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A Margarita Recipe with a Twist: Ken Fulk’s Favorite Cocktail Tips

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What’s Ken Fulk’s biggest weakness? “My number one guilty pleasure would be my fondness for a really well-made margarita,” says Ken.  “I don’t think there’s a time that I would say no to one. I tend to be pretty good and not over-indulge, but, it’s like a reward at the end of a hectic day. I’m not a chocolate guy, I’m not a french fry guy — but I’m a margarita guy.”

His refreshing margarita recipe — named after two of his three beloved golden retrievers — gets an effervescent twist thanks to mint and soda. Watch him make this delicious cocktail and get the full margarita recipe below.

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1.5 oz Don Julio Reposado
1 oz Pink Grapefruit Juice
¾ Fresh Lime Juice
7 Mint Leaves
.5 oz Agave Syrup
Top with Soda
Garnish: Mint Leaves

Prep: In a shaker, add the mint and agave syrup and lightly muddle. Add the remaining ingredients except the soda, add ice and shake until chilled. Double strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice and top with soda and stir. Garnish with mint.

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PS: Want the scoop behind these amazing malachite walls during our Ken Fulk catalog shoot? Ken worked with the talented decorative painter Caroline Lizarraga to custom design this stunning paint treatment. “I have a great love of malachite,” says Ken. “I love the color, the sort of swirling marbleized quality of it.” Ken’s own collection of malachite bar accessories and a 15-foot malachite painted wall in his studio led to the creation of this version for our shoot with Douglas Friedman for the exclusive Pottery Barn and Ken Fulk collection.

See the full collection here.

A Magical Party Guide: Ken Fulk’s Expert Entertaining Tips

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(Photo via Douglas Friedman)

Although beautiful design is his bread and butter, Ken Fulk is just as well-known for throwing one fabulous fête. From Moroccan-themed penthouse soirées, to Sunday suppers with mashed potatoes and roast chicken, Ken knows how to put together the perfect get-together from start to finish.

(There’s more than one reason we decided to launch our exclusive collaboration with him. See the Ken Fulk and Pottery Barn collection here. )

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“Whenever I plan a party, I imagine it unfolding like a beautiful movie inside my mind. There are establishing shots of the space, scenes of guests arriving, close-ups of late-night silliness; there is always the perfect song playing in the background,” says Ken.

Read on to get in the party-planning mood with Ken’s favorite tips, tricks and incredibly inspirational ideas — plus, some of our favorite photos from our #KenFulkxPB events.

Ken’s Top Magical Party Tips:

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  • The invitation is more important than you think! It sets the stage for your party from the get-go. Going formal? Consider a handwritten invitation with a flower. If your party is more casual, go digital — but skip the pre-made template. “I prefer to make my own email invitations by layering some fun copy over an evocative snapshot,” says Ken.
  • Throw a few wild cards into your guest list. “When crafting your guest list, remember: The magic happens when you mix it up. Don’t be afraid to invite your favorite grande dame and your punk rock neighbor to the same dinner,” says Ken.
  • “Don’t give party favors no one wants. A goodie bag filled with freebies isn’t really a gift,” says Ken. Want to do something practical that everyone will love? Box up desserts or leftovers in cute boxes or mason jars with ribbon, or give out a copy of your playlist to guests as they leave.
  • Fresh cut flowers are a must for any party — whether you’re entertaining in a grand ballroom or a tiny apartment, there’s no better way to bring life to a space. Go big, but keep it simple — even with a limited budget, you can go cheap and cheerful with sunflowers and daffodils.

Ingredients to the perfect party:

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  1. A magical atmosphere.
  • Dim the lights: everything and everyone will look better.
  1. Some seriously delicious bites.
  • “Don’t be shy about serving take-out presented in beautiful serving dishes,” says Ken. “It takes the stress out of entertaining, which will make you a happier host.”
  • Keep it simple. “First and foremost, the meal should be delicious. For the Sunday suppers I host at my home, I’ll serve roast chicken and mashed potatoes. No one leaves disappointed.”
  • Want something a little fancier? Have one of your favorite restaurants provide a few small bites. Ken’s particularly fond of these three:
    Jon & Vinny’s (Los Angeles)
    Marlowe (San Francisco)
    Carbone (NYC)

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  1. Plenty of cocktails & mocktails.
  • Have a tray of drinks ready when guests arrive — both you and your guests will be grateful!
  • Don’t forget mocktails and spritzers for those guests that prefer their drinks non-alcoholic.

