What are you up to this weekend? Currently, I am headed to the Keys to the Cheeca Lodge to spend a long weekend with my family! I’ll try my best to put a few things on Stories! I can’t wait to get away for a few days! Two weeks of school under our belt and it feels like cause for celebration! We felt safe after checking with the hotel and understanding their cleaning and distancing protocols and decided to go for it!
Cocktails & Charcuterie
A few weeks ago I had a few close friends to the house. (They are our social group that we have been with for quite a while and feel safe with.) We enjoyed a lovely evening under the stars on the lanai and I served a beautiful charcuterie board and some watermelon martinis. Sounds amazing right? It was! But let me tell you the secret behind this…Hint, It’s not what you put on the board.
Being with friends was fantastic. And that’s all that really mattered. The charcuterie board was beautiful (but I didn’t create it, I bought it! More about that later), The martini’s were just ok. (Total operator error! I switched to wine after half of one martini). But the company was stellar. The secret to any great gathering is to not sweat over the food and drinks. Just invite the people you enjoy being with and everything else will fall into place.
The Charcuterie Board
I knew I wouldn’t have time to shop so I purchased a charcuterie box for $55 from a local company called A Grazing Haus. It came in a box and it was just gorgeous! I’m sure that wherever you live, you most likely have a company like this who creates charcuterie boards. In my case, it was well worth the extra expense. It came beautifully arranged and I just transferred to a board I had on hand, and there you go… Done! If you want to create your own charcuterie board, this book is so good. There are so many ideas to create a board for every occasion.
Choose a Beautiful Board
A beautiful wooden charcuterie board like this one HERE or HERE, is a key element! Even if you buy a pre-made charcuterie box like I did, all you have to do is transfer it to the board and you’re off to a great start.
What Goes On The Board?
You can make it as fancy or as simple as you want. Any sort of crackers, cheeses, meats, fruits, sweets or any other small items will work perfectly.
Make It Pretty
Add In Some Flavor
I love this yummy Rasberry Peach Champagne Jam , this Honey or my absolute favorite Truff Hot Sauce. Adding a variety of flavors is important to keep it interesting. But let me talk about the hot sauce for a sec… The Truff Hot Sauce is so good! I seriously want to put it on my cereal! It is THAT good. IF you’ve tried it, let me know how you like it and what you use it on! I have be known to put it on cheddar popcorn!
I made watermelon martinis from a recipe I found online and they would have been ok if I had followed the directions! But, I finally got the REAL recipe (The one below) from one of my favorite local restaurants, Cibo, and mixed it up another time and they were great. HERE is another cocktail recipe I posted about a while back. It is still one of my favorites.
Shake it up
Ice, Ice Baby
Watermelon Martini Recipe
To a cocktail Shaker add:
A splash of Sprite
a splash of sour mix
a squeeze of lime
a squeeze of lemon
Muddle together above ingredients.
Add Ice and 1 ounce of watermelon vodka. Shake well and strain through a cocktail strainer into a martini glass. Garnish with a lime wedge. Enjoy!
Let me know how you like the martini!
If you want to host a small gathering, I would highly recommend Cocktails & Charcuterie. It is easy, beautiful and fun! You can keep it really simple! And in these uncertain and stressful times, keeping things simple is so important. Don’t stress over the food or the presentation. Being with friends and family safely and enjoying each other is the most important thing.
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Thanks for reading! If you do a Cocktails & Charcuterie night, tag me on Instagram or use the hastag #cocktailsandcharcuterie. Have a great weekend!