DIY Gifts: Drink Mixes

This week has been so crazy. I posted on Monday that Dylan was sick…and by Tuesday so was I. The rest of the week was full of doctor appointments and me trying to catch up on the sleep I wasn’t getting at night. So the blog was on hold a bit. But today I’m feeling a ton better so I can finally post something I’ve been super excited about! (Dylan is doing much better also btw)

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I know little to nothing about making cocktails, but I love drinking them. I asked my father in law to help me with this and he killed it! I told him what drinks I wanted to shoot for and he made it happen. This is perfect to give or just keep for yourself. I picked a few different types of drinks, something spicy, something sweet, and something tangy. Once you make the mix, it’s super easy to just pour a little out, mix with alcohol and drink! Totally foolproof cocktails, and trust me, they are gooooood!

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For the bottles, I picked these up at Target and they worked perfectly. I should have grabbed more – the mixes yielded way more than I thought. The raspberry mix and jalapeno mix filled two bottles and the ginger mix filled three of the taller jars.

raspberry mix

Raspberry Drink Mix: Yields 3 cups

Ingredients:

12 oz Raspberries

1 3/4 c sugar (total)

1 c water

juice & zest of 1 lime

  1. Combine berries, lime juice and zest, and 3/4 cup sugar in a saucepan over medium to high heat. Cook the berries down – about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Once the berries have completely broken down, remove from heat and let cool slightly. Strain to remove seeds.
  3. In a separate saucepan, heat 1 c sugar and 1 c water to make a simple syrup. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to medium. Heat until all sugar is dissolved.
  4. Mix raspberry syrup and simple syrup. Let cool and then pour into jar.

For uses, there are two drinks you can make with this.

Razztini: 1 1/2 oz. Vanilla Vodka, 1 oz Raspberry Mix, and 1/2 oz Dry Vermouth. Shaken and served up.

Bellini: 1 oz Raspberry, Pour Champagne over syrup to fill glass

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Jalapeno Margarita Mix: Yields 4 cups

Ingredients:

2 tbsp Lime Zest

1 c Lime Juice

2 Jalapenos (sliced – seed if you don’t want it to be super spicy, leave seeds if you do)

2 c Water

2 c Sugar

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine water, sugar, jalapenos, and lime zest. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat. Let simmer for about 1 hour. This lets all of the flavor steep into the simple syrup.
  2. Strain syrup.
  3. Add 1 c lime juice. Mix and let cool. Once its cool, pour into bottles.

To make the Jalapeno Margarita, simply take 2 oz of Tequila and 2 oz. of mix and shake and serve.

jalapeno margarita

jalapeno straining

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Ginger Lime Mix: Yields 5 cups

Ingredients:

3 c Water

3 c Sugar

3 Fingers of Ginger – peeled and sliced

1 c lime juice

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine water, sugar, and ginger. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat. Let simmer for about 1 hour. This lets all of the flavor steep into the simple syrup.
  2. Strain syrup.
  3. Add 1 c lime juice. Mix and let cool. Once its cool, pour into bottles.

For use, I like to turn this into a faux Moscow Mule/Ginger Lime Fizz. 1 1/2 oz Vodka, 1 1/2 oz Mix, topped with club soda and ice, garnish with lime.

ginger mix

rasp mix

jalapeno mix

Once these are bottled, refrigerate. They will keep longer that way.

I made these cute tags to tie to the bottles with the name of the mix and the recipe. You can download and print the artwork for each mix below.

Raspberry Mix Tags

Jalapeno Margarita Mix Tags

Ginger Lime Mix Tags

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did because this is amazing. And after the week we just had, I will be cracking one of these babies open tonight!

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