Strawberry Lemonade Vodka Spritz

It’s 100°F outside, and triple digits always call for a refreshingly cool drink! It’s actually been a pretty mild summer for Texas, which is more than welcome; the fact that it took us until the end of July to reach triple digits is surprisingly awesome. I’ll take it!

Whether tripe or double digits, there’s nothing like a fresh squeezed lemonade to quench your thirst on a hot summer day. Even better than that, how about a boozy lemonade? Prosecco and vodka, check! I had some fresh strawberries on hand, so I threw those in there, because strawberry lemonade is my favorite lemonade combo, aside from sweet tea and lemonade. It’s a hard toss up between those two!

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I wanted to throw in some fresh herbs from the garden, but couldn’t make up my mind on which one! I finally landed on rosemary, and in the end mint and basil lost, but would still be delicious option, maybe in the future. Something has been munching on my mint plant, so some necessary steps are in order to prevent that! Anyway…rosemary it is, in the form of homemade rosemary simple syrup. It’s worth it.

strawberry lemonade prep

Mmmm, fresh chopped strawberries! This is such a delicious and versatile fruit. Its amazing alone, goes well in drinks and smoothies, wonderful with desserts and salads, a perfect pairing with cereal and oatmeal, and the list goes on. Strawberries, I love you!

strawberry lemonade mortar + pestal

I just bought this lovely mortar + pestle combination and I am loving it! I’ve been meaning to buy one for a while, glad I finally did. I used it to crush up the rosemary to release the fragrances. That piney smell is so relaxing to me, such a wonderful aroma.

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Oh! How fun are these variegated pink lemons? Yes, real pink lemonade! I just couldn’t help but pick them up in the grocery store. I used them in combination with the large meyer lemons, other wise I would have been squeezing lemons for a lot longer, and honestly, I was starting to get thirsty.

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In the end, this freshly made lemonade is completed with a prosecco and vodka combo, for a fizzy strawberry lemonade with a kick. I hope it quenches your thirst!


Alternative French 75 Cocktail

Alright folks, I can appreciate a classic, after all, I’m an avid antique hunter and thrift shopper. That being said, I love to derive from the classic or standard options for something more unique or eclectic from time to time; because, sometimes you just have to experiment and open new doors. With that in mind, let’s dive right into an alternative concoction for a classic cocktail, the French 75!

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Let’s start with a little history lesson and introduction to the French 75, shall we? While it’s hard to pin point the exact origin of the cocktail due to numerous gin and champagne combinations, it’s creation is attributed to a Parisian bartender who named the drink around 1915 during the early stages of World War I; over the years, it continued to gain traction through the early 20th century when it was published in several cocktail recipe books, making this drink an instant classic. 

french 75 shaker

Fun fact, this deliciously intoxicating drink was named after the French 75mm field gun, as it was said to have a kick equal to the firearm itself. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen a French 75mm field gun, but straight up, it’s a canon; it was even used as an anti-aircraft gun! Keeping that in mind, this cocktail packs one hell of a punch and is sure to knock you off your feet if you’re not careful. I can confirm, one serving and I was toast. 

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Vanilla Bourbon Smash

Wow…holy hell it’s been a while. So sorry my friends, these last few months have been a journey.

Since my last post, I’ve decided to leave my career in accounting and finance behind, and pursue a more artistic career. I’m slightly terrified, but equally optimistic! After working as an accountant for five years, I’ve decided it’s time to pursue my passion of jewelry. I’ve somehow found myself back in school taking metal smithing classes, and it’s been a resource of knowledge. I’m enjoying every bit of it, and have been spending the last few months building out my work desk (which is another blog post to come!), reading and collecting countless books, and practicing, practicing, practicing.

And as far as that finance life, I left my corporate job behind to work as a studio manager for an Austin artisan designer. I won’t lie, at first I was terrified. For the early years of my life, I believed a 9-5 salaried desk job was the life, and it truly is for some when you find your passion, but I quickly realized it wasn’t for me. I have longed to work with my hands and create something, anything! While I’m not necessarily doing that now in my normal work hours, I’m learning what it takes to operate a small and thriving business. It’s exhilarating and wonderful; every month is a new month and it’s an amazing growing experience.

