We found a great little table at a local yard sale a few months back. Someone had converted it into a futon by putting a cushion on it. Alberto saw it, and immediately came up with an idea. We could glam it up by adding a mirror to the top and transform it back into a side table for the living room! Read more →
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Maybe we’re going a bit overboard here in New Jersey, but we decided to bring all of our outdoor furniture and plants inside. This is the result…a very empty porch and back deck! It took us three hours to bring everything in and now we feel like we’re living inside a plant shop….but better safe, than sorry. Now, we just have to wait and hope it doesn’t hit us as bad as they’re predicting. So, C’mon Irene…bring it! We’re ready for you!
Everyone stay safe out there!
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!
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!
Summer is almost here and the Bellini is one of our favorite warm-weather drinks. The problem is that it’s usually made with peach juice, which contains a lot of sugar. We have been unable to find a suitable replacement (there is no light peach juice, or diet peach soda around here) so we stopped making it for a while. That all changed this weekend when we spotted a can of peaches in light syrup…why, not?! One serving of these peaches has a third of the calories of a glass of peach juice and all we need is 1 can (2 servings) for eight Bellinis — the perfect drink for a light Sunday brunch!
Makes 8 cocktails
- 1 can of peaches in light syrup
- 4 oz of peach schnapps
- 1 bottle of sparkling white wine (Cava for us!)
- peach slices for garnish
Using a blender, puree the canned peaches (including the syrup). Next all of you have to do is combine the rest of the ingredients in a pitcher and serve! Garnish with a small peach slice and enjoy a fruity and light cocktail this afternoon!
The cushions for our kitchen island chairs have seen better days. We have been wanting to change them, but it’s been one of those things that goes on the “to do at some point in the future” lists. We didn’t really give it much thought until we found this great fabric in the remnant pile of our favorite fabric store. It has everything we wanted for the kitchen: lots of color and bright prints! They came out great, and it gave the kitchen a new look. Read more →
It’s a gloomy spring Sunday in the Northeast, and we need something fun and fruity to cheer us up. Since we’re still in our Spanish kick, we decided to do this very tasty low-cal sangria drink.
Makes 1 pitcher
- 1 bottle of Spanish cava (or your favorite sparkling wine, Prosecco or Champagne)
- 2- 12 oz bottles of IZZE low-calorie watermelon soda
- 8 oz of Triple Sec
- 1 small seedless watermelon
Split the watermelon in half and using a melon baller, scoop out one half of the fruit into a pitcher. Carve out the pulp from the rest of the fruit, saving a couple of slices for garnish, and strain out as much water as possible (we used a very fine strainer). Add the water from the fruit to the pitcher with the rest of the ingredients. Let it rest in the refrigerator for an hour before serving to let the flavors come together. Salud!
After such a terrible winter, we were very worried that some of our bushes were going to be too damaged to come back this year. Fortunately, we have some very hardy ones! Every year we prune them to help the growth, but it seemed a shame to throw out their beautiful leaves. So Alberto brought in some of the clippings, and now we have a couple of bright spring arrangements for the house. Read more →
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!
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!