Corpse Reviver #2 Recipe

corpse reviver cocktail

Hey babes – I’m writing to you from sunny Florida, which is why I haven’t blogged in a bit. But luckily for you I’ve found a couple of really cool people to fill in for me this week. First up is Sydney, who has an awesome blog and is basically a cocktail making queen. She’s sharing one of her recipes in this post and I seriously cannot wait to try it when I get home. Enjoy!

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Oh hi there. I’m Sydney and I blog over at the oh-so-originally named The Sydney Chronicles. By day/normal people’s schedules I’m a midwifery student but by night/my downtime I read a lot of books, over post on instagram and make a lot of drinks. I had a bit of a moment with ginger beer, lime juice and varying alcohols this summer. Seriously delicious. I usually test drive all my cocktails with my friends, much to their delight, so I can guarantee that the drink I’m sharing today comes midwifery student approved.

Today we’re making a sort-of famous drink: The Corpse Reviver #2. The Corpse Reviver #2 was initially conceived as a hangover cure and appeared in the famous drink making guide The Savoy Cocktail Book. I can’t vouch for it’s ability to dispel hangovers, having never attempted the process, but I certainly can tell you that it’s delicious and well worth procuring a hangover in the process of drinking one.

corpse reviver ingredients

corpse reviver absinthe

While I normally prefer drinks with a few simple ingredients, like my personal favourite, the manhattan, occasionally having something a little fancier can be fun! The two ingredients you probably don’t already have at home are Lillet Blanc and Absinthe. Or perhaps you do have them on hand and are therefore infinitely cooler than me. This is highly possible. Lillet is a fortified french wine which is delicious on it’s own or can be mixed into a multitude of cocktails. If you make a lot of drinks at home, it’s worth buying a bottle to have on hand. Then there’s absinthe. As a millennial my knowledge of absinthe is largely based on the early 2000s classic Eurotrip, which gave some of us the impression that drinking even the smallest drop would send us into a hallucinatory stupor. Perhaps that’s why it’s included in a cocktail named the Corpse Reviver. Regardless of it’s rumoured hallucinogenic properties, it really is delicious and a great liquor for doing a rinse. A rinse, or wash, is a neat cocktail making trick where one uses liquor to coat the inside of a glass before pouring the rest of the cocktail. Check out how to do a rinse here. Now that we’ve learned a new trick and some background info, let’s get down to cocktail making. Definitely use this one to impress your friends. Cheers!

corpse reviver recipe

Corpse Reviver #2
(makes one drink)

  • 3/4 oz gin
  • 3/4 oz lillet blanc
  • 3/4 oz cointreau or triple sec
  • 3/4 oz lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz absinthe

Add absinthe to a clean glass. Rinse the glass with absinthe, set aside. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice combine gin, lillet blanc, cointreau and lemon juice. Shake to combine. Pour into glass and garnish with a lemon peel. Enjoy!

corpse reviver

Creative Babes, Vol. 4: Megan Reynolds

megan reynolds

In today’s Creative Babes post, we’re talking to Megan Reynolds of Flawed Perfection Jewelry. I’ve been a fan of Megan and her jewelry for YEARS. She’s one of the kindest people out there, and one of my favorite things about her business is that she uses it to give back to important causes (particularly those that help women around the world). Learn more about her business, causes, and potential superpowers below.

When did you get started making jewelry? Has it always been a business or did it start as a hobby?
I’ve always loved jewelry and started making jewelry when I was 10 years-old. By the time I was in 6th grade, I started selling some designs to my teachers. When I was 16, I really started getting into gemstones and by the time I was graduating from high school, the idea for Flawed Perfection Jewelry was already forming. When I was 18, I started FPJ (during the same month I started college, August 2009) as a “real” business.

flawed perfection jewelry

How has your business evolved over the years?
My business has gone through a lot of changes in the last five years. For the first couple of years, I focused on designing gemstone pieces, many of which were one-of-a-kind. In 2012, I started incorporating Swarovski crystals into my designs. Now, I design exclusively with crystals and became a SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Ingredient Branding Partner earlier this year. Now, our line is all about customized sparkle, a big change from the first line we had!

