Peach Whiskey Smash Cocktail

Peach Whiskey Smash Cocktail Recipe | Whiskey cocktails, cocktail recipes and entertaining ideas from @cydconverse

I don’t share too many whiskey cocktail recipes around these parts, because I think whiskey is a fairly polarizing spirit. That said, we always keep our bar stocked with whiskey because Bob and I both enjoy a good whiskey cocktail from time to time. So today, for all of you whiskey lovers or soon-to-be whiskey fans, I present you with a delightfully summery whiskey drink! Made with fresh fruit and jam, this peach whiskey smash is the type of drink that feels both really casual and super elegant in turn as needed. Want to whip up a drink that will impress your friends? This will do that! Need to take the edge off at the end of a long, hectic week? Yup, this will do that, too.

Peach Whiskey Smash Cocktail Recipe | Whiskey cocktails, cocktail recipes and entertaining ideas from @cydconverse

Peach Whiskey Smash Cocktail Recipe | Whiskey cocktails, cocktail recipes and entertaining ideas from @cydconverse Peach Whiskey Smash Cocktail Recipe | Whiskey cocktails, cocktail recipes and entertaining ideas from @cydconverse

Peach Whiskey Smash Cocktail Recipe | Whiskey cocktails, cocktail recipes and entertaining ideas from @cydconverse

Peach Whiskey Smash Cocktail
Makes 1 serving

  • 2 oz whiskey
  • 2 tablespoons peach jam
  • 1 small peach (or 1/2 of a larger peach)
  • 4 – 6 oz iced tea

Begin by spooning the peach jam into the bottom of an old fashioned glass. Add 3 – 4 slices of fresh peach, pour in the whiskey and muddle the three ingredients together with the back of a spoon. (This is where the “smash” part comes into play!) Fill your glass with ice, then top with iced tea. We prefer a less sweet drink so we use unsweetened iced tea, which leaves a robust whiskey flavor. If you prefer a sweeter drink, use sweet tea or peach iced tea, either of which would be really delicious! Stir well to combine and garnish with another slice or two of peach. Sip and enjoy!

Peach Whiskey Smash Cocktail Recipe | Whiskey cocktails, cocktail recipes and entertaining ideas from @cydconverse

Peach Whiskey Smash Cocktail Recipe | Whiskey cocktails, cocktail recipes and entertaining ideas from @cydconverse Peach Whiskey Smash Cocktail Recipe | Whiskey cocktails, cocktail recipes and entertaining ideas from @cydconverse

Peach Whiskey Smash Cocktail Recipe | Whiskey cocktails, cocktail recipes and entertaining ideas from @cydconverse

Peach Whiskey Smash Cocktail Recipe | Whiskey cocktails, cocktail recipes and entertaining ideas from @cydconverse

Peach Whiskey Smash Cocktail Recipe | Whiskey cocktails, cocktail recipes and entertaining ideas from @cydconverse

Peach Whiskey Smash Cocktail Recipe | Whiskey cocktails, cocktail recipes and entertaining ideas from @cydconverse Peach Whiskey Smash Cocktail Recipe | Whiskey cocktails, cocktail recipes and entertaining ideas from @cydconverse

Peach Whiskey Smash Cocktail Recipe | Whiskey cocktails, cocktail recipes and entertaining ideas from @cydconverse

Peach Whiskey Smash Cocktail Recipe | Whiskey cocktails, cocktail recipes and entertaining ideas from @cydconverse

It dawned on me recently that my cocktail recipe posts tend to be quite photo heavy compared to a lot of other bloggers, but that’s actually very intentional on my part. When I share any instructional posts (recipes, cocktail recipes, DIY tutorials, etc.) I try to style things and capture images as if you’re right there with me in my kitchen or at my craft table working away. For us, we love playing with and experimenting with new cocktail concoctions so the process of deciding which spirits and fruits and mixers to pair together, slicing the fruit, mixing the cocktail, choosing the glass and all of those details is just as enjoyable for us as the cocktail itself. Sometimes we just grab a cold beer out of the fridge or mix an old standby. (This cocktail recipe is very quickly becoming one of those for us!) That said, when Alice and I shoot these posts, I work really hard to give you the sense that you’re in our home, watching me mix up a cocktail just for you. I hope to some extent that comes through! And, hell, if all else, hopefully you just discover something new that you really love. If you do, share with me on Instagram using the hashtag #thesweetestoccasion! Pretty please? It would absolutely make my day. Cheers!

