Weekend in Palm Springs : 2 #campmixalot

Handmade notebooks with our creative retreat event hashtag. #campmixalot. // cupcakesandcutlery.comDay 2 of #campmixalot is here!! Now I know what you are thinking, Sharon – day 1 had a lot of cocktails…And you are correct.  I was pretty slow the morning of day 2. But there was too much planned for the day so I grabbed another RESQ WATER and got moving. And coffee.  Lots of coffee. 

If you missed yesterdays post, I am recapping the creative retreat weekend in Palm Springs that Lauren and I plan every year.  This year’s took place in the beginning of August and was cocktail themed. [Read more...]

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Cocktail Recipes with Sauvignon Blanc

Strawberry and Sauvignon Blanc Martini  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.com*One Hope Wine sent me wine to use in this post.  Which is super awesome so I could spend money on taking my kids somewhere fun instead of buying the wine I needed to produce this series.  That’s rad.

If you missed yesterday, then you don’t know that I am in day 2 of Wine Cocktails Week.  Yesterday was red wine based cocktail recipes. It had to be done. I couldn’t cram all these delicious cocktail recipes, featuring wine, in to one post. And so we have a full week of them! Sauvignon Blanc is my favorite wine. So I couldn’t wait to add it to a few drinks and see how they tasted. I used this recipe as a guideline but swapped the watermelon juice (too much work, I’m lazy, and I’m not a huge fan of watermelon) for muddled strawberries. YUM!

Strawberry Vodka Martini Recipe with White Wine //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThis drink could be considered a martini due to the vodka. (I know that doesn’t MAKE a martini but in my head it does and I don’t know enough about James Bond to know how he drinks them…) The vodka, wine and club soda are tasty.  Then add the lemon juice and strawberries…WOW!

Cool quote on the side of a @onehopewine cork!  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI absolutely loved that there was an inspiring quote on the side of the One Hope Wine cork.  A pretty cool touch if you ask me.

Wine based cocktails with @onehopewin  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comSo I muddled the lemon juice and some fresh berries then topped it with some wine and the vodka.  Shake it up with some ice and you are done. Super easy and totally different.  Make these for your friends.  You will totally impress them.  And that is what friendship is all about, right? One-upping them? No? Oops.

White wine based cocktail recipe: Strawberry Sauvignon Blanc Martini //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comStrain in to a martini glass and you’ve got yourself a delicious Strawberry Sauvignon Blanc Martini.

Strawberry Martini with Sauvignon Blanc  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThis cocktail was super tasty.  The strawberries added a nice sweetness and the lemon juice really brightened it up.  I’ll admit to being a total nerd about these cocktails.  I had a blast trying them all out! (A note: my neighbor got super lucky because I would make a drink, taste it, shoot the photos and then take it to her house and keep working on the other ones. I’ll let you know if anyone ever moves out of my neighborhood so you can move in…)

Strawberry Sauvignon Blanc Martini

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Sauvignon Blanc (I used One Hope Wine)
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 3 fresh strawberries, stems removed
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice (I used Meyer lemons. That's my jam.)
  • 1 1/2 oz soda water

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add lemon juice and fresh strawberries.
  2. With a muddler, muddle the berries.
  3. Add vodka and Sauvignon Blanc.
  4. Add ice and shake well.
  5. Strain in to a chilled martini glass.
  6. Recipe adapted from here: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/food-cocktails/g2121/cocktails-made-with-wine/?slide=13
http://www.cupcakesandcutlery.com/cocktail-recipes-sauvignon-blanc/

Sauvignon Blanc from @onehopewine  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThank you for supporting the brands that allow me to create projects, series, etc. by providing product, compensation, etc. One Hope Wine is good people.

Day 1:  Red Splash cocktail with Pinot Noir and Tequila

 

Red Wine Cocktail Recipes

Wine cocktail week!!  Yeah!!  This whole week I’ll be sharing a different cocktail recipe that also features wine.  Be sure to come back each day to see what I’m sharing.  Red wine based cocktail recipe // www.cupcakesandcutlery.com*BIG thank you to One Hope Wine for sending me wine to use in this wine cocktail recipe! 

It was bound to happen.  I like wine.  I like cocktails.  And I wondered how they would work together.  Today’s cocktail is a red wine based cocktail.  And while I am not a big red wine fan, I was certainly not going to ignore an entire color of wine and exclude it from this series.  Besides, this recipe also features tequila.  And I’m finding that I really like tequila.

Sharing a series of wine based cocktail recipes some featuring @onehopewine  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI’ve been wanting to do this series for a while but one thing a blogger has to think about when doing a series is the cost. Imagine how many bottles of wine I would have had to buy if One Hope Wine hadn’t graciously sent some to me when I reached out to them.  I know lately there has been a big to-do about sponsored posts and how bloggers should only share things that they love with no brand tie in.  But my blog is also a business and I need to try to find ways to off set my costs.  I hope you know by now that I only share brands that I feel a connection to (for real Hot Shot bug spray is a savior to me and my extreme hatred of ants – none of that post was a put on just to get a paycheck). If you aren’t familiar with One Hope Wine they are a fantastic company that raises money for a multitude of causes. I absolutely back that with all my heart. So while this isn’t a sponsored post, per se, they are making it possible for me to share what is on my heart, you know, like really important wine cocktails…So please show them some love.  

Whoa.  Where’d that come from.

Tequila and wine based cocktail recipe // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comPinot Noir and tequila.  Why not! And grapefruit soda.  Ok.  I had NO idea how this cocktail would taste.  Which is part of why it was so fun to do this series.  It was a really fun way to explore cocktails a little bit more and figure out what flavors go with what wine.

