Well this winter is officially THE WORST. And it’s far from over – which makes me even more excited to share with you today’s favor-“ette”!


image credit: Handmade Winter

Handmade Winter is a charming e-book that you will want to order RIGHT NOW. Compiled by some of the most talented bloggers around (and a few that I am privileged to call my friend), Handmade Winter is the perfect solution for staying cozy and connected this winter:

“With over 50 craft and sewing projects, recipes, ideas for entertaining, stories, poetry and more, your winter will be full of love and connection, even after the holidays have come and gone! Plan a feast for friends in February, or make matching leather or shrinky dink jewelry with your little ones tonight, there is something for every creative soul inside. Comprised of works from some of the best creative lifestyle bloggers and project designers from around the web, Handmade Winter is like having all of your favorite blogs all in one place!”

I was lucky enough to get a copy to preview, and you are going to love every single one of these projects and recipes! They’re stunningly photographed, accessible for any level of baker/crafter/entertainer, and filled with lovely poetry and stories too.

I thought it would be fun to share one of the projects from the book with you all, and I landed on this:

bee's knees

Bee’s Knees is my favorite drink at a new local restaurant, and just happens to be one of the featured cocktails in Handmade Winter. It is JUST my thing – lemon, honey and gin. Yum.

These sweet gals have a copy of Handmade Winter for me to give away to one of you lucky readers! To enter, simply leave a comment sharing your favorite craft/recipe/whatever that you do to keep from going stir crazy in the cold weather!

Be sure to include your e-mail address if it’s not already linked to your comment. The giveaway is open through Sunday, February 16th at 5 p.m. EST. The winner will be chosen at random, and announced on Monday, February 17th.

To learn more about Handmade Winter, take a look at this charming video by Dave Cooper (featuring the fab Jennifer):

and then head over and order your copy (and maybe one for a friend)! Update: Julie is the lucky winner! Thanks for participating!

bee's knees

Bee’s Knees
from Abby, for Handmade Winter

2 shots gin
1 shot Honey Syrup (recipe to follow)
1/2 – 1 shot fresh lemon juice

Make the honey syrup: mix 1/4 cup honey with 1/4 cup hot water. Stir until the honey is dissolved (makes enough for 4 drinks; store in a jar in the fridge).

Combine all ingredients in a shaker and shake – pour over a glass filled with ice. Serve immediately.

(print this recipe)

This delicious recipe brought to you by Sheri Silver

Note: I was sent a complimentary copy of Handmade Winter. No other compensation was received, and all comments and opinions are – as always – completely my own.


  1. Jen on February 13, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    I have made this drink and it is soooo delicious. Thank you for sharing this Sheri!! It’s such a beautiful collection of wintry goodness. xo

  2. Sandra on February 13, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    I have to say that one of my most favorite winter drinks is Maple Lemonade. Lemonade, a splash of pure (local) maple syrup & a shot of gin! It’s so yummy & reminds me of summer with just a splash of winter (maple)! Try it ….I don’t think you will be disappointed! Cheers!

  3. joya on February 13, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    i need this drink!

  4. jen on February 13, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    for the winter i love ceasars!!! they are perfect for a cozy friday night while you are waiting for the pizza to arrive. extra spicy clamato, vodka, tobasco, worchester, celery salt and either a sprig of celery or spicy beans!! yum yum yum!!!

  5. Sandra on February 13, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    We’re at the northern end of the California winter drought so I’ve escaped the usual winter onslaught of days-on-end of rain.

    But drinks – mixed drinks – I’d pick either a mojito or a mai tai. And for the latter, the mai tai at the Four Seasons in Maui (that bing cherry foam!).

    Pick me. Please.

  6. steph on February 13, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    I was a whole pile o’ lazy yesterday…that is actually an accomplishment for this Type A gal 🙂

  7. sydney85 on February 13, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    I tried this straight away and it is delicious. It will be my new pre-dinner cocktail. I have been reading cookbooks and selecting a new dish to cook each night. I live in a condo building and there is a grocery store underneath so I do not have to go outside to buy the ingredients.

  8. Leslie on February 13, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    This looks delicious! I’m going to have to try it this weekend. Hmm, favorite thing to do to keep from going stir crazy? This year it’s board games, my oldest son is finally old enough. And puzzles, I love me a good puzzle! xo

  9. JulieHB on February 16, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    We’re about to try some snow margaritas and mocktails. This book sounds great!

  10. sara on February 16, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Currently making olive infused vermouth for an extra “dirty” Dirty Martini … seems this Winter I drink to help from going stir crazy …

  11. Meredith on February 16, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Recently we’ve been obsessed with making sun catchers I kind of want one of those cocktails….

  12. Marti on March 6, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    How very simple and delish this sounds.
    I’m sure it would be tasty with vodka as well.

    • sherisilver on March 6, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      So good – let me know if you try it! 🙂