Posts

BITCHIN’ BASIL LEMON DROP

IMG_6877Happy Friday, friends! Have anything fun planned for the weekend? If you’ve got people over, or if you just want to treat yourself to something other than your customary glass of wine, we’ve got the perfect little cocktail for you! Meet your new pre-spring favorite, the bitchin’ Basil Lemon Drop.

This little gem is made with Crop Organic Vodka & if you feel like you’ve heard us talk about it before, it’s because we are in love. I didn’t really know the difference between organic and non-organic alcoholic beverages, but now that I’ve tried Crop, I can’t go back. Give it a try & I promise you’ll taste the difference.

Either way, it’s Friday & we think you should celebrate! Give the Basil Lemon Drop a try & let us know what you think! IMG_6843

INGREDIENTS:

– 4 fresh basil leaves (a few extra for garnish)

– 3 cups of Crop Organic Vodka

– 1.5 cups of fresh squeezed lemon juice

– 1.5 cups of simple syrup

– ice cubes

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Muddle basil leaves at the bottom of your cocktail shaker. Pour in vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, and a handful of ice.

2. Stir until nicely blended & pour. Garnish with extra basil leaves

3. Serve, sip, repeat!

* Simple Syrup: In a small saucepan combine 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Chill until ready to use.

IMG_6870

SHOP THE POST


lauren and sylvia

This post was sponsored by Chatham Imports. We are obsessed with their products & they are a must-have for our bar carts. Thanks for supporting the brands that help make new content possible!

GRAPEFRUIT AND THYME GIN & TONIC

IMG_1774Well, happy February friends! ‘Tis the season of love and we decided to celebrate a little early with some festive cocktails. Today’s concoction is the Grapefruit and Thyme Gin & Tonic and my, oh my, is it divine!

Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, a sprig of thyme, and some delicious gin is just what you need to kick off a weekend. So my friends, grab a seat, scroll down, and enjoy!

PS – not a grapefruit fan? Don’t worry, we will have something fabulous & grapefruit free yet still festive & fun for you next week. Stay tuned!
IMG_1763INGREDIENTS:

  • 1.5 ounces (or 1 jigger) of gin
  • One grapefruit
  • Tonic
  • Fresh thyme leaves
  • Ice
  • Shaker

IMG_1752INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Cut half of your grapefruit in half & squeeze it into your shaker. Add in a handful of ice & a few springs of thyme.

2. Shake until cold & pour into a your favorite festive glass. I like coupes, cause they make me feel fancy 😉

3. Cut the other half of your grapefruit into wedges, add wedge and sprig of thyme for garnish.

4. Sip, serve, repeat!

IMG_1714


lauren buttonsylvia button

HALLOWEEN COCKTAIL | THE GRAVEYARD

BAP_8035

If you’ve been following our spooktacular Halloween cocktail concoctions (and we hope you have!), you’ve seen the Scary Bloody Mary, the (dangerous, but lovely) Josephine, and the (fan favorite) Pumpkin Spice Martini. As Halloween is right around the corner, we thought we would kill this series (see what I did there) with another fun treat. Meet the Graveyard!

Typically known as a Reverse Manhattan, this delicious Halloween cocktail will keep those goblins & ghouls coming back for more! So whether you are laying low or hosting a monster mash, the Graveyard is a must have. The best part? It’s made with the oldest whiskey in America! Don’t worry, it won’t break the bank but it will impress your friends & your taste buds. In fact, that’s why we love it. Killer flavor for a steal – we are in! See the full recipe & get inspired to make your own below…
BAP_8020

INGREDIENTS:

-2 oz. vermouth (preferably Foro)
-1 oz. rye whiskey (preferably Michter’s)
-2 dashes Angostura bitters
-1 Amarena cherry

BAP_8055cocktail2INSTRUCTIONS:

-Pour your Foro vermouth, Michter’s rye whiskey, and  bitters in an ice-filled shaker

-Stir gently

-Strain into an old-fashioned glass with a large ice cube; garnish with an Amarena cherry

-Serve, sip, repeat!

BAP_8101BAP_8127Thinking about making The Graveyard this Halloween (or tonight, let’s be honest)? Let us know! You know the drill – try it out & tag us! We (seriously!) would love to see your concoction, so make sure to tag @laurenkelp! BAP_8151


lauren kelp author buttonBELEN BUTTONThis post is sponsored by Michter’s Whiskey but all thoughts, opinions, and food obsessions are our own.

