Streusel and I agree that we’re both having a great summer, but we’ve also had a lot going on. Most of it’s been exciting things – she’s selling her house, Brandon and I have been doing a lot of work on ours – but my co-blogger and I have also been extra busy at our respective jobs, and combining the busy days with busy evenings and weekends has felt a bit exhausting. I think we’re both a little caught up in our to-do lists and sometimes need to remind ourselves to take a deep breath, and enjoy the summer.
One of the ways I’m reminding myself to do that it to spend some time actually enjoying – and not fretting – over the home improvements that Brandon and I have been working on this summer. Last year, we built a deck, but it wasn’t done until after the rainy season began, so we didn’t have much time to enjoy it. Just last month, we finally got some deck furniture (including some orange Adirondack chairs that are my new favorite thing), and Brandon and I have been working hard at fixing up the garden (he builds planter boxes, and I plant things in the planter boxes). Things are finally coming together, and it looks GREAT out there.
Last week, we had our friends over to show off our work. Brandon whipped up these happy hour cocktails that were a perfect summer drink – light, fruity and zesty (it’s true!) they’re not entirely dissimilar to the nectarine lime jam, but much less sweet. They’re also quick to make – a great post-work drink for yourself, or easily doubled/tripled/quadrupled to mix together when your friends stop by.
4 oz. white nectarine purée (directions below)
1 1/2 oz. white tequila
1/3 oz. fresh lime juice
1/2-1 oz. Cointreau
To make the purée, pit and roughly chop up one nectarine, and puree in a blender (depending on the size of the fruit, one nectarine makes enough for about 2 drinks).
Shake purée, tequila, lime juice, and Cointreau vigorously with ice in a cocktail shaker. Pour into a highball glass with ice. Add 2 dashes of the bitters. Top with 2-4 oz. soda. Garnish with a slice of nectarine or a lime wheel.
July 26, 2015
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