IN JUST a few days, lays a much anticipated family weekend-getaway to Beijing’s outskirt near the Great Wall.  Long neglected enthusiasm and BBQ-equiped, we were gonna shake the clouds of illness that’s been shit-storming us for the the past entire year, and dare to freaking live again.  Just a few days… juuust a dainty little few days…  And fuck.

My Dumpling has to drop a death threat on me.  I am being punished, for optimism.

If you knew me at all, you’d know that I am a walking train-wreck in situations like these ones.  Not even an usually delightful box of frozen grapes can soothe.  It needs to be boooozed up.  Please, drink up.  And I’ll see you on the other side.



Three tbsp of rum yields a mild booze.  If your situation calls for more, knock yourself out.

Servings: 2

Ingredients: adapted from straweberry daiquiri from

  • 1 1/2 cup (8.6 oz/245 grams) of frozen seedless black grapes, or concord grapes
  • 1 1/2 cup (4.6 oz/130 grams) of ice cubes
  • 1/4 cup (1.9 oz/55 grams) of grape-flavoured soda, or soda water
  • 3 tbsp of dark rum
  • 2 tbsp of powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 2 tsp of lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp of freshly grated nutmeg

Save the lime after juicing for garnish.  Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  Pour into a glass, put the squeezed lime on top.  Straw in.  Summer.







  • David

    July 16, 2014 at 7:20 PM Reply

    Ugh. It saddens me to hear the bad news about your pup. // The drink sounds lovely. Have you tried a Moscow Mule? Just Ginger ale, lime juice and an oz or two of vodka. It’s my favorite summer beverage, even unseated the almighty mojito.

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      July 16, 2014 at 9:02 PM Reply

      DAVID: thanks, no I haven’t tried Moscow mule yet but i love the name already. If I can find a descent ale here… and it sounds much more deadly than a harmless daiquiri.

  • Belinda@themoonblushbaker

    July 16, 2014 at 7:40 PM Reply

    I can not put into words how sorry I am about the illness you darling dumpling is battling. Please keep hope Mandy, I am sending all my best wishes to you right now.

    The drink sounds fantastic by the way. Perfectly paired with any choice of booze.

  • Kari

    July 16, 2014 at 8:52 PM Reply

    Looks like a fantastic way to beat the heat.

  • sue obryan

    July 16, 2014 at 8:54 PM Reply

    poor dumpling. rrrgh. love the frozen grapes concoction, though . . . and the usual beautiful photos.

  • Asha

    July 16, 2014 at 9:03 PM Reply

    ouch! sorry to hear of the pup troubles. Fingers crossed and sending positive vibes, so they abate and you can enjoy your time away..

  • Jasmine

    July 16, 2014 at 9:58 PM Reply

    Oh no! I hope Dumpling will be ok. Best wishes for all of you.

  • cynthia

    July 16, 2014 at 10:17 PM Reply

    Oh poor Dumpling!! And poor you :( Sending you hugs, Mandy.

  • Pang

    July 16, 2014 at 11:47 PM Reply

    Even though I LOVE your photos & recipe, it is sad & worrisome to hear about “dumpling.” :(

  • steph

    July 17, 2014 at 2:24 AM Reply

    sending dumpling lots of positive thoughts!!

  • Mariela

    July 17, 2014 at 4:31 AM Reply

    Sorry about the pup! :(

    This recipe looks just perrrrfect….. and I’ll join you on the extra tablespoons of rum.

  • Jesse

    July 17, 2014 at 5:53 AM Reply


  • Eileen

    July 17, 2014 at 7:19 AM Reply

    This looks like exactly what I need to be drinking right now while lounging in the backyard in giant sunglasses and a similarly giant hat. :) So delicious and refreshing!

  • Thalia @ butter and brioche

    July 17, 2014 at 12:29 PM Reply

    yes please i could definitely kick back with a couple of glasses right about now.. love it!

  • Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate

    July 20, 2014 at 4:30 AM Reply

    These pictures are killer! What a great way to do frozen grapes justice!

  • 33 Boroughs

    July 22, 2014 at 4:32 AM Reply

    I saw this and slapped a co-worker. You know, to restore balance in the universe.

    I work from home.

    So does my wife. This will be worth the night on the sofa though.

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