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Tuesday  May 23, 2017

Wine of the Week: San Simeon Sauvignon Blanc

This has been one of the coldest springs in a lonnng time. We’ve suffered enough! We’re now praying for a warm summer here in SoCal after record rainfall and sixty-degree days (yeah yeah, poor us). Enough with the June gloom that began in April! We’re ready for some new freckles, a gentle tan line, and some natural highlights.

On Sunday afternoon I sat down with my friend for a glass of wine in her beautiful home overlooking the Pacific, and brought along my bottle of San Simeon to help coax the summer weather along. I’ve been drinking merlots and cabs since October and am ready for the change. Here are my thoughts:

The WineSan Simeon 2016
The Varietal: Central Coast Sauvignon Blanc
The Price: $18.95
The Hook: Family owned since 1017
Bottle Design: Classy
The Taste: The tartness of the first sip will surprise you. It’s bright in a “I wear my sunglasses at night” kind of way. Strong notes of lemon and sour apple burst through initially, followed by more mellow notes of strawberry, cantaloupe, and lush green grass.  I’d recommend serving this sauvignon blanc with a cheese platter that includes soft cheeses, cashews, and sweet fruit jams. Fans of dry white wine will love it, and should consider pairing it with fish entrées that are topped with sweet glazes. It’s a very light wine that would be perfect with your Sunday brunch, or as a night cap on a hot summer night when it’s eleven o’clock and you can’t sleep.
The Grade: A
Where to Buy: https://winestore.sanantoniowinery.com/san-simeon-c7.aspx

This is not a paid endorsement; however, we have received complimentary product (best job ever!).  All opinions, recipes, commentary, reviews, and photographs are our own. 

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Thursday  May 4, 2017

Florida Nightlife…Here We Come!

What do you do when the guys plan a trip to New York for a concert, some steak dinners, and a ball game? You plan a trip to Florida with the girls! Florida’s cities have always been known for their incredible nightlife, but ever since the craft cocktail renaissance, the sunshine state’s beach cities have evolved as the go-to destinations for all things food, drink, and dancing. There are all kinds of bars in Florida which we are excited to explore!

Some people might question why a couple of beach city-living SoCal ladies are willing to travel 2,733 miles just to sit on another plot of sand. First, our friend and mastermind behind the trip wanted to travel to a domestic location that’s about the same distance away as New York (gotta keep it fair). Key West is the obvious place to start the party as we jump from town to town. Second, Florida’s clean, white sand and clear, warm water is far superior to what we’re used to in the Santa Monica Bay. We love our ocean, but it pales in comparison to what’s in Florida. Finally, there’s no matching the endless options of beach bars, roof top bars, and island bars in the cities across the state.

To prepare for the trip, we’ll be updating our wardrobe with a few new bikinis and a couple fresh pairs of Havaianas, but we’ll also be making these drinks to enjoy at home. They are easy to make and will definitely get you in the mood for a holiday of sun, beach, and cocktails in Florida!

Key West Iced Tea Cocktail
½ ounce vodka
½ ounce dark rum
½ ounce white rum
½ ounce peach schnapps
1 ounce cranberry juice
2 ounces citrus soda
Fresh or frozen peach garnish

Directions
Fill a martini shaker with ice and combine all of the ingredients except for the soda. Shake well and strain into a highball or pint glass that’s packed with ice. Top with the citrus soda, garnish with a peach, and serve.

Florida Beach Cocktail

Florida Beach Cocktail
1 ounce vodka
1 ounce tequila
1 ounce rum
1 ounce triple sec
1 ounce sweet & sour
Splash pomegranate liqueur
Splash grenadine
Lemon and cherry garnish

Directions
Fill a martini shaker with ice and combine all of the ingredients. Shake well and strain into a highball or pint glass that’s loaded with crushed ice. Garnish with a lemon and lime wheel and serve.

Miami Meloni
1 ounce white rum
1 ounce melon liqueur
1 ounce cream

Directions
Fill a martini shaker with ice and combine all of the ingredients. Shake well and strain into a martini glass and serve.

Although we have been compensated for our time, all opinions, recipes, commentary, reviews, and photographs are our own. 



Tuesday  April 25, 2017

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Creative Cocktails

As you can probably guess, Cinco de Mayo is one of our favorite holidays each year for obvious reasons. It’s practically a requirement to drink tequila at some point during the day (Tequila Sunrise to get started anyone?) and an excuse to party on a weeknight (cheers to a Friday celebration this year!).

