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8 Valentine’s Day Cocktails: My Favorite Sexy Sips

 

I'm a girl who loves a great cocktail, and Valentine's Day cocktails are so much fun. Here's a round-up of some of my best sexy sips from over the years!

As you well know, I’m a girl who loves a great cocktail, and Valentine’s Day cocktails are so much fun. Over the years, I’ve prepared many drinks inspired by Valentine’s Day, especially since the holiday is one of my favorites.

Today, I wanted to bring you a round-up of some of my best sexy sips from over the years. All of these are perfect for celebrating with someone you love. Grab two glasses, a few ingredients from your bar, and get to mixing. You could even make a plan to make several of these cocktails and have your own little mixology class right at home. Sounds like a great date night to me!

Get the recipes for Valentine’s Day cocktails: 

Big Read Lips // Grapefruit Pomegranate Mimosa // Negroni // In the Pink // Lust and Loving in Las Vegas // Fiore // That’s Amore // You Make Me Blush

Happy Valentine’s Day weekend!

xx, Annette

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Color I’m Crushing On:: Red

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With Valentine’s Day this weekend, it only seemed appropriate to wrap-up the week with a color I’m certainly crushing on recently: red. I love red. In fact, I love it so much that my work table in my office is a vibrant red shade. What can I say? It keeps me focused throughout the day.

Traditionally, the color red evokes feelings of energy, vigor, and of course, passion. Incorporate red into your wardrobe, your office, and even your kitchen for a punch of color. Add a subtle splash of it whenever you can, but most of all, enjoy being festive with the ones you love this weekend.

  1. Record Player
  2. Diptyque candle
  3. Sephora cream lip lip stain
  4. Swingline stapler
  5. Tory Burch saddle bag
  6. Martiniano glove shoe
  7. Hay storage boxes
  8. Williams-Sonoma heart platter
  9. KitchenAid stand mixer

What’s your favorite way to enjoy red?

xx, Annette

 

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Aphrodisiac Appetizer:: Oysters with Prosecco & Preserved Lemon Mignonette

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After last week’s sexy sips, I had to give you at least one more sexy recipe for Valentine’s Day. Oysters are one of the most well-known aphrodisiacs, so I felt it was only appropriate that I share one of our latest recipes from Atlanta Magazine’s Home.

In the Winter issue, I had the pleasure of attending an evening soiree at the home of my friend, Alisa Barry. Atlantans might know Alisa for her Italian-inspired pantry products business, Bella Cucina. Here she shares her delicious recipe for oysters.

Recreate this recipe at home and serve your oysters alongside bubbly for a sensual date night. Thanks to Alisa for sharing this recipe with everyone at Atlanta Magazine’s Home.

Oysters with Prosecco & Preserved Lemon Mignonette
24 oysters, 8 guests (3 per guest)

You will need:

– 2 cups coarse sea salt
– oysters, 2-3 per person*
– 1 tablespoon preserved lemon, finely minced
– 1 tablespoon shallots, finely minced
– 1 tablespoon champagne wine vinegar
– pinch of sugar
– Chervil leaves for garnish, optional
– salt

*Oysters available at your best local fish market; Alisa got hers from Atlanta’s Star Provisions

To prepare:

To make the mignonette, remove the pulp from the preserved lemons and rinse well to remove any excess salt. Mince the lemon finely, but leave enough texture for color. Mince the shallot and add to a bowl with the lemon. Add the vinegar, prosecco, sugar, and salt. Whisk until blended and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving, so flavors can integrate.

To serve:

Mound 1/4 cup of sea salt on each salad plate. Carefully open the oysters, checking for any pieces of shell fragments. Arrange the oysters with the bottom shell intact on top of the salt. Top each oyster with the mignonette. Garnish with a small leaf of chervil.

Note* You can easily make your own preserved lemons, but they take time to mature before using. Bella Cucina, Alisa’s shop, makes preserved lemons which are available at select southeast Whole Foods stores. You can also substitute preserved lemons with chopped lemon zest if preserved lemons are not available in your area.

Thanks again to Alisa Barry for sharing her home and her recipes.

xx, Annette

Recipe: Alisa Barry

Photo credit: John McDonald

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Sexy Sips for V-day

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As you know, I am a girl that loves a cocktail.

Any excuse for a celebration…that’s me. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I pulled out all my faves, and of course Campari and Aperol needed to make an appearance. Here are some sexy Valentine’s Day cocktails for you and your love to enjoy on this very special ♥ day.

I love love… therefore toasting to LOVE seems so perfect with these yummy concoctions.

