Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Blood Orange Mojitos

The other day I was shopping at Whole Foods and I saw that they were having a sale on oranges. I had no idea that I was buying blood oranges! As soon as I cut the first one open, I know I wanted to try my hand at making my own blood orange simple syrup. This easy recipe is perfect in alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks alike. And my personal favorite cocktail is the Mojito, so of course I had to make a version with my new syrup! Cheers!

Blood Orange Mojitos

8 mint leaves
1/2 lime, cubed
2 oz. blood orange simple syrup
2 oz. Bacardi silver rum
4 oz. club soda
Additional lime/blood orange segments for garnish

1. Place mint and limes bottom of glass and muddle about 5 times. 
2. Fill glass with ice, add syrup and rum and shake well in cocktail shaker. 
3. Pour back in to glass and top with club soda and garnish. Enjoy!

Blood Orange Simple Syrup

Juice of 2 blood oranges
Zest of 1 blood orange
Peel of 1 blood orange
1 cup water
1 cup sugar

1. Combine all ingredients in large saucepan and bring to boil, stirring often. Boil until all sugar has dissolved. 
2. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Strain through fine mesh strainer into jar or bottle. 
3. Use immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 1 month. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Slow Cooker Pork Roast

Slow cooker meals are the best. You can spend about 10 minutes prepping, turn that sucker on and leave the apartment and then come back to a delicious meal. I think I found a winner with recipe. It's super simple, makes a great meal, plus there's always tons of leftovers for sandwiches! And the best part is that it's easy enough for my boyfriend to put together too! Bonus! 

Slow Cooker Pork Roast

1/2 yellow onion, chopped
1/2 bag potatoes, peeled and quartered
1/4 cup water
Raw pork roast
1/4 cup of your favorite dry rub (I love "Brisket of Love" from the www.thespicehouse.com

For gravy:
2 tbsp. water
2 tbsp. flour

1. Line bottom of slow cooker with chopped onions. Place potatoes on top of onions. Pour in water. 
2. Coat roast throughly with your favorite rub, covering all sides. Place on top of potatoes. 
3. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours in slow cooker. 
4. To make gravy, combine flour and water to make a roux. Strain drippings in to saucepan, removing any meat or vegetables. Bring drippings to a boil and gradually add roux until desired thickness is obtained, stirring constantly. Remove gravy from heat and spoon over meat and potatoes. Enjoy!