With August come the dog days of summer. August is warm and lazy, with everyone savoring the last days of summer before fall is upon us. You may even be a little partied-out – as much as I love barbeques and beach days, come August I’m ready for some fresh entertaining.
Dog Day Drinks
Hot days call for cold drinks and I love herb and spice-infused cocktails trend. It’s so fun to mix it up and do something else than the same old drinks. And if you’re mixing it up anyway, why not try out some different glassware too? I love using vintage inspires pieces with smaller sizes and more delicate shapes.
In my new backyard, I have a pot of lavender and rosemary and I’m feeling inspired to mix up a new concoction using those ingredients. Maybe a Lavender Mojito? I came across this amazing looking Lavender and Gin Cloudy Cocktail by A Life of Geekery on Pinterest.
Photo and recipe credit ALifeofGeekery.com
You could also do Lavender infused champagne by adding some simple lavender syrup to each glass! There are so many wonderful herbs and spices you might have in your pantry and garden to experiment with! Think basil, Bergamot, Cilantro, Cinnamon… even Chili. I love the sensation of some heat in drinks!
Dog Day Dinners
By August I have pretty much grilled anything that can be grilled. I love putting together trays of grilled veggies, fish and meats. But by the time August rolls around it’s too hot to be standing by the BBQ! So this is when I get crafty with salads and try to think of new ways to put things together.
When I visited a friend this summer she served the most delicious salmon sashimi salad. Raw salmon slices layered beautifully on a tray with mango and avocado… It was so delicious, and gluten/carb free too! If salmon sashimi is hard to come by you could also use tuna and create a tuna poke dish that is light and flavorful.
August is heirloom tomato season and I think they are so beautiful with all their imperfections. I love purchasing a huge variety and slicing them up to create a beautiful tomato salad. Experiment creating patterns or simply rough chop them to enhance the earthiness of the tomatoes. Ricotta and Burrata are excellent cheeses to top the salad, with some crusty artisan bread on the side. Or slice pieces of avocado (be generous!) with thin onion slices and herbs. If you want to be naughty, sprinkle bacon pieces over too… so savory.
The end of summer is a precious time where we enjoy the remaining laziness of summer before life calls us back to our normal routine. I wish you all a beautiful remainder of summer whether you’re at the beach or mountains.