This recipe for Lavender Bourbon Smash was inspired by Noue Kirwan’s debut, Long Past Summer. A fantastic second chance romance, its a story that some readers have called Sweet Home Alabama for Black girls. With a sizzling romance, a complicated backstory, character wounds, and a difficult friendship to navigate, a cocktail recipe was the perfect pairing for this novel. And this bourbon smash with lavender, mint and basil is special treat!
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Do you love romantic stories, but pure romance isn’t your thing? Maybe you need a little bit of a darker backstory or a stronger internal struggle that has nothing to do with the leading man. I get it. The good news is that there are lots of romantic books out there that fit this bill while still centering primarily on the romance element. Beach Read by Emily Henry is one of those books.
If you’re like me, then you’ll enjoy this delicious twist on a traditional margarita. Sage and pineapple come together to add a sophisticated depth in this drink. Paired with the typical lime and tequila in most margaritas, the sage and pineapple compliment and then elevate the cocktail. It’s really delectable!
The Goldfinch has been on my reading list for quite a while. Generally, I like to read or at least be informed about Pulitzer Prize winners and usually they are good picks for book club discussions. Although, I will say the last few I’ve read have been hard to read and I’ve taken a step back from the list in recent years. However, when I saw that The Goldfinch was made into a major motion picture, I decided it was time to read it. Here’s why…
If your book club needs a good laugh or a feel good book, The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion is the book for you. From page one, I loved the narrator’s voice and couldn’t stop smiling. This book really was a breath of fresh air to me. I’ll be interested to know if you felt the same. Even though it is a rom-com essentially, I had no trouble finding more than enough book club questions and a recipe (ummm, margaritas anyone?) to compliment the book.