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Love Potion Cocktails (Homemade Shirley Temples)

homemade shirley temples

I just got back from an amazing weekend (and a few extra bonus days, thanks snow!) in San Diego. I went to the GoPro Workshop hosted by Blue Lily Photography. Wendy and Tyler have been taking our family pictures for the last three years (and will be again this fall). They are so fun, so amazing to work with, and I will cherish our images forever. I don’t know if you know this, but before this blog I was a portrait photographer. Babies, newborns, families, and weddings. I closed my business and a month later this blog was born, and by accident I started shooting food almost exclusively. I have been toying with the idea of opening my photography business again on a limited basis. I really miss working with people.

When I saw that they were hosting a workshop in San Diego in February, it didn’t take much thinking – it was an immediate YES! I went with the intention of learning more of the business end of photography (and maybe escaping some winter weather), but I was blown away by how much photography I learned. I shoot almost every single day. I by no means feel like I have mastered photography, but I felt very confident in my skills. Well, I came home with a fresh perceptive and a new way of shooting.

I am a firm believer in education. I will never stop learning, and I love teaching. Opportunities to grow as an artist should never be passed up, no matter where you are on your creative journey. I can’t wait to show you some of the images I took. Our model families were GORGEOUS. But for now, I need to unpack and go to the store to buy some food, it pretty sad, and Valentine’s treats.

love potion cocktails

I made this Love Potion Cocktail for Dixie Crystals and I love how fun they are for Valentine’s Day. They are spiked Shirley Temples. I made my own grenadine and added vanilla vodka. Why not? Obviously, you can take out the vodka to make them family-friendly, but these are going to be beautiful on your Valentine’s Day table.

homemade grenadine recipe

 You can find the full recipe for Love Potion Cocktails on the Dixie Crystals Website.


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  1. erin lightle

    February 12th, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    I have a pomegranate tree so my dad and I made grenadine juice in Dec. I never thought to add it to vanilla Vodka, but now I will! Beautiful pics BTW!

  2. bakedbree

    February 17th, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Lucky you! I would love a pom tree in my yard. They are beautiful and useful.

  3. Kathleen @ yummy crumble

    February 12th, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    I love these! They are so pretty and definitely perfect for valentines! I might keep em famy friendly for my kids 🙂

  4. bakedbree

    February 17th, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    I made them again for Valentines Day dinner and served them in a fancy glass. My kids LOVED it.

  5. Ashley (QLCC)

    February 15th, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    I’ve been meaning to try and make my own grown up Shirley Temples, they were always my favorite as a kid!

  6. Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg

    February 17th, 2015 at 10:06 am

    I love the idea of cocktail Shirley Temples. These were my favorite drink growing up, but now I want to try the adult version!

  7. bakedbree

    February 17th, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Me too! I always felt so grown up ordering them as a kid.

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