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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!

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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!

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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


VANILLA POMEGRANATE CHRISTMAS COCKTAIL

Vanilla Pomegranate Christmas Cocktail

Hey there holidays babes! Lindsey here and with Christmas only THREE days away my holiday spirit is outta control. Tinsel and ornaments everywhere, waaaaaaay too many baked goods and plenty of time spent mixing up festive drinks! A delicious Vanilla Pomegranate Cocktail is just what you need to get you through the final days of shopping and wrapping (well, that and a killer holiday playlist).

This bright and cheery Christmas cocktail is made up of simple, fresh ingredients and easy to whip up for two. Expecting a big crowd for the holidays? You can multiply the recipe into a big batch punch for the whole family! Cheers!
Vanilla Pomegranate Christmas Cocktail

INGREDIENTS

– 2 oz cranberry

– 2 oz pomegranate juice

– 2 oz vanilla vodka

– Champagne or prosecco

– Fresh pomegranate seeds

*makes 2 cocktails*

Vanilla Pomegranate Christmas CocktailVanilla Pomegranate Christmas CocktailINSTRUCTIONS

1. Add a small spoonful of pomegranate seeds to each glass

2. In your cocktail shaker, combine juices and vodka

3. Shake over ice

4. Strain into coupe or cocktail glass

5. Top off with bubbly and enjoy!

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Looking for more Christmas cocktails? Try these delicious White Cranberry Mimosas on Christmas morning!


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PEAR & ROSEMARY CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL

IMG_6016You guys, I am so excited for this. There is a special place in my heart for a prize-winner cocktail that takes you less than 30 seconds to make. In fact, anything that tastes delicious, semi-nutritious, and can be made in a short amount of time has my heart completely.

We are about to change the way you serve champagne cocktails today and I will send y’all my address so you can write me and thank me later. Just kidding, but these will change your life. Meet our latest (and maybe greatest) champagne cocktail combo – Pear & Rosemary. It’s delicious, beyond easy, and packs a punch in terms of aesthetic value.

Ooh, yea. It’s amazing.

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INGREDIENTS:

– One pear per person

– Rosemary

Onli sparkling water

– Champagne

– Ice cubes

– Festive glasses

IMG_6091DIRECTIONS:

1. Slice the pear from top to bottom on either side of the stem. This will allow the pear to sit nicely in the glass.

2. Place a few ice cubes and a slice of pear in each glass

3. Fill two-thirds with champagne

4. Top off with Onli sparkling water (our favorite is their Apple & Pear)

5. Serve, sip, repeat!

IMG_6079I mean, look at it…it’s gorgeous! Plus, it tastes like the most delicious little treat. It’s slightly sweet with a bit of fizz and a hint of rosemary – only all of the best flavors in one! IMG_6158 IMG_6182


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WATERMELON CHAMPAGNE

WATERMELON CHAMPAGNE - Lauren KelpHAPPY FRIDAY! Constance here! For some reason I can’t seem to shake Jennifer Grey’s line from Dirty Dancing–it’s been in my head all week, and I haven’t watched that movie in years. The more I think about it though, what better way to crash a good summer party? ‘I carried a watermelon…’ Who wouldn’t be friends with the gal who brought the watermelon?

Cocktails + watermelon + friends + sunshine. What more do you need for a good summer? And summer is officially here, friends…..or at least it is for us desert dwellers. It hit 115 here this week, and literally the ONLY thing that sounds even somewhat appealing to me for dinner is, you guessed it, watermelon. In true LaurenKelp.com tradition, we’re throwing a little dinner shindig tonight, and I was in desperate need to find an easy, not super sweet, minimal effort cocktail for the masses. Mission accomplished with this watermelon champagne. Don’t believe me? Go ahead and scroll down to the ‘Instructions’ portion of the post…

Told you.

I hope you love it as much as we do! Happy weekend, friends!

WATERMELON CHAMPAGNE - Lauren KelpINGREDIENTS:

-2 oz. fresh watermelon juice

-3 oz. champagne

-fresh mint leaves to garnish

WATERMELON CHAMPAGNE - Lauren KelpINSTRUCTIONS:

-Pour 2 ounces of watermelon juice into chilled champagne flute or glass.

-Top with 3 ounces of fine champagne or brut.

-Garnish with fresh mint leaves.

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THE SLEIGH RIDE

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Hello! Stancy here & I can’t wait to share our favorite Christmas cocktail – The Sleigh Ride! It’s got a little champagne, a little brandy, and a little citrus to give it some flair. Nothing says the holidays quite like a perfectly crafted cocktail & this one is hard to beat!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 bottle Champagne
  • 2 ounces pear brandy , such as Poire Williams
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 5 sugar cubes or 5 tsp. sugar

unnamed-2INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Pour Champagne into 5 flutes. To each, add a splash of pear brandy, about 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and a sugar cube or dash of sugar.
  • Garnish with sliced pears and fresh rosemary.

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