For this first series of photos, taken at Le Colonial in San Francisco, I decided to try my hand at majorly adjusting photos. The adjusted photo is first, with the original, smaller photo following. I hate using a flash indoors in public (especially when taking a bunch of pics) and the result is that these photos didn't come out. So, I took iPhoto's generic photoshop to town. I'm always curious about photos before and after and I never usually edit my pictures except to crop them. What do you think?
Next on the agenda is a ginger lemonade with some fresh mint leaves thrown in for good measure. I am enthralled with The Essential New York Times Cookbook and have yet to be disappointed with any recipe therein:
You start by boiling fresh ginger:
I added some mint:
I Squeezed some lemons from the tree outside. While most lemonade calls for you to make a simple syrup with sugar and water, This recipe calls for you to dissolve the sugar directly in the lemon juice. So, SO much easier:
Some blending, and voilà :
Next, from the Cookbook, a Mint Julep. I've been curious about them but we didn't have any bourbon so I substituted rum. I probably won't go down this road again. You may recognize the red peppermint from THIS POST. Or not:
And there you are, some of my latest whims. What do you think?
What is your favorite summer drink?