Cocktails on the Farm (a Ladies' Cocktail Night at Urban Roots)
Earlier this summer I was chatting with my friend and urban farmer, Melissa Millsap, about event ideas for Urban Roots. Every year they host downright magical Farm-to-Table dinners at their farm in downtown Springfield. These dinners are as delicious as they are inspiring and ethereal. The backdrop of the farm comes full circle in a spectacular meal shared with friends and community members.
Wondering what other events might capture that magic, Melissa and I came to the idea of hosting a ladies' cocktail night on the farm. The very first Cocktails on the Farm took place at the end of July and we're so happy to say that this will be an ongoing event at Urban Roots.
Cocktails on the Farm invites women in our community to hang out and make craft cocktails using ingredients from the farm. Together we build cocktails with seasonal flavors, explore mixology techniques, and celebrate great friends (and make new ones!). There's nothing more inspiring than mixing and muddling with ingredients that are growing around you. We had a blast! The next Cocktails on the Farm events are Thursdays, September 24 and October 22. If you're local, I hope you can join us!
The July cocktail menu featured spirits from Copper Run Distillery, a small-batch craft distillery located here in the Ozarks. In addition to the cocktails, there were delicious small bites from The Nude Foodie, pies from sweet and talented Brenna Womer, as well as small-batch spirit tastings led by Skyler from Copper Run.
The idea behind Cocktails on the Farm is not just to gather at Urban Roots to enjoy cocktails, but to learn how to make them at home. Each attendee has the chance to build her own cocktails at the event and takes home a recipe card for future use. There were three drink making stations, each exploring a different concept/technique:
1) DIY Collins
Ladies built their own collins--using white rum instead of the traditional gin--selecting from a variety of citrus fruits, herb-infused simple syrups and topping their cocktails with ice, soda water and fresh herbs. Learn how to set up your own DIY Collins bar here.
2) You're Going to Shrub This
Ladies had the chance to craft two shrub-based cocktails, a beet shrub paired with lemon and whiskey or a blackberry honey shrub with rum. Check out the full cocktail recipes for the Beet Shrub & Beet Lemon Whiskey and Blackberry Honey Shrub & Blackberry Rum.
3) CSA Smash
We couldn't resist the delicious versatility of a summer fruit smash. There were two smashes ready to make, Moonshine Herb Cucumber or the Whiskey Basil Peach, using either fresh or grilled peaches.
All of the beautiful photos in this post were taken by Sam J. Matthews. A special thanks to Sam for capturing the evening for us. You can find more of his work here. Stay tuned for ticket information for the next Cocktails on the Farm on Thursday, September 24.