nightcap: the paloma 

Some years ago, my husband and I hatched a crazy plan. We decided to get rid of (almost) everything we owned, sell the house, and hit the road.

I’m not sure why. Probably we watched Fight Club too many times. We read too many blogs about the ‘Digital Nomad’ lifestyle, and we have trouble with moderation. We’re intense people, both of us, and whatever we do is pretty much all or nothing.


So we did it. After many, many trips to Goodwill, and a small storage unit for the few things we kept, we hit the road. It was me, the husband, and (this is the ‘aha!’ moment) our five year old and one year old. It was a terrible idea. I mean it was an incredible idea, but it was also….really, really stupid, if you get me.

We had grand plans to head west to California, then north to Canada. As it happened we quit after our second stop, Austin, Texas. But first we spent two months in Baton Rouge with my best friend and her family. It was a sweet summer. Some of my favorite memories from that time are the days she and I were able to get away together. Mother’s Day was one of the best. And our happy hour drinks on that day included one I had never tried before, but which immediately became a personal favorite: a sweet sister to that most well-know tequila drink ever, the Margarita — the Paloma.

Every season I come up with a couple of staple cocktails to rotate through, but I pretty much always have the ingredients for a Paloma on hand, at least in the summer. Try the classic version with grapefruit & lime below, or mix it up with blood orange juice, sliced jalapeños, mezcal, or pretty much whatever you can think of.

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What’s your staple summer cocktail? Tell us about it in the comments below!

Paloma

Ingredients

  • 1 grapefruit
  • 3 limes
  • 3 oz. of simple syrup (I make my own by bringing a 1 to 1 ratio of sugar to water just to a boil, either on the stovetop or in the microwave)
  • 3 oz. tequila (I prefer silver)
  • club soda to taste (roughly 4 – 6 oz.)

Directions

  1. Juice the grapefruit and limes, reserving a couple of slices of ime for garnish if you’re fancy like that.
  2. Add simple syrup and tequila.
  3. Pour over ice.
  4. Add club soda. Enjoy!

weekend link fest – 08.05.17

pinkombre

qúe es en tarnación — i actually have the morning to myself, out in the world. i’ve got a hot hour and a half to gather my thoughts here, and if you’re like me — a stay-at-home parent with several (so they tell me) small children, you know what a gift this is. (and a chance to realize that i no longer have any thoughts, just mush where my brain used to be, but that’s beside the point.) also. if you haven’t tried the pink ombré drink at starbucks yet, go do it. i’m usually not one for sweetened drinks, or really anything besides straight black coffee (hot in the morning, iced in the afternoon, naturally), but this drink has won me over. it’s perfect for those times when i’ve had too much caffeine (read: every single afternoon) and need something refreshing. i think it has tea, coconut milk, lime, something hibiscus…whatever it is, it’s crisp, only lightly sweet, and delicious.

moving on. because i love you all so much, i’m sharing with you some of the beautiful and strange things i’ve enjoyed on the internet this week. no need to thank me, you’re very welcome.

abmdarkstormypopsicles

to drink: dark and stormy popsicles from a beautiful mess. we’re using the term ‘drink’ loosely here, but i’m so perma-hot and thirsty (thanks summer) that a cocktail frozen into a popsicle sounds just *perfect*. these get extra nostalgia points from me — the first mixed drink I ever had was a dark and stormy, made for me by my grandad. anytime the dark and stormy comes up the husband and i always (fondly) quote him, “would you like to try a darrrk and storrrmy?”

to read: mental wellness by bri at designlovefest. in which bri passes along some great tips for keeping check of your mental state. this is a subject that hits close to home for me. i’m always always struggling with anxiety, and often feel mentally/emotionally fragile. i love it when people share openly not just about their struggles with this but also how they fight the good fight. i know for me personally, calming rituals and small indulgences mean a lot and keep my spirits up. bri touches on intentionally creating time in your morning to start the day peacefully — this is something that i know would help me, but that i have not been able to accomplish so far. something to work on…

annesageupdo

to style: hair tutorial: easy + pretty updo, from annesage.com. i’ll affirm the pretty part, but i’ll have to tackle it myself before i can comment on the easy. i’ve always been hair styling-inept personally, but now that i’m approaching middle age (haha), i’m ready to try. no time like the present, right??

to eat: pasta with tomato cream sauce from the pioneer woman herself. we had this for dinner last night, and suffice it to say nobody stopped to take a picture. we added tofu and bacon, for protein and deliciousness, respectively. and we went heavy on the fresh basil, because of course. carb overload? absolutely. regrets? none.

byredomojaveghost

to buy: mojave ghost by byredo. i am admittedly desert-obsessed at the moment, so did the name get me? yes. did the packaging get me? of course it did. but does it smell as good as it looks/sounds? you betcha. *smitten*


it’s time for me to head back to my rowdy crew. i can’t believe it’s already sunday. let’s finish this weekend strong, okay? be well everyone, and buckle up for safety.

 

nightcap: the (rum) lime rickey

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Around here we often find ourselves in need of a good drink in the evening but with few ingredients on hand. Tonight we were working with rum, club soda, and a bag of limes. I mixed up simple syrup and voila — a rum spin on the Lime Rickey, a classic summer cocktail traditionally made with gin. Should you find yourself in a similar predicament, rest assured that the rum variety is just as refreshing.

Rum Lime Rickey

Ingredients

  • juice of one lime
  • 2 tsp. of simple syrup (I make my own by bringing a 1 to 1 ratio of sugar to water just to a boil)
  • 1.5 oz. light rum
  • club soda to taste (roughly 4 – 6 oz.)

Directions

  1. Mix lime juice, simple syrup, and rum together.
  2. Pour over ice.
  3. Add club soda. Enjoy!