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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SUMMER FIESTA & HALF GALLON MARGARITAS

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Hi, friends – Elizabeth here! I am certainly the “you don’t need a reason to throw a party” person but graduation gave me a real bug to go all out and celebrate! My three best friends from California and a ton of my family flew in to Colorado to watch me move that tassel from the right to the left, so naturally I through them a soiree. Believe it or not this was set up in my apartment complex’s patio. I love transforming a shabby space into something gorgeous. I’m all about that Cinderella effect.

summerfiesta8summerfiesta4 (1)Setting a table up is kind of my favorite thing ever. I love getting to turn my kitchen into a green house the morning before a dinner and mix and match all of my fav tablescape decor items. Before I bore you too much with the nitty gritty details let’s get started on the fun stuff that you can bring to your own party to keep your guests entertained and having fun!summerfiesta30summerfiesta13I was lucky enough to have one killer sponsor for my table design! W&P Design creates these gorgeous pineapple tumblers! You can find em in gold, silver and copper. Who wouldn’t want to drink their margarita out of a gold pineapple?! I was lucky enough to have my parents attend this dinner and my Dad thoroughly enjoyed drinking from his gold pineapple, ha!summerfiesta9summerfiesta6

HALF GALLON MARGARITAS
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This recipe was killer and everyone was feeling the right kind of happy. Serve these half gallon margs with PLENTY of ice, citrus slices, edible flowers and salted glasses for the ultimate DIY marg bar!
Ingredients
  • 750 ML of silver tequila
  • 1 Cup of orange juice
  • 2 Cups of freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¾ Cup of agave nectar
  • +Ice
Instructions
  1. In a half gallon container or large pitcher add in juices, tequila, agave nectar and stir well. Keep cold in the refrigerator up to a few hours before your party. Mix well and add ice before serving! Cheers!

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PEACH BOURBON SMASH perfect for a warm summer night

Peach season is approaching & there are few things I love better than stone fruit cocktails. Between stone fruit sangria, peach & basil gin + tonics, lavender peach bellinis, and now this insanely delicious peach bourbon smash – your summer is about to get a whole lot sweeter!

Even if you aren’t typically a fan of fruit based cocktails, the bourbon buffs up this beauty & the fresh thyme gives her a hint of an herbal taste. The combination is undeniably delicious and the best part is that it takes less than 5 minutes to make!

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PEACH BOURBON SMASH
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Ingredients
  • 2 oz. Bourbon
  • Juice of a lemon
  • Dash of simple syrup
  • Ripe peach
  • A few sprigs fresh thyme
Instructions
  1. Add your bourbon, lemon juice, & simple syrup to your cocktail shaker.
  2. Cut your peach in half & squeeze the non-pit side into the shaker. Get all that good juice & pulp your can muster. Strip a few sprigs of your thyme leaves into the shaker as well.
  3. Shake vigorously for about 15-20 seconds & pour into a bourbon glass over ice.
  4. Garnish with a wedge of peach & a sprig of thyme

So, what do you think? Ready to run out and get yourself some peaches? We’re stalking our local farmers market for a good haul & when it’s time, these peach bourbon smash will be on repeat all summer long!

What are your other favorite peach-based cocktails?


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THE MARIGOLD COCKTAIL delightfully romantic

DSC_1467TGI-freaking-F, you know what I mean? Sometimes Fridays come around and you’re like, “wow, that week went by so fast” and sometimes you’re like “HOW IS IT ONLY TUESDAY?!” So, clearly it was a Tuesday-like week for this gal and I am celebrating the oh-so-lovely weekend commencement with the most stunning cocktail around.

Clearly, I have a thing for edible flowers. I put them on doughnuts, in salads, and obviously, in tequila, but today’s love of edible flowers goes to a new level. This time we are creating a cocktail around a flower, specifically the marigold. Look at it – its so stunning. Packed with color & quintessentially summertime, this marigold cocktail reflects its namesake perfectly. Plus, it’s delicious.