Wine based cocktails:  Pinot Noir and Tequila recipe // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comBecause I have never worked with wine in cocktails before (aside from sparkling wine) I decided that I would do a little internet research and see what I could find.  The cocktail I made was found on Cosmopolitan site in a round-up of other wine cocktail recipes.  They called it the Red Splash.

Tequila and Pinot Noir based cocktail //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThe recipe couldn’t have been easier.  You literally add everything to a cocktail shaker with ice, shake it up and then strain in to a glass with ice. 

Red Wine based cocktail with @onehopewine Pinot Noir // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThis first wine cocktail was ok.  I could certainly taste the red wine but it was really nice with the tequila and the grapefruit soda. This was not my favorite of the ones that I’ll be sharing the rest of the week but it was fun to try something new. 

Red Wine Spritzer Recipe with @onehopewine //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI also thought I would try the Pinot Noir as a red wine spritzer.  All you need is a little lemon lime soda and wine. Again, not my favorite but it was worth a try. 

Red Wine Spritzer with @onehopewin //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI also got to use a cute little cocktail stick in it.  So that was fun.  

Red Splash via Cosmo

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Tequila
  • 1 1/2 oz Pinot Noir (I used One Hope Wine)
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz agave
  • 2 oz grapefruit soda

Instructions

  1. Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Strain in to a cocktail glass filled with ice.
  3. Garnish with lime.
  4. Enjoy!
  5. Recipe from: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/food-cocktails/g2121/cocktails-made-with-wine/?slide=7
http://www.cupcakesandcutlery.com/red-wine-cocktail-recipes/

@onehopewine Pinot Noir //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comExcited to share the other cocktail recipes with you all week-long! Thank you One Hope Wine for allowing me to create some fun posts this week without putting me in to debt.

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Cucumber Basil and Lime Vodka Cocktail

*I was sent a bottle of American Harvest Organic Vodka for this post.

cucumber-and-basil-vodka-cocktail-for-summerUm, yeah.  Cucumber.  Lime.  Basil.  Each of those things screams refreshing to me.  Then put them altogether in a cocktail and of course you aren’t going to hate it.  This cucumber basil and lime vodka cocktail might just be my summer drink for 2014.  But let me tell you a little bit of a funny story…

American-Harvest-VodkaSometimes brands send me alcohol to use in posts.  Just like American Harvest did.  But most of the time I already have an idea for something I want to make with it.  The bottle arrived with a little recipe booklet and I flipped through.  Each cocktail sounded more delicious than the last.  And then I came across this cucumber number. 

slicing-cucumbers-for-the-vodka-cocktailI sliced up the cucs, quartered the limes and got almost through the entire recipe before I realized…

refreshing-vodka-drink-perfect-for-summerthat the drink is pretty much straight vodka.  Like, there is a little bit of lime juice from the muddling but it’s pretty much a big old cup of icy cold vodka.  You would have thought I would have figured that out when I read the recipe the first time.  Or made my grocery list of things I needed for making the cocktail.  But no.  I’m a total lightweight so I was super concerned that I would not like it and be drunk just from one sip.  I am happy to report that while the cocktail was on the stronger side (again, the whole thing is pretty much vodka) the taste was fantastic!  The basil, cucumber and lime took a little of the edge off but the real star is the American Harvest Vodka.  For real.  I wouldn’t just say that since they sent me a bottle of vodka.  I could totally see drinking these this summer.  Like, really slowly.  Over several hours.  With lots of food in my stomach.  And a baby sitter for the kids.  And some Drinkwel.  But I have heard that organic vodka’s are not as likely to induce a hang over…

summer-cocktail-vodka-basil-cucumberWhat I loved most about this cocktail is that the flavors were so crisp and clean.  The ice made this super easy to sip and the fragrance from the basil and cucumber made it a really enjoyable from start to finish.  It goes to show that with the right brand of spirit, you might like something you were never a huge fan of before.  This has also happened with me and whiskey.  But still not probably going to drink that straight.

You can find the full recipe right here (I didn’t use the agave because I don’t generally add sweeteners to my drinks)

*Thank you for supporting the brands, like American Harvest, that let me do what I do.  All opinions are mine.

 

Things to do on a Quick Trip to New York

Streets of New York // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI love New York!  I was beyond excited that we got to stay in the city for #PuffDay14.  Tori and I discussed the trip before hand and we both knew that we wanted to pack in as much stuff as possible no matter how tired we were.  Mostly this meant we wanted to eat a lot.  I figured out that we had about 15 hours of awake time in the city that was all ours.  And I really think we did make the most of it.  There are a lot of things to do on a quick trip to New York and I’m sharing a few of my favorites. 

The St. Giles Tuscany Hotel in New York has super comfy rooms and beds // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAlthough I didn’t have anything to do with choosing the hotel (this was set up by the PR company handling the Puff Pastry event) it was awesome!  I highly recommend the St. Giles Tuscany Hotel in the Murray Hill area.  The neighborhood was pretty quiet but still had tons of stuff to do.  It was a close walk to Grand Central Station and a short taxi ride to La Guardia airport that I flew in and out of.  The rooms were spacious and comfortable and way larger than I was expecting for a hotel in New York.  

Gorgeous bathroom at the St. Giles Tuscany Hotel in New York // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAnd the bathrooms were GORG!  Mine was very large and it was so well designed.  It had Molton Brown amenities and excellent lighting. [Read more...]