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Festive Cocktails

July 3, 2014

With summer in full swing, beat the heat with these cooling cocktails. Luckily, I’ve mixed up healthier versions of your favorite pleasing potions. Whatever you’re doing this long holiday weekend, you can be sure these drinks will be the perfect addition to your cookouts and parties. Cheers!

Though it’s name might conjure images of cold Russian winters, the effervescent Moscow Mule is one of my favorite cocktails all year round.

Moscow Mule

Makes 1 serving


  • 4 to 5 ice cubes
  • 1 oz vodka
  • juice of 1/2 a lime, plus 1 slice lime
  • 1/2 cup ginger beer
  • 1 sprig fresh mint


  1. Place ice in a copper mug or large glass. Add vodka and lime juice. Top with ginger beer and stir. Garnish with mint and a lime slice. Enjoy!


This light and refreshing drink is perfect if you’re in the mood for something fruity.

 Mixed Berry Spritzer

Makes 1 serving


  • ice, for serving
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1/2 cup sparkling water
  • few drops of liquid stevia
  • frozen berries


  1. Place ice into a glass. Add vodka, sparkling water, sweetener and stir. Toss in frozen berries. Sip and enjoy.


Have a very safe, healthy and happy holiday, friends!


Photo cred: my sister, Jenny Norris


Fourth of July: Recipe Roundup

July 2, 2014

Here are some ideas for healthy dishes to help you stay on track this holiday. I hope these simple, irresistible recipes make your patriotic potluck a breeze! 


Melon Salad


Simple Quinoa Salad


White Sangria Sparkler


Peach Tostada

tomato gazpacho

Farmers’ Market Gazpacho


Raw Hummus


Lemon Quinoa Chickpea Salad


Gourmet Popsicles


Baked Pistachio and Herb Falafel


Pasta Alla Checca


Spicy Kidney Bean Chili 

I’m excited to have a long, full weekend of friends, food and fun in the city. Wishing you a very happy and safe holiday!