Lilac Water

 

 

Lilac water

Water infused with lilac blossoms calms the souls and restores the spirit. Not only does it look beautiful, but it adds a gorgeous delicate flavor to your water. All you need to do is snap some lilac blossoms (that are clean of any chemicals), wash them and let it soak in your water until it begins to flavor it. It is like drinking summer in a glass. These special little drinks are perfect for garden party gatherings, showers or just at home in a pitcher in the fridge to hydrate you throughout the day. The last of lilacs are just about to dry out on trees as the season ends and the weather is so warm. It only takes a few minutes to make and instantly elevates that ordinary water into something more darling.

 

fun fact: felt the baby kick for the first time at week 18 + 5 days, on June 16th as I was resting in bed

 

 

Light Grapefruit Rosé Cocktail

Delicious Pale pink cocktail and a balcony full of flowers

Rosé season begins as soon as summer arrives and I personally love dry pale french rosé as a go to wine of choice. Rosé also makes a great base for summer cocktails and spritzers, adding a refreshing element to the drink. I love how the grapefruit adds a bit of flavour and the hibiscus gives that ginger kind of mint taste to the drink. This chic drink is perfect for summer brunches, garden parties as it is so light and drinkable and completely photogenic. Cheers to summer!

Summer rosé cocktail

  • 1/2 cup pale french rosé wine
  • 1/2 cup sparkling water
  • 1 slice lemon
  • thyme twig
  • Dired hibiscus
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed red grapefruit juice
  • ice cubes

‘Espresso Ice Cubes’ on the Balcony

‘A simple way to get your coffee dose this summer’

Saturday Morning 7.30am

That first coffee of the day is something I really look forward to. It’s the feeling behind it, the idea of embracing the moment of letting it linger down your throat, without rush and in peace. Today, the sky is clear blue and the streets are silent and empty, just a few dog walkers and joggers pass by as I relax on the balcony. I’m waiting for the gym to open, so I thought I’d have a slow morning and read a few pages from my book and enjoy that first cup of coffee. August is in full swing, which means these hot mornings call for iced coffee. And if you’re anything like me, lots of it. I made many batches of espresso and let it cool before placing them into cube trays to freeze, but you could equally pour your regular old leftover coffee into them. Once they are frozen, pop some into a glass and pour ice-cold milk on top and let them work their magic together. I love the strong espresso flavour once it hits your lips that marries so well with the creamy milk. I love it just natural and I don’t think it needs an sweetening, but you could for example, flavour it with some vanilla or cardamom with a touch of syrup.

This summer has been so hot this year that some of the flowers on our balcony can’t take the constant heat. Our balcony is a really warm spot ( best for sunbathing) as we are on the top floor, little wind and the sun shines on it the entire day. Even though I’ve watered my plants on a daily basis, some of the flowers shrivel up but the olive trees are loving every second of it. The tomatoes and chilis also love the warmth, the little tree is growing its second round already! Another sip of chilled coffee and it’s time to start the day! A friend of mine has arrived from London and today it’s time for another crayfish party in the evening! Have an amazing weekend darlings!