August 22, 2017

Ruby Red Gin & Tonic

I’ve made a lot of cocktails during my time at LMP and have loved most of them, but sometimes one just stands out from the rest… and this weeks is one of those special ones.

This Thursday, we will be co-hosting an event with our favorite handbag company, MZ Wallace, at their showroom in Soho.  For part of the event, I will be leading a cocktail demo! I knew that I had to pick a drink that would be simple, yet beautiful, so I decided to feature a fruit that has an incredible color… the winner? Ruby Red Grapefruit Gin & Tonic with Rosemary.

Here’s what you need:
-gin (we used Tanqueray)
-tonic water
-ruby red grapefruit juice
-honey
-fresh ruby red grapefruits
-1 inch piece of fresh grapefruit peel
-fresh limes
-fresh rosemary
-ice

Here’s what to do:
1) In a cocktail shaker, combine some pieces of a ruby red grapefruit peel, a splash of ruby red grapefruit juice, rosemary leaves, 1 tbsp. honey and a splash of gin. Muddle together ingredients.


2) Once muddled, add a few pieces of ice to shaker.
3) On top of ice, add 2 oz. gin, 4 oz. tonic, 4 oz. grapefruit juice, and 1/2 oz. lime juice to your cocktail shaker. Shake well to mix.


4) Add a large ice cube to each glass. Pour mixture from cocktail shaker through strainer over ice.


5) Garnish with grapefruit wedge, lime slice and sprig of rosemary.

I love how vibrant and fresh this cocktail looks, and it is the perfect balance of sweet and bitter.

If you are in the NYC area this Thursday, feel free to join us at MZ Wallace to learn how to make this cocktail, sample it, and meet the LMP team in person! You can RSVP here. More info below!

Until next week…. Cheers!

xx, Abby
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August 15, 2017

Golden Dark n’ Stormy with Orange

Maggie and I are both big fans of cocktails with ginger beer in them, and while Moscow mules are absolutely delicious, we wanted to try something new! I am a big fan of Dark n’ Stormy’s when the weather is, well.. stormier, but I wanted to try to make a version that was a little bit better suited for the warmer weather.

Instead of the traditional dark rum, we used Bacardi Gold because that is what we had on hand, and it turned out absolutely delicious. Introducing… the Golden Dark n’ Stormy with Orange!

Here’s what you need:
-gold rum (we used Bacardi Gold)
-ginger beer
-orange juice
-fresh orange peel
-lime juice
-fresh lime
-ice

Here’s what to do:
1) Fill each cocktail glass about halfway with ice.  Over ice, fill glass about 3/4 of the way with ginger beer.
2) Add a 1/4 oz. lime juice and 1/2 oz. orange juice to each glass.  Stir gently to combine ingredients


3) Top each glass off with rum, about 1 oz. in each.


4) Garnish with fresh lime slice and orange peel.

How cool is that orange peel garnish?! I won’t tell you how many tries that took me.

This is the perfect summery drink to enjoy on a hot summer night, ideally for a night out dancing on a rooftop, or for sipping by the pool.

Until next week… Cheers!

xx, Abby
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August 8, 2017

Spicy Pineapple Grapefruit Paloma

Have I ever mentioned how much I love a good tequila drink? To me, there is nothing that says summer like a Margarita or Paloma.  Variations of these that use fresh, seasonal ingredients are even better!

When I was at the farmer’s market the other day, I noticed a ton of beautiful pineapples, and I had to buy one to use in a cocktail.  Which is how we got to… the Spicy Pineapple Grapefruit Paloma!

Here’s what you need:
-silver tequila
-pineapple juice
-fresh grapefruit
-fresh limes
-lime juice
-simple syrup
-chili salt
-ice

Here’s what to do:
1) Pour some chili salt onto a flat plate.  Take a lime wedge and wet the rim of your cocktail glasses, and place the wetted rim on the plate of chili salt to line the rim.


2) Once your rim is lined, set glass aside.  In a cocktail shaker, combine ice, 2 oz. tequila, a splash of lime juice, a splash of simple syrup, 1/2 cup of grapefruit juice and 1.5 cups of pineapple juice.  Shake ingredients until well combined.


3) Pour mixture into each rimmed cocktail glass.


4) Garnish each glass  with a lime slice and grapefruit slice.

Sip, and enjoy! But be careful… that chili salt is spicy!

We served this bad boy for a Taco Tuesday dinner, which will be up on the blog soon, and it was the perfect festive complement to a delicious summer dinner.

Until next time… Cheers!

xx, Abby
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August 1, 2017

A Boozy Limeade Slushy

This whole boozy slushy trend is absolutely brilliant, in my opinion.  Who doesn’t want to enjoy a cocktail that resembles a slurpy and gives you a slight buzz?

For our most recent How to Host Video,  Natalie mixed us up the most DELICIOUS Boozy Limeade Slushy, which was an absolute hit at the bridal shower.  Natalie was kind enough to share her recipe with us so you all can enjoy it at home!

Here’s what you need:
-can of frozen limeade
-your favorite vodka (we used Tito’s)
-simple syrup
-sparkling water or seltzer
-ice
-fresh limes
-blender

Here’s what to do:
1) In a blender, combine the full can of frozen limeade, 5 oz. vodka, 2 oz. simple syrup, 4 cups of ice and 1 cups sparkling water/ seltzer.  Blend until you’ve reached desired consistency.
2) Scoop blended mixture into each cocktail glass.


3) Slice up a fresh lime and garnish each glass.  Add a straw, and sip!

You. Are. Welcome.

Until next week… Cheers!

xx, Abby
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July 25, 2017

Spiked Blueberry Citrus Iced Tea

People typically associate tea with colder weather, and drink it as a way to warm up and unwind after a long fall or winter day.  But I find that tea is enjoyable in all seasons.

Back when I made a video with Harney & Sons a few months ago, I made out like a bandit with a bunch of their tea, which I have been thoroughly enjoying.  With the warmer weather, I have been branching out and trying their Iced Tea flavors, which make for the perfect base for summer cocktails! This weeks cocktail came to me when I tried their Iced Blueberry Green Tea… the Spiked Blueberry Citrus Iced Tea!

Here’s what you need:
-Harney & Son’s Blueberry Green Iced Tea
-your favorite vodka (we used Tito’s)
-fresh blueberries
-fresh lemons
-fresh oranges
-fresh mint
-ice

Here’s what to do:
1) Boil 2 cups of water and pour over tea bag into gallon container.  Let steep for 15 minutes.
2) Once tea is fully steeped, add in 6 cups of cold water.  Remove tea bag. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour to fully chill before you are ready to make your cocktails!
3) Fill each glass with ice, fresh blueberries and slices of fresh orange.


4) Measure 1 oz. of vodka into each glass on top of ice.  Fill glass the rest of the way with blueberry iced tea.


5) Squeeze a little bit of lemon into each glass, and then garnish with fresh lemon and mint.

I like tea unsweetened, but if you prefer a bit of sweetness to yours, you can add some sugar or simple syrup to taste.

Once you’ve reached your desired level of sweetness, sip, and feel yourself relax.

Until next week… Cheers!

xx, Abby
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