You guys! Happy Friday!

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Who else is so ready for the weekend! I have big weekend plans of cleaning, cleaning, and well more cleaning! I never thought I would be that person that lets things get so disorganized, but you guys, my pantry and kitchen need some serious work. After months and months of basically beating my kitchen to death with non stop recipe testing and photo shoots, it’s time to put the place back together.

Soo, I totally need your help! What are some of your favorite kitchen and pantry organization tips? Or even just general home organization tips? I am currently looking for places to store clothes, since my bedroom has no closest and the storage in my little barn is not all that awesome. I mean, I have plenty of food storage, but I didn’t really leave room for anything else…oops!

Let me know all your tips and tricks, please and thank you!

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OK, but now… let’s talk Friday cocktails!

How fun are these Ginger Beer Cherry Vodka Sodas? I am in LOVE. I first got into ginger beer around this time last year, but never really started using and experimenting with it until Christmas, when I made what seemed like dozens and dozens of Moscow Mules for my crazy family. Ever since then, I’ve kind of been hooked. I mean, ginger beer is where it’s at. Just sayin.

So when the thought of a ginger beer, vodka soda, flavored with fresh summer cherries popped into my head, I was pretty much SOLD within seconds. Sometimes my brain comes up with beautiful and delicious things, and for that, I am very, very thankful.

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Alright, so here is how this goes.

…start out by making a quick, cherry simple syrup. I like to use honey to keep things on the healthier side, plus, I kind of just love the flavors of honey with cherries and ginger, so good!  Then simply…

…add ice to a glass

…add your ginger beer

…your cherry simple syrup

…your vodka + lime juice

…give it a little mix

…pretty it up with a fresh cherry and thyme spring

…drink it all up!

Done and DONE.

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Perfect easy Friday night, summertime drink, right?

Soo, like, is it five o’clock somewhere? Wait!! It’s summer! Working on Friday is optional in the summer, right?!?! One round of Ginger Beer Cherry Vodka Sodas please!

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The Recipe

Ginger Beer Cherry Vodka Soda.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 0 MAKES 1 DRINK + EXTRA SIMPLE SYRUP

Ingredients

Cherry Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cherries pitted
  • 2-3 tablespoons honey I used 2

Ginger Beer Cherry Vodka Soda

  • crushed ice
  • 3/4 cup ginger beer
  • 2-4 tablespoons cherry simple syrup depending on your taste, above
  • 1-2 ounces vodka
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • fresh cherries for garnish

Instructions

Cherry Simple Syrup

  1. In a small to medium size pot, combine the cherries and honey. Use a muddler or just a fork to mash the cherries up until they are almost pulp like. Add 1 cup water and place the pot over high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring often for about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer. Chill until completely cool, about 30 minutes. Syrup can be kept in the fridge for at least one week.

Ginger Beer Cherry Vodka Soda

  1. Fill your glass with ice. Add the ginger beer, cherry simple syrup, vodka and lime juice. Stir to combine. Garnish with fresh cherries and thyme. DRINK.
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Ready, set, GO! Happy Cherry Vodka Soda drinking!

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