Drink Pink

Payton for pH Alchemy-1870 Who doesn’t love a delicious drink? Whether it’s a cocktail or a refresher or a wake-up, drinking is a huge part of our lives. Enter Pink House Alchemy, creators of sensational botanical based syrups. I had a to-die for lavender lemonade at the farmer’s market last year and had been thinking about it non-stop. When I had the same deliciousness at the Little Craft Show this winter, I quickly decided I had to try this at home. I bought the herb, lavender & rosemary syrups. They were divine the few times I used them before they were relegated to the back of my home bar for two months. I re-found them and began to wonder, should they be refrigerated? I emailed Emily Lawson, the alchemist (or owner) herself. She was incredibly kind and directed me to Ross, PH chef/alchemist, who had recently made the syrups shelf-stable. Ross replaced my syrups with bigger bottles, he also gave me three new ones to try! Wasn’t that just so lovely of them? I decided to utilize my new additions and organized a little happy hour with my gal-pal Mallory Berry of MGB Photo. Payton for pH Alchemy-1890 The PH folks had given me a pineapple rosemary shrub (a “sipping vinegar”) and I saw a lovely little margarita recipe (below) on their facebook. Let me tell you, this is the real deal. It was so incredibly yummy that things got a little out of hand. Go get you some.

Pineapple Rosemary Margarita | Mix the following:
2 oz silver tequila 1 oz Pink House Alchemy Pineapple Rosemary shrub (a shrub is a “sipping” vinegar that takes your cocktail to the next level) 3/4 oz Pink House Alchemy Herb simple syrup Juice from 1/2 a lime
(for our version, we used grapefruit flavored sparkling water)

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Photo Credit: MGB Photo

More about PH, via PINKHOUSEALCHEMY.COM: Pink house alchemy is a company dedicated to taste experiences.  Inspired by complementary patterns in roots, barks, fruits, herbs, and botanicals.  pH works every day to find new and perfect connections between ingredients.  Who knew carrot, rice vinegar; sugar and toasted coriander seeds are a dreamy sweet treat?  Simple syrups, bitters, shrubs and timeless classics such as falernum, are where the alchemists put these discoveries to the test!

Purchase syrups & shrubs from Pink House at Arsagas, ONF or on their website.

More recipe suggestions from Pink House:

Blueberry Thyme Gin Fizz: 2 oz. Hendricks Gin 1 oz. pH Alchemy Blueberry Thyme Simple Syrup 1/2 juiced lemon 1 egg white. Shake with ice. Pour. Top off with sparkling water. Garnish with sprig of thyme. Enjoy.

Rosemary Rhubarb Flip: 1.5 oz. Hendrick’s Gin 1 oz. pH Rosemary Rhubarb simple syrup .75 oz. fresh lime juice 1 egg white Add all ingredients into a shaker and dry shake for 30 seconds. Add ice and continue shaking until frothy. Strain and garnish with a fresh rosemary spring.

Pink House Cooler: 2 oz vodka 1 oz Pink House Alchemy Strawberry Basil simple syrup juice from 1/2 a lime top with sparkling water and garnish with fresh basil

Lavender Hummingbird: In a pint glass: Ice 1 oz pH Alchemy Lavender Simple Syrup 1 squeezed lemon Sparkling water

French Lavender 75: In a shaker: 2 oz gin (the alchemist prefers Hendricks) 1 oz Lavender One half squeezed lemon Shake with ice, pour in martini glass Float champagne on top Garnish with lemon twist

What I Wore: Shades of Gray

(what i wore: skinny jeans – banana republic, Ro’s oxford – polo, booties – vince camuto)
I find it difficult to be adventurous with jeans. I want to be more so, but by the time Friday rolls around, I’m usually feeling lazy and restless. I know this look isn’t quite bold but it was comfortable and understated. In the fall/winter, I tend to borrow from husband’s closet more than usual…

What I Wore: Basics

(what i wore: jeans – levi, blouse – beulah from shop ultra, flats – jeffrey campbell)
Casual Fridays cause a slump in my creativity. There is often something freeing (for me) in knowing you must look proper for the office. It sets me exploring different directions for outfits to take. Most Fridays, I try to be comfortable. It’s ok to take a day off, right?

Happy Summer!

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I’ve spent the past six months wishing for summer and now I can’t believe it’s here. I love everything about it: the sun, the heat, the late nights, balmy weather, pool time, flimsy dresses, tan lines, fresh fruit…This one is especially special – it’s the summer of love.

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Stacey Brandford Photograph

Have a terrifically lovely summer weekend. Click pictures for sourcing.

Happy Friday!

After a long week, I feel like I earned a three day weekend. I’m pretty sure I always feel like that. We have a big fundraiser this weekend – a chili cook-off that has grown from a few friends in the backyard to a full-fledged charity function. I’m very excited about it but it’s going to be a ton of activities packed into three days! We are making some decisions on the rehearsal dinner as well…

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I hope you have a lovely weekend, no matter your plans. Savor every drop.

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