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Friday  November 17, 2017

Thanksgiving Hostess Gifts $70 and Under

This Thanksgiving, arrive with something more than just a bottle of wine. Here are four of our favorites this year!
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#1 Recipe Box $34.95: While it is true that a lot of us look up recipes online, it seems that once we’re done with them, we can’t, for the life of us, find them again! This is why an old fashioned recipe box may still come in handy, especially for recipes you love to create over and over again for the holidays. This lovely little item makes a perfect Thanksgiving hostess gift, and if you’re making a dish to add to your love-one’s table, include that recipe in the box! (paper-source.com)

#2 alcohol

old-town-oil-and-vinegar-sampler#3 Oil and Vinegar Sampler $39.95: With it’s elegant packaging and versatile use, this sampler is a great gift for a hostess who doesn’t drink, or likes to experiment with vinaigrettes and marinades. It’s a simple, safe choice, sure to be used for many different occasions. (crateandbarrel.com)

#4 alcohol

33031121_004_a#5 Acorn Candle $24.00: Nothing says fall like a vanilla & cedar scented acorn candle! These pretty little things are what every hostess needs for their powder room or bedside table. (anthropologie.com)

Screen Shot 2014-11-12 at 3.33.13 PM#6 Dessert Wine Pairing $62.95: Chuao Chocolatier has it all thought out! What an excellent way to end Thanksgiving dinner, with pie, more pie, and a taste of decadent chocolate paired with dessert wine. To die for. (chuaochocolatier.com)



Thursday  October 26, 2017

3 Fancy Cocktails for 3 French Cheeses!

It doesn’t take much to get us to try a new French cheese, so when we had the opportunity to pair three cocktails with three French cheeses, we did not pass on the opportunity!

As many of you know, Jocelyn became fluent in French when we spent a year living in Montreal, Canada. To solidify the language (and what many would consider the real language), Jocelyn spent her junior year abroad living in Lyon, France. Of course I went to visit and quickly learned that one of the best yet most simple meals in the world is a little (or a lot!) of French cheese on a baguette. Mmmmm.

Laurent Damiens, Director of Communication Worldwide for The French Dairy Board, is the expert of experts on this dairy we all adore. I was lucky enough to meet with him last week at the Grafton Hotel on Sunset in West Hollywood to share my cocktail recipes, and to taste his French cheeses.

To see the video of our cocktail pairing, watch here on YouTube!

Below you’ll find three simple recipes that were made specifically for Comté, Brie, and Mimolette. To read more about each cheese and to become the French cheese expert at your next party, check out The Cheeses of France website that has everything you ever needed to know.

The Duke ~ Paired with Mimolette
This cocktail matches beautifully with Mimolette, a gorgeous cheese created in the 1600s for Louie XIV. It’s a rich and creamy cheese that works wonderfully with a complex spirit like bourbon.

1.5 ounces Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon
¼ ounce sweet vermouth
¼ ounce amaretto
Orange zest
Bitters
Garnish with an orange wedge or maraschino cherry

Directions
Combine all the ingredients in martini shaker that’s filled with ice. Shake well, then strain into a martini glass. Garnish with an orange wedge or a maraschino cherry and serve!

Paired Perfection ~ Paired with Brie
If you’re a fan of brie then this drink was made for you. As Laurent explains, bubbly is great with brie because of the cheese’s rich and creamy nature. The bubbles work to clean the mouth and to prepare your palate for the next bite…as if any of us needed a reason for this combo.

¾ ounce Hendrick’s Gin
¼ ounce St. George pear brandy
½ ounce St. Germain liqueur
¼ ounce simple syrup
¾ ounces Brut
Garnish with a pear slice

Directions
In a martini shaker, combine everything except for the Brut. Fill the shaker with ice and shake the ingredients to mix. Strain into a wine glass and top with the bubbly. Garnish with a thin slice of pear and serve.

Très Bon ~Paired with Comté
Once we heard that comté is aged anywhere between six and thirty-six months, we knew that a dark rum was destined for this recipe. Comté has a lot of floral notes because it comes from cows that graze not just on grass, but on flowers too. Bon appetit!

1 ounce rum reserve
¼ teaspoon maple syrup
½ ounce PAMA
1 ounce pomegranate juice
¼ ounce simple syrup
3-4 ounces of club soda
Squeeze of lemon
Garnish with a lemon wheel

Directions
Combine all the ingredients except for the club soda in a martini shaker that’s filled with ice. Shake well. Strain into a high ball and top with club soda.



