pink gin cocktail with grilled watermelon : independence day recipe

Gin Watermelon Cocktail - Kinfolk 1This recipe is perfect for any Canada Day or Independence Day celebration. The combination of gin and grilled watermelon make it such a fun and summery drink. The best part is, this recipe serves four people (or one thirsty individual)!

Have a great Independence Day weekend!

<3

Emory

Items pictured above are available in the Potomac Trading Post store.

Kinfolk_Vol16_TickledPink-4Pink Gin Cocktail With Grilled Watermelon (Kinfolk Magazine)

This refreshing cocktail will start off your warm summer evening right with a kick of gin, honey, lime and verbena.

Ingredients:

1/2 medium seedless watermelon (about 2 1/4 pounds or 1 kilogram)
4 fluid ounces (120 milliliters) gin
1 tablespoon honey, preferably acacia 3 limes
1/4 cup (5 grams) fresh lemon verbena, lemon balm or mint leaves, plus more for garnish
1/4 cup sugar
Ice cubes, for serving

Method:

1. Peel the watermelon and cut half of it into small cubes and the other half into larger wedges. Put the cubes into a blender along with the gin and honey. Add the finely grated zest and juice of the first lime, plus the juice of a second lime. Blend until the mixture is smooth and frothy. Let the cocktail stand for 5 minutes to infuse the flavors.

2. Pulse the lemon verbena and sugar in a food processor until the herb is very finely minced and blended with the sugar. Transfer the mixture to a small plate and set aside.

3. Meanwhile, heat a grill pan over high heat until smoking hot. Grill the watermelon wedges until marks appear, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Arrange the grilled melon on a platter and sprinkle with the finely grated zest and the juice of the third lime and a little coarsely chopped lemon verbena.

4. Rub the rim of 4 cocktail glasses with one of the squeezed limes to lightly moisten, then dip it in the sugar mixture to get an even coating. Fill the glasses with ice and pour in the cocktail through a fine strainer. Serve immediately with the warm grilled watermelon.

Recipe by Mikkel Karstad. Top Photograph by Emory Ann Kurysh. Bottom Photograph by Anders Schønnemann.

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in june

Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 1.02.25 PMJune was an incredibly eventful month; probably the most eventful of the entire year thus far. So what happened? Here are my video summaries of all of the celebrations.

At the beginning of the month, my husband and I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary. I was given a new ring, and we relived the morning that we eloped by taking photographs at the same locations as we did on our wedding day. It was an emotional day, to look back at how our lives have changed over the last five years. Yet, we are in a better place today than ever before. Really, it was bittersweet.

After our trip down memory lane, my mum and I physically took a trip to British Columbia, Canada. At the time, I wasn’t feeling too thrilled about it, only because I was being a selfish daughter and wasn’t wanting her to move away from me. However, upon returning, I realized just how much she loves and looks forward to living in her new home. There was no way I could hold that against her, and so now I do honestly feel excited for her to begin a new adventure. My mum’s letter to my sister and I only made my feelings regarding her decision even stronger.

Another huge and important event that took place this month was the fact that our home was featured on A Beautiful Mess! I am still in awe of that occurrence, and am so excited at all of the new followers that I have gained and people who I have met as a result. Talk about an eventful month.

I also mentioned some great movies that were not to be missed. Have you seen any of these films yet?

Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 1.02.59 PMThat is only a snippet of what occurred in June! I hope that you all had an enjoyable month as well. Happy Canada Day, fellow Canadians!

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Emory

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canada day + independence day

1.jpg2.jpg 3.jpg4.jpg 5.jpg6.jpg 7.jpg8.jpg 9.jpg10.jpg It seems like every time I write about a vacation that Geoffrey and I recently came back from, or a celebratory day that we had spent together, I always rush back to my little blog and write “it was the best ever!” I’m not sure if it’s because we’re easygoing people in the way of events, or if we have short-term memories, or if over the years we’re understanding what we enjoy as individuals and are doing those things on holidays as a couple. Whatever it is, it’s working, and Canada Day this year was no different!