We’ve always believed that the Margarita is one of the most perfect cocktails on the planet, but we also like to challenge our palates every now and then with some new, creative options for our festivities.

Check out these five, easy-to-make cocktail recipes for your party. They can be perfectly paired with a variety of our favorite chips, dips and salsas from Garden Fresh Gourmet, as well as many traditional Mexican entrées. Each drink includes the yummiest, freshest ingredients for the best results possible.

Need help? Tweet us @GirlWalksIn2Bar ♥ Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Tropical Paradise

Tropical Paradise
3 ounces Bolthouse Farms Tropical Goodness
1.5 ounces coconut rum
1 ounce reposado
½ teaspoon lychee liqueur
Pineapple garnish

Directions
Combine the ingredients in a martini shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a lowball. Garnish with a pineapple and serve.

Tip!
Pair this recipe with your favorite gourmet burrito. Our go-to is shredded chicken, Mexican rice, shredded cheese, sour cream, avocado and Garden Fresh Gourmet Restaurant Style Mild Salsa. Mmmm!

Baja Lemonada

Baja Lemonada
4 ounces Bolthouse Farms Watermelon Mint Lemonade
1.5 ounces silver tequila
½ ounce lime juice
Mint garnish

Directions
Muddle the mint in the tequila until the liquid becomes a light green hue. Strain the tequila into a martini shaker filled with ice. Add the rest of the ingredients, then strain into a highball filled with ice. Garnish with mint and serve.

Tip!
This drink begs to be paired with a plate of loaded nachos- use Garden Fresh Gourmet Mexicali Dip as your cheesy sauce.

Sol de Leche

Sol de Leche
3 ounces Bolthouse Farms Strawberry Banana
1.5 ounces silver tequila
1.5 ounces banana liqueur
1 ounce half & half
½ ounce simple syrup
Strawberry garnish

Directions
Combine the ingredients in a martini shaker filled with ice. Shake really well, or until the mixture become slightly frothy. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a strawberry.

Tip!
This drink was specifically created for spicy food, like guacamole mixed with chopped jalapeños (or habaneros!) , or Garden Fresh Gourmet’s Jack’s Special hot salsa. The cream in the drink will instantly neutralize the heat, cooling your tongue so that you can keep eating.

Cha Cha Cherry

Cha Cha Cherry
5 frozen cubes Bolthouse Farms Multi-V Goodness Cherry
1 ounce Mezcal
1.5 ounces Sweet & Sour
1 ounce Pomegranate liqueur
Salted rim

Directions
Combine all the ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth. Pour into a glass with a salted rim and garnish with a lemon.

Tip!
We love pairing this frozen delight with shredded beef street tacos & Garden Fresh Gourmet Jack’s Mild Salsa. Add chopped strawberries for a sweet twist!

Mango_Tango Margarita

Mango Tango Margarita
5 frozen cubes 1915 Organic Mango Smoothie
2 ounces homemade sweet & sour or Margarita mix
1 ounce triple sec
1/2 ounce lime juice
Tajin rim

Directions
Combine all the ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth. Pour into a glass rimmed with Tajin powder and serve.

Tip!
The Mango Tango Marg pairs amazingly with a bell pepper and onion quesadilla. Use a variety of bell peppers for a beautiful presentation, and dip it in some Garden Fresh Gourmet Jack’s Medium Salsa!

Although we have been compensated for our time, all opinions, recipes, commentary, reviews, and photographs are our own. 



Thursday  April 6, 2017

1915 Organic Juices and Smoothies…the Perfect Post Workout Drinks!

On a recent Sunday afternoon, we rolled into Prevail Boxing in Los Angeles to serve up some delicious cocktails using 1915 Organic Juices and Smoothies. This was another fun Flex Fit Club that we were part of, where a couple dozen women join together for an intense workout followed by some juicy cocktails and mocktails! Both recipes are very easy to make and excellent options for spring and summer entertaining. Cheers!

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Some Like it Hot
3 ounces 1915 Organic 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.

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1915 Strawberry Fields Cocktail
2.5 ounces 1915 Strawberry juice
2 ounces vanilla cream soda (we used Henry Wenhard’s brand)
½ ounce raspberry cinnamon simple syrup
¼ ounce lemon juice
Strawberry & lemon garnish

Raspberry Cinnamon Simple Syrup

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 cup fresh organic raspberries
2 cinnamon sticks

Bring contents to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 – 20 minutes, or until liquid has the consistency of syrup. Remove from the heat and pour the ingredient through a strainer. Allow to cool before using in your drink.

