If you are into craft cocktails at all you’ve probably seen St Germain as an ingredient on the menu quite often.  St. Germain is a liqueur made from French elderberry flowers. The Coopers Spirit Co. originally introduced the drink in 2007 to fanfare and many accolades.  The flowers are harvested during just a few weeks in spring and each bottle of St. Germain is individually numbered to reflect the year the flowers were picked.  While the company says it has hints of pear and citrus, whenever I smell it I get notes of lychee!  While I don’t think it has the same taste as lychee, it certainly has the aroma.   It is a unique, lovely taste and I’ve been adding it to my favorite bubbles whenever I can.

st germain cocktail


I’ve found it’s really wonderful combined with a couple of key ingredients and it’s very simple to quickly mix up a refreshing cocktail or two.




3 oz cold Cava
1 oz cold St Germain
squeeze of fresh lime

Combine all  ingredients in wine glass and serve.





1 oz St Germain
1 oz your favorite gin
squeeze of fresh lime
Your favorite sparkling water

Combine first three ingredients (don’t forget the fresh lime, it’s important!) and mix well.  Pour over ice and top off with  3 to 4 ounces of sparkling water to taste.

After you take your first sip, let me know what you think!


 JORD Wood Watches provided the product for an honest review. I received no other compensation and all opinions expressed are solely my own.

I have two watches, one I bought for myself and one that was a gift.  Both are about 15 years old. Both are metal (primarily stainless steel) with simple faces.  However, on our trip to Maui, a friend wore a pair of wood sunglasses, and seeing those sent me down the path of researching wood accessories and eventually led me to wood watches.  The look is so very unique, I love it!

My research led to JORD as a maker of wood watches at a good price point. Their watches are made in the USA from sustainable resources. After looking through all of their current styles I selected the Frankie 35 series, from the women’s watch collection, in dark sandalwood and mint.   Sandalwood is often best known for the oil produced from it which is very distinctive and used in many fragrances.  The grain is more straight than curvy and the texture is pretty fine and even without many pores. JORD has over 10 types of wood to choose from with varying types of both self-winding and battery powered movement.  All watches come with sapphire crystal glass.

I was super excited when the package arrived.  Opening the wooden box it comes in is a little treat in itself – the watches come ready for gift giving!  The box is branded with the JORD name on the side and a large J on top.   The top of the box snaps to the bottom with small magnets.  It even has a tiny drawer on the front side of the box.   Inside, the unique watch is showcased on a little burlap pillow.

The watch arrived looking exactly how does it in the website pictures.   Although I used the suggested wrist measurement template (available on the website) for sizing before it was shipped, it was still too big when I first tried it on. I took it to a local jeweler to have two additional links removed (took about 10 minutes) and now it fits perfectly!

It is surprisingly light in weight, which makes sense when I think about being used to metal watches. And it’s noticeable – people comment on it!  If you’re digging wood watches too, JORD is offering a giveaway! Fill out the form to enter and you’ll also be sent a $25  off coupon code.

Wooden Wristwatch

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