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I have been seeing wine barrels all over lately. {I even purchased a cheese board out of one} . I think they are a great addition to any party. They are rustic and unique.

I found an awesome barrel that has been converted into a sink. It would be so neat to use it in the house with the bar.

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For more inspiration with wine barrels take a look at {my pinterest} to see what else I have dug up.

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After posting about lavender lemonade I have been thinking about using lavender in all kinds of drinks. And thanks to Jenny from hank + hunt I found a fun new recipe to try.

Lavender Ice Cream Floats

Fill your glass half way with the lavender soda, add two scoops of ice cream, and garnish with a fresh lavender sprig. Instant summer ambience…and you have instant sweet simpicity. Delicious.

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INGREDIENTS:

  • Glass:
  • 1.5oz Vodka (Ciroc seems appropriate but we used a local Pennsylvania vodka)
  • 1.5oz Lillet Blanc
  • 1oz Lavender Syrup (recipe below)
  • 1oz Lemon Juice
  • 2oz Chilled Soda Water
  • French Lavender Flower for Garnish
  • Pitcher (makes 4 glasses):
  • 3/4 Cups Vodka
  • 3/4 Cups Lillet Blanc
  • 1/2 Cup Lavender Syrup
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 Cup Chilled Soda Water for each glass
  • French Lavender Flower for Garnish

Methodology:

Lavender Syrup:

Add equal parts sugar and water to a medium saucepan and bring to boil. Add fresh organic French lavender to taste (or 1/2 cup dried food grade lavender for every 4 cups water/4 cups sugar) and boil for one minute over medium/high heat. Remove from heat and let steep for an hour.

Drink:

Mix first four ingredients with spoon, pour over ice, add chilled soda water and garnish with lavender flower (or lemon wedges if you can’t find fresh organic lavender).

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Wine DIY

This is such a lovely idea & so simple. Cover a wine bottle in lace or a doily.

It’s elegant & sweet. The perfect way to dress up a host/hostess gift.

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Loving this dessert feature from Amy Atlas. Great inspiration for a Girl’s Birthday Party.

Mini Flags, Eiffel tower cupcakes and pops, tea, cheese, they hit it all. So cute!

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The adult popsicle? Sounds amazing.

Watermelon Margarita Popsicles

Ingredients

  • 2 cups watermelon puree (roughly 1/4 medium size seedless watermelon)
  • 1/4 cup lime juice (roughly 1 large lime)
  • 3 ounces tequila
  • 1 ounce cointreau
  • 2/3 cup sugar

Directions

  1. Chop the watermelon into small pieces. Using a Cuisinart, puree the watermelon. Place the puree in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add lime juice and sugar to watermelon puree. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Add tequila and cointreau and stir well.
  3. Fill popsicle molds or Dixie cups. If using a dixie cup, cut small squares of tinfoil to cover the top of each of the cups
  4. Use a sharp small knife and cut small slits in the tops of the tinfoil to insert the popsicle stick.
  5. Place the Dixie cups in a flat bottomed container. Place the popsicles in the freezer and wait patiently until frozen.

Makes 10 3-ounce popsicles.

Some tips for making your own from Grey Goose Mixologist Nick Mautone:

  • Keep in mind that alcohol has a different freezing point. “Alcohol freezes at a much lower temperature,” Nick explained. In order for popsicles to solidify properly, it’s important to have a good balance of alcohol and sugar with juice or fruit purée. “It is a bit of trial and error,” he admits. Keep experimenting with the proportions until you achieve a desirable consistency.
  • Play around with texture. For a creamier consistency, Nick recommends adding coconut milk, soy, or rice milk. Even sweeteners can affect mouthfeel: “Confectioner’s sugar has cornstarch, and that can help give the popsicles a smoother mouthfeel,” he says.
  • Get those pops out in one piece! According to Nick, the simplest way to remove ice pops from their molds without them shattering is to allow them to gently warm up for several seconds. His technique: “I like to rub my hands over the popsicle molds until the pop loosens.”
  • Nick’s top flavor picks: “Overall, simple combos seem to work best,” Mautone remarked. For hot weather, he employs the use of warm weather fruit favorite blackberries with citrus-infused vodka. His plum pick? Grey Goose Le Citron or L’Orange.
  • His trendiest spiked pop picks: Nick cites the combination of a pear liqueur (he uses Grey Goose La Poire) and fruity-floral nectars like mango and apricot as popular picks of the moment. Also on point? Spiked spicy-sweet mixes with vanilla, mango, and jalapeño.

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