Loafers, Liqueur and a Great Cocktail

18056376_1961371367427204_8226822194423455875_o.jpgSince the year I turned 22, I tried to make a tradition out of getting myself “something really nice” for my birthday.  I don’t usually buy expensive things, so it’s nice to give myself an annual excuse to go down to Lenox Square or Phipps Plaza and indulge in something kind of frivolous.  Well, I had always admired the classic and casual elegance of a nice tasteful pair of Gucci horsebit loafers, so I got a pair of those for my 25th birthday.  After all, I had survived a whole quarter century on this earth, so, why the hell not?  Well, of course I paid the $545+tax for these shoes (subsidized by multiple Visa and American Express gift cards I got for my birthday) and then proceeded to wear them maybe twice in the time since then, only to go on and completely forget that I own a piece of iconic fashion and let them sit in a box somewhere to literally collect dust.  Well, I rediscovered my loafers a few weeks ago when I was cleaning out my closet and realized that I should take these babies out of mothballs, strut my stuff in them and break them in.  I tell you, these have become the most comfortable and stylish pair of shoes I’ve ever owned.  I have to say, I recommend you invest in a pair if you happen across a minor windfall or just have it like that. Plus, these are the type of shoes that have a timeless style, goes with just about any outfit for both work and weekend and will last you many years if you take good care of them and NOT wear them every day, tempting as that may be.

img_2502Speaking of rediscovering things I had just lying around the house, I have this bottle of St. Germain that’s just been sitting on the sideboard in the kitchen for a year that I’ve only used about 1/4 of thus far.  I was introduced to this fragrant elderflower liqueur from France about a year ago when I tried some – around this time of year, actually – at my cousin’s house.  I swear this stuff smells like a legit perfume is you take a whiff of it from the bottle.  I wouldn’t be surprised if there are folks out there who actually dab this stuff on their pulse points.  But St. Germain really gives just about any refreshing cocktail a nice floral hit, which is perfect a perfect match for this lovely weather we’re having here in Atlanta.  I’ve even put a splash of the stuff in summer fruit salads to give it some extra zip…it goes great with peaches, strawberries and melons. 😉

Lavender-Infused Simple SyrupSo, in re-discovering St. Germain, I decided to create a nice little cocktail that I call “A Splash of Spring” and I’ve enjoyed quite a few of these since its birth.  It’s very similar to a lemon drop but with the volume turned way up (there goes my inner Barefoot Contessa again).  One of the ingredients is a wonderful lavender-infused simple syrup that you can make by combining 1 cup of sugar, 3/4 cup flower and 1/4 cup of lavender buds in a pan, heating until the sugar is dissolved and then steeping for 15 minutes before straining into a mason jar and allowing to cool completely.  Once that’s done, here’s what you do to make my Splash of Spring:

Me Enjoying a Splash of Spring | The FoodielennialWhat you’ll need:

  • Juice of 1 lemon (Meyer Lemons are best, if available)
  • 1 shot St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • 2 shots of gin
  • 1 tablespoon of lavender-infused simple syrup.

What you’ll do:

Basically, just combine everything in a shaker with some ice and strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a lemon twist. That’s it!  Cheers!

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