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About the author  ⁄ Jessica Torres

Jessica Torres is the founder and chief cocktail creator at She always wanted to be a bartender and is finally getting that chance in her own kitchen. When not taste testing new spirits or shaking up cocktails, she can be found working on her food and drink photography, tending her garden or taking a nap. She lives in the biggest little city of Reno, Nevada with her whiskey loving husband, two daughters and a fully stocked liquor cabinet.

4th of July is a fun day for kids. From spending the day with friends and family to watching the fireworks at night, there is so much to do. This year, take their celebration to the next level by giving them these red, white and blue pina coladas. These special 4th of July drinks for kids are made with real fruit and easy to make for a group of little ones.

4th of july drink for kids

When I first had the idea of doing a 4th of July drink for kids, I started with looking at some recipes online. Almost every recipe I found had some combination of kool-aid, Gatorade and soda. While those drinks might have the red, white and blue colors, they are not something I would ever let me kids drink. So, after talking with my kids and doing some experimenting, we came up with this variation of a virgin pina colada.

4th of july drink for kids 1

For the red, I pureed fresh raspberries with a touch of sweetner. The blue was the same process except I used blueberries instead. The white in the drink comes from a blend of banana, pineapple chunks, pineapple juice and coconut cream. Layer it all in the glass and serve with a straw so the kids can stir and sip away.

Red, white and blue pina colada {a 4th of July drink for kids}

Serves 2


For the raspberry puree:

For the blueberry puree:

  • 1/2 cup organic blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon honey syrup (or simple syrup), adjusted to taste

For the pina colada:

  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice
  • 1 tablespoon coconut cream


For the raspberry puree:

  1. Add raspberries and simple syrup to a blender and blend until the raspberries are broken down. Taste and add more syrup if needed.

For the blueberry puree:

  1. Add blueberries and simple syrup to a blender and blend until the raspberries are broken down. Taste and add more syrup if needed.

For the pina colada:

  1. Add frozen banana, pineapple chunks, pineapple juice and coconut cream to a blender. Blend until smooth. 

For making the drink:

  1. Pour or spoon in a thin layer of raspberry puree into two small glasses. Spoon in a layer of the pina colada smoothie, being careful to not mix the two. Add a thin layer of the blueberry puree to the glass, again being careful not to mix.
  2. Repeat as necessary until glasses are full.
  3. Serve with straws and let the kids enjoy!

This recipe for a 4th of July drink for kids serves two but it’s very easy to increase by doubling or tripling the ingredients as needed. These served along side fun finger foods and mini desserts are the perfect way to let the kids celebrate Independence Day.

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We all have those crazy-busy mornings where it’s near impossible to make breakfast, let alone sit down and eat. Rather than skip eating or pick up something high carb, high fat from the closest drive-thru, whip up one of these creamy strawberry banana smoothies. Made with fresh fruit, Greek yogurt, rolled oats and hemp seeds, it has everything you need to start the day off right.

creamy strawberry smoothie with rolled oats

If the idea of rolled oats in your smoothie sounds a little strange, you’re not alone. I was that way at first. In fact, it took me several months to throw in my first scoop of oats. But once they are all blended up in this creamy strawberry banana smoothie, you don’t notice them at all. The texture is still smooth, plus the drink now has some fiber in it. It’s almost like drinking a fruit and yogurt parfait. But way better, I promise.

creamy strawberry banana smoothie

Creamy strawberry banana smoothie

Serves 1 to 2


  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup organic strawberries, washed and tops removed
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup uncooked rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (try homemade almond milk)
  • 3 to 4 ice cubes


  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on high until completely smooth.
  2. Adjust the amount of almond milk based on your desired consistency.
  3. Pour into one large or two small glasses, garnish with a strawberry and enjoy!

This creamy strawberry smoothie is a perfect on the go breakfast or snack for those busy days we all have. It is also tasty enough that the kids will drink it up with no complaints. They might even ask for seconds…

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Whether you’re hosting Easter brunch or headed off to another house, be sure to make a pitcher of this kid-friendly Easter punch. Filled with fresh fruit, various juices and ginger ale, it will be a hit with kids and adults alike.

kid-friendly easter punch

Since this kid-friendly Easter punch contains fresh fruit, it’s best to make it one or two hours before serving. This will allow the flavors to meld and make the punch taste even better. If you know you’ll be short on time the day of Easter, it can also be made the night before. That is, if you can keep the kids from drinking it when you’re not looking.

