Although the days are getting shorter (I’m sure we don’t need to remind you), summer cocktails aren’t going away just yet! Sure, rose slushies are a thing, but somehow I keep coming back to gin. It could be because I’m pumped to use Wolffer Estate’s new pink gin, or it could be because it’s just so good and versatile. There are countless ways to make a lemon, cucumber, something or other cocktail. And here’s one of those delicious variations. Let’s get one more cocktail in before the end of summer, shall we?
*Makes 1 drink.
2 oz gin
3/4 oz St. Germain
3/4 oz lime juice
1/4 oz simple syrup (quick recipe for this below)
5 mint leaves
4 slices of cucumber
Seltzer water to top it off
In a cocktail glass, muddle together the lime juice, simple syrup*, mint leaves, and cucumber. Top with ice, gin, St. Germain, and seltzer water. Garnish with a cucumber slice.
*If you don’t have simple syrup here is a simple easy recipe. In a small sauce pan over medium high heat, add 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup water. Bring it to a simmer. Watch it closely for roughly 5 minutes until it has a syrupy consistency.
And we’re back! After taking a couple of weeks off to get our lives together, we’re coming back in a strong way – with a strong cocktail. (We know you missed our corny jokes…). I went in to HomeGoods the other day just to browse…as if anyone actually makes it out alive without buying anything…and came out with these awesome, old school cocktail glasses. I had to use them that night. Obviously.
Although it’s earlier than last year, I’m getting back into my “gin” kick. (Remember our fizzy gin concoction last year?) I also just recently came back from a trip to London, so I’m on a Beefeater streak. Obviously. So with some of the simple ingredients I had laying around, I threw this bad boy together. Oh, and did I mention it color coordinates perfectly with St. Patrick’s Day? 🙂
1/4 cup Beefeater Gin
1 cup cucumber juice
Juice from 1/2 a lemon
Splash of St. Germain
1 slice of cucumber
I used my juicer for the cucumber juice, but you can also muddle it (get in a workout while you’re at it), or a blender. Place all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain and garnish with a cucumber slice.
I think for the first time ever, I’ve become obsessed with gin drinks. You know we’re usually wine girls, but there’s something refreshing about a fizzy gin drink on a warm summer night. I’ve been seeing a ton of recipes and can’t help but wonder if I’ve been subconsciously influenced…
My cousins were in town a couple of weekends ago and Rach came up with this deliciously refreshing concoction. Cheers to girls weekend!
*Makes 1 drink
4 slices of fresh cucumber (1 for garnishing)
1 tbsp of simple syrup (if you don’t have simple syrup, we give you DIY instructions below)
1 shot of gin
2 cups of rosè wine
1 cup of seltzer
Muddle the raspberries, cucumber, and simple syrup in a shaker. Add the gin and rosè and shake lightly. Pour over ice and top with the seltzer. Garnish with a cucumber slice.
So two summers ago, Jess & I went to Splish Splash (this water park in Long Island) with our significant others. Since we were going to be there all day and since amusement park food is always over priced and over fatty (I mean we were going to be in our bathing suits all days guys, no funnel cakes for us!) We decided to pack healthy and affordable lunches for the boys and us to eat mid-day. We did some sandwiches and salads and this salad was by far the biggest hit. Not only was it filling, but it was so easy to pack in little Tupperware containers with spoons.
1/2 a bottle of Trader Joe’s Hummus Salad dressing (I bet the greek goddess one would work too, I don’t see why not)
1 medium red onion diced small
1 bag of orzo (15 oz.)
1 cucumber diced small
1 tomato diced (I just halved cherry tomatoes, about a cup)
1/4 cup of olive tapenade (or just chopped black olives)
2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 cup of feta cheese
pinch of black pepper & salt to taste (I added a pinch of chili flakes too because I like spicy everything).
Boil the orzo per the packet instructions and drain well. Mix in the remaining ingredients and chill for 15-20 minutes before serving.
I didn’t just title this post “party in your mouth” so that you would click on the recipe. Although that is definitely an added bonus 🙂 I pretty much said exactly that when I first tried this salad at a restaurant. I usually don’t go home and emulate much of what I eat out, but this one was easy & so damn good, it had to be done!
3 cups of Chopped watermelon chunks. (I would keep them fork size so you can get all the flavors in each bite.)
1/2 cup of Crumbled feta cheese (I did a pinch of black pepper too but that’s because I don’t think salt & pepper should ever live without each other.)
1/2 of a medium sized red onion. (Thinly sliced kids. If you don’t like onions, you can do cucumber rounds. Point is to get something fresh & crunchy!)
Then they added a pinch of dried parsley for color, you can do fresh but make sure its finely chopped & a drizzle of balsamic to top it off.
I cant stress how good this is! Going back to my theory on salads being scrumptious and “sultry”. This salad hits all your taste buds: salty (feta), sweet (watermelon), crunchy(onion or cucumber or both), and smooth (balsamic). Now that’s a party!