spring entertaining

Vanilla Bean & Almond Cupcakes with Roasted Raspberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream

June 22, 2017
Vanilla Bean & Almond Cupcakes with Roasted Raspberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream - Soft, tender, and light vanilla cupcakes topped with a dreamy, silky-smooth raspberry buttercream. A classy dessert for spring and summertime entertaining!

If there’s one thing pretty much everyone knows about me, it’s that I ♡ my bubbly. There’s always (and I mean always) at least one bottle of sparkling wine in my fridge, and if you ask me, it goes with everything. Everything includes cupcakes, because these classy little cupcakes are being served with sparkling wine, and I’m […]

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Blackberry Mint Mimosa

July 24, 2015
Blackberry Mint Mimosa - a summery spin on the classic mimosa that makes perfect use of the season's fresh produce. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

One of my favorite things to do is experiment with new cocktail ideas, especially during the summer when there’s all kinds of fresh fruits and herbs in season to play around with. And aside from the occasional flop – the kind where you realize the flavors you put together in your mind just don’t mesh well in reality […]

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Cucumber-Mint Gin Fizz

June 18, 2015
Cucumber-Mint Gin Fizz - a crisp, refreshing spin on the gin fizz with an added hint of basil and elderflower liqueur. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

SO – I’m calling this a cucumber-mint gin fizz, but really, there’s wayyy more going on with this cocktail. It’s a spin on the gin fizz that I first discovered at a bar in San Francisco and immediately set out to replicate, and it’s one of those drinks that surprises you with how good it […]

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Goose in Spring {Cocktail}

April 20, 2015
Goose in Spring - Lavender-infused vodka mingles with lemon, raspberry, and elderflower to create this refreshing spring cocktail.  | www.brighteyedbaker.com

SO, today I have something a little different for you. The D.W. Alexander Lounge in Toronto asked if they could share a cocktail recipe with you all, and the recipe they had in mind was so intriguing that I couldn’t say no! I tested it out myself over the weekend and – all credit to […]

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The Half Windsor Cocktail + Tips for Throwing a Fantastic Outdoor Party

April 8, 2014
Half Windsor Cocktail Recipe (vodka, cucumber, lime, and agave) + Tips for Throwing a Fantastic Outdoor Party | brighteyedbaker.com

Ohmygoodness. It’s been forever and a day since I’ve posted something new here and I feel very inadequate/brain-scrambled/excited about finally being back with something new. I actually have a lot of things I want to talk about, like WHY I’ve been MIA and how life can be so overwhelming, and all kinds of other random […]

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