strawberry lavender vodka lemonade (& a mocktail!).

summer can’t come quickly enough! no but seriously, it can’t. i need some sun, sandals and swimming in my life as soon as possible, or i just might shrivel up. maybe the problem is that we aren’t in a summer mood yet? maybe summer is waiting for us to get on board? so i thought i’d help it along by sharing a recipe for a summertime cocktail that will either make you feel like you’re lounging at the lake, or will be the perfect choice for when you’re there.

strawberry lavender vodka lemonade

i know. i know what you’re thinking. who’s going to trust a cocktail recipe from a pregnant lady? but just bear with me, because if there’s one thing i know, it’s drinks. and also, i happen to have a very willing taste-tester living with me, who is only too happy to taste the drinks i create. he says you’ll like this one.

the strawberries add just enough tartness and fruitiness (i’m also currently obsessed with them), while the lavender simple syrup adds some sweetness and a really unique flavor. i used pink lemonade in mine, just because it’s looks so pretty with the strawberries, but obviously you can use regular lemonade too. vodka adds a kick but lets the other flavors shine, and the result is a drink that looks as gorgeous as it tastes. it would be fun to try bourbon or gin for a different take on this, but i’m partial to this classic combo.

strawberry lavender vodka lemonade

strawberry lavender vodka lemonade

strawberry lavender vodka lemonade

and for anyone looking for a delicious mocktail, whether it’s because you’re pregnant like me, or because you’re just craving a refreshing summer beverage, just omit the vodka, and voila! a delicious, non-alcoholic twist on lemonade!

strawberry lavender vodka lemonadestrawberry lavender vodka lemonade recipe (makes 2)

  • 3/4 C. fresh strawberries (thawed frozen will work too) + more for garnish
  • 4 oz. vodka (omit to make this a delicious mocktail!)
  • 2 oz. lavender simple syrup*
  • 1-2 C. lemonade
  • ice

muddle quartered strawberries in a cocktail shaker with half the lavender simple syrup. add the remaining simple syrup and vodka and shake well. pour into 2 tall glasses** filled with ice. top with lemonade, garnish with a strawberry and enjoy, preferably on a sunny deck wearing flip-flops and fun sunglasses.

note: a standard american shot glass is 1.5 oz., so use a little over one shot for every 2 oz. the recipe calls for.

*lavender simple syrup recipe

  • 1 C. water
  • 1 C. sugar
  • 3 tsp. food-grade lavender buds

combine water, sugar and lavender in a small saucepan. bring to a boil and stir to ensure all the sugar is dissolved. remove from heat and let cool completely. when ready to use, strain the lavender out of the syrup. store in a small jar or other container in the fridge up to three weeks. (great in hot or iced coffee/tea as a sweetener, or in another cocktail!)

**i recommend tall glasses for this recipe because short won’t accommodate the amount of mix + lemonade over ice. however, if you want to experiment with amounts, or prefer a stronger cocktail, feel free to adjust the size of the glass or the amount of servings in this recipe. after all, cocktails are a very personal thing!

this post is inspired by the #redBar: summertime cocktail project for Red Envelope. they’re sharing favorite summertime drinks as the weather gets nicer. check out @redenvelope and #redBar on twitter for other great summertime cocktail ideas!


sometimes i write about nothing.

spring decided to arrive on easter sunday. not only did it arrive, but it decided to come disguised as summer, with sunshine all day and temperatures in the high seventies. this is kind of what happens here in the tundra…we have 7 months of winter, and then all of a sudden it’s summer and no one knows what to do or where their sandals are or how to turn off their furnace. and as much as it would be nice to have a reliable amount of time to ease into the heat, i don’t really mind.*

chick mug

and it’s now my goal, as i told ms. margaret, to find a way to wear pants as little as possible until this baby is born. also, to wear my non-maternity clothes for as long as possible. i stubbornly put on a regular person dress this morning and predict that this will be a regular occurrence until i rip something. probably at work. oof.


so last week was rough. in terms of meltdowns and questioning of choices and differing opinions, it was just not a great week. there is something about having to decide things like how to pay for breast pumps that aren’t covered by insurance, where and how often to send your baby to daycare (i already can’t imagine how i am possibly going to be able to do that), and what your work schedule is going to look like, that makes your brain kind of implode on itself and cause you to completely lose control of your emotions after a seemingly normal gym session.

it’s a funny feeling, losing control of your emotions. i tend to be in control of those pesky little things on a normal day, but throw in some extreme circumstances and some powerful hormones, and all bets are off. i almost liked the feeling, in a way. is that weird? it made me feel vulnerable and sad and frustrated, but it was freeing, you know. like now that it’s done, it’s out in the wide open and i can get down to the business of making everything good.

this week is a little better. progress is being made where it needs to be, things are falling into place, and most importantly, i’m feeling like i have a handle on it all once again. i still don’t know that we’ve figured it all out, but maybe this is what life is going to look like now that baby z. is joining us. maybe it’s just going to be a constant state of questioning and not knowing if you’re doing the right things, and melting down once in a while. and maybe that’s okay. maybe it’s even good, because it means we’re growing and learning and becoming people who can handle all of it, even thrive with it.


it doesn’t hurt when you’re married to a man like my husband, who listens and helps where he can, and knows that a good surprise bouquet of flowers can make any crazy pregnant lady feel like she’s getting back to normal.


so maybe this post wasn’t about nothing. i guess sometimes talk about the weather can turn into more important things. what a lovely phenomenon that is.

*remind me that i said this in august when i’m 9 months pregnant and want to stay in an ice bath all day long.


can’t write, too busy running to the loo.

i don’t know why i wrote “loo” instead of “restroom”, “bathroom”, or just “too busy having to pee”. “running to the loo” just sounds more refined i guess? less trashy? more british? i wanted this post about pee to sound cute? i don’t know.

21 weeks

[in between bathroom breaks.]

turns out that whole thing about pregnant women having to pee all the time, that’s for real. i found that out real good this week. my already small bladder has shrunk three sizes, the opposite of the grinch’s heart on christmas morning. yesterday i had to go three times before i left for work. today i woke up at 5:00am and never went back to sleep. i just waited for my next trip to the bathroom.

my days now are just comprised of activities that i fit in between bathroom breaks. any outing is either timed so that i can be back home in time for the next one, or planned so that i know with great certainty that there will be facilities available to me to use. i know the location and proximity of the restrooms in every target, menards, home depot, coffee shop & grocery store within a 5 mile radius of home.

be right back.

okay, back. pretty sure i hadn’t consumed any liquid since my last break, so biologically speaking, i’m not sure where my body is even finding anything else to expel from my body. does anyone have the science to explain this to me?

where was i again? oh yea, talking about my tiny pregnant bladder (dad, is this entire blog post making you uncomfortable? if so, just think about all the other terrible things about pregnancy i could have chosen to write about and you should feel better!).

here are the things i can’t do anymore now that my bladder is the size of an acorn:

  • spend more than 20 minutes on the elliptical at the gym
  • act like i’m not having a panic attack in the mall when i can’t find a bathroom
  • make it through my workout dvd without pausing
  • sit through a meeting at work that lasts longer than an hour
  • watch a tv show all the way through
  • sleep through the night

i’m only 23 weeks pregnant, so i know i’m just at the beginning of this stage, and i’ve got a long way to go before it’s over. i’ve even heard that i get to look forward to someone actually KICKING my bladder once they get big enough for that – i’m looking at you baby z., and hear me now, i will not suffer silently through that madness. i will not.

this would all be a lot easier if i could survive without consuming any water to sustain myself and the baby. someone invent that please? or tell me it’s okay to just live in the loo?


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