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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!

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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!

Grapefruit gin and tonic cocktail recipe via lauren kelp


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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!

Grapefruit Whiskey Sour via Lauren Kelp

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!

Grapefruit Whiskey Sour via Lauren Kelp


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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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SOUTH OF THE BORDER BELLINI

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Happy, happy weekend friends. Doesn’t it feel good to wake up & realize it’s Saturday – no where to go, no place to be, just an easy morning of hanging out in bed. You worked hard all week & there is nothing like the sweet, sweet reward of taking a lazy morning.

Why not make it a thing and have breakfast (or brunch) in bed? We just discovered these South of the Border Bellinis (i.e. a bellini with tequila) and we are obsessed. Grab a book or binge on Netflix, either way you should probably kick things off with one of these bad boys!

Want to really up your breakfast in bed game? How about slipping in to this cute little pajama set!
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SOUTH OF THE BORDER BELLINI
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Ingredients
  • 1 ounce tequila
  • ¾ ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces grapefruit juice
  • 3 ounces dry prosecco
Instructions
  1. Pour tequila, simple syrup, & grapefruit juice in a tall glass & gently stir to mix.
  2. Top off with chilled prosecco & serve, sip, repeat!

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RHUBARB ROSE MEZCAL MARGARITA the prettiest drink you ever did see

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Are y’all ready for the most stunning twist on the classic margarita? Swap out your tequila for mezcal & switch things up with rhubarb and rose & prepare to be sipping pretty poolside all season. This drink is out of this world & we can’t wait to make it our new staple! xoxo, LK

Hello, Camille here! Last spring I spent time in London and Paris with my best friend for a work and leisure trip. Eating at local classics and hotspots is also a favorite part of my travels as I come home with a lot of inspiration for new recipes to try at home. This trip was no exception! My food highlight of the trip was all the dishes and drinks featuring rhubarb, including a rhubarb mezcal margarita at Wahaca, a fun and colorful Mexican restaurant in London.
Rhubarb is in season from late spring through summer, making a rhubarb margarita a delicious spring cocktail to enjoy all season! I’m also loving adding floral flavors and edible flowers to just about anything I can right now. They are an easy and delicious addition to lots of recipes. Plus they look absolutely stunning! I added a touch of rosewater to the margarita to give an extra feminine and spring touch. This recipe is delicious without the rosewater for anyone that isn’t a fan of floral flavors.LB-9886

RHUBARB ROSE MEZCAL MARGARITA
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Ingredients
  • Rhubarb Simple Syrup
  • ¼ - ½ tsp Rosewater (optional)
  • 4 Large Limes
  • 4 Shots of Mezcal (1 to 1.5 oz per shot)
  • Dried rose petals (optional)
  • Coarse salt
  • Ice
Instructions
  1. Make rhubarb simple syrup in advance, allowing time for it to cool. I used
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  3. and added some lemon zest (optional). The extra simple syrup is great on ice cream, yogurt, tea cake, or in sparkling water/seltzer.
  4. Rim glasses with coarse salt. Run a lime wedge along the rim of the glass first to help the salt stick!
  5. Juice the limes and add the fresh juice, mezcal, 4 ounces of rhubarb simple syrup, rosewater if you're using (if you're unsure if you like the flavor of rose, start with less and add more to taste), and ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake to combine and chill.
  6. Pour into 4 glasses. To dress up your drinks, add a lime wedge or my favorite, a sprinkle of dried rose petals (available at Whole Foods or usually any local grocery or specialty food shop that has dried lavender). Enjoy!

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recipe creation by Camille Wynn | photography by Lindsay Brown| styling by Alana Stipech

PALOMA my favorite summer cocktail

IMG_2918Well, happy Friday, friends! I don’t know about you but I am ready for summer to make her grand entrance because these little beauties have been calling my name. Festive, delicious, and wildly easy to make, the Paloma has become a warm-weather staple in our house. I discovered this little babes when living in Austin and have happily brought them with me wherever we’ve moved.

For all my grapefruit lovers, this is for you. Love margs but hate the sugar? This is for you! Searching for the perfect “go-to” cocktail this summer – oh, yeah, this is absolutely for you! Give her a try & tell us what you think!

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INGREDIENTS:

– 1/2 cup Tequila
– 1/2 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice (Trader Joe’s & Whole Foods has some great ones!)
– 1/2 cup Topo Chico (if you can’t find that, use Club Soda)
– 1 tablespoon lime juice
– OPTIONAL: Salt or sugar for rim
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INGREDIENTS:

1. If you like a salted rim, go ahead and fill a shallow plate with salt, run a lime wedge around the rim of the glass, & rim it with salt. I like my Paloma’s without salt, but it’s totally up to you!

2. Fill two glasses with a few ice cubes & add in your ingredients. Stir gently & serve, sip, repeat!

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STRAWBERRY WHISKEY COLLINS because everyone needs a little whiskey

IMG_6894You know how we love any excuse to celebrate & the end of a work-week is no exception! You’ve worked hard, kicked some corporate butt, & now it’s time to go out with the gals and celebrate the start to a good weekend. If you are in the mood for something that tastes like warmer weather, sunshine, and being outside, then this Strawberry Whiskey Collins is for you!

