Tom Collins

Here’s my confession about Tom Collins cocktails. I first started loving this cocktail after Elsie told me it was her “bowling alley” drink. Haha. I don’t know why, but this still makes me laugh. If you’ve never had a Tom Collins before, it is essentially a spiked lemonade drink. It’s usually made with gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and club soda. If you’re at a not-very-upscale-spot, say, a bowling alley, then it might be made with gin or vodka (who knows), Sprite, and a lemon wedge squeezed in.

I prefer the club soda version, but I won’t turn my nose up to the Sprite version. Ha.

This is a super easy to make cocktail at home, you don’t even have to own a cocktail shaker for this recipe. You simply combine the ingredients over ice and give it a good stir—that’s it. A Tom Collins is also a very refreshing cocktail for these warmer months ahead.

Here you can see I am still dealing with condiment bottles that have been defaced with google eyes—compliments of my niece. She “pranked” me last time she stayed over and I’m not going to remove them because it’s too funny. It’s like all the bottles in our refrigerator are puppets.

I sometimes use store-bought simple syrup, but usually I make my own. Currently, I have an old store-bought bottle that I keep refilling (after washing it) with homemade simple syrup. Recycling hack for you. 🙂

If you like gin and tonic, I think you should give a Tom Collins a try. Cheers! xo. Emma

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Tom Collins

Course Drinks
Servings 1 cocktail
Author Emma Chapman

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 6-7 ounces club soda

Instructions

  • Fill a collins glass with ice. Add all ingredients and stir to combine.
  • Garnish with a lemon wedge and cherry.
Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.

10 Things I Love Sunday

Happy Sunday, friends! The hot-sticky humidity of Missouri summers is in full swing where I live and I am soaking it up. I hope you are finding whatever little moments of joy and everyday magic you can right now—I’m making it a point to hunt for them everyday. Anyway, here are 10 things I’m loving lately.

Recently bought this vase and can’t wait to figure out how to arrange flowers in it. I (Emma) am not the best at flower arranging, so I think I’ll stick to a minimal look.

Even though it’s summer, I still love to bake and am excited to try something from this cookbook soon since I just got it in the mail recently.

I listened to episode 151 of the Rise podcast this past week and fell in love with Elizabeth Gilbert all over again. 🙂

If you saw my IGTV on Friday then you might already know that I’ve been shaking up lots of mocktails using these non-alcoholic spirits. And when I’m feeling like shaking up a “real” martini, I am currently loving this gin.

Anytime I go on a boat or go floating, I make “love dip,” which is simply cream cheese mixed with salsa (don’t knock it until you try it!). I also have a slightly more fancy version here in case anyone needs a river-appropriate dip recipe. 🙂

I really don’t need any more sandals but these seem essential, right?

Haven’t made homemade ice cream in a minute, this Oreo Red Velvet Ice Cream recipe sounds amazing!!!!!

Every Sunday, I fill out this journal. I’ve been doing this for a few months now and I love it. It helps me see not only what I need to be working on, but also what I’ve already accomplished. I often forget to take a minute and celebrate or just be proud when I finish goals—I’m always moving on to the next thing.

And last, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for all your emails and comments on last week’s podcast about how I finished the first draft of my novel. I really cannot tell you how much it meant to me! -Emma

Lemon Drop Martini (Plus Mocktail Version!)

I love a lightly sweet but bold flavored cocktail—and that’s exactly what this lemon drop martini recipe offers. It’s super refreshing! And if you’ve shied away from lemon drop martinis in the past because you feared they would be too sweet, then I highly recommend mixing one up at home because you can easily control the sweetness by adjusting the simple syrup.

On a previous episode of our podcast I mentioned how I recently took a month off from drinking, which I do a few times a year. And during that time, I was mixing up what is essentially a mocktail version of a lemon drop martini, so I wanted to share that recipe as well. Whether you go with the alcohol version or non-alcoholic, both feel special and a fun thing to sip with a friend or as you prepare dinner—whatever!

