THE CLASSIC easily the best 30-second cocktail addition

FRIEND! Ooh do I have a treat for you today! It’s been kind of an icky, rainy week and not only in Mercury in retrograde, but 3 other planets as well (woof), so clearly, we are all in need of a cocktail. Luckily, I take my job very seriously and do a lot of research and development of fabulous new cocktails and products to make your bar cart and happy hour easy, delicious, and relaxing.

So, that being said, meet the latest addition to your bar cart – The Owls Brew. First of all, it was started by two women, so that is reason enough to pick up a few bottles (at least in my book), secondly it’s one of the best cocktail mixers I have ever tried.
All of their mixers (and they have a great variety) are tea based (HOLLA!) And let me tell you, they are absolutely fantastic. Like, order-all-of-them-and-have-them-on-hand-at-all-times fantastic.

Plus, they are super easy to mix – ready, two parts mixer & one part booze. DONE. If that doesn’t meet 30-second cocktail qualifications, I don’t know what does.

THE CLASSIC
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Ingredients
  • The Classic mix from The Owls Brew
  • Gin
  • Ice
  • Lemon slice (optional)
  • Cucumber slice (optional)
Instructions
  1. Add in one part gin to two parts mix (or to taste) over crushed ice
  2. Top off with lemon and cucumber slice & VOILA!

So, what do you think? Willing to give it a try? If not, you are crazy cause these mixers are LEGIT. So get them and then call me and we will have the best happy hour ever.

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SPRING CHICKEN a spring twist on your 30-second cocktail

Nothing says HELLO SPRINGTIME like a fun pink cocktail, right? Pink gets a lot of guff, but there is something about a pretty pink cocktail that just makes you feel fun and a little sassy. Sad people don’t drink pink cocktails and you can’t be sad while drinking one, so basically it’s happiness in a glass. You are welcome.

Grapefruit Greyhound cocktail via Lauren KelpI don’t know about you, but I am ready to ditch my jacket and throw open the windows. Get me out of these rainy, grey days – I am ready for some warmer weather! To help get us in the spirit, we are whipping up a batch of Spring Chickens! Sounds fun right? Well my friends, get ready, because if you have 30 seconds and an excuse to celebrate, you two can be sipping pretty on a Spring Chicken.

Grapefruit Greyhound cocktail via Lauren Kelp

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Grapefruit Greyhound cocktail via Lauren Kelp

SPRING CHICKEN
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Celebrate warmer weather and mix up a pitcher of these fun Spring Chicken cocktails!
Ingredients
  • Ice cubes
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 4 ounces freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1 teaspoon simple syrup
Instructions
  1. Add a handful of ice to a cocktail shaker, add in ingredients, and gently stir, adding more simple syrup to taste.
  2. Strain into a glass & sip, serve, repeat!

Grapefruit Greyhound cocktail via Lauren KelpSee….wildly easy. What did I tell you. Now, call the gals, get you some grapefruit, and get to celebrating! Happy hosting, my sassy friend <3

Grapefruit Greyhound cocktail via Lauren Kelp

THE RUBY ROSE a refresh grapefruit and rosemary cocktail

Babe-trons, we did it. We made it through the week. It’s officially Friday, it’s probably close(ish) to quitting time, and I am sure there are one or two things for you to celebrate. And you now the best way to celebrate? With a fabulous cocktail! We are crushing hard on this delicious grapefruit and rosemary pair and we can’t wait to share. Meet the Ruby Rose. Delightful, refreshing, and absolutely no muddling required 😉
The Ruby Rose Cocktail via Lauren KelpI mean, look at her! She can’t even help her sassy pink self. So here is the skinny, the Ruby Rose is like freaky easy. A little grapefruit, some vodka, a little St. Germain (which you should have on hand at all time because even if you don’t use it, it makes your bar cart look fancy af), some rosemary and voi-freaking-la. Easy baby, what did I tell ya?

