The PPD Cocktail

I have your next hit cocktail — it’ll be gangbusters. Prepare yourself. For The PPD.

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“What is The PPD?” You may ask. It’s the perfect thing to impress your date. It will run out at your party, leaving people begging for more. It suits both chick flick night and sports night without fail.

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The PPD is, dare I say, magical in its symphony of flavors. Dark caramel meets sweet and juicy pineapple where it becomes candied, and a subtle heat is then introduced with chili flakes. The pineapple is reserved for garnish, because I love it when my drinks come with snacks, don’t we all? …keep reading…

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Pear Spice Cocktail

Fall Cocktail Recipe

Friends! I was just thinking that I need to share another great cocktail with you…it’s been far too long! It obviously needed to be one that tastes like fall. My mom and I were planning out our Thanksgiving menu last weekend, and at the top of the list is our Apple Cider Cars that we make to kick off every Thanksgiving. I thought, that would be the perfect one to share…but I forgot that I already did.

Hence, research on fall cocktails was embarked upon, flavor ideas were hatched, and recipe testing was completed. I even had to re-photograph the cocktail one afternoon for better lighting…and I couldn’t let that delicious treat go to waste. #sorryimnotsorry #funemployed

Pear Spice Cocktails

I love summer cocktails, but there are some things you just can’t do until the fall…like brandy, cinnamon, orange spice, pumpkin, pomegranate, cider, and pear. I’ve never done a pear cocktail, but I knew that …Keep reading!

Beer Battered Fish Tacos & The Chelada

Summer is better effortless and a little messy. Let your hair down, get your toes in the sand, forget the makeup, embrace the post-work cocktail, and let that cilantro jalapeño crema run down your cheek.

Fish Tacos

These California fish tacos are messy (in the best possible way) and their cocktail sidekick, the chelada, is effortless. I’m excited to make them again, like woah.

Elizabeth and I had a little dinner party featuring these bad boys (kinda like the one with these bad boys). The summer evening light flooded the kitchen, and our cocktails in hand, we blasted the Salsa Fever Pandora station (pro tip), and we were ready to whip up what would be the best fish tacos I’ve ever had. You should absolutely throw this dinner party – people will hate you…for how awesome you are.

Chelada

Let’s start with our totally effortless beer cocktail, shall we? (This one would also do!) Rim a pint glass with coarse salt, add a few cubes of ice, squeeze the juice of one lime in your glass, pour in your favorite light lager (we used Pacifico – just don’t use a flavorless light beer), give it a quick stir, and voila! a wonderfully refreshing and totally easy summer cocktail: The Chelada ladies and gentlemen.

Now here’s the deal with the tacos: there are tons of fun toppings all of which are optional, but highly encouraged – you do you. The only thing you MUST promise me you’ll make is the cilantro jalapeño crema. That’s a nonnegotiable. The crema is what sets these fish tacos apart from all the rest. It’s a crema revolution, get on board.

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Apple Cider Cars

Happy un-Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you were able to relax and enjoy some good food with people you love :)

Apple cider car

I was lucky enough to spend the whole week up in a cabin in the Virginia mountains with my family. While we made all sorts of delicious food for Thanksgiving, including my favorite stuffing recipe of all time and my mom’s famous cranberry relish, I whipped up our signature cocktail, Apple Cider Cars, to sip on throughout the course of the day. I’ll leave you with this seasonal cocktail recipe and a few pictures of the fun up here.

Forest run

Running through the forest along the lake. Le sigh…wonderful :)

Turkey

Don’t stop reading! The recipe awaits…

The Gin Sour

Gin Sour Board

We’re finally here! We’re on the spring-summer boarder. That means it’s dress season, and in my particular case?…Dress vs. yoga ball season. Seriously, have you ever tried to sit on a yoga ball in a dress? I’m sure most of you haven’t, but lemme tell ya, it takes incredible finesse. (It’s hard enough when I have a case of the Mondays – this is a whole new level.) But really, it’s a small challenge to overcome for all the beautiful, unearthed summer dresses that are in my future.

Another highlight of this time of year – in DC? The influx of bedazzled Obama apparel. It’s so ridiculous and over the top that I just love it. You can’t tell in this light, but that jacket is covered entirely in rhinestones. Rhinestones  :)

Obama Jacket

Other than noticing silly Obama apparel with my trained eagle eye and wrestling my yoga ball at work, this summer I have high hopes of figuring out this fancy pants camera…my Everest:

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I’ll also be hiking, headed out to California and a few other places, eating lunch in the park, going to the farmers markets, making salads, aaaaaand…

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Classy Cocktails at the Gibson!

Out for a classy cocktail at a speakeasy-style bar, The Gibson. Incredibly unique and delicious cocktails, and a fantastic soup of the day! :)