kid-friendly easter punch recipe

Kid-friendly Easter punch

Serves 8


  • 1 cup sliced organic strawberries
  • 1 to 2 blood oranges cut into small wedges
  • 1-1/2 cups pineapple juice
  • 3/4 cup fresh squeezed blood orange juice (should be 4 to 5 oranges)
  • 3/4 cup pomegranate juice
  • 16 ounces ginger ale (try Fever Tree ginger ale)
  • Optional: Soda water or club soda


  1. Add fresh cut fruit to a pitcher.
  2. Pour in the blood orange juice, pineapple juice and pomegranate juice.
  3. Slowly pour in the ginger ale and stir the punch.
  4. Cover the pitcher and store in the fridge until ready to serve.
  5. To serve, pour the kid-friendly Easter punch into small glasses along with a little of the fresh fruit. If the kids find it a little too strong on the ginger, top with soda water or club soda.

Served with your favorite brunch foods, this kid-friendly Easter punch is definitely a crowd pleaser. If you’re serving a lot of people, the recipe can easily be doubled or tripled although you’ll want to put it in a punch bowl instead of a pitcher. Enjoy and happy Easter!

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Spring is in the air and for some of us, so is the urge to clean. Instead of focusing all of that energy on the house and the yard, put some of it to use on your own body and treat yourself to this spinach orange smoothie. Add in some hemp seeds for protein, and you’ll be feeling great all day long.

spinach orange smoothie

Both spinach and orange are good sources of choline, which helps improve mental function, and vitamin C. They are also considered antioxidant and anti-cancer foods, making this spinach orange smoothie great for staying healthy. A little bit of fresh banana helps to thicken the smoothie while also adding in potassium and vitamin B6.

If enjoying this spinach orange smoothie in the morning or as a snack, include a tablespoon of hemp seeds to add protein. If you’ve never heard of hemp seeds before, they are an easy to digest complete protein source that are great for adding to smoothies, salads and even desserts. They can be found at health food stores such as Whole Foods or ordered online. I’ve even seen them sold in bulk at Costco.

spinach orange smoothie recipe

Spinach orange smoothie

Serves 1

  • 1 navel orange, peeled
  • 1/2 banana, peeled
  • 1 cup tightly packed organic spinach
  • 1/4 cup coconut water, adjusted as desired
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds, optional
  • Ice
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender with a few ice cubes and blend on high to combine.
  2. Add more coconut water as desired to reach desired consistency for smoothie.
  3. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Since all of these ingredients are available year round, you’ll be able to enjoy this spinach orange smoothie whenever you want. However, as different types of orange come into season throughout the year, try using those instead of regular navel oranges to switch things up a bit. Cheers to good health!

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Valentine’s Day is the most romantic of all the holidays. Naturally, that means your food and drink for the day should work to set the mood. And that’s exactly what this sweet seduction cocktail will do. Made with strawberries, bourbon, honey liqueur and a pinch of cayenne, this Valentine’s Day cocktail is best served at the start of your night. You never know what it might lead to…

strawberry bourbon cocktail for valentines day

Romance in a glass

We love this drink as a Valentine’s Day cocktail for a few reasons. First, is the beautiful red color from the fresh strawberries. The second reason is that some of the ingredients are said to be natural aphrodisiacs. That’s right… the fresh strawberries, honey liqueur and cayenne pepper are all supposed to help you and your loved one get in the mood — if you know what we mean.

And the final reason we are absolutely loving this drink is that it tastes just as fabulous as it looks. The bourbon and honey liqueur pair nicely together with the sweetness of the berries and the slight pinch of heat from the cayenne. Pure perfection if you ask us.

valentine's day cocktail

Valentine’s Day cocktail: Sweet seduction

Serves 2


  • 2 ounces bourbon (I used Bulleit bourbon)
  • 2 ounces Bärenjager honey liqueur
  • 4 organic strawberries for muddling plus 2 more for garnishing the drinks
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne powder


  1. Add strawberries to cocktail shaker and muddle.
  2. Pour in the bourbon, honey liqueur and cayenne powder with ice.
  3. Shake and strain into two chilled cocktail glasses.
  4. Garnish each glass with an strawberry and enjoy!

Whatever your plans for the holiday of love, we hope that you include this Valentine’s Day cocktail into the mix. You and that special someone in your life won’t be disappointed. Cheers!

