I'm loving this warm weather. Finally!
Alex and I have been (mildly) obsessed with a fresh watermelon margarita cocktail and we can't stop making it. It's so light and refreshing, yet feels like something we should be drinking on vacation in Miami or the Caribbean. The best part is you only need a few ingredients to make the drink and a quarter of a watermelon makes about 4 cocktails! Also, there's no added sugar so no guilt here!
What You Need:
Watermelon (seedless is best)
Tequila (I used Espolon Blanco)
What To Do:
1) Juice your watermelon + strain the juice with a fine mesh sieve. We use a manual juicer we picked up at Williams Sonoma, but a blender is fine too.
2) Muddle about 4 leaves of mint on the bottom of a highball glass.
3) Fill your highball glass halfway with watermelon juice – about 4 to 5 ounces.
4) Add the juice of half a lime.
5) Add ice and stir thoroughly.
Father's Day is in 12 days!
As part of my deal with Billion Dollar Buyer, I designed custom ties and socks exclusively for Landry's for Father's Day. I absolutely love doing custom and this particular assignment was no exception.
For the tie, I took our popular Mullet tie (business in the front, party in the back) and did a little spin on it. It still has the beautiful woven silk in the front in a stunning shade of blue. But in the back, instead of our party cups, it has little Super Dad shields – reminiscent of Superman – e.g. Clark Kent/Superman – perfect for your Super Dad!
The socks are a "handy dad" theme. They're super cute and made on an unbelievably soft Pima cotton blend in Peru. I love the contrasting red heel and toe on the navy socks.
These items are available EXCLUSIVELY at the Golden Nugget properties and online at https://shop.landrysinc.com. They guarantee shipping in time for Father's Day too.
With Memorial Day weekend around the corner (!!!), prime hangover season has begun. Is it just me or do hangovers seem to come more frequently and be worse than they used to?
Anyway, Alex and I did a day trip to Philly a few months ago. As we were leaving our favorite bar, (The Ranstead Room), and after sipping delicious cocktails with many different infused alcohols and muddled goodies, I made some sort of remark about how I'll feel these drinks the next day. The bartender didn't miss a beat and quickly whipped up his favorite hangover specialty: the Electric Current Fizz, an obscure cocktail from the 1800s that has started making a comeback.
I looked at the raw, runny, egg yolk doused in Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce in a shot glass and the tall, foamy, light cocktail in a highball glass he handed to me. No way. Period. Not happening.
"Bottoms up," the bartender said. He instructed me to first eat the egg yolk, breaking it in my mouth and then chugging the fizz – much like a Boilermaker – you want to down it before it separates!
Here goes nothing.
It was good. REALLY good. I love savory and spicy drinks anyway so the egg yolk with the hot sauce was great followed by the light, refreshing lemon fizzy drink. I could get used to this. And as promised, no hangover the next day.
Move over Irish Carbombs/Boilermakers – the Electric Current Fizz is here to stay.
Below is the recipe – remember, there's always a risk of foodborne illness so please be mindful if you're making this at home or having it out.
What You'll Need:
2 ounces dry gin
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/2 ounce sugar or simple syrup
What To Do:
1) Separate the egg white from the egg yolk. Set the egg yolk aside.
2) Combine the lemon, gin, sugar, egg whites into a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously!
3) Top with soda water.
4) Put the egg yolk in a shot glass, careful to not break it. Add dashes Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco to taste.
In case you didn't know, Mother's Day is fast approaching. It's on the 14th...yes, of this month! I love designing all of the ties, bow ties and socks for men with their cheeky patterns and witty names, but really wanted something that I could enjoy too. Besides the flip flops for ladies and the small scarves in the Riding Derby and Wasp designs, I really don't have much of a selection for women. Don't worry, I'm working on it!
I've wanted to do a colorful and versatile scarf for quite some time that would make people say, "Wow!" So, I'm pleased to introduce you to La Vie en Rose scarf made in Italy on 14 momme Hermes twill in 36 x 36 – such a luxurious and elegant statement piece. Plus, how cute is the tagline – everything grows with love!
There are 10 available. My mom is getting one, but don't tell her!
I love scarves and hope this will be a wonderful start of many more to come!
To shop our scarves, click here.
Hope everyone had a great weekend! Alex and I drove down to the Jersey Shore on Saturday just to get a little break from the city. I know what you're thinking – GTL. But seriously, over the last few years, there are some awesome restaurants and bars that have popped up over there as well as some old favorites. I always love me a little Martell's Tiki Bar for their oversized fresh squeezed OJ + Grey Goose and Red's Lobster Pot for their spicy and tangy lobster fra diavolo in Point Pleasant. But on the way back to the city, after reading some fabulous reviews on this one particular Bloody Mary in Asbury Park, I obviously had to check it out.
The good news: Asbury Park is even closer to get to from the city than Point Pleasant. And besides Porta Pizza, which may be worth a trip itself, the Asbury is a brand new swanky hotel with two rooftop bars, outdoor movies in the summer and a beautiful pool – perfect for a mini weekend getaway. You almost feel like you're in Miami rather than Jersey. (No offense to Jersey!) But I digress...The Bonney Read is located on the corner of Cookman Avenue on the main street and you can't possibly miss it. Even at 4:30 pm on a Sunday, it was bompin'!
Onto the bloody – it was garnished with a snow crab leg, a jumbo shrimp, celery, a large Spanish olive, lemon...yes, I'm still going – a clam, and bacon! The bloody itself was served in a giant mug (really giant) and the rim was lined with Old Bay and topped with three ounces of your choice of vodka, gin, or tequila. I opted for vodka. One of my favorite people on Twitter commented and said, "It would appear that someone has mistaken your cocktail glass for the Admiral's Feast at Red Lobster." (@Flinndiesel) I got a good chuckle out of that!
But anyone can stack their bloodies high with garnishes to detract from a subpar Bloody Mary mix. Not this one. This bloody packed a punch. It was flavorful, had tons of fresh horseradish and black pepper, was the perfect amount of spicy so my ears burned a little, and I'm sure there were some secret spices incorporated that I'd love to get my paws on. When I finished the mini seafood tower, I wasn't disappointed to just be left with their bloody mix, which is often the case.
I definitely recommend taking a break from the city and taking a mini adventure to the shore this summer! And don't forget the Bloody Mary at Bonney Read!
Below are some more picts from the weekend!
The beach at Point Pleasant
At the Tiki Bar
The Re-Rack socks made an appearance this weekend!