Friday, July 29, 2011

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Drink This, Wear That!



Today's featured liqueur adds color and retro 80's style to every bar cart and liquor cabinet that it graces with its presence!  Even if you're not a big fan of melon flavor, the Midori bottle is worth having just for the bright green color and the kitsch factor.  And how can  you go wrong prancing around in this to die for bra by Fleur of England and GAWGEOUS necklace by Bijoux Heart? Now all you need is a little Billy Idol on the boom box and a Kampai-Eyed Champagne Cocktail in your hand!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wine Wednesday: Pomegranate Wine Sangria

With the upcoming BlogHer conference little more than a week away we wanted to take this opportunity to thank Twin Pomegranates Wine for their sponsorship! Check out the delicious Holiday Sangria that we made using their tasty Pomegranate Table wine:


Pomegranate Wine Sangria

Makes 8-10 glasses

One 750 ml bottle of Pomegranate Table Wine
1/2 grapefruit (sliced into circles)
1 lemon (sliced into circles)
1 orange (sliced into circles)
1 persimmon (sliced into circles)
4 kumquats (sliced into circles)
½-1 cup dark rum
Seeds of 1 pomegranate
Juice of 2 oranges (Appx. ¾ cup)
Juice of 2 lemon (Appx. ½ cup)
1 cup Star Anise Simple Syrup (see recipe below)
Club soda (to top)

Slice grapefruit, lemon, orange, persimmon and kumquats. Add fruit to a bowl, including the pomegranate seeds. Pour in one 750 ml bottle of pomegranate wine. Next add dark rum and ½ of the Star Anise Simple Syrup (reserve the other half for guests to adjust the sweetness of their individual drinks). Briefly stir mixture and chill for at least 2 hours (overnight is best), to allow for the flavors to fully develop. Serve with a star anise, a little bit of fruit, and a fresh citrus slice in each glass. Just before serving top off each glass with club soda (if not using club soda, reduce amount of simple syrup to taste). Give each glass a stir.
Note: feel free to replace any of the sliced fruit with what's currently in season now like peaches, plums, nectarines, etc...

Star Anise Simple Syrup

½ cup sugar
½ cup water
4-5 star anise pods

Add all ingredients to a small pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and stir until sugar disappears. Turn off stove and let the mixture steep and cool for one hour (or overnight, if you make it ahead of time).

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

DIY Tuesday: Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup



Pearl ring by Ciara Serumgard, Crystal ring is vintage, Bracelets by Givenchy, Nail polish in Passion Fruit by Orly

Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup

Step #1:  Cut vanilla bean in half and split down the middle
Step #2:  Scrape vanilla beans out of the pod and add to a saucepan
Step #3:  Add ½ cup water
Step #4:  Add ½ cup sugar
Step #5:  Add empty vanilla bean pod
Step #6:  Bring ingredients to a boil and cook until sugar dissolves
Step #7:  Let cool and remove vanilla bean pod. 

And look at all the tasty drinks you can make with it!

Sparkle-tini
Blueberry & Vanilla Bean Mojito
Cherry & Vanilla Bean Mojito
Jersey Shore Champagne Cocktail
Cupcake Champagne Cocktail

Monday, July 25, 2011

Mojito Monday: Blueberry & Vanilla Bean





Blueberry & Vanilla Bean Mojito

Makes 1

15 fresh blueberries
2 ounces white rum
1 ounce Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup
1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
10 mint leaves
Club soda

In a glass muddle blueberries, Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup, lime juice and mint. Add rum and stir. Fill glass with crushed ice and top off with club soda.  ¡Salud!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Fun Fact Friday: We Heart Movies!

Our dad is quite the film buff, so growing up we were exposed to movies of all kinds.  And although he wouldn't agree with our top pick, we can't help but love the 1983 iconic gangster movie Scarface!  In fact, you can see us doing our best Tony Montana impersonations here! While Katherine enjoys a variety of film genres including sci-fi (only if cats are involved, mind you), Bollywood, 80's, and anything with a Ry Cooder soundtrack, Flannery prefers films about people who have money, people who want money, and people who want more money.  Plans are in the works for cocktail versions of all of our favorite movies, so stay tuned!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Drink This, Wear That!

