Ok so here’s the deal. Our wedding venue allows us to bring in as much beer and wine as our little hearts could possibly desire, but we are limited to two cocktail choices for our guests. TWO. And they have to be “pre-mixed”.

To some this may be a bit of a dilemma, but to Mike and I, it’s just another excused to pretend we’re mixologists and get sloshed………….you know, for the sake of the wedding. We’re on the hunt for something refreshing and flavorful that embodies the general atmosphere of the venue. The central Californian foothills will be blanketed in golden September sun, a light salty breeze will drift in from the coast, the lemon groves will rustle gently in the background as they soak in the last of the daylight, and a crimson sunset will illuminate the old Spanish barn, filtering in through the gaps in the sideboards as we dance the night away. It will be an absolutely gorgeous, emotional, thrilling day. But what will we be drinking?

Contestant number one: The Cucumber Rosemary Gin & Tonic



Cucumber Rosemary Gin & Tonic // hourglassandbloom.com

Cucumber Rosemary Gin & Tonic // hourglassandbloom.com



The Cucumber Rosemary Gin & Tonic enjoys seersucker pants, long afternoons spent toiling in the garden, and being served in a monogrammed pitcher with plenty of crushed ice. CRG&T has a refreshing personality and is adept at maintaining a light, airy conversation about horse breeds of the world or perhaps an article in the latest issue of Martha Stewart Living.

To make your very own Cucumber Rosemary Gin & Tonic, you will first need to whip up a batch of rosemary simple syrup. Don’t be scared. It’s easy.

Rosemary Simple Syrup

2 cups water

2 cups sugar

5 sprigs fresh rosemary



Rosemary Simple Syrup // hourglassandbloom.com

Rosemary Simple Syrup // hourglassandbloom.com

Rosemary Simple Syrup // hourglassandbloom.com



Place the water and sugar in a pot, then heat gently on the stove until boiling. Once the mixture begins to boil, give it a quick stir until all the sugar has dissolved. Now, remove from the heat and throw in the rosemary sprigs. Let the mixture steep for two hours on the kitchen counter. Once it’s cooled, pour into a jar and keep it in the fridge for up to a month! Easy peasy!



Rosemary Simple Syrup // hourglassandbloom.com

Rosemary Simple Syrup // hourglassandbloom.com



Okay so now that you’ve cooked up a little herbaceous simple syrup, let’s get back to the cocktail, shall we? Great.

The Cucumber Rosemary Gin & Tonic

Dry Gin

Rosemary simple syrup

Cucumber, peeled and sliced

Tonic water

Crushed ice

Place two or three thin slices of cucumber and one sprig of fresh rosemary in the bottom of a glass and muddle with the back of a spoon. Pour in equal parts gin to tonic, and two tablespoons of rosemary simple syrup. Stir in the crushed ice and serve!



Cucumber Rosemary Gin & Tonic // hourglassandbloom.com

Cucumber Rosemary Gin & Tonic // hourglassandbloom.com



Isn’t she lovely?

So I need your help again. I know I know I’m soooooo helpless. It’s just that you guys are so good! Everyone chimed in with such awesome, clever suggestions for a bouquet toss song that I can’t help but coming back to you for more advice….

What would be your cocktail of choice on a balmy September afternoon in an old barn nestled in the central Californian coast? Tell me! I’m getting thirsty already…





  1. I could not possibly love your blog anymore than I do. It is so fabulous, I get excited everytime I get notified of a new post. You are beautiful, talented and most importantly, so funny!!!

  2. Aren’t you clever!? This sounds like a perfect bevvie for your big day!

    I’ve put my thinking cap on for drink numero deux.

    By the way, aside from the two cocktail limit, your venue sounds A-Mazing. xx

  3. I never comment, but since I recently infused my own vodka I figured I’d throw out an idea (plus, weddings are so much fun! Congrats, by the way!). I experimented with vodka infusions and they actually came out pretty well – pineapple, blood orange and ginger.

    The ginger vodka ended up being my favorite and I paired it with unsweetened cranberry juice, seltzer triple sec, bitters, lime juice and tossed in a few whole cranberries and garnished with a lime slice. It was very refreshing and a neat twist on your typical “vodka-cran.” The other combos were blood orange vodka with fresh squeezed blood orange juice and slapped basil; pineapple vodka with watermelon puree and fresh mint (served with a kiwi). If not for a wedding, they are fun summertime bbq drinks! 🙂

    • Holy guac Hilary! You’re a bona fide professional!
      One of my fiancé’s friends made us a delicious pineapple infused vodka last summer and we just drank it on the rocks it was so good (and I don’t really like vodka much at all). Those cocktails you suggested all sound freakin’ amazing!

  4. I think a dark rum based cocktail would work perfectly on a sun setting evening in September. Its dark and stormy but can be made lighter and so romantic with a multitude of mixers…

    I cannot wait until your big day – please say you’ll pop up a post about it. You venue/plans sound incredible so far – what dreams are made of !

    Happy planning. We are all loving hearing about it xxxx

    • We have definitely thought about doing something along the lines of a Dark & Stormy or Mai Tai – you’re right in that a slightly tropical dark rum drink just screams “Indian Summer”. LOVE it.

      Just fly on out from London and join us! We’d love to have you! ❤

    • Oooooooo that sounds good. I think I’ve had that. I guess if I can’t remember that’s probably a good sign right?
      The only thing is, we’re trying to limit the amount of “fizziness” – I know the above cocktail has a bit of soda water in it, but because whatever cocktail we chose is going to be sitting in a big ol’ decanter, we don’t want it to get flat, ya know?
      But you can come over and drink whisky and ginger ale with me anyways. love youuuuuuuuuuuuuu.


  5. If it needs to be premixed a spiked lemonade is always a winner – simple but delicious! My favourite is rosemary lemonade: http://www.3badmice.com/2012/08/when-life-throws-you-lemons.html but that’s probably too similar to your cucumber & rosemary G&T (which I am SO making this summer btw!). You could do a raspberry or blueberry lemonade or how about a passonfruit one as it’s your wedding?! Spiked with vodka or gin these would be fab!

    Alternatively if you can make the base and have the waiters top that up on the day, you could do a luxe lemonade – make any of the above lemonades and top up with prosecco or champagne rather than sparkling water.

    Either way your wedding sounds wonderful and I absolutely love your blog! x

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