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friyay happy hour: spicy screwdriver

why hello there friend. i hope you are having a beautiful summer full of cook outs, pool parties and lots of gorgeous summer cocktails. 

between business and pleasure, wes and i have been all over the place the past few months. between my baking and our catering, we had quite a few weddings and birthdays to cook for. we even hired a little bit of help now that we are growing and hopefully she is going to whip ME into shape and help me stay on track now that we have WAY too much going on. 

then wes and i headed to idaho (on a road trip) for a dear college friend's wedding and had an amazing week off reconnecting with friends, nature and each other. 

when we got home, we went right back to a crazy august full of more wedding cakes, more anniversary shindigs and some boobs (click HERE if you haven't yet seen what i'm up to in cakes lately). 

which leads me to this moment. somehow twenty-eighteen has gone by in a flash and august is pretty much over. 

which means summer is pretty much over. boo. 

kids are already heading back to school. which blows my mind by the way. it should be a national law that school does not start before labor day. that is just insanity. children of today, i feel bad for you. it's terrible how they take those best days of august from you!

alright, alright. back to what you really came for. not the jibber jabber about what is going on behind the scenes over here. i know you just came for the friyay cocktail.

there is an abundance of peppers growing in our garden right now, so i'm packing them into all kind of recipes. if you like a spicy touch to your cocktails, you will LOVE this spicy, but cooling cocktail. 

spicy screwdriver

serves: 1 cocktail

prep time: 2 minutes

active time: 1 minute

total time: 3 minutes

ingredients: 2 oz vodka. 3 oz fresh squeezed orange juice. 10 small (or 5 large) mint leaves, smashed with your hands plus an extra sprig for garnish. .5 tsp turbinado sugar. 1 serrano peppper, sliced thin. 2 cups ice. muddler. mixing glass. strainer. spoon. 

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start by combining all but 3 of the serrano peppers, the smashed mint leaves and the sugar in a mixing glass.

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pour in the vodka and muddle the peppers, mint & sugar for about 30 seconds so all the oils release.

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pour in half the ice, followed by the orange juice.

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stir well to combine.

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fill your serving glass with the remaining ice and strain the drink into your serving glass.

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garnish with your mint sprig and the remaining serrano slices.

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serve and enjoy. 

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xo, a

spicy screwdriver

serves: 1 cocktail

prep time: 2 minutes

active time: 1 minute

total time: 3 minutes

ingredients: 2 oz vodka. 3 oz fresh squeezed orange juice. 10 small (or 5 large) mint leaves, smashed with your hands plus an extra sprig for garnish. .5 tsp turbinado sugar. 1 serrano peppper, sliced thin. 2 cups ice. muddler. mixing glass. strainer. spoon. 

start by combining all but 3 of the serrano peppers, the smashed mint leaves and the sugar in a mixing glass. pour in the vodka and muddle the peppers, mint & sugar for about 30 seconds so all the oils release. pour in half the ice, followed by the orange juice. stir well to combine. fill your serving glass with the remaining ice and strain the drink into your serving glass. garnish with your mint sprig and the remaining serrano slices. 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.