We spent the morning visiting with my parents and getting ready for the day. Around 1 pm, we left Baba’s house and went into town with the dogs and our bikes in tow. Our intentions were to spend the day at our new property in the provincial park, bike riding and picnicking. Temperatures were supposed to reach 26ºC (78.8ºF) that day, and with cotton candy clouds and little wind, we could tell that it was going to be such beautiful weather. Geoffrey dropped me off at a grocery store and I ran in to get food while he went and filled up our tires with air. Then we drove out to the lake and parked right on our empty lot. I loaded up Holly in the bike trailer that was attached to my bicycle, and Geoffrey tied Truman to his. We rode along the dirt roads, through the trees, and along the lake for over an hour. We were both drenched and by then it was nearing suppertime, so we decided to call it quits and head back to have our picnic. We chose one of the only shaded areas on our property, put down two blankets, and laid out our spread. We stayed there for over two hours, eating, Instagramming, and me napping as Geoffrey was watching Netflix. It felt so surreal being at the lake and the future spot of not just our new vacation home, but our home home. I didn’t want to leave.

When we finally did decide to pack up, we drove westward to the nearest town and bought some slushies. We slowly drove back into town, and I made a quick stop to buy a board game and get iced drinks for my parents. We made it back to Baba’s just after 9 pm, and by the time I came back from a walk with the dogs, we were too burnt and too tired to go back into town and watch the fireworks. We had our own display via a BBQ lighter, and then we played Yahtzee with my step-dad until after 11 pm. Geoffrey had to work the next morning, so we called it a night, and an end to the “best Canada Day ever.”

Have a great 4th of July to my American readers! I hope that you have awesome weather and happy memories!

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Emory 

so long july.

IMG_1191_2IMG_1196IMG_1255we celebrated the ending of june and the beginning of july with my nephew’s first birthday party. it was filled with children, sweets, presents, laughs, and much happiness. 

IMG_1275IMG_1311IMG_1312july 1 was canada day! we wore white and spent the night along the riverbank photographing fireworks. they were beautiful.

IMG_1524 IMG_1525 IMG_1529IMG_1535we had a few date nights where we tried out new restaurants. they were yummy!

photo-6-1i had an impromptu photo shoot with my mum and her (favorite) newfie. is she not the prettiest person ever?

IMG_2211then we had a family supper at little green. although it was only for my parents, brother, and sister and their spouses and little ones, it consisted of thirteen people! (fourteen if you count the little girl in my sister’s tummy.) the supper doubled as a going away party for my brother, his wife, and their two children who are moving across the country at the end of this week.

IMG_1914luckily, i got to enjoy some quiet, early mornings like these with my girl holly.

IMG_1856 IMG_1862then it was time for my niece’s birthday party. this time there were even more family members, presents, laughs, and food.

IMG_2293we had my dad come and stay with us for a night.

IMG_2190 IMG_2193 IMG_2197we also managed to get another date night in where we went to my favorite old theatre and saw the iceman. it was a fantastic film!

IMG_2202of course, it wouldn’t be a successful month without selling dozens of items from the hello scarlett store.

IMG_1865 IMG_1871IMG_1882IMG_1899 as always, our evenings came to an end with a long walk in our neighbourhood. i will never, ever grow tired of living next to the river. neither will holly or truman.

IMG_1904july was a very busy but at the same time a very fun month! i hope that next month we can find more time to slow down and enjoy the warm weather before fall starts creeping in. :-)

see you all in august!

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american (canadian) woman.

today is the 1st of july!

it is also canada day!! happy birthday canada!!!

to celebrate, here is a song by one of the best and most famous rock groups to come from our beloved country, the guess who

in honor of another great holiday that is fast approaching, i chose their song “american woman”.

happy (early) independence day!!

now let’s all rock out. :-)

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  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife and mother to four (three on earth and one in heaven). This is our life on the Canadian prairies.
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