Mexican Kombucha Mule

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Kombucha Mule | ELL.

Kombucha Mule | ELL.

Kombucha Mule | ELL.

Kombucha Mule | ELL.

Kombucha Mule | ELL.

Kombucha Mule | ELL.

Kombucha Mule | ELL.

Kombucha Mule | ELL.

Happy happy Friday! I am sure glad this week is coming to a close. Elliot graduates from grad school this weekend, and we are ready to celebrate!

In order to properly kick off the weekend, cocktails are definitely necessary. This week, I had the amazing pleasure of receiving an assortment of kombucha from Health-Ade, one of my favorite kombucha companies! When I saw the Ginger-Lemon flavor, I knew it would be perfect for a mule. And since I didn’t want to make any regular mule, this one is made with tequila! I love that this mule is a little healthier than most too, since it has all of the benefits of the yummy kombucha. I can’t wait to show you some more of the fun things I do with the other flavors!

Kombucha Mule

1.5 oz. Silver Tequila

Juice from 1/2 lime

1/2 oz. Simple syrup

3-4 oz. Ginger Lemon Kombucha

Ice

Combine all ingredients in a copper mug. Stir + enjoy!

(Note: If you are a fan of mules that are a little heavier on the ginger spice side like I am, I recommend adding a splash of ginger beer at the end.)

Cheers!

xx

 

 

Darling Dinner

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Darling Dinner | ELL.

Darling Dinner | ELL.

Darling Dinner | ELL.

Darling Dinner | ELL.

Darling Dinner | ELL.

Darling Dinner | ELL.

I had the lovely opportunity again to help Jill of Layered Vintage construct a beautiful space for the Darling Dinner in San Diego. Her creative inspiration came from the eight different personas that Darling Magazine has for women (visit their website and find out which one you fit!). Jill created a magical “secret garden” scheme, complete with a wall of climbing vines and intertwined flowers. With the help of numerous vendors, the decor was gorgeous (and dinner + drinks were amazing, too!). I especially loved each intimate lounge area with furniture from Adore Folklore. The color palette and textures made my heart happy!

Design + Florals: Layered Vintage | Curation: Kara Dykert  | Catering: MIHO Catering Co. | Bartending: Barçon Cocktail Co. | Drinks: Malahat Spirits| Tabletop Decor: Hostess Haven | Venue: Moniker Warehouse | Rentals: Adore Folklore | Candles: Often Wander | Calligraphy + Paper Goods: Studio VonBerg | Favors: Nic Roc Designs 

 

Tropical Mojito

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Tropical Mojito | ELL.

Tropical Mojito | ELL.

Tropical Mojito | ELL.

Tropical Mojito | ELL.

Tropical Mojito | ELL.

 

Happy first Friday of June! I am so happy that summer is on its way. Warm weather and tropical drinks sound wonderful to me.

This week’s cocktail was inspired by The Roc Shop’s brand new line of tropical cocktail accessories! If you haven’t been to the shop yet, you must check it out on Etsy. The new line is launching this Friday, and I’m obsessed! Palm trees, pineapples, and flamingos are everywhere, and I love it.

If you’re in the tropical spirit, then you will LOVE this mojito. It reminds me of one I used to get at The Rooftop bar in Laguna. It’s pretty much summer perfection. Cheers!

Tropical Mojito

2 Lime wedges

2 Sugar cubes

2-3 Mango chunks

5-7 Mint leaves

2 oz. White rum

3 oz. Pineapple Juice

Club Soda

Ice

Muddle lime wedges, sugar cubes, mango, and mint leaves in a glass. Add rum and pineapple juice. Fill with ice and top off with club soda. Enjoy!

The Venue

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Oh my goodness, you guys. We have officially booked a wedding venue! After being engaged 8 months and looking at countless places (and I seriously mean that), we have found one that we love!! This is pretty exciting news over here, since at one point it seemed like we would NEVER find one that we all liked.

