Anna Maria Locke

recipe time: a cocktail and a muffin

Happy Friday!! Is it just me, or did this week crawl by??? The weather has been cool here, in the 60's and low 70's and it's hard to believe it's almost summer!

As promised by my last post, I've got a couple of delicious recipes for your weekend!
One is a summer cocktail and one is another banana muffin variation. I don't recommend eating them together...unless you're having a muffin for an afternoon snack :)

First up is my new favorite summer cocktail, the Pimm's cup! I recently discovered Pimm's No. 1, the British liqueur that tastes sort of like an extra herbal-y gin. It's not that great on its own, but mix it with some fruit and ginger ale or bubbly lemonade and it makes a delicious sweet and herbal punch! There are apparently a million different ways to make a Pimm's cup, but here's my current favorite:

Pimm's Cup (Anna's version)
Ingredients for one drink:
  • 1.5 oz (one shot) Pimm's No. 1
  • ginger ale
  • cucumber
  • mint
  • lemon slices
  • optional: strawberries, lime, any fruit you want!
Directions: Add a shot of Pimm's to a glass with fresh ice. Toss in sliced cucumber, mint leaves, a squeeze of lemon or lime, any other fruit you have, and fill to the top with ginger ale or lemon-lime soda. Stir to combine and enjoy! Super easy. You can also muddle (aka smash) the mint and fruit together in the glass before you add the ginger ale. If you're having friends over, it would be easy to make a large batch in a pitcher or punch bowl! Just combine amounts of ingredients until it tastes good to you!

Next up, here's an easy healthy muffin recipe to make the morning after your Pimm's party!

Banana-Cranberry Oat Muffins
Makes 12 muffins
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour (or unbleached white)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 egg
  • 2 T canola oil
  • 2-3 mashed bananas
  • 1/2 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 t. vanilla

Preheat oven to 400*F. Line a muffin tin with liners or grease with non-stick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, rolled oats, and cranberries.
In a medium bowl, whisk the egg. Add oil, mashed bananas, yogurt, and vanilla.
Carefully combine the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, be careful not to over-stir.
Spoon into muffin tins and bake for 18-20 minutes.

Do you have any fun weekend plans? Ben and I are road-tripping to Indiana for a family get-together at my aunt and uncle's house. We have several wedding anniversaries and birthdays to celebrate, and it's always a crazy fun time when the Dutch side of the family gets together at my uncle's backyard tiki bar :) 

See you next week!