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 …

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 …

The Voveti Spring Cocktail-13022

The Voveti Spring Cocktail

Now that Spring is here, it’s time to add some serious fruit to your cocktails. I’m talking fruity infusions, fruit-themed drinks, and garnishes galore. It truly is the perfect time to celebrate the season and all things blooming. So, I was egging to get mixing when VOVETI Prosecco tasked me with the “difficult” job of creating a Spring themed recipe using their alcohol. Naturally my mind started running at 100 MPH with flavor combinations – prosecco and hibiscus, prosecco and lavender, or prosecco and jasmine. But ultimately I settled on ingredients that were a little easier to come by this season… …

Home Brewing-12995

Home Brewing

If you’re immersed into the craft beer scene, then you’ve probably contemplated home brewing more than once. It’s kind of a rights-of-passage for the artisanal hops lover, but can quickly become an overwhelming process. And if you’re not careful, just getting the hobby going can cost a few hundred dollars. So today we have taken the initial step for you and found three excellent (and affordable!) home brewing starter kits. Take a look below and then scroll down to see a brew-inspired wedding shower that will sure to get your craft beer wheels turning… Man Crates: Home Brewed Kit ($150) …

Beet Kale Salad & Springtime Oat Smoothie-12929

Beet Kale Salad & Springtime Oat Smoothie

Did you know it’s National Nutrition Month? Yup, March is a time to finally get around to that pesky New Years’ Resolution that’s been haunting you since January 2nd.  I personally have been slowly working on my nutrition since last autumn, when I happily welcomed my baby girl into the world. I subscribe to the “slow-but-steady” tribe, so I’ve been making little tweaks to my daily routine – cutting down portion sizes, eating more greens, and doing “baby curls” every hour (you know, when you use your baby as a dumbbell… don’t worry, she think’s it’s hilarious!).   I was …

Gloria Ferrer & the Poached Pear-12821

Gloria Ferrer & the Poached Pear

There are a few foodie milestones that come with growing into a proper adult – eating your first mouthful of caviar without gagging, knowing the difference between chocolate truffles and actual truffles, and learning to pair a good wine with a yummy dessert.  Well, I can’t help you with the caviar reflex (not something I’ve mastered yet, myself), but I certainly can help you with the dessert-wine pairing.   I recently teamed up with Gloria Ferrer to create a sweet spring recipe to go along with their Pinot Noir.  But before we jump to the recipe, it’s a good rule of …

Vanilla Prosecco Cocktail-12749

Vanilla Prosecco Cocktail

With Spring just around the corner, it can only mean one thing… baby season! So today we raise a glass to one of the greatest joys in life with our Vanilla Prosecco Cocktail, inspired by this real life shower.  Try out our recipe and follow along as hostess Emily walks us through the pretty affair: As soon as Kristin told me the awesome news that she was expecting I knew I wanted to host her baby shower. After relocating back to my hometown of Salisbury NC from Washington, D.C. The planning frenzy was underway. I quickly enlisted the help of …

Apple Pie Infused Moonshine-12609

Apple Pie Infused Moonshine

Moonshine.  The not-so-sweet nectar of the North American backwoods.  Personally, I find it quite difficult to swallow, being more of a whisky gal myself.  But when I was sent today’s lovely Texan nuptials, I couldn’t help but be intrigued by their wonderfully creative favors.  Let’s be a little adventurous and take another stab at the strong beverage with our inspired Apple Pie Infused Moonshine recipe.  And in the meantime, check out Anna and Erick’s beautifully rustic day. APPLE PIE INFUSED MOONSHINE   INGREDIENTS 1 jug of moonshine 4 Honeycrisp apples 5 cinnamon sticks 1 tablespoon of allspice 1 tablespoon of cloves INSTRUCTIONS …