While the practical side of me knows that we’ve got another month or two of winter left, the optimist in me sees a couple days of above zero temperatures and a bit of melting snow and breaks out the jean jacket and spring drinks.
We’re in a bit of a warm spell here in Edmonton, so my blogger bestie Holly and I decided to play around with some decidedly spring-like flavours to update a classic gin & tonic.
I’ve never really bought into the adage that ‘if something isn’t broke, don’t fix it.’ I think most things can benefit from a bit of refinement, cocktails especially. I don’t want to brag or anything, but Holly and I nailed it with this twist on a gin & tonic.
The star of the show is the Cherry Gin from my favourite Alberta distillery, Eau Claire. It’s a London Dry-style gin that is infused with sour cherries and more than 12 unique botanicals. It doesn’t have a super strong cherry flavour, just enough tartness to really elevate your cocktail, and give it a beautiful pink colour. We played up the cherry flavour with the addition of muddled blueberries and cocktail cherries. Hope you enjoy our updated G&T.
Very Cherry Gin & Tonic
Yields 1 drink
1.5 oz Cherry Gin (we used Eau Claire Distillery)
3 cocktail cherries
2 tbsp of blueberries
Juice of half a lime
Lime round to garnish
Tonic water, to top
Skewer a cocktail cherry and a few blueberries on a cocktail pick and set aside. Muddle remaining cherries and blueberries in a cocktail yum with the lime juice and cherry gin. Strain into a Copa de Balon or large Burgundy red wine glass filled with cubed ice. Top off with tonic water and lightly stir. Garnish with cocktail pick and lime round, serve and enjoy!
Hope you enjoy this delicious, updated gin & tonic. Be sure to tag us on Instagram (@alexandtribe @chandeliers.and.champagne) if you make any of our drinks!
There are so many ways to say I love you on Valentine’s Day. My favourite would have to be through good food and good drinks. Food and booze are my love language haha.
So, with that in mind there was no way Holly (@chandeliers.and.champagne) and I could let a holiday like Valentine’s Day go by without whipping up a delicious, festive cocktail — a beautiful, pink frosè.
I’ve had frosè a few times before on restaurant patios in the summer. Frankly it’s always been hit or miss. Some are delicious and some just fall a bit flat on flavour — a problem Holly and I fixed with the addition of a secret ingredient, pink lemonade concentrate.
Frosè is actually quite easy to make, you just need to be a prepared a bit in advance, since the rosè has to be frozen the night before. Other than that, you just throw a couple of ingredients in a blender and voila, you’re done!
Strawberry Lemonade Frosè
Yields 1 pitcher
1 bottle of dry rosè (we used La Vile Ferme)
1/2 cup of simple syrup
4 tablespoons of pink lemonade concentrate
1/2 cup of fresh strawberries
1/2 cup of ice
Pour your rosè into ice cube trays and freeze overnight.
When you’re ready to make your frosè pop the frozen rosè ice cubes into a blender with all of your other ingredients and blend until it’s a slush-like consistency. Pour into your glass and enjoy immediately.
Hope you enjoy this fun, pink cocktail! It’s the perfect addition to your Valentine’s(or Galentine’s) day menu. Be sure to tag us on Instagram (@alexandtribe @chandeliers.and.champagne) if you make our frosè!
As a busy mom, finding time to eat healthy can sometimes be a challenge. If things are crazy (and let’s face it, with a one and three year old at home, it usually is) I tend to reach for the easiest thing to eat–bagel, store-bought muffin, chips or other junky items.
That’s why I like to try my best to have healthy, grab-and-go snacks available that fuel my body with nutrients so I can keep up with my crazy brood.
I love eating energy balls either first thing in the morning with my cup of coffee, or right after a workout to refuel my body. These energy balls have just enough sweetness in them too to help satisfy any sweet cravings I may have throughout the day.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls
Yields: 20 energy balls
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup natural peanut butter or nut butter of your choice