Cocktails

The Best Margarita Recipe. The Pineapple Margarita!

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Last week we were all about Mexican street corn for the upcoming Cinco de Mayo festivities. This mouthwatering recipe is a definite must try and if you don’t know what I’m talking about then watch, here!

With that said, it was only right to pair this delicious corn with a just as delicious cocktail. Enter the best margarita recipe ever. The pineapple margarita that is! This tropical drink will have you transported to a pristine beach and sunny skies in no time! And since you’re playing fabulous hostess or as I like to refer to it “being an event fashionista” (Yes, it’s a state of being, ha-ha!) then this cocktail recipe is a no brainer! Get ready to scream, “best margarita recipe eva!” Read More

Girl Time: Strawberry Margarita & Homemade Salsa Recipe!

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Before a night out on the town, I usually invite my girlfriends over for a cocktail and an appetizer. I find it’s a fun way to begin what will be hours of chitchatting and uncontrollable laughter. Read More

Easy GALentine’s Day Entertaining!

Easy Galentines Day!
Valentine’s day is quickly approaching so gather your girlfriends and celebrate the day. Galentine’s day!

It is a fun way to praise the girls who love you no matter how many times you complain about your boss or how many times, I… I mean YOU ask for a wine refill. Ha-Ha! So, in the spirit of Valentine’s day ideas, I hosted my girlfriends at my apt before hitting the town and painting it red. Read More

Three Fall Inspired Drink Recipes!

Hot Chocolate Bar When the leaves begin to change and the weather becomes a bit chillier our recipes call for ingredients such as pumpkin, cinnamon and vanilla. These ingredients are a perfect fit for the fall season. The sweet flavors and warm aromas are sure to keep you wishing fall wouldn’t come to an end. Read More

Four Easy Kitchen Hacks!

Okay, I know we’ve all been here a million times. You have the best intentions to get into the kitchen and whip up the best meal you’ve ever made but somehow it ends up in disaster! If for a second you don’t think that its ever happen to me, boooyyyy will I tell you, that it has happened more often than I would like to admit. Read More

Basic Guide To Drinking Wine!

Basic Guide to Drinking Wine How does the saying go? “A party without cocktails is just a meeting.” Is that right, or did I just make that up? Regardless, in my book this couldn’t be more true, and you probably already know this after reading my big batch cocktails post. What’s a girl to do?

It’s inevitable that with lots of party planning come lots of cocktail needs. So, I thought it would be perfect to create a guide on the basics of drinking wine. Everything from types of wine to where they come from to what glasses to pour them in, and let’s not forget their respective pairings. After all, every stylish hostess needs to know this!

So, without further ado let’s get to it.

Basic Guide to Drinking Wine

Riesling

My fave! It’s a white wine with hints of peach, honey, and apricot flavors. It is famously known for its sweetness and can be a great alternative to White Zinfandel. This wine usually hails from Germany, although Washington State has also been known to produce.

Simple Pairings: Sushi! Don’t care for it? Then go for Gruyere cheese and crackers.

Featured Wine: PJ Valckenberg Riesling; Price $12- $15

Chardonnay

Argued to be the most popular white wine, Chardonnay provides notes of pears, apples and citrus fruit flavors in its most crisp form. When extensively aged in Oak this wine becomes more vanilla and spiced based. Usually found to range from medium dry to completely dry, Chardonnay is definitely a great beginners wine.

Simple Pairings: Crab cakes. When aged in Oak, try cream sauces! Think Nutmeg.

Featured Wine: Josh Cellars Chardonnay; Price $10- $13

Rosé

This wine incorporates the colors of the grape skin, usually making it a pinkish hue in color but not enough to qualify as a red wine. However, based on wine making techniques the color can actually get as dark as purple. Rosé is made from of a variety of grapes and can come in still, semi-sparkling or sparkling form. Most deem it a summer wine and its crisp, clean flavor is perfection! However, “most” doesn’t mean “all,” so be sure to drink whenever your palate desires. Cause why not?!

