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friyay happy hour: summer stonefruit cooler

we are ten days in to parenthood and we are starting to settle in to our new normal.

i was so prepared for chaos, that i have been pleasantly surprised with how mellow things are at the moment. i know it won’t always be this simple, but right now it is pretty much just eat, sleep, repeat.

sweet sage is sleeping hours at a time, so i have had the chance to get back in the kitchen. and more importantly, back to my once a week cocktail consumption.

other parents are talking about the end of summer because their kids are headed back to school, but as far as i am concerned, summer is just hitting its full stride. the produce store is PACKED with gorgeous stone fruit and my garden is pumping out basil. they just happen to make a beautiful marriage of summer flavors. but don’t take my word for it, whip one up for yourself!

summer stonefruit cooler

serves: 1 cocktail

prep time: 2 minutes

active time: 1 minute

ingredients: 2 oz vodka. .5 cup chopped ripe plum (you could sub any of your favorite stone fruit) + plum wedge for garnish. 1.5 oz lemon juice. .5 oz simple syrup. 5 large basil leaves, torn and smashed to release their oils + a sprig of basil for garnish. shaker. strainer. food processor or blender. 2 cups ice.

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start by making your plum purée. place your ripe plums or stone fruit in you blender or food processor and purée till as smooth as you can get it.

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then in your shaker, combine the plum, vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup. add in your torn and smashed basil leaves. add in 1 cup of ice and shake well till frothy and well combined. fill your serving glass with the remaining ice.

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strain the contents of your shaker into your serving glass. garnish with plum wedge and basil. if you are using them.

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serve and enjoy.

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xo, a

summer stonefruit cooler

serves: 1 cocktail

prep time: 2 minutes

active time: 1 minute

ingredients: 2 oz vodka. .5 cup chopped ripe plum (you could sub any of your favorite stone fruit) + plum wedge for garnish. 1.5 oz lemon juice. .5 oz simple syrup. 5 large basil leaves, torn and smashed to release their oils + a sprig of basil for garnish. shaker. strainer. food processor or blender. 2 cups ice.

start by making your plum purée. place your ripe plums or stone fruit in you blender or food processor and purée till as smooth as you can get it. then in your shaker, combine the plum, vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup. add in your torn and smashed basil leaves. add in 1 cup of ice and shake well till frothy and well combined. fill your serving glass with the remaining ice. strain the contents of your shaker into your serving glass. garnish with plum wedge and basil. if you are using them. serve and enjoy.

friyay happy hour: bourbon + aperol spritz

labor day weekend is upon us. the inevitable symbol that summer is over. sure, we still have a few weeks till fall truly hits, but let's be real, people are moving into autumn mode. myself included. 

there is no denying that days are getting shorter, the light is changing, and the sun is just not as strong. but all is not lost!

you don't have to put that summer drink up on the shelf quite yet. instead of putting your aperol away till the first days of next summer, instead, swap out your vodka for bourbon. mixing in something a little darker, and a little smokier completely transforms your favorite warm day drink to your favorite drink to warm up with. 

bourbon + aperol spritz

serves: 1 cocktail

prep time: 2 minutes

active time: 1 minute

total time: 3 minutes

ingredients: 1.5 oz bourbon. 1 oz aperol. .5 oz simple syrup. 3 oz club soda. smoked lavendar. 1 cup ice or 1 large ice sphere. orange twist for garnish. 

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start by filling your serving glass with ice. pour in the bourbon, the aperol and the simple syrup. give everything a good stir. top the drink off with the club soda. 

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add in the smoked lavender and garnish with the orange zest.

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serve and enjoy. 

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xo, a

bourbon + aperol spritz

serves: 1 cocktail

prep time: 2 minutes

active time: 1 minute

total time: 3 minutes

ingredients: 1.5 oz bourbon. 1 oz aperol. .5 oz simple syrup. 3 oz club soda. smoked lavendar. 1 cup ice or 1 large ice sphere. orange twist for garnish. 

start by filling your serving glass with ice. pour in the bourbon, the aperol and the simple syrup. give everything a good stir. top the drink off with the club soda. add in the smoked lavender and garnish with the orange zest.serve and enjoy.