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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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Summer Party Wreath

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On our recent visit to Spain, we saw a lot of design ideas while shopping through home and interior design shops. One shop in particular had a mirror that really inspired us. We loved the circular diamond lattice design, but it was very expensive and we didn’t really want to deal with bringing it back home. On closer inspection, I told Alberto that I could make that easily. (Famous last words!) We weren’t sure how we would use the design, but we knew that we wanted to find a place for it somewhere in our home. Read more →

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Bellini

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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!

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Kitchen Chair Cushions

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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 →

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Sparkling Watermelon Sangria

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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!

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From Garden to Table

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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 →

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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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Salvage Yard Side Table

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While we were at the salvage yard a couple of months ago, we saw a great wrought iron table frame. It was missing a leg, but we really liked the way it looked. How should we transform it? Well…we are thinking of adding another frame as the missing fourth leg, this one made out of wood, which also gives it a more updated look. Read more →

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