summer 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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Tropical Rum Punch

August 10, 2016
Tropical Rum Punch - An extra-tropical take on a fruity summer sipper. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Be honest with me here – is “Tropical” Rum Punch kinda a dumb name? Are you sitting there thinking, “DUH Alex, all rum punch is tropical”? Because the truth is, in my mind, this is just “that-tropical-drink-I-had-at-a-Kenney-Chesney-concert-and-then-recreated”.  It has no real name and I’m not even 100% sure rum punch is an appropriate one, but […]

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Summer Fun (and Ice Cream!)

May 17, 2016
Summer Fun (and Ice Cream!) Celebrating summer with poolside living and Nestlé® Drumstick® S’mores. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Summmmmer! It’s right around the corner and I’m super excited. I mean seriously, if my office could be a lounge chair by the pool, cold drink in hand, I’d be in heaven. Sadly that’s not the case, but I fully intend to spend quite a few weekends by the pool, at the lake, or at the […]

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Soaking up Summer: Spritzer Season!

August 31, 2015
Soaking Up Summer: Spritzer Season! - Savor the rest of summer in the outdoors with Barefoot Refresh spritzers.

A big thank you to Barefoot Refresh for sponsoring this post and giving us all a reminder to soak up summer! It always surprises me how summer seems to stretch itself out into the late days of September — fall might seem right around the corner but it’s definitely not quite time to say goodbye […]

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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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Ruby Red Greyhound Spritzer with Palm Breeze {Vacation Every Day!}

May 2, 2015
Ruby Red Greyhound Spritzer - a bubblier, easier-drinking version of the classic greyhound cocktail - perfect for feeling the tropical vibes wherever you are! | www.brighteyedbaker.com #VacayEveryDay #CleverGirls

My excitement for summer is at a serious high right now. Like – YOU GUYS – beach days, summer cocktails, and sunshine allll the time? I’m stoked. And as if that weren’t enough, I now have the perfect midday drink for those warm summer afternoons. It’s fresh, it’s citrusy, and it’s practically made for poolside-sipping. (←AKA, […]

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Let’s Get Cookin’: Spicy Loaded Guacamole

April 28, 2015
A recipe for fresh, spicy guacamole loaded with red onion, tomato, and a touch of lime juice for maximum flavor. Takes minutes to make and SO much better than store-bought! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

There are no words to explain the intensity with which I ♡ this guacamole. It’s fresh, spicy, vibrant, bursting with flavor, and – overall – KILLER good. Mind you, I’ve made 2 batches of this within the last 48 hours; if my enthusiasm wasn’t totally legit, that never would have happened. Now really, I owe this recipe to Saturday-night […]

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The 3-2-1 Margarita

July 26, 2014
The 3-2-1 Margarita - a super simple and spot-on take on the classic summer cocktail. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

This is one of those recipes that I never really intended on posting, but then I realized that holymoly these margaritas are good and – hey! – the recipe is wayyyy easy. There are times for fancy schmancy drinks with a little more going on, and then there are times for I’d-like-a-drink-I-can-make-in-my-sleep drinks, and this […]

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Let’s Get Cookin’: Restaurant-Style Salsa

July 23, 2014
Restaurant-Style Salsa - a classic spicy salsa perfect for dipping or serving alongside a Mexican-inspired meal.  | www.brighteyedbaker.com

First things first: today’s recipe involves no cooking what-so-ever. That is to say, “Let’s Get Cookin’” doesn’t make total sense here and should really be something like, “Let’s Get the Blender Out and Pretend we’re Cooking”, but you get the point. We’re taking a break from the baking and going the savory route, if for […]

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