how to make a damn good cocktail | a spring retrospective

what a spring it was—one like we’ve never really seen.  but we’re still here, together.  kinda amazing, really.  as a little distraction, i thought i’d do something a little different today.  for my regulars, you know that every fridays with oscar, we put together our favorite meal and cocktail of the week for you.  so today, i thought i’d round up my top 3 favorite cocktails and outfits from this past spring.  ’cause sometimes everyone just needs a drink.  so here’s to you, and here’s how to make a damn good cocktail.

classic negroni

much like the recipes today, my outfit is simple and comfortable. casual at its best. i love graphic tee shirts and this one is fun with colorful typography. to play on the colors of my tee, i have a bright orange cardigan and my orange-y suede d’Orsay flats are back in action to add symmetry to my pop of color.  

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t-shirt | sweater | shoes | jeans

Classic Negroni


  • 1/3 Gin
  • 1/3 Campari
  • 1/3 Sweet Vermouth


  1. Stir the ingredients together with ice and strain into a glass, or serve on the rocks.

    Garnish with an orange peel.

the greyhound

i am dressing for the occasion today, forgoing my typical casual friday ootd for a shirt dress. even though i am staying put, how nice it is to wear a neutral spring dress. it’s a sunny warm spring day. i have the doorway to the porch open and there’s a lovely light breeze flowing in and my easter decor brightens up my home and table.

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poplin shirt dress | sandal | bracelet | earring

The Greyhound


  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 4 oz Grapefruit Juice
  • Lemon or lime wedge

midori margarita

today’s outfit is all about casual comfort. favorite outfits are like comfort food to me and y’all know i love a graphic tee! a few weeks ago, i wrote about how to style a graphic tee. this graphic tee (old similar here) sets the stage with its pink elephants. but i  like to elevate my look by pairing it with something like a blazer or cardigan.  so today i couldn’t resist pairing it with a navy sweater blazer (old similar here) with pink piping. 

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similar tee | similar tee 2 | similar tee 3 | similar tee 4 | similar tee 5 | similar blazer | similar blazer 2 | similar blazer 3 | similar jeans | similar jeans 2 | similar jeans 3 | similar shoes

Midori Margarita


  • 1 1/2 oz Tequila
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
  • 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz Midori


  1. combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice. pour into ice filled, salt rimmed glasses.



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  1. Cyndi wrote:

    I love a good cocktail but I’m a bourbon girl. My son introduced me to a Boulevadier. Similar to Negroni but with bourbon!

    Posted 6.11.20
  2. Georgia Peach wrote:

    Language,my dear!🤭

    Posted 6.11.20
    • heck, damn is just so appropriate at times. even Rhett Butler agreed.

      Posted 6.11.20
      • Shawn wrote:

        Agreed, Beth! 😉

        Posted 6.12.20
  3. Yvonne wrote:

    I don’t know about you or anyone else, but this year I think I may have a cocktail each and every evening. Love your blog and fashion!

    Posted 6.11.20
    • i think many of us have the same sentiments!

      Posted 6.11.20
  4. Andrea wrote:

    There is something so sophisticated about cocktails. I didn’t grow up with happy hours or cocktails and our friends usually just offer wine as we all love exploring them. We ran out of wine during the early stages of lockdown in Canada, but had an ample supply of I made my first Ballini and fell in love. As soon as things finally resolve we will do a proper Happy Hour, replete with cocktails. Thank you for your delightful recipes – cheers 🥂

    Posted 6.11.20
  5. Suzanne Smith wrote:

    Mmmmm. These all sound yummy. I admit since my RA got bad, I don’t drink at all any more. (I was never a big drinker, but I do enjoy a fun drink here and there…) but somehow, when you tell yourself you “can’t” have it, it sure looks good, doesn’t it!? I enjoy seeing these vicariously, and I do still fix drinks for others. Keep ’em coming and have some for me!

    Posted 6.11.20
  6. Judy kettler wrote:

    Since husband’s been working at home, he is becoming an expert bartender. I gave him your recipe for the Greyhound, from god only knows when that was, and have been enjoying it often for our happy hour for two. A very refreshing drink! Thanks for the recipe.

    Posted 6.11.20
  7. Pina colada
    1/4 fresh pineapple chunked, and frozen
    1 cup coconut cream, a shot of tequila and a shot of Cointreau. Good squeeze of lime ice if you want.
    Blend makes 2 drinks

    Posted 6.11.20
  8. Lyn wrote:

    Love all the cocktails – when we were in Italy last summer they serve a small little dish of chips or peanuts with every cocktail you order – our favorite? It’s an Aperol spritz. Today’s cocktail for us is a pina colada – every once in a while I need a sweet drink. I love all the graphic tees – that with my now new hair style – a French bob – I feel young again! Staying home for 3 months really makes you take the time to enjoy these little things in life even more.

    Posted 6.12.20

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