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The Ruby Rose Cocktail via Lauren Kelp

THE RUBY ROSE
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Ingredients
  • Juice from half a Ruby Red grapefruit
  • 2 shots of vodka (we used Tito's)
  • 1 shot of St. Germain Elderflower
  • Dash of lemon juice (more to taste)
  • Rosemary sprig to garnish and stir
  • Sugar for rimming
Instructions
  1. Cut the end of the lemon off and rub it on the top of your glass and dip in sugar
  2. Add a handful of ice into your cocktail shaker and add in vodka, grapefruit juice, and St. Germain, shake gently until container is frosty.
  3. Pour into your perfectly rimmed glass, add a sprig of rosemary & stir to add in some of the herb flavor.
  4. Serve, sip, repeat!

The Ruby Rose Cocktail via Lauren KelpThe Ruby Rose Cocktail via Lauren Kelp

GIN OLD FASHIONED for the non-bourbon drinker

gin old fashioned via lauren kelp | 30 second cocktailsGang, how is it not the weekend yet? Jeesh! I have been crushing hard on this gin twist on the classic Old Fashioned and I cannot wait to share. I had a gin based Old Fashioned at a bar downtown Chicago and was OBSESSED! It’s crazy good & if you are like me and just starting to dip your toes in to the whiskey well, this is a refreshing way to get the flavor without going crazy. So, how do you make it you ask? SIMPLE!

gin old fashioned via lauren kelp | 30 second cocktails

So the simple, 30-second recipe is this: Grab your gin, tonic, and the Cocktail Crate Old Fashioned mix and voila!

If you don’t know Cocktail Crate, you should. They are honestly the best pre-made mixers around (& no, this isn’t a sponsored post). We have a few on hand at all times and they are always a hit. You just add in your ice, gin, a bit of the mix, and a splash of tonic to make it bubbly & heyo, it’s party time!

For the more living room mixologist friendly recipe, see below. Both are great & I promise, you’ll be obsessed!

gin old fashioned via lauren kelp | 30 second cocktails

GIN OLD FASHIONED
 
Ingredients
  • 4 Oz Good Quality Gin
  • Dash of Angostura bitters
  • 2 Sugar cubes
  • Zest of an orange or lemon
  • Ice
Instructions
  1. Divide the sugar cubes into 2 glasses.
  2. Saturate with bitters - give it a good couple shakes or so.
  3. Top with 2 shots of gin and muddle until the sugar breaks down and begins to dissolve in the mixture.
  4. Add as much ice as makes you happy and stir for about 45 seconds.
  5. Run the zest of the citrus along the top of each glass. Twist and squeeze to release some oil and drop into the mixture or skewer with blueberries and place on side of the glass.
  6. Bottoms up.

gin old fashioned via lauren kelp | 30 second cocktails

FRENCH 75 my favorite go-to fancy cocktail

Hello, hello my favorite festive babes! How are you doing post-holiday? I for one have had a very, very slow start to 2017. Burn out is real and 2016 was full of it. I am taking my time & easing back into the swing of things, but in true LK form, we thought we would kick things off with a fun cocktail. Meet my favorite celebratory libation – the French 75!

french 75 | lauren kelp

The French 75 is particularly special to me, because we had them at our engagement party many moons ago. They always remind me of something special and fun. No matter where I am or what I am doing, if I have something to celebrate, a birthday, something big at work, I whip up a French 75 and cheers to the magic.

Do you have a drink like that? I am always so curious about how people celebrate. I would love to know!

french 75 | lauren kelp

FRENCH 75
Recipe type: Cocktail
Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons gin
  • 1½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon simple syrup
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • ¼ cup chilled champagne
Instructions
  1. With a pairing knife, slice peel from lemon in long, thin spiral.
  2. In cocktail shaker, combine gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Add ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain into chilled glass & top with chamapgne
  3. Curl lemon peel around finger to create twist at least 6 inches long. Garnish drink with twist and serve immediately.

french 75 | lauren kelpI mean…just look at it, she is so pretty! How can you go wrong with chilled champagne and gin? It’s like magic in a glass! Cheers, my friends

french 75 | lauren kelp


RASPBERRY CHAMPAGNE FLOATS the easiest & most festive way to ring in the new year!

