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Ginger Kick G&T Cocktail and Mocktail | Squirrelly Minds
If you caught the news a while back, you’ll know that I have to resist tasty booze filled beverages all summer long. Thankfully the mister is very good at not only concocting cocktails, but just as good at making versions for us pregnant ladies or anyone who prefers their drinks prohibition era friendly.
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And so, as I venture forth on a spirit free diet, I’ll be here sharing cocktail recipes with the equivalent mocktail on this little series called Mr and Mrs Cocktails. First up is my absolute favourite – gin. For our first mocktail, I actually had to ask “…this doesn’t have gin in it right?”. Yep, that’s how good it is. This is a refined spin on the old classic g&t. The twist? Ginger, either as a liqueur or a syrup.

Ginger Kick G&T Cocktail and Mocktail | Squirrelly Minds | Squirrelly Minds
We (aka the mister) were lucky enough to get to try a new local gin from Ampersand Distilling Co. I took a sniff from the bottle and knew it was one I could enjoy simple with an ice cube or perhaps some olive juice. (I can’t wait to try). Made from organic BC grain and organic, wild harvested botanicals, Ryan called it crisp, well balanced, and summery. A work horse gin that works for any drink or occassion, and definitely a gin we can be proud to say comes from our island. My gosh I can’t wait to try it for myself.
But some of you can, and you can try it in this Ginger Kick G&T! Or if you’re in my situation, scroll down for the mocktail version.

Ginger Kick G&T Cocktail and Mocktail | Squirrelly Minds | Squirrelly Minds

Ginger Kick G&T

Ingredients

  • 1oz Gin
  • 1/2oz Ginger liqueur (store bought or diy)
  • Bitters
  • Cucumber mint tonic
  • Cucumber & Orange peel garnish

Instructions

  1. Shake gin, liqueur, and a few dashes of bitters
  2. Strain into Old Fashioned glass full of ice
  3. Top with tonic
  4. Garnish with cucumber and orange peel
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Ginger Kick G&T Mocktail

Ingredients

  • 1/2oz ginger simple syrup
  • Cucumber Mint Tonic
  • Orange non-alcoholic bitters
  • Cucumber and orange peel to garnish

Instructions

  1. Fill Old Fashioned glass with ice & tonic
  2. Add syrup, stir gently
  3. Add a few dashes of bitters
  4. Garnish with cucumber and/or orange peel
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Happy drinking!

The Friday Five – Hand Harvested Salt

The Friday Five - Salt | Squirrelly Minds

Jacobsen Salt Co. / Vancouver Island Salt Company / Marblehead Salt Co /San Juan Island Sea Salt /Bulls Bay Saltworks

Isn’t it funny how food goes through such turmoil and fads? 5 years ago non fat non sugar everything was the much healthier option, but now we know that’s just not true.
I feel the same shift has happened with salt. For so long people have been concerned about the amount of salt intake in their diet. True, it’s important not to OD on the delicious crystals, but it isn’t as taboo as it once was, and I think all the boutique, hand-harvested salt companies cropping up can take a lot of the credit for this attitude change toward the seasoning.
I for one am a huge salt fan, and these small, hand harvested salt companies do an incredible job of bringing more than your ordinary salt. We’re talking smoked salts, truffle salts, chunky salts, flaky salts, etc etc. Just a pinch of real salt (non of that table salt crap) goes a long way, and that’s how these vices should be enjoyed – the best ingredients in moderate amounts.

So bring on the salt!

DIY/Eat/Holiday | Easter – The Archives

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Egg Place Cards

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Golden Eggs

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Paint Splattered Easter Eggs

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Printable Easter Menu

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Mini Egg Explosion Cupcakes

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Easter. The season for bunnies, eggs and sweets! Here are past DIY’s and recipes to celebrating the holiday. Happy eating/DIYing!

We’re heading to the gulf islands for a long weekend getaway with friends.
What are your Easter plans?

Eat/Holiday | 10 Best Easter Cakes

10 Best Easter Cakes - Aisha Green on Hobby Craft | Squirrelly Minds

A cake covered in mini eggs? Sold! Though I don’t know how Aisha Green on Hobby Craft got through making this cake without eating the entire bag of mini eggs first…

10 Best Easter Cakes - Carrie Sellman on The Cake Blog | Squirrelly Minds

I love the rough edging around this easter basket cake by Carrie Sellman on The Cake Blog

10 Best Easter Cakes - Betty Crocker | Squirrelly Minds

That Betty Crocker knows how to make a gorgeous cake. But it does require malted milk powder which I’ve never heard of. Have I been living under a rock or something?

10 Best Easter Cakes - Victoria Glass on Great British Chefs | Squirrelly Minds

Okay, 8 layers is a bit intimidating for me. But I love the chocolate nest atop this cake by Victoria Glass on Great British Chefs

10 Best Easter Cakes - Everyday Occasions | Squirrelly Minds

Seriously, who could resist this adorable coconut bunny cake from Everyday Occasions?

10 Best Easter Cakes - Gimme Some Oven | Squirrelly Minds

While not exactly easter, it’s close enough. I mean carrots leads to bunny rabbits leads to easter leads to this delish looking cake by Gimme Some Oven

10 Best Easter Cakes - Sugar Hero | Squirrelly Minds

A cake with dots on the inside and out? Well done Sugar Hero. Well done.

10 Best Easter Cakes - | Squirrelly Minds

This lamb cake by Lyndsay Sung on Handmade Charlotte might be too cute to eat. Might be.

10 Best Easter Cakes - Taming Twins | Squirrelly Minds

This cadbury creme egg cheesecake by Taming Twins might result in a sugar induce coma, but it would be so worth it.

10 Best Easter Cakes - Sugar and Cloth | Squirrelly Minds

For a simple and gorgeous cake, follow Sugar and Cloth‘s lead and
top a plain white cake with gold bunny ears.

So this post by PJ has kind of made me obsessed with cake making lately. I haven’t yet, but I have a REAL hankering to make some over the top, ridiculously time involved cake. Well with Easter coming up I have the best excuse ever. Now which one am I going to try…

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