Galveston Pearl Diver Highball

Galveston Pearl Diver #highball #SummerCocktail

About a year ago, we sat down to watch Django for the first time and I, in particular, loved the movie. It was a great story with just enough violence to keep me entertained, and enough humor to make us laugh. If you haven’t seen the movie with Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz, you really should. Not great if you have the kids around, but it’s a really good movie which brings me to my point. At some point in the movie, Jamie Foxx sat down to have a highball and I didn’t even know what that was at the time, but apparently a highball is just a term that means a family of mixed drinks that are composed of an alcoholic base spirit and a larger proportion of a non-alcoholic mixer. Anyway, the highball he was drinking was called a Polynesian Pearl Diver and it looked really good. I found the original recipe (although there are many versions of this drink if you Google it) and tweaked it here and there to suit my personal tastes. It’s a real favorite around here and everyone that comes to visit always requests at least one (usually more). This melon liqueur, Triple Sec, and rum combo is the perfect cocktail to serve at parties or just to enjoy as a refreshing cocktail to wind down your busy work week.

Galveston Pearl Diver Ingredients #SummerCocktails

Gather all of your ingredients. It doesn’t take much to make this drink at all. Some white rum, Triple Sec, Midori, a shaker, shot glass, and your favorite highball glass are all you need.

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Add 2 ounces white rum to your shaker.

Galveston Pearl Diver Highball

Then 2 ounces Triple Sec.

Galveston Pearl Diver #SummerCocktail
Then top your shaker off with 2.5 ounces Midori Melon Liqueur. And Shake!

Galveston Pearl Diver #SummerCocktail
Pour your drink over ice in your favorite highball glass, garnish with a lime wedge or slice, and enjoy your new favorite highball. Seriously, once you try this, it’s sure to become your new favorite summertime cocktail.

Galveston Pearl Diver Highball
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Recipe type: Cocktail
 
Ingredients
  • 2 oz White Rum
  • 2 oz Triple Sec
  • 2.5 oz Midori Melon Liqueur
  • 1 cup Ice
  • Lime for garnish *optional*
Instructions
  1. In a shaker, pour 2 ounces White Rum.
  2. Add 2 ounces Triple Sec.
  3. Add 2.5 ounces Midori Melon Liqueur.
  4. Shake thoroughly to mix.
  5. Pour cocktail mixture over ice in a highball glass.
  6. Garnish with lime for a better presentation and an extra refreshing twist to the drink.

This is a drink that can be served year round, but it’s especially satisfying during the warmer months. My version of the Pearl Diver has even made its way into some of the local venues once the staff tried it themselves. It’s that good! What’s your favorite warm weather cocktail recipe? We’d love to try it!

We’re Going to Surf with Santa and Visit SpongeBob at ICE LAND!

Thanks to Schlitterbahn, Moody Gardens, and US Family Guide, we’ll be surfing with Santa at Schlitterbahn and visiting SpongeBob at Moody Gardens ICE LAND this weekend. As always, all opinions are entirely my own. #BahnHoliday #MGIceLand

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Do you remember over the summer when we had the Bubby dubbed, “best day ever” at Schlitterbahn Galveston? Well, guess what? Dudes, we’re going back for some holiday fun. That’s right, a water park in the wintertime, because our island is cool like that. Santa is inviting kids to a very different kind of holiday party – Holiday Splash at Schlitterbahn Galveston Island. During the park’s Holiday Splash, which takes place weekends and select dates from November 28, 2014 through January 4, 2015, Santa is giving surf lessons to kids on the Boogie Bahn (I’m pocket sized, I’m going to try to slip in the line too). Kids can also make holiday ornaments, swim in an artificial snow storm, and enjoy a sprinkle of holiday cheer.

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Wait. What? That’s not enough to entice you to want to come join us? Don’t worry, there’s more! When you’re done playing in the “snow” and surfing with Santa, you’ll want to grab your parka and head over to Moody Garden’s ICE LAND Ice Sculptures with SpongeBob SquarePants!

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Now through January 4, 2015, you can visit this Winter Wonderland (since we really don’t see snow here in southeast Texas) and your kids will be thrilled. I know mine are going to be! A skilled team of 31 internationally-acclaimed professional ice carvers from Harbin, China dove into 900 tons of ice (wow, that’s a lot of ice) and transformed them into majestic marvels featuring holiday scenes with the beloved Bikini Bottom inhabitants from Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants. Chilled and held at a temperature of 9 degrees (oh my frigid bones…but they provide you with parkas, so it’s OK), you can witness these works of art as Galveston makes its holiday transformation into a Winter Wonder Island.

We loved Schlitterbahn Galveston this summer and we can’t wait to go back and visit Moody Gardens this weekend to enjoy some holiday cheer. Plus, Santa and SpongeBob in one place is pretty much pure heaven on earth for my little ones (and me). If you’re visiting Galveston anytime soon, this is one spot you won’t want to pass up. If you’re in the neighborhood, be sure to stop by. We’d love to see you! I’ll be back next week to share our weekend of fun.

In the meantime, you might want to follow along on Facebook and Twitter to find out all of the other cool stuff that Schlitterbahn Galveston and Moody Gardens have to offer all year long. I love living on this island and I hope you’ll come join us this weekend!

Every Day’s a Vacation with Old Factory Natural Soy Wax Candles

For the record, I received a set of 3 Old Factory Natural Soy Wax Candles in exchange for this post, but as always, all opinions, ideas, and photos are entirely my own.

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Holiday gift giving. I struggle with it every year. I mean, I know what to buy the littles, but what about the adults in my life? I struggle. It’s cold outside and I’m not a fan of the cold. I love my island and 90% of the year, it’s warm and smells like vacation. So why not vacation 100% of the year and share that smell, that feeling of warmth, with all of the people I love for the holidays? Thankfully, Old Factory Natural Soy Wax Candles makes that easy for me. I can order a set of 3 clean burning candles in the scents of Sea Breeze, Hawaiian Lei, and Awapuhi for just $25 to send to those I love this holiday season. Don’t like the smells of the island (what is wrong with you?), they have a variety of scents available including a Christmas collection and each candle burns cleanly for a total of 20 hours.

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The best part? By ordering through Amazon, they’ll do the gift wrapping for you. I don’t know about you, but I’m a busy person. I’m a wife, a mother, and I work way more than full time. I don’t have time to shop outside of the home and I sure as heck don’t have time to gift wrap or mail anything. Ordering on Amazon means I can have my items gift wrapped and add a personal message with the click of a button. Cool, right? The package shows up right at their doorstep just like I did all of the work. But, I didn’t. I paid a nominal fee for someone else to do it for me. I feel like I’m winning at life with this service!

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Like I said, I’m opting to give the gift of a vacation aroma this year, but if that’s not your thing, Old Factory offers a variety of scents that your recipients will enjoy including holiday scents. These candles offer a mild, clean burning scent that everyone will enjoy. They’re perfect for gift giving or to enjoy in your own home. Plus the ease of ordering is a win for everyone. Holiday shopping just got a little bit easier and I’m loving the smell of victory!