Friday, April 15, 2011

T.G.I.F

Wow, my Loves! This week has really been a doozy. It all began when we got home from our "vacation" to Florida. Our kids got sick, my husband lost his job, and my hard drive crashed. "Seriously!?" is my new favorite thing to say. But I also have to say, these events are all blessings "in disguise." {And hence, my "excuse" for being so M.I.A this week.}

So, instead of my usual Love Links, I feel it is only appropriate, considering the circumstances, to share with you the most delicious cocktail recipes! {'cause this vintage loving, bohemian mama, needs a drink!}

Cheers!


Herb Infused Vodka 
{courtesy of Rebecca Thoms Hanley via Poppytalk}

1. Choose your herbs and jars. (Any clean, airtight jar will do.)
2. Wash your herbs and stuff them into the jars. Fill jars with vodka. 
Close the jars and store in a cool, dark place.
3. Wait 3 to 5 days. (This is the hard part.)
4. Enjoy! 
Pineapple Sage Screwdriver? Dill Martini? How about a Rosemary Lemon Drop? Yes, please!



Blueberry Mint Lemonade
{courtesy of the lovely and talented La Petite Coquin}

1 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
3/4 cup superfine sugar
4 cups water
1 cup fresh blueberries, stems removed
1/3 cup fresh mint


Juice lemons into a large pitcher; add sugar and water, then stir to combine and dissolve. Add blueberries and mint, then serve.

Notes: The longer you let this lemonade stand, the more the flavors will mix and mingle. 
Whip up this easy recipe in the morning and it will be perfect with lunch!
**Missing your Friday night cocktail? Just add a ounce or two of vodka to each glass, then stir!**



Cucumber Lime Basil Martini
{courtesy of Kitchen Konfidence}

8 fresh basil leaves
1 half lime
2 oz./2 shots of cucumber infused vodka
3/4 oz./3/4 shot of simple syrup
crushed ice
additional fresh basil leaves, optional
thinly sliced cucumber, optional

Fill a cocktail shaker half way with crushed ice. Muddle in fresh basil leaves. (The ice should start looking green.) Squeeze in 1 half lime. Add cucumber vodka and simple syrup. Cap your shaker and go to town. Strain mixture into a martini glass and garnish with a fresh basil leaf or a thin slice of cucumber. Makes one drink.


The Rose Bud
{courtesy of Kitchen Konfidence}

10 chunks of fresh watermelon
crushed ice
fresh rosemary sprigs, optional

Fill a cocktail shaker about half way with crushed ice. Muddle in watermelon chunks. (Mash them up with the ice.) Add watermelon rosemary infused vodka and shake until cold. Strain into a short tumbler and garnish with a fresh rosemary sprig. Makes one drink.


Wishing you a beautiful weekend filled with Love and happiness! 

xoxo 
Samantha











11 comments:

  1. Make me one of those lime basil yummies, Mama - I'll be right over!

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  2. Samantha, I'm so sorry. Three things all at the same time? I hope new opportunities open up for your husband and he finds something that's even more wonderful than he was doing being before. And the hard drive...always makes you appreciate a working computer, doesn't it? It's happened to me twice and I now back up my computer religiously. Have a good weekend darling. If you need anything, I'm here -- I'm happy to help however I can.

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  3. Oh darling, I'm so sorry that you guys are coping with so much right now-the only thing to do is stay focused on the future. And a cocktail.

    This stuff is never easy, but it does open the door for new opportunities. Stay open and flexible, and let the Universe do the talkin' for a little while. And if what it's saying isn't quite what you'd hoped, know that no matter what, you'll be okay.

    xoxoxoxoxox

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  4. Yes what a week for you! But here you are sharing your spirit of creativity! The watermelon one looks especially good. Our favorite summer salad is watermelon, mint, lime and a little cayenne pepper...why not throw some vodka in it and make it a cocktail? YUM...

    Cathleen

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  5. I'm so sorry to hear about your week but I love your attitude!! Sending light and love and you're so funny, I've been needing a few cocktails lately, these drinks look amazing!! xoxo

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  6. i totally concur with La Feem -- loving your attitude. :) cheers to new and wonderful opportunities ahead. ...the berry mint lemonade looks amazing!

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  7. Sending good vibes your way! And that blueberry lemonade looks amazing! Floridian summers can get mighty hot, so I'll have to try it soon.

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