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Super Bowl Sunday usually consists of football, food and beer. While we’re fine with the first two, we prefer to sip on something a little more fancy while enjoying the big game. And that’s exactly what we get with this Sparkling Lillet Rouge Punch. It’s light, refreshing and only takes minutes to make — so you’ll have more time to root for your favorite team.

sparkling lillet rouge punch for superbowl

Because the Super Bowl is a long game, we decided to keep the alcohol level of this Sparkling Lillet Rouge Punch pretty low. The base of the punch is Lillet Rouge, a fortified red wine made in France. It can be enjoyed on its own as an aperitif or in various cocktails. The sparkling part of the punch comes from an extra dry prosecco. Add in some fresh-squeezed lemon and orange juice and your punch is ready to serve. Although, if you’d like to develop a little more depth in the drink, add in some Angostura bitters.

lillet rouge punch recipe

While we decided to make this Sparkling Lillet Rouge Punch in a pitcher, it could also be served in a punch bowl with a large block of ice. If you serve in a pitcher, have a plate of sliced oranges near the glasses so guests can garnish their own glasses. If you serve in a punch bowl, add the slices of orange to the punch bowl. Either way, we hope you and your guests enjoy this Super Bowl punch as much as we do!

Sparkling Lillet Rouge Punch

Serves 4 to 6


  • 1 cup chilled Lillet Rouge
  • 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 1 bottle chilled extra dry prosecco (I used Val De Brun Estate Prosecco)
  • Optional: 10 to 12 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Orange slices for garnish


  1. Add Lillet Rouge, lemon juice and orange juice to a large pitcher.
  2. Slowly add the prosecco, being careful that it doesn’t overflow as the sparkling wine reacts with the citrus juices.
  3. To serve, pour into desired glassware (wine glasses or champagne flutes would both work great for serving) and garnish with a slice of orange.
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Resolutions aside, the beginning of the year is a great time to get your life organized. For some of us, this means cleaning out the closet. But for others, especially those who are active in social media, this means going through our online accounts, laptop, smartphones, etc. So, to help make your life a little easier through this process, we are sharing some tips to help you with your new year tech clutter cleanup. Pour yourself a cup of coffee, turn on the music and follow along.

New Year tech clutter cleanup

Clear out your email folders

Email folders are handy to keep the inbox nice and tidy. But in reality, they end up being storage for emails that we really don’t need anymore. Now is the perfect time to go through them and delete the emails that are no longer needed. While you’re at it, this is also a good time to get rid of email folders that don’t get used or are redundant.

Unsubscribe to unwanted email newsletters

Email newsletters can be great if you actually read them. But, when your email starts filling up with newsletters that you delete without opening, it’s time to go ahead and unsubscribe. Usually the unsubscribe option can be found at the bottom of the newsletter – go ahead and click it. You’ll feel better the next time you log into your email account.

Delete apps you never use

That really great app you downloaded and only opened once? Yeah, get rid of it. Our phones and tablets only have so much space on them. Don’t use it all on apps that are collecting virtual spiderwebs.

Clean out your notes

Whether you use the notes app in your phone or something like Evernote, the beginning of the year is a great time to clear out those notes. Delete the ones that you don’t need anymore and take actions on the ones you do.

Do something with those precious photos

Do you have 1,000 pictures on your phone? Time to do something with them. Either transfer those pictures to your computer or print them for that scrapbook you keep meaning to work on. As for the pictures on your computer, now is also a good time to organize them into folders and/or print your favorites.

Organize your social media accounts

While you’re in the midst of the new year tech clutter cleanup, don’t forget about your social media accounts. Create interest lists on Facebook or even unfriend people if needed. Go through your Twitter account and follow or unfollow people. While you’re at it reorganize your Twitter lists, they are super helpful for managing Twitter. Also, clean up those boards on Pinterest along with the people/boards that you are following.

It will take some time to complete your new year tech clutter cleanup, but when it’s all said and done you’ll feel so much better. Your online world will be organized and you’ll be ready to conquer the new year, uncluttered and full of space.

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New Year’s Eve is the perfect time for popping open a bottle of bubbly. To help you jazz it up just a bit more, we added a few more ingredients to create these sparkling lemon pomegranate cocktails. Invite your friends over, grab those champagne flutes and celebrate the start of a new year. Salud!

New Year's Eve cocktail

These lemon pomegranate sparklers are great as a New Year’s Eve cocktail because they are easy to make and equally as delicious to drink. Meyer lemons are typically in season during the winter months so we used those instead of regular lemons. They are sweeter and less acidic than regular lemons and a must try in all your favorite cocktails that call for regular lemons. However, if you can’t find any Meyer lemons, don’t fret. Regular lemons will also work in this drink.