We had a couple of days of warmer weather last week  & it made me crave all things spring-time, so in order to curb my fix, we whipped up this beauty. She is fruity & lightly sweet but the smooth taste of the whiskey sasses her up a bit. Even if you aren’t typically a whiskey drinker, this cocktail is definitely worth a try.

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3/4 oz of strawberry puree
1 1/4 oz fresh lemon juice
Dash of simple syrup
2 oz Michter’s American Whiskey
Sparkling water

INSTURCTIONS

1. In a blender or food processor, grab a handful of strawberries (fresh or frozen) and blend until pureed.

2. Combine lemon juice, dash of simple syrup, whiskey, & ice, and shake until cold.

3. Pour a quarter inch of puree into the bottom of a rocks glass, add in the whiskey mixture, & top off with soda water.

4. Serve, sip, repeat!

IMG_6883So, what do you think? Delicious sounding right?! Here is a little insider tip, there are lots of whiskeys out there & if you are just getting into it (like myself), the options are fantastically overwhelming. Luckily, we did a little taste testing for you (more on that later) & found a phenomenal whiskey that will delight even the most seasoned whiskey drinker – Michter’s!

We are in love. It’s smooth, not to overwhelming, and is crazy affordable. While I haven’t graduated to the level of just straight chilling, sipping on some whiskey at the end of a day, I could definitely work up to it with this brand. If you are in the market for a new whiskey or exploring new cocktail combinations, give this a try – I promise, you’ll love it!
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SRIRACHA MARGARITA every day is National Margarita Day!

BAP_4112Oh hello friends. Lauren here & today’s cocktail is a game changer. Forget everything you know about cocktail mixers because we are going to blow your mind today with our latest discovery. Maybe y’all are early adopters and know all about Cocktail Crate, but we just discovered them and they have changed our lives one delicious sip at a time!

Gone are the days of stirred concentrate and syrupy fruit juice, Cocktail Crate is bringing concoctions like freaking Sriracha margaritas to the hands of the masses. With a delicious pepper kick at the end & a subtle agave flavor to start, this margarita will become your signature drink. Don’t believe me?! Scroll down & see for yourself!
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INGREDIENTS:

Sriracha Margarita Cocktail Crate

– Your favorite tequila

– Lime

– Optional: salt for the rim

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1. Add one part mixer to one part tequila into shaker

2. Add a handful of ice to shaker & shake until cold

3. Serve, sip, repeat!

BAP_4194Bring these bad boys to a party, get-together, or slap a ribbon on it and gift away – either way, it’s the best thing going. Now you can have that swanky hand-crafted taste, without all the potion-like components. Not the biggest fan of margaritas? See what else they have!
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PEACH BASIL MARGARITA because you deserve it

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Because you’ve worked hard all week & it still doesn’t feel like Fall outside, we are celebrating the weekend with the end of summer margarita that you’ll be sure to love. Peaches AND basil AND margarita, it’s the best pairing on a Friday! Scroll down to see the most delicious recipe from Laurel & enjoy! – xoxo LK


Hello there, my friends! It’s Laurel again, and this time I’ve got a new spin on an old classic that you’re sure to love….the Peach Basil Margarita. This is a tasty, peachy little concoction that I’ve privately been referring to as the ‘Peaches & Herb’, while busting hopelessly dorky disco moves around the kitchen (Peaches & Basil…reunited, and it feels so good!). What, you don’t dance while you shake up a cocktail? You need to seriously up your cocktail game, friends. It’s all about that vintage shoulder shimmy.

Okay, seriously, even without the dancing, this is one refreshing warm weather beverage that you need to shake up immediately. Like the old school R&B duo it gets its nickname from, these ingredients are a match made in heaven. That sultry, late summer peach flavor plays well against the other drink components, helping to smooth out and mellow the tequila’s bite just enough to keep you coming back for one more sip. Before you know it, summer will be over….but until then, there’s still time for a Peach Basil Margarita!

Peach Basil Margarita | Lauren Kelp

INGREDIENTS:

– 1 1/2 cups cubed yellow peaches (about two large peaches)

– 1/2 cup water

– 2 tablespoons sugar

– 1 tablespoon lime juice

– 5 basil leaves, plus more for garnish

– 1 oz Cointreau

– 3 oz tequila

– coarse salt

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INSTRUCTIONS:

1. In a blender or food processor, add peaches, water, sugar, lime juice and fresh basil, puree until smooth.

2. Wet the rim of your margarita glasses and dip in coarse salt (optional, but traditional).

3. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice, add Cointreau and tequila, top with peach puree.

4. Cover and shake, then strain into two glasses and serve. Garnish with fresh basil, and shake your groove thing.

Peach Basil Margarita | Lauren Kelp


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