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Cocktails – Rosemary Ginger Margarita

Remember our cocktail post a few weeks ago where I talked about herb inspired cocktails?!  Well I’ve got another one up my sleeve this week!  For today’s cocktail I made a rosemary ginger margarita and I have one word for you…. Yum!!

The smell of rosemary reminds me of my mom, she grows it in her yard and cooks with it frequently.  She loves to pick it growing in the wild, or other people’s yards, whichever is easier if she’s cooking away from home.  Some may even call her the rosemary bandit!  Haha!

Since she is also a lover of margaritas this cocktail was made for her!  It’s refreshing with a kick and perfect for the warmer days coming up.  Keep scrolling for the easy recipe!

Photos by Ari Moshayedi 

Ingredients

3 Ounces Agave Tequila
Juice of 3 Limes
3 Tablespoons Rosemary Ginger Simple Syrup
Ice
Splash of San Pellegrino
Salt for the Rim

Simple Syrup

1/2 Cup Coconut Sugar
1/2 Cup Water
1/2 Ounce Ginger Chopped
1 Large Sprig of Fresh Rosemary

Instructions

For the simple syrup simply combine ingredients in a small sauce pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling turn the heat off and let sit for 30 minutes for the flavors to infuse. Strain into a jar and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Rim 2 glasses in salt by using the lime to moisten the rim and then dip into the salt.

To make the margarita combine 3 ounces tequila, juice of 3 limes, and 3 tablespoons simple syrup in a cocktail shaker or jar. Shake and strain into ice filled glasses. Top with a splash of San Pellegrino.

Enjoy!!!  Happy Friday!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on March 17, 2017 in COCKTAILS

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Cocktails – Grapefruit Sage Champagne Cocktail

With Spring upon us I wanted to find a few new cocktail recipes.  When I think about Spring I think about gardening and growing yummy fruits, veggies and herbs.  This inspired the hunt for herb cocktails and the terrible task of taste testing, haha!  We discovered a few goodies that we will share this season starting with this delicious sage concoction…

The Grapefruit Sage Champagne Cocktail is as yummy as it sounds.  It’s basically like a super fancy mimosa, which is something I can definitely get behind.  I love the smell of sage and really love it with butternut squash ravioli, yum!  The sage is subtle with the grapefruit juice and the champagne adds some nice bubbles.  I plan on making these the Sunday day lights saving changes, because that is something to celebrate!!  An hour more of sunlight?!  I can’t wait!!!  But since that’s not for a week or so, you can practice and perfect these babies until then…

Photos by Ariane Moshayedi

Ingredients

For the Simple Syrup
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Water
2 Bunches of Sage Leaves

For the Cocktails
Pink Grapefruit Juice
Sage Simple Syrup
Angostura Bitters
Ice Cubes
Champagne
Fresh Sage Leaves

Directions

First things first, make the simple syrup. Combine the sugar and water over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture starts to simmer and the sugar is completely dissolved. Stir in the sage and cook for 30 seconds. Then remove the saucepan from the heat and set it aside to cool.

Once the simple syrup has cooled to room temperature, remove and discard the sage.

For a single cocktail, shake 3 ounces grapefruit juice, 1 1/2 ounces of the sage simple syrup and 2-3 dashes of bitters in a shaker with ice.  Strain into a glass with fresh ice. Top with about 1/2 cup of champagne. Garnish with fresh sage leaves, if desired.  Serve it up!

Super refreshing and yummy and great for Spring!!

Hope you love this recipe as much as me!

Cheers!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on March 1, 2017 in COCKTAILS, RECIPES

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Stylish Oscar Hosting Ideas

It’s Oscar time! Gather your girlfriends, pass out the cocktails, and get ready for some red carpet action. A perfect girls night in. With the Oscars being its fancy self, you should too! This year, we made a stylish and relaxed setup for you to gather around. Enjoy some delightful nibbles (incredibly easy to make) while gossiping of who wore what, and who is going to take home the Oscar.

I got flowers from my local Whole Foods and made the arrangement myself.

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When it comes to a successful girls night in, it’s all based on two things: cocktails and food. It was all about citrus for this star-studded evening. For the food, I found this grapefruit and pickled radish salad that instantly made my mouth water. A fancy salad for an elegant evening with your girlfriends and your favorite A-list actors. Alongside, is beet chips served with a french onion herb dip. Not your ordinary chip and dip here. For the cocktails, my favorite part, I wanted to do two different ones. A classic rosé to serve to your girlfriends upon arrival, our go to is, of course, One Hope Wine. Served in a collection of mixed champagne flutes on a copper plated charger from Crate and Barrel.  Later as the show was about to start, a grapefruit gin cocktail garnished with grapefruit and a herb sprig will be served.

