Jelly Toast

a toast to my blogiversary

long island-ish iced tea (13 of 23)So yes, Jelly Toast turns the big *1* today! Brace yourself for the typical ‘I can’t believe it’s been a year’ yada yada. But in all seriousness, where has this year gone? In some ways – it seems like this whole blogging adventure has been around a lot longer than just one year (also cliche, I know, but stay with me). In other ways, I still feel like a total newbie opening up to this world with my very first post: Swirl Chip Cookies. Let’s face it, I am still that newbie and those cookies will always be my favorite. So maybe in that sense, not a lot has changed.

long island-ish iced tea (2 of 23)Yet, I feel like a different person than I was a year ago, sitting down for the first time to share a post. The experiences I’ve had will forever stick with me. I’ve learned many lessons about the ins and outs of blogging – although I have about a million miles to go.

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I’ve met countless talented, kind and generous people. Though most of whom I’ve never actually met in person. I feel like I have friends all of the world. Lovely, kind and supportive friends. (psst! I’m talking about you, you know – you are awesome!)

So yes, it’s been an incredible journey, for sure. An evolving and ever changing journey.

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I’ve been thinking a lot about what to post on the anniversary of Jelly Toast’s very first post. Do I go big? Small? Just some simple words? Photos? Celebration cake?

The thing is, I’m not a big celebration cake person. I love to look at them and I appreciate all of the work that goes into creating a large, ornate cake. It’s just not me. And this blog is nothing if not a reflection of me. So I turned to what I like to make when I celebrate – a cocktail. Oh, yes – a cocktail.

long island-ish iced tea (7 of 23)Now, I can’t take credit for this cocktail, as it is the brainchild of my husband. He went to the liquor cabinet the other night, threw a few things together and voila! My new favorite cocktail was born.

Now, I believe his original intention was to make a Long Island Iced Tea, but we were missing a few key ingredients, so a few (delicious) swaps were made. The results were a sweet, smooth and surprisingly strong cocktail. One that we repeated the next night. Trust me, it’s that scrumptious.

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So here’s to the next year together. And the next.

Happy Blogiversary!

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Long Island-ish Iced Tea

Yield: 1 (strong) cocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


3/4 oz tequila
3/4 oz vodka
3/4 oz gin
3/4 oz triple sec
3/4 oz clear rum (I used coconut rum)
1 oz simple syrup
ginger ale
lime wedge


Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add tequila, vodka, gin, triple sec, rum and simple syrup. Replace lid and shake until chilled. Pour into an ice filled glass and top off with a bit of ginger ale. Serve with lime wedges. Enjoy!
August 8th, 2013

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14 comments on “a toast to my blogiversary”

  1. Congrats on the 1st year! Love how you toasted to it, very original!! Hoping much success in your next year!

    • Thank you so much, Nancy!! I really appreciate your support and continued reading 🙂 I am hoping to explore some new things in the future and I hope you enjoy them! Thanks, again!!

  2. Happy blogiversary! I too much prefer to celebrate with a cocktail (or two!) this looks delish – here’s to another great year! Cheers 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Heather!! I am really looking forward to another year, and exploring new things 🙂 I’m so glad you stopped by to say hi!

  3. How is it even possible that you’ve only been blogging for 1 year? I look at this incredible, beautiful, exquisite space you’ve created and can hardly believe you’re “new” at this. You’re amazingly talented and I look forward to each and every one of your posts. Congratulations on turning 1!! I can’t wait to see what your second year brings. Cheers!

    • Thanks so much, Kate! So much has happened this year, but I do feel like it’s all still so new. I have SOOO much more to learn, but I love every bit of it 🙂 Thank you so much for your friendship and support! It is beyond appreciated!

  4. Congratulations. And that is one serious drink. Love it.

  5. Congrats on your 1 year! You work and space here is beautiful and lovely. And btw – I have the feeling the your passion for food photography and blogging will just grow tenfold with each year. It’s a great thing. 🙂

  6. omg – correction – I should always double check my writing:

    Congrats on your 1 year! Your work and space here is beautiful and lovely. And btw – I have the feeling your passion for food photography and blogging will just grow tenfold with each year. It’s a great thing.

    • Thank you so much, Naomi!! I admire your work so much, your kind words mean a lot 🙂 Plus, I think you are absolutely right about the growing passion for food photography/blogging 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by!!

  7. Congratulations Emily! From someone who has been following food blogs for years (and even have one myself) your space here in the blogosphere is special. Your work seems more like that of a seasoned veteran, not a novice at all. I look forward to your second year and all you have to bring us. And BTW, the drink sounds fabulous. I plan on making it for a party I’m having this weekend. Continued success! Mary

    • Thank you so much, Mary! I so appreciate all of your kind words. It’s things like that and kind people like you that really keep the motivation alive to continue to learn and grow. I hope you love the cocktail! It’s very strong, so be warned 😉 Enjoy and thank you so much for stopping back!!

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