Simple Pairings: Melon and Prosciutto. Hummus. Either will do!

Featured Wine: Costieres de Nimes Rosé; Price $11- $14

Basic Guide to Drinking Wine

Rioja

This famous Spanish red wine accompanied with some Manchego cheese and olives will have you transported to Spain in no time. Rioja is made mostly of Temparnillo grapes and known for its fruity nature. It’s what I call the perfect white wine drinker’s red wine! I know, a mouthful but certainly a must try!

Simple Pairings: Manchego Cheese. Olives (preferably marinated in red peppers!)

Featured Wine: Rioja Vega Rioja; Price $12- $15

Tempranillo

Another favorite of mine, this Spanish wine is a medium-bodied one with hints of cherry and vanilla undertones. Made from Tempranillo grapes (just like Rioja) this wine is also aged in oak. If you like Cabernet Sauvignon, then you will love Tempranillo!

Simple Pairings: Chorizo. Spanish Tortas or both!

Featured Wine: Capa Tempranillo; Price $13- $16

Basic Guide to Drinking Wine

Prosecco

Italian Sparkling wine! Made in the Veneto region of Italy from Glera grapes this wine usually comes in the form of dry or extra dry. Much like champagne in nature (except with a cheaper price tag), pop the cork and celebrate!

Simple Pairings: Garlic bread. Avocado. Yummy!

Featured Wine: La Marca Prosecco; Price $13- $16

Now where to find these? These wines are totally accessible and can be found at your local liquor store. Any of the featured wines will range anywhere from $10 dollars to upwards of $20 dollars depending on your area. A $15 dollar midpoint will have you sipping your way to happiness!

Hostess Tip: Don’t be afraid to probe the liquor store employees. Ask them questions, tell them what you are cooking, how much you are willing to spend. Recommendations are key!

Basic Guide to Drinking Wine

Glasses to pour them in? Here’s a rule of thumb red wines require a larger bowl than white wines. So, the glasses need to be bigger in nature and this is simply due to the aromas that stem from red wine. However, rules are made to be broken and if you don’t have two different sets, no need to stress. This will never stop you from enjoying these to their fullest!

As for Prosecco, just like champagne a flute is what the doctor order.

As always, I hope this guide inspires you to let your hair loose, turn on the music, and pour yourself a nice glass of any one of these!

Keep entertaining, event fashionistas! Till next time!

xx,

Kathleen

This post was written for Vivala.com; to see more of my posts click here.

Champagne & Dessert Party

Champagne & Dessert Party 2

The summer has officially arrived and hosting gatherings filled with afternoon cocktails and al fresco dining is what it’s all about. Today we will begin a series of simple, yet fashionable party ideas to spark your hostess instincts. Let’s turn your good ole’ summer BBQ into a Burger Bash Extravaganza. Oh, yes and how could we forget the craft beer pairings. I mean, what’s a good burger without an ice-cold beer? Read More

Host A ‘Weeknight After Work’ Drink!

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After a long workday, who doesn’t want to come home to a nice glass of wine and a small snack?! It’s life’s little pleasures that get me going and celebrating everyday moments is what I live for {more to come on that topic in an upcoming YouTube video!}. Read More

Fourth of July Cocktail!

Forth of July Cocktail Recipe
The fourth of July is a few days away and although I’m not hosting anything this year (crashing my friend’s party instead) I wanted to embrace the holiday and create a festive cocktail! So this weekend amongst my many to do’s I found some time to whip this one up. Okay, fine, who am I kidding, I always find time to squeeze in a cocktail or two! It’s all about celebrating life, right? Read More

Hosting Date Night at Home!

Hosting Date Night at Home
My husband and I are now approaching our one-year anniversary (time certainly flies!) and in making sure we keep the spice alive (you know it!) we have date night at least once a week. Most of the time we try and get out. I host him or he hosts me at a local restaurant but from time to time staying home is the perfect option. And given that our apartment building has an outside area, it’s the perfect backdrop to a night in. So this weekend, we did just that. Read More

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