What has been your favorite part of running a jewelry business?
My favorite part is having the power to have see my visions come to life and see my customers glowing when they put their new designs on (I guess that’s really two favorites ;). Being the boss is nice too!

flawed perfection necklace

What has been the most challenging?
One of the biggest challenges has been finding the confidence to sell myself and my story. When I started college (and my business), I was so shy, quiet, and reserved on campus. However, I started to realize that the more confident I sounded about the business or school, the more people listened, respected me, and connected with my business and its purpose. The entrepreneurship program I was in was only 20% female, so I frequently had to prove myself to the males in the class. By the time I graduated, I was the go-to person for public speaking advice (big change from the start of college).

Can you tell me a bit about the charity organizations you’ve supported through your businesses? How do you choose the organizations and what types of causes are closest to your heart?
I LOVE giving back and using my business for good. Every month, I give back a portion of sales to different charities. Most of the ones I choose help oppressed girls and women around the world. Since 2013, I’ve given to many of the charities that Half the Sky supports. They focus on five areas: gender-based violence, trafficking, education, economic empowerment, and maternal mortality. Additionally, I’ve given to other organizations that help girls, including the Malala Fund and Girl Up. In fact, 10% of all sales through the end of December are going to Girl Up.

flawed perfection earrings

Do you have any creative hobbies aside from making jewelry?
Honestly, making jewelry is my main hobby (and job). I do love to work on my family genealogy and spend time with family and friends.

If you could have one superpower what would it be?
Oooo…good question! I think I would love to teleport. No travel/trip time? SWEET!

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Thanks so much to Megan for being a Creative Babe! If you’re interested in being featured in a future post just email wattlebirddesigns at gmail dot com. And be sure to visit Megan on her sites below!

website // instagram // twitter // facebook 

Blueberry Lemonade Popsicles

lemon popsicle

Everyone seems very ready for fall already (myself included, for the most part). But it’s technically still summer. And it’s also been about 90 degrees here for the past week. So popsicles are still a necessity. Here’s a super easy recipe I tried earlier this week and loved it. There’s actually two different versions listed below – one regular and one with a bit of a kick. Enjoy!

Blueberry Lemonade Popsicles – what you need: 

  • popsicle mold
  • lemonade
  • blueberries
  • vodka (optional)

lemon blueberry popsicles

lemon popsicle diy

If you want to make some boozy popsicles, you’ll need to start by infusing some vodka with blueberries (and lemon zest if you so choose). Here’s a bit more about infusing liquor with fruit, but you basically just have to let it sit for a few days and then strain it.

Once that’s done, you can use the same blueberries and just a splash of the vodka (more than about a 1 to 4 ratio of alcohol to mixer will make the popsicles too slushy) into each popsicle. Fill the rest with lemonade and let it freeze.

The regular version is even easier though. Just put a few blueberries in each popsicle mold and then fill the rest with lemonade and freeze. It’s that simple!

lemon blueberry popsicle

Weekend DIY Roundup

diy roundup

Happy weekend! It’s been a really crazy week for me, but there were so many really great projects that people posted. I’m amazed, as always. Here are just a few of them.

DIY Idea: Woven Belt

woven belt diy

Weaving seems to be everywhere right now. I’ve gotten really into it and so I’ve been looking for different ways to integrate it into all different kinds of projects. So I made a belt – and you can make one too!

DIY Woven Belt – what you need: 

  • extra long loom (or you can make your own)
  • yarn
  • weaving needle
  • old belt (or at least the ends of one)
  • scissors
  • needle and thread

belt weaving

belt diy

This isn’t a really intricate tutorial because you can really just make it your own. Here are the essential steps: measure how long you want your belt to be (but leave some extra space for the buckle part). Then weave a long rectangle in whatever pattern you like. Cut off the ends of an existing belt so that you have a working buckle and then stitch those parts onto the ends of your woven belt once it’s complete.

