Watermelon Cucumber Coolers

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I know it’s only Monday, but with 4th of July the following Monday, we’re thinking it’s ok to post a cocktail ūüôā

Watermelon is a 4th of July staple – so we thought incorporating it into a cocktail would be a fun way to shake it up.¬†While this drink is refreshing and tasty on it’s own, we thought we’d incorporate the insanely good Cucumber Liqueur from Hartford Flavor Company. As you already know, we love them! You can check back on our cocktails for their Birch & Rose liqueurs.

To make 6 small cocktails:
Half of a watermelon
Half of a cucumber (peeled)
1 cup of water
Juice of 2 limes
3¬†shots of Hartford Flavor Company’s Wild Moon Cucumber liqueur

Garnishes (optional)
Lime wedge
Mint sprigs
Dragonfruit slice*

*Quick note, I grabbed what I thought was a traditional dragonfruit but apparently came home with a purple dragonfruit! The color was insanely rich and velvety looking. I was a little bummed at first, because I love that contrast of the white and black dotted flesh of a traditional dragonfruit, but the purple ended up being absolutely gorgeous!

Blend watermelon, cucumber, lime juice and 1 cup of water in a blender or food processor. Once blended to your liking, you will need to strain. The juice should be free of chunks and odd textured bits at this point. Refrigerate for about 1 hour, and serve with garnishes.

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Jessica Rose Cocktail

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If you remember our Birch & Bourbon post, you’ll remember Hartford Flavor Company! Shortly after that post, I attended a CADC & HFCo. happy hour at their Hartford shop and was wowed while tasting other flavors and learning about how they make their liqueurs. Both Curtis and I fell¬†immediately in love with the rose flavor and knew we needed a bottle at home. And when we tried the Jessica Rose cocktail, it was game-over.

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This past weekend we celebrated my Oma’s 80th birthday by hosting my Mom’s side of the family for¬†dinner and dessert before going to a show at Hartford Stage. We decided to kick off the evening with a light cocktail ‚Äď this lovely rose drink. It was a hit, and the pink-orange color looked so pretty with my table cloth ūüôā

Recipe: The Jessica Rose, adapted from Hartford Flavor Company

1 oz. Wild Moon Rose Liqueur
1 oz. vodka (I used Prairie)
2.5 oz Lemonade
Squeeze of fresh lemon (I used Meyer lemons)
Lemon garnish

Mix together in a cocktail shaker, pour and enjoy!

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Birch & Bourbon

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Happy Monday everyone! It’s the new year, we’re¬†returning¬†to work, and we’re getting back into the swing of things today. Cheers to 2016!

This past weekend I was able to break out the amazing new lens, wireless remote and tripod Curtis gave me for Christmas for a fun photoshoot. And it just so happened that we have amazing friends who gave us these beautiful and tasty bottles of booze for the holidays that also just so happened to pair together perfectly! Photoshoot dreams coming true!

That gorgeous tall skinny bottle is from¬†Hartford Flavor Company, a local place that sells the most beautiful flavored liqueurs! I’ve been lucky enough to sample them at some Hartford events, and with flavors like chai, rose, cucumber, lavender and birch ‚Ästhow can you go wrong??

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After doing a little research on¬†the Hartford Flavor Company’s website about recipes which used their birch liqueur, we settled on the simple and extremely tasty, Birch & Bourbon which we paired with our newly acquired¬†Kings County Distillery¬†bourbon.

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And finally, the actual recipe…

Birch & Bourbon

1 oz Wild Moon Birch
2 oz Bourbon

Optional Garnish: Cinnamon stick

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Cheers!