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LAVENDER GIN + TONIC

We are a lil’ bit obsessed with lavender at the moment…the taste but also the scent.  The lavender simple syrup was the perfect touch of spring complimenting the gin we paired it with.  We are dreaming up a million wonderful things to use the lavender simple syrup in other than cocktails…coffee, ginger ale floats, lemonade, the list goes on.

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Our recipe ratios are for a tiny cocktail (cause we serve like 300 of them) so our recommendation would be to make it a double cause you’re probably going want to gulp it down and this way you won’t have to get a refill immediately.

Recipe:

1 oz gin

.5 oz lavender simple syrup

3 oz tonic

garnished with a sage leaf

*We used the PH Alchemy Lavender simple syrup and couldn’t have been happier about it.  You can buy some here or also make it at home….but buying it is a tad bit easier….just sayin’.

 

**The Cellar Wine & Spirits is our spirits super hero providing the gin for us to serve these to you.  SO if you need to stock your bar we would recommend visiting them to do so! They are wonderful and super helpful!!

BURNING LOVE

Another cocktail for the books! This one was delicious.  If you love tequila or just like to enjoy a margarita every once in a while you should try this drink out! It tastes like a wonderful juice with a slight kick to it (thank you tequila and jalapeño simple syrup!).  I could have drank these all night.  Plus oh man, they would have really complimented a giant bowl of guacamole. yum.

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BURNING LOVE – makes 1 serving

1 oz silver tequila – if you are local get yours at Cellar Wine & Spirits (!!!)

1/2 oz mango orange juice – we used Simply’s version of this

3/4 oz jalapeño simple syrup

3 oz of sparkling water – we used club soda for this

Optional:

coarse salt (for salting the rim)

lime juice (for salting the rim) -could use the mango orange juice

jalapeños or mangos – for garnish

 

making the SIMPLE SYRUP

1  cup of sugar

1/2 cup of water

1-2 jalapeños (sliced with the seeds and ribs left in)

-Bring all the ingredients to a boil. Let cool. Strain the jalapeños out using a fine mesh sieve. Refrigerate. This should stay in your fridge for up to a month.  And it is good, would be good in a million different cocktails!!  I will say that ours didn’t turn out too terribly spicy so if you want some heat you could use more jalapeños.

-Side note: we made our simple syrup extra sweet so we didn’t have to make as much of it (we were making for 300 drinks) but if you want your margarita less sweet you could do 1/2 c sugar, 1/2 c of water, 1-2 jalapeños. Or if want to use less sugar but want the sweetness you could use the 1/2 c sugar, 1/2 c water ratio and just use more of it.

-Making simple syrup is waaayyyyyyy easier than it sounds (unless you let your pot boil over and spill it everywhere like I did).  Don’t let a simple syrup scare you away from making any cocktail.  They usually take the drink to the next level, are actually super easy to make, and always worth the few minutes it takes to watch water boil. ha.

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MIXING THE COCKTAIL

Dip the rim of your cup in lime juice and then salt.

Fill glass with ice.

Add tequila, simple syrup, juice.

Top with sparkling water.

Stir with bar spoon.

Add garnish of choice.

Enjoy.

 

We are so lucky to have our cocktails sponsored by Cellar Wine & Spirits.  They always pick out a tasty liquor and make our cocktails a huge success.  They have the most giant collection of beer, wine, spirits, liqueurs, and more.  Make sure you keep them in mind when you are picking up the ingredients for your next cocktail! Also [!!!!] follow them on instagram here!

Stone + Harper

We are stoked about what we have going on this 2nd Friday. We will be showcasing Stone + Harper, the creation of Sarah Nsikak. Read on to find out more about Stone + Harper, the vision, and the passion behind it.

“I’m Sarah Nsikak – a 24 year old maker with a heart for creativity and social justice.

