Libation Creation Featuring: Ciroc Peach and Simply Tropical Juice

ciroc recipe

Ciroc is definitely in my top 5 as far as favorite alcoholic beverages are concerned and anyone that knows me, knows that I LOVE the coconut flavor. But I have been wanting to experiment with some of the other flavors that Ciroc offers. I was recently gifted with a bottle of the Peach flavor so I thought that I would come up with my own “libation creation” to help beat this summer heat.

You can enjoy this cocktail while lounging at the pool with friends, or hanging out at the lake, the beach or you can make this if you are having friends over for brunch. I used Simply’s new Tropical Juice and topped the drink off with sparkling wine to give it some bubble action. I used one of my favorite Spanish sparkling wines, Segura Viudas Cava Brut which can be found at your local wine shop and I’ve also seen it at Publix. But feel free to use whatever sparkling wine is your favorite. Check out the recipe below.

Ingredients needed:

  1. In a shaker combine the peach ciroc and the Simply tropical juice with ice and shake well.
  2. Strain the drink into champagne flutes about 1/2 way and then top it off with your favorite sparkling wine and garnish with fresh pineapple slices.

Note: In this recipe “parts” refers to the measurement. It could be cups, tablespoons, ounces or any other type of measurement that you choose, but I used a Jigger to measure. So using the larger side of the jigger, I measured 1 part for the Peach Ciroc and 2 parts for the Simply Tropical Juice.

Let me know if you try the recipe and whether or not you liked it! 🙂

Until next time…Happy Drinking!! xoxo -Milla

Product Spotlight and Review: Success Rice + Recipes + Giveaway!

 

 

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This has been quite an amazing year for the blog. I went from nothing to now averaging 2-3 restaurant tasting and/or events a week and I balance that with my full-time job. The constant eating out has definitely taken its toll and I made a decision to transition my diet a bit by starting to balance my eating, by having healthy options when I’m not eating out. Now you will never see me post a recipe with some dry ass vegetables and chicken lol, but if I can find ways to incorporate some healthy options into my life, I’m going to do it.

With that being said, I was recently contacted by Success Rice to try some of their boil-in-bag rice options. This came right on time as I’ve been brain wrestling for a while about what I could do to start this healthy lifestyle. I received the coupons to try Success Rice over a month ago, so it has taken me a while to get this post up. I wanted to try it several times, to be sure I could give a full review. I would never feel comfortable recommending something that I really haven’t tried.

Brown Rice *I also purchased the Jasmine Rice but my focus was mostly on the brown

Pros:

  • Convenient and easy
  • No additives or preservatives
  • Same health benefits as the brown rice you cook longer
  • 100% whole grain, gluten-free, sodium free, cholesterol free, has fiber and is heart healthy

Things you should know:

  • I felt that it did not cook enough for me in 10 minutes. I let it cook for ten minutes first, because I wanted to follow the directions. I found that although it was done, it still had a bit of a bite to it that is similar to parboiled rice. It wasn’t bad at all, I just felt it needed an extra 5 minutes. On the second try I let it cook an extra 5 minutes and it was perfect for me.
  • 1 bag is enough for 1 serving. So if you are cooking for multiple meals I would suggest boiling more than 1 bag.

Suggestions:

  • I’ve always strayed away from brown rice because it took so long to cook and has zero flavor. I would suggest boiling your rice in some low-sodium chicken broth or stock to add some more flavor.
  • Another option would be to boil it in water with a little unsalted butter.

These recipes are great with brown rice:

Giveaway

I am on the hunt for some healthy recipes, so leave a comment below with your favorite recipe that includes brown rice.

*All entries must be received by Midnight on May 16th.

*The winner will be selected at random and contacted via the email provided when leaving a comment.

*There will be 3 winners chosen.

*Prize was provided by the uber fab folks over at Success Rice.

Until next time…happy (healthy) eating!! xoxo -Milla

Sauteed Cajun Chicken with Parmesan Cheese Grits

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Ingredients needed *Serves 2

  • 1 cup cooked grits
  • 3-4 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breast (diced into small pieces)
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 cup of sliced red onion
  • Cajun or Blackening seasoning
  • 4 strips of cooked bacon (crumbled into bits)
  • Garlic herb feta cheese
  • Fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt (to taste)
  1. Cook grits according to instructions and add parmesan cheese to taste. *Tip Add a little milk or heavy whipping cream to make them a bit more creamy.
  2. Pre-heat a large saute pan on medium-heat. Add in EVOO, red onion and garlic and cook for about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a bowl mix chicken, Cajun seasoning and salt.
  4. Once onions become translucent, add in chicken and saute for about 10 minutes or until done.
  5. Turn off heat and sprinkle in the crumbled bacon and feta cheese and toss.
  6. In a bowl, add grits and layer chicken on top.

Until next time…Happy eating!! xoxo -Milla

Spicy Edamame

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 Ingredients needed:

  • 12oz bag of frozen edamame
  • 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon of oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  1. Steam your edamame according to the instructions on the bag.
  2. In a large bowl mix all the ingredients together and then taste it to make sure you do not want to add anything more.
  3. Toss in the edamame, mix well and serve.

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Until next time…happy eating!! xoxo -Milla