Drinks

Blackberry-Lime Gin Gimlet

Blackberry Lime Gimlet // Beckham + Belle
It’s been a while since I’ve posted a cocktail… This one was worth the wait!
I crafted this cocktail for my sister and I when she came in for a visit a couple weeks ago. Simple, delicious, and good looking – the perfect cocktail combo.
Blackberry Gin Gimlet
(Makes Two)
Ingredients:
4 oz. Gin, Hendrick’s
1 lime freshly squeezed, plus slices for garnish
1 pint or approx. 15 blackberries, plus additional for garnish.
1 1/2 oz simple syrup
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the blackberries. Add lime juice, gin, and simple syrup.
Fill with ice.
Shake vigorously for approx. 10 seconds.
Strain into two glasses filled with ice.
Garnish with a lime slice and fresh blackberries.
Drink. Repeat.
Blackberry Lime Gimlet // Beckham + Belle
Cheers!
-Stephanie

 

Watermelon Margarita (On the Rocks)

Watermelon Margarita
I’m having a hard time letting go of Summer. I felt like it came and went in a blink and I barely have any kind of tan to show for it. Sigh.
Anyway, Summer or not, I still love a good margarita and this watermelon margarita is no exception. I bought one of those personal size watermelons (though I can’t imagine eating one of these all by myself!) in part because I always think they look so darn cute. I found that the miniature size was much more manageable and I didn’t have to spend a half hour just cutting up a massive melon.
Most watermelon drink recipes will have you using a blender and running the juice through a mesh strainer. That’s one way to do it, but muddling chunks of melon produces similar results and involves less clean up (very important).
Watermelon Margarita (On the Rocks)
Makes One Drink
Ingredients:
1 c. cubed watermelon
1/2 lime, juiced
2 oz. Patron (or tequila of choice)
1/2 oz. triple sec
1/2 oz. simple syrup
coarse salt or sugar for rimming, optional
Preparation:
Scatter coarse salt or sugar onto a plate. Use a lime wedge to wet the rim of a glass. Dip the rim of the glass into the salt until the edge is covered in a salt ring. Fill the glass with ice.
In a cocktail shaker, add the cubed watermelon, juice of 1/2 a lime, and simple syrup. Muddle the watermelon until ample juice is produced. Add tequila, triple sec, and ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain into the salt rimmed glass. Garnish with a lime and watermelon wedge.
Drink. Repeat.

 

Watermelon Margarita
Cheers!
-Stephanie

St. Germain Gin Fizz Cocktail

Despite this week’s holiday, (thank you Labor Day) this week has been a long one. Shortened work weeks seem to always make the days longer as I try to cram in a full week’s worth of work into four days. Nevertheless, it’s Friday so it’s time to rejoice, relax, and sip on a delicious libation.

I can’t take credit for this one… One of the hubs’s buddies who is in the alcohol industry, came into town last weekend. As a result of his profession, he has a hand for crafting delicious cocktails. He prepared this one for me one night and I’m hooked. The trick is all in the ratios.
St. Germain Gin Fizz Cocktail
Makes one drink
Ingredients:
2 ounces gin, Hendricks
1 ounce elderflower liquor, St. Germain
1 ounce lemon (approx. one half lemon)
1 ounce club soda
1/2 ounce simple syrup
Sliced cucumber
Freshly ground pepper

Directions:
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add gin, elderflower liquor, lemon, and simple syrup. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain into an ice filled glass. Top with club soda. Garnish with cucumbers and freshly ground pepper.
Drink. Repeat.
Cheers!
-Stephanie

Back-to-School Gin and [Grape] Juice

It has been a week! This back to school routine is taking a toll on us. With early wake up calls, jam-packed days, and rushed evenings, we’re pretty much collapsing into bed around 9:30.

Usually we’ll wait till Friday to treat ourselves to a cocktail. This week we made it to … Wednesday. Eeek.

I have to give my husband full credit for this cocktail. He has gotten very crafty with his bartending lately and I have been the lucky (and buzzed) beneficiary. He’d come across a cocktail he wanted to make called ‘Indian Summer’ (apropos), but found that we didn’t have all the ingredients. So he improvised and came up with this beauty. It actually uses Welch’s concord grape juice (which we have, because we have kids), but don’t let that scare you – the taste of the cocktail is more complex and sophisticated than you’d expect. Here’s how he made it.

Back-to-School Gin and [Grape] Juice





Makes two cocktails

Ingredients

3 oz. Gin
1 oz. St Germain (yes, we’re obsessed)
4 oz. Concord grape juice
1 oz. Lemon juice
Ice
Lemon wedge, for garnish

Directions

Pour all ingredients into a shaker. Fill with ice. Shake vigorously and pour into lowball glasses. Garnish with a lemon wedges. Cheers!!

Jalapeño Mango Rum Cocktail

Cheers to Friday!… After a long week (don’t they always seem long?!), two days of minimal plans and a cocktail (or two) is exactly what I need. There is never a dull moment in our household. With a sick baby and a near toe fatality for the four-year-old, we labored through a trying week. I tested this delicious creation Thursday night because I couldn’t wait for Friday. And now that it’s Friday, I will make another. This is officially my fave drink of the moment. Take a sip and it’s sweet, but the sip hides a little heat. Seriously, so good.

Jalapeño Mango Rum Cocktail

Makes one drink

Ingredients:
5-7 mint leaves plus additional for garnish
4 slices jalapeño w/seeds, 1 reserved for garnish
1/2 lime, sliced (reserve one slice for garnish)
2 tablespoons simple syrup
2.5 ounces white rum
4 ounces mango puree
ice

Directions:
Muddle the mint, jalapeño, lime, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill the cocktail shaker with ice. Add the rum and mango puree. Shake vigorously for approx. 10 seconds. Fill a glass with ice and strain the cocktail into the glass. Garnish with mint, a lime wedge and slice of jalapeño.

Drink. Repeat. 
Cheers!
Stephanie