Monday, August 29, 2016

Cocktails on the Farm

This past Thursday was my 51st birthday!  My oldest daughter, Brittney, purchased tickets for the two of us to attend Cocktails on the Farm; a cocktail workshop for women at Urban Roots Farm on my actual birthday. We celebrated my birthday with my husband and other daughter, Emily, on Friday night.

The event was sponsored by Cherry Picker Package & Fare and food was provided by Grace in the Kitchen, both local small businesses with great reputations, which made us anticipate this evening more. 

Despite the fact that it was a hot and humid summer night in the Ozarks, there was a nice breeze flowing through the trees.  At one point, we thought it might begin to rain, because dark clouds started rolling in, but instead it just made the breeze a bit cooler, making for a very pleasant evening.

Grace in the Kitchen provided a great spread to snack on. Obviously, they had access to vegetables on the farm.  The Cucumber Water tasted amazing and was so refreshing between cocktails.  The celery was the most beautiful dark green color, and the egg plant hummus was to die for!  Everything tasted so fresh and delicious.  I wish I had taken photos of the food, because it looked as great as it tasted.

Three cocktail stations were set up at separate locations around the small farm.  The girls at each booth were so sweet and did a great job explaining each step to make the cocktails.  They explained why they choose the flavors for each drink and how they incorporated produce from the farm into each drink they planned.  The host encouraged us to walk the property to see the different kinds of vegetation that they grow there, including a bee colony to help pollinate the crops on the farm.  What a cool addition to the farm!

Below are the recipes for my 2 favorite cocktails that we made that night.  Enjoy!

The first cocktail was a Ginger Boogie:
 2 ounces of Rum
1/8 grapefruit wedge
1 coin (about the size of a quarter) of fresh peeled ginger
2 basil leaves
2 ounces chilled green tea
2 ounces chilled ginger beer
Muddle the grapefruit, ginger, and one basil leaf together.
Then add 2 oz rum, 2 oz greet tea, and stir.
Add ice, 2 oz ginger beer and garnish with a basil leaf.
It was delicious!

The second cocktail was a Peach Smash:
2 ounces Bourbon
1/4 Peach
1 lemon wheel
0.25 ounce simple syrup
2 mint sprig
Muddle 1 mint, peach, lemons and simple syrup in a glass.
Add ice, bourbon, and stir.
Garnish with a mint sprig and a piece of peach.
This was my favorite one of the evening!

Britt and I enjoyed walking around the greenhouses, and rows of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and other variety of produce being grown.  We ended up sitting near a fire pit area in the most comfortable Adirondack chairs, sipping on our Peach Smash cocktail, laughing about good times in the past and talking about her future plans.  It was a magical evening to spend one on one with Britt.

We ended the evening with my other daughter, Emily, at a local sushi restaurant.  It was a fun way to kick off my 51st year of life, with my daughters, good drinks, food and a lot of laughs!

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