With our backyard makeover in full swing, admittedly I have not had much time to entertain or to prep any fancy meals for us. Most nights, I throw together something easy for dinner that is still healthy and then we conk out early because we’ve been moving pavers around the yard for hours and hours. Woof. But spring is finally here in Seattle and I am feeling more and more like celebrating — even if it’s just with a few cocktails while we take a break from yard work. This cocktail is composed of a really smooth blend of elderflower liqueur, black tea infused vodka, and vermouth for an easy-to-make and easy-to-sip drink perfect for spring. Plus, once you’ve made your batch of black tea vodka it’s easy to make more in the future!
There’s something about spring that always makes me so excited to grocery shop and switch up everything we eat and drink. The local markets are chock-full of beautiful, fresh produce right now. One ingredient that I haven’t had a chance to explore much is rhubarb. Admittedly, I’ve always been intimidated by rhubarb and it’s tartness. I can wrap my mind around rhubarb when paired with strawberry and in a pie… but all other forms sort of stress me out! Or rather, they used to until I tasted my first sip of this rhubarb + pink peppercorn cocktail!
It’s an exciting day when a book arrives in the mail… but it’s even more fun when it’s a book by a blogger you’ve admired for years! Melissa Coleman from The Faux Martha is one I’ve watched for years. Her minimalist aesthetic and easy-to-follow recipes are so inspiring — and don’t even get me started on her gorgeous home. With the release of her first book, The Minimalist Kitchen, Melissa shares 100 of her best recipes and tips. Today I am sharing one of my favorite recipes from the book, quinoa bibimbap bowls + giving away a copy and an Oxo product!
This is truly the first year it’s felt like my birthday has snuck up on me. As a kid, I started the countdown way back in March. Maybe it’s a sign of growing older, but I don’t really do the countdown anymore. Yes, I’ll write the date down on a piece of paper (usually a check to pay a bill!) and realize my birthday is soonish. But this year I’ve been so busy that I haven’t really had that moment. The official day is this Sunday, March 18, so Rocky pulled together a delicious cocktail to celebrate — and it tastes juuuust like a birthday cake!
As weird as this is to admit, this recipe started with a birthday party at a Brazilian steakhouse. It’s not that I’d never had a caipirinha before, but this time felt different. The cocktail felt so refreshing and totally perfect for spring. That night I ended up having 3 or 4 of them because I really couldn’t get enough. Before we left, I texted Rocky, our cocktail recipe developer, and knew we needed to share a caipirinha recipe with you guys! To make it even more perfect for spring, she added fresh strawberries and aromatic basil for a fun twist on Brazil’s national cocktail.
Happy February, you guys! I can’t believe how quickly January flew by… woof. It’s already time to think of Valentine’s Day (or Galentine’s Day in case you missed yesterday’s post), so I wanted to kick things off with a recipe for this luscious and sort of sexy white negroni. This cocktail is pretty damn easy to make, but also makes it feel like you’re at a really fancy bar.