Champagne Grapefruit Mojito

IMG_1826

The recent heat wave in Los Angeles has made finding ways to stay cool and refreshed necessary. This drink did exactly that- it is so refreshing and light…and, most importantly,it’s just in time for Cinco de Mayo. It’s really easy to make and a perfect cocktail to go along side those Coronas this weekend. This recipe is from Style Me Pretty with a few alterations. Also, we did very loose measurements with ingredients- so follow these guidelines but you think it could use more/ less of some things, change to your liking!

What You'll Need

What You’ll Need

What You’ll Need: 

1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice

1 ounce pink grapefruit juice

6-8 mint leaves

2 ounces rum

3 to 4 ounces chilled champagne

Quartered grapefruit slice for garish

IMG_1795

What To Do: 

Put the mint and lime juice in a pitcher (or glass depending on how much you’re making).

Add the rum and grapefruit juice.

IMG_1806

We were making this drink for several people- so we just did a pitcher of the ingredients used above and let everyone add as much champagne as they wanted to their individual drink. If you’re just making one, add the champagne.

IMG_1811

Garnish individual glasses with grapefruit slice.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Final Product

Final Product

Enjoying the final product

Enjoying the final product

My Signature Drink & Birthday Party

Amazing Bar Outside

Amazing Bar Outside

Today is my birthday and I could not be more excited to celebrate with my family and friends! Last weekend, my mom threw me a wonderful party at our home with my friends. She made it it a culinary masterpiece with several small courses and drinks to go along with each course. She also created a signature drink for me called the “Nana Kwinki,” which will be the featured recipe in the post today. It’s called the Nana Kwinki because when I was a toddler I couldn’t pronounce my name and called myself Nana Kwinki (my name’s a tough one!). Here are a few snapshots from the party and the recipe for the Nana Kwinki!

Chalkboard with the Drink Specials

Chalkboard with the Drink Specials

My friends and me fooling around behind the bar

My friends and me fooling around behind the bar

Now for the Nana Kwinki…

"Nana Kwinki" Ingredients

“Nana Kwinki” Ingredients

What you’ll need:

Grapefruit Juice

Vodka (can be raspberry or strawberry flavored)

Strawberries and Raspberries

Simple Syrup (here’s an easy homemade version)

Lemon Juice

Mint

IMG_7763

What to do to make three- four drinks:

Pour a cup of grapefruit juice, a squeeze of lemon juice, 3 shots of vodka and 2 shots of simple syrup into a drink shaker and add a few ice cubes. Shake the drink shaker. Fill three- four glasses with ice cubes. Pour drink out of the drink shaker into glasses and garnish with strawberries, raspberries and mint.

IMG_7774

Asparagus and Proscuitto as the first course

Asparagus and Proscuitto as the first course

Caprese Crostini

Caprese Crostini

Butternut Squash Soup Shots

Butternut Squash Soup Shots

The most AMAZING Swedish Meatballs

The most AMAZING Swedish Meatballs

It was an amazing party with a fabulous signature drink! Hope you enjoy. This weekend I am going wine tasting with some Canadian family flying into town. There will be a blog post next week recounting it all!

Raspberry Gin & Tonic

DSC05607_2

My boyfriend and I were listening to the radio and heard a recipe for gin and tonics. We both love gin and tonics and became inspired. After hearing the story we headed directly to the store and decided to look for a fresh fruit to make an upgraded G&T and decided on raspberries.

Here’s my raspberry gin and tonic. It was so delicious and so refreshing. I started by making a raspberry syrup and adding the makings of a traditional G&T.

DSC05513

DSC05578

For the syrup:

1 ½ cups fresh raspberries

¾ cup sugar

¾ cup water

For the Raspberry G&T:

Raspberry Syrup (above)

1 shot gin

Tonic water

Lime

Ice cubes

Start by making the raspberry syrup. In a small pot, place the sugar, water and raspberries.  Place at high heat. When the mixture first bubbles turn to a low simmer and let simmer for 5 minutes.  Take off heat and let cool (will probably take about an hour). When cool, strain the mixture and set aside the syrup.

DSC05562

DSC05557_2

Once the syrup has been strained, you’re ready to make your gin and tonics! The first step is to add the raspberry syrup into a glass. One spoonful is a very strong gin and tonic and a very sweet drink will be three—add as much as you like. After, add several ice cubes. Then add the shot of gin. After that, fill the rest of the glass with tonic. Cut the lime and squeeze into the drink.

Enjoy! It is delicious!

DSC05602_2

DSC05605_2