Refreshing Summer Cocktails

Summer Drinks | Adult Beverage Recipes for Summertime

TGIF, amiright?? Whoever said lazy summers will continue into adulthood wasn’t exactly stating facts. Do we have relaxing nights and fun weekends? Absolutely. But all the in-between stuff can be exhausting. Oof! So, I’m ringing in another summer weekend with a few delicious drinks that are also really, really pretty. Even if you don’t drink, they sure are nice to stare at for a bit. {And, a lot of these, if not all, could be made into non-alcoholic versions by just eliminating the alcohol.}

Enjoy the weekend, friends! {To visit the original source, click the pictures.}

Chamomile Honey and Whiskey Cocktail | A Cozy Kitchen
Chamomile Honey and Whiskey Cocktail
6 chamomile tea bags
4 cups hot water
4 tablespoons honey
3 fluid ounces whiskey or bourbon
2 orange slices
3 lemon slices
Fresh chamomile flowers (optional)

1. To a pitcher or bowl, pour the hot water over the chamomile bags, being sure they’re completely submerged. Add the honey and stir until dissolved. Pour in the whiskey or bourbon and do a taste test. Feel free to add more, if you like. Add the orange slices and lemon slices. Allow the entire mixture to steep on the kitchen counter for 1 hour. Transfer to refrigerator until you’re ready to serve.

2. To serve, add a few ice cubes to each cocktail glass. Add the mixture (you’ll have to do this in a few batches), along with ice, to a cocktail shaker; shake vigorously. Strain, dividing the mixture between the glasses. Repeat and serve immediately. Garnish with fresh chamomile flowers, if you like.

Serves 4-6

Red Rover Blood Orange and Bourbon Cocktail | Domestic Fits
Red Rover Blood Orange and Bourbon Cocktail
2 oz burbon
1 ½ oz blood orange juice
½ lemon juice
1 ¼ simple syrup
4 oz ginger ale
Garnish with fresh ginger, grated with a microplane or zester

1. Add bourbon, blood orange juice, lemon juice and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker, shake gently.
2. Add ginger ale and stir to combine.
3. Pour into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with fresh ginger.

Serves 1

Rosemary Gin Fizz | Cookie + Kate
Rosemary Gin Fizz
3 one-inch sprigs of fresh rosemary
1 small lemon, juiced
½ teaspoon honey
1½ ounces gin
3 ounces club soda

1. In a small drinking glass, muddle the fresh rosemary, lemon juice and honey.
2. Fill the glass with ice, then pour in the gin and top with club soda.
3. Give it a little swirl with a spoon.

Serves 1
Rhubarb Strawberry Margarita | Stir & Scribble Witty Family Food
Rhubarb Strawberry Margarita
Salt
Crushed ice
1 cup Quick Rhubarb Strawberry Jam
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1/3 cup cointreau
1 cup tequila

1. Rim 4 rocks glasses with either an extra strawberry or lime wedge and dip in a bit of salt. Fill the glasses with crushed ice and set aside.

2. Stir together the jam, lime juice, cointreau, and tequila in a large pitcher breaking up the jam as much as possible. Add the ice, stir and pour into prepared glasses.

Serves 4

Whiskey Lemonade Recipe with Honey Simple Syrup | foodie crush
Whiskey Lemonade with Honey Simple Syrup
1/2 cup raw honey
1/2 cup water
1-2 stems of your favorite herb (basil, rosemary, lavender or mint) with a few leaves reserved for garnish
1/4 cup lemonade
1 shot good whiskey
1/4 cup soda
fresh lemon slices to garnish
Instructions

1. In a small saucepan, bring water and honey to a boil. Reduce heat, add an herbal sprig and simmer for 15 minutes or until reduced by half. Let cool.
2. Fill a short glass with ice and add one shot of whiskey. Add lemonade, soda and 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of honey simple syrup or to taste. Add reserved herb and lemon garnish and serve.

Serves one + extra simple syrup

Looking for even more fun and interesting recipes? Check out my cocktail hour Pinterest board!

Thankful Thursday // 05

Well, we were slapped with an awesome break from the heat, hitting in the 50′s at night and 70′s – mid-80′s during the day. Lovely. {Although, it’s very possible that some of my gal pals were less than thrilled with the chilly morning temps. They’re crazy. :)} I wish this weather wouldn’t end so quickly but, alas, it is summer so I guess we will see our sweating temps again soon.

This week, I’m sharing things that really captured my heart and soul … and my sweet tooth. Hope you enjoy, friends! Have a wonderful Thursday.

Thankful Thursday on Eat. Sleep. Market.

// mommy-daughter date nights.

// danielle over at Sometimes Sweet sharing healing goodness.

// summer peach and balsamic pizza. in short, yum.

// amber’s inspiring post reminding us that everything will be okay. oh, and her pictures are gorgeous, too.

// these beautiful photos.

// choosing your battles.

// this doughnut recipe.

// open your eyes

// this pinterest board.

Mama Guilt Won’t Keep Me Down

I never knew what my lady friends meant by experiencing mama guilt when they went back to work after the birth of the babe. I was so fortunate to not get a taste of that sour feeling. Believe me, I was {and still am} grateful. At just six weeks, my little lady started attending an amazing school with great staff members and wonderful friends. At the same time, I started back to work in a career field that I love and enjoy. Win-win, I’d say. Guilt free.

