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Fresh Summer Cocktails, 3-Ways

I can’t think of anything better to cool off with on a summer evening than fresh, cold-pressed juice mixed with a dash of liquor! Sarah Dyles and Erin, Executive Chef at the Oxford Exchange, are sharing not one but three brilliant cocktail recipes inspired by Chef Erin’s original cold-pressed juices. After looking at all the mouthwatering photos from Justin DeMutiis, I’m itching to try my hand at the Market Margarita, Asian Lemonade, & Cool as a Cucumber Cocktail!

Now for what you’ve been waiting for- the cocktail recipes! Each recipe uses a different cold-pressed juice as it’s base. The juices are made from local, fresh, organic ingredients and you can purchase them at the Oxford Exchange Market or try your hand at making your own version.


ingredients
1.25 oz Tequila
2.5 oz Spicy Lemon (blend of fresh lemon juice, cayenne, agave, & water)
Sea salt + raw sugar blend for rim (50/50 ratio)
Small amount of simple syrup to rim glass

directions
1. Shake ingredients well with ice.
2. Gently dip rim of glass into simple syrup, then sea salt + raw sugar blend.
3. Pour into glass, garnish with lime wedge.


ingredients
1.25 oz Vodka
2.5 oz PH-G (blend of fresh lemon juice, ginger, & stevia)
4-5 Thai Basil Leaves
1 tsp Simple Syrup
Granulated candied ginger for rim
Additional simple syrup for rim

directions
1. Gently muddle basil leaves and simple syrup to release natural oils and fragrance from the leaves.
2. Add vodka, juice and ice and shake ingredients well.
3. Gently dip rim of glass into simple syrup, then into candied ginger.
4. Pour ingredients into glass and garnish with a basil leaf.


ingredients
1.25 oz Gin
1.25 oz Chillax (blend of fresh pineapple, cucumber, romaine lettuce, lemon juice & cilantro)
3 Cucumber Slices
2 lime wedges
Approximately 10 cilantro leaves

directions
1. Crush cucumber, lime and cilantro with a muddler to release natural oils and juices.
2. Add ice, gin and Chillax and stir gently.
3. Top with sparkling water.

Photography: Justin DeMutiis Photography | Recipes: Chef Erin & Sarah Dyles | Shop: Oxford Exchange

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How to Make Perfect Tea

A 101 on Making Tea? Absolutely. A 101 on Making Tea + a beautiful space to boot? Um, hello gorgeous! This lovely spread was hosted at the Oxford Exchange and was gussied up to include a tea pairing and 2 yummy recipes, with a design from the fabulous Justin Demutiis, Courtney of Dishie Rentals, & Botanica International Design Studio. And the result is everything that SMP loves in a girl. Or a tea shop.

In just over a year of business, the Oxford Exchange has set the bar in Tampa. Their restaurant is booming for breakfast and lunch during the week, and might just be the most popular choice for brunch on the weekends. They also have the most fantastic shop, bookstore, offices, and coffee shop, but perhaps those will be saved for another SMP Living post. On the weekends, between 3-5 they offer Afternoon Tea. We decided to take it up a notch and add whimsical mismatched vintage plates and glassware, a touch of florals.

The Salted Caramel Latte and Lavender Fog are two of our most popular drinks at Tebella Tea Company and they are both simple and easy to replicate at home. Here are the simple DIY steps:

SALTED CARAMEL LATTE

Begin by mixing 3 teaspoons of our Caramel Black tea with 3 teaspoons of German rock sugar and steep them together in 16 oz of water for 3 minutes. Strain the leaves before adding a dash of steamed milk, 2 teaspoons of caramel syrup and a pinch of sea salt. Top off the mixture with foam and caramel topping (and a sprinkling of extra sea salt if you’d like), and you’ve got a decadent treat for any time of day!

LAVENDER FOG

Our Lavender Fog is a delightful variation on the London Fog, a tea drink that was invented by an unknown barista in Vancouver, British Columbia. While a traditional London Fog is made with Earl Grey, we use our Earl Grey Lavender for a modern twist. Steep 3 teaspoons of the tea with 3 teaspoons of German rock sugar for 3 minutes in 8 oz of warmed milk and 8 oz of boiling water. Strain the fog mixture into a teapot and add 2 teaspoons of vanilla syrup. Top it off with foam and enjoy the creamy combo of lavender, bergamot and vanilla—perfect for a rainy day.

Reception Venue: Oxford Exchange | Florals: Botanica International Design Studio | Plates And Glassware: Dishie Rentals | Sweet And Savory Bites: Oxford Exchange Restaurant | Tea: Tebella Tea Company

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Tampa Bay Wedding from Debra Eby Photography

This is one of those days where every perfect detail you’ve ever dreamt of comes together in one fabulous wedding.  Where a gorgeous Vera Wang stands hand in hand with lush florals from FH Weddings and a modern meets classic vibe planned by Elan Event Studio that is all kinds of amazing.  This, my friends, is what we’re calling a “serious lesson in pretty” and you can see every last moment captured by Debra Eby right here in the full gallery.

And a little something special from 829 Films?  Yes, please.

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Seasons
Fall
Settings
Hotel

From Debra Eby Photography… Bridesmaids float in their blush Lazaro gowns doting on the bride in all her Vera Wang splendor. The VIP suite of the Grand Hyatt offers a light-filled space for laughter and tears as the girls prepare. Gifts, stories, and sentimental smiles are shared generously.

Holding to tradition, Ryan and Rachel’s first look is on the aisle as they wed. Emotion fills the sanctuary as friends and family stand. Rachel walks on air, as if in a dream, to her groom. The stained glass windows let in streams of sunlight on this perfect Florida day.

There is a quiet understanding in the love shared between Ryan and Rachel. They are full of flirtatious glances and stolen kisses. Ryan elicits beaming smiles of his bride. Rachel’s touch rouses a blush on her groom’s debonair face.

The sun sets over the bay, Ryan and Rachel begin the wedding celebration. The atmosphere is a cocktail party denoting suave elegance. A James Bond esque affair swimming with black, white, and golds. City lights twinkle as the bride and groom dance in each other’s arms.

The perfect beginning to a perfectly dreamy happily ever after.

Photography: Debra Eby Photography | Wedding Planner: Elan Event Studio - Holly Shump | Floral Design: FH Weddings - Stephanie | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Wedding Dress: The Collection Bridal | Cake: Chocolate Pi | Stationery: The Write Stuff | Reception: Grand Hyatt | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lazaro | Hair Stylist: Femme Akoi | DJ: Grant Hemond & Associates - Cory Barron | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen's Attire: Vera Wang | Cinema: 829 Films | Make-Up Artist: Femme Akoi | Second Shooter: Sarah Sharpe Photography

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