Homemade Tonic Water

Do you ever take a moment to ponder which of your possessions you would never, ever, ever want to live without? Say you’re starting from scratch (with basic necessities for day-to-day functioning already taken care of), what are the first three items on your MUST BUY ASAP list? I have a pretty good idea of what mine would be:

#1. Sewing machine. I dealt with sewing machine separation anxiety when I went off to college; it wasn’t pretty. Luckily, my mom quickly tired of the marathon sewing sessions that would happen every time I came home to visit, and thoughtfully suggested that my aunt buy me one for my birthday.

#2. Awesome knives. One serrated; one large Santoku. My days of maiming fruits and veggies with steak knives (that may or may not have been “procured” from crappy chain restaurants) are far behind me, and it’s going to stay that way.

#3. SodaStream. Part of me feels like this spot should go to a camera, or maybe a bike, but who am I kidding? I need those bubbles. Still water bores me, and I pretty much have to be on the verge of dehydration before I actually think to drink a glass. And not only does my SodaStream keep my hydrated, but it also takes care of one of my least favorite things: flat beverages.

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Champagne Cocktail . . . for Valentine’s Day!

Last week, I happened upon Sandee’s homemade sugar cubes. My first thought: “Whoa, adorable.” My second: “What would I do with them?” I don’t have people over for coffee or tea. I could put them in my friend’s beers, but that would get old fast. My excitement diminished, and out of my head they went (or so I thought).

For the past few days, I have been racking my brain trying to think up one last Valentine’s Day post. I was finding no inspiration as far as desserts go, and since I’ve already done breakfast and dinner, I decided to focus my attention on the cocktail. I was obsessing over something red or pink, but I’d already done grenadine, blood orange cocktails have been popping up all over the place, and I don’t know . . . I wanted something CUTER. Then yesterday, it hit me: The Champagne Cocktail. But instead of a regular ol’ sugar cube, an adorable sugar cube!

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