Now, as she starts to get older and becomes this little person that forms complete sentences, shares feelings and uses her imagination during play, I’m treasuring our moments together more and more. But then it happened. Out of nowhere. OUCH. Just like that, I had my first p•a•n•g of mama guilt over the long 4th of July holiday weekend.

I kept thinking to myself how she is growing up so fast. I get it – she’s not running off to college anytime soon, but there were a few moments over the weekend when she was talking to me, playing or just sitting, I looked at her it and it hit me with how fast it all goes. She looked older. She behaved older. She giggled older. She’s older.

In a blink of an eye this little itty bitty grew into a toddler. A mover and a shaker that is my princess/athlete/miss manners/miss messy. I blinked and all this happened. When did this happen? Was I there? Did her little friends and awesome teachers get all the great stuff? Does she think of me as much as I think of her? There is no pause button and I can’t rewind time. The guilt of missing moments won’t hang around – I won’t let it.

I’m thankful for the long weekends and relaxing evenings that are gifted to us so we can reconnect and know that we existed in these beautiful moments that will be a treasure forever.

So, until I get to scoop her up again, I’ll just be that mom that stares at pictures of her little daughter…

Mom and Mads on Fourth of July

Summer Blog Prompts // Pure Michigan

The team responsible for writing the Pure Michigan radio spots should win something. {Oh wait, they already did…several times.} Well, they should be hired by Hallmark. I catch a few of these radio spots in the morning, and I can’t say for sure that my mornings are brighter because of these sound bites, but honestly, they do not hurt. I can’t handle the amount of beautiful word imagery – seriously setting my imagination on fire. I need Michigan. You could now say I’m smitten with the mitten…

These nuggets are brilliant. The one I heard this morning talked about your favorite summer tunes – what songs define “summer.” My head started spinning. So many favorite tunes come with me during these sometimes hot, definitely humid but always fun months.

I’m a nerd for all things marketing and advertising so I visited the YouTube page of all the radio spots and there is blog inspiration here, people! It hits you when you least expect it. Here are your summer blog prompts from Pure Michigan.

 Summer Blog Prompts | Blog Ideas for Your Summer

// Summer song playlist.
What tunes just scream summer to you? Are there some awesome summer memories that are attached to a certain song?

// The open road.
When have you decided to take the road less traveled?

// Vacation reading list.
What do you bring to read on a trip or vacation? What are the must-haves? What are the things to avoid?

// Staycation bucket list.
If you are staying local this summer, plan the ultimate staycation and visit places you normally don’t venture in your hometown. Get to know your home this summer.

// Plan a trip out of the country.
Where would your dream vacation take you? Plan a day filled with friends, food and fun all based around this location.

// Uncovering the beauty.
Notice the everyday people, places and things. What makes them special?

// Our place.
Write a review of that special place that you and someone special call “our place.”

// Refuel.
How do you refuel your mind, friendships and life?

// Making the most of the morning.
How can you make the most out of a beautiful summer morning? Whether with family, friends or alone, how do you savor the first moments of the day?

// Favorite summer recipes.
Shop local? Have a few favorite recipes that use the amazing in-season fruits and veggies? Share with us.

// Road trip must-haves.
What is included in the must-have list for an exciting, but maybe long, road trip, with or without the kiddos.

// Childhood summers.
Do you have a favorite summer game? A great childhood summer memory? Traditions you had and would love to revisit? {Kick the can, anyone??}

// Quality time with friends.
Forget the iced coffees, trip to the mall and walk in the park. What are some great activities to spend quality time with those beautiful friends of yours?

// “I Want” to-do list.
I’m sure we all love our to-do lists. What’s on the “I Want” to-do list?

Enjoy the inspiration!!

Linking up with the Coast to Coast Blog Party!!

The Blogging Persona?

I’ve read a lot of posts lately about bloggers questioned and/or accused of leading perfectly clean, filtered and organized lives. And some of those bloggers feel awful about this “perfect” perception, because, you guessed it, it’s just not true. But worse than the perception is the judgement that can sometimes follow.

Judgement sucks. No matter what size, shape or form it takes. It’s that quick peel of a band-aid that is ripped off a newly-healed knee. {Cue shameless plug of my adorable little that just experienced this literally for the first time!} Stings for sure. But it’s fleeting. Why? Because the truth is that those images placed on the blogs and social media are still real, regardless if a blogger decides to share every detail or just moments.

Think about this – you see a beautifully styled picnic for two from a twenty-something lifestyle blogger. Next, there is an amazing DIY project from the toddler of a mommy blogger. Those are moments experienced and begging to be shared. Proud? Maybe. A benefit for their readers? Possibly. Are they everyday moments? Not necessarily. Do special moments make a blogger inauthentic? I don’t think so.

Will you see a post from the very same twenty-something lifestyle blogger about how she spilled her iced coffee on her new dress as she walked into work? Will you read about how that artistic toddler decided to use her diaper contents to create that next beautiful art project? {graphic…sorry!} Maybe.  Bloggers are still choosing. And that’s great. Because your blog is what you make of it. And it’s all real.

Unfortunately, we can’t live tweet our lives 24/7/365 or snap pictures every two minutes. THAT is unreal. But we can photo-dump to help fill in those gaps and begin to chip away at the perceived blogging persona, showing a few details and another inside look.

Who wants to join in? Here are a few snaps of random life lately…

Mads Eating a Donut Donut Drive-In St. Louis Mads and Flower Beautiful Flowers, Summer Time Flowers from Husband Fish Face Kisses Mads Sleeps Dad and MadsMaddie's Art Wall Baby Picking Out Books By Herself Car Ride