Classic Negroni Recipe

Best Negroni Recipe | Best cocktail recipes, entertaining ideas, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

In my continuing quest to share some of what I deem oldie but goodie cocktail recipes with you, today I present you with this negroni recipe! If you’re thinking to yourself, “Self, a negroni is an old man’s cocktail!” allow me to assure you – my sister agrees with you 100%. (Ha!) However, I know of a handful of rather stylish and chic women who agree with me that a negroni is just a damn fine cocktail. Perhaps you’d like to make one and decide for yourself? As it’s name might allude, the negroni is Italian in origin, pairing Campari with gin and vermouth. It’s sweeter than it’s martini counterpart, but it’s just as sophisticated in my book.

Best Negroni Recipe | Best cocktail recipes, entertaining ideas, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

Best Negroni Recipe | Best cocktail recipes, entertaining ideas, party ideas and more from @cydconverse Best Negroni Recipe | Best cocktail recipes, entertaining ideas, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

Best Negroni Recipe | Best cocktail recipes, entertaining ideas, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

Best Negroni Recipes
Makes 1 serving

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 3/4 ounce Campari
  • 3/4 ounce vermouth
  • Orange peel to garnish (optional)

Fill an old fashioned glass with ice. Pour in gin, Campari and vermouth and stir gently to combine. Garnish with a fresh orange peel and sip!

Best Negroni Recipe | Best cocktail recipes, entertaining ideas, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

Best Negroni Recipe | Best cocktail recipes, entertaining ideas, party ideas and more from @cydconverse Best Negroni Recipe | Best cocktail recipes, entertaining ideas, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

Best Negroni Recipe | Best cocktail recipes, entertaining ideas, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

Best Negroni Recipe | Best cocktail recipes, entertaining ideas, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

To me a negroni is what I would best describe as a really great dinner party drink or a front porch sipping kind of a cocktail. It’s not really a backyard barbecue kind of drink although I’m not going to hate you if you offer me one. It’s definitely made for sipping, but the Campari makes it fun and the orange lightens the whole deal up a bit. Definitely give this one a try if you’re into the classics or if you’re already a martini fan! I think you may just surprise yourself with a new favorite.

Best Negroni Recipe | Best cocktail recipes, entertaining ideas, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

Best Negroni Recipe | Best cocktail recipes, entertaining ideas, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

Best Negroni Recipe | Best cocktail recipes, entertaining ideas, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

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[Art direction + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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How to Make Fresh Summer Smoothie Bowls

This post was created in collaboration with V8. Real veggies for real people. Thank you for
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How to Make Fresh Summer Smoothie Bowls | Made with amazing @v8juices - real veggies for real people!

Last summer I was pregnant and could not get enough of everything frozen and fruity. This summer it is insanely hot on the east coast and I have had precisely zero interest in turning on my stove for weeks, effectively leading me to go back to craving all things frozen at every meal. Enter these fruity summer smoothie bowls! They’re my new favorite way to eat something wholesome and delicious, while also beating the summer heat. They’re made with V8 Veggie Blends juices, meaning they’re also loaded with veggie goodness. Maybe you hate eating veggies, or maybe your kids do. Now you can pack in all those good-for-you foods while also getting a break from the stifling summer heat. That, my friends, is the very definition of a win-win!

How to Make Fresh Summer Smoothie Bowls | Made with amazing @v8juices - real veggies for real people!

How to Make Fresh Summer Smoothie Bowls | Made with amazing @v8juices - real veggies for real people!

How to Make Fresh Summer Smoothie Bowls | Made with amazing @v8juices - real veggies for real people!

How to Make Fresh Summer Smoothie Bowls | Made with amazing @v8juices - real veggies for real people!

The baby has a gaggle of little ladies around the block who absolutely adore her and they have all been taking turns coming over to visit and play with her over summer break. A couple of weeks ago it was approximately one million degrees out, so Emerson and I invited a couple of her pals over to cool off with a little afternoon treat. Ella and Charlie had lots of fun making smoothie bowls with us and I’m pretty sure they did not believe me when I told them afterward that those smoothie bowls also had a whole bunch of veggies hidden inside. Score! We topped our creations with lots of fresh fruit, coconut flakes, almonds and a sprinkle of dark chocolate for good measure, but I also love my smoothie bowls with dried fruit, granola and chia seeds, too. Yum!

How to Make Fresh Summer Smoothie Bowls | Made with amazing @v8juices - real veggies for real people!

How to Make Fresh Summer Smoothie Bowls | Made with amazing @v8juices - real veggies for real people! How to Make Fresh Summer Smoothie Bowls | Made with amazing @v8juices - real veggies for real people!

