THE PERFECT MAKE-AHEAD FALL SANGRIA tailgating, house parties, or just to have on hand!

‘Tis the season for fabulously fall cocktails. Warm toddies, things with whipped cream on them, and autumnal as hell sangria. Sangria gets the rep as a purely summer cocktail and I just don’t think that is true. I know wassail is (basically) the cold-weather version, but why can’t we carry Sangria into fall and give it a little cinnamon kick?

Well, we totally did and it’s absolutely delicious. This little recipe is perfect for tailgating, watch day parties, porch hangs, or just to have on hand. Make it on a Friday (hey, that’s today…what a coincidence) and serve it all weekend long. Look at that, it’s just as easy as ever! While not truly a 30-second cocktail as it needs to sit, it is still just as easy!

Happy cocktail-ing, my friends!
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Okay, before we get into it, let’s talk about these amazing high ball glasses. I am a total sucker for a good cocktail glass & these Thug Life highball glasses from Easy Tiger totally fit the bill. A little mid-century, a little funky, a whole lotta fun. Plus, GOLD!

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FALL SANGRIA WITH CINNAMON SIMPLE SYRUP
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Ingredients
  • 1 bottle Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1½ cups apple cider
  • ½ cup apple brandy
  • ¼ cup Cinnamon Simple Syrup
  • 2 soaked cinnamon sticks (from Cinnamon Simple Syrup)
  • 1 Fuji apple, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 small green pear, cored and thinly sliced
  • ½ small pomegranate, seeded
  • ½ orange, thinly sliced and each sliced halved
Instructions
Cinnamon Simple Syrup:
  1. Combine the 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water in a small saucepan, bringing it to a boil over high heat.
  2. Cook, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved (3 minutes)
  3. Transfer the syrup to a container with a lid, add the cinnamon sticks and let chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours and up to 48 hours. The longer it sits, the more intense the flavor. Remove the cinnamon sticks and save to add to the sangria mixture
Sangria:
  1. In a large (fridge safe) container, combine the wine, apple cider, apple brand, cinnamon simple syrup, and thinly sliced fruit.
  2. Place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours
  3. Once ready, transfer to sangria glass (add in a handful of ice if you want) and add in the cinnamon sticks as a garnish

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THE RODEO HONEY

Hi LK readers! My name is Chloe Mackintosh, you can usually find me at Boxwood Avenue where I share my journey as a girl relocated from Miu Miu to moo moo. I live on a ranch in a dusty old cow town of 99 people, with nothing more than a general store and a whole lot of cowboy hats. I started Boxwood Avenue as a way to share old-world traditions that have been forgotten in modern day life – things like preserving, sewing, and gardening.

The Rodeo Honey - perfect fall gin cocktail via lauren kelpOver the past year, I have become friends with Lauren, and she was kind enough to invite me over to share a little bit of Boxwood Avenue with all of you! I am so very excited to meet you all!

The Rodeo Honey - perfect fall gin cocktail via lauren kelpEvery Friday, I share a cocktail recipe and call it #ToastingFromAfar, since I am literally toasting from afar, usually with a goat in my lap. I like to get inspired by seasonal ingredients depending on what can be found around the ranch, but I almost always stay away from gin. The strong flavor of a gin and tonic makes my stomach turn, I’ve only ever had one gin & tonic, but it was enough to turn me away from them forever.The Rodeo Honey - perfect fall gin cocktail via lauren kelp

But, it was a Friday, and I was out of vodka, wine, rum, and tequila, and the gin was calling my name. So I gave it a shot; skipping the tonic (which, in my opinion, has a terrible flavor) and opting for fresh honey from our hives. As I took my first cautious sip, I thought, “I hope I don’t have to chug this,” but dare I say, the gin was good.The Rodeo Honey - perfect fall gin cocktail via lauren kelpI could taste a prominent flavor of honey – one of my favorites – whose sweetness was cut with the lemon juice. The faint flavors of gin lingered only in the background, and didn’t overpower the cocktail. I guess you can say I am now a fan of gin, but then again, anything mixed with honey is sure to be a hit. This is one of my new favorite cocktails, and with only three ingredients, it’s just as easy to make, as it is to drink.The Rodeo Honey - perfect fall gin cocktail via lauren kelp

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Ingredients
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1.5 oz quality gin
  • 1 oz honey
  • Optional: Lemon LaCroix
Instructions
  1. Warm honey in a saucepan or microwave.
  2. Pour the honey into a cocktail shaker and shake very well with the gin. Do not add ice yet!
  3. Use a spoon or wire whisk to scrape any honey that may have settled at the bottom of the shaker. Stir until all of the honey is dissolved.
  4. Finally, add the lemon juice and a few ice cubes, and re-shake.
  5. Strain into a cocktail glass and serve. Top with lemon LaCroix if desired.

