One of the stops we made on our last extended swing through New England was visiting long-time customer Squam Lake Inn in Holderness, NH. Innkeepers/Owners (also chef, restauranteurs and all-around entrepreneurs) Cindy and Rae run one of the most fun inns around. Simply put, it has a fabulous vibe. It’s not something easy to describe…nor is it easy to create. But they’ve done it and it’s a total joy to be there. (Kudos to the staff. What a positive, upbeat–and beautiful–group they’ve got working there!) A few years ago on a shoot, Cindy first introduced us to The St Germaine Cocktail - check out our post on that cocktail and recipe. Here is yet another creative and refreshing summer cocktail we wanted to share. During the summer, Cindy and Rae introduce a different garden-driven cocktail each week. Great idea, right??

SquamLake U Cocktails 06 X2 Refreshing Summer Cocktail from the Garden at Squam Lake Inn

Strawberry Basil Gimlet from The Squam Lake Inn

Strawberry Basil Gimlet at the Squam Lake Inn

  • Muddle 2 strawberries and fresh basil leaves
  • Add 2 oz Bulldog Gin
  • 1 oz. St Germain Elderflower liquor
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice

Mint can be substituted for basil if you wish


While at Squam Lake Inn,  we also shot the newly-renovated Eagles Nest Suite. This is their first luxury bathroom. We thought the new bathroom was especially fun, cheery and very much infused with that Squam Lake Inn vibe.

SquamLake Rooms EaglesNest 01 XL Refreshing Summer Cocktail from the Garden at Squam Lake Inn

New Bathroom in Eagles Nest Suite at Squam Lake Inn



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