How to Make Fresh Summer Smoothie Bowls | Made with amazing @v8juices - real veggies for real people!

How to Make Fresh Summer Smoothie Bowls | Made with amazing @v8juices - real veggies for real people!

How to Make Fresh Summer Smoothie Bowls | Made with amazing @v8juices - real veggies for real people! How to Make Fresh Summer Smoothie Bowls | Made with amazing @v8juices - real veggies for real people!

How to Make Fresh Summer Smoothie Bowls | Made with amazing @v8juices - real veggies for real people!

Summer Smoothie Bowls
Makes 1 serving

  • 1 cup V8 Veggie Blends juice
  • 2 cups frozen fruit (berries, mango or bananas, etc.)
  • Toppings (fresh fruit, coconut, nuts, granola, dried fruit, chia seeds, etc.)

Begin by pouring the V8 Veggie Blends juice flavor of choice into your blender. (I am personally obsessed with the Pineapple Passion and Purple Power flavors!) Add frozen fruit and blend until smooth, but still thick, adding additional V8 Veggie Blends juice as necessary to create a smooth consistency. Pour smoothie mixture into a bowl and top to your heart’s delight!

How to Make Fresh Summer Smoothie Bowls | Made with amazing @v8juices - real veggies for real people!

How to Make Fresh Summer Smoothie Bowls | Made with amazing @v8juices - real veggies for real people!

How to Make Fresh Summer Smoothie Bowls | Made with amazing @v8juices - real veggies for real people!

How to Make Fresh Summer Smoothie Bowls | Made with amazing @v8juices - real veggies for real people!

My favorite part about V8 Veggie Blends (and the reason they make amazing smoothie bowls) is that nothing is fake or artificial. There are no dyes, no processed junk and no added sugar, which you already know is something we try to be really mindful of in our day to day life. Plus, each 8oz serving packs in a full serving of vegetables meaning your smoothie bowls are not only going to taste incredible, but they’re also super nutritious. V8 believes in veggies for the masses, making veggie nutrition available to everyone. Their wide range of flavors (like Pineapple Passion, Carrot Mango, Red Radiance and Purple Power) also means there is something delicious for every palate! I’m crazy about the Purple Power (loaded with beets, purple carrots and apple) as well as the Pineapple Passion (made with sweet potatoes, pineapple, carrots and passionfruit.) But really? They are all seriously, sincerely delicious. For more tasty ways to get your veggies, join V8 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

How to Make Fresh Summer Smoothie Bowls | Made with amazing @v8juices - real veggies for real people!

How to Make Fresh Summer Smoothie Bowls | Made with amazing @v8juices - real veggies for real people!

How to Make Fresh Summer Smoothie Bowls | Made with amazing @v8juices - real veggies for real people!

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[Art direction + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

This post was sponsored by V8. All opinions and words are my own. Read more about our editorial policies. For more great recipes and veggie inspiration, follow V8 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

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The Prettiest Shower Curtains You’ve Ever Seen

Pomeroy Plants Shower Curtain | Pretty shower curtains and more home decor ideas from @cydconverse

After the initial mad rush to tackle some of the first big renovation projects around the house immediately after closing, we’ve taken an extended break over the last several weeks as the rest of our life took precedence again. We pretty much look like we just moved in like a week ago. Not exaggerating. With my sister’s wedding this weekend, we’re going to have a few weeks that are a little quieter coming up and I’m looking forward to finally getting us feeling more settled and cozy around here. Allow that long winded introduction to be my way of saying that I believe in the power of a good shower curtain. Not only can the right shower curtain liven up a space and make it feel more personal, but it can also help distract from an otherwise lackluster bathroom. I have one of those! The lackluster bathroom, that is. Now I need the statement making shower curtain. So today I present you with my picks for the prettiest shower curtains you’ve ever seen. Which one would you pick?

1. Pomeroy plants shower curtain [above]

Jardin Des Plantes Shower Curtain | Pretty shower curtains and more home decor ideas from @cydconverse

2. Jardin des Plantes shower curtain

French Tassel Shower Curtain | Pretty shower curtains and more home decor ideas from @cydconverse

3. French tassel shower curtain

4040 Locust Wyatt Space Dyed Shower Curtain | Pretty shower curtains and more home decor ideas from @cydconverse

4. Space dyed shower curtain

Catamarca Shower Curtain | Pretty shower curtains and more home decor ideas from @cydconverse

5. Catamarca shower curtain

Forest Critters Shower Curtain | Pretty shower curtains and more home decor ideas from @cydconverse

6. Forest critters shower curtain

Isra Floating Weft Shower Curtain | Pretty shower curtains and more home decor ideas from @cydconverse

7. Isra floating weft shower curtain

Quiet Town Shower Curtain | Pretty shower curtains and more home decor ideas from @cydconverse

8. Quiet Town shower curtain

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Sparkling Margaritas + My Summer Entertaining Essentials

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Summer Entertaining Essentials from @cydconverse | Summer party ideas, cocktail recipes and more!

