Does it get any better than a beach weekend with your besties? Maybe if it also happens to be your bachelorette weekend. A close knit group of friends and I spent the weekend at my family's beach house in Rockaway, Oregon. Sea air, barrel-aged cocktails, a gourmet smore's bar, and some nautical-themed bachelorette temporary tattoos, made for one unforgettable time. Read on for all the details and loads of inspiration to throw your own end-of-summer bash for your bride and her girls…
Just a few steps from the beach house is the beach with a great view of Twin Rocks. I've been coming to Rockaway beach since I was a little girl and it's still one of my favorite spots on the Oregon coast. It's a small town that isn't as developed as some other coastal towns but that's part of it's charm too. We had the beach almost entirely to ourselves.
So we packed up a picnic of cheese, meats, fruit and crackers (along with some tasty add-ons for smore's). Although a simple spread it made for an easy but delicious picnic on the sand.
Keeping with the nautical theme, we wanted to do a barrel aged cocktail. Although these requires a bit of planning a head (most recipes call for several weeks of aging), it's portable and can simply be poured over ice straight from the spigot. Using a rum-based cocktail seemed appropriate so we used a recipe we fell in love with at Urban Farmer called The Sun Also Rises. It's a easy summer sipper featuring a Portland spirit: 7 Sirens Rum. Fitting for the event, right? Urban Farmer ages their for 30 days although I'm thinking it could actually go a touch longer and pick up some of the nice oak notes from the barrel. Either way it's simple to make; all you need is:
- 1 1/2 ounces of 7 Sirens Rum
- 3/4 ounce verjus
- 3/4 ounce Luxardo
- Grapefruit bitters
It was an amazing, relaxing weekend and definitely easy to plan and put together.
Photographer, Stylist, Design: Kristen McGillivray / Tattoos: Etsy / Hair & Makeup: Havilah Howard/ Cocktail Barrel: Baby Barrels/ Cocktail Recipe Adapted from: Urban Farmer