This project took kind of awhile but I’m really happy with how it turned out. Have you ever integrated weaving into your wardrobe?

belt weaving diy

Pizza Party Collage Banner

pizza collage banner

Want to have a pizza party? Of course you do. Here’s a fun project you can do to make a festive banner for your next pizza-filled gathering. Or, if you’re really really into pizza (of course you are), you could just keep it up in your home all the time.

DIY Pizza Party Collage Banner – what you need: 

  • cardboard
  • scissors
  • food magazines
  • mod podge
  • paintbrush
  • embroidery needle
  • thread/yarn

pizza collage

pizza letters collage

Start by cutting pieces of cardboard into letters that spell out “pizza.” Then go through some food magazines and cut out pictures of pizza. Align the photos over the cardboard letters and cut off any excess. Apply a layer of mod podge with a paintbrush to each of the cardboard letters and secure the pizza cutouts to each letter.

pizza letters diy

Apply another layer of mod podge over each collage if necessary. Let it dry and then you’re ready to make the garland. Use a thick needle and some yarn or thick cord to string each of the letters together. Leave a little space in between each letter and more space at the ends of the word. Tie or tape the ends to secure the banner and voila! Let the pizza eating commence.

pizza banner

Weekend DIY Roundup

diy roundup

It’s a holiday weekend, so I can get away with posting a weekend roundup on a Monday, right? Who cares – it’s my blog, right? So here are some cool DIY projects from the past week or so.

Triple Twist Hair Tutorial

triple twist hair tutorial

I’m always looking for new ways to wear my hair now that I’ve cut a bunch of it off and it doesn’t really work in a regular ponytail anymore. So here’s a really easy tutorial that just requires a few bobby pins and holds back awkward bangs and shorter hair.

Start with mostly straight hair. Comb and separate the top third of your hair from the rest of it. Start twisting your hair from the root at your forehead on one side going toward the back of your head. Secure it at the back of your head with a bobby pin. Then do the same on the other side of your head.

hair twist diy

Take the bottom part of your hair and separate the top half of that section from the bottom. Twist the hair in the same way as you did with the top section. Secure with bobby pins, making sure that the hair from the top section you twisted is tucked underneath those pins.

hair twist tutorial

Then take the very bottom section of your hair and twist the front sections the same way you did with the others. But when you get to the back of your head, fold your hair upward so that you can pin it to your head right above the base of your neck as shown. Make sure all your loose hair from the above twists are tucked in and pin any flyaways if necessary. That’s it! Six bobby pins, five minutes, one really easy way to keep short hair out of your face and off your neck!

triple twist hair diy

Watermelon Mimosa Twist Recipe

watermelon mimosa recipe

Nothing says summer like a little bit of watermelon – or a lot of watermelon. Whatever. I always like keeping watermelon around through the summer months, so I’ve been trying out a few different watermelon recipes. Here’s one that turned out pretty well. Side note: I don’t know how to come up with names for drinks/recipes. Is there a guidebook for these things?

Watermelon Mimosa Twist – ingredients:

  • 2 cups seedless watermelon, frozen and blended
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 champagne
  • 1/4 vodka

Cut the watermelon into chunks and place it in a plastic bag and freeze it. When the watermelon is frozen, place it in a blender and pulse until smooth. You’ll need at least 2 cups of the blended mixture (plus another 2 cups for every additional person you’re making this for). Then add in the rest of the ingredients (add extra if you’re making this for a group) and pulse or stir until blended evenly. Add a small chunk of watermelon to the rim of your glass for garnish and enjoy!

watermelon mimosa

DIY Idea: Embroidered Photos

photo embroidery

Here’s a really fun way to customize your photos or wall art. It’s not exactly an original idea, but I just wanted to share my experience with it and some tips I picked up.

All you need for this is a photo, some embroidery floss and a needle. But I would recommend using a pencil to outline your design on the back of the photo as well. Either that or you can poke holes with your needle through the front of the photo so you can see exactly what you’re doing.

embroidering photo

embroidering photo diy

For this photo, I embroidered a mix of things that were actually in the photo and things that were not. You can just be creative and add your own elements or just accentuate some existing ones. It’s a really fun way to add color and texture to photos. Have you ever tried embroidering photos?

embroidered photo