The Casino San Clemente is officially ours for May 27, 2016. It makes me smile just saying that sentence. We have a real date, a real time, and a REAL place. We knew the place was pretty much perfect when we saw the restaurant sign on the adjoining cafe.. It’s called Ellie’s Table, and that’s about as close to both our names as you can get.

This historic property was built in the 1930s and was used by the Hollywood greats as a dance hall and party place (So no, it is not an actual casino. Think more along the lines of the Casino in Catalina). The venue is perfect for us, since it has two beautiful outdoor patios as well as a gorgeous ballroom with vaulted ceilings. Indoor/outdoor space was definitely on the list of must-haves. I’m in love with the overall white mission/adobe-feel of the place, which will be the perfect backdrop for any decor. The succulents planted around the property are pretty ideal, too.

Now that the place has been picked, it’s time to bring out the wedding binder and start planning this thing. I’m so excited for the next year ahead!

xx

 

Cherry Limeade

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Cherry Limeade | ELL.

Cherry Limeade | ELL.

Cherry Limeade | ELL.

Cherry Limeade | ELL.

Yay for Friday! So, I’m getting a little tired of these gloomy San Diego mornings we tend to be having lately. I’m in the mood for summer weather, beach picnics, and poolside cocktails, but Mother Nature doesn’t seem to be on the same page. None the less, I’m still getting in the summertime spirit with sunny cocktails.

This week, I took a fun retro classic and turned it into a yummy Cherry Limeade cocktail! These maraschino cherries are such a fun addition to the drink, especially since they turn it pink! If you aren’t in the mood to squeeze your own limes for the limeade, you can definitely substitute pre-made limeade or lime juice. This tart and fresh drink will be perfect to sip in the sunshine (hopefully sometime soon!)

Cherry Limeade Cocktail (serves 1)

Juice of 1 lime

1 oz. Simple syrup

1.5 oz. Vodka

3 Maraschino cherries

1/2 oz. Maraschino cherry juice (from jar)

Club Soda

Ice

Mix  lime juice, simple syrup, vodka, maraschino cherries and cherry juice  in a glass. Add ice and fill the rest of the glass with club soda. Cheers!

xx

 

 

 

Stone Fruit Spritzer

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Stone Fruit Spritzer | ELL.

Stone Fruit Spritzer | ELL.

Stone Fruit Spritzer | ELL.

Happy Friday! I am so excited for summer to be here. I love the sunshine, picnics, and all of the yummy seasonal fruits. Stone fruits in particular are some of my favorites, and this week I spotted some fresh apricots on sale at my local market! This means that full blown stone fruit season is right around the corner, so this girl is pretty excited.

While at Target last week, I found a lovely little juice company called Wild Poppy, which is actually based right here in California. Their flavors are all unique and sounded like perfect cocktail starters, so I decided to give one a try.Their Peach Vanilla flavor made the recipe perfect! Although this might not be a traditional spritzer, the bubbly & lightness of the drink made it  fit in the category quite well. Swap out the vodka for bourbon and you have yourself another great cocktail too. I  will definitely be making a few of these over the long weekend. You can even muddle a few for yourself at home and pack them up for a Memorial Day picnic!

Stone Fruit Spritzer (serves 1)

1/2 of an Apricot

1/2 oz. Simple syrup

1.5 oz. Vodka

3 oz. Wild Poppy Peach Vanilla

Lemon seltzer water

Ice

Muddle the apricot half and simple syrup together in a glass. Add vodka and Peach Vanilla juice, then add ice to the glass. Top off with seltzer water and stir.

Cheers!

xx

Sunday Florals

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This is definitely one of my favorite dresses in my closet. It’s floral, feminine, and flowy, which makes it easy and oh so fun to wear (and it happens to be Free People, my all time fav). I adore the back cut out too. I first saw it when I was visiting SLO and wine tasting with some friends, and a girl walked into the winery wearing it. We immediately asked where she had gotten it, and within the week two of us ordered it!

