Recipe: Pineapple Rum Mint Spritzer + A Giveaway

Pineapple Rum Mint Spritzer

Happy Memorial Day Weekend, friends! As I mentioned yesterday, we’re switching things around a bit to share this perfect holiday weekend drink with you before you embark on whatever journey/jump into whatever plans you have for the long weekend. Are you headed anywhere exciting? The beach, perhaps? Regardless of where you’ll be –this girl’s staying in DC to eat, shop, and grill– MDW weekend kicks off summer with its BBQs, weekend trips, outdoor music, and of course, drinks.

Each year, there are several things I intended to do more of in the summer. The list includes regularly attending Jazz in the Garden, winery visits, weekend trips to new places, more concerts, and crafting more original cocktails myself. When you’re content with G&Ts all year around, it can be hard to get creative!

Pineapple Rum Mint Spritzer

Blue Chair Rum is sponsoring Kenny Chesney’s tour and asked me to create a cocktail for his concert in Columbia, MD next week, which was a fun little exercise because having grown up in Texas, country music concerts are a standard summer activity for many (I’m sure this is unsurprising to most of you, but I’m happy to help clear up any particular stereotype questions people have. We don’t ride horses in the city, for starters). As I’ve grown older, I’ve come to appreciate spending summer nights outside with a couple of cold, seasonally-spirited cocktails. Extra perks for ones that don’t require elaborate or unusual ingredients. Rum, pineapple juice, seltzer, lime, and mint on the other hand? This one’s probably going to be a regular around here…

Pineapple Rum Mint Spritzer

Ok side note: seltzer is one of my favorite things ever. I used to hate it and one day, someone insisted I give it another shot, I took a sip, and everything changed. Isn’t that weird? Now I can’t get enough of it and because I nearly all think cocktails taste better with a little carbonation, needed to find a way to incorporate it into this recipe.

Pineapple Rum Mint Spritzer
Makes one drink

6-7 oz pineapple juice
3 oz seltzer
3 oz rum (I used Blue Chair Bay white rum)
Approximately 5 mint leaves, crushed
1/2 lime, sliced

Pour pineapple juice, seltzer, and rum into a glass. Stir and add mint and a squeeze of lime. Serve chilled.

And now, for the extra fun part (as if making cocktails isn’t good enough)… Blue Chair Rum is giving one lucky Cake & Lilies reader a bottle of their own!* You can take your pick between Banana, Coconut, Coconut Spiced, and the white I used for this recipe. Enter below:

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*You must be at least 21 to win– proof of valid ID required!

What are your favorite rum cocktails? Good luck, and happy, happy weekend!

Photos by Monica Dutia for Cake & Lilies

Blue Chair Rum provided me with a sample to generate this recipe. As always, all thoughts and opinions are completely my own! :)

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale

It’s one of the best sales of the year (and I really do mean that)… the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale! I’ve broken down some picks by price/category and there are some gems. This watch is similar to the one I wear every day, I leave this sweater at work for chilly office days, a pretty summer dress for under $30 (I ordered it in navy!), and the prettiest navy + white swimsuit. Lots of basics for summer too, like this top that comes in 12 colors. The sale ends on the 31st, but lots of sizes and the good stuff sells out fast. And there’s some stuff below for the boys, too!

Did you pick up anything from the sale? Anything you’re particularly excited about? Happy shopping :)

Women’s/Home Under $25

Women’s Under $50

Women’s Under $100

Women’s Shoes

Everything Else…

MENS!!

What I’ve Learned Since College + Thursday Things

Colgate University

A minor change in programming today…I’m sharing the weekly link roundup and a little two-years-since-graduating acknowledgement today! Tuesday marked two years since I graduated from Colgate University and if you’ve met me in person, you know how much I love my alma mater. It’s something I try not to delve into too much on the blog but it’s part of my daily life in many ways, be it with my close friends, the pennant on my wall, and the values/lessons I carry with me in my daily routine.

Colgate Torchlight

Not a cult… just torchlight, where seniors are given massive torches to carry down the steep hill of campus and throw into a bonfire. It’s amazing and terrifying at the same time!

I’ve grown up a lot since graduating two years ago (especially since freshman year… many of you must emphasize, I’m sure). I’ve also learned a lot, including:

1. Regardless of where you each move, your close friends will remain close as long as you work to maintain some sort of contact. The “pick up where we left off” line holds true, and those who are meant to actively be in your life will be. On that note, you can even find yourself becoming closer to people you didn’t know quite as well during your four years, and that’s a great feeling!

2. Academics are important, but good grades don’t necessarily equate to daily, real life street and job smarts. How you carry yourself in the workplace and the way you meet new people is just as important as how well you do your job.

3. Pizza (and alcohol) at 2am still tastes good, even if your stomach (and head) feels 1000x worse than what you remember it feeling like 4 years ago. It’s okay to miss your local college town spot and count down the days till you visit campus and can get your hands on more (shoutout, Slices).

4. As much as you think you’ll want to go back to campus all the time, you won’t. Closure exists and while I’d take any opportunity to go back to Colgate for a weekend, I don’t have that same craving to be back that I had for the first 8-9 months after graduation. On that note: acknowledge that not everyone loved their alma mater as much as you did. Be grateful for your experience and share it with others, but remember that some did not quite have your enthusiasm– and that’s okay.

5. Life goes on. Shit happens, you grow up, learn from your mistakes, and get over it.

Katie pretty much nails it with the 13 things she’s learned since graduation, so hop on over and read those for more revelations!

Colgate University

And now, for this weeks links. A really fun post (and giveaway!) is coming tomorrow that’s perfect for your MDW plans, or lack thereof if you’re planning on keeping it low key. In the meantime, check back this afternoon for my Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale picks!

– A simple summer cocktail from Kate. Anyone else love Izze as much as I do? Confession: my best friend and I used to get it at Starbucks in high school sometimes. Oh, and her Greek potato Salad recipe, too. BBQ-friendly, if you’re cooking this weekend!

Krista is always traveling and going somewhere amazing– all while being a recent grad, running a successful blog and holding a full-time job. Here’s how she does it (we can all use some of these tips!).

This look from Mackenzie is perfect. A good reminder to dig out any summer belts you have tucked away and wear them over a simple summer dress!

Liz’s wedding is spectacular… you’ve got to see for yourself! Chicago in the early fall is a sight to be seen (don’t go in January like I did!)

Breakfast in an Ikea bed, in an Ikea store? Yes, please!

– My all time favorite look from Supal. For those of you who gravitate to darker hues, try out a pop of magenta once in awhile… it’s gorgeous, as you can see!

Photos taken for me at grad (#1 via my Instagram)