Making the Most of the Solar Eclipse and New Moon

Is everyone excited about the Great American Solar Eclipse? I know I am and we all should be. Any eclipse is like a reset button for our spiritual selves and a solar eclipse will help turn that mixed up energy (thanks to the retrograde) into something more useful (well at least I hope it does for me). But August 21st is also a New Moon, specifically the second Leo New Moon in the season. New Moons mean new beginnings, setting new goals, and cleansing oneself (or tools) for the new cycle. With all that being said here are some ideas to make the most of your double fun day.

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#Cocktailhour: Sippin on Gin & Blood Orange Juice Cocktail

NOTE: This is not a sponsored post. I just really like their product.

Ready to have one of the best drinks for the season?!

It is summer time and we all need a drink to cool down from the scorching heat. This spritzer type drink is perfect for the summer and is a new take on the old gin and juice cocktail we all know and love. Though Austin Eastciders is distributed across the United States not that many people know about the cider company from the Texas capital. They have several different flavors outside of the original cider, which includes Pineapple, Texas Honey (a personal favorite), Hopped-Cider, and their brand new Ruby Red Grapefruit Cider.

Plus, it is a good flavor to make a cocktail with.

Their Blood Orange gives a hint of citrus, which gives the cider a more s refreshing taste compared to their other ciders. Plus, it is a good flavor to make a cocktail with. I decided to make add gin, ginger ale, and bitters to pump up the flavors of the citrus and give it a more bubbly taste.

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Sippin on Gin & Blood Orange Juice Cocktail

Total time: 5 minutes | Servings: 4

Ingredients

½ of Austin Eastciders Blood Orange Cider (find a store here)
1 oz Gin of your choosing (I am using Tyler’s Original City of London Dry Gin)
4 dashes of Spicy Bitters
Ginger Ale
Ice
Optional: Blood Orange Slice

Instructions

1) In a pint glass (or shaker if available), add ice ¾ of the way up.
2) Add gin
3) Add your spicy bitters; if you want a more citrus taste you can divide the dashes between spicy and orange bitters.
4) Add your ½ of cider and stir with a cocktail spoon.
5) Place strainer over the top and strain into champagne flute.
6) Top with ginger ale
Optional: Garnish with blood orange slice

There you go. So far it is my favorite cocktail I have made this summer. Stay tuned for more cocktails to hold you over while you soak up the sun.

Stay beautiful lovelies and get lit!

Michele

PS: If you are in the Austin area, stop by their Cidery try them straight from the tap.

My tips of being a better baker when you just plain suck!

Well, I have finally baked my first loaf and let's just say…it sucked. Horribly. I let the dough hang out for a week in the fridge, I did not proof it correctly, and I didn’t grease the Dutch oven (in my defense the recipe I was using didn’t say to). So here I am to give you my tips and tricks on navigating from starter to finish (get it…).

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