Directions
Combine the 1915 Strawberry juice, raspberry cinnamon simple syrup, and lemon juice in a martini shaker. Shake well to mix, then add the vanilla cream soda. Gently stir inside the shaker, then transfer to a rock glass filled with ice. Garnish with a strawberry and lemon and serve.

 

 

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Thursday  March 23, 2017

Bar Review: The Nickel Mine

If you’re looking for a bar with open-air seating, board games, a piano, a living room-like lounge area, flat screen TVs, a speakeasy, the best pizza west of the 405, a full bar with an impressive international whiskey selection, and enough stools for twenty friends…you probably won’t believe that a magical place like this really exists.

Surprise! We found it.

Nestled in East Santa Monica on the corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and Purdue Ave, The Nickel Mine turns the concept of a sports bar on its head. You’ll find giant flat screen televisions on almost every wall, and a broad selection of beers, but the venue lacks the blue-collar, testosterone-charged vibe that many people associate with bars that are broadcasting sporting events from opening to closing.

My friend Lauren and I were easily able to have a conversation over the music playing in the background, and I noticed that there were just as many women who stopped in for a drink as men. The craft cocktail menu boasts a wide selection of innovative, thoughtful drinks that are void of syrupy schnapps and artificially flavored spirits. Considering that it was eleven o’clock on a Saturday morning, I ordered a Bloody Mary that was perfectly made by bartender Matt. Lauren drank a Purple Rain, made with mezcal and garnished with an edible flower. Definitely not a cocktail you’d ever find on the menu of a traditional sports bar.

When choosing what to order for brunch, I immediately choose the chicken and waffles, one of my all-time favorite meals in LA. So good! Lauren ordered the Stromboli, which came with the crispiest tater tots I’ve ever tasted. But it didn’t stop there. Matt insisted that we try the pizza, a menu item they say is their most popular. Just for the record, we did witness two different customers stop in for pizza takeout during our one-hour visit. We caved in and tried a slice of cheese and a slice of pepperoni. Lordy lord was Matt right. The Nickel Mine’s pizza is amazing!!

Opened in August of 2016, this neighborhood watering hole has already developed a loyal crowd of regulars. The bar offers live jazz on Tuesday nights, and a piano player on Wednesday evenings. You’ll find boxes of Connect Four, Jingo, Checkers, and even a dart board. And there’s even more fun to be had in their speakeasy, which can be reserved for your small group with a minimum spend of $500. We especially liked this space, as there is lots of comfortable seating (and even your own private restroom!).

Whether you’re conveniently in the neighborhood, looking for a late-night bite after seeing a movie at the Royal theatre, or just interested in finding the perfect pizza to pair with the perfect Bloody Mary, stop in this weekend!

 



Tuesday  March 14, 2017

17 Cocktails for St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations!

For all you die-hard St. Patrick’s Day fans who will not have a chance to get to a pub or bar before there’s a line out the door, snaking around the block, we have seventeen, easy-to-make recipes that you can enjoy in the uncrowded comfort of your own home. ♣ Happy St. Patrick’s Day! ♣

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Irish Honey Milk
1.5 Paddy Bee Sting Irish Whiskey
2 ounces milk

Directions Fill a lowball with ice and add the Paddy Bee Sting and milk. Stir until well mixed and serve.

Irish Honey Milk

Irish Mary
2 ounces Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey
6 ounces tomato juice
2 dashes Tabasco
½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
½ horseradish
½ ounce fresh lemon juice
pinch of salt
pinch of pepper

Directions
Combine the tomato juice, Tabasco, Worcestershire, horseradish, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a martini shaker or pitcher. If you’ll be storing the mixture in your fridge before serving, stir it until the horseradish is well distributed. If you’re serving the cocktail right away, add the ice and Tullamore Dew and shake until well mixed. Strain into a glass and garnish with your favorite pickled olives and vegetables.

Irish Mary

Bloody Blanaid (Blaw-nid!)
1.5 ounces Jameson Irish Whiskey
5.5 ounces Langers Tomato Juice
2-3 dashes Tabasco sauce
¼ ounce martini olive brine
½ ounce lemon juice
Pinch ground cumin
Salt & pepper to taste
Olive garnish
Celery garnish
Lemon garnish

Directions
Combine the tomato juice, Tabasco sauce, olive brine, lemon juice, ground cumin, salt, and pepper, and set aside for two to twenty-four hours, stirring occasionally. When you’re ready to make the drink, combine the tomato mixture with the Jameson, garnish with olives, celery, and lemon, and serve.

