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We Likey: Oval Vodka

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Oval Vodka calls itself “The Structured Vodka”, Oval creates many events and opportunities for connoisseurs to become acquainted with their brand and product  with mixologists at social gatherings.  Also at their website, you can learn both signature and classic recipes for your own gathering.  I love the Red Carpet (imagine a red carpet leading up to your decked out bar cordoned off with velvet rope!),  and the Monica Lewinsky, the Shogun, the Blue Danube, the Ugly Leprechaun and the Oval Office are all great mixes. 

We Likey: The Peanut Butter and Jelly Martini

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This week, what we likey is a website and a drink. This is one of my favorites because of the mix of a favorite kid time treat with a grown up twist. My other favorite recipe consists of 1 part Chambord and 1 Frangelico, which is divine.  You can also check out the Absolute Drinks website for more great combinations.

Taryn and Angie—if you’re reading this, we’ll always have Gampy’s (where I had my first PB&J Martini!)

Southern Cocktails

One of the perks of a grand party is the food and drinks.  With a lot of destination weddings here on Jekyll Island, St.Simons Island and Savannah, I have found more brides and grooms wanting to incorporate the area’s rich Southern culture into their menus.  The fun part (read= my most favorite part) is the choosing the cocktails!  Adding playful touches and substitutions can make a signature drink reflective of your event and your personalities.

Mint julep :: Make It Fabuluxe: Make it mint julep martini by adding vanilla vodka and creme de menthe.  Garnish with green sugar and float a spring of mint at the top.

Frozen Peach Champagne Cocktails :: Make It Fabuluxe: Create designs inside each glass with raspberry syrup.

Mississippi Punch :: Make It Fabuluxe: Make it bubbly!  Add club soda to kick it up a notch.

Scarlett O’Hara :: Make It Fabuluxe:  Add a dash of Peach Schnapps to really bring out the Georgia goodness!

Whiskey Sour :: Make It Fabuluxe:  Turn your whiskey sours in to slushes for your hot outdoor southern wedding  by boiling lemonade and orange juice concentrate with 7 cups of water (double boiler) and 2 cups of sugar.   Once the sugar has dissolved, mix together with whiskey and freeze for two hours. Let stand for 30 min at room temperature and scoop into cocktail glass.

Milk Punch :: Make It Fabuluxe:  Serve with delectable cookies large enough to fit/sit on the rim of the highball glass.

Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka :: This has become a hit at all Southern cocktail parties, since sweet tea is the official non-alcoholic beverage of the South.  Firefly is made with 70 proof vodka, which makes it easier and smoother than regular vodkas.  Make It Fabuluxe: Mix with lemonade to make an Arnold Palmer with a little more kick.

Do you have a favorite Southern cocktail of your own?  Tell us about it!

You Can Have Disney World–I’ve Got…

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The Museum of the American Cocktail!

(And Disney World, I was just kidding. You know I love you)

Based in gorgeous New Orleans, MOTAC (as it is affectionately called) is “dedicated to the past, present and future of civilized drinking”.  Hold on for a second. I’m getting a little emotional.

 

Okay.

 

With different annual memberships starting at just $35 per year, everyone from the student to the connoisseur can learn any and everything about the American cocktail, its history and its future.  With a bustling online gift shop, virtual exhibit, and fun events like Who’s Your Daddy? A Mai Tai paternity test, you really can’t help but to be completely enamored by the knowledge, antiques and recipes. 

 

The museum also creates pocket recipe guides and full  journals of research dedicated to cocktails, recipes, and other mixed drink forms.  Anyone who can appreciate a great cocktail will find themselves in good company. 

 

If you’re in New Orleans—go visit! If not, visit virtually!  Test out a few recipes;  you know, all for the sake of research for your signature drink 😉

 

:: Pictures from MOTAC  website ::

 

And seriously, Disney—I was kidding.  Call me.

Me, You and Your Cocktail Hour: Romance Style

With today being Valentine’s Day, you may be looking to take the romantic atmosphere to your cocktail hour.  If you want your wedding to be reflective of your love, passion and adoration for one another, don’t just incorporate it into your design…share some with your signature drink and hors d’oeuvres.  With the sensual flavors of chocolate and champagne, these are sure to be a hit!

 

Hors d’ouevres:

  Grilled Shrimp with Cocoa-Nib Romesco Sauce

With rich chocolate and nutty flavors, partnered with the fusion of roasted pepper are a succulent mix of flavors to seduce the palate.

 

Full Recipe

 

 

 

 

 

Signature Drink:

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2 oz. Intrigue (a mixture of vodka, XO Cognac and passionfruit juice)
2 oz. Champagne
Serve in champagne flute

From My Bar to Yours…

imageI was reading YumSugar, as always, and loved how they blogged about the new Food and Wine Cocktail Book for 2008.  This is perfect if you are looking for the signature drink to kick off your reception or event. 

