friyay happy hour: watermelon margarita

wow. last week at this time, i was CONVINCED that i had just come through one of the harder weeks in my catering and baking career thus far. and then i went and followed it up with another week of insanity. 

this is good. it means everything is growing. growth is uncomfortable. but man oh man, i could use a break from the uncomfortable. 

and a nice, stiff drink.

decent watermelon are starting to hit the produce stores, and i LOVE watermelon. last year, i started blending up slightly mealy melons and straining them to make watermelon juice. it has quickly become one of my favorite cocktail mixers.

a regular old margarita gets a whole new look and taste with the small additional of watermelon juice. now, if only i could find an ingredient to add to my life to spruce it up in the same manner! 

watermelon margarita

serves: 1 cocktail

prep time: 2 minutes

active time: 1 minute

total time: 3 minutes

ingredients: 2 oz tequila. 3 oz watermelon juice. .5 oz triple sec. .5 oz fresh lime juice. lime wheel for garnish. shaker. 1 cup of ice. 

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in the shaker, combine the ice, tequila, watermelon and lemon juices and the triple sec.

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shake well to combine.

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garnish your glass with a lime wheel.

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pour the contents foe shaker into the glass.

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serve and enjoy. 

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xo, a

watermelon margarita

serves: 1 cocktail

prep time: 2 minutes

active time: 1 minute

total time: 3 minutes

ingredients: 2 oz tequila. 3 oz watermelon juice. .5 oz triple sec. .5 oz fresh lime juice. lime wheel for garnish. shaker. 1 cup of ice. 

in the shaker, combine the ice, tequila, watermelon and lemon juices and the triple sec. shake well to combine. garnish your glass with a lime wheel. pour the contents foe shaker into the glass. serve and enjoy. 

friyay happy hour: lavender + citrus cooler

finally, a moment to breath. i have been missing in blog actions for two weeks now, for good reasons. first of which was my birthday. a week ago, i turned thirty-two. and i have a REALLY good feeling about my thirty-third year. for two and a half years, i've been grinding along, exerting oodles of energy to try and get all my businesses off the ground. and i can feel it in my bones that things are changing for the good. even my horoscope is leading me to believe positivity is coming in one way or another. 

but age is just at number. more importantly, i had a couple of very exciting events. last weekend, i had my first large wedding cake. six tiers. and the delivery required a two-hour drive on a 102 degree f day. what started out as a mellow delivery, turned into a stressful cake moment since the venue was so remote and the day so warm. my skills were put to the test, but if anything, the day showed me how far i have come and that i truly am a cake professional now. the bride and her family were over the moon, and while i ran myself into the ground physically to deliver, it was worth every painful moment for the pay off. 

the MOST EXCITING part of all the craziness was last nights B.SOCIAL, a live and styled event i threw with my good friend alicia and betsy from the delicious b. toffee. i know... what the hell does that mean? 

basically, we got a bunch of event creatives, wholesalers and business owners together to network and celebrate one another. it was a HUGE success and a BLAST. i was so lucky to have an amazing vendor team of old and new friends come together to make a truly magical night for all. 

here are a couple of sneak pictures from the B.SOCIAL. we had stunning blooms from seven stems, a s'mores bar from mallow mallow, table top rentals from cherished rentals and one time use, adorable plates and forks from l'entramise, just to name a few of the amazing vendors. more photos and recap to come! 

and of course, the recipe for the cocktail i served at the GORGEOUS bar provided by jake duke studios, with tito's vodka provided by hi-time wine cellars

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lavender + citrus cooler

serves: 1 cocktail

prep time: 2 minutes

active time: 1 minutes

total time: 3 minutes

ingredients: 2 oz tito's vodka. 1 oz orange juice. 1 oz grapefruit juice. .5 oz triple sec. .25 oz creme de violette. .25 oz lavender simple syrup. 3 oz club soda. 1 cup ice. shaker. 

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fill your shaker with ice. pour in the vodka, juice, simple syrup, triple sec, creme de violette and lavender simple syrup. shake well till a bit frothy. about 30 seconds.

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pour all the contents of the shaker into your serving glass.

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top off with club soda.

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serve and enjoy. 

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xo, a

lavender + citrus cooler

serves: 1 cocktail

prep time: 2 minutes

active time: 1 minutes

total time: 3 minutes

ingredients: 2 oz tito's vodka. 1 oz orange juice. 1 oz grapefruit juice. .5 oz triple sec. .25 oz creme de violette. .25 oz lavender simple syrup. 3 oz club soda. 1 cup ice. shaker. 

fill your shaker with ice. pour in the vodka, juice, simple syrup, triple sec, creme de violette and lavender simple syrup. shake well till a bit frothy. about 30 seconds. pour all the contents of the shaker into your serving glass. top off with club soda. serve and enjoy.