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Mixtape Mixed Drinks: French 75 Cocktail Recipe

September 13, 2013

When I think about the music that goes with a French 75 I’m thinking jazz, I’m thinking cocktail party, I’m thinking sophisticated–but not too literal.

French 75 cocktail recipe

A French 75 is traditionally served in a Champagne flute, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t taste marvelous sipped from a Mixtape Glass.

The Drink:
1 ounce gin
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
2 ounces Champagne

Add gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake. Strain into glass, then top with Champagne.

The Playlist:
1. I Love Paris–Frank Sinatra
2. Over the Rainbow–Ben Webster
3. You don’t Know Me–Ray Charles
4. J’etais Une Fille–Camelia Jordana
5. Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square–Harry Connick, Jr.

The Uncommon Life

Uncommon Personalities: Meet Heather Thompson

March 1, 2013

Heather Thompson, UncommonGoods Senior Site Merchandising Manager

My hometown is…
Eden Prairie, MN (Go Eagles!)

My favorite product that has entered the assortment at UncommonGoods in my time in merchandising here is…
The Rose Quartz Platter followed closely by the Shocking Pink Afro (clearly I have a thing for pink!). Oh, and the Salt Tequila Glasses!

I’m inspired by…
PINTEREST! In all seriousness, I love the internet! I could wax poetic about the democracy and immediacy of information – the ease of communication and infinite connections – the endless opportunities the World Wide Web presents, but also I just love getting lost in beautiful images. Also, New York City, Vogue magazine, my incredibly talented creative and smart friends. And the great outdoors!

My guilty pleasure is…
Gummy bears and Garth Brooks.

An uncommon fact about me…
I played the alto saxophone for 12 years. And killed it, PS! *kidding

My favorite place to eat in New York City is…
August in the West Village

My style is…
Yikes! This one is tough. I think my style is a study of opposites – I love anything overtly masculine [read: tuxedo jackets and oversized, worn leather couches] mixed with ultra-feminine accents [read: tulle skirts and Louis XIV furniture]. I’m also a sucker for anything whimsical or quirky.

Working at UncommonGoods, I’ve learned…
The value of being an independent and creative thinker. Our company culture values individuality and finding creative solutions while working on collaborative, frank, super fun, imaginative and supportive teams.

Would you rather… have an unlimited amount of shoes OR an unlimited supply of cupcakes?
That’s a toughie but I’m going with shoes. I like cupcakes, I do. But they are so fleeting. Shoes are forever (or at least a season).

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