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  1. A groovy playlist.
  • “Make three different playlists: one to set the mood for arrival, a second more ambient mix to allow for conversation, and a third that gets everyone up and dancing,” says Ken.
  • Keep the stereo remote within arm’s reach. “Party volume tends to ebb and flow, and you don’t want to be frantically looking for the controller,” says Ken.
  • “A DJ for a dance party is a must — even if the DJ is you,” says Ken. Who’s Ken’s favorite DJ? The gorgeous and talented DJ Kiss is a must-have at his more festive get-togethers. Keep reading to get her playlist that’s ready to go for your next party!

Want to learn more about Ken Fulk? Click here to see his full collection, get the behind the scenes scoop and watch some of our favorite videos.

7 Essential Entertaining Pieces

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You’ve just moved into your first official “It’s all mine!” place — now what? The couch was delivered, the frames are hung and all the pillows are placed in their appropriate spots; it must be time for a party! (And the perfect excuse to stock up on all your entertaining must-haves.)

Don’t know where to start? No problem — we searched our site high and low to help you out. These 7 essential entertaining pieces help you host in style while you make memories with friends and family.

Top Entertaining Essentials 

1. Cheese Board
Nothing goes with a glass of chardonnay quite like a block of brie. Since charcuterie is a staple appetizer for any and all kinds of entertaining, you’ll need a cheese board for all the fixings. Our Marble Cheese Board is one of those simple, classic, serving pieces that goes with everything, and makes any kind of food look good.

2. Barware
Sometimes a party needs more than just wine. When that’s the case, sip on some whisky or mix up a mojito to serve in the Schott Zweisel Barware set. Made of shatter-resistant glass, the Highball and Double-Old Fashioned styles bring casual appeal to entertaining. (PS: You can get them monogrammed, too!)

3. Cocktail Shaker
It’s easy to shake off the day and make a bunch of martinis for friends when you have the right tools. The Harrison Cocktail Shaker is a piece that’s pretty and functional. Party on!

4. Chip and Dip Platter
Sometimes happiness is as simple as chips and dip (or veggies and dip for all you health nuts). That’s why something like this Rhodes platter is a definite necessity when it comes to entertaining

5. Serving Platter
Design tip to remember: Basics are best — especially when you’re buying for a new home! And shopping for basics is even better when they’re as beautiful as our Napoli Oval Serving Platter. It’s perfect for propping up a turkey at Thanksgiving or serving loads of bruschetta at a backyard bash.

6. The Perfect Bar
You’ll add an extra dash of grandiose to every cocktail hour when the Ludlow Trunk Cabinet is the star. Bar carts are trendy and adorable — but when it comes to your first home, a sophisticated, classic, durable and (most importantly) well-stocked bar will never go out of style.

7. Snack Bowls
So much of our focus on food for parties goes to the main meal. It’s important to keep guests happy with little bites to nibble on before the big dish, which means snack bowls are essential to keeping the peace. These Antique Silver Finish Snack Bowls with memorable messages are beautiful gifts to any hostess with the mostest.

See more essential items for moving in and making memories on our Pinterest board Your First Home.

 

Black Radish Salad and Honey Gin Fizz Recipe from Sunday Suppers

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Did you catch see our dinner party with Karen of Sunday Suppers? If you haven’t, check it out here ASAP. Okay, ready? Good. Now, time to stop drooling over those amazing food photos, and tackle some of those recipes yourself. 036_2L0A07442L0A0744

BLACK RADISH SALAD
walnuts and tarragon

Black Radish Salad
serves 2-4

3 to 4 small to medium black radishes
1/3 cup of walnuts, coarsely chopped
Olive oil
6-8 sprigs of fresh tarragon
Flaky sea salt
Cracked black pepper

Wash and dry black radishes and trim the ends. Starting with the wide, trimmed end, use a mandoline with a guard to carefully slice each radish into thin rounds, about 1-2mm thick.

On a family style platter, arrange the radish slices in an overlapping pattern of choice. Scatter with chopped walnuts and drizzle with good olive oil. Garnish with roughly torn fresh tarragon, freshly ground pepper and sea salt to taste.

Enjoy!

