Sunday Kind of Love

Photo shot by Kyle Smith Born | ARSENIC-LACE.COM

Photo shot by Kyle Smith Born | ARSENIC-LACE.COM

It's my favorite day again and I hope you all had a good week. I'm spending the day with my Mom in Sussex County, NJ. It's really nice to get out of the city, breathe the fresh air and maybe do a little thrifting. I still haven't decided on a kitchen table so before I purchase something new, I'm going to try my luck at thrift stores and on Craigslist for a few more weeks. I have some time before the holidays arrive when I will be inviting more company over. It's way too hot in here right now to have people over anyway.

Speaking of how warm it is, I am newly addicted to smoothie bowls. I went out and bought my weight in fresh fruit and froze it to have a weeks worth of ice cold, smoothie goodness. Here are a few I made this week. I was thinking, should I post the recipes? Is non-boozy frozen breakfast treats something my readers are interested in? We all need breakfast, right?

Matcha Smoothie Bowl | ARSENIC-LACE.COM | Sunday Kind of Love
  • This is the Matcha Green Smoothie Bowl I made with matcha, kale, bananas, pineapple, almond butter, and coconut milk. Topped with almonds, coconut, raspberries, and chia seeds.
Blackberry Banana Smoothie Bowl | ARSENIC-LACE.COM | Sunday Kind of Love
  • This is the Blackberry Banana Smoothie Bowl with maca, banana, blueberries, blackberries, almond butter, chia seeds, and almond milk. Topped with kiwi, buckwheat, bee pollen, and coconut.
Dark n' Stormy Popsicles | ARSENIC-LACE.COM | Sunday Kind of Love
  • I think I'm only consuming cold, frozen things until the summer is over. Which brings me to these Dark & Stormy Popsicles I photographed yesterday for a post going up on A Beautiful Mess. Stay tuned for the recipe to those!
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  • I really want this print from Kailo Chic because all signs DO point to cocktails. At least in my life they do. Don't you love it?
Coconut Guava Daiquiri | ARSENIC-LACE.COM | Sunday Kind of Love
  • All signs point to this Coconut Guava Daiquiri that I made a few weeks back. Wednesday was National Daiquiri Day and that's reason enough to celebrate for me.
Sparkling Hibiscus Sangria | ARSENIC-LACE.COM | Sunday Kind of Love
  • Also in this household we celebrate Sangria Saturdays. I'd like to start linking to posts I contribute to on other sites more frequently, that way you can follow my recipes no matter where they are. Sometimes I fall behind on updating my own site because I'm creating content for others. Don't fret because there are plenty of drinks to go around! This is my Sparkling Hibiscus Sangria on A Beautiful Mess.

Cheers everyone! I hope you have a wonderful Sunday. Heads up: It's National Tequila Day tomorrow! ;)

xo Natalie

Peach Mint Julep

Peach Mint Julep (click through for recipe)

I love a good theme and excuse to make cocktails, and Derby Day has always been one of my favorites. I've done everything from throwing sponsored showings of the Derby to doing a DIY hat and mint julep class (which I would really love to do again), but this year I'm kicking it at home with this delicious peach variation of the southern classic. This is a simple addition to an already simple drink that's perfect for Summer and sipping on your porch.

Peach Mint Julep (click through for recipe)

Peach Mint Julep, serves 1

2 oz. bourbon (I used FEW)

1 barspoon peach liqueur

1 sugar cube

a handful of mint

2 peach slices cubed

Peach Mint Julep (click through for recipe)

Take your sugar cube, mint, and cubed peaches and place them in your serving vessel. Add the peach liqueur and muddle.I love to see the mint and peaches at the bottom of the glass so I opted to use glass instead of a traditional julep cup. If you have julep cups at home you can use them. They keep your drink icy cold. 

Peach Mint Julep (click through for recipe)

Add your bourbon and then top with crushed ice. You can crush some ice in a blender or by putting it in a cloth bag and hitting it with your muddler. Garnish with a healthy bouquet of mint and dust with powdered sugar.

Peach Mint Julep (click through for recipe)

Here's a little sneak peek of the wallpaper in my living room. The big reveal is this week so stay tuned. I'm in love!

Peach Mint Julep (click through for recipe)
Peach Mint Julep (click through for recipe)

Mint juleps are so refreshing but I love this one especially because the peach adds brightness and fruitiness to a somewhat boozy cocktail. These are definitely a little dangerous and go down way too quickly, so take it easy! I hope you're all doing something fun today. Put on a hat, sip a julep and route for your favorite horse! Happy Derby Day!



High Plains Margarita of the Year

High Plains Margarita of the Year

Hello Everyone, it has been quite awhile because of the move, but now that I'm settling in, I am super excited to share that I have teamed up with Patrón to bring you a variation on one of the most popular cocktails — the margarita! To celebrate this classic cocktail Patrón has crafted 7 artisanal recipes that showcase how versatile this drink can really be and is asking everyone to vote for their favorite. These special margaritas are being made at several bars and restaurants all over the country, but we can also make them at home! I've whipped up the High Plains Margarita which is a herbaceous spin on the margarita, incorporating muddled sage, smoky charred pineapple, yuzu and a spicy chipotle salt rim. YUM!

High Plains Margarita of the Year

High Plains Margarita

1.5 oz Patrón Silver

.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Orange

 2 Slices charred pineapple

.5 oz Fresh lime juice

.25 oz Yuzu juice

.25 oz Simple syrup

 6 Sage leaves, 2 for garnish

2 dashes Lime bitters

Chipotle salt rim

Char 2 pineapple slices and reserve 1 slice. To make the drink combine 2 pieces pineapple, 4 sage leaves and simple syrup in shaker and muddle. Add remaining liquid ingredients and shake vigorously with ice to chill. Double strain onto fresh ice in a chipotle salt-rimmed rocks glass. Garnish with a slice of charred pineapple and 2 sage leaves. To make the chipotle salt, simply mix a 1/2 cup of salt with 3/4 tsp of dried chipotle powder. 

High Plains Margarita of the Year
High Plains Margarita of the Year
High Plains Margarita of the Year

The margarita is by far one of my favorite cocktails and this variation is no exception. It is well balanced, fruity — but not sweet, herbaceous, savory, smoky and with a kick of spice. This drink sure did the trick after the crazy month I just had, and I will most certainly be making these again in the future. These are perfect for those warm summer days when we will be grilling in the backyard. I can't wait!

Margarita of the Year with Patrón
High Plains Margarita of the Year

If you try the High Plains Margarita or another, don't forget to vote for your favorite here or by using the hashtag - #highplainsmargarita - on Instagram/Twitter. And remember the perfect way to enjoy Patrón is responsibly!