So kick off those work-day shoes, put on some yoga pants, and pour yourself a fancy as f cocktail – you deserve it.
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THE MARIGOLD COCKTAIL
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Delightfully romantic & perfect for a spring-time get together, brunch with friends, or a celebration. The Marigold Cocktail is always a showstopper.
Ingredients
  • Simple syrup
  • Marigold or Chamomile tea
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 ½ ounces gin
  • Champagne
  • Marigolds, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients for the syrup to a small saucepan and gently bring to a boil. Reduce to a slow simmer and cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure sugar is dissolved.
  2. Remove from heat, let cool and strain.
  3. Bring water for the tea to a boil, add in one to two tea bags, & allow to steep for 10-12 minutes. Add lemon juice, simple syrup and thyme to the bottom of a cocktail shaker and muddle. Add tea, gin and plenty of ice. Shake well. Strain into glass and top with a splash of champagne & a marigold.

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DARK CHOCOLATE WHITE RUSSIANS perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up

IMG_4331Okay, okay, so I know that White Russians are typically a cold weather drink but I am going to question that cocktail norm. White Russians are always so delicious & wonderfully decadent and they always make me feel like I’m having a treat when I sip on one – you know what I mean?

I had a hankering for one the other evening after dinner & while I could do without the cream (dear #summerbod) I wanted that iced coffee taste. So, I improvised and found the best new summer pick-me up – The Dark Chocolate White Russian. Y’all, it’s scary good.

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Swap out that heavy cream for your favorite Nutchello flavor (I used Rich Dark Chocolate & Walnuts) and voila! The cocktail doesn’t lose it’s consistency or feeling of decadence, but the heaviness of the cream is swapped out. Plus the nut-based beverage is vegan, so you’re basically super healthy now.

All I know is that on a hot afternoon when I need a little pick-me-up after work, this is going to be my go-to cocktail for a while. The mix of the nutty flavor, chocolate base, and coffee liqueur is basically what dreams are made of. Give it a try & let me know what you think!

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DARK CHOCOLATE WHITE RUSSIANS
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Ingredients
  • 4 ounces of Silk Rich Dark Chocolate & Walnut Nuctchello
  • 2 ounces of vodka
  • 3 ounces of coffee liqueur
  • Few handfuls of ice
  • Sprig of mint, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Add a small handful of ice to each glass & pour in your vodka and coffee liqueur.
  2. Pour in your Nutchello on top. For a richer chocolate taste, use a larger glass & add to taste.
  3. Gently stir, garnish, and sip, serve, repeat!

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'>LADY LOVE for Valentine's Day

GAL PALS! Okay, we’ve been friends for a while, so be honest with me, are you a fan of Valentine’s Day? It gets a bad rep and, since we are being honest, it wasn’t always my favorite holiday. But, over the years, she has grown on me a bit & instead of using V-Day to celebrate one person, we have started using it as an excuse to celebrate love (all the people we love, all the things we love, the freedom of love, etc.) in general.

30 second valentine's day cocktail via Lauren Kelp | Rose Lemon Spritzer

This Valentine’s Day I wanted to do something a little extra special (because, let’s face it, we need to remember all the good things right now), so I am hosting a fun get together. On my way home from a meeting, I swung by my favorite place (Marshalls, duh), and picked up the freaking cutest supplies!

From a festive arrow garland, to adorable Meri Meri love tokens, & let’s not even talk about these amazing lip cocktail napkins! Sorry Chicago, I bought the three packs they had 😀

30 second valentine's day cocktail via Lauren Kelp | Rose Lemon Spritzer

I mean, everything you see here is from Marshall’s & it was all under $50 – how can you beat that? So make things extra fun, I whipped up a batch of Lady Love cocktails for the group. You get a little bit of tartness from the grapefruit juice, a little sweetness from the simple syrup & cranberry juice, and they are fantastically customizable. Mix up a pitcher of the mixer and have a tequila or a chilled bottle of vodka on deck, so your guests can decide what they prefer.

If you are into garnishes, mint is perfect, or toss in a fun stir stick and get really crazy! Grab the recipe for the Lady Love cocktail below & let’s get this party started! xo, LK

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LADY LOVE
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The perfect way to celebrate a little love in your life
Ingredients
  • 2 oz tequila or vodka
  • 4 oz pink grapefruit juice
  • 1 oz Simple Syrup
  • Splash of cranberry juice
Instructions
  1. Fill shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Add tequila (or vodka), grapefruit juice, and simple syrup
  3. Shake and strain into chilled rocks glasses filled with ice cubes.
  4. Add a splash of cranberry juice & gently stir.
  5. Sip, serve, enjoy!

30 second valentine's day cocktail via Lauren Kelp | Rose Lemon Spritzer