Thirsty Thursday: Ron Barceló Pretty Girl

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Summer body ready or not, Ron Barceló comes with no judgement with its Skinny take on the Mojito –Pretty Girl.

The almost-too-beautiful-to-drink cocktail mixes fresh watermelon juice, fresh lime, agave and Barceló Gran Platinum for a result that’s refreshing and light, allowing indulgence without the guilt.

Pretty Girl
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Ingredients
  1. 1.5 ounce Barceló Gran Platinum
  2. 1.5 ounce fresh watermelon juice
  3. .25 ounce fresh lime
  4. .25 ounce agave
  5. 2 basil leaves ripped
Instructions
  1. Shake and double strain over ice
  2. Collins glass top with soda or cava
  3. Garnish with basil leaf and Nasturtium or Orchid (any edible flower)
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Wine Wednesday: Kirkland Signature Côtes de Provence Rosé

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It’s no secret that I have an obsession with Costco, especially it’s wine department. I recently bought a bottle of their Kirkland Signature Côtes de Provence Rosé because I know that Costco sources their Kirkland wines from top notch wineries and therefore it should be good stuff. For $8.99/bottle, I’d say it was more than just good stuff! It was a damn good rosé!

Over the last year I’ve fallen in love with rosés and to find one under $10 that makes me smile is beyond fabulous! It’s crisp and refreshing and perfect for summer! In fact, I’m going to Costco this week to prep for a Memorial Day BBQ and plan on picking up more! I found on CostcoWineBlog.com that Provence AOC rules mandate that wines are estate-bottled, and because wines are made from grapes that are grown specifically for rosé production, it’s difficult to find an AOC Provence Rosé for under $10. Thanks Costco for having such a kick ass wine department!

Most Provence Rosés are some combination of Grenache, Cinsault, and Mourvedre. This wine also includes Tibouren, Rolle (Vermentino), Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon. This rosé isn’t too fruity and I promise you will enjoy it! Get to Costco now!!!

Wine Wednesday: Byington Chardonnay Wrights Station

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My husband is pretty damn good, but this Mother’s Day he outdid himself! He thought of everything I love and created a day that was all “Michelle”! Our special stop was to Byington Winery just outside of San Jose on your way to Santa Cruz. We had never been here and if you haven’t either, you definitely need to make a stop.

The road leading to Byington is narrow and wooded, so it’s a wonderful surprise to turn down a driveway onto a property with grassy hills and grape vines as far as you can see. We had a table reserved on “Wedding Hill” which you can obviously reserve to get married. It overlooks the vineyards on multiple sides and we were lucky enough to have a perfect sky blue day.

I had heard that Byington was known for their Chardonnay and they had three to choose from. I asked for something buttery and was given a tasting of their Chardonnay Wrights Station and I did not need to taste another variety…I was sold! OMG you guys…this was a perfect buttery Chardonnay! Peaches, caramel, and toasted almond flavors make this a bottle you will want more than one of. It retails for $30 but if you are a wine club member, you receive a 20%-30% discount. I bought a bottle of Sparkling Rose to bring home and I can’t wait to try it! 

If you are in the area, please do yourself a favor and visit Byington…and let me know so I can join you!

Tipsy Tuesday: High Tea

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Seaspice‘s expert mixologist Attila Kocksis wanted to give teatime an elevated experience with his newest creation, the High Tea

Beautiful in its presentation, this posh cocktail uses Earl Grey tea, Cardamon infused Bombay Gin, simple syrup and lemon juice to create a smoothly refreshing zing – pinky lifting optional.

High Tea
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Ingredients
  1. Infuse Bombay Gin with Earl Grey Tea leaves and Carmadon
  2. 1.5 oz infused Gin
  3. .75 oz of simple syrup
  4. .5 oz of fresh lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Pour all ingredients in tin.
  2. Shake vigorously.
  3. Pour in a cardamon -brown sugar rimmed martini glass garnished with a lemon twist.
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Thirsty Thursday: Spritz Cocktails

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The Spritz has made a strong comeback and of course Mediterranean dining destination Villa Azur are way ahead of the demand by introducing FOUR new spritz cocktails.

Take a gander at the mouthwatering collection below…you might need a bib!

Skip dessert and order a Bon Bon St Germain Spritzwhich uses St Germain liqueur, lemon juice, strawberry puree, prosecco and cotton candy, for a sweet buzz ($16).

All hail the Queen Mary’s mix of fresh papaya, lemon juice, Moet rose and Mancino Rosso vermouth, as it creates royally refreshing notes ($19).

Italian Spritz’s taste of Aperol, prosecco, olive juice soda, and orange and green olive garnishes transports drinkers to the Italian Riviera ($14).

Summer vibes in a glass, the Mykonos Spritz keeps it cool with its formula of Skynos Mastiha, lemon juice, fresh basil, orange, and prosecco ($14). 

 

 

 

Bon Bon St. Germain Spritz
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Ingredients
  1. 2 oz St Germain
  2. 3/4 lemon juice
  3. 1 oz strawberry purree
Instructions
  1. Shake well strained into a wine glass top off with Prosecco, garnish with cotton candy.
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Queen Mary
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cubes of fresh papaya
  2. 3/4 oz lemon juice
  3. 1 oz Mancino Rosso Sweet Vermouth
Instructions
  1. Shake well, strained into a wine glass, top with ice and Moet Rose.
  2. Garnish with dry lemon wheel and papaya seeds.
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Italian Spritz
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Ingredients
  1. 2 oz Aperol
  2. Splash of olive juice
  3. 3 parts of Prosseco
  4. 1 part soda water
Instructions
  1. Prepare everything in a wine glass.
  2. Garnish with orange wedge and olives.
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Mykonos Spritz
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 Skynos Mastiha
  2. 3 orange wedges
  3. 3 leaves of basil
  4. 1 oz lime juice
Instructions
  1. Muddles the oranges and basil, 1 oz of lime juice, shake well and doble strained into a wine glass, top off with prosecco garnish with a basil leaf.
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