Kumquat Mojitos

A classic mojito is updated with the addition of muddled kumquats, which add a bright citrus flavor. This kumquat mojito is such a fun and delicious cocktail!
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Memorial Day weekend has to be one of the best weekends of the year….it signifies that summer is here! 3 months of lazier days and vacations and just a more relaxed feeling overall. I am a fall / winter girl, but even I can’t resist the allure of summer.

And what better way to toast the season than with a refreshing and beautiful cocktail – a Kumquat Mojito! Mojtos are a perfect summertime cocktail – so refreshing and tropical, and adding some muddled Kumquat to the mix gives these cocktails a great color and such a bright, citrus flavor!

I am currently in LA for a girl’s trip! TheBetterHalf is stuck at home studying for the CFA. It has been a rough few months full of work and studying for him….June 6 can’t come soon enough! But since I don’t have to study, I figured I should go have some fun for the both of us.  Bring on the cocktails!
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Limoncello Cocktail

A light and refreshing Limoncello Cocktail is the perfect drink to sip on all summer long, and it couldn’t be easier to make!

Limoncello Cocktail | chezcateylou.com

It is a beautiful summer Friday, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with a Limoncello Cocktail!  This is probably the simplest recipe I have ever posted on Chez CateyLou.  And that’s why it is so perfect – you only need two ingredients to make a delicious, refreshing, and pretty summer cocktail!  That’s right – with just limoncello and club soda you can have a summer party started in no time!

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Lentil Salad with Olives, Mint, and Feta

Lentils are cooked until creamy but firm, tossed in a mustard vinaigrette, and then mixed with kalamata olives, feta cheese, and fresh mint. Healthy, easy, and delicious!

Lentil Salad with Olives, Mint and Feta | chezcateylou.com

Have you heard of Meatless Monday? According to Wikipedia: “Meatless Monday is an international campaign that encourages people to not eat meat on Mondays to improve their health and the health of the planet.”  Sounds like a win win to me!

Plus, I always try to be a little healthier on Mondays. It feels good to start the week off on a healthy foot, and to undo some of the damage from the weekend – because I don’t know about you, but my weekends are usually full of eating pretty much whatever I want.  So I have a great meatless and healthy recipe to share with you today – Lentil Salad with Olives, Mint, and Feta…. 

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Blood Orange Gin Fizz

Blood orange juice is added to a gin fizz, putting a modern twist on this classic cocktail. So refreshing and so pretty!

Blood Orange Gin Fizz | chezcateylou.com

Does anyone else need a cocktail today? Because I could sure use one! This week seems to be never-ending! I blame the cold. It is March, and the “feels like” temperature is 5 degrees. 5. I walk to and from work everyday, so I get to spend 50 minutes outside in these lovely conditions. If I was back in South Bend, I would expect this kind of weather. But NYC isn’t supposed to be this cold! So…I need a cocktail!

One good thing about winter though is Blood Oranges! I love blood orange juice, and it tastes amazing in this blood orange gin fizz.

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Minty Pea Prosciutto Toast

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Oh wow, this month has flown by! I seriously can’t believe it is already Feb. 28. And, already time for another Mystery Dish post! The amazing Christine from I Dig Pinterest picked the ingredients for us this month. They were:

Fresh Mushrooms
Pork
Spinach
Cream Cheese
Pineapple
Butterscotch Chips
Macadamia Nuts
Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce
Ritz Crackers
Tortillas

I was seriously considering making spinach artichoke dip with mushrooms and bacon, using cream cheese and sriracha, and having ritz crackers and homemade tortilla chips for dipping! But then I decided to settle down. No need to get so wild. Plus, I was dying to make this pea toast!

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