Wednesday  October 25, 2017

Yummy Mockails for Your Halloween Party!

Don’t be caught with your hand in your kid’s Trick-or-Treat pumpkin on Halloween, grabbing around for candy. Fill your tummy with these yummy mocktails we made for In Shape Health Clubs. They are super delicious and even sweet without all the junk that you find in candy. Want to add a splash of vodka or rum? But of course. Just remember that an ounce and a half of most spirits contains about 90 calories. Enjoy!

6 Feet Under Mocktail Recipe

Goblin Goodness Mocktail Recipe

Vampire Juice Mocktail Recipe



Monday  September 25, 2017

A Beer of Champions (Think Breakfast Cocktail!)

Don’t let the bourbon deter you from serving this beverage as a brunch cocktail, a lunch cocktail, or an all day game day cocktail. When combined with an ice cold Bud Light and a little juice, the bourbon mellows out for an extremely mild cocktail that appeals to the masses. If your crowd isn’t that adventurous when it comes to beer cocktails, just don’t tell them there’s bourbon in the mix until the glass is empty. Trust me. Their glass will be empty quickly and then you can explain why this is a beer of champions.

Beer of Champions
1.5 ounces Angel’s Envy
2.5 ounces Simply Lemonade
1 ounce Simply Orange Juice
½ ounce lemon juice
5 ounces Bud Light
Lemon and orange slice for garnish

Directions
In a beer mug or pint glass, combine the Angel’s Envy, Simply lemonade, orange juice, and lemon juice. Stir to mix. Slowly add the Bug Light until the glass is filled. Garnish with a slice of lemon and orange and serve.



Thursday  September 14, 2017

Beer Cocktails for Baseball!

Baseball and beer fit together like a hand in a glove…a well-loved, well-worn baseball glove that is. This tailgating season, step it up a little with these three beer cocktails that are definite crowd pleasures. Fire up the grill, pop open the ice chest, take out your mixology tool set, and get ready to have the most popular parking lot spot in the stadium!

Golden Glove
1 bottle Coors Golden Banquet Beer
1.5 ounces Buffalo Trace Bourbon
1 ounce grapefruit juice

Directions
Combine the Buffalo Trace bourbon and grapefruit juice in a martini shaker filled with ice. Shake several times, then strain into your cup. Top with an icy cold Coors and serve.

Stolen Base
1 bottle Guinness Extra Stout
1.5 ounces Jameson Irish Whiskey
5 ounces pineapple juice

Directions
Combine the Jameson Irish Whiskey and pineapple juice in a martini shaker filled with ice. Shake several times, then strain into your cup. Top with an icy cold Guinness Extra Stout and serve.

Faye Dancer
1 can Stella Artois
1 ounce Carpano Sweet Vermouth
½ cup fresh blackberries

Directions
In a martini shaker, muddle the blackberries in the sweet vermouth. Strain into a pint glass or beer mug, then slowly add the Stella Artois and serve.

 

 



Tuesday  August 15, 2017

This Girl’s Book Club: Barrel Strength Bourbon

Our August book selection for This Girl’s Book Club is Carla Harris Carlton’s new book, Barrel Strength Bourbon: The Explosive Growth of America’s Whiskey. This easy-to-read book is chock-full of gorgeous photos and loaded with well-researched insight to the rise of bourbon.

Carlton begins the book with a brief history of bourbon and the process behind making it. From there she leads the reader through the domestic and international rise of the spirit and analyzes how this liquid boom has drawn travelers from around the world to tour the homes, farms, and distilleries of early whiskey pioneers.

Threaded throughout the book are wonderful interviews with leaders, innovators, and experts in the industry, as well as insightful quotes and tips about drinking whiskey. Informative without the dryness of a textbook, Carlton keeps the reader engaged through her conversational tone and journalistic writing style.

We met Carlton back in 2012 when she featured our first book on her popular blog, The Bourbon Babe, and we’ve been fans ever since. Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, she’s got more than just her birthplace to justify her place amongst the authorities in the world of bourbon. According to her bio, “her grandmother worked the bottling line at Seagram’s in Louiseville in the late 1930s, and her grandfather grew his own mint for his yearly Derby Day julep.” To learn more about Carlton and her world of whiskey, you can follow her on Twitter @TheBourbonBabe.

We highly recommend this book for the bourbon aficionado or for anyone who loves a good drink! Available now on Amazon.com.