Well it snowed last week, so I guess it's time to transition over to warm and wintery beverages, eh? Spiked apple cider is such a classic... this tasty fall favorite plus some slippers, a blanket, and your couch - autumnal perfection. Add a good scary movie to this equation? Ermahgerd.

Spiked Apple Cider


2-3 parts apple cider 1 part bourbon cinnamon sticks (for garnish) cinnamon + sugar for rim (optional)


Heat apple cider, bourbon, and cinnamon sticks in a saucepan. Pour into your favorite mug. Enjoy the taste of fall, my friends.

art by artsocial; drank recipe and photo by artsocial

The Art Drank // 18

This week's drank holds a special place in my heart. In 2007, I studied abroad in Grenoble, France, for 6 whole weeks. Whoa, right? Ok ok, most people study abroad for an entire year and live with host families. MUCH more difficult/cooler than my experience... but it was still incroyable!!

At the end of my Grenoble trip, I wrote down all of the words that reminded me of my time there so I'd never forget. Here are some of my Grenoble words:

lavender the voice of the intercom lady on the tram (ha! what??) pain au chocolate soldes! (major summer sales) kebabs (if you're ever in Grenoble, go to Bat'man Kebab) ice cream from the street skinny jeans going out keys (we had to get keys from our dorm master if we were planning on coming home late...) small/weird showers Despas!

This last one is what I present to you today, my friend. The Desperado (or Despa for short... for some reason) is a beer cocktail - one of the BEST beer cocktails I might add - and I've only found it in France. Luckily with a little search of the Google, I found a recipe for my beloved Despas. Get ready.



two parts beer (I used Corona) 1 part tequila 1 part limeade lime to garnish


Mix these three delicious elixirs together with ice and enjoy. As always, feel free to change up the ratios... I lean towards more limeade and beer, less tequila.

Awesome art print by French artist Mathilde Aubier, check out her Etsy shop (it's the cutest!); drank photo by artsocial; drank recipe found here.

The Art Drank // 17

There are certain moments when you can feel the seasons changing... the breeze is slightly cooler, the air smells of leaves. Even though it's 90 degrees again today, I had one of those moments on Saturday. A fall breeze was coming through the kitchen window while I was making bourbon apple cider cocktails and baking chocolate chip pumpkin bread. Yep, that afternoon it was fall... and I was enjoying every moment.

Cider + Bourbon + Ginger Ale


2 parts apple cider, refrigerated 2 parts ginger ale, refrigerated 1 part bourbon apple slice to garnish


Mix apple cider and bourbon together and refrigerate for at least one hour. Before serving, add ginger ale to cider and bourbon. Serve over crushed ice and garnish with an apple slice (optional, of course, but so adorbs).

Drank image by artsocial | recipe by Creative Culinary | Enjoy Every Moment by Kelli Murray via Society6

The Art Drank // 16

This print by Laura Ruth titled Nostalgia made me start thinking about summer traditions... specifically, the different traditions I've had with my family when I was little as well as the new traditions I'm starting with my little "family" (Kevin and Meowmers). It's funny how the littlest things become traditions when you're a kid. For me, having Otter Pops meant summer. was. here. But like any respectable American family, we couldn't just get the normal-sized box... we got the box of 100. To an eight year old, that's an incredible sight and a challenge one must accept.

This weekend, Kevin and I made grown-up blueberry lemonades. Perhaps a new Labor Day weekend tradition? They're no Otter Pops, but this is one treat I'd like to see year after year.

What are some of your family's summer traditions?

Grown-up Blueberry Lemonade


lemonade (I used Simply Lemonade... nom!) blueberry vodka (I used blueberry Stoli) blueberries and lemons for garnish ice


Pour one shot blueberry vodka into a glass with ice. Fill the rest with lemonade. Add blueberries and lemons to make it look as goooood as it tastes. So easy, SO dangerously good.

recipe and images by artsocial | Nostalgia by Laura Ruth

The Art Drank // 15

You know how sometimes when you find an amazing recipe with gorgeous pictures and you try to recreate it, but it looks nothing like the picture? Yep, that's kinda what happened with this week's art drank... but it was still mighty tasty. Ohmygah, and this beauty-ful watercolor by Caitlin McGauley needs to come live with me.