When we discovered jewerly designer and blogger Kristina Klarin we couldn't stop drooling over her festive bubble gum-inspired jewelry!  Now you just need a Bubble Gum Mojito in your hand to complete the look!  Cheers!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Bloggers We Love: Jessica Marx

We met blogger/interior designer Jessica Marx at a fabulous party at The Parker Hotel  in Palm Springs (see that post here!) and we immediately clicked!  We talked for hours, only taking breaks to pose for Dynasty photo shoots and drink Fabulosi-tinis!  We recently got the chance to ask her some questions about blogging, fashion and, OF COURSE, cocktails!!!

Fashionably Bombed:  We simply adore your blog, Life's Little Jems!  It's so clean and chic and we love how you get design inspiration from everything- interiors, food, fashion, etc... So how long have you been blogging and how did you get started?
Jessica Marx:  I started Life’s Little Jems a little over a year ago. Blogging to me started as a means by which to organize all the amazing things that inspire me from furniture to fashion, food to photography. There are so many beautiful things that influence my designs and ideas. It can be hard to keep track of them all. I’m a total visual learner, so by blogging about it I am able to keep a record in my memory.

FB: So how would you sum up your blog in a sentence?
JM: Basically, I think that the name says it all… Life’s Little Jems (I spell it with a ‘j’ cause those are my initials). It’s all about those little gems in life you stumble upon on a daily basis and use for inspiration.

FB: We noticed that you have a new Etsy shop on your blog that is filled with UH-mazing things! What kinds of things catch your eye when you're out scouring flea markets and estate sales?
JM: Thank you! I’m all about finding that diamond in the rough. I love finding things that are maybe a little beat up and not in the best condition but you know underneath all that dirt and grime is something fabulous and sparkly. Oh, and if it’s gold that helps too.
FB: Oh yeah! LOVE gold!!!

FB: As you know, we're all about two things: Fashion and Cocktails! So we have to ask you to describe your favorite outfit, and of course, what cocktail you would pair with it!
JM: Well… as you know fashion is always changing and evolving, but after my recent trip to Paris I’m really digging that Parisian elegance. Maybe a pair of skinny jeans, a cute blouse and a Chanel-ish tweed blazer, and obviously a pair of fabulous ballet flats. Then I pile up the jewelry and accessories to take the chic factor up a few notches. I’d probably say that this type of outfit is best worn with a glass of champagne and with a few crushed strawberries.
FB: Love it! Chic and delicious!

FB: We know that you're an interior designer, in fact your house was recently featured in Rue magazine (see photos here!) So if you were going to design Fashionably Bombed's headquarters, what would it look like???
JM: Easy, it would be an overload of all things glittery and colorful. I mean just over the top fabulous with sparkles, garlands, confetti, bright colorful chairs and tables, and a giant gold mixing bar in the center… wait is this space supposed to be functional as well?
FB: OMG, you are SOOOO hired!!!

FB: Do you have a signature cocktail that you make? The Little JEM-tini, for example??? LOL! If not, what do you typically order when you go to a bar?
JM: Ohhhh…I’d love a JEM-tini, I’ve never had one, but if you ladies whipped one up for me I’d order it every time! Now if the bartender I’m ordering from isn’t as fabulous as you two girls I usually stick with a mojito, light, refreshing, and I adore anything with fresh mint.
FB: Good choice! In case you haven't noticed, we have a slight obsession with those infamous Cuban concoctions!

FB: Is there a particular Fashionably Bombed cocktail/blog post that speaks to you? If so, what does it say?
JM: The Sparkle-tini… I mean I think it’s pretty self-explanatory! Champagne, strawberries, chocolate, glitter, Absolute Perfection!

FB: Is there anything else we should know about you and/or your blog? Got any exciting things in the works that you care to share?
JM: I’m just working away on a few residential design projects and about to embark on a new commercial space here in down town LA… the fashion district to be exact! Between my design company, the blogging, and the shoppe I’m pretty busy… but who knows maybe it will soon be time for another business venture… custom furniture pieces, accessories, or textiles perhaps?!? The last 6 - 7 months have been a complete whirlwind and I honestly feel like the luckiest girl in the world.
Cheers girls!
FB: Oooooh! Very exciting! Thank you so much Jessica!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

DIY Tuesday: And the Winner is...

