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French 75

I am not much of a mixed drink kinda gal… but I discovered this drink a few years ago and it has been one of my go-to’s when out on the town. It’s light, tart, and refreshing- oh, and not too sweet! I can’t stand mixed drinks that are so sweet that you wake up with a headache the next day. What I love is that it’s pretty simple to recreate at home.

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Ingredients
-1 oz. gin or cognac
-1 oz. fresh lemon juice
-a pinch of sugar
-brut champagne

Directions
Begin by adding 1 oz of fresh squeezed lemon juice and gin or cognac. Then drop a pinch of sugar into the glass and top with champagne. If you want to be fancy then garnish it with a lemon twist. Prost!

Blackberry Mint Julep

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I won’t lie, the only reason I really wanted to make juleps was for the gorgeous julep cups. My boyfriend Dylan bought me these cups for graduation so naturally I made him be my guinea pig to try out this new cocktail- he also doubled as a good blog post model, as did Bonnie (his adorable golden)! After studying a few different recipes and trying out a couple I threw together my version of a mint julep. Needless to say, this isn’t your traditional julep because the flavors aren’t as intense due to the club soda, but that’s my what I prefer in a drink. I love my herbs- being the mint- and fruit forward flavors are always refreshing so that’s what I aimed for. The blackberries add an This recipe makes 1 blackberry mint julep!

Ingredients
-2 oz. bourbon or gin
-1 oz. mint simple syrup
-8 mint leaves
-5 blackberries
-3 oz. club soda
-1 spring of mint & 1 blackberry: garnish (optional)

Ingredients (mint simple syrup)
-1/4 cup sugar
-1/2 water
-6 springs of mint leaves

Directions
In a small saucepan combine sugar, water, and 8 mint sprigs and bring to a boil. As the mixture simmers turn the leaves in the sugar water with a rubber spatula to better infuse the flavors. Once all the sugar is dissolved remove from heat and set pan aside. Meanwhile add 5 blackberries and 8 mint leaves to a mint julep cup and muddle them well. Then add 2 ounces of bourbon or gin (whichever you prefer), and top with crushed ice. Lastly, add a splash of club soda and use a cocktail stirring spoon to bring all the flavors together. Relax and enjoy!

Mango Cayenne Margarita

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Ingredients
-1/4 cup silver tequila
-2 oz. triple sec
-1 juice of 1 lime
-1 and 1/3 cup mango juice
-1/4 tsp sugar
-1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

Ingredients (cayenne-sugar rim)
-1/8 cup sugar
-1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
-1 lime wedge

Directions
In a cocktails shaker, combine tequila, triple sec, lime juice, mango juice, sugar, cayenne pepper, and a handful of ice. Fill a saucer dish sugar and a little cayenne pepper and mix well. Take one wedge of lime and rub it around the rim of your cocktail glasses (do this to two glasses). Turn your glasses over and coat the rim with the sugar-cayenne mixture. Fill both glasses with ice and then pour the cayenne mango margarita into the glasses. Prost!

Blueberry Moscow Mule

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The holiday season is made for spending time with your family, so that is exactly what I have been prepping myself for this past week! After taking all of my tests, finalizing reports, and submitting my graduate school applications I was overcome with a sensation of complete relief. I decided to start my Thanksgiving break a little early this past Friday and decided to celebrate with my sister Blair. Blair used to go to TCU as well but has yet to see how much Fort Worth has grown. We started with these blueberry moscow mules, lots of fashion and blog talk, and of course blog photos!

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Blair took lots of photos for me with her new camera and WOW they turned out great! I am so happy Blair talked me into starting a blog because it is such a fun thing that we have in common as we have grown older. Whenever the holiday’s roll around she comes down from Chicago, and we have a blast putting together outfits and taking photos.

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Holiday season is my favorite season by far- great food, festive drinks, family, and lots of love :)! This time of year is all about celebrating, so I always love concocting new drinks that I know my friends and family will enjoy. I love my Moscow Mules, but sometimes it’s fun to shake things up…

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Incorporating fruit into cocktails makes for a fresh, light, and crisp drink. I think it also gives the cocktail a celebratory look, which is on point with holiday season!

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Since it’s no fun to drink alone I made this recipe for two ;)!

Ingredients (blueberry syrup)
-1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
-2 Tbsp sugar
-1/2 cup water

Ingredients (Moscow Mule)
-juice of 1 lime
-1.5 oz. vodka
-1 bottle of Crabbie’s Ginger Beer(11.2 oz.)
-3 oz. blueberry syrup

In a saucepan heat water, sugar, frozen blueberries an dring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Once it has reached a boil, reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 10 minutes. Separate blueberry syrup from blueberries in a strainer. In two glasses add juice from 1/2 lime, 1.5 oz. vodka, 3 oz. of blueberry syrup, and ice. Then top with 5.5. oz. Crabbie’s ginger beer (each glass gets half a bottle). With a cocktail spoon stir well. Top with blueberry garnish and enjoy!

Absolutely love the print of this Maeve Anthropologie blouse and all of their similar Woodland Walk Buttondown blouses, they’re the perfect addition to your holiday season wardrobe!

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Mango Mint Margaritas

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Sweet, cool, refreshing…. yep, this drink has it all! I love margaritas, but not the fake, syrupy kind. I like the natural, fresh, real kind! These are made with all real fruit and a hint of fresh mint.

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I started with making a perfect sugar rim with fresh lime zest to add a little extra! I used an organic coarse ground sugar that was a little thicker than normal sugar. This sugar and lime zest mixture smelled so good, Sara (one of my roomies) and I almost licked the sugar plate clean! I then put a little lime wedge for garnish on the top and placed both glasses in the freezer so they would be nice and cool.

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I put all the fresh ingredients in a blender together until it was blended to a very smooth and even consistency. I poured them evenly into the frosty glasses!

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Sara and I thoroughly enjoyed these frozen treats! Probably because this recipe is a quick, guilt-free drink that is low-calorie, low sugar, and all natural! This recipe serves 2!

Ingredients
-1/4 cup silver tequila
-2 oz. triple sec
-juice from 1 lime
-1 and 1/3 cup frozen mango chunks
-10 mint leaves
-1 tsp sugar
-1 and 1/2 cups ice

Directions
Fill the bottom of a plate with a shallow layer of sugar. With a zester, zest the skin of the lime and mix the green flecks evenly in the sugar. Take two glasses (small, like in the pictures above), and wet the top rim with a lime wedge. Turn the cup upside-down and into the sugar a lime zest mixture. Swirl the cup in a circular motion until the entire top rim is coated with sugar. Place both glasses in the freezer. In a blender, combine tequila, triple sec, lime juice (I used a lime juicer), frozen mango chunks, sugar, and 10 large mint leaves. Blend until margarita reaches a smooth consistency. Enjoy!

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