Recipe | adapted from Sunday Suppers, Recipes + Gatherings by Karen Mordechai

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HONEY + SAGE GIN FIZZ
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For the Cocktail |
3 ounces gin
1/2 – 1 ounce honey sage syrup
Juice from 1 lime
5 ounces club soda
fresh sage leaves for garnish

Honey sage syrup |
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup water
5-6 fresh sage leaves

To make the syrup, combine the honey, water and sage leaves in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir until all of the honey has dissolved. Remove saucepan from heat and let the syrup cool to room temperature. Remove sage leaves from the saucepan and discard.

Pour enough pink salt onto a small plate to cover it (remaining salt can always be poured back into it’s container). Run the cut side of a slice of lime around the rim of the glass. Dip the rim into the salt on the plate so that it adheres to the glass.

Fill the glass with a few sage leaves and ice cubes, then add gin, 1/2 ounce of syrup and lime juice, stirring well. Pour in club soda, stirring a bit more, then taste and determine if the drink has enough sweetness. If not, add a bit more. Garnish with an extra sage leaf and serve. Enjoy!

Simple & Rustic Dinner Party with Sunday Suppers

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A great dinner party doesn’t require many ingredients. Good food, delicious drinks, a perfect playlist and a comfortable atmosphere are all you really need to ensure a successful night. Karen Mordechai, founder of Sunday Suppers, is an expert on simple living and entertaining. That’s why we worked with her to host a rustic and food-focused dinner party with some of our favorite dinnerware and serveware.
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karen headshotKaren’s love for fresh ingredients is reflected throughout her work, including her book, Sunday Suppers: Recipes + Gatherings. We love how she serves bold, seasonal ingredients on our favorite white dinnerware so the color of each grape, papaya and piece of prosciutto truly pops.
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Rustic White Fall DinnerBlack Radish Salad 2Ready to host your own simple and rustic dinner party? We have everything you need to get started. Read on for Karen’s favorite decor, music, and more:

1. Karen’s Dinner Decor Must-Haves: Keep it simple. White dinnerware never goes out of style!

TIP: Choose something colorful for your main dish — white dishes will make brightly colored recipes extra Instagram-worthy.

• Caterer’s 12-Piece Dinnerware Set
• Rhodes Ceramic Drink Dispenser Stand
• Rhodes Ceramic Crock
• PB Classic Belgian Flax Linen Tablecloth
• Salerno Stemless Wine Glass
• Great White Oval Platter
• Great White Coupe Serving Bowls
• Marble Cheese Board
• Tivoli Flatware
• Great White Cake Stand
• Colorful Cafe Glassware
• Blonde Wood Paddle Pedestal
• PB Classic Drink Dispenser

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TIP: Searching for cheese platter perfection? Choose a variety of flavor profiles and textures so there’s something for everyone — sweet, soft, salty, savory.
Branzino Dinner for FallMood-Setting Party Playlist: Your playlist will do wonders to help set the tone for the evening!

TIP: Choose music that’s upbeat, but is best suited for background noise rather than an all-out dance party (at least until you’ve cleared the dishes).

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Want the recipes? Stay tuned! We’ll share Karen’s cocktail and dinner recipes from this beautiful dinner later this week.

DIY Herb Bundle: Rather than go with traditional flowers, Karen composed a simple bundle of seasonal greens and herbs for a fresh, fragrant addition to the table setting. As the meal prepared was Mediterranean in theme, she chose to include the following: Eucalyptus branches, olive branches, and rosemary sprigs

TIP: Don’t be afraid to forage in a nearby field or forest should either be accessible to you. The beauty of this bundle is its malleability to the seasons and environment.

To assemble, simple arrange the leaves and branches as you would like, so that there is a balance amidst the assortment, and cinch the base of the branches together in your hand. Then, using fishing wire or strong twine, tie this base together tightly so that the base is secure but the leaves still have room to breathe at the top. Then, using a thick white rope, tie a tight double noose knot around the base of the bundle, leaving plenty of lax rope available for hanging. Finally, using a ladder, find an appropriate hook or fixture from which to hang the bundle, the height of which can be adjusted to your preferences.

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Ready for more? We’ll share Karen’s Mediterranean-themed entree and fresh citrus cocktail recipes later this week. For now, see more of Karen’s work at Sunday Suppers.

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5 Easy 4th of July Party Ideas

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Are you ready for the 4th of July? This year, we’re hitting the beach with an all-American celebration. Kiel James Patrick and Sarah Vickers helped us put together one seriously amazing beach bash to celebrate Independence Day. It’s hard to pick out a favorite part in this beautiful shoot, but if we had to, we’d gush over all of the easy trips, tricks and ideas that can be put into use at any 4th of July party! Read on to get some of our favorites.