But hey, let me not bore you with details. That’s my life, and I know you came for the cocktails!

This next cocktail recipe is dedicated to my girl Bettina, who’s been waiting for a new blog post! I didn’t realize Spencer had shared my secret internet life as a blogger with others 😉

So…cocktail recipe…since pears are still in season, I figured why not celebrate the pear, which is in season through the end of winter. An ode to pears!

pear and bourbon shot web

Crisp, delicious, and sweet; this pear cocktail is sure to tie you over from late winter to spring! Of course these days, if you’re down in Texas, it’s already starting to feel like spring.

vanilla bean simple syrup web

We’ll start this round out with a delicious homemade simple syrup; if you don’t make your own already, you should. It’s quick, easy, and deliciously customizable. This time around, I’m making a flavorful vanilla bean simple syrup. The recipe is simple: 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, 1 vanilla bean scraped. Combine the ingredients into a sauce pan and stir until the sugar is melted and the mixture is boiling. I threw in the vanilla bean husk and simmered it for an additional 10 minutes before pouring into a separate container to cool.Read More »

Pineapple Jalapeño Mexican Mule

Hey folks! It feels like it’s been forever since I posted! October has proven to be a busy month so far. Speaking of, Happy October! There’s something about this month that I really love; maybe I’m partial because I was born this month, but there’s just something about all the pumpkins, Halloween, and costumes that gets me.

Oh yeah, remember that delicious Jalapeño Infused Tequila I made a little over a week ago? Well….it’s back and ready to be enjoyed in the form of the Moscow’s Mule tequila based cousin, the Mexican Mule!

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I’m a big fan of the Moscow Mule, but equally so of the spin off cocktail concoctions inspired by. This particular drink is jam-packed full of delicious flavors, from the sweetness of pineapple, to the sourness of ginger beer, and of course, the spiciness of the jalapeño!

mexican mule flat lay

Aside from preparing the tequila a day or so in advance, this cocktail is very easy to make, it simply includes mixing together some ingredients, such as pineapple juice, ginger beer, lime juice, and tequila. So refreshing and tropical…you’d almost forget it’s not Summer. Oh wait, it’s still 90°F in Austin, so sometimes it’s easy for me to forget it’s Fall. I want so badly to wear boots, sweaters, light a fire, sip hot cocoa, and all that jazz, but I struggle sometimes when the weather is still plenty hot. Patience…patience…patience.Read More »

Jalapeno Infused Tequila

Happy Wednesday folks! What better way to gear up for the weekend than with some infused spirits! Today we’re diving head first into a spicy jalapeño infused tequila.

Cabo Wabo Tequila

Living in the Southwest, there’s plenty of love for all things spicy to go around. Jalapeños are added to practically everything, dishes, salsas, dips, spirits, you name it. My husband, Spencer, is a big time fan of spicy foods, so when I mentioned a jalapeño infused tequila, he sure as hell wasn’t going to turn that one down.Read More »

Simple Ginger Margarita

There’s nothing like coming home after a long day to unwind with a delicious cocktail and conversation with friends, family, or possibly even your pet(s). They may not be able to share a cocktail with me, but those furry friends make great listeners and cuddle buddies. Often times when I’m in the kitchen, my cat Nora wants to be my sidekick and always has to check out what’s going on. She’s definitely a space invader to the max.

ginger margarita mixers

What I love most about this cocktail is its simplicity; while I love making a great homemade cocktail from scratch, it’s also really wonderful to have a quick option that’s equally delicious and quality for those long exhausting work days or when my pantry is lacking! That’s why I love these mixers by Powell & Mahoney; they use quality, limited, and natural ingredients, exactly how I like my cocktails. I can find these mixers at my local Whole Foods in Texas, but they definitely have a great distribution network and online store if you’re looking. For this cocktail, I simply used a suggested recipe off the back of the bottle itself.Read More »

Bourbon & Peach Rose Sangria

peach rose wine sangria prep peaches

I’m giving peaches one least hoorah while they last! They’ve had a great run this summer, and have been delicious as ever, but it’s about time to move on. I cannot believe it’s already September. But you know what they say, September days are the nicest days of the year. I’m looking forward to some crisp fall weather…once it arrives. It can take a while to reach us in central Texas.Read More »