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Friday Treat Day: Apple Thyme Cocktail

Apply Thyme Cocktail

I can’t think of a better cocktail to celebrate the beginning of fall and apple season. It’s such a clean, crisp, warm drink. It would be perfect to sip on a cozy fall night by a fire.  You’ll love it…

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Friday Treat Day: Tomato Coconut Soup

Tomato Coconut Soup

While we were vacationing in the Puget Sound last month, I discovered this soup at a restaurant we went to one evening. Tomatoes and coconuts are apparently a match made in heaven and I can’t believe I’m just now finding out about this! I was skeptical of the combination at first but man, oh man was I wrong! The flavors compliment each other perfectly and the coconut milk make the soup so wonderfully creamy. Plus, as with most pureed soups, it is a cinch  to make. It will definitely be a go-to soup for our family this fall.

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Beginners Guide To Liquor 05: The Lemon Drop Martini

Lemon Drop Martini

We’ve made it to the last cocktail of this series! I hope you have enjoyed this series, learned some things, and tried a few new liquors you hadn’t before. I tried to pick the simplest, most approachable cocktails to make and the easiest to drink. I hope you discovered a few you liked!

The last liquor of the series is Vodka. Vodka is inoffensive, predictable, and neutral, making it pretty perfect for beginners. Though, on the other hand, that’s what makes it dangerous too! It has a way of disappearing in a cocktail, which makes it easy to get carried away. The Lemon drop martini is no exception. Consider yourself warned.

This sweet and sour cocktail is very easy to drink and incredibly easy to make. It can be more or less sweet or sour by adjusting the lemon and syrup according to your taste. If you like this cocktail, and feeling adventurous I’d also recommend the lavender lemon drop. It’s one of my favorites. You could also experiment with flavored vodkas or other herbs like thyme! This is the perfect recipe to explore and adapt to your personal taste.

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Beginners Guide to Liquor 04: The Daiquiri

The Daiquiri

The Daiquiri is the first rum drink everyone should learn how to make. And I’m not talking about finding the best way to open those ready-t0-drink Daiquiri bottles. I’m talking about a Daiquiri the way it was meant to be, using three simple ingredients: rum, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup. Incredibly simple to make and drink, making it perfect for beginners. There are a million different variations of the Daiquiri and ways it has evolved. From a trip through the blender, an extra fruit or herb, etc. But, this is the original Daiquiri and the base you need to make any variation…

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Beginners Guide to Liquor 03: The Paloma

Paloma cocktail

 

Turns out the Paloma, not the Margarita, is Mexico’s most beloved cocktail. Though I love me some margarita, I think the Paloma  cocktail is incredibly delicious, and would be a perfect introduction to tequila. The various tart juices, teensy bit of sugar, and some club soda make this cocktail so easy to drink.

It’s obviously perfect for summer enjoyment with how light and refreshing it is. However, my favorite time to drink it is in the winter! Citrus is in season during the winter months so the grapefruit and lime juice are perfection. Plus, who doesn’t love a good daydream about laying on the Mexico beaches in January?

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Beginner’s Guide To Liquor 02: St. Germain Gin and Tonic

St. Germain Gin and Tonic

Last week I launched this new beginner’s guide to liquor with my favorite spirit, bourbon. This week I bring you my second favorite spirit, gin. Gin gets its flavor predominantly from juniper berries. I crave it during the summer months so before summer is officially over (sob) I wanted to share one of my favorite ways to drink gin. This cocktail also happens to be super drinkable, making it perfect for those of you new to gin. Gin and tonic, commonly referred to as G and T, is a well-loved cocktail. But this recipe takes the G and T to a whole other level. This recipe has you add St. Germain, an elderflower liqueur to the mix which I think makes it even more approachable and easy to drink. It sweetens it a bit so if you don’t prefer sweet you can omit the St. Germain or you can start with just half an ounce and add as you like.

I realize I posted this cocktail awhile back but it fit too well for this series not to share again! Keep reading for the details of how to make this tasty drink…

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A Giveaway! A Midsummer’s Feast Cookbook – Now Closed

A Midsummer's Feast by Rosemarried

A Midsummer's Feast by Lindsay Strannigan

So excited to be posting my very first giveaway! And this one is a good one you guys! Lindsay, creator of the amazing well-loved food blog Rosemarried, wrote a cookbook!! Her cookbook, A Midsummer’s Feast, was just recently released (congrats again, Lindsay!) and because I’m so excited about it I wanted to celebrate and share it with all of you too!

