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Blackberry & Elderflower Pimms - Peanut Butter & Dill Pickles Blog

Blackberry & Elderflower Pimms x18

I had fully prepared myself to explain to the officer why I had 18 bottles of booze in my back seat.  Luckily, I wasn’t pulled over on the way home. Why would I have 18 bottles of Pimms in my car?  First, you need to understand my Mom, sister, and I are a bit obsessed with Pimms.  If you’ve been to England, you know that Pimms is EVERYWHERE.  It’s the classic British drink that is served in every pub, restaurant, sporting event, royal baby watch party, etc.  Their slogan is “It’s Pimms O’Clock!” which is perfect because it’s always time for a Pimms.  It’s typical to order a “jug” of Pimms while out at the pub and my Mom and I became pros at polishing that off! My Mom became addicted and so did my sister and I.  While traditional Pimms No. 1 is our usual standby, they recently came out with a new Blackberry & Elderflower flavor.  Boy, that one is just as yummy.  Made with vodka and a French liqueur with blackberries and elderflowers, …






Cucumber Basil Lemonade (2 of 3)

Cucumber Basil Lemonade

I got thirsty this afternoon and I thought you might be thirsty too.  I’m always here to help! I was picking cucumbers out of the garden this morning and then I saw my basil and then I got inspired.  Cucumber basil lemonade, it is! Nothing fancy or difficult here.  Just all you need is a blender and 5 minutes to throw together a simple syrup. Yummy summer in a glass. PrintCucumber Basil Lemonade Ingredients2/3 c. sugar 2/3 c. water 1/4 c. basil leaves, packed 1 c. fresh squeezed lemon juice 1 5-6″ cucumber, chopped with seeds removed 2 c. water (sparkling or still)InstructionsIn a small saucepan over medium high heat, bring the sugar and 2/3 c. water to a boil. Once the sugar is dissolved, remove from the heat and add the basil leaves. Stir and allow to cool to room temp. When the simple syrup has cooled, strain out the basil leaves. Meanwhile, blend the lemon juice and cucumber in a blender until totally pureed. Strain the mixture to remove any pulp. In a …






Mason Jar Citrus Juices with Herbs // Peanut Butter & Dill Pickles Blog

A Facelift with a Side of Mason Jar Mimosas

You’re not crazy.  You’re at www.pbpickles.com.  The site got a facelift! The blog is now more streamlined, less busy, and formatted to highlight images (rather than my previous kooky green polka dots!) Welcome to the NEW Peanut Butter & Dill Pickles site!  Take a tour with me… At the top, notice the Featured and Recipe drop downs.  By clicking any of these, you’ll display only posts within that topic or recipe category. Into social media?  The buttons to follow me are on your right. Interested in exploring?  Click on “Go Exploring” just under the main drop downs and filter content by date/year, categories, or tags. I must say, I’m loving the simplicity of the black and white layout now so the images pop.  A huge thanks to my guy for not only overhauling this site but for the weeks and weeks of “a woman’s perogative to change her mind” that infiltrated our conversations along the way.  You’re the best.  Mean it.  Love you. Today feels very much like a juxtaposition.  Now that I’m done touting the simple beauty of …






Drinks

Thank you, Shirley Temple.

The sight of a bright pink glass studded with fizzy bubbles and plump, maraschino cherries sliding across the bar towards me always made me feel like “one of the adults” no matter how childlike and fluorescent my glass was.  With short, little legs swinging, I would belly up to the bar and confidently order my Shirley Temple the way other gents ordered their scotch.  The number of maraschino cherries was absolutely proportionate to the size of the smile I flashed to the bartender too.  One cherry and I felt like I’d been stiffed.  Your first Shirley Temple was almost a right of passage in childhood. According to Shirley herself, she had nothing to do with the mocktail whose origins are somewhat disputed.  Several Hollywood restaurants claim to have created the drink in the 1930s.  Regardless of where it started, most variations of the beverage include either ginger ale or lemon-lime soda (sometimes both), with a  splash of grenadine syrup and maraschino cherries. Growing up, our overnight sitter was a wonderful woman named Jackie.  She was …






Fall Sangria with Apple Brandy//Peanut Butter & Dill Pickles Blog

Fall Sangria with Apple Brandy

I’ll find any excuse to drink sangria and colder temperatures won’t hinder me from grabbing a glass. I don’t know about you, but to me one of the best things about sangria are the boozy bits of fruit at the bottom of the glass.   In this recipe, it’s spiced crunchy apples.  To die for. Traditional sangria is usually full of summer flavors but since this sangria is an homage to fall, I’ve filled it with white wine, apple cider, honey, cinnamon, and an apple brandy called Calvados.  It’s basically everything to love about fall in a glass. I like my sangria with some bubbles so I top off each glass with a bit of sparkling apple cider. I first made this for a girls night with my mom and sister and we had no problem drinking down every. last. drop. Dare you not to do the same! Oh, have you entered to win this burlap basket yet?  Click here to enter and see one of my favorite fall appetizers.  Giveaway ends Friday! PrintFall Sangria …