A Fancy Drink from Me to You!

by Maren on April 12, 2013

My Dad called me last night to inform me that yesterday really wasn’t Friday and to point out that apparently I’m way more disheveled than I’d previously thought.


Fired people lose track of the days… it’s normal. If it’s not normal, then just let me have my hay-day. I’m happy believing it is.


I’m celebrating being fired. So I made Fire Pot Soup, but renamed it Fired Pot Soup. It’s Jenna’s recipe from Eat Live Run. Just search for Fire Pot Soup and you’ll get the recipe. I like all her curry recipes.


They’re creamy. Everyone wants creamy!!! They’re pretty nutritious too. I don’t like how oily curry and thai food from restaurants normally are.

I love all the tofu. Ohhhh…..

I have the best thing to tell you. Max and I were given a housewarming gift card to Sur La Table! Max’s cousin Michelle reads my blog and knew exactly what I’d We’d like. Thanks Michelle. Sur La Table is like my Candy Shop!

I bought a Tofu Express, which is this really cool little gadget that presses all the water out of your tofu. Hello, awesomeness. Gift cards are the best because I normally buy something I really want but normally wouldn’t spend my own moo-lah on.


This is just the bottom portion, the press part is the top part and didn’t make the photo. But, if you’re a tofu connoisseur you need this! No more wrapping the tofu in towels and putting your tea kettle and a large dictionary on top to press out the liquid.

Well… that’s what I used to do…


I wanna say thanks for all the great comments on my current job-less situation. I know I was getting tons of prayers and sweet thoughts because today I woke up feeling pretty good about everything. First day in a while I didn’t wanna eat 28 chocolate truffles before breakfast.

Okay now onto the best part of the post…..

The Elderflower Sour.


Yesterday I really wanted a cocktail. Sometimes you just need a special treat.

I’m always intrigued by herby drinks. They’re so popular right now so there’s lots of inspiration out there.

I like girly drinks. But not super fruity, super sweet, super typical ones. This cocktail is so light and refreshing. And it’s filled with flavor. I think it’s my new go-to cocktail.


Here’s what ya need:

  • 2 oz (or 1/4 cup) gin, I like Sapphire Gin.
  • 2 oz (or 1/4 cup) Elderflower Liqueur, I used Thatchers
  • 1 oz (or 1/8 cup) lemony-mint simple syrup (recipe follows)
  • 4 oz  (or 1/2 cup) sparkling water
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 +2 sprigs of fresh mint
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar

Here’s what ya do:

Start by combining the water and sugar in a small sauce pan. Add 4 sprigs of mint and the zest of 1 lemon. Bring to a boil. Let boil for 30 seconds to a minute then remove from the heat. Let cool to at least room temperature. Once cooled strain to remove the mint sprigs and lemon zest.

Combine the gin, liqueur, lemony-mint simple syrup, and sparkling water in a fancy glass. Add a few ice cubes to the glass.

Cut the zested lemon into wedges. Squeeze one wedge over the glass and throw the wedge into the glass. Top with a mint leaf or two.


Thatchers liqueur is USDA organic and half the price of St. Germains.

For a sweeter cocktail add 2oz simple syrup. If my version with 2 oz liqueur is still a little sweet try only adding 1 next time. I’d normally add 1 but I was feeling a little sweet yesterday.

Photo 8

I think this is the best picture of Donner ever and I can’t stop looking at it.

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Sonia the Mexigarian April 12, 2013 at 11:13 am

I have never heard of Elderflower. Interesting. Though I love a lot of drinks with mint and citrus :) Right up my alley. Is the liqueur easily found, like at BevMo?

You have got to come down to SJ and we should go to Single Barrel. Ah.May.Zing. cocktails and mixes. That or we should meet in the city and go to Bourbon and Branch. I heard it’s similar to SB in the way it’s a speakeasy :) I think we need reservations or know the secret password though. Perhaps check out galleries?


Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) April 12, 2013 at 1:53 pm

I totally didn’t even notice you wrote that yesterday was Friday…wow. lol.

that cocktail looks delicious! I haven’t had a cocktail in so long. I always stick to beer or wine, but that looks might tasty!

I’ve been looking for a tofu press and haven’t ever been able to find one!


Ellie@Fit for the Soul April 13, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Ohh I hope your future job search and everything job-related goes well Maren! There’s always another door opening when things seem to be closing down on us. :) And curry sounds really good right now–it’s one of those foods that I can have for days on end and never get sick of.


Maren April 16, 2013 at 9:15 am

Thanks Ellie. You are totally right!


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