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Red, white, and blue – the most stunning colors for any patriotic guy or gal! With Independence Day coming up so soon, we wanted to share some fun 4th of July party recipes for some fun drinks.

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Over at The Butter Half blog, they have a phenomenal idea that the whole family can enjoy. A red, white, and blue ice cream float… or, as they call it, a freedom float! We like the idea of something that even the littlest party goer can enjoy. However, you know us, we don’t mind making a little boozy ice cream float either.

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Fresh berries make it a welcomed summer treat with that pop of freshness! Ice cream makes it impossible to say “no” to for anyone with a sweet tooth.

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For list of ingredients and full recipe, make sure you head over to The Butter Half and see what they have to share! There are tons of recipes and great family friendly ideas. The picture looks good enough eat already – so we know once you make them, everyone will be screaming for ice cream and freedom floats ūüėČ

Screen Shot 2017-06-22 at 10.17.20 AMOther serving suggestions would be to use our brand new exclusive design on this fabulous melamine platter to serve! Click here to see more details.

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Also be sure to peep at our brand new royal blue “Cheers” stadium cups by clicking here!¬†

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Find all of our¬†4th of July goodies by clicking here, you’ll love the patriotic flare.¬†

 

(Float photos and recipe all courtesy of The Butter Half)

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Who loves a great opportunity to break out a beautiful dress and fun hat? We know that it’s our personal favorite around here. The Kentucky Derby is strongly rooted in tradition, something you’ve got to love about The South. Whether you’re watching at Churchill Downs or at your own home, we like to bring a little touch of Savannah everywhere we go. That’s why we’ll be sipping on this fabulous Sweet Tea Mint Julep this year!

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 cups cold sweet tea
  • 1 cup bourbon
  • Crushed ice
  • Garnish: fresh mint sprigs
  1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a 2-qt. pitcher. Press mint leaves against sides of pitcher with back of spoon to release flavors. Stir in tea and bourbon. Serve over crushed ice. Garnish, if desired.

    This delicious recipe is courtesy of our friends at Southern Living Magazine.

    Cheers!

    Emily McCarthy

    Photo: Jennifer Davick

    Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell

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Citrus Countdown Cocktail by Emily McCarthy

What more do you need on New Year’s Eve than a bit of bubbly?

Branch outside of the normal bubbles and add in a few of my favorite ingredients!

What you’ll need:

Prosecco (Italy’s version of Champagne)

Limoncello (Store bought or homemade!)

Fresh Basil Leaves

Sugar for rimming the glass (optional)

Optional Sugar Rim:

Dip the edge of your glass in lemon juice and coat with sugar.

Cocktail:

Citrus Countdown Cocktail by Emily McCarthy

Start by adding 1 ounce (small end of a jigger) of Limoncello to your champagne glass.¬†This can be a loose measurement – you’re welcome to add more or not as much depending on your love for lemons.

Fill the remainder of the glass with Prosecco.

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Drop a fresh basil leave into the cocktail – I love how the bubbles latch onto it!

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Cheers!

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  1. Ashley @ FancyAshley says

    This looks so delicious and super adorable! Love the gold animals on the glass rims! XO, Ashley


    December 27, 2015

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We are loving this new addition to the Shoppe! Check out our new selection of stylish ice buckets to compliment your bar!

Ice Buckets available at www.EmilyMcCarthy.com/Shoppe

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It’s a new year everyone! I love the feeling of a fresh start and chance to set new goals and dreams for the days ahead. I’m setting up my list of big ideas and I’m so excited to get started on checking things off. Here’s a little inspiration for the new year – an oldie but goodie! We celebrating my birthday yesterday with close friends and I wanted to share how I set up the bar cart and wine station. We had a blast eating oysters and toasting prosecco at midnight. Hope you had a wonderful celebration and CHEERS to 2014! I’m claiming it as the year of a Life worth Celebrating!

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Healthy Living by Emily McCarthyVEGA Shakes /// PURE BARRE /// LULULEMON  /// ON POINTE NUTRITION /// LOM

Healthy is the new way of our household. Thankfully, we have the amazing resource of my sister-in-law, Colleen, who is a Registered Dietician. She is SO knowledgable about eating right all of the time, not just for a diet. I almost wish diets didn’t exist – they seem so fabricated and trendy, leaving people with a false sense of hope when they revert back to their old ways of life. Why can’t we eat well all of the time? ¬†And by all of the time, I really mean most of the time. Of course, we all deserve the occasional cheeseburger or slice of pizza, but everything is good in moderation, right? My husband has been struggling with stomach problems, headaches, sleep deprivation and low energy for years now. It was progressively getting worse and Colleen was able to convince him to take the ALCAT test – a food sensitivity test. Surprise surprise, he suffers from a severe intolerance of Gluten, Cow’s Milk, Spinach and Sunflower (oil)- just to name a few. These were foods that Patrick consumed daily and they were tearing his body up. Who would have thought Spinach? It is TRULY amazing how this test can find out what your body loves/thrives off of and what it truly hates. It’s not just about eating what we think is healthy, but what works best in our body. My parents have also taken the ALCAT test and found out similar results. Both Patrick and my Dad have lost about 15-20 pounds each, just from removing the food from their diet that was harmful to their body. Amazing, right? Colleen is using a new test now which provides even better results. Tempted to take it myself! Speaking of food, I just discovered LOM – Local Organic Moms in Savannah. I signed up to receive a weekly crate of fresh organically grown produce/herbs from a farm right outside of Savannah. We receive our first delivery today and I’m so excited!

I’m also loving the shake mixes from Vega – they have everything you need from multi-vitamins to probiotics. Super yummy too! I toss this in a shaker and hit the road to run errands with Rhett.

On another front, this momma is trying to get her post-baby body back! I have felt completely head over heels for Pure Barre. We have a studio in Savannah and I would seriously go every single day if I could. This is coming from someone who HATES working out – I have never found anything I truly enjoyed and gave me the results I wanted. I love PB because it’s low impact, but very focused toning techniques. It has done wonders for my body and I have to say that I’m in much better shape than before I had little Rhett. For the first year ever, I’ll be proud to put on my bathing suit this summer! If you have a studio near you, just try it! You might become hooked – which is a GOOD THING!

And what would be healthy living without a wardrobe? You know I love some lululemon – have become a bit addicted I have to admit. Not only are their products great quality, the pants are actually sewn to ‘lift’ your bottom and suck you in! They even act as great ‘running about town’ clothes without feeling like a¬†schlub.

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Wishing everyone a wonderful Labor Day Weekend – hopefully we will be catching a few Savannah blue crab, enjoying some limoncello and catching some rays.

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Compliments of my friend, Larcie – here’s a copy of my favorite margarita recipe!

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