Wilder Salad Plate | Ridge Flatware | Champagne Napkin


Here is the recipe for that A-list salad!

Pickled Radish And Grapefruit Salad
Serves 3-4

Two small ruby grapefruit, peeled and segmented
Two blood oranges, peeled and segmented
2 cup watermelon radishes, thinly sliced (follow this recipe for pickling)
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled (optional)
2 cups watercress and micro greens
edible flowers, to garnish (optional)

Arrange the grapefruit, pickled radishes and greens on a platter. I used Little Market’s handmade olive wood board for my tray. Sprinkle with feta cheese. Decorate with edible flowers. Drizzle the pickling liquid just before serving. This salad couldn’t be easier to prepare ahead of time.


Lastly, a fun touch is having Oscar ballots for the ladies to fill out. I found this printable one here from Sugar and Charm.

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Cheers to a magical night!

xx

Abby

 

 

 

 

 

 

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By on February 23, 2017 in CELEBRATIONS, COCKTAILS, EATS, ENTERTAINING, FOOD

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Valentine’s Day Cocktail

I love having a reason to celebrate anything, and Valentine’s Day is one of the best days to celebrate!  For me, celebrating and drinking a cocktail go hand in hand!  I had the idea for this Valentine’s Day cocktail mainly because of the pink color… It’s just so festive!

I have to say, this is not something I’ll be drinking with my husband… He’s more of a straight up whiskey or vodka type of guy.  Although this drink is something I’d love to have with my girlfriends to celebrate Galentine’s Day in a heartbeat!

Photos by Ariane Moshayedi

Celebrating our girl friendships on Valentine’s Day is just as important as celebrating our romantic relationships in my opinion!  The day we celebrate love can’t go without celebrating all kinds of love… Even the love for our ladies!  Although I’m super busy now with my own business and little family and don’t get to see my girlfriends as much as I’d like, those relationships are still extremely important and valuable to me.

Now back to the cocktail!

The best part about this cocktail is how easy it is!  Three ingredients, easy peasy!  You literally just scoop some ice cream or sorbet – in my case I did raspberry.  Then pour some rosé over and add some frozen raspberries, voilá!  You could do this with vanilla ice cream or strawberry – whatever your little heart desires!

Now you can drink these, or it’s probably easier to use a spoon!  They’re really yummy and if you’re a rosé lover like me you’ll really love it!  Plus that pink color just screams Valentine’s Day and has you feeling all kinds of festive!

So if you have a chance, try out this cocktail this weekend or on Tuesday…  It’s time to celebrate Valentine’s Day and this drink is just right for it!

Hope you enjoy!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on February 10, 2017 in COCKTAILS, RECIPES, VALENTINE’S DAY

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Winter Cocktails- The Winter Gimlet

We are at it again checking items off our winter to-do list. It’s Friday, so that means I’m tackling finding a yummy winter cocktail. The hubs recently is going through a gin phase. I like to surprise him with either his favorite IPA which is Green Flash or a cocktail when he comes home for the weekend. You know, wife of the year right here. Now, there is a tad bit of pressure when you serve a cocktail to a guy who has been a bartender in college. Gasp! It is like having your Italian grandma try your new modern version of gravy. Does she like it? Or is she just lying thru her teeth cause she loves you, and doesn’t want to hurt your feelings? So not being entirely familiar with it, I relied on good old Pinterest to make me one talented mixologist. A gimlet was the winner. The idea of fusing rosemary and lime together caught my taste buds attention. This is one crisp winter cocktail that can stay with you all the way into spring. And it makes one happy husband.

The Winter Gimlet

wedges of lime, for garnish
springs of rosemary, for simple syrup and garnish
2 ounces gin
1/2 oz  fresh lime juice
1-ounce rosemary simple syrup (instructions below)
2 dashes Angostura bitters

To make the rosemary simple syrup, combine equal parts organic cane sugar and water in a saucepan and heat it gently until dissolved, then cool. Strip the leaves off the rosemary and toss them in with the sugar-water. Cover and let mixture steep for about 20 minutes or so.

** Now if you are not into the rosemary piney taste either skip the rosemary completely when making the simple syrup or leave in for less time. I like to use the organic cane sugar vs. baking sugar. It just has a deeper flavor to it.

In a shaker, add gin, lime juice, and simple syrup over ice and shake shake shake. Don’t stop, keep shaking till your fingers feel like they are going to fall off. Finish with bitters. Pour into a cane sugar rimmed cocktail glass, and garnish with limes and a sprig of rosemary.

Salud!

xx

Abby

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By on January 27, 2017 in COCKTAILS

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