Straight Up, On the Rocks...

Comment amiez-vous votre cocktail? (How do you like your cocktail?)  I'm an "on the rocks" girl! :) Since it's the end of the work week,  I thought I would share a couple of cocktails I came across in the May issue of Bon Appetit...Cava Sangria and the perfect Agave Margarita! Both are great for a Summer party, and hopefully we will be ready for a late Summer housewarming.  I'm thinking tapas and cocktails...Voila!

Cava Sangria

1 orange, preferably blood or Cara Cara, sliced
2 tablespoons Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur
1 teaspoon rose water
1 750-ml bottle chilled brut cava

**Rose water is available at some supermarkets and at specialty foods stores and Middle Eastern markets.**

Using a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon, mash first 3 ingredients in a large pitcher. Add cava; stir gently to combine.  Fill wineglasses with ice. Divide sangria among glasses.

Agave Margarita
Kosher salt
2 lime slices or wedges
1/4 cup tequila blanco
2 tablespoons agave syrup (nectar)
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Pour some kosher salt into a small dish. Rub 1 lime slice over half the rim of an Old Fashioned glass (if you prefer your Margarita on the rocks) or a coupe glass (if you prefer it up). Dip rim of glass into salt.  Combine tequila, agave syrup, and juice in a cocktail shaker; fill with ice and shake well. Strain into prepared glass. Garnish with second lime slice.

Make it a Jalapeno Margarita...
Muddle 2 thin rounds jalapeno with agave syrup in a cocktail shaker until peppers begin to fall apart.  For a less spicy version, remove the seeds first. Continue with recipe. 

There's nothing like a good cocktail after a long day of shopping and great deals.  Check out a few local sample sales this weekend...

L.A. Sample Sales
Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent
The Cooper Building
860 S. Los Angeles Street, Ste. 422

Elizabeth and James,Patterson Kincaid
The Cooper Building
860 S. Los Angeles Street, Ste. 415

Levi's Vintage Clothing, Levi's Made & Crafted
The Cooper Building
860 S. Los Angeles Street, Ste. 315

Black Halo Warehouse Sale
648 S. Mateo St.
Los Angeles, Ca 90021


and I'm off and running...


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