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This is a blog about trying new things, tasting all the good things in life, and making every day an adventure.

Do things that make you happy. Try things that will make you better. Look to your friends for inspiration. Everyone has a talent or a special gift to offer. Sometimes just doing the smallest thing can provide a sense of accomplishment, enhance our wellbeing and increase our self-worth. 

And if you feel uncomfortable...good! That means you're growing. See as many places as you can on this planet. Meet new people and try new things. There's so much I still want to do and try so you're invited to follow my adventures...the big and the bitty. We can enjoy them over Cocktails on Monday...or any day of the week.

Cheers!

Cocktail Masters...or Not

Cocktail Masters...or Not

As part of my quest to try new things and take fun classes...last weekend Kevin and I, along with three other adventure-seeking lushes/couples, took a Cocktail Masterclass at a local restaurant called The Botanist! It was so much fun! The Botanist is a fairly new establishment here in Marlow. It has a busy bar area in the front with high bar tables and live music, and a dining room in the back with tables surrounding a huge brick fireplace in the center of the room. The decor is best described as "industrial/shabby/floral/chic". Their cocktails also take on a botany-esque theme as they transform traditional cocktails using herbal, fruity, and floral ingredients that unexpectedly work quite well together. 

Upon arrival, we were given an "English 75" which is Elderflower liqueur, apple juice, Prosecco and cucumber served in a fluted champagne class. It was light, refreshing & delicious! Definitely something for a warm afternoon on a shady patio (Or on a cold, gray day indoors--really, I'm not picky!). Our Cocktail Master, Cory, demonstrated how to make a traditional cocktail, let us taste it, then demonstrate the Botanist's version of that cocktail, which we would also taste. 

At the end of the class, after all the cocktails had been demonstrated and tasted, Cory announced that the winning cocktails were made by Bryan, Matt and Michelle (whatever, I think they cheated) and were awarded free cocktails! One was a Watermelon &  Sage Sling which is made with fresh watermelon, sage infused syrup, Bombay Dry Gin, watermelon syrup and lime juice. The other was a Strawberry & Cucumber Breeze made with fresh cucumber, mint, Bombay Sapphire Gin, apple & cranberry juice, vanilla syrup, strawberry liqueur, lemon juice & strawberry puree. Both were excellent! I really have to say that I enjoyed every cocktail of the evening except maybe the original Old Fashioned, but I'm not a big whiskey or bitters fan. Every version that The Botanist offered was really, really good!

We ended the class with a taste of Cazcabel Honey Tequila and shots of Cazcabel Coffee Liqueur. Then we went to eat dinner and soaked up some of the cocktails. With beer and bottles of wine! Lol!

This Cocktail Masterclass was definitely a lot of fun, informative and well-structured. And by the end of the class the participants in this case were also a lot of fun, were adequately informed and well-intoxicated! Some were even slightly competitive (*cough* Judkins). We all had a good laugh and a brilliant evening! I highly recommend it! If you're local and want to try The Botanist's Cocktail Masterclass just click here. I do have a disclaimer: I am still not a Cocktail Master. But I did learn how to squirt soda from the hose-thingy behind the bar and I have a new appreciation for the art of mixing cocktails. If you want to try your hand at making cocktails at home and don't already have the tools I'd recommend getting a Cocktail Shaking Set like the one shown here on Amazon. It's pretty much all you need (except the ingredients) to make all the cocktails from our Masterclass. So this time don't even wait until Monday, find a Cocktail Masterclass on a Sunday to mix it up and try something new!! Cheers!

{Since I mentioned my new-found love of Gin + Tonics in this post I thought I'd highlight two of my favorite gins, Brockmans and Hendricks. Brockmans is best paired with berries and a tonic called 1724 or Fever Tree. Hendricks is served with cucumber slices & Fever Tree tonic...and is exceptionally good on a warm, summery day.}

10k? OK!

10k? OK!

More Than Just Tea

More Than Just Tea