Friday, June 29, 2012

New babies and a Fourth of July cocktail

No, no, no…not those kinds of babies. We’re talking babies of the feline variety here…triplets to be exact. From now on, just call us the crazy cat people. I’m pretty sure getting three kittens qualifies you for that classification.

Allow me introduce you to Miles, Gigi and Coco…

Last weekend we had an appointment to take our pup to the vet for some shots. They sometimes have kittens for adoption in the lobby and before we walked in Andy said, “If they have a calico for adoption, she’s coming home with us.” Well, you can see that they did indeed have a calico and there was no way we could break this precious little bunch up.

Turns out they were found abandoned in a parking lot so they’re a little shy, but they’re coming around more and more every day. Gigi, the calico, is already sitting on our laps and purring like crazy. I’m sure the other two aren’t far behind. Febby, our miniature dachshund, is beside himself with excitement and LOVES them. The kittens are not in the least bit scared of him and attack his wagging tail every chance they get. We’re one big happy (slightly crazy) family…

Having lost both of our 18-year-old cats earlier this year, I didn’t think I was quite ready for this step. But all I had to do was watch Andy watching these guys play to know that we made the right decision. It’s obvious how happy it makes him to have this kind of energy back in the house. In fact, it’s downright adorable to see the look in his eye when he holds one of them. In his words, it makes his heart feel full. That’s quite a return on investment.

So, needless to say, things have been a bit hectic this week and I haven’t had a whole lot of time for much besides kittens, kittens and more kittens. However, as you know by now, there is always time for a cocktail around here, and with the Fourth of July coming up, it’s a perfect excuse for this festive beverage.

Watermelon-Blueberry Cooler

Makes 1 tall cocktail

6 ounces watermelon
1 ounce blueberry vodka
1-2 lemon wedges
blue decorating sugar, optional for rim

Puree watermelon, vodka and juice of one lemon wedge in a blender. Add ice (to desired thickness) and blend until smooth.
If sugaring the rim, pour a small amount of blue decorating sugar onto a plate. Run lemon wedge around the rim of the glass. Dip rim in sugar.
Pour cocktail into glass.

This is a simple, refreshing drink that is a bit more fruit juice than cocktail, but it hits the spot on a hot day.

And if you’re looking for another patriotic beverage, White Wine-Berry Sangria always hits the spot...Happy Fourth of July!


  1. Congratulations on the new family members! If Hubby would allow it, I'd be crazy cat lady. As it is, we have one (and she's parked on my desk as I type). I'm sorry that you lost the two earlier this year; it made my heart hurt for a moment to read that but these new babies will definitely help fill that void.

    Anyhow, to the drink! I've not seen blueberry vodka yet but will be on the hunt for it later today. Your cocktail looks amazing and is the perfect way to celebrate the 4th!

  2. Congrats! And the cocktail looks amazing!

  3. My daughter and I oohed and ahhed over your darling new kitties! How wonderful of you to adopt all 3...and so happy that your pup is fine with them :)

    PS...both cocktails look so festive and delish!

  4. Congrats on your new kittens! They are so cute!! Love the cocktail, too. The watermelon star garnish is a great touch. Happy 4th of July!

  5. blueberry vodka is making me go weak in the knees! Congratulations on your kittens!! They look adorable!

  6. What a pretty drink and light with only 1 oz. of vodka. The fact that you used blueberry vodka is interesting. I've never tried it but it sounds great. Congrats on the new additions. We've had cats, now we just have one young, playful dog but I think once you get used to living with pets, you really can't do without. Happy 4th!

  7. What a nice looking drink! And what cute kittens.

  8. What a great idea for the 4th. Love your tri-tips below too and both would make for a fun grill party.

    Cute little fur babies :)

  9. Gorgeous drink! You have another feature on our Facebook page: :-) Happy 4th of July!
    And congratulations on your expanding family - those kittens look so cute :-)

  10. Very patriotic colors! Happy Independence Day and congratulations on making the foodbuzz Top 9!

  11. What a great recipe for the 4th! Looks so refreshing and delicious. Yum!

  12. Aww they are such cuties! I'm glad you embrace being the crazy cat people :) I hope to be the crazy dog lady one day. Love this festive (and gorgeous) cocktail!

  13. I had this crazy idea that cocktail bars in london would offer this beverage to american expats for 4th of july, just for the kicks of the holiday.

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