Friday, October 4, 2013

Don a cute frock and grab your cocktail shaker, because Natalie of The SoHo blog is here to get your weekend off to a fizzy start! Natalie is a New Yorker with Georgia roots, a darling blogger who writes all about food, fashion, and living in New York City on her lifestyle blog, which contrary to what you may be thinking, stands not for the neighborhood SoHo but for Southern Hostess. We have been huge fans of the adorable Frocktails series on her blog where she finds inspiration from a dress to create a drink, so we couldn’t be more excited that this stylish gal with the cocktail know-how of a mixologist has graciously agreed to host this series on our blog in honor of our month-long celebration of Frocktober!

Natalie was inspired to start her fashion and libation inspiration series by none other than Lisa Turtle from Saved by the Bell who once extolled the merits of matching your drink to your outfit. Isn’t that a great way to order up a cocktail? And what could be better than slipping into a darling dress and relaxing on a Friday night with a drink in hand? So for every Friday this month Natalie will be sharing a frock inspired cocktail…that’s right, a frocktail.

Read on to see what Natalie has to say about the cocktail she mixed up for us this week, and how it was inspired by our Susie Polka Dot Dress!

To go along with this adorable black and white polka dot crossback dress, I shook up a variation of the Ramos gin fizz, adding a bit of elderflower liqueur to the mix. The cocktail is light and sophisticated with its delicate blend of floral and citrus flavors and results in the most surprising shade of white. Your arms will get a workout thanks to all the shaking required, but your reward is that lovely layer of frothiness that tops this tasty drink.

1 1/2 oz. gin
1 oz. St. Germain or other elderflower liqueur
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1/2 oz. fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1 egg white (or use egg white powder if you prefer)
1 oz. heavy cream
1 oz. club soda, chilled

Combine gin, elderflower liqueur, powdered sugar, lemon juice, egg white and heavy cream in a cocktail shaker without ice and shake for about one minute until combined. Hold cap tightly while shaking. Add ice to the shaker and shake for a couple of minutes or as long as you can take it. Strain drink into a highball glass, top with club soda and garnish with lemon.

-- Natalie, The Soho

A huge thanks to Natalie for this wonderful guest post, and tune in to our blog next week for another installment of Friday Frocktails. Be sure to check out Natalie’s blog and don’t forget to stop by our Frocktober calendar daily to see each newly released dress!