Jul
03

red, white, and blue sangria

Oh HEYyyyy Holiday Weekend, is that you approaching?
YOU, the one weekend that has everyone out spending all of their money on unnecessary red, white, and blue garb JUST FOR FUN!! Do you even KNOW how long I have been searching for a pair of red shorts to wear on the 4th?? 

Anyway, I love this time of year. Friends, family, cabins, lakes, fireworks, grilled eats, watermelon, being outdoors – it’s all so good. I’ve taken the entire week off work for some solo enjoyment and relaxation – as far as I’m concerned, the Holiday Weekend is already here – my “weekend” just happens to be longer than most. Ha! 

red, white, and blue sangria

To get in the spirit of red, white, and blue, I’ll probably get out my American Flag Shorts, have my nails polished in red, blue, and glitter (!!), AND I’ve got an entire batch of red, white, and blue sangria waiting for me, calling my name. I’m thinking this first batch will disappear by the end of the day and the second batch will makes it’s way to the cabin in the mountains this weekend. We’ll see what happens :)

red, white, and blue sangria

red, white, & blue sangria
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Ingredients
  • 1 bottle white wine
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup strawberries, chopped
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1 bottle sparkling water
Instructions
  1. In a large pitcher, combine the strawberries, blueberries, and white wine. Allow the mixture to chill in the refrigerator overnight.
  2. Remove from the refrigerator and stir in the agave nectar.
  3. Serve chilled, and when serving, fill the glasses ¾ full with the fruit & wine mixture and top off with a splash or two of sparkling water.

red, white, and blue sangria

Love

Crista


Feb
19

blood orange cocktail

Blood Oranges are in season! My favorite!
When I moved in to my new apartment here in Denver, Blood Oranges were some of the first fruits I purchased to stock my kitchen. 

After moving and unpacking, a cocktail or two is in order. I don’t drink much at home (almost never) but I’ve made this cocktail several times, especially when neighbors/friends have come over to visit.

juicing blood oranges

Making this cocktail is super simple and only requires 3 ingredients:

1. Blood Oranges
2. Orange LaCroix Sparkling Water (the Berry works well too)
3. Vodka (I prefer Prairie Organic Vodka)

(basically, I took the sparkling blood orange spritzer and added vodka to it)

juicing blood oranges

Most grocery stores stock LaCroix Sparkling water, but the Prairie Vodka is more difficult to find. I found it at Whole Foods in Chicago, but grocery stores in Denver don’t stock liquor soooo I’m not sure what I’m going to do…. I’ll be in Chicago over the weekend, so I’ll have to stock up. 

a blood orange cocktail

It’s easy to craft this cocktail:
Juice 2 blood oranges.
Add 1 shot of vodka to the juice and top off with about 2 ounces of Sparkling Water. 
Serve ice cold.

This amount will make one cocktail.

Love

Crista


Dec
19

Vanilla Vodka Chai Tea

I am going to name this Vanilla Vodka Chai Tea my Official Holiday Drink for 2013.
Christas Trees, Gift Wrap, Holiday Music, Vanilla Vodka Chai Tea
It fits right in.

Recently, I was introduced to Rumchata, everyone seems to love that stuff but I wasn’t a fan. It is waaaay too heavy, sweet, and it’s full of dairy. Hangover? Blah.

This Vanilla Vodka Chai Tea offers the same flavors (vanilla & cinnamon) but is much lighter, smoother, and is easily dairy-free! I plan to make it for a friends dinner party on Christmas Eve and at the New Years Eve party I’m attending…

Vanilla Vodka Chai Tea
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Ingredients
  • 8 ounces Chai Tea, strong brewed and cooled
  • 4 ounces Vanilla Soy (or Coconut Milk) Creamer
  • 3 ounces Vanilla Vodka
  • dash of cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg
Instructions
  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine ingredients and shake.
  2. Serve over ice.
  3. Garnish with a dash of cinnamon or a cinnamon stick.

Vanilla Vodka Chai Tea

Love

Crista


Oct
07

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My buddy, Doug was in from out-of-town (Omaha) over the weekend so we took him out for a late night on Friday – Big Star & Boystown…. He overdid it and puked the entire night. Ew. But… what can you expect? It was his first time…. So anyway, he was desperate for a hangover cure which required us to hang around Handlebar for Bloody Mary’s. Perfect, right? I thought so.
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Well, problem is: my little friend Doug-E-Fresh has never had a bloody mary. And he didn’t like it. I encouraged him to just do it. Just drink it. Drink the entire thing. It’s an acquired taste. It took me two or three bloody’s before I loved. But he wouldn’t. So I had to do it for him. ((the look on his face is priceless…. and disappointing)
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There are two places in the city that serve up our “favorite” bloody mary’s. Rocking Horse & Handlebar. If I had to choose my favorite FAVORITE between the two, I don’t think I could.  Handlebar has better food so……..
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We have become quite the bloody mary snobs this summer… In fact, I will only drink a bloody mary made with a house-made mix. I will NOT drink a bloody mary that is made with a pre-made mix. blagh.
One of my favorite things about Handlebar’s bloody mary’s are the cherry peppers they garnish with – my favorite garnish EVER. Oh, AND the fried pickle. Yeah, that rocks too.

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Yesterday, I mentioned the vegan biscuits and gravy at Stone Fox in Nashville. Well guess what? Handlebar has vegan biscuits & gravy too. Score.
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I’m sad that patio season is coming to an end here in Chicago….. really really really sad.
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Love

Crista