Fridays are about unwinding. In fact, our Friday night mantra, “let it go,” is an important part of our beauty routine. Stress isn’t good for our souls, or our skin. We’re the first to admit that as busy women, we can’t 100% avoid it, however, we can certainly try to unplug during the weekend.
For starters, letting out a deep sigh of relief and leaving work behind can help the de-stressing process at the end of the week. Here are a few of our favorite ways to let the relaxing begin:
- Take a night-time restorative yoga class
- Make an easy, comforting dinner
- Go to a movie (like a real movie, in a theater)
- (And possibly the most important item on our agenda) Sip a delicious cocktail
When it’s a cocktail-kinda Friday, we love to whip up a Clover Club. It’s festive tasting, festive looking, and it acts as a clear marker at the end of a long day to remind ourselves to stop stressing and stop complaining. We love how the egg whites pile on top in a pearly, frothy cloud, and underneath, a sweet, tangy treat with just enough gin to put a smile on our faces and release the tenseness of the day.
For the Fresh Raspberry Syrup
- 2 cup fresh or frozen organic raspberries
- 1 ¾ cup + 1 T water
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoon cornstarch
For the Cocktail
- 1 ½ oz gin
- ½ oz simple syrup
- ¾ oz fresh lemon juice
- 2 dashes of fresh raspberry syrup*
- White of a small egg
Fresh Raspberry Syrup
In a saucepan, combine the raspberries, 1 ¾ c water and sugar. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer un-covered for 30 minutes.
Mash raspberry mixture and strain through a fine sieve. Discard seeds. Add water if needed.
Combine cornstarch and remaining water until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook and stir 1 minute longer. Remove from the heat; cool.
For the Cocktail
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled glass.
Drinks with egg must be shaken harder and longer in order to emulsify egg.
*If you don’t feel like making fresh raspberry syrup you can also buy here.
Photo by Lee O’Connor