Valentine’s Day Cocktails

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Valentine’s Day has a lot going on – gifts, dinner, drinks, romance, etc. If you’re going out to a lovely dinner, why not start your evening with a cocktail for 2? Or if you’re hanging in with your boo, let them handle the dinner while you take care of the drinks & dessert. Sounds pretty great to us!


 Clockwise from top left:
Blackberry Thyme Sparkler
Raspberry & Rosewater Gin Ricky
Pucker Up Punch
Nutmeg Love Potion


Raspberry Sorbet Mimosas

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Tomorrow morning is 2015 — woah! When did that happen?

New Year’s morning can be a tricky thing — you’re tired, hung over, and exhausted from the night before, but you most likely want to celebrate the new year with some sort of delicious brunch/cocktail combo. If you’ve planned ahead and made reservations somewhere, congrats — you did great during this hectic holiday season. If not, we’ve got an easy and very delicious raspberry sorbet mimosa for you to show off to your friends!

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Ingredients: 

  • Raspberry sorbet — we used Talento, mainly for it’s gorgeous color, but also because they have tons of sorbet flavors
  • Champagne, Prosecco or Cava — we used Freixenet, a brut Spanish Cava, and it worked well since it didn’t have any extra sweetness (let the sorbet do that)
  • Rosemary sprigs

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Just drop a scoop of the sorbet into your glass and fill ‘er up with the bubbles! Swirl around the rosemary sprig to give it a bit of herbaceous delight.

With something this easy, it’s sort of hard to not give it a shot! (*and if you’re looking for a bit of extra sweetness, rim your glass with sugar!)

Hope you all have a wonderful and safe New Years celebration! For those out East like us, be sure to wear your puffy coats and hats over those party dresses… it’s gonna be a chilly evening!

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Christmas Eve Cocktails

If you’re lucky enough to have the day off today, you’re probably scrambling around putting the finishing touches on everything before the big night. But why don’t you take a moment for yourself, grab a drink, put on some tunes and chill out with some festive bevy recipes.

Happy Holidays everyone, and have a wonderful Christmas eve & day! xo G&M

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Clockwise: Caffé Di Alpi // Peppermint White Russian // Pear Ginger Bellini // Cran-Rosemary Sparkler

Cider Bourbon High Ball

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A little while back, the folks from the wedding planning site Lover.ly reached out to us about a feature cocktail that would be a festive option for a fall wedding! Considering we love making ourselves some pretty drinks (see here and here), we were game!

We put our noggins together and came up with something that combines three things we just can’t get enough of — bourbon, apple, and bubbles! Check out below for our recipe!

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You’ll be needing:
(serves one)

1/4 cup bourbon
1/2 cup apple cider
1/4 cup ginger ale
4 ice cubes
a few pieces of diced apple
a sprinkle of cinnamon & nutmeg for garnish

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To make:

01. In a mason jar or shaker, combine your ice cubes, bourbon, cider and ginger ale.

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02. Put the top on, and shake it like a polaroid picture, or salt shaker, or any other hip hop song lyric of your choosing.

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03. Strain into a glass and garnish with apples & spices!

Optional: for a little extra something special, twirl the rim of the glass in a little cinnamon sugar mixture!

Hope you guys are enjoying these crisp autumn days! If you end up trying this out, hashtag #gardeniasandmint, we’d love to see them! And make sure to check out other cocktail recipes on Lover.ly!

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Dark ‘n’ Stormy

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How in our adult lives had we never had a Dark ‘n’ Stormy?? This classic cocktail is pretty glorious. On paper, the combination of flavors actually sounds a little strange. But somehow the sweet vanilla of the rum, mixed with the spice of the ginger, and hint of acidity in the lime is pretty kick-ass.

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Ingredients:
(makes two drinks)

// 1 can ginger beer

// 4 shots dark rum (we were cheapos and went with good ol’ Trader Joe’s brand)

// 8 ice cubes

// lime

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And here is our crab friend, Hector, who assisted us with our beachy staging.

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To make:

01. Divide your 8 ice cubes between 2 tumblers

02. Fill your tumblers 2/3 of the way full with ginger beer

03. Slowly pour your rum over each to create the gradient look (about 2 shots per glass)

04. Squirt a lime wedge over the top, and create a pinwheel for a garnish

05. Take a photo for Instagram

06. Mix with a spoon and enjoy!

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We made these guys on an ironic evening, considering it was rather grey and rainy out, and were very pleased with the results. Do yourself a favor though and don’t drink too many — that sugar from the soda will get to your head, and you will not be feeling so hot the next morning…we may have learned from experience.

Grapefruit Lime Fizz

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This past weekend the ladies of G&M had a little r&r in New Hampshire. On Saturday, after what was quite possibly the most excruciating hikes of our lives (more on that later this week) we decided we needed to treat ourselves to a little fizzy fruity fun. While shopping for dinner, we concocted in our heads a simple and refreshing cocktail to make our evening that much more relaxing. The Fresca was a last-minute decision after we got back to the house, since we realized it would go perfectly with the flavor combo — shout out/thanks to Christa’s Oma for having it on hand!

