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Is it time for an apéritif yet?

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It’s a holiday made by marketers, but hey, that’s how both of us make a living (and I also actually love Lillet), so we’re celebrating – Happy National Apéritif Day!

I like to revisit word definitions (nerd), so an apéritif is an alcoholic beverage (duh) usually served before a meal to stimulate the appetite (that’s why it’s typically dry rather than sweet). Lillet is an apéritif wine from Bordeaux made from a blend of 85% wine and 15% citrus liqueurs that comes in Blanc, Rouge or Rose varieties. It’s one of those French staples that was made to help pass time at sidewalk cafés or jazz up a cocktail hour.

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I don’t have a big apartment, but I always have a bottle of Lillet chilling in the fridge. Lillet Blanc is my favorite, you can throw in a slice of lemon and some carbonated water (flavored if you so desire) or champagne (if you’re feeling frisky) and you’re good to go. Looks fancy, but it’s easy to throw together on a moment’s notice. The Lillet does all the hard work for you, like a little black dress. This summer I’m going to experiment a little more with Lillet Rose – that pink, floral Martha Stewart creation is making me thirsty.

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There are so many delicious versions – happy creating and drinking. Santé! Cheers! TGIF!

P.S. A big thank you to mychildhood friend Ana Beth, who is an incredible hostess, to introducing me to this favorite many years ago.

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Photos courtesy of The Kitchn and Martha Stewart (1, 2) [listed from top to bottom]

Drink like it’s still winter

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Yesterday was the vernal (or March) equinox that is supposed to offiicially usher in spring for the northern hemisphere. Ha! Not just yet Mama Natura, it’s still freezing outside today, and snowed aggressively two days ago, all of which is fine with me. It means things are still working properly (for the moment) and global warming hasn’t entirely fried us yet. I don’t expect to wear ballet flats until April – all is well. So even though it’s technically spring, I’ve been drinking like it’s still winter (since it still feels like it) with thematic drinks that taste like they could be served on Christmas (glogg or hot chocolate with a hit of peppermint schanps, anyone?). Doesn’t this “winter-jito” from Cookshop kind of look like Christmas in a glass?

The other weekend, a dear friend and I ended up heading over there for some drinks in the dead time of late afternoon between brunch and dinner when they don’t serve any food and it’s just a touch too cold to be going on lingering walks. I picked out this drink from the non-alcoholic part of the menu and asked the bartender to “booze it up” – her phrase, not mine (but I like her style). Mojitos are one of my favorite summer cocktails, so this winterized rendition got second and third (and fourth) rounds of support.

I don’t have specific measurements, but I always treat drink-making a bit cavalierly anyway, so here are the ingredients. Happy mixing!

Fresh pomegranate
Fresh muddled mint
Fresh lime slices
Pomegranate-vanilla grenadine
Orange bitters
Club soda
Ice cubes

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Love cocktails. But suck at making them.

{ Blog Swapping Series, Part 1: My bestie over at Girly Obsessions and I have decided to start swapping blogs every couple weeks. She will be bringing you her hostessing skills and we’ll be discussing our obsessions. Check out my post, where I tell you all about my obsession with ballet flats! }

So here’s the thing: I love cocktails. And while I’ll pretty much drink anything, I tend to stick to sauvignon blanc and clear liquors. Unless it’s Kahlua. Or Baileys. Or Chambord. Or red wine. See? Pretty much anything. But as much as I love consuming drinks, I really suck at making them. Even though I own a cocktail shaker, and all the necessary bar tools. And I have a well stocked liquor cabinet in the form of a British telephone booth. (Thanks to an English husband.)

Mixology is a talent I want to possess, but don’t. So, in order to remedy the situation, I bought this adorable little recipe book called Pink Elephants. It contains150 of the most requested drink recipes as well a few simple snacks. Plus it’s small and spiral bound and PINK. With an ELEPHANT. What girl doesn’t need this?? It has a retro vibe with very simple recipes sorted by type of alcohol. It even tells you what type of glass you should use to serve the drink. But lets be honest, does anyone even care what kind of glass it’s served in, as long as it’s served?!

Ashley isn’t done yet!

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