Sexy Sip #1

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You Make Me Blush
Serves 1

You will need:
– 1 oz Sky Vodka
– 1 oz Rhubarb Shurb
– 1 oz. lemon simple syrup
– 4 drops 1821 Meyer Lemon and Ginger Bitters

To prepare simple syrup & cocktail:

Combine juice of 1 Meyer lemon, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar. In a small pot, bring the ingredients to a boil about 10 minutes, set aside to cool.

In a shaker filled with ice, place all ingredients and shake vigorously until completely chilled and mixed. Strain into a martini glass, and garnish with a twist of Meyer lemon peel.

Sexy Sip #2

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Big Red Lips
Serves 1

You will need:
– 1 oz Campari
– 1 oz Blood Orange Maraschino Cherry Syrup
– 1 oz Cinzano Rosso
– splash of club soda
– slice of blood orange for garnish

To prepare simple syrup & cocktail:

Combine the juice of one blood orange, 1/3 cup maraschino cherry juice, and 1/2 cup of water. In a small pot, bring the ingredients to a boil about 10 minutes, set aside to cool.

In a shaker filled with ice place all ingredients and shake vigorously until completely chilled and mixed. Strain into a coupe glass, garnish with a slice of blood orange.

Sexy Sip #3

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Lust and Loving in Las Vegas
Serves 1

You will need:
– 1/2 cup of Lemonade
– 1/2 cup of Aperol
– Splash of Prosecco
– lemon sugar for the rim
-1/4 orange slice for garnish

Lemonade
Serves 8

To prepare Lemonade & cocktail: 

1 1/2 cups lemon juice, 1 3/4 cups sugar, 8 cups of water. Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and chill until needed. *You can also use store bought lemonade.

Rub a white wine glass with water and dip into the lemon sugar. Add ice, lemonade and then Aperol, fill the glass to the top with the Prosecco. Serve with a straw and orange wedge.

Happy Valentines Day to all you Lovers out there. xx

Photo Credit : Me

 

 

 

 

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A Nutty Valentine’s Day treat

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Hi Everyone! I’m Nicole, Annette’s blog manager. When Annette asked me to share a Valentine’s Day post with you, I couldn’t wait to get started. Over the years, Valentine’s Day has become one of my favorite holidays.

Whether you’re celebrating with a significant other, your best friends, your children, or your coworkers, it’s a day to stop and remember the good and loving people around you.

My husband and I live in a quaint little neighborhood in Atlanta, and we happen to have some of the best neighbors around. They get packages off of our porch if we’re not home, smile and ask about what we’re up to, and make it a point to always look out for us. As a street, we take care of each other; I love the camaraderie!

I decided I wanted to give a little token of appreciation to each of my neighbors (a nutty Valentine’s Day treat!), and I knew the first place to look was Minted. Minted is an online marketplace for independent artists and designers, and a vibrant playground for paper lovers like me.

You can find everything from photo backdrops to home decor at Minted, but this time of year, I love looking through their Valentine’s Day cards. Of course, Minted has a large selection of photo cards, postcards, and greeting cards, but did you know that Minted also has classroom valentines?

I’ve always enjoyed how cheeky and funny kids’ classroom cards can be, so I knew I would find exactly what I was looking for…and I did! Minted kindly sent me a set of these Nuts Classroom Valentine’s Day cards for the neighbors’ treats. With Minted’s easy to use personalization options, I was able to change the color, select my own wording, add a scalloped edge, and include an adorably nutty background. So cute!

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Once my Valentine’s arrived (within a week!), I picked up some cute food-safe pails** from my local craft store along with Valentine’s Day crafting supplies. I used scrapbooking stickers and ric-rac washi tape to decorate each pail before filling it with Annette’s Big Game Snack Mix from her book, Picture Perfect Parties.

Her snack mix packs a punch and includes a lot of flavors that meld so well together. Plus, who doesn’t love snack mix? Annette’s mix is incredibly easy to toss together and requires no extra work other than picking up the ingredients from your local grocery store. I love that I didn’t have to dirty any dishes, pots, or pans and just could just mix everything together. Her recipes are great like that!

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I can’t wait to leave each of these pails on my neighbors porches as a fun little Valentine’s Day surprise. Let me know if you find any other cute uses for classroom Valentine’s beyond the classroom. Minted has a great selection, and I’m excited to hear your ideas! Thanks for having me, Annette!

xo, Nicole

Thanks to Minted for sending me the classroom valentines seen here in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.

**Be sure to read the labels to get food safe containers for any food crafting.

Photos: Nicole Letts

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