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August 2017

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Watermelon Pluot Gin + Tonics

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Watermelon! Stonefruit! All of the summertime goodies peak in August and I am gobbling it all up! We recently stopped at a roadside fruit stand off of Highway 1 while out on a little mid-week family excursion…the watermelon was so delicious, we couldn’t wait until we got home to enjoy it and cut into it roadside. We did save a bit to make these delicious Watermelon Pluot Gin + Tonics…watermelon is so sweet and refreshing while pluots add just the right amount of tartness to make this beverage wonderfully balanced….

Watermelon Pluot Gin + Tonics

Watermelon Pluot Gin + Tonics

Makes 4 cocktails
Ingredients:
2 cups watermelon + pluot juice (find the how-to in the directions below)
8 ounces gin
1/2 cup tonic
Ice

Watermelon Pluot Gin + Tonics
Directions:
Take about 2 cups of chopped watermelon and 2 pluots with the seeds removed and place in a blender. Blend then run through a fine mesh sieve. Use about 2 cups of the juice and evenly distribute between 4 tumblers of your choice (I used these which are a favorite). Then, evenly distribute gin and tonic. Add ice to fill glasses. Garnish with a slice of pluot. Cheers!

If you are looking for more watermelon cocktail recipes, try our Watermelon Lavender Margaritas!

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Saturday

29

July 2017

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Cantaloupe + Chamomile Sidecar Cocktail

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Cantaloupe + Chamomile Sidecar Cocktail Recipe by Deco Tartelette
Oh the sidecar…it’s really hard to make a classic cocktail better than it already is-it’s a classic for a reason! Well, until cantaloupe and chamomile came along and decided to make this gorgeous sidecar the superlative summer cocktail! When cantaloupe season peaks in California, I truly eat a small melon everyday. There is nothing more refreshing than a cool melon on a hot summer day, don’t cha think? This Cantaloupe + Chamomile Sidecar Cocktail will make your guests swoon at your next festive gathering or fix one for yourself after a long day lounging in the sun…happy cocktail shaking!

Cantaloupe + Chamomile Sidecar Cocktail

Makes 4 cocktails
Ingredients:
Juice from 1 small, ripe organic cantaloupe
1/2 cup organic chamomile tea, chilled
2 ounces orange liquor
6 ounces brandy
Juice from 2 lemons
Handful of ice

Cantaloupe + Chamomile Sidecar Cocktail Recipe by Deco Tartelette
Directions:
Juice the cantaloupe by simply blending cubed pieces in a blender and straining through a fine mesh sieve. Depending on the size of your cocktail shaker, you may have to cut the recipe in half and make in two batches. Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for about 15 seconds. Strain into a glass of your choice. Garnish with edible, organic chamomile flowers or a wedge of cantaloupe.

If you are looking for more cantaloupe cocktails, our Cantaloupe + Rose Sugar Martini is another favorite!

Recipe + Photography by Cassie Winslow

Saturday

8

July 2017

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Iced Lavender Cafe Au Laits

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Iced Lavender Cafe Au Laits by lifestyle blogger Cassie Winslow of Deco Tartelette
Cafe au lait dahlias are in bloom and to celebrate, we made iced lavender cafe au laits (since sadly, dahlias aren’t edible). Iced cafe au laits are a wonderful way to enjoy coffee during the summertime and the addition of lavender adds a special floral touch.

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I feel quite fortunate to live in an area where dahlias are available from now until the fall. Dahlias are my absolute favorite (if you haven’t already noticed). They have so much character and can be as large as your face! They are so delicate and beautiful…

See below for how to make this delicious beverage…

Iced Lavender Cafe Au Laits by lifestyle blogger Cassie Winslow of Deco Tartelette

Iced Lavender Cafe Au Laits

Ingredients:
Makes two beverages
2 cups of your favorite coffee (I used Verve’s The 1950)
1 cup whole milk (I used Claravale‘s Raw Whole Milk)
2 tablespoons lavender simple syrup (recipe below)
Handful of ice for each glass

Directions:
Brew your coffee as directed approximately 8 hours before you would like to enjoy these scrumptious libations. Place in the fridge to cool. Make the simple syrup and allow to cool as well.

Fill each glass with ice. In a separate pitcher or bowl, mix the milk, simple syrup and coffee. Pour into each glass. Garnish with a sprig of dried, organic lavender. Enjoy surrounded by gorgeous cafe au lait dahlias if you can! Cheers!

Lavender Simple Syrup

Ingredients:
2 cups organic sugar
1 cup filtered water
2 tablespoons of organic dried culinary lavender

Directions:
Place all ingredients in a pot over the stove and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat so the mixture is simmering…simmer for 5 minutes or until the mixture has reduced to a syrup. Let cool and store in the fridge in a squeaky clean glass bottle. Lasts for approximately one week.

Find more of our lavender recipes here

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Recipe by Cassie Winslow

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Thursday

22

June 2017

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Peachy Rose Rum Punch

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Cassie Winslow of Deco Tartelette shares her recipe for Peachy Rose Rum Punch Cocktail
Peachy Rose Rum Punch! It’s the ultimate summer libation! You will be sippin’ on these refreshing cocktails all summer long whilst swinging in your hammock (book in hand), listening to records, and catching fireflies…

Lifestyle blogger Cassie Winslow of Deco Tartelette shares her recipe for Peachy Rose Rum Punch Cocktail
Peachy Rose Rum Punch

For 2 cocktails
Ingredients:
1 large organic yellow peach, pitted
1/4 teaspoon organic, edible rose water
1 cup organic pineapple, chopped
2 organic limes, juiced (about 1/4 cup)
4 ounces dark rum
Filtered water (to taste)
Handful of ice
Slice of lime for garnish

Directions:
Place peach, rose water, pineapple, and lime juice into a blender and blend until smooth. Then, add water to taste (I added about 1/4 cup). Pour into 2 tumblers of your choice filled with ice and garnish with a slice of lime. Cheers!

