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Friday  May 27, 2016

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

We hope that you and yours have a wonderful and relaxing Memorial Day weekend, filled with amazingly delicious crowd-pleasing cocktails! xoxo Jordan & Jocelyn

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!



Thursday  May 26, 2016

The Restaurant Diaries: Page One

The names of the people and businesses in this blog series have been changed to protect their identities and the integrity of this project.

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There’s this restaurant in Los Angeles that is the definition of a diamond in the rough. And it might be for sale for the right owner. And we think we might be the right owners.

It’s one of those places that you drive by all the time and never really notice it because it has been there so long. When you do happen to notice it, you think to yourself, “How does that place stay in business? Who eats there? Is it even safe to eat there?”

We approached a restaurant friend of ours, Tony, to see if he might want to pursue this whole crazy idea with us. We also talked to a close friend of ours, Jeremy, who grew up in town and would be one of the early investors with us. He was excited about the idea and said he’d definitely team with us to vet this thing and pull together a large team of investors.

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Our first job was to have dinner there. We’d all eaten there several times before of course, but when you’re dining to assess a possible investment, you look at things differently. We peeked into the kitchen, scrutinized the bathrooms, dreamed about building a better bar.

I talked with a few other customers and confirmed what we already knew: the place is supported by locals. This can be great, but you don’t want to be dependent solely on people who live in the neighborhood. And the locals who do come are a little older, and aren’t making 8:30 dinner reservations, or stopping in for after dinner drinks at 10:00 PM. They’re probably tucked in and fast asleep by 8:30.

The next step was to visit during non-business hours and to bring a design team, and a kitchen and bar designer, which we did. That all came together really quickly.

As we walked through the place, everyone agreed that there is a ton of potential. But we all also noted that it’s going to need a lot of work. Like…a lot. There was actually another group that came in about a year ago and expressed an interest to buy, but they determined that the overhaul would be too much and bowed out.

After our walk-through, we all exchanged business cards in the parking lot and planned to follow up in a week. I made an appointment to meet with the design firm in their downtown offices to discuss the cost of what the rendering will be.

At this point we are all feeling optimistic. I hope it stays that way.

Next Up: Meeting with the design firm



Monday  May 23, 2016

Easy & Delicious Drinks with 1915 Bolthouse Farms™ Organic Juices

We have a new set of favorite cocktail mixers around that you might already have in your fridge: 1915 Bolthouse Farms™ organic cold-pressed juices. These juices weren’t made specifically for cocktails…they just happen to taste great when used for libations because of their natural origins and non-GMO status.

Our recent assignment was to incorporate four of the new 1915 Bolthouse Farms juices into four delicious drinks. Well, when a mixologist’s materials are this good, it’s easy to produce a great-tasting cocktail!

What we especially love is that each bottle already has multiple ingredients mixed together for you. So instead of shopping for organic apples, grapefruits, peaches, and raspberries and then figuring out the best way to collect the juices, all you have to do is reach into our refrigerator, twist open the cap of a nice cold bottle of 1915 Bolthouse Farms juice, and measure away.

Here are the recipes we crafted that are sure to be wild hits all summer long.

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Boozy Coco Fruit Pop ~ Serves 4
1 bottle (12 fl. oz.) Bolthouse Farms Strawberry juice
2 ounces white rum
½ ounce Tuaca
2 ounces lemon mint simple syrup
Coconut flake garnish

Directions
Mix all of the ingredients tonight in a measuring pitcher. Pour the cocktail directly into the pop molds and freeze overnight.

Lemon Mint Simple Syrup
1 peeled lemon, quartered
½ half of the lemon’s peel cut into strips
1 cup organic mint
1 cup water
1 cup sugar

In a small saucepan, combine all of the ingredients. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for twenty to thirty more minutes. Remove from the stove and strain into a sealable container. Store for ten to fifteen days.

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Some Like it Hot
3 ounces 1915 Bolthouse Farms Pineapple juice
1 ounce vodka
½ ounce coconut rum
½ teaspoon lychee liqueur
¾ ounce organic mango-lemon-chili flake simple syrup
4 ounces club soda
Lemon garnish

Directions
Combine the 1915 Bolthouse Farms Pineapple juice, vodka, coconut rum, lychee liqueur and organic mango-lemon-chili flake simple syrup in a martini shaker filled with ice. Shake well to mix. Strain into a glass filled with ice, then add the club soda. Transfer the entire cocktail into a pint glass or an empty martini shaker and back again, two or three times. Garnish with a lemon and serve.

Mango-Lemon-Chili Flake Simple Syrup
1.5 cups fresh organic mango
1 peeled lemon, quartered
½ half of the lemon’s peel cut into strips
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
¼ to ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
Pinch of salt

In a small saucepan, combine all of the ingredients. Bring to a boil, the cover and simmer for twenty to thirty more minutes. Remove from the stove and strain into a sealable container. Store for up to three weeks.

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Blissful Blend Lushie
1 bottle (12 fl. oz) 1915 Bolthouse Farms Strawberrry juice frozen into cubes
1 cup crushed ice
1 ounce Tuanca
2 ounces white rum
1 ounce lemon mint simple syrup (see recipe above)
Coconut flake garnish

Directions
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth. Garnish with coconut flakes and serve.