APRICOT WHISKEY SMASH

APRICOT WHISKEY SMASH - LAUREN KELPOh dear friends. It is indeed the weekend and celebrate we must! I’ve only recently jumped on this whiskey train, and I must admit I waited way too long. I can’t say I’m tough enough to order a Johnny Walker straight up, I can definitely get behind a good whiskey based cocktail.

The best thing about this particular concoction? It’s super simple! We here at LaurenKelp.com believe that eating, drinking, and entertaining is, above all else, supposed to be fun! You’ve heard us say it a million times – who cares if the sauce is runny or the chicken is  little burnt? Having friends and family there to laugh off the mishaps with is truly the best part!

So if you’re anything like me and prone to drop the ball every now and then (i.e. forget to thaw the meat in time or over-salt the brussel sprouts) be sure to have this yummy little cocktail up your sleeve! It’s easy, refreshing, and a mega crowd pleaser!

APRICOT WHISKEY SMASH - LAUREN KELP

INGREDIENTS:

-5 fresh mint leaves

-1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice

-1 apricot cut into wedges

-3/4 oz. simple syrup

-2 oz. Knob Creek Whiskey

-ice

-1 sprig fresh mint

APRICOT WHISKEY SMASH - LAUREN KELP

INSTRUCTIONS:

-In a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint leaves, lemon juice, apricot wedges, and simple syrup.

-Add whiskey and ice to shaker.

-Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.

-Strain cocktail through a fine strainer into a cocktail glass (over ice if desired).

-Garnish with fresh mint sprig.

APRICOT WHISKEY SMASH - LAUREN KELP

APRICOT WHISKEY SMASH - LAUREN KELP


constance

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.

WATERMELON CHAMPAGNE - Lauren Kelp


constance

WATERMELON MARGARITA

WATERMELON MARGARITA - Lauren Kelp

In our home, we’re firm believers in celebrating regularly. What do we celebrate on a regular basis? Tacos. With about 95% of the population. But hey, there’s a reason everyone’s doing it. If you haven’t jumped on this train yet, we highly suggest you do it…..and soon!

So, as you can tell, this post isn’t about the next best taco recipe, but about it the cocktail that was made for tacos. All hail the margarita! After a long term relationship with the jalapeno & cucumber version, my husband so kindly suggested that we mix things up a bit. And what better way to ring in summer than by adding a little watermelon to everything! This Watermelon Margarita is new favorite of ours & is so light and refreshing. PLUS! it pairs perfectly with grilled Mahi-Mahi tacos with pineapple salsa (recipe coming soon!).

WATERMELON MARGARITA - Lauren Kelp

INGREDIENTS:

-3/4 oz. fresh watermelon juice

-1/2 oz. fresh lime juice

-2 oz. tequila

-3/4 oz. Cointreau

-1/4 oz. agave nectar

-cocktail salt for rim if desired

-lime wheel to garnish

WATERMELON MARGARITA - Lauren Kelp

INSTRUCTIONS:

-Rim a cocktail glass or margarita glass with salt and place in the freezer to chill.

-Add the watermelon juice, lime juice, tequila, Cointreau, agave and ice to a shaker.

-Shake for about 30 seconds to chill.

-Strain into your margarita glass, float lime wheel to garnish and enjoy!

WATERMELON MARGARITA - Lauren Kelp


constance

THE BEST RED SANGRIA RECIPE

RED SANGRIA - Lauren Kelp

Sangria is an absolute summer staple. There is nothing quite like a cold glass full of ripe fruit to get you through those balmy July days and cooler August nights. Sangria meets everyone’s needs – the wine drinker loves it, the beer drinker enjoys it too, and for the gal that only drinks cocktails, she can’t say ‘no’ either. But with so many recipes and various iterations of this summer classic, how do you find the best one? Luckily, we’ve been hard at work here in the LK test kitchen, making batches to test-taste and perfect. Thanks to all this “hard work” we’ve found the best red sangria recipe there ever was. It’s the right amount of sweet, the perfect mélange of fruit, and it has been stamped with approval by many a summer party goer. Don’t trust us? Try for yourself. We promise – you’ll love it!

RED SANGRIA - Lauren Kelp

INGREDIENTS:

– 2 bottles of red Spanish table wine

– 1 cup of Brandy

– 1/2 cup of Triple Sec

– 1 cup of orange juice

– 1 cup of pomegranate juice

– 1/2 cup of Simple Syrup (see below)

– Orange slices

– Apple slices

– Blackberries

– Pomegranate seeds


RED SANGRIA - Lauren Kelp

DIRECTIONS:

1. SIMPLE SYRUP – Mix equal parts sugar and water in a sauce pan. Heat on medium high until sugar dissolves. Remove from burner and let the syrup cool

2. Grab a few oranges & apples (amount depends on how fruity you like your sangria and/or how many people you want to serve) and cut long-ways. Don’t think soccer practice wedges, think thinner slices.

