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A Night with Pineau des Charentes

July 30, 2018

In celebration of Bastille Day, I recently attended a dinner hosted by Pineau des Charentes. When invited, I truthfully had never even heard of Pineau, and I’m always keen to take in a new experience- especially one involving wine from France!

My dear friend Charlie and I showed up to a private dinner hosted in Hollywood and were introduced to Pineau des Charentes. Called “Spirited Wine”, Pineau is a fortified wine from fresh grape juice that has been blended with Cognac. It’s produced exclusively in the Cognac region of France, and you guys, it is DELIGHTFUL. When we showed up for dinner, we were greeted with a simple cocktail called the P+T. It’s a blend of white Pineau, Fevertree Tonic, grapefruit and thyme. In this overwhelming summer heat, the P+T was a refreshingly smooth way to begin the evening.

Throughout the night, we tried various Pineaus and learned the history of this unconventional wine. Legend has it that Pineau was discovered in France when a wine-grower carelessly threw grape must into a barrel containing Cognac eau-de-vie. Years later, the barrel was discovered and with it a unique drink! And that it is. Every cocktail throughout the night was surprising and inventive, and was perfectly paired with our endless course French cuisine from chef Igor Ladyjensky.

From Warm oysters with caviar and duck fat, to Veal tartare with truffle and a quail egg, the dinner was everything rich and ambient as one would expect from the French. We dined for hours, sipped endless amounts of Pineau, and learned both ways to cocktail it as well as drink it neat. With each course came a new perfectly matched tasting.

All of the cocktails from the evening were amazing, but the first won my heart. It’s an easy make! Check out the recipe below! And to learn more about Pineau or to give it a try, visit their Instagram which has amazing cocktail and pairing inspo!

The P&T
Ingredients:
– 1.5 oz White Pineau
– .75 oz Fever Tree Tonic

Directions:
– Build over ice in Rocks glass

Garnish: Sprig of Thyme, Grapefruit Twist

 

AN EVENING OF REFLECTING ON 2017 WITH FRIENDS (AND ALOE LIQUEUR COCKTAILS)
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AN EVENING OF REFLECTING ON 2017 WITH FRIENDS (AND ALOE LIQUEUR COCKTAILS)

December 26, 2017

Hi Friends! I hope you’ve had an incredible season celebrating the holidays filled with much warmth and lots of memories. As we draw close to the end of the year, I wanted to be sure to practice slowing down, being present in the midst of a busy season, and reflect on the year with loved ones. I invited over close friends for an intentional evening to celebrate 2017 with some delicious bites and cocktails made with Chareau’s Aloe Liqueur!

On the menu for the evening were a few of my favorite dishes, a light and refreshing Chareau cocktail (see the recipe below!), and a question for the whole table to reflect on:

What has been the most defining experience of 2017 for you?

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a beauty boosting afternoon pick me up

February 24, 2017

This month, I’ve been reflecting on self love and care. So often in the month of February, especially with Valentine’s Day, our efforts of loving are directed towards other people in our life. This is one of the best parts of the month to me, that we get to celebrate the people around us. But, the more capacity we carry to love ourselves, the more in-depth we’re able to love the people around us. I love finding ways to “treat myself”. To take the time to celebrate me, to be mindful of slowing down and enjoying time with just me, myself, and I. This little lavender almond latte is one of my favorite ways to treat myself- and it’s the perfect afternoon pick-me-up.  Read more…

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the bourbon pumpkin

November 21, 2016

Thanksgiving is practically here! Can you believe it? Last week I headed down to Austin to throw a Women + Whiskies Party with Noonday Collection. I’m honestly so amazed at the amount of creative women in this world. Each time I host one of these events, I’m blown away at the talent, the entrepreneurial spirit, and the gusto of the women who attend. We gathered Tuesday evening for a cocktail party at South Congress Hotel, and together with my friends Ruthie Lindsey and Jen Pinkston, we hosted a party to celebrate women in Austin, while sipping on our delicious whiskey libations.

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the canadian pumpkin- a holiday whiskey cocktail

November 15, 2016

Thanksgiving is coming! It is truthfully my favorite time of year. Eating all the delicious things with all the delicious condiments, lingering way too long at the dinner table and slothfully transitioning into pie-time. The smells, the colors, the change in the air, it’s all so deliciously delightful! And, fall flavors carry this warmth quality that brings comfort to any dish or drink. One of my favorite of all the holiday flavors is pumpkin… Have you ever tried it in a cocktail? It’s magic.

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halloween cocktail roundup

October 28, 2016

It’s that time of year friends, for spooks and costumes and endless sugar rushes. Halloween is a fun holiday; in my mind, it ushers in the rest of fall, and brings us closer to slow times with family and the people we love. Plus, how fun is it to get dressed up once a year and bring out that childlike nature in all of us?! This Halloween, I’ve rounded up 4 of my favorite spooktastic cocktails. These adult libations are a great fit for any Halloween party, and add to the playful fun of October’s ending celebration.

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champagne and gin cocktail with passion fruit

October 10, 2016

I’m well aware of the fact that this is a post about a summery cocktail in October. Trust me, I want nothing more than to be sipping a warm, spiced something right now but alas, Los Angeles weather just isn’t having it.

Us Angelenos are coming off of a weekend with temps in the high 80s and this cocktail is how I’ve been making it through! Fall, please come soon.

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