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PIMM’S CUP the perfect transition cocktail

Every year my family goes up to the east coast & spends a week or two in Martha’s Vineyard. When we were kids, it used to be the whole summer, and slowly, as time has passed and with summer camps, traveling sports, college schedules, and now jobs, our time on the Vineyard has been whittled down to just a few days.

One of my favorite memories of this island is sitting outside on the deck with my parents & sipping Pimm’s Cups. My father has British roots and there is something still very English about the island, so fixing a Pimm’s Cup at the end of the day and sipping it on the porch watching the sun set was a fun little family homage.

Now that summer is slowly winding down, I wanted to share one of my favorite end of summer cocktails – the delicious & oh-so-easy Pimm’s Cup. Enjoy!

 

PIMM'S CUP
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Ingredients
  • Pimm's
  • Ice
  • Ginger Ale
  • Sliced cucumber
  • Sliced lemon
  • Mint
Instructions
  1. Add a handful of ice to a tall Collins glass & pout in one jigger of Pimm's, 3 of Ginger Ale, a slice of cucumber. Stir to combine.
  2. Add mint & lemon as a garnish


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GRAPEFRUIT GIN & TONIC

Grapefruit gin and tonic cocktail recipe via lauren kelpHey pals! Elizbeth here and I’ve got a fun little cocktail twist for you! Now don’t get me wrong… I’m not one to mess with the classics. I like a gin and tonic just like the next person but I do think it is begging for a little twist. Maybe I’m wrong but you might just want to give this a try. The grapefruit juice compliments the gin so nicely! It’s worth a try!

Perfect for the weekend with friends, after a long, hot day, or for sipping by the pool. Thirty-seconds & a little juicing and you’ve got yourself one heck of a cocktail! Enjoy Grapefruit gin and tonic cocktail recipe via lauren kelp

GRAPEFRUIT GIN & TONIC
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Ingredients
  • 4 Ounces of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1 Ounce of Gin
  • 1 Tablespoon of grenadine
  • Tonic Water
  • Crushed Ice
Instructions
  1. In a glass jar fill with crushed ice.
  2. Add in grapefruit juice, gin and grenadine.
  3. Top the rest of the glass with tonic water and stir well.
  4. *Note diet tonic water is great for a skinny cocktail!

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30-SECOND GRAPEFRUIT WHISKEY SOUR

Grapefruit Whiskey Sour via Lauren KelpWell, howdy party people! Hope your week is getting off to a fun start. We don’t normally share cocktails on Tuesdays but I thought I would make an exception for all of you who are hosting a dinner party, happy hour, get-together or just need a fun drink to spice up the week!

I am hosting a fun little gals get-together on Thursday and wanted to whip up a cocktail that was delicious, unexpected, and , to be honest, had a pretty color & this Grapefruit Whiskey Sour totally fits the bill. Slightly sweet thanks to the Whiskey, a little tart from the grapefruit, & a whole lot of delicious. This will turn anyone who says they aren’t a Whiskey drinker into a believer – that I can promise you!

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GRAPEFRUIT WHISKEY SOUR
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Perfect for summer, gorgeous in color, and absolutely delicious, this Grapefruit Whiskey Sour is just about the best cocktail going this summer!
Ingredients
  • 3 ounces Michter's American Whiskey
  • 1 large bottle of Grapefruit Soda (chilled)
  • 1 sliced lemon
Instructions
  1. Fill two glasses with a few ice cubes, add the whiskey (I did a jigger and a half for each, but it's totally up to you & your size of glass), & top off with cold grapefruit soda. Stir gently.
  2. Add a lemon wedge on top for garnish
  3. Serve, sip, repeat!

Grapefruit Whiskey Sour via Lauren KelpSo boys & girls, what do you think? Couldn’t be easier – right? Literally pour in some Whiskey (but, treat yourself & make it a good Whiskey, specifically Michter’s – you deserve it), some chilled grapefruit soda (Trader Joe’s or your local grocery store has a great one), pop in some ice, & add some lemon wedges and you are good to go!

Couldn’t be easier, couldn’t be more delicious, and couldn’t be more fun to make. You are well on your way to become Master of the Home Bar – I can feel it!