What are some of your favorite summer cocktails? We have tons of recipes to choose from here

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Recipe by Cassie Winslow
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Thursday

15

June 2017

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Strawberry Almond Milk

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Homemade Strawberry Almond Milk Recipe by Lifestyle blogger Cassie Winslow of Deco Tartelette
This Homemade Strawberry Almond Milk is super easy to make…easy peasy has been my motto lately and this simple beverage is a delicious and healthy treat that takes just a few minutes to whip up…

Strawberry Almond Milk

Makes 2 servings
Ingredients:
1/2 cup fresh, organic strawberries
3 cups organic almond milk, chilled
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract

Directions:
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend for about 20-30 seconds. Serve as is or pour over ice. Garnish with a strawberry. Enjoy!
Homemade Strawberry Almond Milk Recipe by Lifestyle blogger Cassie Winslow of Deco Tartelette

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Friday

5

May 2017

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Cherry Margaritas

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Cherry Margaritas | Deco Tartelette
Cherry Margaritas!!! I’m so happy that cherry season is upon us! These cocktails are like a grown up version of a Shirley Temple…they are super yummy. I had to share the recipe just in time for Cinco de Mayo.
Cheers and enjoy!

Cherry Margaritas
For 2 cocktails
Ingredients:
1/4 cup fresh organic cherries, pitted and muddled
2 organic limes, juiced (about 1/4 cup)
1/2 organic lemon, juiced
3 tablespoons organic maple syrup
4 ounces tequila
1 ounce triple sec
Handful of ice
Salt to rim each glass
Fresh cherries for garnish

Cherry Margaritas | Deco Tartelette
Directions:
Place muddled cherries, lime juice, lemon juice, maple syrup, tequila, triple sec, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously. Pour into 2 tumblers of your choice rimmed with salt and filled with ice. Garnish with fresh cherries.

Photography + Recipe by Cassie Winslow

Sunday

9

April 2017

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Lilac Sugar Greyhounds

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Lilac Sugar Greyhounds | Deco Tartelette
Mmmmm…Lilac Sugar Greyhounds…what a wonderful way to celebrate this time of year! I love creating a lilac cocktail every year as the season is quite short yet oh so lovely! My pantry is now stocked with homemade lilac sugar which makes me smile as it means there is lots of floral goodness in my future (and yours too!).

I hope you enjoy this delicious beverage as much as I do! Cheers!

Lilac Sugar Greyhounds | Deco Tartelette
Lilac Sugar Greyhounds
Ingredients:
Makes two cocktails
2 tablespoons lilac simple syrup (recipe below)
Juice from 2 large organic grapefruits
4 ounces vodka
Ice

Directions:
Fill two tumblers of your choice with ice. Divide the grapefruit juice then add two ounces of vodka to each. Drizzle in one tablespoon of lilac simple syrup in each cocktail. Mix. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit and a sprig of lilac. If you prefer a mocktail, simply omit the vodka and replace with a splash of water. Cheers!

Lilac Sugar Greyhounds | Deco Tartelette
Lilac Sugar Simple Syrup
Ingredients:
1 cup homemade lilac sugar (recipe below)
1/2 cup filtered water

Directions:
Place lilac sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar has completely dissolved and the mixture has thickened into syrup. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Pour into a clean, airtight container and store in the fridge. Lilac syrup is delicious drizzled on chocolate ice cream or Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes… enjoy!

Lilac Sugar | Deco Tartelette
Lilac Sugar
Ingredients:
1 cup organic sugar
2 tablespoons fresh, organic lilac petals

Directions:
Place all ingredients in a small bowl. Mix. Voila! Lilac Sugar. Also delicious sprinkled on watermelon or in these delicious chocolate chip cookies. Enjoy!

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Thursday

9

March 2017

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Sunshine has arrived…

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Glorious bright pink Ranunculus| Deco Tartelette
Glorious ranunculus and my favorite new heels

J. Crew Signet Bag | Deco Tartelette
Tried the newest coffee shop in town, Cat + Cloud, which did not disappoint…and a lady can’t have too many pink bags

Blooming Magnolias | Deco Tartelette
The magnolias are starting to bloom all over town…

Self Portrait Azaelea Dress in Black | Deco Tartelette
Frolicking through the blossoms at this time last year…

Line + Dot Tweed Blazer via Anthropologie | Deco Tartelette
Late afternoon {decaf} coffee runs have become part of the daily routine…where even the wallpaper is verdant.

Verve Coffee Santa Cruz | Deco Tartelette
I’m loving this lively installation at Verve Coffee in Santa Cruz…

Lilac Palomas | Deco Tartelette
Looking forward to shaking up some Lilac Palomas soon!

Spring blooms | Deco Tartelette
Spring is my absolute favorite time of year…it’s a dream come true to be surrounded by flowers. What are your favorite spring blooms?

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