Peach Whiskey Lemonade

Peach jameson, jameson cocktails, summer cocktails, whiskey cocktails, peach whiskey lemonade

A couple years ago, I experimented with making banana flavored Jameson. Having had it at a bar in Brooklyn, I had come back with a slight addiction, and couldn’t wait to have it here. And while banana Jameson is great for the fall, I thought nothing could be better for the summer than to make a peach Jameson, and with it peach whiskey lemonade.

The formula for peach Jameson is the exact same as banana Jameson. I roughly diced four peaches, and let a liter of Jameson soak with the peaches in a cool dark place for three days before filtering it back into the bottle. Let’s be real, I could definitely drink peach Jameson completely straight without any issue, but decided to use it in this super simple, and delicious summertime cocktail.

A couple notes on this recipe: you could just do the peach Jameson and lemonade on their own, but I appreciate adding the soda water to keep the drink from getting two sweet, and also, I prefer to use crushed ice instead of cubed. For one, I feel like it keeps the entire drink much colder, and two it sort of just looks cooler. Unfortunately, I don’t have an ice crusher, but I crush my ice in my Lewis Ice Bag with a muddler, it’s also a great stress relief!

Peach Jameson Lemonade:

  • 1 oz peach jameson
  • 2 oz organic lemonade
  • Soda water
  1. Add one ounce peach Jameson to a cocktail glass filled with crushed ice.
  2. Add the two ounces of organic lemonade.
  3. Top with soda water, stir, and add a lemon to garnish.

Peach jameson, jameson cocktails, summer cocktails, whiskey cocktails, peach whiskey lemonade

Peach jameson, jameson cocktails, summer cocktails, whiskey cocktails, peach whiskey lemonade

Summer Reading List

With the “official” start of summer quickly approaching, I have been daydreaming of camping trips, nights under the stars, long hikes to glacial lakes, and relaxing outside reading in the shade. Truthfully, since the weather has started getting nicer I’ve been neglecting my ever growing reading list, but I am so ready to get back into it. Here’s what I’m tackling this summer:

  1. The Girls  by Emma Cline. If you haven’t heard of this book, you just might be living under a rock. I’ve seen it posted on at least three celebrity Instagrams. It’s been compared to The Virgin Suicides and  A Visit From the Goon Squad. Two books, I absolutely loved.
  2. The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner. I bought a used copy of this ages ago, but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. Any book set in New York in the 1970s is sure to be one of my favorites.
  3. Hidden Figures  by Margot Lee Shetterly. Because the movie was amazing and I cannot get enough historical non-fiction.
  4. The Blind Assassin  by Margaret Atwood. Because it’s Margaret Atwood, and I gotta get my classics in somewhere.
  5. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. I’m usually not a sci-fi person at all, but I’ve heard amazing things about this book, and my roommate happens to have a copy. In exchange, I’m going to make him read The Stand by Stephen King.

I love putting together a diverse list of good books to read over the summer. Bouncing between science fiction, non-fiction, and classics is a good way to ensure I don’t get too bored of any one subject.

I’d love to know what’s on your summer reading list or if you have any recommendations for me!


Celebrating 31

30 is seen as a milestone. Naturally. You’re entering a new decade, leaving your childish 20s behind and starting a new chapter. However, for me, 30 wasn’t the biggest deal – I welcomed it with open arms, itching to put my 20s behind me and start this new decade of my life. Everything had stayed the same from 29-30 – my apartment, job, relationships, I didn’t feel like I was entering any big new place with my life (which at the time I found a lot of comfort in).

But as I’m celebrating turning 31 this month, a lot of things feel very different. I’ve learned a multitude of lessons about myself and life in the past year. More than I think I learned in the last 2 years of my 20s. Here are a few things I’ve learned:

