I had some pictures printed for my dad’s 60th birthday and my mom and I were on a hunt for suitable frames. As we searched, she complained about the prices and I quickly schooled her in the ways of Target picture frames. I’ve got this, I told her with confidence. I bought her a variety of frames, four of which looked like the frame pictured here:
My mom raised an eyebrow and I said, well obviously we don’t want to admire mini-dad in a Mickey Mouse sweatshirt with a zebra border, but I told you I got this. We’ll just remove the zebra part, et voila! We’ll have a black frame. WRONG! The zebra stripe border was glued to the glass, creating a permanent safari theme unwanted by my mother or myself for her mostly Pottery Barn-themed house. Fast forward to months later and I had neglected to return them, lost the receipt, and the motivation to actually go to the trouble.
And so the scene was set for my first adventures in spray painting! I looked on the internet for some tips and then set up my spray station. I don’t have much outdoor space at the moment, so I covered my
fire escape swanky city balcony with some newspaper.
The main tips I kept in mind were as follows:
- Shake the can of spray paint vigorously for at least 5 minutes (aka as long as you can without your arm falling off)
- Keep your index finger firmly lodged to the top of the can to steady it while spraying
- Keep a consistent distance between the can and the victim
- Allow each layer to dry completely before adding another (the hardest by far)
- Keep going until it looks good!!!
- Keep your area ventilated and maybe even wear protective gear
- Outdoor space
- Rust-Oleum Gold Spray paint (I chose this brand because the guy at Lowe’s recommended it and then stood there awkwardly while I made my decision so he could quickly lock down the spray paint cage. Apparently they keep escaping.)
Eventually, after about 5 coats, it actually looked pretty good! Only half of the spray paint fumes had made it into my apartment, so really this was a win all around! I used an x-acto knife that I have from my days at Trader Joe’s to scrape off the paint that made it onto the glass. I think a razor blade probably would have been easier to use.
So what does one drink after such an adventure? If we’re being honest, the fumes from the spray paint would probably be sufficient, but that’s getting off too easy. If you have the patience, its best to wait for a nice day to get your spray on. This past Saturday was a day such as this, and I must share with you the cocktail I created for it. Let’s also pretend that I made said cocktail in the amazing shaker below:
The Raspberry Fizz
This drink enabled me to continue to use the massive amount of raspberry syrup that I made for the Flash of Lightning and the best part of this drink is its simplicity.
- 1 1/2 oz of gin. I used Greenhook Ginsmith‘s American Dry Gin
- 3/4 oz of raspberry syrup, or more if you like your drink on the sweeter side.
- 3/4 oz of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Soda Water to taste
Fill a highball glass with ice (or a paper cup if you are in the park like I was). Add gin and raspberry syrup. Fill the rest of your glass with soda water. Stir (with your finger if you are in the park) and enjoy.
One of the great things about this cocktail is that it can easily be prepared in advance for a picnic or other outdoor event. I mixed up about 8 servings of the gin and raspberry syrup in a glass bottle and brought it to the park. I filled paper cups with ice, filled the cups 1/4 of the way with my concoction and then added soda water to taste. The proportions can be adjusted depending on how sweet you like your cocktail. Here at H&H we tend to err on the side of tart.
The recipe for raspberry syrup in case you missed it:
- 2 cups frozen raspberries
- 1 1/2 cups of sugar plus 2 tablespoons of sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice
Even my bartending friends were impressed!