2 Refreshing Spring Cocktails

Spring is finally here and so are spring cocktails! 

With the weather changing comes a change in our taste buds as well. Hence, why we love lemonade and a not hot chocolate in the spring and summer months.

Bethanie and Brea here to share two of our favorite drinks you can try out when your outside enjoying the sunshine. 

First try the Cherry Blossom Tini.

A sake based cocktail, similar to a Cosmopolitan, making it light and perfect going into spring and summer. Perfect for a brunch or bridal shower, stepping up even the most casual event.  The alcohol content is fairly low making it easy to have simple flavors. 

 Supplies: 

  • Shaker

  • Jigger

  • Strainer

  • Stir Stick

Glasses of your preference, we used:

  • Martini glasses for the Cherry Blossom Tini

  • Mason jars for the Kentucky Mule

What you need for the Cherry Blossom Tini

  • Ice

  • 1.5 oz of sake (Fred Meyer’s only $8.00 — easy to find!)

  • 0.5 oz Cointreau Orange Liqueur (substitutes are fine!) 

  • 0.5 Cranberry Juice 

  • 0.25 (half of a jigger) fresh-squeezed Lime Juice 

  • 2 dashes of Orange Bitters (less is more!!) 

  • Lime garnish

Secondly, try the Kentucky Mule.

Similar to a Moscow Mule, but there’s a twist. Instead of vodka, you use bourbon (preferably bullet bourbon) for the Kentucky Mule - think Kentucky Derby style. With this kind of taste you can serve it anytime to enjoy with your friends and family to enjoy these beautiful seasons.

What you need for the Kentucky Mule:

  • Ice

  • 1.5 oz of bourbon (bullet bourbon is our fav!)

  • 0.25 (half of a jigger) of fresh-squeezed Lime Juice

  • 6 oz fill the rest with Ginger Beer

  • Lime garnish 

Overall, have fun with it! Get creative with what you have as far as barware, no need to restock your kitchen and who knows you could start a new trend! 

We understand you may want your kids to enjoy or maybe you’re cutting back on alcohol so we wanted to include some mocktails to try out as well:

Lime Rickey: 

  • 30ml Lime Juice

  • 30ml Sugar Syrup 1 

  • 15ml Orange Bitters

  • 120ml Soda Water

  • 1 Lime

The Real Shirley Temple: 

  • 45ml Grenadine

  • 180ml Ginger Ale

  • 1 Lemon

Have fun sippin!


Pike Place Market Food Tour with Savor Seattle

Whether you’ve lived in Seattle for a few months or 20 years there is always something new to see at the world famous Pike Place Market. There are several types of tours visitors and locals go on, however, one is never enough. We decided to go on Savor Seattle’s VIP Early Access Tour at Pike Place Market. From well-known favorites to hidden gems we were pleasantly surprised and left with happy tummies. This tour is also a lot more than just food, too!  We learned so many things about Pike Place that we never knew!  We can't wait to do it again! 

Check out their site for all of the details including 7 other tasting tours: savorseattletours.com - Mark was our outstanding tour guide, maybe you'll have him too!


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Stop 1: Honest Biscuits 

Owner Art Stone first started making biscuits when he was only 4 years old with his grandma. After years of trying to replicate his grandma’s recipe, he finally felt he was catching up to her yet incorporating his own style into the biscuits creating the Honest Biscuits we all know and love today.

As described by a local baker as, “fluffy clouds of goodness," the biscuits are baked fresh everyday with all local ingredients including Washington’s Shepherd’s Grain flour. Unique twists inspired by other market favorites are used as well like, Bavarian Meat’s bacon, Beecher’s Cheese, Theo Chocolate and of course local fruit. 

Honest Biscuits are shared among several different farmer’s markets and seasonally alter flavors to reflect all of the different markets. You can check out their Find & Buy page here to see what farmer’s markets they’ll be located around Seattle: https://www.honestbiscuits.com/find-buy 


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Stop 2: Indi Chocolate

Who doesn’t love chocolate? Indi Chocolate is special not only for their great tasting chocolate and variety of products they supply, but because their cacao beans are sourced directly from farmers providing them with higher incomes. Their products made from cocoa butter range from teas to body care — including sun tan lotion!  

Being in Seattle, it also comes to no surprise Indi Chocolate loves their coffee. They have a cafe with specialty coffee drinks and their single origin drinking chocolate. Yum!

Be sure to try out a class here: https://indichocolate.com/blogs/classes


 
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Stop 3: Frank’s Quality Produce

“Quality” is our middle name. 

Frank’s Quality produce is 85 years and 5 generations in the making. With beautiful displays of fruits and vegetables hand trimmed and selected every morning, you’ll never miss it walking through the market.

