Saturday Sips: Bobby Flay’s Mojito Limeade

 

 

 

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Ingredients

1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
2 limes, cut into wedges, plus more for garnish
2 cups crushed ice, plus more for serving
1 cup Lime-Mint Syrup, recipe follows
1 liter white rum
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
Club soda
Lime-Mint Syrup:
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
2 limes, zested
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves

Directions

Muddle the mint leaves and lime wedges with 2 cups crushed ice in the bottom of a large pitcher. Add Lime-Mint Syrup, rum, lime juice, and more ice. Top off with club soda, to taste. Pour into glasses over ice and serve. Garnish each glass with a lime wedge and mint sprigs, if desired.
Lime-Mint Syrup:

Bring the sugar and water to a boil in a medium saucepan and cook until the sugar is completely dissolved, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat, stir in the lime zest and mint, and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to infuse the syrup with the flavor of lime and mint. Strain out the mint and zest and refrigerate the syrup, covered, until cold.

Saturday Sangria Flora

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What You will Need/Measurements:

  1. One 750-milliliter bottle Sauvignon Blanc
  2. 1 1/2 cups St-Germain elderflower liqueur (or elderflower cordial)
  3. 1/4 cup Cointreau
  4. 6 strawberries, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  5. 6 raspberries
  6. 2 peaches, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  7. 1 orange, thinly sliced crosswise
  8. 1 pound green and red grapes
  9. Ice

Instructions:

Combine all of the ingredients in a pitcher and let stand at room temperature for 3 hours, or cover and refrigerate overnight. Serve in wineglasses over ice.

Friday Night Drinks: Cherry Beer Margaritas

 

I discovered The Blond Cook a few weeks ago and have been experimenting with her recipes ever since. One of my recent favorites is a spin on the classic margarita. Last week, we talked about watermelon margaritas, and I’ve made them twice since then. Patio drinking just got a kick in the butt with this easy drink recipe.

 

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Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Total Time: 5 Minutes

Servings: 6

 

Ingredients:

  • (1) 12 ounce can frozen limeade concentrate
  • 12 ounces cherry flavored soda
  • (1) 12 ounce bottle of your favorite beer (I used Corona Light)
  • 12 ounces of your favorite tequila
  • Kosher salt, for rimming glass
  • Lime for garnish
  • Cherries for garnish

Directions:

  1. Rub lime wedge around rim of each glass; dip in kosher salt.
  2. In a large pitcher, mix all ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon to combine.
  3. Serve over ice (if desired) & garnish with a lime wedge & cherry.

My Five: Zaul Zamora

 

Zaul Zamora has the job we all wish we could get. He is a jack of all trades in the media and fashion industry. Building himself up as a recognized stylist, he continues to style, and is also a merchandiser and social media master for Nice Kicks. Zamora is showing us his favorite spots in Austin, Texas.

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Austin is a young city and is all about going out and being social, that’s why people talk so well about the city. We love to socialize and enjoy our happy hours, good friends, and being outdoors whether it’s taking in a concert or checking out a new restaurant.

 

Social: Evening

1. Volstead/Hotel Vegas (Dance party hot boxin)

With the growing popularity of East 6 street, you have more & more choices of great spots to check out in this area. You can find some of the best dance parties here featuring local DJ’s to help you sweat the alcohol out. With a great outdoor seating area located in the rear that connects the two bars, it’s the perfect spot to cool off and enjoy a summer night with friends. Connected to Hotel Vegas, you have the choice of atmospheres with more of a relax spot with billiards tables great for groups of friends.

 

Social: Daytime

 

1.Yellow Jacket Social Club http://www.yellowjacketsocialclub.com/

A gem on the East side you can easily spend your whole day here with great drinks and food. Hosting everything from Sunday brunch, mechanical bull contests to an annual petting zoo on Easter, YJ feels like you’re hanging out at a friend’s backyard.

 

Shopping: Austin is more of a vintage town when it comes to fashion choosing to hit up the local thrift shops instead of malls.

