Watermelon Gin Fizz & Blackberry Bourbon Smash Cocktails

Treaty Oak Blackberry SmashY’all, I’ve really been stepping up my cocktail game this summer. It all started a few years when I decided that vodka went down a little too easy and reminded me waaay too much of college, so I started trying out different spirits. It didn’t take long for whiskey to become my new drink of choice and my love affair with old fashioneds began. I love trying out new whiskies and they each have their own flavor and depth. They are also perfect for sipping, which is way more my style nowadays 🙂

My friend JJ asked me to help out with her sister’s bachelorette party a few weeks ago. She suggested a cocktail making class so I got my wheels turning. I reached out to Treaty Oak, a local distillery, that produces some of my favorite spirits to partner with us. First off, the thought of teaching 17 girls how to make cocktails was a teensy bit intimidating. Seriously, like what if I mess it all up or someone is allergic to strawberries or the awful dreaded one vocal person doesn’t like something so then everyone else’s opinions get swayed, yikes! Well, obviously I got over those fears and started getting really excited about making some new cocktails that I thought would be perfect for a girls day at the pool!

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Watermelon Salad with Gorgonzola

Sweet Summer time! Which means I had a lot of watermelon leftover from those watermelon jalapeno martinis. The watermelon that I picked up was super juicy and sweet and cool. Well that’s probably because I had it in the fridge but the coolness was a great compliment to the greens. This is a super simple salad, so eat up!

Grab your favorite greens, I used a spring mix but spinach or arugula would work great as well. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Add in some garlic salt and pepper. Give that all a good toss.

All tossed up.

Start building the salad by placing a watermelon slice on the plate.

Place the tossed greens on top of the watermelon slice. Then top with your favorite crumbled cheese. I used this soft gorgonzola. The flavor, which is lighter than blue cheese but along the same lines, was perfect with the fresh watermelon.

So fresh! If you wanted to go crazy, add in some diced cucumber, strawberries and fresh jalapeño to the salad.

Eat up!

I think I will have this salad again tonight…

What is your favorite summer salad?

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