June 20th, 2012

All-Natural Fruit Rimming Sugar + 2 Fab Summer Mock/Cocktails!

raspberry pineapple cocktail rimming sugar

We hungry mamas are not the only ones who prep meals for kids and have something to say about it. Some hungry papas hit the stove, and even those who don’t have insights into family eating and dinnertime dynamics. (Yes, mamas, even useful ones!) Grandparents have food rules or, more often, non-rules, and the grown ups at our kids’ schools have an important perspective on what our kids eat, too. Then there are our sitters who sit in the middle of it all, working to keep our kids fed and happy while also managing parents, teachers, kids at the playground, other sitters and, often, their own cultural perspective on food and feeding.

There are some changes I’m working on for One Hungry Mama (good, exciting changes!) and one of them is to make this a place where all of the people who help feed families share their perspectives. How can we feed without stress, on a budget, in a way that helps our children develop healthy habits, but also allows them have some delicious fun? How can we do it together. I want to talk about it from all sides.

We’ll talk more as the voices on One Hungry Mama take shape. In the meantime, though, I’m excited to introduce you to the Hungry Sitter, a young woman (who I’m very lucky to know) using her experience and natural way with children to earn money as she builds a dance education business. The Hungry Sitter is super active, very funny, thoughtful and, of course, loves food. She’s worked for families all along the spectrum—some have left feeding completely to her while others have been adamant about super strict rules (that put me to shame, thank you very much!). And the best part is that she has a lot to say about it all.

Before the Hungry Sitter digs into the heavy stuff, she wanted to kick things off with something fun, summery and light. Who am I to complain? Plus, this idea is genius! Her delicious (all natural!) rimming sugars are perfect for everyone from 20-year-old party goers, to cocktail sipping mamas, to mocktail slurping kiddies. Grab the ingredients and make these rimming sugars this weekend.

Without further ado, meet the Hungry Sitter!

I’ve got to admit: Now that summer is here, it seems that all I can think about after a long day of working with little ones is relaxing at home with a margarita. I have a feeling you feel the same way whether you’re home with the kids all day or run home to get them to bed after a day at the office.

Sometimes, a summer drink just saves the day.

As I was mixing a margarita recently, I got to thinking about the one ingredient that takes my drink to the next level. No, I’m not talking tequila here, people. Though, the better your tequila, the better your drink. But you know that already. I’m talking rimming sugar (or salt, if that’s your thing).

I got to thinking some more. What about adding some color and fruity flavor to rimming sugar? How would that work? I set to find out and am here to report that it works amazingly well! And the best part is that you don’t have to limit fruity rimming sugars to boozy cocktails. They work great for kiddie cocktails, too (they are especially pretty for a kids party!).

Forget the basic margarita—these sweet and fruity rimming sugars had me experimenting with a bunch of flavor combinations, and these are my favorite cocktail/mocktail recipe pairings.

Raspberry Pineapple Cocktail Rimming Sugar

So, let’s raise a pretty and fruity (virtual) glass: It’s nice to meet you! Can’t wait to talk more soon.

- Hungry Sitter
xox

Pineapple or Raspberry Rimming Sugar
(can be shared with kids 12+ mos)*

1 2.5-ounce bag of freeze-dried pineapple or raspberries (you can substitute any freeze-dried fruit)
1 cup sugar

1. Place freeze-dried fruit in a zip lock bag. Using a rolling pin, crush the fruit. Some pieces should get fine (almost powdery), while others remain chunky. That’s okay—the size variation makes it look pretty on the rim.

2. In a medium bowl, combine crushed fruit and sugar. (To coat a glass: Pour fruit/sugar mixture onto a small plate. Run a wedge of lemon or lime around the rim of a glass and dip the damp edge of the glass in the sugar until well coated.)

*Note: While there is nothing in this that is unsafe for younger eaters, I recommend this for kids 12 months and up due to the high sugar content.

Pineapple-Strawberry Freeze with Pineapple Rimming Sugar
(can be shared with kids 12+ mos)*

1 cup hulled and halved fresh strawberries
1 cup cubed fresh pineapple
1 cup of ice
Pineapple rimming sugar (see recipe above)
Lime wedges

1. Add strawberries, pineapple and ice to a blender. Whiz until well blended.

2. Pour pineapple rimming sugar onto a plate. Run a lime wedge around the rim of your serving glasses and dip into fruity sugar. Pour Pineapple-Strawberry Freeze into the glasses and serve immediately.

*Note: While there is nothing in this that is unsafe for younger eaters, I recommend this for kids 12 months and up due to the high sugar content.

Frozen Hawaiian Margarita
(not to be shared with kids!)
makes 1 cocktail

1 cup of ice
1 ½ ounce tequila
½ ounce triple sec
2 ounces fresh strawberries, cleaned and hulled
2 ounces fresh pineapple
Dash of sour mix
Strawberry rimming sugar (see recipe above)
Lime wedge

1. Add all ingredients except for the rimming sugar and lime wedge into a blender. Blend until smooth.

2. Pour strawberry rimming sugar onto a plate. Run a lime wedge around the rim of your serving glasses and dip into fruity sugar. Pour margarita into glass and serve immediately.

One Response

  1. The drinks look so delicious, and so easy! Love the idea.

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