Denver Darlin’.

With summer officially in full swing, a heat wave rocking us up to over 104 for several days this past week, we’re all in desperate need of some relief. Enter, homemade Friday Happy Hour. Fridays seems like the one day a week where you need a celebratory , cough, beverage the most. To celebrate one more week under the belt and to kick the weekend off right.

This past weekend Christian’s Dad whipped up a batch of Moscow Mule’s after a hot day working on the sprinkler system in our money pit house. They were so refreshing and delicious… the perfect thing after a day in the heat. Last night, as I sat contemplating dinner, the only thing I really wanted was something just as refreshing. I, however, had none of the ingredients (except Vodka) I needed to replicate the ol’ Moscow deliciousness. So I improvised and made something that might just be even better.

It all started with a little fresh mint from my garden… can we all agree that fresh herbs are only one more reason why summer is the best?

And the knowledge that muddling mint makes it just that much better.

Toss in the vodka and some citrus deliciousness and, baby, you’ve got yourself a cocktail you won’t want to put down. Yum!

Denver Darlin’

Serves 1


1 teaspoon Organic Cane Sugar

4 Mint Leaves (washed)

1/4 cup Vodka

1/2 can of Lemon San Pellegrino

1/2 cup of Sierra Mist Natural or Club Soda (depending on your preferences)

Ice Cubes


1.) Take the cane sugar and mint leaves and put them in your happy hour glass of choice.

2.) Use a muddler (or back of a spoon if you don’t have a muddler) to mash the mint leaves and the sugar together in the bottom of the glass. This releases the oils for the mint leaves, making the drink that much more delicious.

3.) Pour in the vodka, San Pellegrino and Sierra Mist. Stir.

4.) Add ice cubes to fill your glass and add a straw for fun.

5.) Enjoy!

Published by Megan

I'm a marketer, cook, avid bug hater, cupcake lover, hiker, klutz, and married lady living in the great state of Colorado... My name is Megan Stecker and I'm a Colorado native. That's right, born and raised. I currently live in Denver and work in Marketing. I love what I do and watching it impact my client's business. I love to cook and bake. A good glass of wine can cure what's ailing you as long as you drink it in good company. I love the outdoors. Hiking, camping, exploring... I'm in. I have two dogs, Ollie and Duke, and I treat them like a children. My husband, friends and family mean everything to me. I also, inadvertently, find myself in the midst of disaster on a regular basis.

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