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JAMIE STEVENS

This month, we are stoked to get to showcase and big-time brag on artist Jamie Stevens. A self-taught artist working in oils, Jamie’s goal is to paint one small painting almost every day. Read on to find out more about Jamie, her passion, and her work!

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“Though I enjoyed art as a child, I’ve recently reconnected with the joy of painting during the last two years.”

“Painting happens during my daughter’s naps and in the evenings if I’m not too tired from my day job and chasing around a 4 year old.”

“Every day is a new adventure and gives me the opportunity to experiment and try something new. I find inspiration in many places, though I’m often drawn to the contrast between light and shadow.”

 

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Come on by to check out // purchase one of Jamie’s oil paintings. To see more of her work, check out her Instagram & blog listed above!

BLUEBERRY LEMONADE

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Cheers to everyone who came out to Art Walk this past Friday! We figured there was no better way to kick off this Spring weather than with some (Spiked) Blueberry Lemonade. In case you missed it, we’ve got ya covered.

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

 

1 oz GIN

3 oz LEMONADE

2 oz BLUEBERRY JUICE

Blueberries to garnish.

 

Mix & enjoy! We recommend drinking one on the patio… in the sunshine…

CLUB SOCIAL

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Big thanks to all that came out to celebrate women AND our 5th BIRTHDAY! We kicked off the night by serving up a Club Social (what an appropriate name I must say). Find out how to make it below:

 

CLUB SOCIAL

 

Salted Rim +

2 oz Vodka

1 oz Sprite

1 oz Lemon Juice

Splash of Club Soda

1/4 to 1/2 oz  of Lavender Simple Syrup by PH Alchemy

Rosemary to garnish

 

 

Cheers!

COKE DATE

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In case you didn’t know, it was ART WALK WEEKEND this past Friday. We served up a little beverage to celebrate the holiday of love that we call Valentines Day, by throwing it back to the 50′s with a coke date.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 oz Vanilla Vodka

5 oz Coke

Splash of Grenadine

 

Stir and then top it with a cherry.

 

That’s all folks! Now there’s no excuse to not mix up a little something special for someone today ;)

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pssst…don’t forget a card. SHOP HERE or pop in the store today!

 

 

GIN + GINGER

 

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The weather may have been a bit frightful this past 2nd Friday, but the drink was so delightful! Check out this simple recipe for our Gin+Ginger, served up last week at the Art Walk:

1 oz – Gin

4 oz – Ginger Ale

garnish with a slice of orange

 

 

That’s it folks! So easy yet so yummy.

 

psst…you can purchase one of our GIN DECANTERS (pictured above) in the shop or online.

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COCKTAIL CATCH-UP

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Hello hello! It’s time for a cocktail catch-up.

As you may know, we had you guys vote on last month’s cocktail at our August Art Walk  by choosing from one of our drinks from the archives! So, if you missed this recipe on the blog the last time we served it, we’ve got ya covered. Click on over to the recipe for that yummy Rosey Gin Sour we mixed up for you last month!

 

Now on to last week’s recipe…

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APPLE PIE

1 oz vodka

2 oz apple juice

1 oz spiced apple cider

2 oz club soda

garnish with an apple slice powdered with cinnamon

 

We hope you enjoyed our festive October drink and, as always, want to give a huge THANK YOU and shout out to Norman’s own, THE CELLAR WINE & SPIRITS . We don’t know what we’d do without them!

COCKTAIL POLL + SUMMER SANGRIA

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We’ve got another successful 2nd Friday Art Walk under our belts, all thanks to YOU GUYS! We love serving up our cocktails and hearing your feedback, which is why we’re starting to change things up this fall and we want to get you involved in our process.

It’s election season so, to us, it made the most sense to hear from the people and let them vote on what they want to sip on next month. We pulled from our drink archives, choosing the best of the best and then we took to the polls, asking YOU what you wanted to have again.

The results our in and the winner is the…

BLACKBERRY SAGE OLD FASHIONED

No worries if your drink didn’t win. You can find the recipes right here on the blog! Links at the bottom of this post.

 

Now on to this month’s recipe:

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This SUMMER SANGRIA fits in perfectly with our theme this summer of easy and refreshing cocktails. With only a couple ingredients, you’re going to want to make a pitcher, which is why this recipe is for doing just that:

 

One bottle of white wine (we used Pinot Grigio)

3 cans of Fresca (we picked your classic Fresca, but any flavor will do)

Add fruit of your liking (grapes, peaches, strawberries, etc…)

 

That’s it! So simple.

As always, we want to thank The Cellar of Norman for proving the spirit to our cocktail each and every month! <3

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Cheers!

 

Rosey Gin Sour | Whiskey Lemonade | Honey Ginger Lemonade

WATERMELON GIN FIZZ

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A big thanks to everyone who came out this rainy 2nd Friday to help us celebrate our renovation and show your support for MaryBeth and her upcoming documentary America Made Me Black.

We hope you all enjoyed our refreshing drink : The Watermelon Gin Fizz. The good news is we have the recipe for you so you can make a glass or two (or three) for yourself in the comfort of your own home!

3 oz – Watermelon juice**

3 oz – Ginger Ale

1 0z – Gin

1/2 oz – Lime Juice

**To make the watermelon juice: Cube watermelon. Blend (on liquify). Strain through a fine mesh strainer. (Don’t be intimidated by this extra work. It’s really simple and quick and you’ll have your own watermelon juice in a jiffy!)

Mix all ingredients and serve yourself a few glasses worth ;)

 

A HUGE SHOUT to THE CELLAR for providing our gin for this great summer cocktail.

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WHISKEY LEMONADE

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We’ve lined up another great summer beverage for ya and it’s oh so simple, but oh so delicious.

 

What you’ll need:

 

1 oz honey whiskey

3 oz lemonade

3 oz soda water

Basil leaf as garnish

 

Simply pour the ingredients over ice and enjoy! You’ll find this to be a refreshing and satisfying drink to add to your list of beverages to get through this hot, hot summer.

We don’t want to forget to give a HUGE THANK YOU to the  Cellar Wine & Spirits  for providing us with the tasty honey whiskey to make this month’s 2nd Friday cocktail !!  Make sure the next time you stop in the Cellar, give them a nice big hug and a pat on the back for helping us make these tasty beverages happen each and every month!

 

XOXO

 

PEACH PEAR SANGRIA

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This is one to maybe put in your back pocket for when the sun comes out but Friday was a perfect day for it.  It is a refreshing warm-day cocktail for sure!!

WHATCHA’LL NEED:

1 bottle (750 ml) of Pinot Grigio (or Chardonnay)

1/4 c of fine sugar

1 c of pear nectar (or juice)

2 c of sparkling peach flavored water

thinly sliced peaches and/or pears

TO MIX:

Combine wine, sugar, pear nectar, and flavored water.  Stir vigorously until sugar is dissolved. Mix in sliced fruit and voila. Sangria!

We did not do this (and it was still delish) but if you have the time —do this instead— combine wine, sugar, and pear nectar.  Stir vigorously until sugar is dissolved.  Mix in sliced fruit. Let chill in fridge for 2 – 6 hours.  Top with sparkling water (do this right before serving so it won’t get flat).  Letting it sit will enhance all the flavors.

ENJOY!!!

A BIG THANK YOU as always to Cellar Wine & Spirits  for providing us with the tasty wine to make this month’s 2nd Friday cocktail happen!!  Everyone that had one and enjoyed it…make sure the next time you go into Cellar (which will probably be sooner than later to pick up the ingredients for Sangria, wink) make sure you thank them!!