Bartender & an en eco bottle! Winner is GFveganmom!!

This week's newsletter is my kinda newsletter, it's all about delicious libations and their non-alcoholic counterparts! Yes, please!

To celebrate the many drinks of summer, we're giving away a copy of The Fresh Bartender: A Guide to Healthy Parties and Festive Juicing by Jordan Maerin, featuring loads of recipes and tips for veggie cocktails, mocktails, and hors d'oeuvres, plus a Navitas Naturals stainless steel eco bottle to transport your delicious creations.

For a chance to win, let us know what your favorite summer cocktail or mocktail is!

Winner will be chosen (at random!) on Tuesday, July 21st, at midnight PST!

Good luck!

I love a spicy bloody mary made with Wizard's vegan worcestershire sauce and lots of olives!

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I love, love, love making raw watermelon coolies!

Throw fresh watermelon into the blender than add frozen blueberries, raspberries, or another fruit you like and simply blend! This is a really sweet and refreshing drink to sip by the pool or out sunning!

To make it a wee bit more sociable--splash in some vodka!

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I love margaritas on the rocks.  I use a good quality tequila and also add either Cointreau or Grand Marnier.  Instead of a commercially prepared mix, I squeeze lots of fresh limes and sweeten it with blue agave nectar.

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Izzies Sparkling Grapefruit juice and vodka.  Delish!

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strawberry daquiris are me favorite

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Lemon grass lemonade....helps if you have a whopping big lemon grass plant!  Boil some of the fresh leaves and let them steep for 2 hours, add a tiny bit of sweetener and serve over ice... lighter than regular lemonade and so very refreshing

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lol....as most of you are learning, I have a bit of an obsession with blackforest any thing (ie dark chocolate and forest fruits)....so of course, my fave alcoholic drink is a blackforest. Cherry flavored cola/soda (optional, if you don't want too much alcohol....also adds that fun li'l fizz!) + dark chocolate syrup + vodka (I have some home made cherry vodka from last year that I use for this. I've also had store bought cherry, vanilla or plain ol' vodka with great success). I then like to garnish it with a vodka enriched cherry. Can be served on the rocks or neat.

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i don't drink booze but if you give me some lemonade i'm happy.

i like herbal iced tea in the summer. i'm drinking some right now!

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I'm also famous for my "Berry Ala'mode Iced Sweet Tea" a modified version of the recipe for Floridian Sweet Tea an ex taught me....

Contains:

Orange Pekoe black tea
Raspberry tea
Blueberry tea
Blackberry tea
Mint tea
Lemon tea
Vanilla tea

I steep it for approx 2hrs
then pour it over ice, sugar and cut oranges

I have a friend who's damn near willing to travel from Nebraska up to Portland for this tea alone.

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My favorite drink for the summer... Funky Fantastic Wave Smoothie treat

This Funky Fantastic tasting smoothie is a Avocado, Blueberry, and  Sour Cherry Smoothie! It is a creation of mine I created when I wanted something quick but nutritious for the long day that was ahead of me. The tasty vegan smoothie I created was inspired to provide the antioxidants we need everyday, the energy that we need to focus and stay motivated throughout the day, with vitamins such as vitamin E, C, Fiber and Folate; contains the monosaturated fats we need that lower cholesterol and  Anthocyanin, which helps with reducing swelling.

Use 1 Avocado, 1 cup of Blueberries and Sour Cherries, pick them out of your yard if you can and if you prefer sweeter than the fructose in the fruit, blend with some agave syrup for a little added sweetness; 1 tsp.

Enjoy!
Chef Ariella   

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my all time favorite is a tall glass of FRESH apple juice + FRESH Grapefruit juice, on ice, with a straw. Vodka is optional.

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  In the heat of summer, I make watermelon martinis. I puree watermelon in the blender to make a juice. Pour some vodka (or gin) in the shaker over crushed ice, add some juice, sometimes a squirt of lime juice or a squirt of triple sec. Shake it up, pour into martini glass and make sure a hummingbird doesn't try to sip. (I had one try to get my cosmo once).

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mmm coconuty pineappley pina colada goodness....

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My favorite summer cocktail would have to be Pineapple juice and coconut rum!  ;)b And of course I really love fresh strawberries soaked in vodka or fresh diced strawberries soaked in a Champange and Wine mixture.

I think I pretty much just have a love of fresh fruits with a little alcohol thrown in.  ^-^

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My favorite alcoholic drinks used to be pina coladas or strawberry margaritas.....but now I just stick with teas and juices.

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a margarita or a french martini.
bloody marys for brunch, or really anytime!

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summer time drink? A frozen margarita, for sure. It's like an alcoholic slushie ;)b

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I don't have it nearly often enough, but my mother introduced me to rum and iced tea. Even better when you used a flavored rum (Bacardi Lemon is my favorite). Yum.

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I love putting lemonade in my beer.  I forgot what it is called...
I also enjoy a red delicious apple (soco, apple pucker, cranberry juice).

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Lemonade + gingerale + Raspberry vodka = ahhhhhhhhh!

And any blended margarita will do.  Its like a slushee with booze!

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