at home gin cocktails for summer 2017.

Hey friends! I have been up to a lot over the past year and this blog has unfortunately fallen by the wayside. But, now that I’ve had some more time over the summer, Rad Cat Lady is back this time with my own domain name and lots of cool things coming down the line. Let’s drink some gin cocktails.

At the beginning of last month I moved from a studio to a one bedroom, and my biggest deal breaker when looking for a new place was that I desperately needed a dishwasher. Now that my kitchen is no longer a place I avoid because it is so full of old dishes, I have been having fun with cooking and making cocktails at my cute little bar cart way more often that I used to.

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My love of gin has seriously deepened since I discovered my favorite St. Louis bar, The Gin Room, inside Cafe Natasha on South Grand. Owner Natasha and her bartending staff are gin geniuses, and every time I’m at the bar I end up drinking something new and amazing that I wouldn’t have known to ask for.

Back in May I also went to the Gin World St. Louis Gin Festival, held outside right next to The Gin Room, and tasted (probably too many) new and new-to-me craft gins that I am already obsessed with.

So when the weather got more and more oppressive and I was getting excited about micro scale home bartending again, naturally I went out in search of some great gin cocktails that I could make. Gin is so refreshing and delightful for summer and I quickly found some new favorites.

Though I am generally one to avoid Reddit, /r/cocktails has been a surprisingly interesting and friendly resource for drink ideas and quickly led me to the kickass craft cocktail database Kindred Cocktails. Since then I have been playing with new ingredients, recipes, and my own variations.

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the best restaurant meals i’ve eaten since moving to st. louis.

I grew up incredibly bored with the food options in my hometown, so moving to a real city in January was a delight. I’ve alway been an adventurous eater – my parents had me eating spicy Indian curry when I was not yet 2 years old, and I loved it – so the monotonous selection of fast food chains, bland and poorly run local joints, and Chinese and Mexican restaurants with menus designed to appeal to the palettes of the many Jefferson City residents who had never left Missouri were disappointing.

Now I live near St. Louis’ South Grand strip, known for its array of ethnic food options, offering everything from sushi to Somali meals. But I quickly discovered that St. Louis’ food scene runs far deeper and wider than the bounds of the neighborhood that I fell in love with.

I’ve had some excellent meals since living here, some walking distance from my apartment and some out by the city’s airport. I’m maintaining a list, currently with over 15 restaurants, of places to check out. I’m an avid Yelper (I know, I disgust myself too) and have been #grateful for the St. Louis food blogs I’ve found like Whiskey and Soba and Off the Eaten Path.

So far, these four joints have been my favorites.

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