Friday Favorite: Fancy Ice Buckets

Emily McCarthy Ice Bucket

Ice buckets, not to be confused with “icebreakers,”  do not have to be boring!

This was my first week back to work since I had a stroke in April. It’s been rewarding, funny, and tough.  When I got home, there was a present waiting for me on the entry table~ a glamorous, leopard print ice bucket from Emily McCarthy’s Shop. [My mom loves irony!]

A fancy ice bucket can make your “Home Happy Hour” even happier. Especially when you have a bottle of Boodles Gin, tonic water, and a lime wedge on hand. After surviving a week of meetings, icebreakers, and trainings, nothing sounded better than ice that was “in tact” and preferably in a tasty drink.

The classic Gin & Tonic is served in a chilled Old Fashion glass with 3 ounces of gin, a few squeezes of lime, and topped with tonic water.

The classic Gin & Tonic is served in a chilled Old Fashion glass with 3 ounces of gin, a few squeezes of lime, and topped with tonic water.

I find the Gin & Tonic a fortuitous cocktail for all of us who are beginning to mourn the end of summer. Legend has it that gin was created in the 1500’s by Dr. de Bouve (also known as Dr. Sylvuis)  in Holland as a medicinal tincture to help circulation. By 1750, Londoners were consuming over 11 million gallons each year! (I always knew I loved London.) It’s even been used to stave off malaria and scurvy.

I now happily consider a Gin & Tonic legit medicine.

I’ll take an ice bucket over “icebreakers” ANY DAY, but especially on a Friday at the end of my summer. I prefer my ice whole, anyway.

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Sources & Resources:

My Favorite Gin: Boodles British Gin

A Favorite Entertaining Source: Emily McCarthy Shoppe

 

 

 

 

 

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