  • You shouldn’t be anywhere. Just because you’re 30 (or 31) doesn’t mean you should be married, have kids, have a career. It truthfully doesn’t mean anything. It’s your path and journey, and if it takes you 10 years longer to figure out than it did for the person next to you, that’s ok.
  • You are your only source for happiness. This has been a hard lesson for me to learn. As a natural caretaker, it’s so easy for me to get wrapped up in making sure the people around me are happy, their happiness makes me happy. But at the end of the day, I’m really the only one that has any control of my happiness.
  • The Universe has your back. I’m a type-a control freak, I want to know the outcomes of my situations, I want to ensure that my future is taken care of, and I hate surprises. But in the past year, I’ve really given up that controlling part of myself, realizing that regardless of the bad times I encounter, the universe is going to have my back, she’s going to find a way for things to be right in the end. And if they aren’t right? Well, then it’s simply not the end.
  • The power of the mind is an incredible thing. As someone who has struggled with depression and anxiety for most of my life, I wallowed in it for so long. It wasn’t until I made the ardent choice to change my mindset that I’ve been able to manage it with ease (I’ll be writing a longer detailed post on this in the future).
  • It really doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks.
  • Find your passion. It doesn’t matter how much money you make, or if you have a sense of security. If you are lucky enough to be able to find your passion and pursue it, you’d better be doing that. For so long I pushed all my passions aside for a career I thought I should be in. And guess what? I was miserable….of course.
  • Self awareness is sexy. We all have these impressions of ourselves which we want to believe, but when we remove the guise of who we think we are and start to examine who we really are, that’s when the breakthroughs happen. This past year I’ve realized I can be an emotional terrorist, dramatic, and a total bitch. But guess what? Now that I’m aware of those behaviors, I can finally start to deal with them.
  • Feeling your emotions and dealing with them are powerful things. In our society, we’re taught that we should compartmentalize our lives, bury our emotions, and put on a happy face. Now I’m not saying to let the bad times affect every single aspect of your life, but it’s ok to feel them. It’s ok to deal with them, in fact, it’s healthy to.
  • It is ok to ask for help. Every day. Always. We can’t do it on our own. We need our mentors, we need our tribe, we need our families (biological or not). And sometimes we need the help of a professional because it’s just too much on our own. This is ok, there is nothing shameful in it, it shows strength to recognize that it’s not always easy to keep it all together on your own.

Truthfully, I could go on and on about the life lessons I’ve learned in the past year. Things I was afraid to confront in my 20s, things I’m still afraid to confront head on. I love the idea that people are a constant work in progress, all we can do is try our best and keep going.

As much as I had wished I would’ve realized all of this earlier in my life (god that would’ve made things so much easier), I’m welcoming 31 with open arms. I can’t wait to see what the next year of my life brings, and regardless of whether I experience super high highs or super low lows, I know that at the end of the day, I’m fortunate for so many things, and that I’ll continue to grow and learn, and that if things aren’t good in the end, it’s not the end.

Weekend Reading

With everything that has been happening in the world in the past week, I have barely been able to tear myself away from really, really upsetting news. But sometimes, I need to read articles that focus on health, wellness, history, or general silliness. So, if you feel like taking a step back from daily tragedies, here are a few articles I loved this week.

Have a great, safe, and wonderful weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

Book Recommendation: 52 Small Changes for the Mind by Brett Blumenthal

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Since leaving my job, I have had A LOT of time on my hands. Instead of being the neurotic type-A person I usually am, I’ve been taking that free time and doing a lot of self-reflection. So, it comes as no surprise that the first book I picked up was 52 Small Changes for the Mind by Brett Blumenthal.

I’m no stranger to self-help style books, and Blumenthal’s could not have come at a better time in my life. Broken into week segments, 52 Small Changes for the Mind approaches everything from what you should be eating, to meditation, to creating deep and meaningful relationships.

Although much of this information was not new to me, having several different types of areas to focus on in regards to wellness means that even the most zen person will be able to find something of value in this book. Since finishing the book, I’ve been incorporating meditation, journaling, and green tea into my life on a more regular basis.

What I love about this book, is that Blumenthal suggests taking a week to create these new mind habits, encouraging gradual change one habit at a time, instead of feeling the pressure of changing your entire life overnight. The book is filled with ideas on how to create these habits, steps of action to take, as well as checklists and tools found at the end of the book.

I’m a firm believer that we are all constant works in progress, and love to continue reading and growing and learning new information to help me with that process. I had found Blumenthal’s book by accident while perusing the library, but sometimes I feel like the universe points us in that direction. I would recommend Blumenthal’s book to anyone looking to create a larger scope of peace in their own mind, or someone who is just looking for a few ways to be a little bit healthier.

 

 

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