• alcoholic,  dessert,  frozen,  fruity,  summer

    Tipsy Watermelon Ice Lollies

    Did anyone else’s mother require that popsicles be eaten outside? It was one of those “because I said so” things we heard when we were growing up. We were so excited to have freezer pops that we didn’t even question the why. We just did what we were told. This week I had a flashback to those childhood moments of popsicle bliss, of how damn happy popsicles can make us.  I was also reminded why Mom’s rules were such a good idea when on an intolerably hot day my Tipsy Watermelon Ice Lollies started dripping down my arm. I do not love July’s heat, but I do love summer, because…

  • alcoholic

    Cool Cucumber + Basil Gimlet

    Another cocktail recipe? You bet your sweet ass.  So I know it looks like I am boozing it up this summer—cocktail recipe after cocktail recipe—but let me explain. The Man is an eater, not a drinker. So while he is away, I have become a self-proclaimed mixologist. Besides, I can’t possibly eat all those delicious food blog recipes by myself, right? It is out of respect for his boundaries that I am making these cocktails in his absence. (That’s what I keep telling myself.) This Cool Cucumber + Basil Gimlet recipe is so refreshingly delightful yet so easy. Simply grate + pour + shake + strain + smack + float…

  • alcoholic,  frozen,  fruity

    Summer Watermelon Mojito

    Clear your calendar. Summer in a glass is coming your way!  When I think of fruity tropical drinks, I think RUM. And when I think of summer fruits, I think WATERMELON. So when I get to thinking and concocting in my head, the basic math side of my brain tells me that RUM + WATERMELON = WATERMELON MOJITO! (Check my math on that, okay?) Whatever your plans are for today, cancel them. Run to the store. Grab some watermelon, chop it up, and stick it in the freezer. Then you can pull it out when you are ready to suck down create these dangerously delightful Summer Watermelon Mojitos! All you…

  • alcoholic,  fruity

    Sparkling Strawberry + Rosé Mojito

    Pop! Fizz! Clink! Music to my ears. If that isn’t already your summer anthem, it will be once you make these insanely refreshing Sparkling Strawberry + Rosé Mojitos. This mojito recipe varies from a typical mojito because you are subbing sparkling rosé in place of club soda. Just thinking about this cocktail’s effervescence makes me a bit loopy. You will lose your mind over its deliciousness! The key is choosing bubbly rosé for this recipe. Typically, club soda adds the zip to a mojito. So if you are replacing the club soda with rosé, you’ll want to grab the zippy one. Choose carefully: some rosés are still, some are semi-sparkling,…

  • alcoholic,  fruity

    Sugar-Rimmed Raspberry Gin Smash

    I’m going to a pool party next weekend and have been put in charge of libations. So when the question is What is cool + light + refreshing + fruity? the answer is Sugar-Rimmed Raspberry Gin Smash.  But what is a smash? A bartender* once explained a smash as a julep but with a choose-your-own-adventure spirit. You add booze (of choice) + herb (of choice) + sweetener (of choice) + seasonal fruit (of choice)—whatever blows your skirt up—to a glass of ice. Give it some swirls and bottoms up!  Or use a straw if you are sassy.  Summer raspberries are bulging with juice, so turning them into a smash makes…

  • alcoholic,  infused syrups

    Rosemary + Gin Cocktail

    What time is it? It’s cocktail o’clock, of course! So bring on the Rosemary + Grapefruit Gin Cocktail! Why this combo?  Because I love gin. Aaaaand my rosemary bush needs a trimming. If you read my post on Rosemary Not-So-Simple Syrup, you may have wondered where I was going with that. Well, my fellow imbibers, here we are. I introduce to you the Rosemary + Grapefruit Gin Cocktail. I recommend you use freshly squeezed juice. Do not misunderstand me–I totally get that sometimes we need shortcuts. And there are plenty of good store-bought options. But if you’re up to it and you have the time, squeeze the citrus yourself.  Ripe…

  • alcoholic,  tincture

    Spicy Pineapple + Jalapeño Margarita

    Occasionally, at the end of the work week, I gather my tribe for a postmortem rendezvous. Our primary focus, of course, is to ruminate the meaning of life. And during our meetings we may imbibe elixirs that make us sound brilliant (at least we think so). After all, we have had a lot of epistemological practice. Some might even say we are PROFESSIONAL philosophers. Today I reveal a brilliant revelation: why wait till the end of the week to drink solve the world’s problems? Doesn’t the world need our sagacity every day? So I share with you the most momentous decision you can make any day of the week: to…

  • alcoholic,  infused syrups

    Dirty Dalmatian

    Have you ever laid your lips on a cocktail, and your first thought is, “Uh-oh”?  As in, “Uh-oh, this concoction has some kick to it!” or “Uh-oh, I may end up drinking quite a few of these!” or “Uh-oh, these Dirty Dalmatians won’t last very long around here!” Meet your new best friend—the Dirty Dalmatian. This Dirty Dalmatian is a complementary amalgamation of Black Peppercorn Not-So-Simple Syrup and fresh Ruby Red grapefruit juice. When you sip it, you feel a rush of warmth in your throat swilled away by cold + refreshing + tangy acid. I call it a Dirty Dalmatian because the peppers have commingled with the syrup for…

  • alcoholic,  frozen

    Blueberries + Creme + Lavender Frosé-Merlotsé

    Today I added a bullet to my professional resume: how to Photoshop my dogs out of blogging pictures. I was chopping vegetables for a salad when they came a runnin’. It happens to these Pavlovian creatures every time they hear me at work on the cutting board. For them, chopping sounds = treats.  It could be carrots, apples, ____ (insert crunchy vegetable or fruit here)–it makes no difference. Chow hounds, I tell ya! But healthy snackers, nonetheless. (Oh, who am I kidding? I don’t know how to Photoshop. I have to lure them outside with peanut butter treats so I can snap some shots without their interloping.) Today it wasn’t…

  • alcoholic,  frozen,  gluten free,  vegetarian

    Raspberry + Thyme Frosé

    This frosé screams SUMMER! It is just what these hot summer nights beg for. You know something else it screams? THE BEST WAY TO ADULT IS TO FROSE! This boozy, fruity slushee is light, refreshing, and for grown-ups only. I am on the fence about calling it frosé, though. I chose to use Merlot over rosé because it has more body and can hold up to the infusion of thyme. Instead of frosé, shouldn’t it be called Merlotsé? Raspberry + Thyme Merlotsé. Let me think about it… So about the thyme…At first I made regular raspberry frosé, and it was delicious. But I thought a hint of peppery thyme might…