"Do you know what we need to bring back in this house? Cocktail hour." - Harry Goldenblatt to Charlotte in Sex in the City (Season 6, Episode 1)
Happy kick off to Memorial Day Weekend 2013! Huge shout out to the Jersey Shore for officially opening the area yesterday morning after Hurricane Sandy made its presence known! Being someone who is from Indiana but enjoyed the Jersey Shore (along with surrounding areas Long Branch, West Long Branch, Red Bank, Freehold, etc) each summer due to my mom' family living there (now my Mom is back in the area) - it's so good to hear that the area, like many affected by the storm is doing what it does best - rebuilding and getting back into their stride. I look forward to summertime in Jersey this season with all my faves including the boardwalk, Windmill, Carvel, Friendly's and so much more!
I love a good cocktail when I'm out and I definitely love it when I'm home! Just like I believe that I should be dressed well when I'm outside of the house and the same goes for my lounge/sleepwear at home - I share this sentiment with my cocktails as well! I think it's important to have special glasses and barware that make the process of getting a drink to feel special! Maybe it's because I bartended for a small period of time in college or I'm just one for great presentation! I believe having a stocked bar as well as wine cabinet is an essential.
SMIRNOFF has a new collection of vodkas within their Sorbet Light line including Lemon, Raspberry Pomegranate and Mango Passion Fruit. It's like a Sex in the City moment when you're sipping a number of the fun concoctions that can be made with these. This girly approach to vodka definitely had me intrigued as I wondered if there would be an aftertaste - there wasn't! I love that if you're not feeling like being a master mixer you can take a favorite fruit juice and mix it (I love taking my Ocean Spray Cranberry Pomegranate juice with the SMIRNOFF Sorbet Light Lemon - such a fun zing).
Whether Paul and I are staying in OR we're having a cocktail while I'm getting ready to go out, it still means that we're all about the presentation in general as it makes you giddy for having a great evening when you make a production out of it. Roll over the above images to see why Williams Sonoma and Nambe are on my list of must haves for your bar cart as well as a great recipe for each version of the vodkas selected!