Today is my day of relaxation before I start my new job tomorrow, so I had a bit of a late start. I woke up with Kramer, then loafed around on the couch a bit before going out to get a massage. I know, fancy, right? I felt fancy, even though the masseuse was really into new age stuff and kept telling me to breathe weird. She got all of the knots out of my back, though, so I guess I can deal with monk chanting music and the smell of incense, which normally I have no tolerance for. After my massage, I walked around Williamsburg a bit, got a coffee, picked up some ingredients for cooking later on, and now, here I am, drinking some kombucha and watching reruns of television shows. I wouldn’t mind being lazy for a few more days, but I think it’s best to start work and not get too used to this kind of a lifestyle. Besides, I’m really eager to start my new job and get to know everyone that I’ll be working with. It’s an entirely new industry to me, and the prospect of doing something different from what I’ve been doing for the past three and a half years is beyond exciting. I’ll get to spend some time in the kitchen later, maybe do a few chores around the apartment, and my favorite, prep lunches for the week. There’s something about getting organized when it comes to upcoming meals that I absolutely love.
In the spirit of a long weekend, brunch, and beautiful weather, I give to you this Strawberry Bourbon Lemonade. This cocktail is part of my ongoing partnership with McCormick, whose Pinterest board is bursting with great recipe ideas for the spring. This season, McCormick is focusing on making your get togethers fast and easy so that you can enjoy yourself along with your guests! So far, I’ve made Butternut Squash and Leek Latke Benedict and Brisket and Matzo Breakfast Bruschetta, and I figured I’d finish things off with a beverage to wash it all down. With a pop of beautiful color from the strawberries and the option to make a big punch bowl of this cocktail so you don’t have to make them one by one, you’re sure to be the center of attention at your party in no time at all. I’m a big fan of bourbon (obviously), but I wanted to go for something a little more lighthearted than the usual old fashioned (although my love for an old fashioned is undying). The sun is shining and spring fruits are popping up at your grocery store, so I hope you’ll put them to use. I pureed the strawberries, added some maple syrup, a sprinkle of McCormick cinnamon, lemon juice, bitters, and, of course, bourbon, then topped everything off with some club soda, although if you have prosecco, do yourself a favor and use that. The result is the perfect drink for a casual afternoon get together, be it brunch or just hanging out with friends. Bourbon doesn’t have to be used in only strong, sprit-forward drinks. You can get creative and celebrate the season with this Strawberry Bourbon Lemonade, or whatever else you dream up! Cheers!
We made a few cocktails this week – the weather was just so nice it was hard not to! We also shot a video (soon to be posted) with Diana from Appetite for China.
Just mix everything together in a cocktail shaker and shake away!
- 6 ounces bourbon
- 6 strawberries, pureed in a blender
- juice of 2 lemons
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 4 dashes of Peychaud’s bitters
- dash of McCormick cinnamon
- club soda or prosecco, for topping off
- slices strawberries, for garnish
- Add your bourbon, pureed strawberries, lemon juice, maple syrup, bitters, and cinnamon to a cocktail shaker and fill it with ice. Shake for 10 seconds, then strain through a mesh strainer into chilled champagne flutes. Top off with club soda or prosecco and garnish with a strawberry.