Friday, August 31, 2012

Gin Cocktails ::

California Collins

8 fresh lemon verbena leaves or one 1 1/2 inch piece of lemongrass, tender inner white bulb only, crushed
2 ounces gin
2 ounces unfiltered apple juice
1 ounce club soda

In a collins glass, gently muddle the lemon verbena leaves or lemongrass bulb. Add ice and the gin and apple juice; stir well. If using lemongrass, discard the bulb. Stir in the club soda.

Ginger Rodgers

6 to 8 mint leaves, plus 1 mint sprig for garnish
2/3 ounce ginger-pepper syrup
crushed ice
1 1/2 ounces gin
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
2 ounces ginger ale
1 lemon wheel for garnish

  1. In a collins glass, muddle the mint leaves with the Ginger-Pepper Syrup. Add crushed ice, then add the gin and lemon juice. Spin a swizzle stick or bar spoon between your hands to mix the drink. Stir in the ginger ale, then garnish with the mint sprig and lemon wheel.

Jasmine Gin Fizz

2 ounces Jasmine Gin
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons honey mixed with 2 teaspoons warm water
1 large egg white
1 ounce chilled club soda
jasmine flowers or thin lemon wedges for garnish

In a cocktail shaker, combine the 2 ounces of Jasmine Gin with the lemon juice, honey syrup and egg white and shake well. Add ice and shake again. Pour through a fine strainer into a chilled fizz glass, stir in the club soda and garnish with jasmine flowers or skewered lemon wedges.

Parsley Gin Julep

8 parsley leaves
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
3/4 ounce simple syrup
ice cubes, plus crushed ice
1 1/2 ounces gin
1 ounce chilled club soda
1 lime wheel

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the parsley with the lime juice and Simple Syrup. Add ice cubes and the gin and shake well. Strain into a crushed ice–filled collins glass. Stir in the club soda and garnish with the lime wheel.
Recipes via Food & Wine

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Lately ::

birthday flowers for my mom

garden roses & gorgeous greenery


cheesecake + berries | the montage, laguna beach

lunch at the shake shack, newport coast

homemade pizza ready for the grill | pesto, basil, tomatoes, burrata & parmesan

the montage, laguna beach

Monday, August 27, 2012

Friday, August 24, 2012

Vera Wang :: Dylan

Strapless full babydoll sheath dress with lace bodice and a criss-cross bow

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Donna Hay Magazine ::

Donna Hay Magazine is one of my favorite food & recipe resources.  It is filled with delicious recipes, beautiful food and table styling, and stunning photographs.  It's a must read and is now easy to download on your iPad!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Hawaiian Vacation ::

Hawaiian Sunset 

Happy Hour in Kapalua 

Hawaiian Sunset

Beautiful Beaches...

Merriman's Kapalua

Happy Hour at the Plantation

The Plantation Course

Ritz Carlton | Kapalua

Mango Puree + Tequila | Mai Tai

I just returned from vacation in Maui and I'm already wishing I was back.  Beautiful beaches, bright blue waters, gorgeous sunsets, delicious cocktails and great company... doesn't get any better than that.