Pomegranate Brown Derby Cocktail

This Brown Derby Cocktail combines whiskey and grapefruit, with a splash of pomegranate, for a tart twist on a classic.  It’s my favorite cocktail in the Autumn and Winter!

Pomegranate Brown Derby | Serendipity by Sara Lynn

Pomegranate Brown Derby

My favorite bar in Reno is one of the first bars I ever (legally 😬) went to.  It’s dark and moody with an entire wall of crystal bottles filled with amber liquids.  The bartenders wear vests, there’s a pool table in the corner, and it always smells like smokey whiskey.  I have many favorite nights from this bar laughing way too loud with my friends, drinking one too many drinks, and then doing it all again the next weekend.  I would say this happens less often now that I’m not in college, although it is still my favorite place to grab a drink after dinner on the weekend.

The first time I went there was my 21st birthday.  It was a Monday, already pretty late at night, and considering this is not a college bar, we had the whole place to ourselves.  I remember the bartender’s name was Charlie, and upon hearing that it was my 21st (and that I am obsessed with coffee), he pulled a dark bottle down from the shelf.  It was a coffee-flavored liqueur, similar to Kahlua, but much better.  We took a shot together, and then I continued to play pool with my friend.  (Side note: It was my first time playing pool, and even though my friend still hasn’t admitted it, I know he let me win).

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Brown Derby with Pomegranate

Over the years, I have gone to this bar time and time again, and I still think they have some of the best whiskey cocktails.  Their old-fashioned is one of my all-time favorite drinks.  But, one night in college, probably while wearing a LBD and some T-strap heels, I was not in the mood for an old-fashioned.  I asked the bartender to make me a drink with whiskey.  Any drink he wanted to make.  I watched this tattooed, vest-sporting bartender with a mustache make a tiny orange-ish pink drink.  He slid it across the bar, “Brown derby”.

And then my life changed, because never had I known that grapefruit + whiskey is the best thing ever.  It has become my signature drink.

Pomegranate Brown Derby

As much as I love going out, I don’t always feel like putting on pants (yay adult life).  So, I decided to learn how to make a delicious brown derby cocktail just like my favorite bar.  Because I wanted a pink drink, I added some tart pomegranate juice, and wowww.  Grapefruit and pomegranate belong together.  It has my favorite cozy autumn flavors I crave while still being refreshing.  I’m going to bottle some up and bring it to allllll the parties.

On a side note, what are you being for Halloween?  I thought about making Marc a hanging chad costume and breaking out my inner slutty pumpkin again, but idk.  (Any How I Met Your Mother fans, or did that just go over everyone’s head??)  It’s much more likely that I’ll revert to my usual Rosie the Riveter or go for a costume that I already have easily laying around my house.  Any ideas?  What should I beeeee?!

Brown Derby Cocktail



xo Sara Lynn

*Song of the day: Inside Out by Spoon

This Pomegranate Brown Derby combines bourbon, grapefruit, & pomegranate for a refreshing autumn cocktail.
Pomegranate Brown Derby | Serendipity by Sara Lynn

Orange Liqueur & Cardamom Crème Brûlée

Surprisingly simple and Elegant, This Orange Liqueur + Cardamom crème brûlée is one of my all-time favorite recipes.  THe warm cardamom, bitter orange liqueur, and caramel-y brown sugar make it the perfect dessert for a cozy date-night at home.

Orange Liqueur & Cardamom Crème Brûlée

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Coconut Curry Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

Coconut Curry Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

If I could fill a pool with anything in the world, it would probably be coffee or some type of melted cheese.  However, if both of those options were unavailable, then I think my third choice would have to be peanut sauce.  I would float on rafts made out of spring rolls, and the pool noodles would be actual noodles.  It would be kind of gross, but in the best kind of way.  Thai food is one of my all-time favorites, and I think the peanut sauce might be like, 80% of that reason.  One of my favorite Thai restaurants in town serves it with pretty much everything on their menu from chicken satay to salads, and I am here for it.  My favorite thing to eat it with is the curry puffs, which is essentially a Thai samosa.  I could honestly eat three or four plates to myself.  They serve all their dishes with some marinated cucumbers, and the combo of sweet, salty, tangy, and crunchy haunts my dreams. Continue reading “Coconut Curry Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce”

Coffee & Almond Ice Cream + a Smile Brilliant Giveaway!

Homemade Coffee & Almond Ice Cream

Coffee & Almond Ice Cream

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The first time I ever remember trying coffee was when I was three years old, and it was in ice cream form.  Growing up, my family and I would visit San Diego almost every summer, and on this particular trip, we were staying in Old Town.  Right down a few flights of stairs from our hotel was this tiny ice cream parlor. My dad went down to the shop one night after dinner and got coffee ice cream with chopped almonds folded in.  Ice cream has always been one of my favorite things, so of course I wanted to try it. He probably thought I would be unimpressed by anything coffee-flavored, but joke was on him, because coffee ice cream was just the gateway brew that fueled my addition.   I clearly remember being personally offended when he told me I couldn’t have anymore (probably because of the caffeine content, but like, who doesn’t want a caffeinated three year old jumping all over the hotel room beds??). Continue reading “Coffee & Almond Ice Cream + a Smile Brilliant Giveaway!”

Caramel + Coconut Nanaimo Bars

Caramel & Coconut Nanaimo Bars

Easy Nanaimo Bars

Hello from beautiful Oregon!  I’m here for the next few days road tripping through the state, and I have big plans of drinking lots of beer + coffee and buying all the cheese at Face Rock Creamery!  Yesterday, we went fishing on the Umpqua River, and I caught 20 fish!  I even stuck my thumb into a few of their mouths, because apparently this stiffens them up and keeps them from flopping everywhere.  I wasn’t totally down with this method of fish-holding, or any method for that matter, but I did it for the ‘gram.  The Umpqua River might be one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen, so for most of the journey, I sat back on the boat and admired the view.  I saw at least a dozen giant birds, including some bald eagles which you can recognize because they have white butts.

Today, I head over to the coast, and apparently there will be wine tasting involved!  I’m also in desperate search for some good coffee, because being in the middle of nowhere Oregon = little to no coffee options, and I’m dying of caffeine headaches.  On the other hand, I found a legit drive-up ice cream spot today, which I honestly didn’t even know existed anymore, and they had cherry-dipped cones (a.k.a. the way to my heart).  I vote that Reno gets an ice cream drive-up that specializes purely in cherry-dipped cones.  I will invest actual money into this enterprise. Continue reading “Caramel + Coconut Nanaimo Bars”