Today is the day that we announce the winner of our DIY Cocktails book giveaway!  All of the names went into a hat and...drumroll please...the winner is...Gina Rebecca Ruth Becker! And here is her winning cocktail recipe:

The Sexy Librarian

Makes 1

2 oz lychee-infused vodka
2 oz pineapple juice
1 oz cranberry juice
1 tbsp Cointreau

Shake and serve in a chilled cocktail glass, garnish only with your lips.

How to infuse your vodka:
Start with a medium- to high-quality vodka. (The Kirkland brand from Costco is surprisingly good and you can get a toddler-sized bottle for a good price.) Fill a 12 or 16 oz Ball jar halfway with peeled lychee and pour to cover with vodka. Store in a cool, dark place for two weeks. Remove fruit and store vodka in freezer.

When it's all done, try eating a lychee by itself if you can stand it--basically all of the water in the fruit is exchanged for vodka, so you know what that means. Also, if you're like me, you've been pronouncing it "lie-chee." When the hippie at Whole Foods corrects you ("it's actually 'lee-chee'") you can tell him your librarian said it may be pronounced either way (see http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lychee). :)

Special thanks to Marcia Simmons and Jonas Halpren of Drink of the Week.

DIY Tuesday: Rosemary Simple Syrup





Rosemary Simple Syrup

Step #1:  Put on your largest, most sparkly cocktail ring and go pick 5 rosemary springs from the herb garden!
Step #2:  Roughly chop rosemary and add to a saucepan
Step #3:  Add ½ cup water
Step #4:  Add ½ cup sugar
Step #5:  Bring ingredients to a boil and cook until sugar dissolves
Step #6:  Let steep overnight and then strain
Step #7:  Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.  Now let the mixology madness begin!

Need a recipe idea???  Go make our delicious Peach & Rosemary Mojito!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Mojito Monday: Peach & Rosemary

 
I really love your peaches, wanna shake your tree...

Peach & Rosemary Mojito

Makes 1

1 small peach (roughly chopped)
2 ounces white rum
1 ounce Rosemary Simple Syrup (get the recipe here)
1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
Club soda

In a glass muddle peach, Rosemary Simple Syrup, lime juice and rosemary. Add rum and stir. Fill glass with crushed ice and top off with club soda. Now say goodnight to the bad guy.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Fun Fact Friday: We Heart Candy!

On Katherine: Turquoise Necklace by Banana Republic, Red Sequin Heart by Ban.do, Red Blouse by French Connection. On Flannery: Gold Sequin Scarf by Ban.do, Red and White Striped Top by Ella Moss
If you've spent any time AT ALL on our blog, the fact that we are sugar junkies is probably not breaking news. We enjoy those white crystals in all forms- cake, cupcakes, cookies, Coca-Cola...but we happen to be especially fond of candy! And we get even more excited when that candy is in a cocktail! So if you're looking for candy cocktail recipes, take your pick!

Got a thang for chocolate?
Reese's Peanut-tini
Honey Bunny

Like a little pain with your pleasure? This one hurts SOOOO good:
Pop Rock of Love

Want something to chew on after your cocktail is long gone?
Bubble Gum Mojito
Yo Homie! Peep This-tini

Want to relive your childhood (but this time with alcohol)?
Cotton Candy-tini

Orange You Glad I'm A Conversation Heart Martini?

In the mood to celebrate Christmas in July?
Candy Cane-tini

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Drink This, Wear That: Bastille Day Edition!

Today we bring you a new feature that breaks our blog concept down to the very basics--Cocktails & Fashion!  And in honor of our French heritage, we just simply had to do something to celebrate Bastille Day!  Our grandmother was born and raised in Marseille, in the south of France, and we have many cousins in various cities around the country who we visit as often as possible!  And, seriously, does it get any better than that?

