Last week, I ordered the book “Nikon D3000 For Dummies”. I’ve owned my DSLR camera for several years now, and it was time for me to learn some more about it! Even though I literally read the owner’s manual front to back, I had no idea how to use so many of its settings. I learn best by reading, so I finally just hopped on Amazon, looked over a few book reviews, and decided to accept that I might be “a dummy”.
You guys, I was a dummy for not doing this sooner!
I’m starting to overcome all the frustrations I’ve had with my camera in the past. I am not even shooting in manual mode yet, but I am very happy with how much control I have over my pictures now that I know which button does what on the dang camera. (Okay, seriously, that manual was the most. unhelpful. thing. ever. I didn’t know how to adjust anything.)
And now, I am actually super happy with my camera (Nikon D3000 – see details here on Amazon)! It’s a rad little starter camera, although the newer model (Nikon D3100) is only $35 more on Amazon and has a few more bells and whistles, so I’d probably go with that one if I had to do it all over again 😉 For a while I was worried that I really should have just spent more initially, but now I realize I was just proving the adage true: its not the camera, it’s the photographer. I’m learning! So excited to get my hands on some awesome lenses in the future!
Here is a delicious cocktail that I enjoyed both photographing and sipping, so yesterday was really just a win-win on all fronts 🙂 It is bright, tropical, and citrusy, with an understated whiskey backbone. I typically love to pair rye whiskey with the spice-cake flavors of angostura bitters, but I really enjoyed seeing its brighter side in this cocktail. I hope you enjoy it!
Mango Whiskey Smash
2 oz. whiskey – I used Rittenhouse rye whiskey, but I’m sure other kinds of whiskey would work as well.
1/2 oz. simple syrup
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1/4 mango – or even less, if your mango is quite large as mine was. Dice it.
1 dash orange bitters – these are very strong, a little goes a long way!
Use a fork or a spoon to muddle/mash the mango in the bottom of your cocktail shaker. Add other ingredients and shake vigorously with ice. Strain into a glass over a few ice cubes. Serves one.
Optional: spend way too much time fiddling with camera settings, props, and backdrops. Or, if unlike me you have a life, simply enjoy the drink with a friend or loved one!
What? Don’t you also sit and peruse your vintage French dictionary while imbibing? #lifestyleblogging
This cocktail apparently has a thing for sitting on books…
Shh – I had a few sips before I snapped this shot. That’s how you know it’s good!
Let me know if you make this one and what you think!