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Colleen Jeffers  Hi there! πŸ‘‹I'm here to help you make interesting cocktails at home + find good drinks in cities worldwide | πŸ“©

Watermelon Daiquiris, anyone? πŸ‰β„οΈ I'm sharing all my secrets for perfect blender cocktails along with this brand spankin' new, 4 ingredient recipe over on the @theinspiredhome_com blog! Get the deets at the link in my profile, 'cause it's almost the weekend and we all need to be prepared. πŸ’ͺ

Frozen Lavender Bee Sting! 🐝 Loving the frozen drink series from @imbibe, so when I snagged some fresh honeycomb in @oregonwinecountry this weekend, I knew I had to give their frozen Bee Sting a whirl. Also, since fresh lavender is EVERYWHERE right now and I love me a good honey-lavender combo, I infused my gin beforehand. Super easy to make in batches cause you're definitely gonna want more than one of these!
2 oz lavender infused gin
1.25 oz warm honey
1.5 oz fresh squeezed lemon
170 grams (by weight) ice
Multiply the recipe by as many drinks as you plan to consume/serve (seriously guys, you should make at least two). Combine the liquid ingredients in a blender and blend on high until the honey dissolves. Add the ice and blend on high until smooth. Garnish with honeycomb if you have it!

ROSΓ‰ hack! πŸ₯‚ Some of you may have caught a glimpse of my weekend adventure in Oregon wine country via my Stories. This little beauty is what I mixed myself up in the adorable vintage Airstream kitchen @the_vintages! It was πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯ out and I wanted something a skosh colder than chilled wine, so I shook two 1 oz cubes of fresh coconut water with 6 oz of dry rose and posted up by the pool. β›± A juice shake is a great way to get something colder than fridge temp while adding flavor and not over diluting. And it's fun to try different juice combos! If you go for coconut water like I did, make sure it's fresh from the coconut or the expensive non-pasteurized stuff! Never put shelf coconut water in your wine πŸ™…

Forgive me while I GUSH about my weekend staying in the cutest vintage trailer (a 1963 SilverStreak Duchess for all you Airstream diehards) smack dab in the middle of Oregon's incredible wine country. This lovely kitchen is IN THE AIRSTREAM. Design fans, adventure fans, and wine fans: you seriously need to check out @the_vintages. I am in full SQUEE mode over here - you can see more of this trailer's stunning interior on my Story!

The perfect G&T is an art form, and Angel Teta @ataulapdx is a master. Drinking through her menu of sherry, vermouth, and G&T variations took me right back to Spain. Also: how pretty is this?! Put Ataula on your must-try list, people!

Don’t you just love a recipe that comes together in seconds, but looks and tastes like it took some serious skill to make? πŸ‰πŸŒ΄ These Boozy Watermelon Floats use only 4 ingredients, require no special equipment, and can be prepared right in the glass (no shaking tins or blenders or mixing glasses to wash afterward). They're also an amazingly refreshing summer treat -- gingery, coconutty, tropical perfection. Get my newest recipe over on the @ihainspiredhome blog, link in profile!

Mondays always find me in the kitchen, looking for ways to turn my weekend farm market haul into something really special. πŸ“ So if you, like me, have been coming home with juicy strawberries and fragrant rhubarb of late, head on over to the @ihainspiredhome blog to catch my new recipe for a kick-butt summer pitcher drink! Bonus: I also share my secret for getting perfect rhubarb ribbons, which may just be my favorite garnish of all time.

Saw baby pineapples at the grocery store, had to put cocktails inside of them. πŸπŸ’ If there's a more adorable way to drink something tropical, I have yet to find it, and I pretty much went into full vacation mode the second I took a sip. This new recipe combines aged rum with a bittersweet, roasty, lightly spiced chicory liqueur from one of my favorite craft distilleries, @tamworth_distilling, along with pineapple (duh), lime and orgeat. Spoiler alert: it will fulfill all of your tiki dreams.
1 oz @drinkeldorado 12 year Demerara Rum
1 oz @tamworth_distilling Blue Lion ChicorΓ©e Liqueur
1/2 oz fresh squeezed/strained lime
1/2 oz good quality orgeat (like @bgreynolds)
2 dashes angostura bitters
2 pineapple ice cubes (see below)
Do ahead: Slice off the top of the pineapple and scoop out the flesh, careful not to sever the sides (nobody wants a leaky cup). Extract juice (if you don't have a juicer, just blend in a blender and strain through a fine mesh sieve). Freeze the juice in an ice cube tray, using a jigger to measure one ounce per cube. Freeze the pineapple cup (not the top/leafy part, just the base) as well. 🍍
For the cocktail: Combine all in a cocktail shaker WITHOUT additional ice. Shake until the pineapple cubes have completely dissolved (this will take a while -- pass it off to your drinking buddy if your arms get tired). Pour into frozen pineapple cup, drink with a straw.

Thanks for the tip, @spiritedla! This Coastal Pimm's Cup (Pimm’s, gin, lemon, ginger beer, cucumbers, bitters, and bay laurel) from @goosegandernapa did NOT disappoint. Putting together a little "perfect weekend" guide to Napa for the blog, and a cocktail on the patio at Goose & Gander is definitely making the list (might have something to do with the perfect natural light and addictive fried olives). Anyone have any exciting travel plans for the weekend? It's almost Friday, after all! β˜€οΈπŸΉπŸ—Ί

#NegroniWeek is almost over! It's your last day to get out there and grab a Negroni for charity. I've had some killer variations at my local bars this week (check out to find a spot near you), which inspired this addictive warm weather porch sipper:
1 oz gin
1 oz Campari
1 oz fresh watermelon juice
1/2 oz fresh squeezed/strained lime
1/2 oz Coco Lopez
pinch of salt
seltzer to top
Add everything but the seltzer to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and pour into a Collins glass filled with ice, then top with seltzer to taste (about an ounce is my fav). Garnish with lime slices and a grapefruit twist. πŸ‰

I smoked some Old Fashioneds for the @ihainspiredhome blog this week and you should too, right? πŸ’¨ But a quick warning: once you start smoking drinks, you might not be able to stop. And then you might start smoking your cheese. And your sandwiches. I may or may not have smoked my eggs this morning. 😳 Get the deets and the recipe for my Double Smoked Maple Old Fashioneds at the link in my profile! #INSPIREDhome

If you're looking for something (1) interesting (2) tasty and (3) pretty dang easy to serve for Memorial Day Weekend, I'm gonna point you in the direction of this Blackberry Sage Mar-Granita I made for the @sugarandcloth blog. Find out why granitas are my favorite party trick (hint: controlled temp + dilution!) and get the recipe at the link in my profile!

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