Green sequined dress by French Connection, Pink Pop Flower by Ban.do
Today's featured liqueur is St. Germain, which we love everything about!  The bottle, the flavor, the ad campaigns... And although we get lots of liquor samples sent to us, nothing has ever arrived as chicly as this particular package!  We were very impressed- from the colorful photos in the press kit to the beautiful recipe cards.  There was even a handwritten note!  Ladies and Gentlemen, St. Germain is keepin' it classy. And if you're wondering what to do with it, check out our Fabulosi-tini cocktail or just mix it with champagne.  VoilĂ !

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Adult Root Beer Float








Talk about a tasty and EASY summertime treat!  Imbibe one of these bad boys and you'll be cold chillin' in no time!

Adult Root Beer Float

Makes 1

Root beer
2 ounces vanilla vodka (See our DIY recipe here!)
2 scoops vanilla ice cream

Fill glass halfway with root beer and add vanilla vodka.  Stir and then add ice cream scoops.  Top off with more root beer if needed.  Now kick off your flip flops and reeeeelax! 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

DIY Tuesday: Giveaway!!!






















We are all about "Do It Yourself" when it comes to cocktails!  So we're starting a new weekly feature where we empower you to let your DIY flag fly!  We're teaching you mad skillzzzzz like how to make your own flavored liquors (let's be honest, the world needs more bubblegum-infused vodka), simple syrups, and garnishes even!  And to officially kick it off, we're doing a...wait for it...GIVEAWAY!  Marcia Simmons and Jonas Halpren of Drink of the Week have written a fabulous book appropriately called DIY Cocktails and they want to give YOU a copy!  Full of gorgeous photos, this book teaches you how to invent your own signature draaaaank!  All you have to do to enter is comment below and tell us how you make your favorite DIY cocktail.  Oh, and bonus points if you post a picture of it up on our Facebook page!  OK...Ready? Go!
The winner will be announced on Tuesday, July 19th!  Bonne chance!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Mojito Monday: Cantaloupe & Basil

Say "Hello" to our little friend...The Cantaloupe & Basil Mojito!



We always tell the truth, even when we lie.

The world is yours!



Welcome to a new weekly installment that we like to call Mojito Monday!  If you can't tell by now, we're just slightly obsessed with the 1983 iconic gangster film Scarface.  We've seen it a million times, we can recite the film line by line (accent and everything), and when we think of Cuba (the birthplace of the Mojito), refugee Tony Montana is the first thing that comes to mind! 

Today's mojito is a tasty way to use up garden herbs and ripe melons.  Salud!

Cantaloupe & Basil Mojito

Makes 1

10 small basil leaves
1 cup cantaloupe pieces (roughly chopped)
2 ounces white rum 
2 tablespoons sugar
1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
Club soda

In a glass muddle basil, cantaloupe, sugar and lime juice.  Add rum and stir.  Fill glass with crushed ice and top off with club soda.  Now say goodnight to the bad guy.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Cool as a Cucumber

Summer is here and you're HOT!  So whip up a batch of these fresh and tasty cucumber concoctions and, if at all possible, serve them in vintage gold Moroccan glasses- trust us, you'll be all kinds of cool!



Cool as a Cucumber

Makes 1

5 fresh raspberries
5 thin cucumber slices
1 ounce gin
1-½ ounce simple syrup (depending on how sweet you like your draaaaaanks!)
½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
Club soda

Muddle raspberries and cucumber in a glass.  Add gin, simple syrup and lime juice and stir.  Fill glass with ice and top with club soda.  Bottoms up!

Friday, July 1, 2011

4th of July Mojito

We know that you know that we LOVE mojitos! So we couldn't resist creating a red, white and blue one to celebrate the 4th of July!  Oh yeah, and those are edible glitter stars floating on top!  Could we be any more patriotic???



























4th of July Mojito

Makes 1

2 ounces white rum
1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
1 ounce simple syrup
10 mint leaves
2-3 sliced strawberries
10-15 blueberries
Silver edible glitter stars

In a glass muddle lime juice, simple syrup, mint, strawberries and blueberries.  Add rum and stir.  Fill glass with crushed ice and top off with club soda.  Garnish with a skewer of strawberries and blueberries and sprinkle edible glitter stars on top!
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