Martini Moment

Just Add Europe

Helloooooo Friday!

I love when I randomly get inspired by such cool people. Last week while doing food photos at one of my accounts, I got to talking to one of the chef’s. She’s originally from around the Venice, Italy area. We got to talking about different places in Europe and her upcoming trip to Spain to see her family (they relocated). I was saying how much I liked Europe. She then asked me:

“What is it you like about Europe?”

I’m not going to lie my head went so many places because there truly is so much to love. The coast lines, the views, the wine, but what I really didn’t want to blurt out was oh the pasta! Even though it’s close to true. What I ended up saying was “The people. They seem to be so relaxed and just enjoy life.” Excitedly, my chef friend responded “ You’re so right!! People in Europe take time to enjoy. Americans are so obsessed with work, it’s all they care about.” This surly struck a cord with me. Not that work is a bad thing by any means but when I step back and look it is so easy for that to be your main priority.

I then stumbled across and article about a woman who moved to Spain when she was 20 and built a life and family there and among a few other things, she basically said the same thing. Life was much more relaxed over there. The people, not so obsessed with work.

I’m by no means saying to quit your job (unless that’s right for you), or abandon your current work ethic, believe me mine is alive and well, but I do feel it’s important to add a little Europe to your day and take a minute to just enjoy the day. Dust off those books you’re only halfway done with or are on your list to read, have a drink and good conversation and not look at your phone, or maybe even take a hot bath! Me? I say incorporate them all.

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Along with adding Europe to your life, add it to your drink, too. I’m not going to lie this drink is delicious but also a tad unexpected.

*Recipe from Food Network

*Recipe from Food Network

  1. Cut tomatoes into slices, and let sit in vodka with a little salt for 6-12 hours.

  2. Prick grape tomatoes and toss with balsamic in a bowl and marinate for 4 hours at tome temp.

  3. Drain tomatoes and reserving vinegar. Bring vinegar to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat, and simmer until syrupy, about 20 minutes; let cool.

  4. For each drink, drizzle some of the balsamic into the bottom of a chilled martini glass. In a shaker, muddle 2-3 basil leaves with a splash of tomato vodka. Add 1 1/2 of the vodka and one cup ice, shake it and strain into glass. Garnish with grape tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella balls on a skewer.

    Serving this cocktail at a party is a great conversation starter or just a unique drink to switch up a usual martini.

    Enjoy the weekend Friends! Thanks for stopping by!

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Chic & Boozy

Hello Friday and hello weekend I'm so ready for you! Mostly because its our last one off in a loooooooooong time. 

It's no secret that Fall Fashion is on my brain and I'm pretty much living for it right now. So for today's Martini Moment, I bring you a chic DIY and a very fun and potent drink recipe.

I've said it a million times: I love feathers!! So when they are on the runways I basically freak out. And there are a lot of feathers on the runways for this season. Today, I'm sharing a fun way that you can make your own earrings with the feather trend because not only are feathers on garments they are on accessories! This DIY is quick and so SO trendy! 

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Here is what you need: 

(I went to Hobby Lobby) 

Wire of your desired color

Your choice of feathers and beads

Wire cutters

E6000 glue

J Hooks

Simply cut your wire as big or small as you'd like your earring. Then, loop your feathers through the wire (with these, from Hobby Lobby you can adjust the plastic loop at the top), add some beads on the sides, and then glue your wire circle with the E6000 glue (or solder if you're confident enough which I was not). After that, snap your circle into your J Hook. Boom! Chic and ready for date night! 

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But what's date night without a drink before you walk out the door?!  

You guys, beware this drink is strong. Tasty but strong. I love Chambord so I thought it would be such a cool drink recipe. 

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Simply add everything except the cherry to a martini shaker over ice minus the cherry and strain into a martini glass. 

I hope all of you have a fabulous weekend!

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Patio Punch

Is it just me or is it really hard to tell which way is up or down this week? Might be the holiday or might be my baby that feels sleep is only for the weak. Anyway, it’s patio season and if you know me then you know I love my wine but also a unique cocktail here and there. And by the time Friday gets here I'm more than ready for just that. So for today's Martini Moment I'm sharing the most perfect drink for Summer days and nights spent outside.  

Pimm's Punch

1 cup Pimm's Liquor

1/2 cup Vodka

Lemonade

Handful of strawberries

1/2 orange

1/2 cucumber

Fresh mint

Get your favorite pitcher and add your booze. Fill 3/4 of the way up with lemonade.  Add fruit and ice, then garnish with fresh mint.

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It feels like we get another weekend, no? Enjoy it everyone! 

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