I get pretty excited about Mondays. Don’t get me wrong: I love, love, LOVE weekends as much as the next person, but I work 7 days a week, and there’s definitely a trickier balance over the weekend when the kids and hubby are home 24/7 with me.
But, it all works out somehow. The kids had awesome teacher conferences (proud mama!), I got some volunteer work done, we had our weekly movie night, my daughter’s soccer game (her team won!), fun family meals together at home and out at one of the kids’ favorite restaurants, book store and dog park visits, and walks around the park. My son and I edited the first video he asked me to shoot of him demonstrating one of his awesome Lego creations (it’s adorable!). Hubby and I had an unexpected date day to Hawks View Cellars, Soter Vineyards, and Keeler Estate Vineyards.
In between it all, I worked. A lot. And worked out. I cooked a lot, edited hundreds of photos, drank some delicious wine and ate a bunch of weekend treats, and am thinking I should have worked out even more…
And now it’s Monday! What a great reason to celebrate the weekend, right? With the start of another week in which the possibilities are endless? I’m pretty darn excited about it.
To help YOU celebrate, here’s a little somethin’ somethin’ I worked on this weekend.
Have you ever had Frangelico liqueur? It’s a hazelnut flavored liqueur that you may recognize because of it’s interesting packaging: it sort of looks like a monk. Legend has it that the name, Frangelico, is an abbreviation of Fra’ Angelico, a hermit monk believed to have inhabited the Piedmont hills of Northern Italy during the 18th century. More than 300 years ago, Christian monks living in the area were known for their mad skills in the art of distilling, especially incorporating wild hazelnuts.
Mixology Monday: Hazelnut Bourbon Sour
Frangelico is a versatile liqueur that can work in the fall/winter as well as with refreshing spring/summer cocktails. The kind folks at Frangelico sent me a bottle to create some recipes, and I had so much fun with the challenge, since hazelnut is one of my favorite sweet flavor additions.
I’ve combined it with two of my favorites: bourbon and lemon. Introducing: the Hazelnut Bourbon Sour.
This cocktail is light and refreshing but also a fabulous pick me up on a cool fall day. Trust me: I had one Sunday, when Portland suddenly decided it wanted to actually feel like fall at last, and it was a delicious way to warm up on a stormy day.
Hazelnut Bourbon Sour recipe
All you need for this Hazelnut Bourbon Sour is five ingredients: Frangelico, bourbon, aromatic bitters, lemon juice, and some simple sugar.
No fancy directions here: simply pour all ingredients together over ice, give it a stir or two, then enjoy!
- 2 ounces Frangelico hazelnut liqueur
- 1 ounce Bourbon
- 1/2 ounce simple sugar equal parts sugar and water, combined
- 4-5 drops of aromatic bitters
- squeeze of lemon juice
- Pour all ingredients over ice in a glass.
- Stir once.
- Garnish with a lemon wedge or rind and serve.
Cheers to Mixology Monday, friends!
Now I’d love to hear from you: how was your weekend? Are you a bourbon or a hazelnut flavored liqueur fan?