Orange Pomegranate Martini Recipe

Such a fun, delicious drink that will be memorable, and perfect for those summer catch ups with friends. This Orange-Pomegranate Martini is wonderful because it’s made of fresh ingredients. This is a drink that has refreshing taste!

I just got back from spending a few days in Denver with a friend. We spent our time walking around downtown, enjoying art and the mountains and eating A TON of delicious food. The food became the unintentional highlight and general theme of our trip. We did not have even one meal that we thought to be mediocre. I wish I had taken even one food picture, but I am sad to say that I did not. I was far too busy stuffing my face. 

Our hotel hosted free wine and beer for one hour every evening, so we didn't branch out much with the drinks. We did have one memorable non-wine drink, however. We had some time to kill before dinner on our first night in town, so we stopped at a swanky lil' bar and had a delicious cocktail that coincidentally tasted a lot like the martini featured in this blog post. The expensive version was not as tasty, though, because my version involves very freshly squeezed juice. Have I told you yet that my husband is a bit of a juicing fanatic? He goes through phases where he will literally run everything he sees through our juicer. I'm always happy to enter our kitchen to be greeted by endless glasses of various fresh juices.

This recipe makes 2 servings.

Pour the following ingredients into a cocktail shaker:

Juice from 2 oranges

Juice from 1/2 of a lime

2 oz. pomegranate liqueur

4 oz. vodka

A handful of crushed ice

Put the lid on the shaker and shake gently. Strain the contents into 2 martini glasses. Top each with a splash of lemon-lime soda, and garnish with orange slices, if desired.

Creamy Green Chile and Avocado Sauce Recipe

This is going to be your new favorite sauce - you can add it to grilled meats, dunk your chips into it or slather it on a burger! Loaded with flavor and fresh ingredients, this Creamy Green Chile and Avocado Sauce is definitely blending together. Grill up the main ingredients for a quick turn around for your enjoyment.

I need to make more sauces, I've decided. I've fallen madly in love with pesto over the past year, and I've prepared a few delicious sauces to accompany pork. I want to explore more, though. Sauces, like salsas, are incredibly versatile. I love being creative and combining two foods that don't sound like they would taste good together, but actually do.

My husband and I made this green chile-avocado sauce and served it with chicken a few nights ago. It was a great match! Very fresh, flavorful and pretty. When I make it again I'll add more spice, but that's my own issue. In my opinion, everything should have more spice. For example Shrimp, shrimp is ALWAYS better with a little bit of a kick. Check out this Spicy Shrimp Pasta if you are looking for dinner with a punch!

LEARN HOW TO CUT UP AN AVOCADO IN THIS VIDEO TUTORIAL

Thread onto four skewers:

1 firm Hass avocado, quartered, pitted and skin left on for grilling; peel before processing

1 small onion, quartered

2 tomatillos, husked, cored and halved

4 garlic cloves, peeled

1 jalapeno pepper, stemmed, seeded and quartered (next time I'll use 2-3)

1 poblano chile, stemmed, seeded and quartered

Brush with olive oil and grill over high heat, turning occasionally, until the vegetables are charred in spots, about 15 minutes. Let cool slightly.

Remove ingredients from skewers and transfer to a food processor. Don't forget to remove the peels from the avocados!

Add:

1/4 cup cilantro leaves

1/4 cup water

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Process until smooth and season with salt.

Serve with grilled chicken. Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 2 days. Delish! Grilling season is finally here!