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Tonight’s An Appealing Plan  #GardenPartyChat {Wednesday 8P EST} topic will be Hot Fun in the Summertime. Each week’s chat features folks from a variety of worlds including all my favorite topics: Garden, Food, Decor, Events, Travel, Design, Cocktails…

The following guests will be submitting questions on their area of speciality. Please take a moment to get to know them on twitter & the web. Feel free to ask them questions back during the chat. Remember to use #GardenPartyChat if you are on twitter so we can all follow along. There will be a total of 7 questions asked and the chat usually runs about an hour. See you there!

This week’s Guests are:

Cathleen McCarthy / twitter: @CLMcCarthy  / web: cathleenmccarthy.com

Megan Wood / twitter: @iRun4Wine / web: irunforwine.net

Jen Straw / twitter: @LastStrawMedia  / web: laststrawmedia.com

Business part complete, on to the fun stuff!

Here is the Suggested Sip of the Week recipe, with both alcohol and non-alcoholic versions.



3 tablespoons Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup {recipe below}

6-8 Fresh Picked Mint Leaves {plus one sprig for garnish}

Tonic or Mineral Water  {I tried both. Depends on your quinine tolerance.}

Crushed Ice

Berries for Color

Tall Glass

Shady Tree in Your Favorite Garden


In a tall glass muddle the mint leaves together with Vanilla Simple Syrup. Add Ice to 3/4 of the glass. Fill glass with tonic/mineral water. Use shaker to mix all together. Pour back into tall glass. Drop a few berries in for color and insert Mint sprig for garnish. Find shady tree and sip.

1 oz Vodka can be added prior to the water over ice to chill.

{NOTE: I have been dying to try the FEVER-TREE Tonic water, I’m a sucker for packaging, what can I say.  But worried about the strong flavor I also tried it with San Pellegrino Mineral water and found I prefered the tonic. But it could also be great with ginger ale. So try both as well and let me know which one you prefer.}


2 cups water

1 cup sugar

1 whole Vanilla Bean

Heat water and sugar on high-medium heat until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Scrape seeds from inside the bean into mixture. Drop outside of bean into mixture. Stir occasionally leave to cool 1 hour. You may choose to strain out the seeds but I actually prefer the look of the natural dark seeds for most uses.

{NOTE: I have been making various simple syrups to purchase. If interested contact me for pricing – info@AnAppealingPlan.com}

Looking for more…Previous Recipes include:

 Basil Grapefruit SipperThyme Tangerine Fizz or Provence Lavender Cocktail.

Be sure to check in every week for a new recipe and theme. See you at the Garden Party! ~ krayl