 

1.Stag- http://www.stagaustin.com/ Located on South Congress, Stag is a classic take on clothes that are upscale casual & rugged with a subtle vintage inspiration. With a nice selection of high-end denim and cut & sew pieces from Double RL, Pendleton & Saturday Surf NYC, it’s easy to get lost in here.

2. By George http://www.bygeorgeaustin.com/ A stock list that rivals some of the best in the world, I’ve been shopping there for years and love the quality of garments & service. Top of the line in every category from clothing, shoes to accessories, with two locations, each store has its own identity catering to each consumer style & personality. If I had a girlfriend best believe we’d go shopping here. APC, Rag & Bone & Common Projects are some of my favorite lines carried here.

3.Nice Kicks www.nicekicks.com Cmon?! Where else would you go for cool sneakers than the source of it all! Great staff with the knowledge of every shoe just about ever made, the boys are battle tested! Even if kicks aren’t your thing, they house some of the best streetwear brands in the industry.

4.No Comply (Local Skateshop)http://www.nocomplyatx.com/ Skate owned Skate operated, these guys have created the skate culture in Austin for years. Owned by former pro skater Elias Bingham, the shop caters to core skate kid with brands like Palace, Fucking Awesome and others only found in top tier accounts. Recently expanded the shop not only added more square feet of goods, but a partnership with local coffee shop Flat Track to house a remote location

 

Food: This is tricky since Austin’s food scene has grown so much over the past couple years. There is always a new place or trailer “YOU MUST TRY” that’s recommended by friends.

1. Parkside- (Dinner/HH) http://parkside-austin.com/ This is my go-to spot in Austin, located right on 6 St. you are in the heart of downtown. The menu has great options form their raw bar & a constantly rotating menu lets you choose depending on your mood. A great date spot or a quick pop in for a drink and some apps, voted one of the best Mac & Cheese’s in the country, it’s hard to not eat here with that reputation.

2. Veracruz Taco House (Trailer) http://www.yelp.com/biz/veracruz-all-natural-austin The best taco stand in Town hands down. Using all natural ingredients and voted one of the best taco spots by Rachel Ray, this place is worth the trip.

3.Uchiko http://uchiaustin.com/uchiko If I had the money, I would eat here every day! The quality of sushi is amazing, using only the best, you leave in a euphoric state. No matter what you order, whether you’re familiar with the dish or not, you will not regret it. Half the items I can’t pronounce but know will blow me away.

 

 Hangout:

 1.Barton Springs Pool- On any given sunny day no matter what time of day it is, you can find this spot full of sun seekers & pool loungers. The water is cold year round even when its 110 degrees out which makes it the perfect spot to cool off, relax and people watch.

2. Alamo Draft house- Moives Food & Booze…Need I say more. Alamo Draft house is the only place to watch a movie in town and will make you never go back to a big cinema. Limited seating and strict rules makes this place a gem for a movie experience.

3. Houndstooth Coffee http://www.houndstoothcoffee.com/ Best baristas in town when it comes to beans. They have educated me in the way of coffees for months now & can be very intimidating at times. Located under the Frost Tower in the heart of downtown you can forget you’re in the middle of the city with the natural wood décor and warm music & lighting.

 

 

Bubbly Basics: A Beginner’s Guide to Champagne

With so many options, it is hard to know what kind of bubbly to purchase. Google is not much help, only offering hundreds of different links with scatter brained suggestions. I was up early this morning skimming through my favorite sites, and found a champagne guide via Cupcakes and Cashmere. With six Under $20 suggestions and a description of each taste, I bookmarked it instantly for future reference. Champagne comes with the connotation that you have to spend a lot of money, which is false if you choose the right bottle.

If you are not going to finish the bottle, simply put a stopper in the opening and place it in the fridge. To chill you bottle of champagne fast, wrap it in a damp paper towel and put it in the freezer for 10-15 minutes. Having a girls night or a date night? Crate & Barrel II (CB2) has great champagne glasses for about $1.95 a piece, so you do not have to spend a small fortune to make the drink look as great as it tastes. Personally I prefer stemless glasses to prevent accidents. Pair with a simple cheese platter, strawberries, or grab some small desserts to compliment your drinks.

