Celebrate ALL the love in your life – including the women around you – with a Galantine's Day gathering and a friendly, frank cocktail.
When you bring together the women who inspire you, there’s no complaining or whining allowed. Toast one another's accomplishments, bask in each other's presence and, of course, drink something unabashedly yummy.
Like the women in my life, the Blueberry French 75 cocktail is subtle but strong; tart, but sweet. The blueberry simple syrup is divine (and preserves well!), and, rather than compete for your attention, the gin and champagne comingle perfectly.
Clear the afternoon, chill the bubbly, and unleash plenty of grazing-friendly foods to linger for hours over with your beloved friends. At your Galantine’s gathering, the only agenda item is FUN.
Blueberry French 75 Recipe
1 1/2oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
3/4 oz blueberry simple syrup*
1 1/2 oz gin
Shake these 3 ingredients over ice, strain, and top with about 2ounces champagne.
Garnish with edible flowers.
*Blueberry simple syrup: Bring 1 cup blueberries (frozen is ok), 1/2 cup sugar, and 1/2 cup of water to a slow boil over medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Let the syrup cook for about 5 minutes. Then let it stand another 5-10 minutes so the color from the berries dyes the syrup. Strain out the fruit and store the simple syrup in the fridge for a couple of weeks as is, or add 1 oz of vodka or lemon juice to preserve the syrup for up to 5 weeks in the fridge.
My Annual Galentine's Day Invite
From what I know and remember its been a big year for us all. I think its time to celebrate our accomplishments and triumphs, big and small. I think its to celebrate our very “galness”. That is, its time to celebrate Galantine’s day. Girls, we live too often for the people around us and the timelines we feel imposed upon us. This Saturday, for a couple of hours, its going to be all about us. We’ll celebrate each other, the year behind us, and the one in front of us. I want you to come congratulate me on my promotion at work and learning what the permanent press button on my washing machine is for, and in turn I will toast to all of your recent breakthroughs. We will boast about ourselves and not worry that we sound full of ourselves, because we’re awesome, damn it. We will eat. We will sit upon our asses. Some of us will day drink. Its going to be fun, and I can’t wait to share it with you, one of my very favorite women.
Cheers, and ovaries before brovaries,
Blog + Recipe by Belinda Kelly
Dreamer and cocktail enthusiast, Belinda is the proud owner of the Happy Camper Cocktail Company, a "garden to glass" beverage caterer in Seattle, WA. With duties spanning from recipe creation and testing to draft system design to social media, Belinda is a busy and well hydrated individual.
Follow her on Instagram @happycampercocktails.
Blog photos by Erink Perkins. Light Chaser & Soul Searcher
Every year I am certainly blessed with beautiful clients….. inside & out! Each & everyone giving me a life lesson along this crazy roller coaster passionate ride I’m on. I love the chemistry developed over the time I get to know my couples, seniors & models. The light, the connections & each step in between, I feel the moment that is now.
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