Peach Whiskey Smash Cocktail Recipe | Whiskey cocktails, cocktail recipes and entertaining ideas from @cydconverse

Peach Whiskey Smash Cocktail Recipe | Whiskey cocktails, cocktail recipes and entertaining ideas from @cydconverse Peach Whiskey Smash Cocktail Recipe | Whiskey cocktails, cocktail recipes and entertaining ideas from @cydconverse

Peach Whiskey Smash Cocktail Recipe | Whiskey cocktails, cocktail recipes and entertaining ideas from @cydconverse

Peach Whiskey Smash Cocktail Recipe | Whiskey cocktails, cocktail recipes and entertaining ideas 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 Care for a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

How to Care for a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree from @cydconverse | Click through for tips or repin to save for later! Click through for more home decor ideas and entertaining ideas!

Over the past couple of weeks, my pair of fiddle leafs figs have made a few appearances via social media as I’ve been sharing behind the scenes updates of our renovation (including yesterday on Instagram), yielding several questions on Instagram and Snapchat about how I keep these guys looking so healthy and happy. I’ll openly admit that houseplants and I have a very complicated, mostly failed relationship. It drives me absolutely insane. My maternal grandmother had a prolific assortment of houseplants, the stuff magazines rave about these days, long before houseplants were in vogue again. So often I’ll see a great planter full of succulents, a beautifully blooming hibiscus or a big potted palm tree and get really really fiercely annoyed that I seem to kill everything. When I bought my first fiddle leaf fig tree, I decided a couple of things. (1) That I was not going to kill it and (2) that I was not permitted to buy another houseplant of any kind until I proved my ability to keep it alive. Now well over a year later, a few near-death scares and a whole lot of trial and error, I’m pretty sure I’ve got this situation worked out over here. Knock on wood. So if you have a sad looking fig, click through for my tips on how to care for a fiddle leaf fig tree! Maybe these tricks will prove to be as life changing for you as it they have been for me. Kidding. Only, not really.

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Homemade S’mores Ice Cream Cake Recipe

Homemade S'mores Ice Cream Cake Recipe | Party ideas and easy recipes from @cydconverse

Life is short, friends, so let’s start the week with dessert, shall we? Oh, and, hello! Hi. I’m alive! I’m pretty sure the last two weeks have been a couple for the record books. I could tell you all about how Bob seriously broke and nearly severed the end of his finger the week before last. (And how he’s still in a lot a lot of pain.) Or all about how the sewer line has been backing up into our basement for a couple of days now. (Thanks, long overdue rain!) Or about how we’re pretty sure we may find out later today that fixing said sewer line will cost us lots of money that we very simply do not have. I could tell you about those things, but instead, I’m going to tell you about homemade ice cream cake. Specifically, this s’mores ice cream cake recipe that may just change your life. You don’t need to be handy in a kitchen to make it either! If you can melt a stick of butter and scoop some ice cream, you’re already more than 2/3 of the way there. Ready? Ok! S’mores ice cream cake solves all of the problems. Even the broken-finger-busted-sewer-line type problems. (Even if just for the moment.)

Homemade S'mores Ice Cream Cake Recipe | Party ideas and easy recipes from @cydconverse

Homemade S'mores Ice Cream Cake Recipe | Party ideas and easy recipes from @cydconverse

Homemade S'mores Ice Cream Cake Recipe | Party ideas and easy recipes from @cydconverse Homemade S'mores Ice Cream Cake Recipe | Party ideas and easy recipes from @cydconverse

Homemade S'mores Ice Cream Cake Recipe | Party ideas and easy recipes from @cydconverse

Homemade S'mores Ice Cream Cake Recipe | Party ideas and easy recipes from @cydconverse

S’mores Ice Cream Cake
Makes (1) 9×13 cake

  • 2 sleeves of graham crackers
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 4 cups chocolate ice cream
  • 1 cup marshmallow fluff
  • 1 cup whipped topping
  • 2 oz dark chocolate for shaving
  • 1/2 cup chocolate syrup for drizzling
  • Nonstick cooking spray

Begin by spraying the entire bottom and sides of a cake pan (I prefer disposable for ice cream cakes) with nonstick cooking spray. Melt the butter and then allow it to cool slightly. While it’s cooling, place graham crackers in a food processor and pulse until ground up. Alternately, you can place them in a large plastic storage bag and smash them up with a rolling pin. Once smashed or processed, transfer graham cracker crumbs to a mixing bowl and add in butter. The mixture should be crumbly, not buttery. Use the backside of a rubber spatula to firmly press the crumb mixture into the bottom of your cake pan. Scoop chocolate ice cream on top and press it down as well. Then follow up with the marshmallow fluff and, finally, the whipped topping. Shave dark chocolate over top and then cover and transfer everything to the freezer for at least 2 hours or overnight ideally. Remove from the freezer 15 minutes or so (more or less depending on heat/humidity) before slicing and serving. Drizzle chocolate syrup over top after plating and before serving. Bon appetite!