Strawberry Prosecco Float


strawberry sorbet prosecco colorful straws (required... kidding/not kidding)


Scoop sorbet into glasses. Pour in prosecco. Two steps? Yessss. I love easy recipes.

drank photos by artsocial, recipe inspired by Bakers Royale | watercolor by Caitlin McGauley

The Art Drank // 14

One way art historians discuss art is through iconographic analysis. This essentially means they determine the meaning of an artwork based off of the objects included in it and what those objects symbolize. If I were to analyze the iconography of this pomegranate print by Yes Menu, for example, I could say this print represents prosperity and ambition based on the pomegranate's symbolism in Ancient Egypt (just one of many interpretations of pomegranate imagery). It's just seeds you say? You may be right, but isn't it much more interesting to look beyond the surface image to the potential meaning behind it? Look at us thinking about iconography, high five. This deserves a sophisticated cocktail... with a twist. The Pomegranate Gin and Tonic.

Pomegranate Gin and Tonic


2 ounces gin (I used Bombay Sapphire Gin... and 1 ounce is equal to 1 shot glass - did everyone already know this except me??) 4 ounces tonic water 2 ounces pomegranate juice (I used POM 100% pomegranate juice) lime for garnish


Pour gin, tonic water, and pomegranate juice into a cocktail shaker. Gently shake. Pour over ice. Time to enjoy.


Pomegranate Seeds, Organized Neatly by Yes Menu; drank photo and recipe by artsocial.

G and T not your thang? Check out more art dranks here!

The Art Drank // 13

In honor of this week's camping adventure, we're gettin' outdoorsy with the Art Drank. Now this drink has a few different (extremely classy) monikers: hillbilly mimosa, brass monkey, brewmosa, beermosa... whatever you call it, it's super easy and thus great for camping. P.S. This print by Dan Boardman is making me pretty excited to hang out by a body of water for a few days and just stare off over the relaxing water... but maybe no rafting.



beer (I used New Belgium's Sunshine Wheat) orange juice (I used Simply Orange) orange wedge if you wanna get fancy


Fill glass with half beer, half orange juice. You can always change the ratio depending on how cray you wanna get and/or how much you have to do that day... add garnish.

Does anyone else have this song in their head?

(drank recipe and photo by artsocial)

The Art Drank // 12

So you'll never guess what I saw this weekend... trees with changing leaves!! It's not that time already is it?? It's only August. I simply refuse to believe fall is around the corner. Clearly those trees had a disease that caused their leaves to turn autumnal colors. Yep. I might be in denial. Sighhh... Here's to enjoying those summer activities for a few more weeks, which clearly includes the beach and pink grapefruit margaritas. I'm in love with this print by Cassia Beck... and this cocktail isn't too bad either.

Pink Grapefruit Margarita


1 cup pink grapefruit juice (my favorite and the best in the whole wide world is R.W. Knudsen's Rio Red Grapefruit) 1 shot tequila juice from 1/2 a lime red grapefruit (for garnish) ice


Mix red grapefruit juice, tequila, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Shake and shake. Pour into a glass with plenty of ice. Add garnish (or salt) if you wanna.

(drank recipe and photos by artsocial)

The Art Drank // 11

After 10 whole Art Dranks, it's time for something a little new... This week I decided to make the Drank - woot! I'd love to take the level of keepin' it real up a notch on the blog. So cheers to using my own recipes, eh? Michelle Vaughan is back at it with another hit, Slurp. Remember Salty? I love them both oh so much... and although this drink is nothing especially groundbreaking, it turned out so good I could hardly believe my taste buds.

Summer Sangria


one bottle red wine (my boyfriend picked Yellow Tail Pinot Noir, keepin' it classy guys) one cup fresh squeezed orange juice 1/2 cup sugar fruit (I used oranges, limes, strawberries, and nectarines, but you can mos def get creative here) sparkling water


Mix red wine, orange juice, and sugar in a large pitcher. Slice fruit and add that shiz in. Chill and serve. I put a splash of sparkling water (1/4 cup) in the glass along with ice before pouring in the sangria. Turned out very delicioso.

Enjoy friends... and hey, it's red wine and fruit, so it's basically really good for you.

The Art Drank // 10

I love this week's art drank for one reason: simplicity. It doesn't get much better than an unassuming, beautifully cropped photograph and a delicious cocktail that only takes minutes to make... cheers to more beautiful simplicity this week.

Rosemary Gin Fizz


3 one-inch sprigs of fresh rosemary 1 small lemon, juiced 1/2 teaspoon honey 1 1/2 ounces gin 3 ounces club soda


In a small drinking glass, muddle the fresh rosemary, lemon juice, and honey. Fill the glass with ice, then pour in the gin and top with club soda. Give it a little swirl with a spoon.

Thirst by Linus Ricard. Rosemary Gin Fizz via Cookie and Kate (such a great site, definitely give it a perusing).

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