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Fresh Fruit Champagne Cocktails

Brunch Cocktails remixed.

I love the idea of a brunch cocktail bar, but a champagne cocktail bar is even better.  Fresh fruit pureed and served in mason jars – the perfect mix-in for your favorite sparkling wine on a hot summer day. These don’t taste like your average Bellini or Mimosa- they’re much lighter and still slightly tart. The champagne is the star of the show, flecked with the fruit.

I served these this past weekend, and everyone had a lot of fun mixing up their own drinks and watching the champagne foam turn strawberry and raspberry colored. This isn’t really a “recipe” per se, but here’s what I did.

Fresh Fruit Champagne Cocktails

I pureed a package of strawberries, a package of raspberries and juiced two oranges. I didn’t strain the berries, but I did slightly strain the orange juice. Each yielded about 1/3 – 1/2 of a small mason jar. With about one – two teaspoons per drink, this was just about enough to cover two bottles of champagne. I set the mason jars out with a teaspoon in each and my champagne bar was ready for my guests to mix up their own delicious fresh fruit champagne cocktails.

Happy Entertaining (& Drinking!)

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Vintage Entertaining: Toledo Cocktail Swords

I am utterly obsessed with mid-century antique serving and housewares. Basically, if it’s old, shiny, and has to do with entertaining, I’ll probably love it.

I first discovered these Vintage Toledo Cocktail Swords on etsy during one of my antique housewares hunts. Unfortunately, the price was a little overwhelming. Most ranged around $40 and up with shipping, which for cocktail picks, is a bit out of my price range. Luckily, I kept searching, and was finally able to secure these bad boys for $20 with shipping on ebay. For 8 cocktail picks, it seems a bit pricy, but when you take into account that new metal cocktail picks start at about $10 for 6 without a stand, these are basically a steal.

The swords being used to skewer olives in my Dirty Martini Shooters

The picks come from Toledo, Spain circa 1950, modeled after the same swords manufactured there since 500 B.C.   They are made of stainless steel with brass handles and come with a brass stand. There are a few different style swords in my set and each is emblazoned with “Toledo.” They are seriously the coolest little replicas, and great conversation starters. Everyone loves a good (mini) sword fight.

If you’d like to purchase some of these for your own, check and There’s usually a few auctions happening at any given time.

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Happy Hunting xo

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Dirty Martini Shooters

These are dirty.

Deliciously dirty.

Vodka and olives are basically the perfect drink combination. Unfortunately, I always find the concoction too strong in full martini form. Whenever I think I can do it, I get half way through and have to give up. Which I guess, could be a good thing sometimes?

Either way, I do like the initial vodka and olive taste. Which brings me to my next point. Why do a shot of straight vodka when you can do a dirty martini shot chased with an olive? I know you’re shaking your head in agreement.

Break these babies out at your next cocktail party and people will be all like “wow, that person is classy.” Then again, reality television has taught me that someone only says that when they aren’t actually classy. Maybe you should find new friends and save these for yourself.

P.S. If you’re in the camp of “martinis are meant to be sipped,” let me tell you, these can totally be sipped!  This is also a great way to serve miniature martinis to a large group at a party.

Dirty Martini Shooters

(per 2-2.5 oz shooter)

2 tbsp (1 oz) vodka

1 tbsp (1/2 oz) olive juice

1/2 tbsp (1/4 oz) vermouth

1 skewered olive on top

Combine liquid ingredients with ice in a shaker. Do your best bartender impression. Pour into chilled shot glasses and top with your skewered olive.

Imbibe and be happy.