Lemon pomegranate sparklers

Serves 1


  • 1/2 ounce fresh squeezed Meyer lemon juice (regular lemon juice will also work)
  • 1 ounce PAMA pomegranate liqueur
  • Sparkling wine (Try Mumm Napa Cuvée M sparkling wine if you can find it)
  • Pomegranate seeds and a lemon twist for garnish


  1. Add fresh squeezed lemon juice and pomegranate liqueur to a chilled champagne flute.
  2. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with a few pomegranate seeds and a lemon twist.

Happy New Year to all of you, our fabulous readers, from the entire Savvy Sassy Moms team! Cheers!

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Peppermint martini

Peppermint martini — with a kiss!

Tis the season for all things peppermint! From peppermint mochas at Starbucks to peppermint bark, it’s all around us. While we enjoy those minty-fresh treats as much as the next person, we prefer to enjoy our peppermint in something a little more grown up. And that’s exactly what we get when sipping on this peppermint martini.

Made with vanilla vodka, peppermint schnapps and cream, this martini has everything we want in a Christmas cocktail. Add in some crushed candy cane for garnish and you have yourself a wonderful peppermint martini for the most wonderful time of the year.

Peppermint Kiss Martini
Serves 1

1 ½ ounces vanilla vodka
1 ounce peppermint schnapps
1 ounce cream crushed candy cane for garnish

Add all ingredients except for the garnish in a cocktail shaker with ice.
Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.
Top with the crushed candy cane and enjoy your holiday season!

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The holiday season is best when celebrated with loved ones while enjoying delicious food and drinks. Make it a family-friendly occasion by serving up these holiday-inspired mocktails.

spiced cranberry orange mocktail, holiday mocktails

Spiced Cranberry Orange Mocktail
(Serves 1)

Made from the same spiced cranberry syrup as the spiced cranberry cocktail, this booze-free drink is a hit with both kids and adults.  Be sure to check out our alcoholic counterpart to this mocktail.

1 ounce spiced cranberry syrup
1 ½ ounces fresh squeezed orange juice (bottled will also work)
Soda water

Add spiced cranberry syrup and orange juice in a rocks glass and stir.
Fill the glass with ice and top with soda water.
Serve with a straw and enjoy!

pear rosemary mocktail, holiday mocktails

Pear Rosemary Mocktail
(Serves 1)

Pear and rosemary go together like Santa and Rudolph. And that’s exactly why we love this holiday mocktail. Made with pear puree, rosemary simple syrup and ginger ale, it’s a little sweet, a little spicy and a whole lot of fantastic. Would you rather have the alcoholic version of these Pear Rosemary Cocktails? You can find the recipe over at One Martini at a Time.

1 ½ ounces pear puree
½ ounce rosemary syrup
Squeeze of lemon or lime, adjusted to taste
Ginger ale

Add the pear puree and rosemary syrup to a rocks glass and stir.
Fill the glass with ice and top with ginger ale.
Add in a squeeze of lemon or lime to taste if desired.

To make the pear puree, core and cut a pear. Place the pear slices in a blender, squeeze in the juice of ½ of a lemon and blend until smooth. If desired, strain the puree through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth. Store leftover pear puree in the fridge for a day or two.

To make the simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar and water in a small pot over medium heat. Stir to combine. Once the sugar has dissolved, add in sprigs of fresh rosemary (about 3 sprigs per cup of sugar). Reduce the heat to simmer and let it cook for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let the syrup cool completely. Once cooled, remove the rosemary sprigs and pour the mixture into a glass jar that or bottle for serving. Store the remaining rosemary syrup in the fridge for up to a week.

pomegranate mocktail, holiday mocktails

A Very Pomegranate Christmas Mocktail
(Serves 1)

Pomegranate drinks are always a hit during Christmastime. The tartness of the fruit combined with fresh-squeezed citrus is simply magical. Serve up a batch of these pomegranate Christmas mocktails at your next holiday gathering and watch your guests smile as they sip. If you’d also like to serve up the vodka version of the drink, check out the recipe for the Pomegranate Christmas Cocktail.

2 ounces pomegranate juice
½ ounce fresh squeezed orange
½ ounce fresh squeezed lime
Lemon lime soda, or Q Sparkling Lemon for a tarter drink
Lime wedge and pomegranate seeds for garnish

Add the pomegranate juice and fresh squeezed citrus in a rocks glass and stir.
Fill the glass with ice and top with lemon lime soda.
Garnish with a lime wedge and pomegranate seeds before serving.

For a fancier presentation for these holiday mocktails, serve them in Champagne flutes without the ice.

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