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It took me numerous tries to shoot this drink. I’m not a drink shooter yet, but this kind of shows a lesson in light. All 3 of the photos were taken in different light. Interesting how they came out, huh? I like them :) creates a different mood in each one!

This wasn’t meant to be a lighting post, but with how the pictures turned out, I thought I’d show it in all 3 lights – in 3 different areas of my house.

Soooo…cheers to the weekend, right?! Jason and I are going cake tasting tonight so I may or may not end up in a sugar coma afterwards. Anyway, moving on to happy hour ;)

I am a huge fan of the Dark Knight movies. In fact, Naomi and I came up with the idea that since we couldn’t actually see the movie together, being on opposites coasts & all, we could virtually drink together, which is why her and I have made cocktails today! A toast to seeing Dark Knight and also, on a more serious note, a toast to those lives who were lost in the Colorado theater shooting and to the families coping with their losses, xo, our hearts, thoughts & prayers go out to y’all.

Vodka always spells trouble for me but it’s my liquor of choice. I’m weak, I can’t do whiskey or Scotch or anything of that sort. I’m a light-weight anyway.

I have always loved vodka & cranberry but after a few too many incidents with that drink in my younger days (hugging a toilet isn’t my idea of fun), I can’t ever have it again. Just the thought of it makes me cringe. Which is why I decided to combine vodka with peach, mangos, and strawberries! It’s like an adult tropical beverage! Fun right?!

This drink is super easy to throw together and it looks so pretty in a martini glass — I know it’s not a legit martini but I couldn’t pass up an excuse to use these glasses ;)

Happy Friday everyone and bottoms up!

Sunset Cocktail

Vodka paired with mangos, peaches, and strawberries will make this perfect Sunset Cocktail!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Julie Chiou
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  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup frozen mangos & peaches
  • ¼ cup strawberries, hulled & sliced
  • 2 shots of vodka

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  • In a pot, bring water to a simmer and melt sugar in it. Turn the heat down low and let thicken for about 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Gently throw in your fruit in the sugar mixture and let sit in the liquid for 10 minutes to break down and for the juices to release.
  • Add in the vodka, stir, and remove from heat.
  • Drain the liquid in a mesh sieve over a bowl so the mesh sieve will catch all the fruit pieces. Place the bowl with the liquid in a larger bowl with ice and place in freezer for 10 minutes.
  • The liquid should be cold enough in 10 minutes to put into a shaker with ice, shaken, and served.

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Course: Drink
Cuisine: American
Keyword: drink recipe
Recipe Rating

Averie @ Averie Cooks

Tuesday 31st of July 2012

drinks, clear or glass glasses, the reflective nature of both the drink itself, the glass, and then the time of day - can either create gorgeous photos - or massive frustration! Your pics are STUNNING!

Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

Monday 30th of July 2012

Love each shot! Definite mood changes in each. Which cake did you choose?


Monday 30th of July 2012

A simple vanilla cake with raspberry filling. I could eat that filling alone!! It's going to be 3 tiered with pearl dots around the base of each tier and then heart "dots" scattered throughout the sides.

Baking Serendipity

Sunday 29th of July 2012

I'm definitely a light-weight too, but this cocktail looks fantastic! I love the photos...especially the first!

amanda @ fake ginger

Sunday 29th of July 2012

Oooh, I love a fruity drink! And your pictures are fabulous!


Sunday 29th of July 2012

i love how all pictures turned out, look so elegant and now...I need a drink. Cheers!