big news and happy hour: party in a glass

April 6th, 2012

What an exciting week it’s been! First of all, a big hello to new readers who are coming over from Saveur, where I was nominated for best recipe for my zuchinitini cocktail. What a lovely surprise!

As if that’s not awesome enough there’s more fun in store. I quit my job! Whoa! Beginning in May, I will officially be self-employed, doing the things I love—blogging here and at Serious Eats, publishing my magazine, Remedy Quarterly and working towards getting my catering business, The Good Cheer Co., up and running with my friend Caroline. I’ve been doing all of these things on the side for a while now and I finally got enough guts to try to make it work. I couldn’t be more excited!

In honor of all this fun, I whipped up a cocktail that tastes like a party in a glass, hence the name. A little coconut, lime and ginger teamed up with rum—what’s not to like?! Let me tell you, this little number goes down easy… you’ve been warned.

I hope you have an awesome weekend!

Cheers! To taking the leap, partying and tasty cocktails!

Party in a Glass
makes 1 cocktail

for the ginger syrup:
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup ginger, chopped

for the cocktail:
1 ounce ginger syrup
1 1/2 ounce unsweetened coconut milk
1 1/2 ounce light rum
1/2 ounce lime juice


To make the ginger syrup
Combine the water, sugar and ginger in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain ginger and store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

To make the cocktail:
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for 10 seconds. Strain into a collins glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lime slice. Enjoy!

Comments: 13 Total

  1. Kelsey

    April 6, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    kelly! congrats!!! you will never regret taking a leap and following your heart. i recently quit a job that made me unhappy and am now doing something I love, hooray for new beginnings! Can’t wait to see what’s in store!

  2. Nancy

    April 6, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Congratulations! It is really inspiring to see you go for it (maybe that will help me do the same). Best of luck!

  3. Rebecca S.

    April 6, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Congratulations! I quit my job 5 years ago and started my own web/graphic design company. It’s one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made. Good luck!

  4. Christine

    April 6, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Congratulations and best wishes!

  5. Jennifer

    April 6, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Congratulations on such a big step!

  6. Leslie

    April 6, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Yay you! I have been reading and enjoying your blog for a while now – and of course, voted for you at Saveur. Congratulations both on your nomination and on taking that big step. I am sure you will not regret it for a minute.

  7. gia

    April 6, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    cheers! congrats! what was your job??
    I love seeing a cocktail, when I’m still at work and on my way home to make one!

  8. Sarah

    April 7, 2012 at 11:51 am

    This sounds SO delicious! Congratulations on the nomination from Savour and being brave enough to take that leap into self-employment. Wishing you well with both items.

  9. Marissa

    April 8, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    All of your hard work paying off – congrats!! That drinks fizzy top makes my mouth water!

  10. Shaw Girl

    April 9, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Congratulations!! How exciting and lovely to read about all of your ventures! Taking the leap and doing something you truly love is the best reward!

  11. Shaheen

    April 11, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Congratulations, Kelly! Looking at the photo of sandwiches, my heart skipped a beat. A friend and I started a weekly pop up here in France and we make sandwiches and wrap them exactly like that (it’s

  12. Adele

    April 11, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Awesome, so happy for you! Can’t wait to see what’s next.

  13. Adele

    April 11, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Awesome, so happy for you! Can’t wait to see what’s next.

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