Friday, April 18, 2014

{friday cocktail: trouble in paradise}

Lately I have been seeing a lot of great cocktail bars make more use of tinctures in the place of bitters for their recipes.  Even though tinctures sound complicated and fancy they are actually quite easy to make. You simply infuse the flavor you wish to have a tincture of by soaking it in a high proof alcohol- for example a basil tincture is just a healthy handful of fresh basil leaves soaked in everclear overnight and then strained into an eyedropper container.   See more about tinctures here.

Since I love spicy cocktails, I was particularly intrigued by this cocktail from Tosca Cafe in San Francisco which includes a black pepper tincture along with my new favorite cocktail ingredient, Campari. This recipe is one of the select few that both appeal to my love for citrus-y and sweet cocktails as well as Chris' preference for more bitter bourbon or whiskey based drinks.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

{what i loved this week}

on instagram: Gorgeous  and colorful kilim rugs from Amber Interiors Shoppe.  The most fabulous flamingo vespa.  Oh Joy's fun line of summer garden party gear for Target.  One Hope Wine now offers a full mimosa bar set up complete with juice carafes, labels and bubbly- how perfect is that for a bridal shower or brunch?!?!

on pinterest:  A bold choice for a kitchen with cabinets painted in moody black makes me wish we weren't renting our place.  Simple white paper flower crowns would be amazing for an all white summer party. 

on the internets:  Temporary wallpaper from Blue Hand Home is the perfect solution for renters- I particularly love this one

on the blogs:  Maybe the most perfect engagement shoot in Malibu on 100 Layer Cake.  The couple's style in the first few photos is flawless. 

on my wishlist:  A tourist inspired Los Angeles beach towel.  It's never too early to pick up a good  dress for the holidays like this beaded one from River Island.  A clamshell planter overflowing with succulents.  A simple gold ring with an aqua stone - best part is it's included in Shopbop's friends & family sale right now!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

{diy cocktail bitters sugar cubes}

When I saw these DIY angostura sugar cubes on pinterest while we were living in Paris, I knew they would be one of the first projects I wanted to try out as soon as we got home.  I ordered up these mini ice cube molds and then started thinking about which bitters I would use the most in cube form.  I decided in addition to classic Angostura sugar cubes to also mix up some Lavender and Peychaud cube.  

The recipe appears to be quick and simple which usually has me feeling pretty skeptical about how my version will actually turn out, but these were super easy to make and for the most part they popped out the molds in perfect squares!  In addition to being great for a French 75 or Sazerac cocktail, these cubes would also be tasty used as a sweetener for tea or even a fabulous gift idea alongside a bottle of bubbly or booze!  Check out below for the recipe details:

what you need:
  1. Mix together sugar and desired bitters flavor in a bowl until the bitters liquid is well combined with the sugar.
  2. Firmly press sugar into ice cube molds. 
  3. Allow to harden overnight OR pop in the microwave for 30 seconds then let the mold sit for about 30 minutes to fully set before popping out the molded cubes!
  4. Store in airtight container when not in use.