Category: Sip (page 1 of 8)

Just the Taste


If you’re like me, sometimes it’s hard to commit.

When I go to Chipotle I always get the “medium hot” tomatillo. Not spicy. Not mild.

I wear a medium in almost every type of clothing.

I get a grande at Starbucks. Tall doesn’t cut it and venti is overboard.

Goldilocks is my spirit animal.

Ok just kidding about that last one. Everyone knows that Beyonce is my spirit animal forever and always.

But my point is that I’m not attracted to extremes. I like to taste test and go middle-of-the-road and not overindulge.

Enter Flaviar. The idea is an awesome one. They send you a selection of spirits in a tasting pack (with good-sized samples) so you can give them all a test run. What a neato idea for a gift (birthday, housewarming, bachelor, etc.) – or even for yourself. I tried out a whiskey flight which was delightful.

So go with your inner Goldilocks and try some taste testing :)





Pour Me


This past weekend I was up in Paso Robles (about 3 hours north of LA) once again for some wine tasting. I think it’s now fair to say that one of my official hobbies is definitely wine tasting. Day drinking is a hobby, right?

Luckily my friends at Cork Pops hooked me up with this VinoIce wine chiller so that upon returning home with my bountiful collection of vino, I’d be ready to pour!

This little guy is perfect to put a chill on a red or else keep a nice white or rosé (heeeyyyy) cool.

The core of the silver probey looking part that goes into the bottle chills down super quickly when you stick it in the freezer (or a bucket of ice) and the gravity pour lid opens automatically as you tilt to pour … in other words, it’s sweet – and enables your very classy hobby of day drinking. I mean… wine tasting.

Now the question is which bottle do I open first…





Strawberry Kiwi Bellini

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Y’all it’s time for a hump day treat and I don’t know about your neck of the woods but it has been HOT in LA recently. When I’m sweating bullets I don’t want anything heavy – I want light and bubbly and fruity. I want Kristen Bell in a glass.

Bellinis are made with fresh fruit purée and prosecco. Although typically peach, the purée can be anything you want – and I want strawberry and kiwi. Isn’t that the best combo since peanut butter and jelly?

This one is as simple as blending or muddling (go for the blend of you want a smooth sip) fresh strawberries and kiwis. Add a splash of prosecco (or fill the glass… It’s your life) and enjoy!

The Essentials:
Prosecco –
Villa Sandi Prosecco DOC
Mionetto Prosecco Brut, Treviso DOC

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American Cherry Mojito

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This weekend is all about the red, white and blue so today I give you the American Cherry Mojito.

Cherries were part of English explorers’ cargo as early as the 1600s as they colonized North America. The cherry was soon after a subject of American folklore thanks to the story of George Washington chopping down his father’s favorite cherry tree. As an upstanding young boy, however, he could not tell a lie and confessed to his father – which was supposed to be a lesson in the value of honesty and integrity.

Well the story has been deemed very unlikely by historians and biographers, but let’s not let that stop us from smashing some cherries, muddling some mint, and raising a glass.

July 4th cocktail

4 oz. cherry limeade
1.5 oz. Diplomatico Rum (blanco)
10 mint leaves
Cherries / limes / blueberries for garnish
Lime slices for garnish

In a large glass, muddle the mint, cherries and blueberries. Add rum and cherry limeade. Add ice and stir!



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Countdown to Father’s Day: Gift Guide pt. 8

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Okay so despite my week-long countdown, you’ve been putting off getting your dad something for Father’s Day and, oh crap – it’s already today!? Yes, today is Father’s Day!

Well don’t fret – today I give you a last minute gift idea for that special guy.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with sidling up to the bar at home and fixing your dad a tasty cocktail.

And what’s more, if your dad is no longer with us this is a classy way of fixing a round of drinks for your friends and family to toast to his memory, pour one out in his honor, and tell some tales about why he was the best dad ever.

Cheers to you dad (and all you dads who are with us in spirit). You are with us always in everything that we do.

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Father’s Day Cocktail: Casa Noble Tequila Fizz
2 oz. Casa Noble Crystal
1 oz. lime juice
1 oz. agave nectar

Combine ingredients in shaker with ice, shake until chilled. Strain into glass with ice and fill with sparkling water. Garnish with lime and enjoy!


PS – Catch up on previous gift ideas!
Countdown to Father’s Day: Gift Guide pt. 1
Countdown to Father’s Day: Gift Guide pt. 2
Countdown to Father’s Day: Gift Guide pt. 3
Countdown to Father’s Day: Gift Guide pt. 4
Countdown to Father’s Day: Gift Guide pt. 5
Countdown to Father’s Day: Gift Guide pt. 6
Countdown to Father’s Day: Gift Guide pt. 7

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