Not only do they sell at the market but they deliver to many restaurants around Seattle. They hand craft gift boxes and fruit baskets as well. Is there anything they don’t do? 

Be sure to make a visit as their customer service is ‘unsurpassed’ and you'll sample the freshest fruits you've ever tasted.


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Stop 4: Pike Place Fish

Pike Place Fish is really what has made Pike Place Market the world phenomenon it has become today. 

From halibut to crab to salmon, there is something for all palettes. Maybe even try catching a fish like Brea! 

Place an order here: https://www.pikeplacefish.com/


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Stop 5: Market Spice

Beginning in 1911, Market Spice offers 140 different teas, spices, honeys, cookie, mints, sauces, their own candle line and so much more. 

Want to try a 1st place World Tea Championship winner?  Try the Cinnamon Orange bottled tea, it obviously can’t be beat.   

From their signature blends, to adding essentials oils and yet no sweetener, Market Spice is a must visit to find the spice that fits your life. 

View their extensive product line here: https://www.marketspice.com/


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Stop 6: Pike Place Urban Garden

Want to visit a place no one knows about? This urban garden will be for you. With fresh greenery all around and stunning views of Seattle - it’s a perfect place to take a moment to soak in the beauty, and if you’re lucky, maybe some sunshine. 


 
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Stop 7: Miss Cafe - Turkish Cuisine

If you’re a pizza lover and are willing to try something new, Miss Cafe’s signature Turkish Pizzas (Pides) are a must. With the perfect crisp, ground beef and some veggies you won’t be disappointed.  


Notice the little things: 

Rachel the Pig, aka a large golden pig in the middle of the market, is an actual piggy bank.

Supporting The Market Foundation, Rachel raises around $20,000 each year for education, local soup banks and senior citizens. If you rub Rachel’s snout and make a donation legend has it you’ll be going home with some good luck!  

Be sure to grab some donuts at the Daily Dozen Donut Company and trying their maple bacon donut. If you’re then craving some coffee stop by the original Starbucks where the company sold their first cup of coffee. 

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Bon appetit!

Wine and Cheese Pairing on a Budget

 

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Is there anything better than wine and cheese? We don’t think so!  We love putting together charcuterie and pairing it with our favorite wines.  But when it comes to entertaining, this can quickly add up.  

Entertaining doesn’t have to break the bank. There are some excellent budget wines and quality cheese that pair wonderfully and taste delicious.  We have put together a few of our favorites so that the next time you entertain, all you have to do is print out the list and go to your local grocery store.  

Most grocery stores also carry pre-packaged nuts and dried fruits.  You can typically find these “pairing packs” in the specialty cheese kiosks at stores like QFC, Safeway, and Hagen.  The one we picked up cost under $7.99 and included dried apricots, almonds, cashews, and cranberries.  Other additions to your charcuterie board can include salami, olives, and fig jam.  These also are easily found at the cheese kiosks. Don’t forget the crackers! 

Now, on to the fun part! 

These three wines and cheeses are all UNDER $20 and received high ratings or QPR (quality/price ratio)

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PAIRING #1

Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Cabernet Sauvignon + Cypress Grove Midnight Moon Gouda

You can’t go wrong with these two! Flavor and intensity are amazing.  The cab has flavors of plum, black cherry, anise & clove. This Dutch classic aged goat gouda is dense and creamy with a long sweet caramelized finish. 

Francis Coppola

Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Vintage — $16.99

Cypress Grove Midnight Moon

Goat Gouda  —$7.00-$8.00


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PAIRING #2

Mark Ryan Vincent Board Track Racer + Esquirrou (ehs-keer-oo)

This wine was one of our favorites. It’s a Washington state red blend and ranks in the top 3% of wines from the Columbia Valley. It has some rich dark notes of blackberry and dark cherry with a super smooth finish. The cheese we paired this with is called, Esquirrou (ehs-Keer-oo). It’s a cheese from France and is made with sheep’s milk. It has a smooth, elastic texture with a nutty sweetness. This was the 2018 grand prize winner at the world cheese championships. You’ve got to try this one!

Mark Ryan Vincent Board Track Racer

Red Blend — $19.99

Esquirrou

$9.00


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PAIRING #3

19 Crimes The Uprising + Montemore 

With aromas of warm vanilla and caramel up front and blackberry jam, plum, and spice on the finish, this bottle is an absolute go-to for inexpensive red wine. The cheese we put with this one is Montamore Cheddar. It’s a sharp white cheddar blended with a moderate parmesan for a super delicious cheese blend! 

19 Crimes The Uprising

Cabernet Sauvignon - $11.99

Montamore

Sharp Cheddar and Parmesan Blend - $7.50