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Liquor Cabinet Desk

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We love our new urban space in DC, and we’re still trying to get everything settled. It always seems like there’s one area (or sometimes more than one) that just collects clutter. That area for us at our new place was a built in desk in our living room. We weren’t using it for a desk, so it just collected the bar stuff that we didn’t know what to do with. It always looked messy which was driving us crazy! I kept telling Alberto that we needed to buy a cabinet to store everything, but we couldn’t find anything we like (story of our lives…) Then Alberto got the great idea to just leave everything where it was! I know, it doesn’t sound brilliant on the surface, but what he meant is that we could turn the desk area into a bar.  This opportunity also gave me the  chance to try something that I’ve always wanted to do: apply fabric to a wall. To finish it we could just hang a couple of shelves, and all of a sudden, a cluttered eyesore becomes a beautiful accent area in our living room! Read more →

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Strawberry Piña Colada

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Our lovely neighbors went strawberry picking this past weekend and brought us a big tub of the sweetest berries we’ve ever tasted. He suggested that we make a cocktail with them (he knows us well…most people would have suggested a pie or maybe a smoothie.) We listened and went old school this weekend and made Strawberry Piña Coladas!

The actual recipe calls for a lot of fruit juice which contains a lot of empty calories. To make it lighter, we used real fruit (strawberries, pineapples) and substituted the coconut milk with the beverage-kind, which we found in the dairy section of the market. We couldn’t find a substitute for the coconut cream, so we kept it in the recipe. It’s really a key ingredient and we couldn’t mess around with it…we just used half of what the recipe calls for, which was enough sweetness for us. Here’s the recipe:

Makes 4 cocktails

  • 1 cup of Malibu Rum (coconut flavored)
  • 1 cup of fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup of pineapple
  • 1/4 cup of Coconut Cream (Coco Lopez)
  • 1 cup of ice
  • Pineapple slices and tipsy cherries for garnish

Put the rum, fruit, cream and ice in a large blender and blend until smooth (I guess, this is an alcoholic smoothie after all!) Serve and garnish with the pineapple and cherries.

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Manhattan

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The Manhattan is the perfect drink for a cool Summer afternoon in the city. We’ve been in love with this drink for many years (oh, the stories it could tell…) For extra sweetness, our version uses orange bitters and a splash of the tipsy cherries juice (the ones marinated in whiskey!) Here’s the recipe:

Makes 2 cocktails

  • 12 oz of Maker’s Mark
  • 4 oz of Sweet Vermouth (Rosso)
  • A few drops of Orange Bitters
  • Tipsy Cherries and lemon twists for garnish

Add the wet ingredients (and a splash of the cherry juice) to a shaker filled with ice and shake well. Serve in cocktail glasses and garnish with a cherry and lemon twist. Except for maybe the vodka martini, this is the best drink in the world. Here’s to Manhattan!

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Spicy Pomegranate Blueberry Margaritas

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The second day of a long weekend usually means another cookout. We’re making another delicious drink, this time with a kick of jalapenos!

Makes one pitcher

  • One bottle (.750 ml) of Jose Cuervo Silver tequila
  • One bottle (1.75 liters) of Tropicana Trop50 Pomegranate Blueberry juice (yes, it’s low-cal too!!!)
  • One cup of Triple Sec
  • One medium size jalapeno
  • Lime slices for garnish

Pour the entire bottle of tequila into a large pitcher. Next, using rubber gloves, slice the jalapeno in half and add to the tequila. Let it rest for at least 30 minutes (or longer, if you’d like it hotter). Take the jalapeno out and add the rest of the ingredients and let it rest for about 1 hour. Serve over ice and garnish with the lime. Happy Sunday!

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Blood Orange Sangria

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Yes, we’re obsessed with sangria! It’s the perfect summer party drink and there are endless variations that you can do by combining any type of fruit juice or soda with sparkling wine.  This blood orange version is dry, not too sweet, but certainly refreshing. Here’s the recipe:

Makes one pitcher:

  • Two bottles of Spanish Cava (or your favorite sparkling wine)
  • One bottle (1 liter) of Blood Orange-flavored French soda
  • One cup of Triple Sec
  • Orange and lime slices for garnish

Pour all the ingredients into a pitcher (be careful of the wine and soda foaming up the vessel!) and let it rest in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Serve over ice and garnish with the orange and lime slices. Salud!

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Frozen Mint Julep

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You could also call this a semi-homemade julep. We realized that we didn’t have enough spearmint for the drinks, so we substituted the herb for a couple of drops of mint concentrate. (Make sure you’re extremely careful when pouring the concentrate…it’s really strong.) We added a good amount of one of our favorite bourbons, Woodford Reserve, for a very delicious drink!

Makes 2 cocktails

  • 8 oz of Woodford Reserve
  • 2 cups of crushed ice
  • 2 tbsp of granulated sugar
  • A few drops of mint concentrate
  • spearmint for garnish

Put all of the ingredients into a blender (or smoothie maker) and blend at high speed for a couple of minutes or until all the sugar has dissolved. Pour over a highball and garnish with spearmint. Enjoy the races today!

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Gimlet

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A sunny Sunday afternoon calls for a good drink. It’s so warm today that the weather actually reminds us of Fire Island, where our friend Terry introduced us to the Gimlet, a very classy drink. And despite being mostly vodka this recipe is very light and tasty. Enjoy!

Makes two cocktails

  • 8 oz of Kettle One vodka
  • 4 tbsp of lime juice
  • 4 tbsp of Rose’s Lime juice

Pour all the ingredients in a shaker filled with ice and shake well. Garnish with a couple of very long lime twists. This drink is so good, that you’ll want another one!

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The KITL (Kentucky Iced Tea Lemonade)

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Our obsession with Kentucky Bourbon continues this week. Today we’re making a low cal iced tea/lemonade that packs a punch, the KITL (like Skittles). The drink reminds us of the great time we had in Louisville last summer… or at least, what we managed to remember of it!

Makes 2 cocktails

  • 4 oz of Marker’s Mark
  • 2 oz of Grand Marnier
  • 1 cup of Turkey Hill diet iced tea
  • 1 cup of Tropicana Light Lemonade
  • Lemons slices for garnish

Fill a large glass with ice and pour all the liquid ingredients and stir. Garnish with a slice of lemon and enjoy!

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Skinny Old Fashioned

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Some days, I just need to have a real cocktail…especially when it’s been raining all day like it has been doing in Maplewood.  It was just the type of weather to make one crave an Old Fashioned. We’re calling our version “skinny” since instead of sugar, we’re using Sprite Zero!

Makes 2 cocktails

  • 6 oz Maker’s Mark
  • 6 oz Sprite Zero
  • orange bitters
  • lemon wedges
  • Maraschino cherries

Muddle the cherries, lemon and a couple of dashes of orange bitters in lowball glasses. Add ice to each glass, then the bourbon and Sprite, and enjoy one very low-cal cocktail!

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