friyay happy hour: gin pinky

january is flying by. FLYING. 

that just means we are getting closer to my favorite holiday. i LOVE valentine's day. my mother always made us feel extra special  and i have always embraced all those i love on v-day. 

but my favorite new trend is GALentine's day. while i'm not necessarily loving the name, i love the concept. so for the next few weeks i'm going to be focusing my friyay efforts on cocktails meant to celebrate that special day of love. first up, this easy drinking and gorgeous gin drink. 

gin pinky

serves: 1 cocktail

prep time: 2 minutes

active time: 1 minute

total time: 3 minutes

ingredients: 6 oz your favorite clear or light pink flavored soda (there are so many interesting and refreshing carbonated waters now. check them out in our local market and find your favorites. la croix and spindrift make great options but there are tons of small creators that also make amazing choices). 2 oz gin. 2-3 drops aromatic bitters. .5 tsp sugar. .5 oz fresh lime juice. 1 strawberry, green top removed & sliced. 1 cup ice. wine glass for serving. 

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start by filling your wine glass with ice. add in a few dashes of bitters and line the edge of your glass with the strawberry slices.

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mix together the sugar and gin. pour in the gin and lime juice.

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give the mixture a stir and then top the drink off with your favorite flavored soda.

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serve and enjoy!

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xo, a

gin pinky

serves: 1 cocktail

prep time: 2 minutes

active time: 1 minute

total time: 3 minutes

ingredients: 6 oz your favorite clear or light pink flavored soda (there are so many interesting and refreshing carbonated waters now. check them out in our local market and find your favorites. la croix and spindrift make great options but there are tons of small creators that also make amazing choices). 2 oz gin. 2-3 drops aromatic bitters. .5 tsp sugar. .5 oz fresh lime juice. 1 strawberry, green top removed & sliced. 1 cup ice. wine glass for serving.

start by filling your wine glass with ice. add in a few dashes of bitters and line the edge of your glass with the strawberry slices. mix together the sugar and gin. pour in the gin and lime juice. give the mixture a stir and then top the drink off with your favorite flavored soda. serve and enjoy!

tips & tricks: pounding chicken

you know what i forgot? i forgot how long it takes to get back out of the post sickness work hole. you know exactly what i'm talking about. you get sick, miss work and then when you finally get back on your feet, you have to work double time to get yourself out of the post sickness work hole. 

basically, cooking went straight to the back burner post flu as i've been battling my way through unanswered emails, catching up on meetings and menu planning. 

but i have a slow weekend, so i'm getting back into the kitchen. we got some beautiful organic chicken breasts and i'm cooking my way through them but they all have one end that is much thicker than the other end. when you have a really fat end of your chicken breast, you end up with one end that is overcooked and rubbery and one end that may be undercooked in the middle. 

here is the perfect, mess free way to pound out your chicken breasts so you can achieve that perfectly cooked chicken every time. 

start by covering your cutting board with plastic wrap. chicken juices are messy and can contaminate your cutting board or your meat tenderizer (don't have one? PURCHASE HERE). place your chicken breast or breasts on the cutting board and then strap them down with another layer of plastic wrap. 

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you can see that one end is much thicker. 

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pound the thicker end of the breast until it is equal thickness to the thin end. 

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nice and flat. 

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then use your perfect chicken breast for any of the below recipes. 

xo, a