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friyay happy hour: watermelon + rosemary cooler

happy memorial day weekend friends. nothing says summer kick off like memorial day.

and my favorite summer fruit is watermelon. it has basically been baby’s number one craving since the beginning of my second trimester. for a while there i was eating one fourth of a watermelon A DAY. i suffered a few months of bad watermelon season but we have official turned that corner towards summer and the watermelon pickings are GOOOOOOD.

fresh, crisp, sweet watermelon is a special experience. but once your watermelon goes a little bit past its freshest or if the watermelon texture is mealy, blending it up for the juice is the PERFECT solution. with baby on board, i have been drinking watermelon juice straight. but for wesley, i’ve been whipping up this delicious vodka + watermelon cocktail for him to enjoy.

watermelon + rosemary cooler

serves: 1 cocktail

prep time: 3 minutes

active time: 1 minute

total time: 4 minutes

ingredients: 5 oz watermelon juice (i blended 1 cup watermelon and strained the juice from the pulp). 2 oz vodka. 1 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice. 3-5 oz club soda. 1 rosemary sprig. 2 cups ice. tall serving glass. shaker/strainer. optional: borage flowers or other blue edible flowers for garnish.

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start by combining the watermelon juice, vodka and lemon juice in the base of your shaker with half the ice. remove the bottom two thirds of leaves from the rosemary sprig. smash and tear up the rosemary leaves and add them to the shaker.

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shake vigorously for 30 seconds to combine everything and to release the oils from the rosemary. fill your serving glass with the remaining ice. strain the contents of your shaker over ice.

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top the cocktail off with club soda.

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stir well and garnish with the rosemary sprig and edible flowers. serve and enjoy.

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xo, a

watermelon + rosemary cooler

serves: 1 cocktail

prep time: 3 minutes

active time: 1 minute

total time: 4 minutes

ingredients: 5 oz watermelon juice (i blended 1 cup watermelon and strained the juice from the pulp). 2 oz vodka. 1 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice. 3-5 oz club soda. 1 rosemary sprig. 2 cups ice. tall serving glass. shaker/strainer. optional: borage flowers or other blue edible flowers for garnish.

start by combining the watermelon juice, vodka and lemon juice in the base of your shaker with half the ice. remove the bottom two thirds of leaves from the rosemary sprig. smash and tear up the rosemary leaves and add them to the shaker. shake vigorously for 30 seconds to combine everything and to release the oils from the rosemary. fill your serving glass with the remaining ice. strain the contents of your shaker over ice. top the cocktail off with club soda. stir well and garnish with the rosemary sprig and edible flowers. serve and enjoy.

friyay happy hour: sage + sprig

last week i cooked & baked for a dinner event at the shop in laguna beach. it was an incredibly inspiring evening of food, and female business owners. the night culminated in an honest and moving talk by owner of mowellens, a CBD oil & wellness company.

for many years, i have used CBD products to sooth my anxieties and reduce inflammation & pain in my body. after a youth full of antibiotics, topical steroids, allergy and anxiety meds, i took my health back. even though it looks like i eat nothing but cake and drink nothing but vodka, it couldn’t be FURTHER from the truth. i believe in EVERYTHING IN MODERATION including treats and drinks. but for the most part, i eat really clean and have one cocktail a week. on friyay.

if CBD or THC aren’t for you, i hear you. if you freaking love them, i hear you. if you are nervous or scared to try, i hear you. do your research, listen to your heart and body, and go with your gut.

with all that being said, i wanted to highlight a CBD product i LOVE.

a spin client of mine turned me on to these delicious, light sprig sodas that come with a dose of CBD or THC oil. lately, when i’m wound up from a crazy week of work, i’ll make my friyay vodka soda a little extra special with a sprig. if you can’t get your hands on one of their scrumptious sodas, you could drop in a few drops of mowellens fabulous product (both have been tested by this little lady).

sage + sprig vodka soda

serves: 1 cocktail

prep time: 1 minute

active time: 2 minutes

total time: 3 minutes

ingredients: 2 oz vodka. 1 sprig soda (or as much as you can fit in your serving glass). 5 medium sage leaves, plus a few leaves for garnish. 1 cup ice. muddler. shaker.

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start by filling your serving glass with ice and reserve 1 ice cube for your shaker. fill your shaker with the extra ice cube and the vodka. smash and tear your sage leaves, and add them to the vodka.

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use your muddler to really smash up the sage leaves into the vodka so it infuses. about 1 minute.

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use the shaker to strain your vodka as you pour it over your ice.

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fill the glass with sprig soda.

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garnish with sage leaves and serve.

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xo, a

sage + sprig vodka soda

serves: 1 cocktail

prep time: 1 minute

active time: 2 minutes

total time: 3 minutes

ingredients: 2 oz vodka. 1 sprig soda (or as much as you can fit in your serving glass). 5 medium sage leaves, plus a few leaves for garnish. 1 cup ice. muddler. shaker.

start by filling your serving glass with ice and reserve 1 ice cube for your shaker. fill your shaker with the extra ice cube and the vodka. smash and tear your sage leaves, and add them to the vodka. use your muddler to really smash up the sage leaves into the vodka so it infuses. about 1 minute. use the shaker to strain your vodka as you pour it over your ice. fill the glass with sprig soda. garnish with sage leaves and serve.