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BASIL INFUSED TEQUILA LEMONADE a summer staple

basil infused tequila lemonade, perfect for summer entertaining via Lauren Kelp

Well howdy, weekend warriors! How was your weekend? Full of fun cocktails, delicious brunch recipes, and other summertime activities, I hope! Now that summer is in full swing our penchant for entertaining has been kicked up another notch & that means we get to play around with recipes like this one! One of our favorite foodies, Elizabeth, whipped up this basil infused tequila lemonade & it’s just about the best things we’ve ever had in our whole lives. I mean, just look at it. It’s stunning! Scroll on down to find the best make-ahead recipe that is sure to ‘wow’ any crowd!

basil infused tequila lemonade, perfect for summer entertaining via Lauren Kelp

BASIL INFUSED TEQUILA LEMONADE
Recipe type: Cocktail
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Ingredients
  • 1.5 Ounces of basil infused tequila
  • 8 Ounces of lemonade
  • 1 Tablespoon of agave nectar
  • Soda Water
  • Basil Leaves
  • Ice
Instructions
  1. In a cocktail shaker combine tequila, lemonade, agave nectar, ice and basil leaves. Pour into a chilled glass with ice and float soda water over top. Garnish with basil leaves + lemon wedges.
Note:
  1. For infused tequila add one cup of tequila in a mason jar and a handful of torn basil leaves. Seal tightly and leave in the refrigerator for 5-7 days until desired flavor is met.

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BOURBON PEACH PUNCH

Spice up your summer with this Bourbon Peach Punch via Lauren KelpHappy Friday, my fabulous friends! How has your week been? Delightful? Wonderful? Or maybe you are in need of a little “thank the lawd the week is over” pick-me-up? Either way, we’ve got you. This bourbon peach punch is absolutely the best thing going for summertime and it’s a perfect make-ahead recipe…like FOR THIS WEEKEND!

Spice up your summer with this Bourbon Peach Punch via Lauren KelpOkay, real talk – so the key to this perfect summer punch is the bourbon & the peach juice. Treat yourself & your guests by splurging on the organic peach juice (it should be in the juice aisle at your local grocery store) and for the love, upgrade your life and get Michter’s Bourbon. It’s so good. In fact, we are so in love we’ve been experimenting with bourbon cocktails all month & might have a bourbon week in the works….#bignews.

Scroll down & sip on the best punch recipe you’ll have all summer long!

Spice up your summer with this Bourbon Peach Punch via Lauren Kelp

BOURBON PEACH PUNCH
Recipe type: Cocktail
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Serves: 3 quarts
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of Michter's Bourbon
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 quart organic peach juice
  • 1 cup squeezed lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Grab a small saucepan and mix up some brown sugar simple syrup. Once ready, set aside to cool.
  2. Once cool to the touch, stir in the brown sugar syrup together with the remaining water, peach juice, bourbon, and lemon juice.
  3. Cut up some peaches and thin lemon slices to put into the pitcher or use as garnish.
  4. Serve, sip, enjoy!

Spice up your summer with this Bourbon Peach Punch via Lauren Kelp


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FRIDA MEZCAL MULES for the Frida in us all

Ooh guys, this is the cocktail you’ve been looking for – I just know it. The weather is heating up and you’ve been searching for that perfect cocktail to cool you down, spice things up, and whip up during those backyard parties. Well my party-lovers, look no further because it’s all about the Frida Mezcal Mule.

Technically, Frida has nothing to do with the cocktail, I just really like her so I thought I would name it after her. This cocktail is full of mezcal magic and it’s perfect for all your smokey whiskey drinkers, tequila mavens, and those of you looking to expand your booze breadth. It’s out of control good.

I fell in love with mezcal when we lived in Austin & there was this little hut behind a bar called Clive Bar that was a mezcal tasting hut. Truthfully, I walked in because I thought it was the bathroom (oops!) and walked out a changed gal.

Mezcal is smokey and magnificent and just tastes like adventure. Give this puppy & try and tell me what you think! I would love to know your other favorite mezcal concoctions! Drink up, babes.

FRIDA MEZCAL MULES
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup of Mezcal
  • ¼ cup of fresh lime juice
  • 2 cups of cold ginger beer
  • Several handfuls of crushed ice
  • Lime wedges, agave nectar, & sliced jalapeños for garnish
Instructions
  1. Grab a large pitcher & pour in 1 cup of Mezcal, 2 cups of ginger beer, lime juice, and sweeten to taste with agave nectar & stir gently.
  2. Fill your Moscow mule glasses with crushed ice & pour the cocktail mixture in until about halfway full. Top off with ginger beer, a drizzle or two of agave nectar, and garnish with some jalapeño sticks*.
  3. *To get a jalapeño stick, just cut longways along the pepper instead of across it.