 

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Stone + Harper is named after Lucy Stone and Frances Harper – two strong women who booth stood for gender equality and the abolition of slavery. In a time when black and white did not work together, their partnership shows how much reconciliation can come from rallying behind a worthy cause. The name, along side the logo, are symbols of hope for a better and more unified world.

I see creativity as something that is subtle enough to be easily overlooked, but powerful enough to change the way we see and respond to the world around us. Humans are all uniquely made and each one carries an identity that is all their own. The art of self expression is shown by every one of us in the subtleties, like the way we dress ourselves daily. The odds and ends of the way we present ourselves are the beginning of creative expression, but they do not have to be where it ends. There is so much, often untapped, creative potential in every individual.

Stone + Harper was started as a mission to bring awareness to the lack of support for creativity in our public school systems and the beauty that comes when it is made to flourish. A portion of Stone + Harper sales are donated to art and music education. The long term goal of Stone + Harper is to open a center for art and creative therapies. It will be a safe place to come into step with the right side of the brain, establish a full knowing of self, and create to the hearts content.

The second part of the vision for Stone + Harper is to raise awareness about the reality of the wasteful nature of the fashion industry. Because I love clothes and personal style as much as I do, I wanted to create something that would be part of the solution and not add to the problem. All pieces are either vintage up-cycled items or they are made from recycled materials.

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Supporting Stone + Harper is supporting sustainability, creativity, and giving yourself more opportunities for creative self expression in your personal style.”

Friday, February 12th 6-10pm @thesocialclubok
Come sip a cocktail while you check out Stone + Harper’s newest line.

heART INSTALLATION

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We think words are powerful so we are inviting people to participate in our ‘Community heART INSTALLATION’ where you can come tell someone you love them, you care, you think they are the bomb, you like their hair, whatever you want by sending them a valentine. Come participate from now until - Sunday, February 14th. Come write someone a love note. We have five adorable valentine’s to choose from!!

We will be open Sunday, February 14th from 10am-4pm. With flowers, jewelry, valentine’s, chocolate, and many more gift ideas.

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BLOOD ORANGE GIN & SODA

This was quite possibly one of our favorite cocktails in the history of our 2nd Friday cocktails!

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BLOOD ORANGE GIN & SODA

single serving//

1 oz gin

1.5 oz blood orange italian soda (we found this at Sprouts but Target has a version as well)

1.5 oz club soda

.75 oz or thyme simple syrup

sprig of thyme and/or a blood orange peel

To mix: Fill a glass with ice, add gin, sodas, and thyme simple syrup.  Stir gently. Garnish with sprig of thyme and/or orange peel.

*Disclaimer// because we make 300 of these drinks on a 2nd Friday we make them sort of small so you could totally beef the servings up if you want to!

 

Simple syrups always seem like they are going to be hard to make or really time consuming but let me let you in on a little secret.  They aren’t.  I made a gallon of this and it was easy. But like I said above we make 300 of these so you could probably do with making a half cup of it and have more than enough so it will be even easier!

THYME SIMPLE SYRUP

.5 cup of sugar

.5 cup of water

4-6 sprigs of thyme

To make: In a saucepan over medium heat, bring sugar and water to a boil. Remove from heat and add thyme sprigs. Allow to cool for 30 minutes. Discard thyme before using.  If you do not want any thyme leaves in the syrup then use a fine mesh strainer to remove them.

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This should keep in the refrigerator for about 1 month. So add it to all your drinks or even to club soda for a tasty drink in the middle of the day.  Oooh or add it to a little champagne for brunch!

If you don’t feel like making your own simple syrup we sell some in the shop from Pink House Alchemy.  They don’t have a thyme [which is why we made our own] but I think this would be good with their cardamom or vanilla simple syrups!!

We can’t tell you how to make this amazing cocktail without also telling you who made it possible in the first place!  Cellar Wine & Spirits has been so kind to sponsor our 2nd Friday cocktails.  So when you go buy your gin to make this drink- think of them.  They are amazing [!!!] with amazing staff who will help you pick out amazing spirits to make your cocktails perfect! Follow them out here AND visit them here.