I love Lindsay’s motto “slow food for a fast life.” Everything she makes she strives to make simple and attainable but also seasonal and whole and not compromising quality. I also love Lindsay’s passion for encouraging community through the medium of food and her belief that “cooking is a means to an end; a way of bringing people together.” This mini-cookbook reflects both of these passions so well. It is a beautiful collection of summer-inspired recipes, all perfect for a summer gathering.

Jenni Kupelian, a talented local photographer and graphic designer, is the magic behind all the gorgeous photographs and design work in the cookbook. I love her use of natural light in her photographs so much. It is really stunning and so inspiring. Big congrats to you too, Jenni!

A Midsummer's Feast by Lindsay Strannigan

To enter to win A Midsummer’s Feast:

Simply comment below with your favorite summer meal and share this post including the hashtag #midsummersfeast. I will choose the lucky winner next Wednesday, September 10th. All entries must be submitted by next Tuesday, September 9th, by 11pm PST. Good luck and thank you for playing and spreading the love! 

Just to give you even more incentive, in addition to the giveaway, Lindsay and Jenni were so generous and let me share a recipe and some pictures from the cookbook here with you as well! A beautiful, tasty sparkling rosé sangria that summer would not be complete without.

Rose Sangria A Midsummer's Feast

Photo by Jenni Kupelian

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Beginner’s Guide To Liquor 01: The Mint Julep

Mint Julep

I recently had a request for cocktail recommendations from a reader who’s a bit “gun shy” when it comes to liquor. I’m so glad she asked because I have a feeling she’s not the only one! Liquor is a commitment financially, and we’ve all had that one bad experience, way-back-when, and have never dared to revisit that particular spirit since…

This new, short-series will hopefully remedy that. It will feature five of the main, commonly used liquors in different cocktails that are tasty and easy to make and drink; perfect for beginners.

I thought we would start with my favorite liquor: bourbon. It’s also unfortunately the liquor many shy away from. But, just like with anything, if you get a quality bourbon and mix it well you will be drinking it neat in no time…

It was the Old Fashioned that originally got me into bourbon. You can find the recipe I like here. But I think the Mint Julep might be even more toned down, and easy to drink. The mint and simple syrup subdue the strong bourbon flavor and you can easily control the sweetness by adding less or more simple syrup. It’s the perfect cocktail to ease someone into bourbon. Plus, it’s such a great, refreshing drink for the end of summer.

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Friday, Treat Day

You're-welcome

I know what you’re thinking. Miller high life, Amber? Really? The combination seems questionable. I had my reservations when I first heard about it too. But then my friend, Lindsay, recommended it and I decided to give it a shot. If you saw her guide to Portland, you’d give this a try too.

This combo is gooood, my friends. Real good. It reminds me a lot of Stiegl Radler, a summer drink I look forward to all year long. But when you don’t have access to that refreshing german grapefruit beer, this is the next best thing. The champagne of beers and some grapefruit San Pellegrino. Easy, simple, and not at all lacking in deliciousness.

You’re Friday definitely needs this.

Wishing you all a happy and restful weekend!

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Nasturtium Pesto

Nasturtium Pesto

I went a little crazy with the nasturtium seeds this year and now they’re taking over my garden. I keep cutting them and they keep relentlessly growing back, climbing up and around everything! I had no idea they could be so aggressive. Thank goodness they are edible! The only thing is I have only had them and heard of them being eaten in salads. One can only have so many salads.

You can imagine my excitement when my friend, Anna, told me she has a friend who makes Nasturtium pesto! I was so intrigued and excited to find a recipe to use up some of my nasturtiums! I emailed Anna’s friend, Julz Nally, immediately for the recipe. After emailing her I learned Julz is not only a pesto guru but she is an illustrator as well.  She is based here in Portland, Oregon and creates the cutest illustrations that she has for sale here. Her portfolio website is in the works and coming soon!

After learning about her talents in illustration and pesto making, I asked if I could share her recipe here on my blog. She kindly agreed and then went on to give me the darling illustration seen above to share as well! I love it so much and can’t wait to try this recipe!

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