drink week

Hey there! Did everyone have a good weekend? I had a great time at my sister’s bachelorette party—lots of wonderful conversation, hilarious confessions and just all-around happy vibes for the bride-to-be.

With Labor Day steadily approaching, I’m drawing summer to a close and saying, “Hello!” to fall and football season with a little thing I like to call DRINK WEEK!

As my sister’s maid of honor, I’ve been assigned the task of coming up with a signature cocktail to be served at the wedding reception. Selecting a drink that’s not only feasible for the average bartender to make, but also appealing to a wide variety of wedding guests is a fun and thoughtful endeavor. So I decided to collaborate with friend and fellow blogger Erin Parker Skinner. She’s a professional photographer with superb taste, and when I say “taste,” I mean that literally. Erin is an excellent cook with a sharp palette (see so for yourself on her two blogs, Delightfully Southern and The Speckled Palette). During our recent get togethers, we tried some interesting (and pleasing) cocktail recipes, ate delicious homemade dinners and caught up. She even gave me an invaluable lesson on photo editing. It was wonderful!

Here are two of the six cocktails we tried (come back Wednesday and Friday to see the other four recipes)…

Cheeky Rose Cocktail

Ingredients

Handful of rosemary leaves

1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice

1/2 oz. honey syrup (equal parts honey dissolved in water)

1 oz. gin

1 oz. rose wine (we used sparkling rose wine)

Rosemary sprigs (for garnish)

Directions

Muddle rosemary leaves in lemon juice and honey syrup

Add ice, gin and rose wine, shake well

Strain over ice into a rocks glass

Garnish with rosemary sprigs

Erin and I decided the amount of rosemary that we used when making the Cheeky Rose Cocktail was a bit overpowering. I will definitely use less next time I prepare it. The only catch with this recipe is that the honey syrup would have to be prepared ahead of time, but it is simple to make and we could hand pitchers of it off to Caroline’s wedding planner, who could then ensure that it’s distributed to each bar.

*Recipe courtesy of the knot.

Rose French 75

Ingredients

4 oz. gin

2 oz. simple syrup

1 oz. lemon juice

1 bottle sparkling rose (750 ml)

Lemon twist (for garnish)

Directions

Stir together gin, simple syrup and lemon juice

Divide among 8 glasses

Add ice and top with sparkling rose

Garnish with lemon twist

*Recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings.

*All photos by Erin Parker Skinner

The Rose French 75 was super-easy to prepare and highly palatable. This recipe seemed easier than the Cheeky Rose because there was no muddling involved and we didn’t have to make our own syrup.

Between the Cheeky Rose and Rose French 75, which would you prefer to sip at a party?

I know that my sister and I would love to know as it would seriously help with the decision-making process. If neither seem that appealing to you, don’t sweat it. Different recipes will appear in the days to come.

I’ll do a recap next Monday, highlighting the three cocktails that received the most votes. Can’t wait to hear from you! Happy Drink Week!

P.S. – Erin’s photos are FAN-tastic are they not? Thank you for sharing your talent with me, lady!

Quote of the day: 

“You need three ingredients for a cocktail. Vodka and Moutain Dew is an emergency.” –Peggy Olson on Mad Men