Monthly Archives: July 2012

THIS GIRL’s Pick of the the WEEK: Cheese Tasting Party Kit

I was in my favorite San Diego independent bookstore The Grove which besides carrying our book always has the most interesting and unusual books and gifts to offer. The Cheese Tasting Party Kit caught my eye with its clever concept and … Continue reading

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Basil Lime Cucumber Cocktail Recipe

This could be one of the most refreshing and aesthetically pleasing drinks I’ve ever had. It’s an easy cocktail for one and just as simple to make in large quantities for a group. Serve up in a martini glass or … Continue reading

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Scotty Dog Cocktail

As a graduate of Helix High School in La Mesa and one of hundreds gathering this weekend in San Diego for a reunion, I was happy to contribute a cocktail in my Alma Mater’s honor. Our school’s mascot was the ferocious … Continue reading

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Mixology 101: Lavender Infused Vodka

Lavender marinating in vodka Lavender infused vodka is silly simple and renders such a delightful taste that you’ll find a way to incorporate the floral herb into every drink. Step One: Purchase fresh lavender from your local farmer’s market or … Continue reading

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Cocktail Blogger Meets Washing Machine

I’m sitting off on the side pouring wineon a T-Shirt. Was that weird? 😉  Recently I went to the premier of the movie The Odd Life of Timothy Green (arrives in theaters August 15th) and have to say that it is … Continue reading

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Summer Cocktails: Watermelon Martini

Watermelon Martini Watermelon cocktails could be the quintessential summer drink. Once you’ve made your own watermelon juice (see below), try mixing it with a variety of spirits until you find your favorite combination for a watermelon cocktail. I’d argue that … Continue reading

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THIS GIRL’s Hot Pick of the Week: Citrus Reamer

We are in the throws of some very intense heat around here and I’m entertaining with refreshing citrus drinks almost every day.  I finally got my hands on one of these reamers and it really does help to get every … Continue reading

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Final Stages of Planning our TV Show!

Amanda & Jordan On Friday Amanda and I met over drinks to finalize the structure of our fabulous upcoming show, SETTING THE BAR! We are so excited to film the first episode next month and cannot wait to share it … Continue reading

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Upcoming Events: Cointreau Poolside Series

What began last week continues every Friday night until August 24th at The Beverly Hills Hotel in celebration of their 100th anniversary. The hotel has partnered up with Cointreau and the famed Queen of Burlesque, Dita Von Teese to bring … Continue reading

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3-Ingredient Quick Cocktails: Pina Colada

Cut out the junk and a few steps with this simple Pina Colada by using Sobe’s Pina Colada flavored beverage instead of traditional pina colada mix. It’s just as flavorful, contains no high fructose corn syrup, and is 12 calories … Continue reading

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Chalkboard Label Giveaway!

Today we start a slew of fun giveaways, starting with these too-cool-for-school chalkboard labels. Williams Sonoma suggests using them for jam jars but we can think of some way more logical glassware that you’d never sip jam from. Enter to … Continue reading

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For the Bourbon Beginner: The Classic Manhattan

Manhattan with Bourbon Whiskey A bottle of Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey landed in my hot little hands the other day and it took everything in me not to pull a swig right there at my PO Box. I … Continue reading

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Look What We Found: a Beautiful Bottle of Scotch

One of the reasons I’m so drawn to drinking bourbon, whiskey, and scotch, besides the complexity of the spirit, is the story behind the label. Many brands started as a family business hundreds of years ago, and you can seriously … Continue reading

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THIS GIRL’S Basic Bar Bites: Orange Liqueur Carrot Muffins

If I owned my own bar these uber healthy carrot muffins made with orange liqueur and dripping with a brandy cream cheese frosting would be at the top of the dessert menu. But since I haven’t opened my own bar … Continue reading

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Crafty Cocktailista: Decorated Wine Glasses

Prepare these glasses ahead of time to perfectly capture the theme of your party or to personalize the event for your guest of honor. You can also make this project part of the evening by having each party-goer design his … Continue reading

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Wine of the Week: Sunce 2010 Sauvignon Blanc

I was at Whole Foods and in a hurry, not paying total attention to what I was buying and came home with this delicious 2010 Sunce (pronounced soon-say) Vinery & Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc from Russian River Valley. For only being … Continue reading

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Summer Cocktails: Mezcal with Raspberry & Lime

Not overly sweet and very low calorie (about 100), this warm-weather drink is refreshing and extremely easy to make. All you have to do is open the bottles and pour over ice. No shaking, muddling, or straining needed. Sounds like … Continue reading

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Product Spotlight: MIXT Cocktail Mixers

When you don’t have a full bar at your fingertips a pre-made cocktail mixer can save the party.  BevMo! carries the all natural MIXT line of hand-crafted cocktail mixers in five varieties: Pomegranate Martini, Lemon Drop Martini, Margarita, Mojito, and … Continue reading

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Summer Cocktails: Pineapple Melon Sangria

I love to serve this sangria in the spring and summer months, varying the fruits depending on what’s in season. Start with this basic recipe and then add or replace fruit each time you make it. Although I used Champagne … Continue reading

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