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LIME SHRIMP CEVICHE & GRAPEFRUIT PISCO SOUR

IMG_6777Okay, party people – it’s PARTY TIME! The weekend is approaching, the weather is perfect, and it’s time to bust out the big guns – shrimp ceviche & grapefruit pisco sours. Ooh yes, we are going to show you how to make both in a jiffy and it will be a party favorite from here on out. These two are the perfect pairing for a pre-dinner treat, a dinner party appetizer, or small bites for a cocktail hour. No matter how you serve them, they are a perfect pairing all summer long!
IMG_7093We love throwing a good party and our worst nightmare is having to run out because you are short on supplies. It messes up the vibe, people feel like they should leave — you know how it goes. Luckily our friends at Drizly have vowed to never let that happen – they promise to deliver alcohol to your door within 1 hour. That means, no more sneaky runs to the store because it’s already on its way!

To celebrate that fun fact, we wanted to whip up something fun with our friends at Lay’s to bring the perfect summer snack. We’ve been digging ceviche recently, as it’s perfect for lots of different occasions, and thought we would share!

The tip is to make the ceviche in a non-metallic bowl (glass is best) as it keeps the flavors fresh & make sure to refrigerate the shrimp in juices & veggies for at least an hour. After that, it’s smooth sailing!

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LIME SHRIMP CEVICHE & GRAPEFRUIT PISCO SOUR
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Ingredients
For Poaching:
  • 2 quarts water
  • ¼ cup kosher salt
For Ceviche
  • 1 pound raw shrimp, frozen is fine
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 cup diced seeded peeled cucumber
  • ½ cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 serrano chiles, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 cup diced seeded tomato
  • 1 avocado, chopped into ½-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon roughly chopped cilantro leaves, plus more leaves for garnish
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
To Serve:
  • At least one bag of Lay's Sea Salt potato chips
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan, add ¼ cup of salt and water and bring to a boil. Add in your shrimp & turn off heat, and let it sit until just cooked through (roughly 3 minutes)
  2. Once cooked, transfer to a cutting board and let them cool down further.
  3. Once cooled, cut the shrimp into ½-inch pieces and place in a medium glass bowl. Squeeze in your lemon and lime juices, stir in cucumber, onions, & chiles, & refrigerate for 1 hour.
  4. After the hour is up, add in your tomato, avocado, chopped cilantro, oil and a few pinches of salt to the mix & stir gently. Garnish with cilantro leaves & serve with a hefty bag of Lay's Sea Salt potato chips.

IMG_6844While your ceviche is sitting in the fridge soaking up all those flavors, it’s time to whip up the cocktails! If you’ve ever had pisco, you know that it’s amazing & for those of you who haven’t, prepare to fall in love. It’s kind of like tequila’s cousin, but it’s also a bit like white rum – so naturally the combination is magic.

Perfect for sipping when it’s warm, by the grill, or outside with friends, pisco sours are the ultimate summer drink (in my opinion). Add in some grapefruit and a few dashes of orange bitters & you’ve got yourself one heck of a party!

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INGREDIENTS:

4 ounces of Pisco

4 ounces of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice

2 ounce of simple syrup

2 egg whites

Orange aromatic bitters

INSTRUCTIONS:

Put a few handfuls of ice, pisco, freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, simple syrup, and egg whites into a shaker & shake vigorously until the outside of shaker is cold (about 30 seconds).

Strain into two glasses and garnish with a few dashes of bitters in the center of the foam.

Serve, sip, repeat!

IMG_6790 (1)Like what you see? Well, grab your own bottle of pisco here & make sure to use the code LAYSSUMMER on your next Drizly order for $5 off! Can’t wait to hear what you think about the grapefruit pisco sour & shrimp ceviche. Bottoms up!
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THE BOURBON SIDECAR summer is better with bourbon

There is something about bourbon in the summertime that just seems to make everything alright. You know what I mean? If you’ve been following along, you know that we have been exploring the realms of whiskey based cocktails over the past few months with the help of our friends at Michter’s & it’s been a blast. I always thought of whiskey & bourbon as cooler weather spirits but thanks to gems like today’s Bourbon Sidecar – I have been proved wrong.

Do yourself a favor – swing by and pick up a bottle of Michter’s Bourbon, call some friends over this weekend, and whip up a few of these Sidecars. Ridiculously easy to make & always delicious, the Bourbon Sidecars are quickly becoming a “sip on the patio” weekend drink at the Kelp house. Give it a try & tell us what you think!

BOURBON SIDECAR
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Add a little bourbon to your cocktail mix
Ingredients
  • 4 ounces Michter's Bourbon
  • 2 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 ounces Cointreau
Instructions
  1. Fill your shaker with ice & add in your Michter's bourbon, Cointreau, and freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  2. Shake until the shaker is frosted (about 15-20 seconds or so)
  3. Strain into your glass & enjoy!


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