Sipping, Sparkling, and Summertime
This week we are sharing a couple of our favorite summer drinks for friends, family, sipping, and sparkling. We took a few classics and gave them a good twist and dressed them up! These two favorites add a kick of pink and green to our cocktail hour. They will definitely make your next get together more fun!
One of my all time favorite drinks is a French 75 (it has been forever - even before I moved to Louisiana). When it's a bit warmer than I like and maybe a tad bit humid, there isn't anything more refreshing than the sparkling citrus bubbles of a French 75. I do also love a good sparkling rosé (a close second to the French 75) so we made up a new Blushing 75 for sipping in the summer. The pop of pink gets me every time!
This is a very fun drink to make at home with friends and family whether your hiding from the heat or sitting out on your front porch! Everyone will want to know what you're sipping and give it a try too! You can layout all the ingredients, set up your bar cart, and show your bubbly off in a gorgeous champagne bucket. Nothing will look like more fun than your blushing bubbles!
Our champagne bucket is from Beatriz Ball. Click here. I love how the champagne bucket turns frosty on the outside when chilled! It can also hold a few bottles of bubbles so you won't be running back and forth from your fridge. (It's also so easy to clean, just some warm soap and water and your done!)
Blushing 75 Recipe:
- This “base” enables you to make 12 Blushing 75s (6 per bottle)
- I used a bottle of very well chilled Cremant de Bourgogne (Trader Joe’s “La Burgondi” Rose Brut)
- In a jar or mixing glass, mix
- ½ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (strain, no seeds)
- ½ cup Cointreau
- ¾ cup dry gin (I used St. George’s)
- 2 T sugar
- Shake well and refrigerate until chilled.
- When you are ready to serve, add 1 ounce of the mix to a champagne flute and fill the rest with chilled Rose Brut.
- Garnish with a lemon twist and you'll be blushing 75 too!
Another classic to sip on this summer is our Tito 'n Rita. It's a take on a margarita without the tequila. Too much tequila isn't always refreshing and can be a buzzkill on a really hot day. Our Tito 'n Rita are a light green frothy drink garnished with a sprig of mint and a twist of lime. They add a refreshing touch to our summer get togethers. It doesn't hurt that they are also uber preppy to look at when served with the Blushing 75. They sure do dazzle at cocktail hour!
Tito 'n Rita:
- This recipe makes 6-8 large drinks
- In a large jar (with a lid) add:
- 1 ½ cup fresh-squeezed lime juice (strained, no seeds)
- 1 ½ cup Tito’s Vodka
- 1 cup Cointreau
- 3 T sugar
- 2 egg whites
- Shake well until frothy.
- Add 2 cups crushed ice and shake again ‘til frothy'.
- Rim 6 double-old fashioned glasses with sugar (or salt, optional).
- Fill each glass with crushed ice.
- Strain the drinks into each glass.
- Garnish with a lime twist and mint sprig!
Now, when we sip and sparkle in the summer we like to lay out some fresh summer bites. This time we sliced fresh peaches and watermelon with prosciutto, mint, sesame seeds, and basil. It not only looks pretty but is super easy and fresh. We used this zebra leaf platter from Beatriz Ball to show off our colorful bites. Beatriz Ball's organic style platters are great all year round. Your food and drinks should look as good as the time you spend making them! I love dressing up my table - it's the best way to set the mood for the evening. Click here.
Also, pictured above is our new watercolor stationery we launched in early July. We have several inspired Otomi designs (click here). We used similar designs to create our custom pillows and cocktail napkins. There is so much you can do today with custom watercolor designs!
We hope you like our watercolors, tablescapes, recipes, pillows, and designs as much as we do!
Carrie and Seash