Nectarine-tinis with Mint

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Post and recipe by Erica, my mahvellous sister. She’s a culinary goddess, so enjoy!

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This simple little drink is surprisingly delicious. I threw it together one night when I had a hankering for a frozen-type drink with the ingredients that we had on hand, and we have made it several times since.

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It’s my husband’s new favorite (and he really likes a strong, dark beer, so that’s saying something!).

I bet it would be really good made with strawberries too, since mint and strawberries are one of my favorite flavor combos. I’ll have to pick some up and try it out next time we go to the Commissary.

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This would be a delicious virgin drink too. Just substitute the vodka for sprite or ginger ale and the triple sec for orange juice.

It’s important to get the ice really finely blended for a silky-smooth texture. I use this handy little blender my mother in law gave us to make baby food, and it works be-yewtifully. I think it’s actually a slushy-specific blender…. But a normal blender works too–all the same, just different sizes.

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Nectarine-tinis with Mint

Makes 2 servings

1 ripe nectarine, quartered (skin on)
½- 1 TBSP sugar
2 oz vodka
1 oz triple sec
2-3 leaves mint
2 c ice cubes

Pop your nectarine slices in the blender along with the booze . . .

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. . . sugar . . .

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. . . and mint.

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No need to skin the nectarine- the skin ends up adding lovely color and you can’t even tell it’s in there texture-wise.

Give ‘er a whirl.

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Once it’s mostly pureed, add the ice cubes. Blend till smooth.

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Feel free to add more ice cubes in order to get that nice thick, silky texture. Taste-test and add more sugar or mint as needed.

Pour into chilled martini or wine glasses, garnish with a sprig of mint . . .

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. . . kick back, and enjoy!

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