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tequila cocktail recipe

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I love the idea of making cocktails at home and actually even took a cocktail making class not too long ago, but whenever I attempt to make one I just end up with a huge mess, a not very good drink, and a lot of wasted time. That being said, this tequila based cocktail doesn’t require any fancy tools or even any muddling, and sounds delicious. I’m going to make it this weekend. Here’s the recipe:

2 oz Reposado Gran Cosecha Tequila

6-8 fresh mint leaves

.75 oz lemon juice

1 oz Apple Spice

Add all of the above in a mixing tint and shake hard for about 25 seconds. Double strain into a rocks glass with ice. Garnish with fresh mint.

a few fun cocktail accessories:

ralph lauren polo bar

12182014_polo_bar_gallery_fs_04 (1) Morning! Did you watch the Oscars last night? I’m very happy for Leo, he definitely deserved to win. As for the Best Actress win, I like Brie Larson, though I haven’t seen Room yet – have you? My sister actually told me not to watch it as it’s incredibly distressing/depressing. Hmm. I’m a little sad that Saoirse Ronan didn’t win for Brooklyn, I absolutely loved the movie (and the book) and she was so good. Justin and I actually only watched the last hour or so of the ceremony, which is the most exciting part anyway. We’re in New York right now and I had made reservations at Polo Bar a month ago, not realizing it was Oscars night. We thought about canceling to stay home and watch them but I’m really glad we didn’t. I had been wanting to eat at Polo Bar for quite some time and am so happy that I finally got to. I had seen photos of the restaurant on lots of blogs and such recently so I knew what it was going to be like.

We arrived a bit early to have a drink in their cozy bar upstairs (complete with roaring fire, of course), before being escorted downstairs to the dining room. The whole aesthetic of the space feels like you’re in someone’s very rich uncle’s well decorated country home; lots of framed equestrian photos, plaid, wood, and dark leather. I loved it. It’s not a style I’m typically drawn to for myself but I absolutely loved the feel of it in this space, and if I ever have a country house of my own (a girl can dream) then I’m definitely going to copy Polo Bar’s decor.

The food was good, if not amazing, but their cocktail and wine lists are pretty impressive. I definitely recommend visiting if you’re ever in the city – just be sure to reserve (way) in advance!

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Quisisana Dinner, Casa Del Mar

The other day I had lunch at Casa Del Mar’s seafood restaurant Catch to try out the dinner menu that was created by the chefs from Quisisana Hotel in Capri for a fun, weeklong collaboration between the two hotels. I love Italian food more than anything and everything that I tried was light, bright, and delicious. Luckily I got to try quite a few of the items, like the thinly sliced Mediterranean Octopus Salad (I tried to take a photo but it didn’t do it justice) and the Roasted Scallops with Artichokes and Parsley, but the absolute star for me was the Spaghetti with Garlic, Oil and Breadcrumbs. I feel like that’s what the Italians do best; simple food perfectly cooked and made with incredibly fresh ingredients.

The meal was paired with specifically chosen Italian wines (I ordered two bottles of this one I loved it so much – not to drink then but to have at home. That would be quite the lunch if I drank two bottles!), and ended with a choice of either the coffee dessert or their ricotta and pear tart. I had the coffee one which was good, but I’m planning to bring Justin for dinner in the next couple of days so that I can also try out the ricotta one (and have the spaghetti again).

The collaboration runs from today until next Wednesday and i have a feeling it’s going to book up so make yourself a dinner rez, stat. Maybe I’ll see you there! 

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