Since closing on our house a few months ago, we’ve been doing quite a bit of entertaining even by our standards. Of course we love to entertain as it is, but over the last several weeks we’ve had friends in and out to check out the house, hosted several impromptu barbecues, and this week we have house guests and family milling about as we gear up for my sister’s wedding this weekend. All in all, the house is quickly evolving into exactly what we hoped it would be – a hub for our friends and loved ones to gather and celebrate. I have a few hostess tricks up my sleeve that help make this kind of on-the-fly entertaining a lot simpler than it probably sounds, which is what we’re talking about today! I’m breaking down my must-have summer entertaining essentials. For me this includes everything from a stash of paper straws of nearly epic proportions (because they make even lemonade feel real fancy) and a go-to pitcher cocktail recipe featuring Lunazul Tequila that is out of this world. Seriously. By the time you text your friends and tell them to pop over, you can have this sparkling margarita recipe prepped and ready to go when they show up at the front door. So let’s hop to it, shall we? Three cheers for easy, awesome summer entertaining!

Sparkling Margarita Recipe from @cydconverse | Summer entertaining ideas, summer cocktails and more!

Sparkling Margarita Recipe from @cydconverse | Summer entertaining ideas, summer cocktails and more!

Sparkling Margarita Recipe from @cydconverse | Summer entertaining ideas, summer cocktails and more!

I’m pretty sure you guys know I’m a margarita lover from way back. The kind made with real lime juice and simple syrup, and never from a mix. That said you also know that I like to keep things fuss-free, while still feeling really special when entertaining guests. That’s where Lunazul Tequila comes into play. It’s the ideal tequila for serving up a big pitcher of margaritas at your next backyard shindig. It’s simple, uncomplicated and just really good. It’s the type of spirit you want to keep on hand for impromptu gatherings or for when you just get a craving for a margarita. During a summer as hot as this one, that’s practically every day for me lately. You can’t hate a girl for that!

Sparkling Margarita Recipe from @cydconverse | Summer entertaining ideas, summer cocktails and more!

Sparkling Margarita Recipe from @cydconverse | Summer entertaining ideas, summer cocktails and more! Sparkling Margarita Recipe from @cydconverse | Summer entertaining ideas, summer cocktails and more!

Sparkling Margarita Recipe from @cydconverse | Summer entertaining ideas, summer cocktails and more!

Sparkling Margaritas
Makes 24 servings

  • 4 cups fresh lime juice
  • 10 oz Lunazul Tequila
  • 6 oz orange liqueur
  • 2 cups simple syrup
  • 2 bottles of prosecco
  • Fresh limes to garnish
  • Sea salt or margarita salt (optional)

In a large cocktail pitcher, add the lime juice, Lunazul Tequila, orange liqueur and simple syrup. Stir to to combine with a big spoon. I prefer my margaritas every so slightly tart, so feel free to add additional simple syrup if you prefer a sweeter drink. (Add a little at a time until you hit your desired sweetness level.) To serve, fill a cocktail glass (with or without salt per your guests’ personal preferences) with ice and pour half full with margarita mixture. Top off with prosecco, stir then garnish with a fresh lime wedge. Don’t forget your obligatory paper straw!

Sparkling Margarita Recipe from @cydconverse | Summer entertaining ideas, summer cocktails and more!

Sparkling Margarita Recipe from @cydconverse | Summer entertaining ideas, summer cocktails and more!

Sparkling Margarita Recipe from @cydconverse | Summer entertaining ideas, summer cocktails and more! Sparkling Margarita Recipe from @cydconverse | Summer entertaining ideas, summer cocktails and more!

Sparkling Margarita Recipe from @cydconverse | Summer entertaining ideas, summer cocktails and more!

Sparkling Margarita Recipe from @cydconverse | Summer entertaining ideas, summer cocktails and more!

Sparkling Margarita Recipe from @cydconverse | Summer entertaining ideas, summer cocktails and more! Sparkling Margarita Recipe from @cydconverse | Summer entertaining ideas, summer cocktails and more!

Sparkling Margarita Recipe from @cydconverse | Summer entertaining ideas, summer cocktails and more!

