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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

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

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

Enjoy!

~j

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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!

Love,
~j

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

Countdown to Father’s Day: Gift Guide pt. 7

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Alright we’re well into my week-long gift guide countdown to Father’s Day and since tomorrow is the big day, I give you an option that is thoughtful, unique, and doesn’t even require overnight shipping!

If “stuff” isn’t all that important to your pops, give him an experience instead – namely, cook the big guy an awesome dinner to share good eats and conversation with your family and friends!

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Chili Recipe feat. Sapporo
Ingredients:
Olive Oil (enough to coat the bottom of a large sauté pan)
1/4 cup of Minced Garlic
1 lb of ground turkey 85/15 (or other ground meat of your choosing. You can also combo other meats also like pulled chicken, ground beef, ground pork, etc.)
1/8 cup of granulated garlic
1/8 cup of granulated onion
1/8 cup of paprika
1/8 cup of ground cumin
A pinch of Italian seasoning
A pinch of ground coriander
A pinch of smoked sea salt
A pinch of ground pepper
2 16 oz cans of organic vegetarian chili (if you cannot find organic canned veggie chili, a nonorganic one is fine also.
Note: if you prefer and have time, you can use dried beans
1 16 oz can of cannellini beans (rinse and drain)
1/2 of a 28oz. can of crushed tomatoes
1 6oz can of tomato paste
1/2 cup of homemade or jarred tomato sauce of your choosing
1/4 cup of BBQ sauce (homemade or brand of your choosing)
1/4 cup of Heinz ketchup
1/2 of a 12 oz bottle/ or 1/2 of a 16 oz can of Sapporo Premium

Instructions:
1. Cover bottom of large sauté pan with olive oil and add minced garlic
2. Season ground meat with a pinches of granulated garlic, onion and chili powder and salt and pepper
3. Brown ground meat in large pan with heat turned up about half way so to not burn meat and spice mixture
4. Once meat is browned, transfer to slow cooker
5. Add canned chili or soaked beans, rest of all spices, sauces, pastes, beer and stir in crock pot to blend all ingredients together
6. Set cooker to low and timer to 8 hours. After 8 hours, cooker will switch to warm if you are not serving right away
7. Make sure to stir every hour or so, so chili doesn’t stick and tomato based products don’t burn
8. Feel free to top with chopped up cooked bacon, fried onions, shredded cheese, sour cream, scallions or anything you like
9. Serve with crackers and ice cold Sapporo!

Enjoy!

~j

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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. 3

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Day 3 of my week-long countdown to dad and today I give you a gift that Don Draper would certainly approve.

If your dad is a classy dude who enjoys a fine cigar and a whiskey on the rocks, then go with these:

A silicon ice mold for perfectly spherical ice cubes
A classy set of tumblers
And of course some Teeling Whiskey, duh

Cheers,
~j

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

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