Category Archives: Cocktails

The Greenbrier’s Julep

Mint Julep at the Greenbrier

Long before Churchill Downs put a julep in the hands of race-watchers and hat-wearers, those  summering at The Greenbrier were sipping on these wonderfully refreshing libations.

Within hours of our arrival today, Matt and I found ourselves sitting in the lobby, under the Gone With the Wind chandelier, toasting to summer and lives well lived.

So, here’s to summer, here’s to history, and here’s to experiences.

Like my mama always said, “Go out there and make ‘rocking chair memories.'” Continue reading

Apple Mint Julep

Apple Mint Julep

There is a certain ceremony to the Mint Julep in the South.

Perhaps it’s the horse racing, beautiful hats, and the thrill of gambling that accompanies its iconic status at Churchill Downs. But, like most things in the South… it has a story much older and a history much more complex.

The Julep was born far before the first running of the roses. Continue reading

Kicking Off the Month of May

Kicking Off May

May is a busy month: from the Kentucky Derby to Jacksonville’s THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP, there is something to every weekend.

May is getting off to a busy start, especially here in the South.

Between the NFL Draft Thursday night, Tee-ing Off Downtown to kick off the week of The Players Championship golf tournament on Friday, and the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, there’s hardly a moment to spare.

It’s important to take a moment, relax, and enjoy this fabulous weather we are having.  You wouldn’t want to get sick and have to miss work next Friday. But, then again I hear, the best medicine is served cold along the greens of TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra.

We recently painted part of our patio Dark Forest Green and I love the new backdrop to outside gatherings.

We recently painted part of our patio Black Forest Green and I love the new backdrop to outside gatherings.

Fill two-thirds of your  glass with your favorite beer, add    one-third C of Ginger Ale, and top it off with a touch of Gin and a squeeze of lemon.

Fill two-thirds of your glass with your favorite beer, add one-third C of Ginger Ale, and top it off with a touch of Gin and a squeeze of lemon. [Beer Cocktail, Jacksonville]

If you aren’t going down to your local NFL stadium for the DRAFT PARTY, this is a great night to make a “Beer Cocktail.”  Grab your partner’s favorite local brew, for Matt it is Jacksonville’s Intuition’s People’s Pale Ale, your favorite Gin, ginger ale, and a lemon or two. It’s quick, festive, and a fun way to celebrate the Draft… even if you don’t like football.

GINgerale Shandy

Combine…
2/3 C – Chilled Local Brew
1/3 C – Ginger Ale
Top it off with a touch of Gin and the squeeze of a lemon.

If beer isn’t your thing… there is always champagne!

Now, sit back and enjoy the evening.

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Sadie on the Outside Setup for May

The patio walls are painted BLACK FOREST GREEN by Benjamin Moore.

Rugs from AT HOME, Poufs from TARGET, Ice Bucket from EMILY McCARTHY, & Tray from DESIGN ELEMENTS in Jacksonville, Florida.

Take the “inside”— outside. Rugs from AT HOME, Poufs from TARGET, Ice Bucket from EMILY McCARTHY, & Tray from DESIGN ELEMENTS in Jacksonville, Florida.

Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulet

Let the good times roll!

I can think of no better phrase to describe a “Girlfriends’ Dinner Party.”  Honestly, that’s the phrase that should describe EVERY dinner party we host.  Rather it be a fancy cocktail party or a more casual barbecue, YOU and your guests should have a great time. Continue reading

Friday Favorites: “Lou’s Brew” ~a chilled coffee cocktail

Lou's Brew- 2 parts chilled, French Pressed Coffee, one part Coffee Rum

Lou’s Brew- 2 parts chilled, French Pressed Coffee, one part Coffee Rum

 

I didn’t think I liked “iced coffee.” I always thought that no one REALLY liked it, but everyone just ordered it because it was the “cool” thing to do. (I have a similar theory about the Dave Matthews Band, but I will save that post for another day). I had refused to be brainwashed by Starbucks. I had principles! Drinking real coffee in the middle of the day, in the middle of July in Florida, could be the closest thing to eating fire. But the “Starbucks stereotype” couldn’t die away [how would everyone show the world they were cool during the summer if they couldn’t stage their selfies with the Starbucks logo showing?]  so…  ICE COFFEE IT IS for EVERYONE! Continue reading