I've been waiting and waiting for Fall... but it's 90 degrees inside my house right now. Stepping outside feels like opening the door to the dry waft of a preheated oven. Since it's still Summer in So Cal, we need a strong, but refreshing cocktail to deal with this heat... and for me, the stress of ...
We've been playing with scotch lately. "A Worn Path" is a scotch cocktail from Shaker & Spoon that's perfect if you're in need of a good strong drink after a hard day at work. The name's fitting but more importantly, it's a simple recipe you can make quickly so you can get to unwinding sooner rather ...
It's been way too hot in LA lately. So we've been having brunch at home instead of leaving the house. We're keeping it simple with fruit, bagels, eggs and best of all... champagne! Not just your ordinary mimosa, but we have recipes for 3 different champagne cocktails to share with you from Shaker & Spoon. ...
Cinco de Mayo is just a couple days away ... do you guys have any parties lined up? We always do something fun because it's Colin's birthday! I have a fancy dinner reservation for just the two of us on the day of, followed by weekend plans. If you're planning on hanging out at home for ...
Man I miss Palm Springs. We were just there for my friend Sarah's bachelorette party. We rented a beautiful house and had such a fun relaxing weekend. More details to come on our rental and the places we brunched at. My favorite part of that weekend was the time we spent just lounging around the pool. ...
Have you guys heard of The Crack Box? It's a monthly subscription service where you get organic coffee or tea or both delivered to your door... my favorite groceries of all time. I got my first box in the mail and absolutely loved it. You also get a little gift in the box which I ...
Weekdays are hectic, but it's such a shame to come home late from work 5 days out of 7 only to get takeout and fall asleep in front of the TV. Here is a quick and easy homemade dinner and drinks idea, perfect for a weekday date night. We made Burro Buck cocktails from our Shaker & ...
It's been nonstop lately. I was sick with a perpetual cough for 2 weeks, but of course life didn't stop then, nor did it slow down as I got better - I had coworkers visiting from out of town, client meetings, a program manager leaving, a new girl starting, a doggy birthday for a friend, ...
My cousin Tiffany came over the other day and I realized how much I loved having a Girls Night. This really needs to be a regular thing. I’m an only child so my cousins are super important to me. Tiffany’s become like a sister. We’re 5 years apart and we’ve always spent time together ever since we were little. I remember introducing her to the sacred flat iron, making her corsage for prom and driving her to Winter formal. Tiffany grew up to be this super cool, independent, easy going, incredibly generous and caring girl… I feel like she can do anything. I remember a time when I was freaking out because I had a client at work who did not like any of the photography we used on the collateral we created for them. I basically needed a model to help me reshoot all of their products, literally the next day. Tiff drove down to Temecula from Los Angeles to help model for me- no questions asked. And the client loved her. She’s just that type of girl.
Tiffany and I especially bonded a few years ago when we took a road trip to Vegas together for a bachelorette party. We had four hours in the car, there and back, to talk about everything – our family, jobs, boys, you name it.
We used to live over an hour away from each other, so having dinner or drinks after work was never an option. But ever since I moved back to LA county, we live just a few minutes away, so there’s absolutely no excuse to not get together on a regular basis.
I’m not a big fan of going out to bars, but I do enjoy having a beautiful cocktail at home. So I cracked open my Gin Lovers Shaker & Spoon box and we made cocktails together. My favorite times with my family are when we make things together. I had 3 unread issues of Vogue I needed to catch up on, so we cozied up and flipped through the magazines with our cocktails, looking for pretty things. We talked a ton about what I had in mind for my wedding, how Colin proposed, boys in general and some hilarious stories about her experiences with Tinder. The cocktail we made together is called the Juliet & Romeo. This was one of 3 cocktail recipes from the Gin Lovers Shaker & Spoon box… and it was such a perfect GALentine drink. It was light, citrusy, and you have to love the name.
Here’s what you need:
- 2 cucumber slices
- 3/4 oz simple syrup
- 3-4 grains course salt
- 3/4 oz lime juice
- 6 dashes rose water
- 5 dashes pure spearmint extract
- 2 oz gin
The Juliet and Romeo is a cocktail that gets muddled and shaken. I love muddling fresh ingredients – it makes the drink so much more fragrant.
Here’s how you mix the cocktail:
- Add the cucumber, syrup and salt to a shaker and use a muddler to gently press them into the bottom. Push firmly 2-3 times.
- Add the gin, lime juice, rose water and spearmint extract. Fill the shaker with ice cubes and shake vigorously for 6 seconds.
- Strain the contents of the shaker into a chilled coupe without ice. No garnish needed.
Girls Night is definitely something I’m looking forward to having more often. When it gets super busy at work, it’s easy to forget to set aside time to spend with your girls. I love nights like these where it’s fun, but easy. We can just hang out at my house with our little box of Shaker & Spoon cocktail supplies and RELAX. Can’t wait to do this again.
Well tomorrow’s Valentines Day. I hope you all have a super special day with your Valentine or Galentine. If you guys need some more cocktail ideas, check out the Goji Southside recipe here or the Gin Flower recipe here.
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Hi Guys! Valentines Day is less than a week away. I'm really excited but still not sure if I want to dress up or hang out at home. My coworker Bay told me that my Chinese Zodiac horoscope/ advice for the year, in terms of love, is to plan more special things for my lover. ...