Recently, it’s been so cloudy and rainy down here in San Diego, which can be hard to handle when you’re used to 75 degrees every day! When we were taking these pictures, the sun came out for just a bit, which was such a gift. I am definitely looking forward to the sunshine and warmth of summer right about now!

xx

Cucumber Collins

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Cucumber Collins | ELL.

Cucumber Collins | ELL.

Cucumber Collins | ELL.

Happy Friday! It’s a rainy one here in San Diego, but I actually don’t mind it this time. Since it’s so gloomy out, I thought this refreshing cocktail would bring a little bit of sunshine to the weekend. This Cucumber Collins has a little twist with the edition of the elderflower flavor from the St. Germain. It’s quite delightful, and definitely a must-try for the spring & summer season! Have a lovely weekend!

 

Cucumber Collins (serves 1)

2 Slices of cucumber

1 oz. Lemon juice

1/2 oz. Simple syrup

1/2 oz. St. Germain Liqueur

2 oz. Gin

Club Soda

Ice

Muddle the cucumbers, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a mixing glass. Add gin and St. Germain. Strain into two glasses filled with ice. Top with club soda, and enjoy!

xx

Darling Cocktail Party

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A few weekends ago, I had the privilege of assisting the amazing Jill from Layered Vintage  and Kara Dykert from Darling Events with the Darling San Diego cocktail party. Along with many other vendors and creatives, we worked to set up an fun and intimate party at Pow Wow Studios. The space was perfect for the event, since the studio is filled with aisles of vintage furniture that can be rented! I was so happy and thankful to be a part of the experience, since I was able to meet so many wonderful people in the creative SD industry. Among the wonderful vendors and helpers were Type & Title (calligraphy), Tend (plants and greenery), Kim from Dainty Lion, MIHO Catering,  and The Photo Bus. There were so many others that helped and attended as well, and it was so amazing to meet each and every one!

One of my favorite parts of the event was definitely the Floral Swag Bar that Jill and her team put together. Guests could come to the booth and pick out flowers to put in their hair! The three different cocktail bars were a hit as well, with each having a different signature themed cocktail. I can’t wait until the next Darling event!

xx

Berry Old Fashioned

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Berry Old Fashioned | ELL.

Berry Old Fashioned | ELL.

Berry Old Fashioned | ELL.

Elliot and I couldn’t be further apart when it comes to cocktails. I’ll take a margarita or cosmo any day, while he picks anything with gin or whiskey. So, once in awhile, I feel like it’s best to come up with a cocktail that fits his fancy more than mine (which means leaving out the vodka or tequilla.) I really wish I liked whiskey, but I just don’t think I’m cut out for it. However, if you do enjoy a good bourbon cocktail, this one is definitely a must try. It’s Elliot’s favorite drink that we’ve made at home so far, so it’s been officially approved by a bourbon-lover. I figured a spin on an old fashioned might be interesting, and this one was definitely fun to make.The berries and lemon lighten up the drink a bit, making it a tad more summery.

One note on the tart cherry grenadine… if you don’t have the Quince & Apple brand syrup, you can make your own grenadine at home. If you use the regular kind, it will be much too sweet and maraschino cherry-tasting. To make the syrup, just combine 1 cup of dark cherry juice and 1/4 cup sugar in a pan, and bring to a boil. Let the sauce simmer until it reduces to a thick syrup (about 15 minutes). Otherwise, you can omit the grenadine from the recipe all together, and you’ll still have a yummy drink!

For those non-whiskey lovers out there, this recipe can also be converted to a vodka cocktail. Just replace the bourbon with a shot and a half of vodka, and top it off with club soda. Cheers!

Berry Old Fashioned (serves 1)

4 Raspberries

5-7 Blueberries

1 Sugar cube

2 Dashes of bitters

1/2 oz. Lemon juice

1/2 oz. Tart cherry grenadine

2 Shots bourbon

Ice

Muddle berries, sugar cube, and bitters in a glass. Add lemon juice, grenadine, bourbon, and ice. Stir well.

xx