#OttEuropeanInvasion Food Inspiration – Mojito

We are starting a little series inspired by the all the glorious food we tasted while we were away on the #otteuropeaninvasion! (We know, we know, we still need to post our pictures from the trip! Caroline has finished her grueling finals and is coming home on Tuesday and then we will get right to work!)
Since it is Friday, I thought that I would kick off the series with a cocktail to get you in the mood for the weekend!  While in Barcelona we ate at a vibrant Mexican restaurant, Rosa Negra, recommended to me by my friend Erika.  It was so delicious.   I was particularly impressed by their take on a Mojito.  I took some notes and played with the ingredients when I got home.mojito

Here is what you need:
1TB of RAW sugar
1/2 of a lime
5-6 mint leaves
2oz of white rum
2 dashes of bitters
club sodamojito3

Into a glass, add the sugar. Squeeze in the juice from the lime and then throw the lime into the glass, as well. Tear up the mint leaves and add. Muddle these ingredients. (This is my first time muddling, people!! I usually use a cocktail shaker.)mojito2

Add the rum and the bitters. Add ice and top it off with club soda.mojito4

I think it’s a nice change of pace from a regular mojito.  It’s not as sweet.  If you are someone who likes a sweet drink, I would add in some agave when you are muddling.mojito5 mojito6

Cheers to the weekend!!

The Winter Cocktail

My dear friend Elise gifted me a bottle of Patron Citronge. Up until then I had never heard of it before so it was time to start experimenting. There are so many great warm weather cocktails out there. But what about those of us caught in the polar vortex? I made it my mission to make something just as delicious for the colder months. I figured that Patron Citronge would pair well with citrus fruits and since oranges are in season (and on sale) during the winter that is where it began.  To really hit home with the winter theme, I decided to add few drops of vanilla flavor to gives it a rich, woody taste. A new cocktail was born, The Winter Cocktail.  I am excited to share it with you! I tested it on my book club girls and they approved.

Here is what you need:
– Freshly squeezed orange juice
– Freshly squeezed lemon juice
– Gin
– Aperol
– Patron Citronge
– Vanilla flavor
– Cocktail shaker (My sister in law Samantha got me this one from Anthro! Isn’t it so cute?!)Wintercocktail You must squeeze the juice yourself otherwise it won’t taste nearly as good.  Back away from the Tropicana people. wintercocktail2 Add 4oz of orange juice and 2oz of lemon juice to your cocktail shaker.  (This usually amounts to 1 orange and 1 lemon – which makes it easy!) wintercocktail3 Now add 2oz of gin, 1 oz of Parton Citronge, 1oz of Aperol and 1/2 a teaspoon of Vanilla flavor! wintercocktail4 Add 2 handfuls of ice to your shaker.  Shake it like a polaroid picture until it is cold! Serve straight up. (Something to try when it gets warmer – omit the vanilla and serve on the rocks!)wintercocktail5Is it 5:00pm yet?  If you test it out, let me know how it goes!

The Pink & Gray – My Signature Drink

One of my favorite and hardest things on my list of 30 things to do before I’m 30 was #16: create my own signature cocktail.  Steve is famous for his “Stever” and so I needed one of my own!  I enlisted the help of a my good friend Tom Olcott who is an excellent mixologist –  he created Motto so… yep, I went to the right person.  May I introduce to you the Pink & Gray!


p&gingredientsThe Ingredients:

  • 2 oz of  tequilla blanco
  • 2 large fresh basil leaves
  • 2 oz of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 3/4 oz of agave
  • 3/4 oz of Pom
  • Club soda
  • Pepper


Grab your citrus squeezer and start juicing those grapefruits!


A 1/2 a grapefruit usually yields about 3-4 oz.

p&ggrapefruitHow to make it: Fill your cocktail shaker with a handful of ice.  Roughly break up the basil and add it to the shaker.  Now add the grapefruit juice, tequila, agave and Pom.  Shake it up!!
p&gbasilPour into a glass and top with a little club soda.  (It is delicious strait up or on the rocks.)   And now for the gray… A little garnish of pepper!

And here she is in all her glory…The Pink & Gray on the Gray lady! p&ggrayladyEnjoy!!