Hello, hello, my festive party-throwers! How is your holiday season shaping up?! We’ve got a few days between Christmas and New Year’s to just catch our break, eat some more delicious food, and put in a few hours worth of work, before we are off to the next bash!

Is it just me, or has this holiday season been a bit of a whirlwind?! This year, the hubs and I are taking it nice and easy for NYE (plus, it’s our 4 year anniversary!), but I love a good celebratory cocktail, so we whipped this little guy up!
The perfect New Years cocktail | Raspberry Champagne Float Perfect for something low-key, a girl’s night in, or any other occasion in which you need a fabulously fun cocktail/dessert in 30 seconds. Sister, this is it. Two scoops of sorbet (we used raspberry, but you could easily use lemon or another fun flavor), a little champagne, and you’ve got yourself a party!
The perfect New Years cocktail | Raspberry Champagne Float

RASPBERRY CHAMPAGNE FLOATS
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Ingredients
  • 2 scoops raspberry sorbet
  • Champagne
  • Raspberries for garnish (fresh is always better)
Instructions
  1. Grab a few glasses, & scoop enough sorbet to fill glass halfway
  2. Pour champagne over the sorbet (slowly, it tends to bubble up)
  3. Garnish with raspberries & dive in!

The perfect New Years cocktail | Raspberry Champagne Float

WINTER LEMONADE

winter lemonade cocktail via lauren kelpAlright party people, raise your hand if you are ready for a little warm front? I mean, as much as I love Chi-beria, I wouldn’t turn down a little sunshine…know what I mean? As much as I would love to control the weather, I thought that I might whip up some winter lemonade to help bring the sunshine out.

This at-home lemonade has the perfect amount of holiday spice (think vanilla & cinnamon…mmm!) and delicious as is, or throw a little vodka in there & you’ve got yourself a party!
winter lemonade cocktail via lauren kelp

WINTER LEMONADE
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 cups of water + additional water
  • 1 vanilla bean, split
  • 6 cinnamon sticks
  • Optional: vodka or your favorite spirit
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan, bring lemon juice, sugar, water, split vanilla bean, cinnamon sticks and bring to a boil
  2. Once boiling, remove from heat & let cool (in the pan) for 3 hours
  3. Pour everything (including the cinnamon sticks & vanilla), add additional water (if desired) and chill.
  4. Drink as is or add a shot of your favorite spirit!

winter lemonade cocktail via lauren kelpI mean, how delicious right?! The longer the lemonade sits, the better, because it allows the flavors of the cinnamon and the vanilla to sink in. But, if you are as impatient as I am and want to drink it right away, it’s delicious as well.

This is perfect, & I mean, seriously perfect, to make before having friends over for drinks or before a party. Throw it in a pitcher with some vodka next to it and you’ve got a delicious, self-serve cocktail. Easy breezy baby! Enjoy.

winter lemonade cocktail via lauren kelp

 


 

MEZCAL HOT CHOCOLATE

‘Tis the season for hot chocolate & strong cocktails – am I right? Yesterday Chicago was colder than Mars. Let that sink in for a minute. CHICAGO WAS COLDER THAN MARS.

Naturally, the only way to cope with a frozen tundra is to have boozy treats waiting when you get home. I have re-discovered my love for hot chocolate (I know, I know, what is wrong with me? Why did I ever stop loving it?!) and adding a little kick of mezcal has made it all the more amazing.

mezcal hot chocolate recipe Now, now, for all those leery about mezcal – don’t be. It’s actually amazing & delicious and when slipped in some cozy hot chocolate, a little whipped cream, and a dash of chili or nutmeg – it’s a game changer. This mezcal hot chocolate concoction is like a 30-second version of the rich and delicious Mexican hot chocolate but…again, it takes 30-seconds, it’s awesome and warms the body right up.