Plus, see the full party here. 

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1. Keep your food light, fresh and easy. When you’re in the midst of July heat, there’s no need to overdo it on food. Stick to something simple — fresh fruit, grilled veggies and sausages are a great place to start.

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2. Come up with a playful cocktail. Summer fruit provides all the cocktail inspiration you need. We love this Watermelon Mojito recipe — use this to add flavor, color and fun to your spread.

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3. Don’t go overboard with decor. There’s no need to do the full red-white-and-blue treatment on everything in sight. Blue and white (or red and white) flowers in a beautiful basket will bring a fresh breath of summer air to your set up.

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4. Make sure your bar’s fully stocked. Have something for everyone! We love how KJP and Sarah made sure that every guest had an alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink of choice at their party.

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5. Keep it casual. The best part of summer entertaining is that it’s no fuss, no muss. That’s what makes a 4th of July picnic so perfect — finger foods, an easy-to-wash table linen and bottled drinks (no cups to wash!) make for less clean up and more time to enjoy the sunshine.

Ready for your own 4th of July party? Enter for a chance to win some of our summer party favorites, here.

Don’t forget to check out the full 4th of July party from KJP and Sarah here. 

Father’s Day Grilling Recipes: Blistered Potatoes, Peppers and Chicken Skewers

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Written exclusively for Inside & Out by Alison from Two of a Kind
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Seen above: Star Melamine Salad Plate, Water Hyacinth Round Place Mat, Isa Ikat Yarn Dye Napkin, Fry Basket Serve Bowl, Great White Rectangular Tray

Father’s Day is just a few days away — do you know how you’re going to treat your guy this weekend? We love the idea of taking advantage of summer weather and hosting something at home for Father’s Day, so we worked with Alison of Two of Kind to host a Father’s Day BBQ at home, with some delicious Father’s Day Grilling Recipes. Take a look at Alison’s five tips for putting together an easy meal for dad — plus her amazing recipes, served on some of our favorite outdoor dinnerware.

  • Bring it in. You don’t need a fancy outdoor grill to make perfectly seared meat. A cast-iron grill pan set over a hot flame works just as well.
  • Think outside the steak. Sure, your pop may enjoy a juicy rib eye or New York strip, but why not surprise him with something a little different? Chicken kebabs smothered in a smoky “bacon paste” and homemade BBQ sauce is a delicious alternative. Just ask my dad!
  • Stick to simple but sensational sides. Crispy smashed potatoes and blistered Shishito peppers look fancy, yet require minimal ingredients, prep and cooking time. Fresh fruit is another effortless option.
  • Don’t forget the drinks. Beer is an obvious choice, but consider offering a non-alcoholic beverage, like sparkling mint lemonade. For something even simpler, serve carbonated water over fruit-studded ice.
  • Get nostalgic. Want a sure-fire way to put a smile on Dad’s face? Comb through old photo albums and pull out a favorite print of the two of you to use as table decor. Just be sure to set the photo aside if it’s an original once the food is served!

Note: These recipes can easily be doubled or tripled for a larger crowd.

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Seen above: Water Hyacinth Round Place Mat, Great White Rectangular Tray

Grilled Chicken Kebabs with Bacon and BBQ Sauce
Makes 3 servings

INGREDIENTS

BBQ sauce:

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons grated onion
  • 1 tablespoon light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce (optional)

Kebabs:

  • 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons sweet paprika
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 4 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 2 strips apple smoked bacon, cut into lardons

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Seen above: Star Melamine Salad Plate, Water Hyacinth Round Place Mat, Isa Ikat Yarn Dye Napkin

INSTRUCTIONS:

Prepare the BBQ sauce:

  1. In a small sauce pan, combine all the sauce ingredients. Bring to a boil. Then reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Prepare and cook the kebabs:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the chicken and salt. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hour.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the sweet paprika, smoked paprika, sugar and cayenne pepper, if using.
  3. In a food processor, purée the bacon until smooth. Add the spice mixture and pulse a few times until well combined.
  4. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Add the bacon paste to the chicken and use your hands to mix until well combined. Thread the chicken onto 6 skewers.
  5. Heat a grill pan over medium heat. Place skewers in the pan, cover and cook, turning occasionally, until grill marks are visible and chicken is no longer pink in the center, 8-10 minutes.
  6. Transfer about 1/2 cup BBQ sauce to a small bowl to serve with cooked chicken. Brush the top of the kebabs with some of the remaining BBQ sauce, flip and cook for 1-2 minutes. Brush with more BBQ sauce, flip and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  7. Remove kebabs from pan and let rest for 5 minutes; serve with reserved BBQ sauce.