 

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One: Bernard Rondeau Bugey Cerdon Rosé ($13.99).  Vibrant, fruity taste on the sweeter side, pairs well with chocolate.

Two: J. Laurens Brut Cremant de Limoux ($13.99). Pleasant citrus notes, nice alcohol balance.

Three: Jean-Louis Cremant de Limoux ($14.99). Balanced fruity flavor, smooth finish. Great bargain.

Four: Graham Beck Brut Rosé ($14.99). Pale pink, with a nice floral taste. Very crisp, with a deeper, fruity finish.

Five: Antech Cremant de Limoux $13.99). My go-to brunch bubbly. Fresh, light taste with a clean finish.

Six: Deligeroy Cremant de Loir Brut ($11.99). Easy drinker, with slightly spicy finish. Nice to serve at a larger party.

 

Personally, I would much rather have a glass of champagne than a vodka or whiskey based drink. I enjoy the taste, and can sip slowly without making strange faces. I like to add a little fresh orange juice to my champagne, or peach juice.

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Sosh In The City

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I’ve always been interested in fashion and tech. With so many new fashion apps coming on the market, I find that my screen is full of cute little icons telling me where to shop, how to tag my outfit, and what I should be buying next. The one thing I was missing? An app for my other loves…food and exploring the city. When I first heard about Sosh, it sounded too good to be true. I often get stuck in a rut of going to the same place over and over again, just because searching online for new places to trek around to can get overwhelming.

So what is Sosh? Sosh is an app that helps you seamlessly create adventures in your city, whether you want to explore new areas of your own neighborhood, or venture to a new part of town. The Sosh iPhone app acts as your personal concierge for your social life, assuring that you will never be bored.

When I first logged into the app, I was asked a few questions to help tailor my interests and filter out suggestions that I would not necessarily enjoy. Sosh continually updates itself to keep up with the trends, so we don’t have to. This is particularly great for me because I don’t have time to constantly be searching through the news or online for where I should be eating or what events are going on. Sosh helps keep me fresh and trying new places.

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My top Sosh experiences so far? Sosh suggested “Geek Chic” for me last week. A private cocktail party and space show at the Adler Planetarium. It did not disappoint. Sosh also suggested that I try Headquarters, a “beercade.” Headquarters was a ton of fun, with arcade games and unique drinks. I highly recommend the “Motts cocktail.”

So, Sosh just launched last week in Chicago, and it’s become my new favorite icon on my phone. You can download it for yourself here.

With the nice weather finally starting to come around, I’ll be dragging my boyfriend around this weekend to check out new bar patios to hangout on. I currently have 14 bookmarked. Too many? Never.

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New Spot To Try: Sophie’s at Saks Fifth Avenue

It’s no secret that I have a love of fashion and food, so when the two are combined, I go a little bit crazy. Sophie’s is a new American restaurant perched on the 7th floor of Saks Fifth Avenue Chicago. Set on the magnificent mile, it’s the perfect place to grab a bite while power shopping your way through the Gold coast. One of the first things I wondered when this opened, was “Why name it Sophie’s? Saks explains:

“Long before the advent of so many wonderful American fashion designers, there was a young woman with a sharp eye, profound creativity and a punchy wit. For more than 40 years Sophie Gimbel presided over couture at Saks. The first American designer (male or female) to grace the cover of TIME magazine, she scoured the globe for inspiration and fabric. But, at a time when the fashion world embraced Paris and Milan, and dismissed the U.S., Sophie always returned to New York to design with American style. She was a savvy businesswoman and an avid gardener (who even canned her own fruits and vegetables) who loved entertaining (at home and in a nightclub she helped fund), embracing a simple style in all she did.”

Check it out for yourself: 312.525.3400

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