I started my company in September 2016 after spending 12 years in the interior design industry working for firms in Orlando and Tampa. I love that now I can achieve a "balance" between work and family. So here I am 12 years later, Husband, 2 boys, and Ashley Gaughan Interiors.

Summer Drinks

Nothing says summer like relaxing in the shade on a hot sunny day with the perfect, crisp cocktail. Whether it’s for a small group of friends that is over for grilling out or just watching your kids play out back, having fresh, unique cocktails ups the ante for fun! When it’s served on a delightful display it’s almost as good as having someone wait on you! We love these gorgeous bar trays, towels, and outdoor glassware to complete the relaxed yet luxurious vibe. Fantastic doesn’t have to be fussy. Check out one of these delicious cocktails this week.

LEMONCELLO COLLINS

My husband and I went to Rome for part of our honeymoon and this limoncello recipe takes me back to sitting at a bar in a quiet piazza on a warm summer night.

Limoncello Collins // Food & Wine

ingredients:

  • 16 ounces limoncello (lemon-flavored liqueur)
  • 12 ounces gin
  • 8 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • 24 paper-thin lemon slices
  • Ice
  • 16 ounces chilled club soda
  • 8 mint sprigs

 

directions:

In a pitcher, combine the limoncello, gin and lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 2 hours. Press 3 thin lemon slices against the inside of each of 8 collins glasses. Add ice to the glasses. Stir the limoncello mixture and pour it into the glasses. Stir 2 ounces of club soda into each drink and garnish with a mint sprig.

KIWI MARGARITAS

I could live off tacos. Seriously. What pairs best with tacos? Margaritas. I stumbled across this delicious and refreshing recipe from Jessica at How Sweet Eats.

Kiwi Margarita // How Sweet Eats

ingredients:

  • 2 ounces Grand Marnier
  • 1 1/2 ounces Tequila
  • 2 ounces lime juice
  • 2 1/2 ounces kiwi simple syrup
  • lime + fresh kiwi or kiwi berries for garnish
  • coarse salt for the rim
kiwi simple syrup
  • 4 kiwi fruit, peeled
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water

directions:

Rim the ridge of your glass with a lime wedge and dip in a mix of coarse salt. Fill the glass with ice – I am really into crushed ice at the moment. In a cocktail shaker, combine the tequila, grand marnier, kiwi simple syrup and lime juice with ice, and shake for about 30 seconds. Pour over ice and squeeze in lime slices and add a few kiwi berries or kiwi chunks.
kiwi simple syrup

Add the kiwi fruit to a food processor and blend until pureed. Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil, whisking until the sugar dissolves. Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool. Once cool, add it to the food processor with the kiwi and blend until you have kiwi syrup! This can be stored in the fridge, sealed well, for a week or so.

This recipe can be easily doubled, quadrupled, etc. Since everyone’s tastes differ, add simple syrup 1/4 cup at a time and go by your taste. I also suggest buying the lime juice if you plan on making a pitcher (or 2) considering you’d have to squeeze a billion limes to get enough juice.

 

Hand Towel //  Dylan Glassware //  Tray

 

ENJOY!

 

 

July 27, 2018

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