When in doubt, here are my best quick tips for throwing a party that won’t drive you crazy. Cold cocktails. Something to nibble on. (Chips and guac anyone?) A few cute details and accessories. (Those paper straws again, friends. Seriously. People love them.) And in the summer, bring on the color! Maybe it’s a great serving tray, some cute melamine plates or a vase full of festive grocery store flowers. If you’re feeling frisky (as I usually am), perhaps it’s all of the above. Keep scrolling for the details on my entertaining essentials, and be sure to follow Lunazul Tequila on Facebook, and Instagram for loads of great summer party ideas!

Summer Entertaining Essentials from @cydconverse | Summer party ideas, cocktail recipes and more!

Summer Entertaining Essentials from @cydconverse | Summer party ideas, cocktail recipes and more! Summer Entertaining Essentials from @cydconverse | Summer party ideas, cocktail recipes and more!

Summer Entertaining Essentials from @cydconverse | Summer party ideas, cocktail recipes and more!

Summer Entertaining Essentials from @cydconverse | Summer party ideas, cocktail recipes and more!

Summer Entertaining Essentials

  • Lunazul Tequila (for perfect, simple, uncomplicated summer cocktails)
  • Paper straws (for dressing up beverages of all varieties)
  • Melamine plates (cute, colorful and summery, they’ll instantly dress up a table)
  • Wooden utensils (inexpensive, less mess than flatware, but cuter than plastic)
  • Serving tray (for serving up drinks, of course)
  • Picnic blanket (for extra seating or use it as a tablecloth)
  • Drink pitcher (for your next batch of sparkling margaritas)
  • Bottle opener (to keep all your party wares coordinated)
  • Cloth napkins (because they make things feel a bit more special)
  • Cocktail glasses (from which to sip your cocktails, naturally)

Sparkling Margarita Recipe from @cydconverse | Summer entertaining ideas, summer cocktails and more!

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[Art direction + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Lunazul Tequila. The opinions and text are all mine.

This post was sponsored by Lunazul Tequila. All opinions and words are my own. Read more about our editorial policies. For more cocktail recipes and summer party ideas, follow Lunazul on Facebook, and Instagram!

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15 of Summer’s Best Homemade Ice Cream Recipes

Cotton Candy Ice Cream Recipe | 15 of the Best Homemade Ice Cream Recipes from @cydconverse

I make no secret of the fact that ice cream is legitimately my favorite food. Ever. Of all time. No contest. I’m smart and I don’t let myself eat it every day for every meal the way I would love to, but I do love me a good ice cream cone in the summer. Playing around with more homemade ice cream recipes before summer’s end is high on my priority list, so I’ve rounded up a huge handful of delicious looking recipes I think we all should try. Bonus! There’s even a small handful of vegan ice cream recipes here, too, friends so this can be an all-inclusive ice cream love fest. Bookmark ’em while they’re hot! Or cold as the case may be. Bon appetite!

1. Cotton candy ice cream [above]

Vegan Mint Chip Ice Cream Recipe | 15 of the Best Homemade Ice Cream Recipes from @cydconverse

2. Vegan mint chip nice cream

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream Recipe | Best Homemade Ice Cream Recipes from @cydconverse

3. Chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream

Coffee and Donut Ice Cream Recipe | Best Homemade Ice Cream Recipes from @cydconverse

4. Coffee and donut ice cream

Caramel Apple Ice Cream Recipe | 15 of the Best Homemade Ice Cream Recipes from @cydconverse

5. Caramel apple crumble ice cream

Pistachio Ice Cream Recipe | Best Homemade Ice Cream Recipes from @cydconverse

6. Pistachio ice cream with Nutella swirls

Tart Cherry Ice Cream Recipe | Best Homemade Ice Cream Recipes from @cydconverse

7. Tart cherry ice cream with white chocolate

Vegan Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe | Best Homemade Ice Cream Recipes from @cydconverse

8. Vegan strawberry shortbread ice cream

Smores Ice Cream Recipe | Best Homemade Ice Cream Recipes from @cydconverse

9. Smores ice cream

Grapefruit Ice Cream Recipe | 15 of the Best Homemade Ice Cream Recipes from @cydconverse

10. Grapefruit thyme vanilla ice cream

Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Recipe | Best Homemade Ice Cream Recipes from @cydconverse

11. Peanut butter cup ice cream with Nutella

Key Lime Ice Cream Recipe | Best Homemade Ice Cream Recipes from @cydconverse

12. Vegan key lime ice cream

Red Velvet Cake Ice Cream Recipe | Best Homemade Ice Cream Recipes from @cydconverse

13. Red velvet cake ice cream

Toasted Coconut Lemon Ice Cream Recipe | Best Homemade Ice Cream Recipes from @cydconverse

14. Vegan toasted coconut lemon ice cream

Mint Chip Ice Cream Recipe | Best Homemade Ice Cream Recipes from @cydconverse

15. Mint chip ice cream

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