Who doesn't love a glass of ginger ale or lemonade after a day of gardening in the hot sun? The kids and I spent some time today pulling weeds, mowing the yard and planting a few flowers in my container garden. After the work was done we had some homemade ginger ale with a twist of lime. Slightly sweet, lemony, limey and ice cold, this homemade ginger ale hits the spot. It's better than store bought and easy to make.
I served the ginger ale in these cool glasses from Simply Abundant. I've mentioned her fabulous store before for the vast inventory of tablewares, linens and decorative items they carry. These are extra large goblets, with a nice weight. Although these come in amber (of which I am a huge fan of), clear and the aqua. The aqua just looks so summery. It's such a soothing color, conjuring up memories of the Caribbean and the cruises Shawn and I have taken there together.
I had to squeeze a little brown transferware in to. I love this Aesthetic Movement piece with its swirly pattern on the face and trimmed in flowers and cartouche's that resemble family crests.
The tray I served on needed a little burst of light and the white pottery added just the right touch.
Now, for one of my favorite places to shop online...you've got to check out Tzaddi Home on Etsy. The shop owner, Vicki, is a former textile and wall paper designer who has transferred that creativity into her own line of jewelry creations and home decor. She designed and made these glass coasters using her developed method of decoupaging. These have a vintage Parisian theme and come in sets of four, each with a different scene. They are bevel glass coated atop and finished with a suede backing. Practical as well as beautiful, these can be used as wall plaques or displayed on a plate holder. I'm excited to show you more of Tzaddi's work, or just click the link above to see her shop full of beautiful works.
I'll be featuring some of her jewelry in upcoming post and am so excited to share it with you!
This swirled, aqua colored Mercury glass votive holder adds a warm glow.
Blues and browns mixed with a little greenery are some of my favorite color combinations and are so popular right now.
I use lots of silk greenery, florals and berries from Decorators Friend, another wonderful online shop with a sweet heart owner. In addition to greenery, they offer a unique selection of housewares, garden, decorative and gift items. Love this shop!
Now to whet your whistle, here's the Ginger Ale recipe! Enjoy!
HOMEMADE GINGER ALE
- 3 tablespoons grated fresh ginger root
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast (Champagne yeast works well without a yeast aftertaste)
- 1 lemon, juiced
- sliced lime for garnish
Into an empty 2-liter soda bottle, put the ginger root, sugar, yeast, and lemon juice. Fill the rest of the way with water. Screw the cap onto the bottle as tight as possible. Shake the bottle well, then leave at room temperature until the bottle is too hard to squeeze, about 1-2 days. Refrigerate. To serve, pour through a tea strainer.
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