Behold, the grapefruit lime fizz!

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Ingredients:

(makes 4-6 cocktails, depending on size of glass)

// 1 bottle of Prosecco

// 1 jug of ruby red grapefruit juice

// 1 can of Fresca (or your preferred of fruity soda)

// limes

// ice

// pretty straw

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To make: 

01. Put 3-4 ice cubes in glass, then fill about half way with your Prosecco.

02. Pour grapefruit juice on top to fill the glass about 3/4 of the way.

03. Top off with a splash of Fresca to add a little sweetness and an ombre effect to your drink.

04. Squeeze a wedge of lime on top and garnish with a lime pinwheel.

05. Add your pretty straw and cheers to summer!

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St.Patty’s Day Get Ups

With St. Patty’s weekend almost in full swing, we realized adding the appropriate amount of green to an outfit can be hard. It’s fun to get a little festive, but green isn’t always the most flattering color. Luckily army green and hunter green are in right now! We’ve put together a few outfits for some very possible St. Patty’s day activities that require a little green, so it won’t look like a Leprechaun attacked you…

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Parade // St.Patty’s Day in New England can still be a little chilly, especially when you’re outside all morning watching a parade. But this actually can work in our favor, because our bit of green is in this awesome army green parka. So throw this on after you’ve crafted a cute but comfy outfit to walk around and drink beers in. This tote is big enough to toss the jacket into if you’ve warmed up (liquid jacket anyone?) but make sure to keep it poking out a bit so you don’t get pinched!

// Peter Pan Tee // Sunnies (which I’m obsessed with and need to buy asap) // Parka // Vegan Leather Tote // Baseball Cap // Flats // Boyfriend Jeans //

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Brunch // For the ladies who brunch, it’s all about comfort and ease. These cargo pants and their jazzy little zippers stand out, while the flowy tank will allow lots of leeway for your big Irish breakfast. Sneakers tone down your gold hardware, and a brown oversized cross body will make it easy to steal the extra biscuits from the bread basket.

// Jean Jacket // Tank // Cargo Pants // Necklace // Cross Body Bag // Sneakers //

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Drinks // This lacy frock is easy to dress up or down, and perfect for a night of drinking some green beer with friends (last year we went with green champaign, because we’re classy). You’ll feel slim and sassy in some black skinnies and ankle booties, while staying practical with a light jacket and satchel.

// Lace Shirt // Quilted Jacket // Leather Booties // Necklace // Black Jeans // Cross body Bag //

How are you guy celebrating this year? Let us know!

Winter’s End Cocktails

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Even though an end is not quite in sight, us (and most) New Englanders have just about had it with these bone chilling temps. We’ve decided to start celebrating the end of winter with some fruity cocktails to remind us that spring will come! These recipes are simple, beautiful, and perfect for a night in with friends!

{ Clockwise from top left  // White Peach Gin Fizz // Winter Champagne // Tequila Ruby Reds // Cucumber Rosemary Gin & Tonic }

// White Peach Gin Fizz

For the peach simple syrup:
1 white peach, cut into 1/2 inch thick slices
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water

Macerate white peach slices in a small saucepan with the sugar and water. Once the peaches have been made relatively pulpy, bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, then lower the heat to a simmer and allow to cook for 30 minutes. Remove it from the heat and allow to cool completely before straining the peach pulp out and reserving the syrup. Keep the syrup refrigerated until use.

For the cocktail:
1/2 cup Prairie Organic gin, chilled
3/4 cup club soda, chilled
3 tablespoons white peach simple syrup, chilled
pinch turbinado sugar
4 raspberries, for garnish
4 white peach slices, 2 for muddling & 2 for garnish

To make, muddle 2 of the peach slices in the bottom of the serving glass. Add the gin, club soda, 3 tablespoons of the simple syrup, and the turbinado sugar. Stir until blended. Garnish with the raspberries and float the remaining two peach slices on top of the drink to form a heart. Serve immediately.

// Winter Champagne
1 bottle of champaign
orange bitters
orange juice
orange peel and rosemary sprig (for garnish)
Pour champaign into glasses. Add 1 dash of orange bitters, a squeeze of orange juice and garnish with orange peel and rosemary.


// Tequila Ruby Reds

8 ounces tequila (preferably reposado)
3 cups ruby red grapefruit juice
4 teaspoons fresh lime juice

* optional a bit of simple syrup if the mix is too tart for your preference

In a pitcher, combine tequila, grapefruit juice, and fresh lime juice. To serve, divide among four glasses filled with ice.

// Cucumber Rosemary Gin & Tonic

1 cucumber
1 lime
3 sprigs rosemary
2 oz. Hendrick’s Gin
4 oz. tonic water

Peel one half of a cucumber, and slice a lime into eight wedges. In a highball glass, add three slices of peeled cucumber, 1 sprig rosemary, juice from a lime wedge and 1 ounce gin. Muddle with the back of a spoon.

Strain through a mesh strainer into a second highball glass. Add several cubes of ice, and three slices of unpeeled cucumber. Top with remaining gin and tonic, and serve garnished with rosemary sprigs.