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Farmarita
4 ounces 1915 Bolthouse Farms Grapefruit juice
1 ounce silver tequila
½ ounce grapefruit liqueur
¼ ounces simple syrup
Raspberry garnish
Himalayan salt
Lime

Directions
Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Run a lime around the rim of the glass to moisten, then dip the glass into a shallow layer of Himalayan salt. Gently shake off the excess. Fill the glass with ice, then strain the mixture into the glass. Garnish with strawberries and serve.



Wednesday  May 4, 2016

Tequila Cilantro Lemonade Cocktail (It’s Soooo Divine!)

You will lose your mind over this drink. There’s really nothing else to say here other than go buy the ingredients ASAP and make it like…yesterday. It will take you about 15 minutes to put together (the laborious part is the cilantro garnish), but the effort is well worth it. If you’re entertaining for a large crowd, definitely double or triple this recipe because it will go very fast.

Video instructions here.

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Tequila Cilantro Lemonade Cocktail ~ Serves 6 to 8
8 ounces Bracero silver tequila
5 ounces orange liqueur
2 cups lemonade
½ a bunch cilantro (for muddling)
½ a bunch cilantro (for garnish)
1 ounce organic agave syrup
1 ounce fresh lime juice
2 sliced lemons (for garnish)

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Directions
Make two cups of homemade lemonade (or buy your favorite brand) and set aside. Muddle half a bunch of cilantro into the tequila, then strain the tequila into the lemonade. Discard of the cilantro. Add the orange liqueur, lime juice, and agave into the mixture. Taste to make sure it’s to your liking and adjust the sweetness our sourness as needed. Garnish with the other bunch of cilantro leaves and the lemon slices. Refrigerate and add ice to the batch just before you plan to serve it.

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Tuesday  April 26, 2016

The 5 Best Silver Cups for a Mint Julep

The Kentucky Derby is May 7th this year, and if you can’t be one of the 160,000 people watching in person at Churchill Downs, you can certainly get into the spirit at home for the “most exciting two minutes in sports.”

Synonymous with this Louisville event is the Mint Julep, served starting at 8:00 AM at the track. We’re not suggesting that you start that early unless you’re adding coffee to the recipe, but we are going to suggest that you buy your silver cups before the big day. Drinking a mint julep from a silver cup is a tradition dating back to the early days of the derby, and we love getting into the spirit of anything that involves bourbon.

Here’s a roundup of silver cups we love for beautiful Kentucky Derby day entertaining.

Free Soup CanYes, this is the poor man’s silver cup, but in the age of Pinterest, using a discarded soup can (from your house…not the alley) is actually right on trend. Go to your local supermarket and stock up on a dozen cans of soup (or however many people you’ll be entertaining for). You have a good amount of days until the Kentucky Derby so the timing is just perfect. Once the can is empty, soak it in water to get the label off, then run it through the dishwasher. Our blogger friend Bri Geeski feautured our book Cocktails for Cougars and Cowgirls where we show you exactly how to make a mint julep in a tin can. Just remember that you will definitely want to use a straw with these homemade mint julep cups since sometimes the edges are not so rounded.

Hanna K. Signature CollectionIf you’re on a budget and can’t justify buying a set of silver drinking cups that may only be used once a year, but you don’t want to use a tin can, we’d like to familiarize you with the Hanna K. signature collection on Amazon.com. Didn’t know that plastic cups could be considered part of a “signature collection?” Neither did we. But for $16.09, you can get your hands on a set of fifty, which will probably last through several years of Derbys.

Sur la Table Cambridge ColletionSur la Table offers this stunner for $29.95 from their Cambridge Collection. It’s a steel cup with silver plating that will hold 12 ounces of packed ice, mint, and bourbon. And if you think you’ll only use it once a year, you’re wrong! These classy little cups will be put to good use for many occasions throughout the year.

Target 10 Strawberry Street

Target sells a collection of Ten Strawberry Street silver cups that look like the real thing. For $44.00 you can get a set of two nickel plated mint julep cups that will make your bar look super sophisticated. Hand wash them only, and keep each cup wrapped in paper towels or dish clothes to avoid unnecessary nicks and scratches when not in use. Not all Targets carry this item, so call first or buy online in advance.

Tiffany & Co. Mint Julep TumblerMeet the “Mint Julep Tumbler” from Tiffany & Co., a gorgeous drinking vessel made from solid sterling silver that retails for $1,250.00. Yes ‘mam! The mint julep served in this cup just has to taste just a little bit better than the others, doesn’t it? But would you ever even use it or just keep it locked up in your bar… If we bet on a horse that won big, this might very well be our first purchase.



Saturday  April 16, 2016

Classic Drinks: How to Make a Kamikaze Cocktail

A Kamikaze cocktail is one of the easiest to make and tastiest drinks ever, but it’s easy to forget about because it’s kind of an ancient drink. Drink it as a shot or as a full cocktail. Just be sure to use fresh lime juice and a grain based vodka. It makes a difference!

New How-To Videohttps://youtu.be/AjOP6D9_mEE

Kamikaze Shot Recipe
¾ ounce vodka
¼ ounce triple sec or orange liqueur
¼ ounce lime juice

Kamikaze Cocktail Recipe
3 ounces vodka
¾ ounce triple sec or orange liqueur
½ounce lime juice

Directions
Fill a martini shaker with ice. Add each ingredient, then shake well. Strain into  shot or martini glass and serve.

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