Sacré Sauvage Cocktail-14613

Sacré Sauvage Cocktail

Summer has officially begun, so you know what that means: surf, sand, BBQ, and if you’re anything like me… cocktails! Seriously, what’s better than relaxing poolside with a icy, albeit boozy, drink in your hand?! Nothing. Yeah, I know! So let’s kick off tanning season with a killer cocktail recipe.  Part of my super hard job is to taste test some of the world’s best libations and mix up drink recipes. I know, I lead a very difficult life. But, one of the perks of this job is that I get to report my findings back to my lovely readers. That’s …

Mandarin Elderflower Mimosa-13946

Mandarin Elderflower Mimosa

If you’re an avid follower of the site, then you know I’m a sucker for reinventing the old. With the accessibility of the digital age and the advent of such heavenly websites as Pinterest, you don’t have to look too hard to find competent classic recipes. Want to make a traditional tasting apple pie, you’re set. That is why I like to play with a good thing and you will often find unusual twists on foodie classics in this forum. So, with that said let us dive into a fresh take on the incomparable mimosa. The timeless drink is 50% …

Pink Flamingo Cocktail-13855

Pink Flamingo Cocktail

Most cocktails at a party are like broken records. You keep seeing the same classics over and over again – Coke & Rum, Mimosa, Manhattan. It’s time to change things up. How about adding a fun (and a bit cheeky) signature drink to your next event? Take for instance, this fabulously retro Flamingo themed backyard party. Colorfully kitschy, this shindig calls for an equally tongue-in-cheek libation. So, try out our inspired Pink Flamingo cocktail and take a gander at this addictively fun affair. Photographer Marc Edwards walks us through all the immaculate details: PINK FLAMINGO    INGREDIENTS 1 ounce Organic Pink …

Backyard BBQ Bar Essentials-13784

Backyard BBQ Bar Essentials

It’s almost June and that means that you’re probably dusting off the grill and preparing some epic outdoor get-togethers. But barbecuing is one of the easier things on the to-do list for a backyard shindig. One of the harder things to gauge is how much booze you need for the bar! And I’m just going to come out and say it… nobody is going be happy unless there are enough drinks to go around. So, do yourself a favor and print out my (bare-minimum) essential list below and then check out today’s beautiful outdoor wedding for inspiration. Oh yeah, and …

Rosa Picante named Patrón Margarita of the Year-13549

Rosa Picante named Patrón Margarita of the Year

Growing up in Los Angeles amongst family and friends of Mexican heritage, Cinco de Mayo was always one of my favorite holidays of the year. The city lit up with cultural pride, amazing food, endless dancing, and, of course, margaritas. Although it’s been years since I’ve celebrated the joyous holiday in L.A., I still make a point to raise a glass (preferably a salt-rimmed one) to the occasion wherever I am. And since I have had my share of the classic, ice-blended margarita, I’m always on the lookout for innovated takes on the traditional drink to serve as my Cinco de Mayo centerpiece. …

Cucumber Mint Moscow Mule-13613

Cucumber Mint Moscow Mule

Moscow Mules are all the rage right now and I’m majorly digging it! Part of my excitement is that I’m not a big fan of vodka and I prefer drinking the libation in a flavorful cocktail (much to the chagrin and embarrassment of my Russian husband!). But hey, straight vodka is not for everyone. So if you’re a lightweight like me, you’re going to love today’s Cucumber Mint Moscow Mule recipe inspired by newlyweds Cally and David’s awesome wedding reception. Enjoy! CUCUMBER MINT MOSCOW MULE     INGREDIENTS 2 ounces of cucumber-infused vodka (I recommend Iceberg Vodka!) 1/2 ounce of …

Mionetto Prosecco Slushie-13475

Mionetto Prosecco Slushie

Most people associate prosecco with milestone celebrations like a wedding or a fancy birthday dinner. But I personally like to drink the libation during more casual settings. There’s something so relaxing about popping open a bottle of the bubbly after a long day of work and sitting on a breezy patio as I sip. In particular, one of my go-to brands is Mionetto Prosecco. It’s has a lovely light fruity flavor, whereas many of the more economical proseccos tend to be more harsh and acidic to the palette. I almost always have a chilled bottle in the fridge. Since I am very familiar …

2016 Spring Cocktail Recipes-13367

2016 Spring Cocktail Recipes

One of the many perks of my job is that I get sent free booze all the time. Yes, I know it’s awesome. Firstly, it is very important to note that I drink responsibly and I highly encourage you, my spectacular reader, to do so as well. Of course, I do not take this lovely perk for granted. I am so very lucky to sample these wonderful libations from some of the best drink brands around and pinch myself that this is my day job. To the delight (and sometimes, chagrin) of my friends and family, I like play mixologist …