• Food & Drink

    Cheers | Elderflower Mint Gin & Tonic.

    My friend Lauren has a prolific herb garden this summer. When we walked on Monday she offered me cuttings and I started thinking about herbal summer cocktails. I have a bunch of limes (yay Costco!) and thought they might mix well with  mint. This mule variation looks really tasty (I’d probably omit the simple syrup). But the recipe I decided to try was this one. Y’all know I have a thing for St. Germain and I picked up elderflower tonic the last time I was at Total Wine. Lauren provided the mint and I was ready to go! Elderflower Mint Gin & Tonic (inspired by Sarah Sharratt ) 4-5 fresh mint…

  • Food & Drink

    Cheers | Frosé.

    Did y’all know that tomorrow is National Rosé Day? I didn’t know that when I started planning today’s post, but I’m quite pleased with the timing! I’ll admit that when I first heard about frosé (frozen rosé), I rolled my eyes. But after a few weeks of seeing it over and over in my Instagram feed, I decided to investigate. Turns out there are lots (seriously, google frosé and you get nearly 1,000,000 results!) of variations. Freezing the rosé ahead of time, adding fruit, adding simple syrup, mixing in other liquors … long-time readers probably know that “make ahead” is not my favorite kind of cocktail and I don’t go…

  • Food & Drink

    Cheers | Frozen Negroni.

    First, to all of you who’ve left comments on recent posts and haven’t heard back from me – I apologize! Apparently, Blogger has stopped notifying me about comments. and ugh, I’m not sure how to fix this. Please know I appreciate all of you and I hope to get back to personal replies soon. And now on to today’s topic. In honor of the first weekend of summer, I have a frozen cocktail to share! I started researching summer cocktails a few weeks ago and quickly found one to try first – my favorite Negroni, blended with fresh juice and crushed ice. The first time through, I followed the recipe…

  • Travel

    Beaufort 2018 | Part Two.

    aka “the one with the food and a cocktail”. and note I am writing this post on Friday afternoon, to be sure it lands in your feed reader at just the right time 😉. As I shared last week, our dining routine has been fine-tuned over many years. We did add in two new meals this year and we’re planning to repeat them: First, Thursday night – I picked up a ready-to-heat pasta/spinach/sausage casserole and a caesar salad from Costco (before we left). It was nice to settle into the house, visit with Charlie and not have to think about going out. Also, the meal was delicious! Second, Friday’s lunch…

  • Food & Drink

    Three on Thursday | Holiday Food and Drink.

    Carole is taking a well-deserved break from her blog today, so there’s no official Three on Thursday, but it’s what I’ve planned and I’m going with it anyway! 1. 19 Crimes. Yes, it’s still a thing and now, with more flavors! Lydia brought a bottle of The Banished to our party on Saturday and we enjoyed it immensely. I checked out Costco’s selection on Tuesday. They still only carry the Red Blend, but it’s still (only) $8.49 a bottle. I had Sara pick out two and hopefully I’ll have another cork to add to my collection by the time 2018 rolls around. 2. Giada’s Roasted Pork Loin Stuffed with Spinach…

  • Food & Drink

    Cheers | To Bonny (again!)

    As promised, today I have the second installment of cocktails inspired by Bonny’s liquor cabinet. When Karen and I were brainstorming ideas, she said she had that Malibu Rum in her cabinet, too, because it was a necessary ingredient in one of her favorite vacation cocktails, a Charleston Sunset from Fleet Landing (in Charleston) Fleet Landing uses Peach Schnapps, which Bonny doesn’t have, but Karen substituted a little syrup from a can of peaches and declared it a success. Sunset Cocktail (inspired by Fleet Landing) 1 oz vodka 1 oz coconut rum 1 oz pineapple juice 1 oz orange juice 1-1/2 oz cranberry juice 1/2 oz peach juice (from a…

  • Food & Drink

    Cheers | To Bonny.

    A couple of weeks back when I shared my Old Fashioned recipe, Bonny and I ended up exchanging a few emails in response to her comment. The gist of our discussion was that the drinks always looked good, but she never had the ingredients … and honestly, my love of gin and bourbon didn’t really appeal. A few emails in, I wrote: “It seems like our cocktail habits overlap a lot less than ALL the other things we have in common might suggest. So I’d like to challenge myself (probably with the help of my sister) to come up with a Cheers that you 1) would like and 2) could…

  • Food & Drink

    Cheers | Cranberry Mule.

    I was a little late to the Mule Party because I was under the most mistaken impression that Mules were vodka drinks. But once I tried one with gin, and found a spicy ginger beer (that comes in diet!) … well, it’s now a favorite. For warm weather mules, I use lemon juice, gin and ginger beer (the classic recipe uses lime juice, vodka and ginger beer). With the holidays approaching, I started looking for something that wasn’t quite so citrusy. I found a delicious recipe that uses apple cider in place of some of the citrus (of course I substituted gin for the vodka, but I kept the lime). And…

  • Food & Drink

    Cheers | Running with Scissors.

    For several months, now, my sister and I have been trying out cocktails when we get together for our regular Wednesday evening knitting. It was my turn to host this week and I wanted to use Spiced Pear Liqueur (because finally fall). The helpful folks at St. George Spirits have compiled a bunch of recipes and I decided to riff the Running through Orchards. It was delicious, so I’m sharing my version with y’all. I thought about calling it “Everything but the Kitchen Sink” because the list of ingredients uses about half the bottles in my liquor cabinet, but Running with Scissors seems much more fun! Running with Scissors (inspired…

  • Just Life

    Think Write Thursday | Staying Cool.

    Today’s Think Write Thursday topic is tell us what you do to beat the heat! We’re deep into summer here and some of us love the heat and some of us hate it but either way we all have to cope with it. What do you do that works for you? Share your tips, stories and more on coping with summer heat! I’ve lived in the South for most of my life (which still seems crazy, but it’s most definitely true!) and I have to say that the number one thing is air conditioning. I do love fresh air and sunshine, but when the heat index gets into triple digits,…