Homemade S'mores Ice Cream Cake Recipe | Party ideas and easy recipes from @cydconverse

Homemade S'mores Ice Cream Cake Recipe | Party ideas and easy recipes from @cydconverse

Homemade S'mores Ice Cream Cake Recipe | Party ideas and easy recipes from @cydconverse

I mentioned above that I prefer a disposable pan for making ice cream cake and the reason why is pretty simple. By no means is it necessary, but sometimes the cake has a tendency to stick a little bit and the disposable pan makes it easier to sort of bend it and pop the cake out if you have a piece that’s stubborn. We’ve used glass cake pans plenty of times and they work great, too, but the disposable can be a little easier. When in doubt, make sure not to skip the nonstick cooking spray part!

Homemade S'mores Ice Cream Cake Recipe | Party ideas and easy recipes from @cydconverse

Homemade S'mores Ice Cream Cake Recipe | Party ideas and easy recipes from @cydconverse

Homemade S'mores Ice Cream Cake Recipe | Party ideas and easy recipes 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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A Weekend in Key West

A Weekend in Key West | Key West travel guide from @cydconverse

I got home at right around two o’clock yesterday morning from a whirlwind of a trip to Key West celebrating my sister’s bachelorette weekend. Now that I’m home, we are a whopping five days out from having to be moved out of our current apartment while simultaneously trying to finish up phase I renovations at our house, so basically things are crazy. Plus I’m sunburned and missing all of the amazing ladies I got to spend the last few days with and not-so-secretly wishing we could go back right this second. So today I wanted to share a few quick photos of our weekend with you! All of these were taken on an iPhone and edited with A Color Story, which is my very favorite app currently. This was my second trip to The Keys (Bob and I also went last May), and I’m thinking I may just need to make it an annual trip. Click through for more photos and let me know if you have any questions about Key West and I’d be happy to chat with you in the comments!

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Stuffed Baked Sweet Potatoes

Stuffed Baked Sweet Potato Recipe | Easy vegetarian recipes from @cydconverse

When I shared our round-up of favorite cookbooks, I mentioned I’d be working to share more recipes and examples of what I eat in a typical day. Enter stuffed baked sweet potatoes! This is one of my go-to meals during the week, whether it be for lunch or dinner. It’s filling enough to stand alone or you can pair it with any kind of roasted vegetable or a salad on the side. As shown, this recipe is vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free but you can’t wrong with the addition of an over-easy egg on top if you’re not worried about keeping things vegan. I eat a baked sweet potato like this at least once a week, oftentimes twice or more, and it’s seriously delicious every single time.

Stuffed Baked Sweet Potato Recipe | Easy vegetarian recipes from @cydconverse

Stuffed Baked Sweet Potato Recipe | Easy vegetarian recipes from @cydconverse

Stuffed Baked Sweet Potato Recipe | Easy vegetarian recipes from @cydconverse Stuffed Baked Sweet Potato Recipe | Easy vegetarian recipes from @cydconverse

Stuffed Baked Sweet Potato Recipe | Easy vegetarian recipes from @cydconverse

Stuffed Baked Sweet Potatoes
Makes 1 serving

  • 1 medium to large sweet potato
  • 2 tablespoons hummus
  • 2 tablespoons salsa or pico de gallo
  • 1/2 avocado sliced
  • 1/2 cup wilted spinach
  • 5 grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 sprouts
  • 1/4 black beans
  • 1/2 tablespoon cilantro, diced

Begin by cleaning a sweet potato, then slicing off the ends. Spear liberally with a fork all over the potato then wrap in aluminum foil. Place in an oven set to 400° F (directly on the rack is fine) and bake for 45 minutes to an hour or until fork tender. When baked, carefully remove from the foil and place the potato on a plate or in bowl. Split it down the middle and add spinach and black beans first before layering on your other toppings. (I think the sprouts like best piled on top if you’re going for style points!) Eat immediately.

Stuffed Baked Sweet Potato Recipe | Easy vegetarian recipes from @cydconverse Stuffed Baked Sweet Potato Recipe | Easy vegetarian recipes from @cydconverse

Stuffed Baked Sweet Potato Recipe | Easy vegetarian recipes from @cydconverse

I know this seems really simple, but here’s the thing – simple food is just really really good. Fresh ingredients, loads of veggies, prepared while you’re working on other things (like feeding the kids and the dog), that’s the best kind of eating in my world. We try really hard to avoid anything that comes in a package, but I also don’t have endless time to cook so these potatoes, which I can bake while I’m focusing on other things and then just top quickly before eating, are perfect in my world. Let me know if you give this one a try! I hope you do, because it’s my favorite thing in the world these days. No exaggeration.

Stuffed Baked Sweet Potato Recipe | Easy vegetarian recipes 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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