Happy Saturday! Fall is in the air. There’s a slight breeze, and the sun is shining. It’s pretty perfect. I just wish it would stay this way. We had our annual Hotshots 19 workout at CFEC this morning. We do it every Labor Day Saturday. Since Clemson has an away game and Carolina played on Thursday, we had a whole lot of people there, along with some great people dropping in. Saturdays at CFEC are pretty great. And they’re free. For real. We have people that just drop in on Saturdays, and that’s great with us because they’re cool, and we love it when people keep coming back. The workout was 6 Rounds For Time: 30 air squats, 19 power cleans, 7 strict pullups, 400 meter run. Shoutout to my girl, Kelly Mullane for doing the whole thing at 95 lb. She finally smiled when she was done. 


Anyway, now that working out is over, and football is on for the rest of the day, it’s time to make yourself a cocktail. Alcohol, no matter how ya do is, isn’t good for you. I don’t care what you’ve read. But most of us still like a drink every now and then. Daniel and I only really drink on the weekends. As an athlete that competes, maybe I shouldn’t drink, but I like to not take myself too seriously. Anyway, here is a great alternative to a blended margarita, a rum and coke, or even beer. 

It’s the Gin N Ginger. And the best way to do it is with a Blenheim Ginger Ale. The spice is perfect, and it has a South Carolina origin, and you can’t go wrong with shopping local. In Anderson, I’ve heard that you can get them from Scrooge’s. But Daniel brought us home some from the Fresh Market in Greenville. I was first introduced to Blenheim by my friend Lia, this past March, after open workout 16.5. It was much deserved after all those thrusters and burpees. Anyway, I will forever be grateful for Lia for not only making me a gin n ginger after this workout (straight out of her backseat), but also for introducing me to Blenheim. 


So, with that, here is a great, easy drink recipe for you to enjoy today, or any day for that matter. 

Gin N Ginger

Makes 1 drink

Prep time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 8 oz Blenheim Ginger Ale – we like the not as hot gold cap

  • 1 oz gin – We usually get something middle shelf (because we’re not super fancy). We like Boodles or New Amsterdam

  • 1 lime

  • Ice cubes


  • Fill mason jar (or small-medium cocktail glass) with ice. 

  • In a shaker, combine gin and ginger ale. 

  • Cut lime, and squeeze juice into shaker. I’d say lime juicers are a necessity. I got mine in the checkout line at TJ Maxx. But you can use your hands, I suppose. 

  • Shake, and add contents to mason jar. 

  • Use leftover lime as garnish.

  • Add another 1/2 oz gin (optional)

  • Enjoy 🙂 So easy, fresh, and simple.