 

 

This made me think about my other favorites, Hip Sips:  Modern Cocktails to Raise Your Spirits and The Art of the Bar: Cocktails Inspired by the Classics.  I think that food is only good if your chef has had a glass of wine while they have been cooking, and a party ain’t a party unless the cocktails are flowing! (FYI, if you’re coming to my house…you’re leaving “happy“)

 

Here are some of my favorites:

 

 

 

 

Peanut Butter & Jelly

I know you don’t believe me, but you really do have to try it. It smells and tastes just like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich! 

.5 oz Chambord

.5 oz Frangelico

Some people take it as a shot, but when it was first given to me, I had it in a martini glass and that’s how it should be.  Completely divine. 

 

Crazy in Love

This one is strong, but oooohhhhh so good!  Don’t drink it if you have to drive….anywhere for the next two days.

3 oz Apple Cider (Not a lot of people have this on hand, so you can mix it with apple juice instead)

1 oz Gin

2 oz Rum

2 oz Tequila

2 oz Vodka

 

Perfect Set

Perfect for your sweet tooth!

5 oz Apple Cider (you can sub apple juice here, but the cider is definitely worth it!)

3 oz Apple Schnapps

.5oz Cinnamon Schnapps

1 oz Ice

1 oz Vodka

Rim the glass with caramel. Add an apple slice on the side or a thin slice on the top to garnish. 

 

I will stop here, because I’m pretty sure we’ll have to check your blood-alcohol level from just reading this.  But don’t worry…I’ll be back with more 🙂

Hot Color Combos: Purple and Marigold

pm I think grown women should have grown women colors, don’t you?  I’ve seen some demure things that are gorgeous, but I really do love it when a bride gets a little "risque" with color.  It just says so much about her personality and where she is going with her event when she experiments with vibrant colors.  Color just makes you feel sexy, alive, mysterious, daring, beautiful…. It can be kind of hard to feel that way when you are dressed up like a Disney Princess.

 

 

Ever since Michelle Obama wore her fist bumping purple dress, more people are falling in love with the shade.  Some of us who closely follow the Pantone Color Trends saw it coming.  Even though we’re seeing the standard influx of Tiffany Blue and Yellow, more bolder and richer colors are making their presence known.  (FYI, this really makes you look like the rockstar bride when you choose a color that is hot an can be worn again successfully without looking like a young maiden that interacts with talking candlesticks and clocks, while being courted by a beast).  On the fair side, Trends are fleeting– but guess what, so is your wedding. It’s not going to happen at the same time every year– it represents where you are at that particular moment.  No, you shouldn’t pick a color just because it’s "trendy".  "Trendy" will look dated in a few months or years.  When it is reflective of who you are, that my friends, is what stands the test of time.

 

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Bouquet, drink, and centerpiece photos {Brides.com}, boutonniere {The Knot}, Black linen tablescape {Shawna Herring :: Flickr}, Bridesmaid Dress {Jordan Fashions :: 536 in Raspberry}

Not A Creature Was Stirring…Not Even a Bartending Mouse!

I am known as the Cocktail Queen amongst my friends, so it’s no wonder that I truly enjoy helping clients pick a signature drink for their special event.  We have a six page database of nothing but recipes!  And you know your recipes have to be good if you can get your husband’s UFC friends to walk around with one of your “girly drinks” at your fight parties…

So when I came across Stirrings, I knew that I finally found a place to dump my entertainment budget.  Bragging that it can turned anyone into a “seasoned mixologist”, they offer such flavors as Chocolate Peppermintini, Passionfruit Mojito, Tangerini, Pomegrante and Lemon Drop.  Traditionalists, have no fear!  They have the perfected some of the classics like Peach Bellini, Apple Martini, Mojito and the Traditional Martini. 

What will knock your cotton socks off are the new Rimmers Cocktail Garnishes.  Now you can turn your boring drinks into designer siggies by adding these colorful and tasteful garnishes.  These too come in delectable flavors such as Pina Colada, Pie Crustini, Dirty Martini (client favorite!), and Chocolate.  Those are only the tip of the iceberg. 

 If you are allowed to bring your own alcohol in and are looking for UMPH without deflating your wallet completely, go to Stirrings!  They even have a portion of their site devoted totally to weddings.  Just get your favorite liquor, mix, garnish and serve. Voila– you’ve passed the Terrica Signature Drink 101 Course.  Take a step further and rent trendy glasses to dress up your cocktails and serve with fresh fruit and flowers.  If you would like to thank me for this wonderful discovery, please send a bottle to my  hospital room after I recover from labor.

Many thanks in advance.

Enjoy 🙂