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Seen above: Water Hyacinth Round Place Mat, Fry Basket Serve Bowl, Great White Rectangular Tray

Crispy Smashed Potatoes
Makes 3 servings

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 pounds baby Dutch yellow potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes, cover and cook over medium-high heat until just tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and let cool slightly, about 10 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  3. Place potatoes about 3 inches apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Gently smash each potato with the heel of your hand to about 1/2-inch thickness.
  5. Brush potatoes with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with thyme.
  6. Bake potatoes, rotating sheet halfway through, until lightly browned and crispy, 30-35 minutes.

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Seen above: Fry Basket Serve Bowl

Blistered Shishito Peppers
Makes 3 servings

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 teaspoon bacon fat or olive oil
  • 6 ounces Shishito peppers
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • granulated honey (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Heat bacon fat or olive oil in a fry pan over medium heat. Add peppers and cook, turning occasionally, until they begin to blister on all sides, 3-5 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and season with salt, pepper and granulated honey, if using.

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Seen above: Star Melamine Salad Plate, Water Hyacinth Round Place Mat, Isa Ikat Yarn Dye Napkin, Fry Basket Serve Bowl

See more of our favorite recipes here, and check out more of Alison’s amazing dishes here.

Gifts for Dad: Our Favorite Father’s Day Gift Picks

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What do you get the guy who has everything? Dads tend to be the most difficult to shop for — and without fail, they love to say that they don’t need anything. We still want to show the men in our lives how much we appreciate them this Father’s Day, so we’ve compiled some of our favorite gift picks for Dads this year. Whether he loves cars, games, football or serving as the official home bartender, we’ve got a little something that’s sure to bring a smile to his face this year.

Take a look at our Father’s day gift guide below! Don’t see anything he’ll like? Get more gift giving ideas here.

1. Saddle Stitch Leather Catch All/2. Moscow Mule Mug/3. Square Decanter/4. Wood Cabinet Dartboard Set/5. NFL Glassware/6. Vintage Car Book/7. Brass Desktop Clock/8. Football Leather Beer Koozie/9. Saddle Canvas Toiletry Bag/10. Speakeasy Metal Cocktail Shaker

TGIF! Summer Cocktail Recipe: Summer Songster

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Summer’s just around the corner — it’s time to step up our cocktail game! This season, we’re mixing up our summer cocktails in some of our favorite drink dispensers. These yummy drinks are super easy to mix up (this one with Bulleit Rye is especially delicious) and serve to a crowd. Even better — you can easily make these into a zero-proof, family-friendly punch by just leaving out the liquor.

Get the recipe for this summer cocktail, below. drinks-1

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Summer Cocktail Time: Watermelon Mojito Recipe from Kiel James Patrick and Sarah Vickers

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In need of a drink (or two) to kick off the long weekend? Look no further than this refreshing summer cocktail recipe from Kiel James Patrick and Sarah Vickers. (PS: If you haven’t seen our feature with them yet, check out their dreamy beach party here and here.)

Watermelon, mint and a splash of white rum served in a mason jar mug — We couldn’t imagine anything more perfect for summer, can you? Read on to get the full recipe. Plus, don’t forget to check out their feature on PotteryBarn.com. 

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Watermelon Mojito
(Note: Can be also be served non-alcoholic)

Ingredients:
16 Mint Sprigs
2 Limes, juiced
2oz Simple Syrup
16oz Seedless Watermelon, cut into 1/2 inch cubes, plus 4 wedges to garnish
8oz of White Rum (optional — try Captain Morgan or Myers’ White rum)
2 Cups of Ice
1 Can of Club Soda (Replace club soda with one can of Sprite for non-alcoholic)

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Directions:
1. In a glass pitcher combine 12 sprigs of coarsely ripped mint leaves, juice from 2 limes, and simple sugar.
2. Blend watermelon cubes and add to the pitcher. Muddle until mint leaves are broken down.
3. Add rum, club soda, and ice cubes. Stir. (For non-alcholic version add Sprite and ice cubes only.)
4. Pour into mason jar mugs. Garnish with watermelon wedge and one sprig of mint. Enjoy!

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