I mean, how can you not give it a try?!
mezcal hot chocolate recipe

MEZCAL HOT CHOCOLATE
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Ingredients
  • 1 oz Mezcal (we used El Silencio)
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 8 oz milk
  • 3 oz baking chocolate
  • 2-3 tbsp sugar
  • Cinnamon, chili, nutmeg, & other spices to taste
Instructions
  1. Pour mezcal, vanilla, milk, baking chocolate, & sugar into a saucepan and heat on low/medium, stirring constantly, until chocolate & sugar are melted.
  2. Whisk the mixture to give it a nice froth (or just put it in your blender for a hot second)
  3. Pour into a mug, add some whipped cream & top off with some spices.
  4. Enjoy!

mezcal hot chocolate recipe

GINGERBREAD LATTE

If the Pumpkin Spice Latte is the drink of fall, then this Gingerbread Latte is absolutely the winter version. Nice and cozy with all the spices and fragrances of the season and perfect to serve warm or over ice (and easy to adapt for a happy hour twist) – what could be better? If you are looking to spice up your morning coffee order, this is absolutely it!
Gingerbread Latte recipe via lauren kelpAs much as I love spend $6 every time I walk into a coffee shop (said no one ever….), it’s nice to keep your wallet tucked away and play living room barista. This sassy little coffee order totally plays into my fantasy of being a rockstar barista. I get to play with spices, froth some milk (okay, it’s totally unnecessary for the recipe, but it’s fun, so I do it), and serve it up in a fun glass. Plus, you know how much I love when things can get a little boozy & this is an adorable drink to serve at your next home happy hour. Everyone will be like, oohmygosh, you are such a rockstar barista slash mixologist, what do I even bring to this friendship cause you are so cool and good at everything awesome.

I mean, what could be better?!

Gingerbread Latte recipe via lauren kelp

GINGERBREAD LATTE
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 3 tablespoons strong coffee
Instructions
  1. In a small pan, heat your almond milk over medium heat. Once warm (just under boiling), add spices, brewed coffee, and honey & mix well
  2. Serve in a fun mug & top off with a little ground cinnamon, or for a happy hour twist, add a shot of your favorite libation!

Gingerbread Latte recipe via lauren kelp Well, snow bunnies, what do you think? Ready to cozy up by the fire with one of these delicious Gingerbread Lattes? I mean, let’s be real, what’s not to like! Can’t wait to hear what you think! xo, LK

Gingerbread Latte recipe via lauren kelp


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BLACKBERRY GREY COCKTAIL

Well, hey party people! If your week was like mine, you deserve a good, strong cocktail. I am feeling a bit moody after the events of this week, so we whipped up a moody cocktail to match. Meet the Blackberry Gray. She is one part blackberry & one part Early Grey. She’s fiesty but refined, you know? Well, if you are still leery, whip one up for yourself! Blackberry & Early Grey Cocktail via Lauren Kelp

BLACKBERRY GRAY COCKTAIL
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Ingredients
  • 1½ oz bourbon
  • 1 oz chilled Earl Grey tea
  • Dash of simple syrup
  • 1 blackberry
  • ½ oz St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur
Instructions
  1. Muddle blackberry with simple syrup and crush out as much blackberry juice as you can.
  2. Add bourbon, Earl Grey tea, Pear Liqueur if using and ice. Stir until very cold.
  3. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a coupe glass.
  4. Garnish with a blackberry and a sprig of mint & voila!

Blackberry & Early Grey Cocktail via Lauren Kelp See? Easy breezy! Just a little bit of muddling and a shake here & there and voila, a fabulous weekend cocktail! Mix me one up, I am coming over!Blackberry & Early Grey Cocktail via Lauren Kelp