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Tonight’s An Appealing Plan  #GardenPartyChat {Wednesday 8P EST} topic will be Celebrating Fourth Of July. Seems pretty straight forward right? Problem is turns out we all have our own version of what this means. SO for this week to be fair, and represent various perspectives, heritages, and outlooks I am bringing in a few “Guest Questioners” from the worlds of Garden, Food & Decor.

Lisa M Smith / Twitter: @TheDecorGirl / Web: www.interiordesignfactory.com

Michele Northrup / Twitter: @SaucyQueen / Web: www.intensityacademy.com

Robert Bornstein / Twitter: @robbornstein / Web: http://robbornstein.com

Rosemary Nickel / Twitter: @MotivatingMoms / Web: www.motivatingothermoms.com

International Culinary Center / Twitter: @IntlCulCenter / Web: Internationalculinarycenter.com

As a proper host, I of course would like to offer my guests a beverage to sip on during the chat. So here is the Suggested Sip of the Week recipe, with alcohol and non-alcoholic versions. Not a fan of Grapefruit or Basil…other suggestions might be: Thyme Tangerine Fizz or Provence Lavender Cocktail.

The Garden Party Sipper

Juice of 1/4 Fresh Juicy Grapefruit

2 1/2 Ounces of Bombay Sapphire Gin

1 Tablespoon shredded Opal Basil

1 Tablespoon Lemon Peel infused Simple Syrup

Combine all ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously approx. 30-60 seconds to chill and break up the basil leaves. Pour in martini or other cocktail glass. {strain if preferred} Garnish with basil flower.


{Makes one good size cocktail}

Not partaking in alcohol these days? Mix everything but the Bombay in a tall glass half filled with H2O, add ice & straw and sip away.

Always a fan of the proper glass and servewear.. be sure to check out the One King’s Lane Cocktail Hour Collection Sale  going on now. In LOVE with the gold striped ice bucket!!

Happy Entertaining! ~ krayl