This post shares my latest ebook that shares homemade cocktail mixer recipes & tutorials with beautiful color photographs that will help you learn to prepare drinks quickly and easily for your guests. Read on for farmer’s market fresh flavor and jewel-colored drinks, Wildflowers!
Knowing what to serve a crowd of guests, or what to bring when invited to dinner used to stress me out big time. I used to fret over what bottle of wine to bring (boring, and I usually chose based on the cute label) and I ended up feeling like a total failure as a guest and host. It sounds really silly, but it is 100% true. I wasn’t raised in a home of people that ‘entertained’; my mom was a waitress from age 14 till she married my dad and my first (and many jobs thereafter) job was waitressing (which served me very, very well, I might add) and we ‘waitress’ much more than we entertain. We prepare food, we serve, we bus tables, we clean, and we keep an eye on the clock the whole time. This left me feeling efficient, but not very much like a welcoming, at ease hostess. I wanted to be like the gals I read about in magazines; laughing with friends, holding a pretty drink, with dinner warm but done cooking on the stove. I didn’t need the spotless countertops, nor the immaculate floors, and I have great friends and I can cook. But the whole hostess with the most-ess thing eluded me for quite a while.
One day, when I was scouring an old Farm Journal cookbook for canning inspiration, I came upon a chapter about shrubs, and a whole new world of hostessing possibilities opened up to me. I learned that simple, farmer’s market-fresh flavors, and easy recipes are the key to serving guests beverages that make them feel at ease and welcome. Since reading that chapter a couple years ago, I’ve written over 2 dozen recipes in the cocktail mixer category, and really specialized in homemade cocktail mixers.
These cocktail mixers that I’ve made and written about are the easiest types of preserves and I also knew that my audience (you Wildflowers!) who are interested in DIY, in canning, and in other homemade food and crafts, would love them and love them you have.
So, I put over 20 of the best homemade cocktail mixer recipes into an ebook for you all.
The ebook has both recipes for the mixers and recipes for how to combine the mixers with your favorite libations into grownup cocktails, color photographs that are SO gorgeous (big thank you to Circle Bar Photography!), and complete tutorials for how to make homemade cocktail mixers.
Because one special thing that I want ALL my readers to have access to is this AMAZING Mixology Matrix- my friend Elisa from www.mealplanningblueprints.com not only helps mamas plan dinner time without the headache, she also helps me create beautiful printables like these.
I asked her to help me create a guide for how to help a gal who is new to hostessing, new to serving company a way to pull together whatever might be in the fridge, whatever she might be able to grab from the market on her way home, and combine it into simple but delicious drinks. This matrix is exactly that; It will help you mix classic, contemporary, & culinary-themed drinks using ingredients you can get in any grocery store (and not the world’s most expensive, fanciest grocery store, either).