If Joanna Gaines asked me for a soft cocktail recipe

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Well she might someday, you never know. I do know a lot of good soft cocktail recipes. I'm just sayin'. ;)

She might need some suggestions for their new restaurant Magnolia Table or the Silos, right?

Or maybe she just needs something fresh and sweet to sip on while she snuggles that new baby boy on the porch, watching the older kids have a water fight in the backyard.

I've put a lot of thought into this, I'm ready JoJo. You just give me a holler when that soft cocktail craving hits you. 

But in case you don't have my number or your hands are just too full with new baby goodness, I'll just share two of my favorites for you to try:

 



Blueberry Vanilla-Sparkler

Handful blueberries

1 ounce fresh lime juice

Muddle both in your glass

Add ice

Add .5 oz vanilla simple syrup 

Top with club soda

Garnish with fresh blueberries and a sprig of mint or rosemary from your garden. If you're feeling extra fancy or extra sweet, moisten half of the glass rim with a lime wedge and dip in sugar.

 

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Chamomile Lavender Lemonade

2 lemon wedges (I know how much you love lemon JoJo!)

2 orange wedges

1 tbsp lavender simple syrup (more if you're a little sweeter)

8 oz. room temperature chamomile tea (decaf and loaded with antioxidants and good for sleep and digestion)

Dry muddle the lemon and orange in a cocktail shaker.

Add lavender simple syrup, chamomile tea, and ice. 

Shake shake shake :)

Strain over ice into a lavender sugar rimmed glass.

*You can also muddle the fruit directly in your glass, add the rest of the ingredients and stir. You can leave the muddled fruit in your glass, it will just continue to add flavor.

Garnish with an orange wheel or lemon wheel. Wet half of the glass rim with a fruit wedge, dip in lavender sugar. Feel like a princess.

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These are two of my favorite soft cocktails and I'm certain Joanna would love them too. They just call out for a big porch, a swing, and maybe a casserole served to a table full of friends.