you guys. wanna hear something totes crazy? My wedding is in less than 6 months. omg. crazy right? I feel like we just got engaged. Where on earth did the last 5 months go?
And how is it possible that I only have 6 months left of planning time? I think I’m a pretty decisive person but for some reason it took me the last 5 months to pick colors for my wedding. Weird I know. But I’m making progress! Here’s a quick update on what’s been decided:
Food – check!
Bartenders – check!
Colors – finally check!
Photographer – check!
DJ – check!
Bridesmaid dress palate – check!
Wedding dress – check!
Honeymoon – at one point in time it was decided that we were going to Italy. And now we changed out minds. So it’s a check, un-check, still working on it kinda deal…
I think one of the most important parts of our upcoming wedding, besides the fact that we are getting hitched, is food and drink. I mean how many times has the food been just mediocre at a wedding. I’d say more times than not. So we’ve gone and hired some ah-mazing caterers that totally wowed us at our tasting! But I’ll be filling you in on the food in a few short weeks. Today we are all about cocktails.
It’s Monday. And it’s almost March. Which means that spring is almost here and I think we need to be prepared with a perfect spring cocktail. Am I right? I thought so 🙂
This Strawberry Basil Sparkler is a riff on my all time favorite refreshment, my strawberry basil lemonade. I’ve been concocting fun sparkly and bubbly drinks recently so I can have an idea of what kind of signature cocktails we should serve at the wedding… and this Strawberry Basil Sparkler is definitely one of my top pics! The basil evens out the flavor and makes it a perfect cocktail to sip on during a gorgeous sunny day.
- 1 cup water
- 1 1/4 cup sugar
- 10 strawberries
- 1 cup loosely packed basil
- 1 oz vodka
- 1 1/2 oz strawberry basil syrup
- 2 oz champagne or prosecco
- squeeze of lemon
- Combine the water, sugar, strawberries and basil in a medium saucepan over medium high heat. Let the sugar dissolve and the flavors from the strawberries and basil infuse the syrup for about 10 minutes.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and let cool to room temperature.
- Once the mixture has cooled, strain out the liquid into a container and discard the strawberries and basil.
- In a cocktail glass, combine the vodka, strawberry basil syrup, champagne or prosecco and a squeeze of lemon juice. Stir to combine and serve immediately.
I am so excited you are making one of my recipes and I would love to see how it turns out. Make sure to share it on instagram and tag me @whatsgabycookin so I can see your masterpiece!