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2 cocktails and 1 appetizer

I can’t believe not one of you made a comment yesterday about my awesome tub photo.

Come on people, I cleaned up. I made sure the pumas stone, heel file, razor, shaving cream, loofah, and other junk was out of the photo. I’d had a pedicure just a couple days before, so my toes looked all pretty…

tub beauty

I even lit the bird candle!

And not one comment about any of it. I have to say, I’m a little disappointed.

Oh well, even so, I will still do as I promised and give you three recipes today. Three in one day! Yeah, no problem. 🙂

Karen & Bob * G&T's

Karen and Bob enjoying their Blackberry- Meyer Lemon Gin & Tonics. Bob had shoulder surgery on December 26th, so my cocktails were a good substitute for any pain meds.

I’m just here to be of service.
Seriously though – Cheers to a speedy recovery, Bob!

Cocktail #1

blackberry gin & tonic

Blackberry and Meyer Lemon Gin and Tonics

20 blackberries
20 fresh mint leaves
2 Meyer lemons
1/4 cup simple syrup, chilled
12 ounces gin
Diet tonic water, chilled

4 fresh rosemary sprigs
12 blackberries

Place 5 blackberries, 5 mint leaves, the juice of 1/2 a lemon, and 1 tablespoon simple syrup in each of four highball glasses and muddle the ingredients together in each glass.

Fill each glass with ice. Pour 3 ounces of gin into each. Top off each glass with tonic water and stir.

Garnish: Strip the bottom leaves of the rosemary sprigs. Use the sprigs as skewers and skewer 3 blackberries on each. Add to glasses and serve.

Serves 4

Cocktail #2



meloncello mixings

1 personal-size seedless watermelon
4 ounces limoncello, chilled
8 ounces light rum
Lemon-Lime sparkling water or soda
4 lemon wedges

personal seedless watermelon

Cut the rind off the watermelon, and cut the flesh in half. Cut each half into large chunks and remove any visible seeds. (Yes, this is a seedless watermelon, but you know there are still those little white seeds. Remove as many of those as possible.) Place the chunks in a blender and puree.  Chill the puree for at least 2 hours.

watermellon puree

Fill 4 highball glasses half full with the chilled watermelon puree. Add 1 ounce of limoncello and 2 ounces of rum to each glass.

Fill each with ice and then top with the lemon-lime soda. Garnish each with a lemon wedge and enjoy.

Serves 4

… and the Appetizer

smoked salmon dip

Smoked Salmon Dip

4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
4 ounces light sour cream
2 tablespoons minced fresh dill
2 tablespoons minced red onion
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
4 ounces chopped smoked salmon
Belgian endive spears

Combine cream cheese and sour cream in a medium bowl. Stir in dill, red onion, and lemon juice. Gently stir in smoked salmon.

Transfer to a small wide-mouth Mason jar. Serve dip with endive spears.

Makes about 1  1/2 cups

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1 dagmar { 01.22.13 at 10:16 AM }

Don’t be disappointed… I did read yesterdays blog and thought how relaxed you must have been, well deserved!!! But you got me sidetracked when you started talking about West Elm, I went to their site and became hooked. See what you’ve done to me! By the way, great table-scape and good looking toes;)

2 Linda Hopkins { 01.22.13 at 10:23 AM }

Thank you Dagmar, you just made my day! I can always count on my far-away friend in NY! Stay warm and shopping the Market at West Elm is way fun on a cold east coast day. xoxo

3 dagmar { 01.22.13 at 10:53 AM }

You’re right Linda, today’s weather is not FIT for man or beast (below 10 degrees right now)…I will be staying warm and shopping online, or most likely just pondering on what I need or could use… Hope you have a great day! 🙂 xoxo

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