Cocktail: Elderflower & Pomegranate Spritzer

It's Valentine's Day week y'all! For me, it's another excuse to eat all the sweets, tell my friends how much they mean to me, mail a bunch of valentines, and cook an indulgent meal at home with G. 

This cocktail is a simple & sweet drink you can easily throw together at home for a pre-dinner treat or for brunch. I try a decent amount of cocktails at home and while I'm out and about, but I'm always drawn to elderflower + gin combinations. Add a few bubbles and count me in. Let's get shaking!

Happy V-day, my loves!

Elderflower & Pomegranate Spritzer

Makes 1 cocktail

3 oz pomegranate juice
2 oz floral gin, such as Hendrick's
1 oz elderflower liqueur
champagne 

This is a easy one. Fill a high ball glass with ice. In a cocktail shaker, shake pomegranate juice, elderflower liqueur and gin and stir over ice. Strain into glass. Top with champagne and pomegranate seeds. Cheers!

Recipe: Blueberry Gin Sour

Today I made you a cocktail that taste like sweettarts.

I don't know if that's something you're into or not, but this cocktail is damn good. Fruity with a bit of tart and without being too sugary sweet. The egg whites make it frothy and seem wayyyy fancier than it actually is. My favorite kinds of cocktails and those that can be made quickly and easily, and thought you do have to prep the blueberry syrup, once that's done a head of time it's just a matter of throwing everything in the cocktail shaker and giving it a good long shake.

If you're not interested in the egg white (or are vegan), you can always leave that out. But if you've never had a cocktail with egg whites I highly recommend them. They don't taste eggy or anything like that (because that would be awful). It just adds a creaminess and a frothiness to the drink. It's fun! Try it! This is a full-on peer pressure situation.

Blueberry Gin Sour

Blueberries Syrup
1 1/2 cups blueberries
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons cold water

Cocktail (makes one drink)
2 1/2 oz gin
2 oz blueberry syrup
juice from half lemon
1 egg white
ice

To make the blueberry syrup: add blueberries, water, sugar, and lemon juice into a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a slow boil, stirring frequently. In a small bowl, mix together cornstarch and cold water with a fork. Slowly stir the cornstarch into the blueberry mixture, trying not to pop or crush any berries. Stirring frequently, cook for 5-10 minutes longer, or until the mixture coats the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and cool for a few minutes, then pour into a mason jar or an airtight container with a lid. Place in refrigerator to cool completely. 

To make the cocktail: add ice, gin, and blueberry syrup into a cocktail shaker. Juice half a lemon and add one egg white. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds until the egg whites are frothy. Pour through a strainer into a coupe glass. Garnish with a sprig of thyme or some lemon peel.

Recipe: Pineapple Gin and Tonic

I spent last week house/petsitting in the suburbs for a friend of mine's parents, which was a great change of pace for me. A beautiful house, some fun pets, and a change of scenery, SOLD.

With the spring-like weather over the weekend, I knew I wanted to make a refreshing cocktail and use up some ingredients that were lingering in my house. Then I stumbled upon this BEAUTIFUL glasses one night while looking for a wine glass and I knew I wanted to photograph them. Look how gorgeous they are! I gasped when I spotted them! Forever a sucker for beautiful glassware.

It's maybe a little early for this cocktail. This is probably best served while sitting by a pool. Or lounging on a beachchair. Or even just at brunch outside on a spring day. BUT I'm hoping this weather stays for good. So this cocktail is part of my wishful thinking. It's super simple and easy to throw together at home, but very different and sweeter than a traditional g&t. 

Pineapple Gin and Tonic

Makes one drink

2 oz gin
2 oz pineapple juice
tonic water
half a lime
lime slices for garnish

Fill a tumbler glass with ice. Add gin and pineapple juice and then fill the rest of the glass with tonic water. Squeeze half of a lime into the glass and give it a stir. If you like a stronger drink, add 1-2 more ounces of gin before adding the tonic. Cheers!

Simple Cocktails for New Years Eve

Tonight is New Years Eve! Break out the sequin dresses, glitter eyeliner, fur coats, and get a little glammed up. Getting dresses up is maybe my favorite thing about tonight so you better believe I'll be breaking out my sequined pants and maybe some fake eyelashes. I hope you have a lovely night, filled with glitter and boozey, bubbly drinks. Here's a few simple ideas for your NYE party!

Cranberry Fizz

Champagne and cranberry juice.

Apple Cider Margaritas

Apple cider, tequila, and amaretto.

Grapefruit & Rosemary Gin Cocktail

Grapefruit juice, rosemary simple syrup, and gin

Pomegranate Margaritas

Pomegranate juice, lime juice, and tequila.

Blueberry Lime Smash

Berry-flavored soda, blueberry, mint, and vodka.

Snap & Cider Cocktail

Apple cider, orange juice, and Art in the Age's SNAP.

Spiced (and Spiked) Apple Cider

Mulled apple cider and brandy or whiskey