 

Gingered Pear

Hey Friends.  This 2nd Friday we decided to go with something light [cause it was like 70 degrees outside??!!] but still seasonal!  The Gingered Pear was definitely tasty and [SO] easy to make!  We made it into a punch to make the serving easy as well.  Keep reading for the recipe.

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Makes 6 drinks:

4 oz of pear juice

6 oz of vodka

7 oz of ginger ale

garnish with a sprig of rosemary

drink. enjoy. repeat.

Again, we can’t thank Cellar Wine & Spirits enough for partnering with us to serve these tasty cocktails each 2nd Friday.  We encourage you to keep them in mind when you are buying all your spirits for your holiday parties and family gatherings!

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We had a blast Friday night.  Santa was serving cocktails and people were shopping!  Thank you for keeping it local this holiday season!!!!  Words can’t express what it means to small businesses like us!

 

Specialty Old Fashioneds

HEY FRIENDS. We wanted to give you guys all the info you need to re-create the cocktails we made this past 2nd Friday! We hope you were able to come in and have one because they were delishhhhh!  If you did not, or if you just want to have another, find the recipes below.

SPECIALTY OLD FASHIONEDS || SPONSORED BY CELLAR WINE & SPIRITS

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BLACKBERRY SAGE OLD FASHIONED

.75 oz blackberry sage simple syrup

1.5 oz bourbon

ice

bitters

garnish- blackberry and/or sage

 

CARDAMOM OLD FASHIONED

.75 oz cardamom simple syrup

1.5 oz bourbon

ice

bitters

garnish- we used a sprig of rosemary

 

TO MIX:

In a rocks glass, add ice, the simple syrup, and bourbon.  Stir with bar spoon.  Top with a few splashes of bitters. Add garnish.  Drink. Enjoy. Repeat.

We know this is not your typical old fashioned. The typical old fashioned takes some muddling not to mention forethought [do you have the cherries, oranges, etc.]. And although we love a fancy cocktail we also love a cocktail you can throw together with items you just have stocked in your bar. We simplified the old fashioned process by using our most favorite simple syrups from Pink House Alchemy.  Pssst. we have these available for purchase in our store [they are packaged in awesome glass bottles and make a great gift paired with bar ware or bar supplies]  but you can make your own simple syrups too if you would rather go that route.  If you are looking for a cocktail that is seriously a no-brainer and is made in a snap – this. is. it.

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We can’t forget to give Cellar Wine & Spirits a HUGE major shout out…

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We love [!!!] like lovelovelove [!!!!] serving everyone cocktails on 2nd Fridays.  It gives us a chance to bring you a new cocktail [not to mention the new art] but we were serving 300 cocktails and running out before the night was halfway over.  Which in one respect is awesome because that means you guys are coming out for 2nd Fridays but it was a bummer turning so many people away. Cellar Wine & Spirits was super excited when we asked them if they would want to team up with us to make 2nd Fridays bigger and better!  Because they are so awesome we want to give you a little encouragement and say go support them!!  Not only do they have an amazing, gigantic, mind-blowing selection of beer, wine, and spirits but their staff is mega-nice, and so soooo helpful.  Go in and tell them what you are making and what you want to spend and they will help you pick out your spirit. They are the bomb.com and you will probably keep hearing us say that because it’s true.

Find them on Instagram: @cellarnorman

Find them in person: 555 W. Main St, Norman, OK

Now go buy some bourbon from Cellar, make this cocktail and enjoy it!

Cheers.

 

 

 

2ND FRIDAY FEATURED ARTIST: THE MULTI-TALENTED, AMY SANDERS

OUR ARTIST FOR JUNE IS AMY SANDERS.  WE ARE SUPER INSPIRED BY HER LOVE FOR LIFE AND HER TALENT TO CREATE.  READ BELOW FOR A LITTLE MORE ABOUT AMY AND WHY YOU SHOULD COME IN AND SUPPORT HER.