Like a classic martini, you can make a lemon drop martini with gin or vodka. Both work well and I’ve noted this in the recipe card below, but when I make lemon drop martinis I usually use vodka myself. The other ingredients are triple sec, lemon juice, and simple syrup. You can buy simple syrup or make your own; I use Rogan’s recipe for simple syrup here.

If you are keeping it non-alcoholic, I highly recommend Seedlip spirits. For this lemon drop martini, I usually use their Grove 42 (citrus) flavor. Other than this, all you need is lemon juice and simple syrup.

You can garnish a lemon drop martini with a sugared rim, a thin lemon slice, or lemon rind curl; or nothing at all. Cheers! xo. Emma

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Lemon Drop Martini

Course Drinks
Servings 1 cocktail
Author Emma Chapman

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces vodka or gin
  • 1/2 ounce triple sec
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  • In a cocktail shaker filled with ice add the ingredients. Shake well, until the shaker makes your hand feel almost frozen.
  • Strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass.
  • Garnish with a lemon slice or rind, optional.
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Lemon Drop Martini Mocktail (Non-Alcoholic)

Course Drinks
Servings 1 mocktail
Author Emma Chapman

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces non-alcoholic spirits Seedlip Grove 42 is my favorite
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  • In a cocktail shaker filled with ice add the ingredients. Shake well, until the side of the shaker feels almost frozen in your hand.
  • Strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass.
  • Garnish with a lemon slice or rind, optional.
Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.

Episode #41: Emma’s Quarantine Novel

Hello, friends. Emma here. I am 100% terrified for you to hear today’s episode because this week Elsie and I talk about how I finished a novel recently and am trying to get it published. Ahh!!!!!

You can stream the episode here on the blog or on iTunesSpotifyGoogle PlayTuneInPocket Casts, and Stitcher. You can find the podcast posts archive here.

I talk about Stephen King’s book, On Writing, quite a bit. If you are interested in writing fiction, I highly recommend reading this (or listening to the audio version).

We mention our friend and past agent Lindsay and her e-course on How to Write and Pitch a Book Proposal, which is super helpful if you are looking to get your book published.

Thank you to everyone who has sent me (and the team) emails at podcast AT abeautifulmess DOT com and for all of your support as I’ve been working on this project. It really has meant the world to me! -Emma (& Elsie)

20+ Jello Shot Recipes for Any Occasion

Oh yes, you read that right. Today, we are sharing a BIG roundup of all our best jello shot recipes. Why are we so passionate about jello shots? They’re fun! It’s basically the ultimate adult-crafting project that ends in a little cocktail. Ha. Plus, sometimes you just need something lighthearted for a summer get-together, holiday party, or bachelorette weekend.

I’m going to share a few categories of jello shots recipes below. But before that I wanted to point out this vegan jello shot recipe. Most of the the recipes below are not vegan, but you can use this basic vegan jello shot recipe to customize them if you need to.

We have quite a few classic citrus jello shots, including two that can be made in the fruit rind for a fun presentation. Click below for the flavor you prefer:

Lemon drop jello shots
Mojito jello shots
Pink lemonade jello shots
Watermelon slice jello shots
Orange creamsicle jello shots

Next up are a bunch of our most fun (and sometimes surprising) novelty jello shots. These are great for any occasion and make a great adult dessert, too.

Oreo jello shots
Key lime pie jello shots
Chocolate covered strawberry jello shots
Deviled egg jello shots (our most controversial! Ha)
Pineapple upside down cake jello shots
Ring pop jello shots

We also have quite a few jello shot recipes that are based off of classic cocktails. These are great for any party.

Moscow mule jello shots
Rosé jello shots
Strawberry margarita jello shots
Mojito jello shots

Let’s talk about holiday-themed jello shots real quick. Of course, we have to start with Halloween because it’s the best holiday of the year (I said it—go ahead and come at me!).

Candy corn jello shots
Spooky eyeball jello shots

But, do we have jello shot recipes for Christmas and the holiday season? Oh, yes we do.

Cranberry jello shots
Gingerbread people jello shots
Eggnog jello shots

We even have Peeps jello shots for Easter.

And for birthdays, we recommend making these birthday cake jello shots. Candles optional. Cheers! xo. Emma & the A Beautiful Mess team