Happy New Year! It is blowing my mind that we’re already ready for another of my stupid simple cocktails. My Blackberry Rosemary Sparkling Cocktail is just 3 ingredients and a refreshing way to ring in the New Year!
Every year I distance myself more and more from resolutions. I make fun little goals every month (by fun I usually mean, business-oriented or health-oriented and usually something lifestyle positive) but making sweeping resolutions gives me anxiety from moment one.
For 2018 I resolve to lose 15 pounds in January. Get it? Funny? Clearly between having the baby and losing the excess STUFF that is happening in your body with that baby, I’ll accomplish that goal, and I’m really looking forward to it!
I truly don’t want any more pressure this next year. I’ll be welcoming our second child into the world, and although it’ll be lovely, I have ZERO clue how I’ll adjust to it. Will I be able to leave the house? Will I be able to cook for my family without having a total breakdown? Will we get snowed in and I won’t shower for 2-3 weeks? Likely.
But I do have a few goals in mind (and I’ll link my preferred bullet journal right before the recipe, just in case you’re a written goals person too): I want to care less about what others think. Meaning, I need to stop caring how things look on Instagram when I post something personal. If I get to a thousand more followers, I do; and if I don’t, it just wasn’t meant to be.
Also, I would love to see my little corner of the internet explode next year, but that will mean really hustling to work with those brands that truly touch my heart and speak to my readers (who do YOU love??). I can do it, I can, but I need others to take that leap of faith with me. Working for over 8 years on something that is still so rocky for me (truth bomb here) is very hard on me emotionally and financially, but this is where my heart is and I’m willing to do what I need to do!
And having more phone-free time is a huge priority for me right now. You don’t get back the moments you missed while staring at your phone. I don’t want to miss moments in my kids’ lives while they’re so tiny and absorbing everything around them. I’ll document them, for sure, but otherwise I need to shove this thing in a box.
Oh, and I need to do more things that make me feel like I’m thriving. For everyone, that’s different. For me, I need to really let my creativity out. I hate going to bed at night dreaming of a journal page I could’ve creatively pieced together, but just never did. I hate when I don’t print photos and have them around me. I always regret not getting on my yoga mat more. Or I hate feeling like I could’ve actually done my hair that day, but I told myself it wasn’t worth it. You copy?
I’d love to hear your ramblings in the comments below. They truly are my favorite things to read! So tell me, do you have any goals that stand out for you next year?
This is a stupid simple cocktail. My Blackberry Rosemary Sparkling Cocktail. Nothing is measured, you just go with what you love. I don’t love sweet cocktails so there’s no simple syrup here. It’s bare minimum and the flavors are clean and delicious. If you need an extra smack of alcohol, a splash of St. Germaine never hurt no one.
Blackberry-rosemary is one of my favorite combos right now. If you want something just slightly more subtle though, you could use a sprig of fresh thyme instead! I love that woodsy, herby note to balance any sweetness.
Blackberry Rosemary Sparkling Cocktail
Recipe by Melissa @ Treats With a Twist
For 6 cocktails
1 pint fresh blackberries
fresh rosemary (several sprigs)
Prosecco, Champagne or sparkling water*
Cut your blackberries in half. Place a couple blackberry halves in the bottom of each glass, along with a small cluster of rosemary (really you only need 5 or so leaves per glass). Muddle those together in the bottom to release flavors.
Now, add more blackberries to each glass (don’t muddle these). Fill the glasses with your favorite bubbly and watch them turn pink as the blackberries release their juices! Keep topping off your cocktails as they drain! Enjoy!
Make one complete cocktail and give it a good taste. Do you like more or less of the rosemary? If you like just a very subtle hint of rosemary, don’t muddle it at all! It’ll release flavor as the bubbles sparkle in your glass. Go from there and really make it your own! *If you decide to use sparkling water, I love using the berry La Croix!
*If you need a touch more alcohol in yours, try adding a splash of St. Germaine too! Yum!
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