 

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Most people now know me as a ceramic artist. However, in addition to my ceramics, I wanted to show a different side of my creative process and to bring in my love for storytelling with this body of work. By no means am I a great storyteller, but I believe in the narrative power of imagery and colors. Traveling, along with creating, is one of my deepest passions. During my travels over the years, I have amassed a large archive of photos, and I’ve never really shared most of them. I finally feel like it’s time to start changing that.

Last summer, I spent several weeks in Italy, and instantly fell in love with the vibrancy of that land. The following collection of images come from that time abroad (some of you may recognize a few of them). Not long after returning from Italy, I realized my vision had been deteriorating at a noticeably faster rate than ever before. Then, a couple of months ago, my eye doctor told me that by the middle of summer, I would no longer be able to drive due to the gradual loss of my peripheral vision. This has been the first major step towards blindness and a loss of independence that made me think, “It’s actually happening, isn’t it?”

I’ve always been confident about knowing what I need, and I’m thankful I was given a passion for art and travel. The possibility of being unable to travel independently and see our visually stunning world does sadden me, but more importantly, urges me to grasp onto the opportunities of the present. It’s both terrifying and wonderful, to feel such a sense of urgency.

Tomorrow, I will be returning overseas for a brief artist residency to expand my education in ceramics and public art, and I will stay afterwards in Europe for a bit to see more of this world and its lovely people while I still can. I’m inviting you to be a part of this journey. Any proceeds from the art sales will help fund the residency costs. And if you don’t feel like getting something for yourself, that’s ok! Do something else for yourself–go do that thing you love before life slips away.

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COME VISIT US THIS FRIDAY FROM 6-10PM TO SEE AMY’S ART AND OTHER FUN STUFF (I.E. GIVEAWAYS, NEW PRODUCTS, DRINKS, AND MORE)!!!

2nd FRIDAY FEATURED ARTIST: Marissa Raglin

We couldn’t be more excited to be showcasing the work of Marissa Raglin.  We have actually showcased her painting in the past but this time we will be showing her collages.  Which are awesome!  SO awesome.  Honestly, we would love to take each and everyone of them home with us.

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She was recently selected to be one of the featured artists at Momentum OKC 2015, which is presented by the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition and focuses on young, emerging artists in Oklahoma.  Momentum was just last weekend and we will have a full show of her work this Friday from 6pm-10pm.  So if you were lucky enough to view her work at Momentum, come see even more of it this Friday!!

We will also be celebrating our 3 year birthday, hard to believe it has already been 3 years since we opened up around the corner in only 500 square feet.  We know it would not be possible without all of you amazing people who have supported us and allowed us to grow.  Please come celebrate with us as we celebrate you  with awesome art, cocktails, treats, and sales!

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2nd Friday Featured Artist: Jacob Cossey

Jacob Cossey.  Is such a cool guy.  He is one of the founders of Native Creative.  “Native Creative seeks to cover the entire creative retail spectrum. All of our artists are multifaceted in their creative abilities. We strive to start a contagious, grassroots movement throughout Oklahoma’s creative populace. No one individual is solely Native Creative.” It is basically a group that is amazing and supports fellow makers, giving them a platform to sell their goods.

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“I’m Jacob Cossey and my favorite things are pizza, robots, and 90s music. I believe that it’s the weird things that make life worth living. My inspiration is derived from hearing people talk about their passions. I love art, I love weirdness, and I love talking about it.”

Jacob is a graphic designer by day and maker of beautiful cards and prints by night. If you have been in the shop then it is likely that you have already seen some of his geometric animals on cards or his amazing geometric version of our state, Oklahoma. Stop by this Friday night to sip on a cocktail and check out what else he has been working on lately.  It is sure to be amazing.

Cheers!

-Dana