Weekend Rewind: Cheerio!

This weekend was the first annual (or at least what I personally hope becomes a yearly event) Countries of the World Party. The idea was that each friend’s apartment would be a different country, he/she would provide drinks (food optional) that fit the theme, and we’d essentially “crawl” between each place.

So between me and four friends, we covered England, Ireland, Jamaica, Germany and the USA (the last one had to be changed to the US because my friends wanted an excuse to watch the Colts game… lame). I picked England since I studied abroad there, and I just so happened to have sampled their most popular beverages a time or two… Or 200. It was an easy choice: Pimm’s Cups and Strongbow.

I’m so sad that I didn’t have time to set up a better photo opp (I was running right on time, and people started to arrive before I could style a vignette) because the set up was adorable! The decorations, the drinks, the scones… yes, I made scones from scratch. More on that Friday.

The Union Jack printables are courtesy of Simply Creative. It saved me so much money on decorations! All it took was a couple bucks in Kinko’s color prints, some cocktail picks, a little bit of twine and some quality time with my scissors. The Keep Calm and Pimm’s On poster I generated on Keep-Calm-O-Matic and threw into an old frame I had on hand.

IMG_0702Anywho, these photos don’t do it justice at all, but I do hope you’ll try a Pimm’s Cup sometime if you’re not familiar with the drink. It’s a fruity snack and a cocktail. It’s an especially good drink for summertime on the patio. Cheers!

Pimm’s Cups
Serving: 1 pitcher

1 Part Pimm’s No. 1
1 Part Sparking Lemonade (I love Trader Joe’s brand myself)
1/2 Lemon
1 Parisian cucumber
1/2 Orange
6 Strawberries
6 Mint leaves

In a pitcher, combine equal parts Pimm’s and sparking lemonade. Add in fresh-squeezed lemon juice for extra zing (don’t forget to remove the seeds beforehand). Slice up cucumber, orange and strawberries (I didn’t have any at this party because they were all out at thanks to the polar vortex!), and combine with fresh mint leaves. This can be done beforehand to cut down on prep time.

You can add your fruit mix to the pitcher, which would be the traditional way, or you can put the fruit in each individual cup (I like the latter because you avoid all the fruit clumping together in the pitcher). Add a bunch of ice, and enjoy!


Foodie Friday: New Orleans

You may have noticed that I didn’t include a single food or drink shot in yesterday’s post about New Orleans. That’s not because I didn’t take any. Ha, who do you think I am? No, it’s because I was saving the best for last! Enjoy this culinary photo essay of the trip:

Can you believe we ate and drank all of that in about 48 hours? Oy vey! We didn’t put a dent in the culinary options of the city, but here were the standouts:

*If you can’t stand the cigar smoke (I’m not judging, I had a terrible headache the next day), just pop into any old bar—off Bourbon Street—for an Abita!