April 25, 2017

Red Wine Berry Spritzer

Guess what guys… Tonight, at 7:30 pm, I’m hopping on a plane and heading to… Italy! Right?! As you guys saw, we had a jam-packed (and INCREDIBLE) weekend full of events at LMP, so this vacation is coming at a perfect time.  I can’t wait to spend a week relaxing, soaking up all those Italian sights, eating copious amounts of pizza, and drinking all of the wine.

This weeks cocktail is inspired by this trip and all of the red wine I will be drinking … the Red Wine Berry Spritzer.

Here’s what you need:

-your favorite red wine (we used a leftover bottle we had in the office)
-Italian sparkling water
-fresh berries (we used raspberries, strawberries and blueberries)
-fresh lime, cut into 1/4 wedges
-fresh mint

Here’s what to do:

1) Rinse all berries and chop up strawberries into 1/4 size pieces. Set aside for garnishing later on.
2) Add ice to each of your wine glasses, filling about halfway. Add in assortment of fresh berries.

3) Squeeze in some fresh lime juice, 1 wedge per glass.
4) Pour red wine on top of ice, lime juice & berries, filling your glass about 3/4 of the way. Let sit for a few minutes to allow berries to soak up some wine.

5) Top off each glass with Italian Sparkling Water. Garnish with fresh mint, and enjoy!

Natalie whipped up some caprese skewers with fresh basil, grape tomatoes and mozzarella, which was the perfect light snack and paired perfectly with this light and fresh cocktail. It certainly did the trick in getting us into the vacation spirit!

You can follow along with my trip on my Instagram, and I will be sharing photos and other details on the blog soon!

Ci vediamo la settimana prossima… Ciao!

xx, Abby
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April 18, 2017

Derby Day Mint Julep Raspberry Iced Tea

We love ourselves a good Kentucky Derby Party! Flowers, horses, big hats, booze… yes please!

When our friends at Four Roses Bourbon sent us a few bottles of their Bourbon Whiskey to try, I decided to play around and come up with a Derby Day cocktail that was a bit more non-traditional… the Mint Julep Raspberry Iced Tea!

Here’s what you need:

-Four Roses Bourbon Whiskey
-freshly brewed raspberry iced tea (you can make your own or buy at the store)
-simple syrup
-fresh raspberries
-fresh lemons
-fresh mint

Here’s what to do:
1) In a pitcher, combine 5 oz. bourbon, 2 oz. simple syrup.  Take some fresh mint sprigs and rip into pitcher to release flavor.  Stir to combine all ingredients, and top with lemon slices.
2) Fill each cocktail glass about halfway with ice.  Pour pitcher mixture on top of ice to fill each glass.
3) Garnish with lemon slice, fresh raspberry and sprig of mint.
4) Add a straw for sipping, and enjoy!

I styled these beauties on our favorite gold bar cart, which we decorated with these adorable DIY Derby Balloons, which Maggie will be teaching you how to make on the blog tomorrow!

Happy Derby Day! I hope you enjoy.

Until next week…

Photos by Maggie Antalek

xx, Abby
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April 13, 2017

How to Host a Dinner Party

I’m sure it comes as no surprise when I tell you that I host a lot of dinner parties. I truly love nothing more than having friends and/or family over for a meal, wine and good company.

Since we host so much around here we thought we should start a “How to Host” series that we could share with you all. We filmed our first series here to show you How to Host a dinner party and we’re pretty jazzed about how it turned out. We will put together a series of these videos to show you how to host the simplest of parties to holiday dinners, birthdays and more. We want to know what you think so please share your feedback with us and if there is anything in particular that you’d like to see…please let us know.

For the How to Host a dinner party series, we went through the process of planning, setting and styling the party.

With a trip to our local farmer’s market we came were inspired by all the greenery and decided on an “Earth Day” theme for this dinner party. We found air plants on Amazon which created an unexpected element to our decor and fresh herbs that we planted into pots for everyone’s place card.

You can find the DIY for our plant place cards included a recipe PDF for each on our blog here. They were so simple to makes for a beautiful little gift for your guests to take home at the end of the night.

Without further ado, we present the first of our “How to Host” series. We hope you enjoy!

Special thanks to the gals behind the lens on this one…
Video footage and Photos by Abby Copleston
Video editing by Maggie Antalek

xx, Seri
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April 11, 2017

Green Tea Sangria

Earth Day is coming up (April 22nd to be exact) and we are taking every opportunity to get in the spirit here at LMP, since we need to be kind to our Earth, now more than ever!

This week, I’m combining two of my favorite beverages – white wine and green tea… to make Green Tea Sangria!

Here’s what you need:
-1 bottle white wine (we used our favorite, Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc)
-4 green tea bags
-4 cups hot water
-fresh mint
-fresh lemon

Here’s what to do:
1) Bring your 4 cups of water to a boil.  Transfer hot water to a pitcher and steep 4 tea bags for about 10 minutes, or to your desired strength.
2) Remove tea bags, and add 1 tbsp of honey to pitcher of hot tea.  Stir gently to mix.  Put pitcher in fridge to cool for about 1 hour.

3) Once cooled, remove pitcher of tea.  In each cocktail glass, fill about 1/3 of the way with white wine.

4) On top of the white wine, fill each glass the rest of the way with chilled tea.  Garnish with lemon slice and fresh mint.

Voila! Super easy, light and delicious.  Think about enjoying this on your front porch on a springy day. Feeling relaxed? So are we!

Until next time…

xx, Abby
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April 4, 2017

Spicy Frozen Mango Margaritas

The other day, I heard a friend say that it is always tequila season, and I couldn’t agree more! Despite that fact that winter has dragged on for way longer than necessary, I’m ready to dive into yummy frozen drinks.

We were looking for a way to warm up on a chilly NYC day last week, so I blended up some Spicy Frozen Mango Margaritas, and paired them with a pineapple salsa that Natalie made.

recipe via The Gunny Sack

Here’s what you need:

-1 cup fresh pineapple, diced
-1 cup fresh peppers, diced (we used red peppers)
-1 tbsp. fresh jalapeño, diced (if you want it spicy!)
-1 roma tomato, diced
-1/4 cup red onion, minced
-1/3 cup fresh cilantro, minced
-3 tbsp. fresh lime juice
-salt & pepper
-tortilla chips

Here’s what to do:

1) Combine all ingredients, except chips, salt & pepper, in a large bowl and mix together until all ingredients are dispersed evenly.
2) Add salt and pepper to taste.


Here’s what you need:

-bag of frozen mango chunks
-fresh mango juice
-silver tequila (I used Patrón Silver)
-triple sec
-hot sauce
-fresh limes
-simple syrup
-chili salt

Here’s what to do:
1) Combine bag of frozen mango chunks, 1 cup mango juice, 3 oz. tequila, 1 tbsp. simple syrup, 1 oz. of triple sec, a dash of hot sauce, and the juice of 2 limes in your blender. Blend until smooth.

2) Using a lime wedge, wet the rim of each of your cocktail glasses.  Place wetted edge on a plate of chili salt to line the rim.

3) Pour frozen mango mixture into each garnished glass. Garnish with a lime wedge for the finishing touch!

Olé! Dip your chip, and take a sip.  Cheers to warmer weather and plenty of tequila…

Until next week!

xx, Abby
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