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Irish Maid
1.5 ounces Jameson Irish Whiskey
¾ ounce St. Germain
½ ounce lemon juice
5 slices of cucumber
Lemon garnish

Directions
In a martini shaker, muddle the cucumber in the Jameson, St. Germain, and lemon juice. Strain the mixture into a glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a lemon and serve.

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Jameson’s Ginger House
1.5 ounces Jameson Irish Whiskey
2 ounces Canada Dry Ginger Ale
½ ounce fresh lime juice
Thin slice of fresh ginger
Lime garnish

Directions
In a martini shaker, gently muddle the ginger in the lime juice and Jameson. Strain the mixture into a rocks glass filled with ice. Add the ginger ale, garnish with a lime, and serve.

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Irish Manhattan
2 ounces Feckin Irish Whiskey
1 ounce Martini & Rossi Sweet Vermouth
1 dash Angostura bitters
Maraschino cherry garnish

Directions
Fill a martini shaker with ice and add the whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitters. Shake for a few seconds to mix. Strain the mixture into a martini glass and garnish with a cherry.

Irish Manhattan

Green Cookie Monster
1 ounce Hendrick’s gin
1 ounce Midori melon liqueur
1 ounce Bacardi rum

Directions
Fill a martini shaker with ice. Add the gin, melon liqueur, and rum and shake for several seconds until well mixed. Strain into a martini glass or pour over ice and serve.

Green Cookie Monster

What’s Up Doc
½ ounce Jameson’s Irish Whiskey
½ ounce green apple schnapps
½ ounce lemon juice
Green Peeps bunny garnish

Directions
Combine all the ingredients in a martini shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a shot glass. Garnish with a green Peeps bunny and serve.

Irish Kiss
2 ounces Carolan’s Irish cream liqueur
2 ounces espresso roast coffee
Whipped cream

Directions
Combine the Irish cream liqueur and hot coffee in a tea cup or coffee mug. Top with whipped cream and serve.

Irish Kiss 2

Irish Bling
1 ounce half & half
1 ounce green creme de menthe
1 ounce Irish cream liqueur
½ Jameson’s Irish Whisky

Directions
Combine all of the ingredients in a martini shaker that’s packed with ice. Shake well, then strain into a bucket glass filled with ice.

Irish Bling

Irish Sundae
1 heaping scoop mint chip ice cream
1.5 ounces Irish cream liqueur

Directions
Scoop your ice cream into a bowl, mug, or glass. Drizzle the Irish cream liqueur over the top and serve.

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Shamrock Shake
2 scoops green tea ice cream
1 scoop ice
1 ounce half & half
1 ounce Irish whisky

Directions
Combine all the ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.

Shamrock Shake

After Eight
½ ounce Tia Maria liqueur
½ ounce white creme de menthe
½ ounce Irish creme liqueur

Directions
Fill a martini shaker with ice and add each ingredient. Shake well, then strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a mint and serve.

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Green Russian
1.5 ounces Midori Melon
1.5 ounces Stolichnaya vodka (or Tito’s! Shhhh…)
½ ounce cream or half & half

Directions Fill a martini shaker with ice and add the three ingredients. Shake for several seconds to mix, then strain into a martini glass, rocks glass, or serve over ice.

Green Russian

Bailey’s Coffee Mint Ice Cream
1 scoop mint ice cream
1 ounce Bailey’s Espresso Creme
1/2 ounce chilled dark coffee
Whipped cream

Directions
Scoop the mint ice cream into a bowl, mug, or glass, then drizzle the Bailey’s Espresso Creme and coffee on top. Add whipped cream and serve.

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St. Patrick’s Day Punch
1 bottle Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey
24 ounces club soda
½ cup Green Chartreuse
½ cup lemon juice
Lemon wheel garnishes

Directions
Combine all the well-chilled ingredients in a punch bowl. Added thinly sliced lemons to garnish. Ice is ideal BUT don’t add it until your guests are about to arrive. You don’t want to dilute your drink!

Midori Mai Tai
1 ounce Midori melon liqueur
1 ounce Bacardi rum
½ ounce Hiram Walker triple sec
1 ounce Tres Agaves Margarita mix
1.5 ounces pineapple juice
1 ounce orange juice
Lime garnish

Directions Fill a martini shaker with ice and add each ingredient. Shake for several seconds to mix and then strain into a tumbler or snifter over ice. Garnish with a lime.

Midori Mai Tai