Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Herb Infused Cocktail ~ Lemon Basil Martini


    Summer is still in full swing, and the herb garden is still producing wonderfully, fragrant and tasty herbs for all our guests to enjoy.  Our ultimate favorite summer herb is basil, so we had to feature it one more time in a cocktail before we pulled them out to wait for the next year's growth.  Let me tell you, the basil in this month's drink packs a punch and really shines.

    We typically plant three or four varieties of basil each year.  Two of our favorites that we use regularly are purple basil and the traditional sweet basil.  These two are the varietals we are featuring is this month's cocktail.  You will notice in our images, that the liquid has a pink tint, this is due to the use of purple basil.  The muddling process broke down the leaves which emitted a color when mixed with the liquid ingredients.  The entire process really made the drink stand out.

    The beautiful part of this drink is how easy it is to make and consume.  If you are a fan of vodka this basil martini is for you.

Lemon Basil Martini

6-10 basil leaves

3/4 ounce simple syrup

3/4 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice

2 ounces vodka 


Rim your martini glass with lemon sugar, before starting your drink.  Muddle the basil leaves at the bottom of a shaker cup.  Add all the liquid and ice.  Shake vigorously until the shaker cup is very cold.  Pour contents into the prepared glass.  Garnish with lemon wedge and fresh basil.  

    The lemon basil martini is so easy to make and even easier to consume.  Take time while you are at the Tipsy Oak Lounge to enjoy this cocktail of the month, with friends. You are sure to enjoy the flavor and mix of this cocktail.

    As always please drink responsibly and have a designated driver.  We hope that you will share with us your versions of this drink or join us to have one.  Cheers from the Oaks bed and breakfast. 

Thursday, August 10, 2023

Events at The Oaks ~ Meet and Greet


    The Texas House race is heating up and candidates are out and meeting constituents all over Hopkins County.  We opened our doors for a meet and greet for House hopeful Brent Money hosted by Down to Earth Services.  Members of the public were invited to stop by and see what Mr. Money had to say about his platform and discover if he is the right candidate for them.  

    Brent Money is a local business owner in Hopkins County and Sulphur Springs, with a title and law office located off of Broadway, close to the Urgent Care facility.  He is the proud father of five children, and has been married for over 23 years, to his high school sweetheart.  A sixth generation Texan and Hunt County resident, he feels that he has a pulse of what the people want and plans to help put forward the issues that matter to local area residents for the State of Texas as a member of the House. 

    Mr. Money hopes to put "people" back into politics by supporting the publics right to make their own decisions for their family.  "We need someone who will fight for common sense Texas values as this district’s representative." ( He plans to lead this new position by his faith and values and use his talents that has been given to him from God. 

    Mr. Money has focused on appealing to many of the major pain points many Texans feel are their rights and values as individuals in the State.  The following are the some of the platforms he plans to stand up for as a member of the Texas House.  These are the values he plans to fight for such as border security, election integrity, property taxes, right to life, second amendment, parental rights, education and justice for all.  

    If you did not have a chance to attend this event, we encourage you to find an event and meet the candidates who are running to figure out who will be the best fit for you and your values.  Be sure to check out any forms of social media or his website for more information about his candidacy and be on the look out for his next public appearance.

    Guests enjoyed small bites and drinks while visiting with Mr. Money.  Pulled Pork Sliders, Cucumber bites and Profiteroles were just to name a few.  We try to make your event as seamless and easy as possible and of course delicious.