3. Mix all ingredients together and let stand in a tightly sealed container or pitcher for at least 24 hours in the refrigerator before serving.

4. Grab your favorite glasses, drop in a few ice cubes, and voila! The best sangria there ever was!

RED SANGRIA - Lauren Kelp


constance

RASPBERRY ROSÉ COCKTAIL

Raspberry Rose Cocktail

Happy Thursday, y’all! Who’s thirsty?! This yummy rosé cocktail is three of my favorite things: easy, delicious and pretty to boot! Perfect for brunching with the girls or serving at a bridal shower, this simple cocktail has just three ingredients and can be made individually or by the pitcher for large groups. Cheers!

Colorful Bridal Luncheon

INGREDIENTS

– 1 cup cranberry juice

– 1 bottle sparkling rosé wine or champagne

– 1 carton fresh raspberries

Colorful Lunch Cocktails

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Fill chilled champagne flutes or other tall, narrow glasses with sparkling rose wine.

2. Pour 2 tablespoons cranberry juice into each glass.

3. Garnish with fresh raspberries. Makes 8 servings.

4. ENJOY!


Photography: Kristen Kilpatrick | Styling & Design: Lindsey Brunk

Glassware: Crate & Barrel lindseybrunk

PRICKLY PEAR TEQUILA FLOATS

Prickly Pear Grapefruit Float

A delicious cocktail recipe is always the best way to kick off the weekend, but we just might be outdoing ourselves with these Prickly Pear Tequila Floats!

Perfect for warm summer afternoons, the sorbet has the added bonus of keeping your cocktail chilled. No simple syrups, no exotic ingredients you’ll have to hunt down at a specialty store, and ready to sip in under 5 minutes. TGIF!

AhqQ-yd-kCZnqEOxehhCkbm7HAZFSZeuA2XN6mCuwH4,C2quW9M-foAdmhus12K8d2c-mOHRf1qfGjl9wOw6QTE

INGREDIENTS

– 1 bottle Prickly Pear Italian Soda from Central Market
– 1 pint grapefruit sorbet
– 1 1/2 tablespoons tequila

2DOXTBHRBg-PyMXIOn6gX6Onw4BkRiXTakVD1gzcAyM,1KPlIL3wDQ6TW5B1qS60CRhKooEA69XswgHNUc4Bp4w

INSTRUCTIONS

Optional Prep-Ahead: Scoop and freeze small balls of grapefruit sorbet on a cookie sheet in the freezer 1″ cookie scoop or melon baller.

1. Place a small scoop of grapefruit sorbet into the bottom of each chilled glass.

2. Add a splash of tequila, then top with Prickly Pear Italian Soda. Keep things virgin by ditching the tequila, or make into big batch cocktails by combining all the ingredients into a blender before serving.

3. Garnish with grapefruit slices or a pretty paper straw if you’re feeling extra festive.

4. Enjoy!


Photography: Kristen Kilpatrick | Styling & Design: Lindsey Brunk

Glassware: Crate & Barrel | Colorful Serving Platters: CB2

lindseybrunk

LAVENDER PEACH BELLINI

Lavender Peach Bellini

Hello, lovelies! Lindsey here! We originally created this cocktail for Mother’s Day, but think it’s fabulous enough to re-purpose for any occasion! This delicious Lavender Peach Bellini is perfect for a quiet brunch at home or afternoon cocktail with Mom. As simple as it is beautiful, this quick recipe is great for a Mother’s Day or a bridal brunch!

Lavender Peach Bellini

INGREDIENTS

– 1 cup peach juice or 1 can peach puree

– 1 bottle Chanson Royale Brut Rosé

– 1 fresh sliced peach

– Fresh lavender sprigs for garnish

Lavender Peach Bellini

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Slice a fresh peach and place 2-3 slices in each glass. For a stronger cocktail, soak fruit in a peach liquor for an hour before serving.

2. In the bottom of each glass, add 2 tablespoons peach puree for a true bellini or 4 oz. peach juice for a lighter cocktail.

3. Fill the remainder of the glass with Chanson Royale Brut Rosé (isn’t the bottle gorg?!) and top off with a fresh lavender sprig.

4. Enjoy with Mom!

Lavender Peach Bellini


Recipe & Styling: Lindsey Brunk // Photos: Charla Storey Photographylindseybrunk