4 Perfect Cocktails for this Wedding Season


RECIPE // Favorite Recipes to Cool You Down

Raspberry Cheesecake Popsicles

Happy Labor Day!

I hope you’re feeling rested, relaxed, and just a little more sun-kissed than you were last week! 🙂

I’m currently typing this from our living room in Church Hill, where it is approximately 280 degrees. Our AC unit has been acting up over the past couple of weeks, leaking through the ceiling in our dining room. After an unsuccessful try from the repairman last week, apparently, the dining room ceiling decided this evening it had had ENOUGH, and collapsed. So, my husband, Millie and I are currently sequestered in our living room downstairs with fans (and wine) running to keep us cool. Not fun, especially in this late-August Southern heat and humidity.

Hopefully, all will be fixed early this week. But in the meantime, I am daydreaming of cool swimming pools, popsicles, and cooler temperatures!

If you’re hating the heat like me tonight, here are three recipes for you to try to keep cool during the couple of weeks of summer.

1. Southern Living‘s “Swamp Breeze”

I first had this frozen cocktail at an engagement party for my best friend Charlotte in her hometown of Burlington, North Carolina. Delicious, tangy, and oh-so-cold. Click here for the recipe.

2. Aunt Peggy’s Tomato, Cucumber, and Onion Salad

Aunt Peggy’s Cucumber, Tomato and Onion Salad

This one comes from Paula Deen’s kitchen. Doesn’t this look refreshing?! Click here for the recipe.

3. Lavender Rose Ice Cream

Lavender Rose Ice Cream | SugarHero.com

Gorgeous AND refreshing? This Instagram-ready dessert is sure to cool you down on a hot day. Check out the recipe on SugarHero.com!

What are your favorite recipes to cool you down on a hot day?


RECIPE // Spiced Apple Shrub


A few months ago, my friend Laura gifted us two bottles of homemade shrubs at one of my bridal showers as part of her gift. If you’re not familiar with the trending-again mixer, the shrub is, simply put, a drinking vinegar.

Wait! Don’t go running for the hills just yet. These tangy, delicious syrups are one of the hottest new additions to any bar cart, though its origins are decidedly old-fashioned and classic. Back in the olden days, before refrigeration, people would make shrubs as a way to preserve fresh fruit in order to prevent them from rotting before usage. The shrub is making a comeback, and while it makes a perfect addition to any summer cocktail, I wanted to make mine with an autumn twist.

You can use your shrub with soda water for a cooler, or with liquor of your choice for a fancy cocktail.

Here’s my recipe for Spiced Apple Shrub. Mix with bourbon, caramel vodka, and a dash of cinnamon sugar for a refreshing pre-fall cocktail!

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Dine Moments | AMUSE @ VMFA


This weekend, we met a couple of friends for happy hour at Amuse restaurant, which is fabulous (and I mean FABULOUS– just check out those drinks from their website above!) Amuse is located upstairs at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.

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