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Picnic in Style

The pandemic might have stuck around a lot longer than any of us would have predicted, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still (safely) enjoy the summer. Try going out for a picnic with a date or a roommate, this socially distanced outing is a perfect way to enjoy some time with loved ones and friends. 

A picnic is a perfect reason to wear something other than your sweatpants, show up and show out!

Whether you decide to picnic in central park or lay on the grass at a local park, Alzerina’s jewelry pair perfectly with this new recipe!

Nothing pairs better with a picnic than a nice sundress matched our Alzerina Jewelry collection as well as my summertime favorite: Berry Lemonade

This has become a recent obsession of mine for this summer at home. Whether I am at the park, by the pool, or having a night in, this drink is beautiful to pair with my favorite earrings. Dressing up and creating this drink has definitely been giving me a sense of normality while stuck at home. And it has become a family favorite after our first picnic this summer. For the adults, a touch of alcohol can be used to make a Berry Spiked Lemonade, while the kids can enjoy this sweet lemonade. 

The summer is the best time to support locally sourced fruit and cheeses, visit a farmers market to pick up summer favorites! I love to go to my local farmers’ market and pick up fresh strawberries, raspberries, and lemons. They always seem to have the best selection of fruit and cheeses. As well I pick up a bouquet of sunflowers to go into my picnic basket.

It will be a picture opportunity you won’t want to miss!

The drink goes perfectly with a summery fruit salad and a charcuterie board. Pull out a picnic blanket for a picnic picture in central park. As you are running out of the house don’t forget a mask!

The Berry Spiked Lemonade will be a great addition to a jewelry-making night in, coming soon Alzerina will be offering make and sip jewelry making zoom class. Invite your friends to join you, for a social distance hangout, and make a unique piece of jewelry to wear to your next picnic with your besties. You can create a monochromatic look with the jewelry or use it as a statement piece to a simple look. Either way, it will be a stunning addition to your collection.

Now onto making this recipe, it is extremely simple to make and takes, at most, fifteen minutes to prepare. If you’re anything like me and cooking is a challenge, this is the recipe for you. Impress all your friends and family with a delicious lemonade recipe. I usually don’t grab raspberries as my first choice for fruit but, this drink changed the game for me. Of course, this drink is customizable, add in more of your favorite berries, or substitute one for your favorite berry.

Here’s what you’ll need:

6 lemons (1 ¼ cups)

5 cups of water

1 cup of raspberries

1 cup of strawberries

1 cup of sugar

Instructions

  1. Cut and squeeze 6 lemons into a pitcher, making sure to remove the seeds.
  2. Add in the five cups of water into the pitcher
  3. Mix a cup of sugar into the water and lemon juice mixture
  4. Wash and cut the berries– puree the berries and pour into the mixture

Cut and juice 6 lemons, if you don’t like pulp go ahead and strain it into the pitcher. 

Add five cups of warm water to the lemon juice, this will ensure all the sugar is dissolved. You don’t have to use warm water but I do prefer it. 

Next add in your cup of sugar, if you prefer your lemonade tart add sugar to taste. 

Wash and cut up the strawberries into quarters. Put the raspberries and strawberries in a bowl to mash them up. Personally, I like to purée them to get a less chunky add-in. Strain the purée as you add it in for a seedless drink. Then chill for an hour.

Pour into a mason jar or hydro flask with ice and your perfect picnic drink is ready to serve! 

For a night in, you can add a twist and make it an alcoholic beverage by adding a liquor of your choice. Then pour it into your favorite glass and add a cut strawberry to the rim. Put on Alzerina earrings and a bracelet and you’re ready for a picture-perfect selfie!

If you try the drink make sure tag us on Instagram, Twitter, or TikTok @Alzerinajewerly and use the hashtag #BerryLemonade 

About Author

To inspire women all over the world to feel beautiful and elegant through our unique handcrafted jewelry at an affordable price. We want to provide our customers with an unforgettable online jewelry shopping experience that they can share with their family and friends. Alzerina Jewelry promises to keep up to date with trends and current fashion to satisfy our customer needs.

Our vision for Alzerina Jewelry is to be viewed and respected as a company for trusted leadership and brilliance in the jewelry industry. We have built our reputation in the United States, Paris, and Cabo Verde and we would like to expand all over the world. We will maintain our unique handcrafted jewelry along with the expansion of our company.

One of our main goals is to mentor Women and Children all over the world especially in Africa to follow their dreams. Alzerina wants to guide underprivileged children on the right path through education and the proper opportunities they deserve. We want to create a positive change within the children and society itself.

About Alzerina

Jewelry and clothing designer Alzerina Gomes is best known for her creative designs utilizing Swarovski Crystals. Born and raised in the remote village of Portalzinho Garca on the island of San Antao, Cape Verde, Alzerina received her first sewing lessons from her mom at the age of four, waking up her life-long passion for creating beauty. Alzerina left Cape Verde for Paris in the early 1990 where she learned the craft of jewelry making while living in Paris. Alzerina fell in love with the Swarovski brand and it was at this time that the idea of becoming a jewelry designer blossomed.

In 1998, Alzerina left Paris for New York City, in 2005 she launched her own eponymous company, Alzerina Jewelry, which has grown to have a presence in New York, Los Angeles, Paris and Cape Verde. Elegant designs, enhanced by the use of Swarovski elements and her youthful Alzi line of contemporary bracelets, earrings and necklaces flaunt a craft and style as unique as the women, herself. The organic simplicity of Alzerina Jewelry sparkles with grace and sophistication. Alzerina Jewelry can be found in fashion magazines and on the sets of Warner Bros. and Disney productions. Numerous celebrities including Sharon Stone, Olivia Wilde, and Katheryn Winnick wear her jewels. Miss Universe 2017, Miss USA 2017 and Miss Teen 2012/13 are among her clients. Last year, Alzerina designs lit up Times Square when her products were featured on the NBC electronic billboard overlooking New York City's most famous tourist destination.

Alzerina’s hard work and efforts have been recognized well beyond fashion circles. The American Embassy, Praia, Cape Verde highlighted her accomplishments as a woman entrepreneur two consecutive years at the annual Cape Verde International Trade Fair (FIC). Alzerina was recognized as Women of Inspiration in October 2016, for an International Talk Show in Lisbon Portugal by Adoro Ser Mulher. She also won an award at La Jolla International Film Festival in July 2016 for her fashion skills. And in November of the same year, Alzerina was honored by the governor of the City Hall of Rome Italy, during a event in Rome with organization Kriol-Ita to help the Batista de Sousa hospital.

Alzerina received special recognition from the United States Congress for her contributions toward preserving Cape Verdean culture in the United States. She also is the recipient of 2018 Somos Cabo Verde (We Are Cape Verde), distinguished ‘Diaspora Award’. Alzerina continues to conduct workshops for disadvantaged teens and she has been asked to represent a U.S. initiative to further entrepreneurial skills and marketplace capability for women in emerging African countries.

Alzerina remains dedicated to her craft and is always expanding her ideas and trying to stay ahead of the trends. Visit her website at Alzerina.com to learn more.

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