Paradise in a Glass

Kick off the summer right with my favorite summer martini recipe! This drink goes perfectly with my Hibiscus Martini Glass or Hawaii Wine Glass, along with a waterfront view and a sunset. It’s a great addition for an outdoor party or just simply lounging the day away. I remember first trying this recipe in Hawaii, and now every time I use it I think of the beach bar with the beautiful hibiscus flowers surrounding me. Be sure to try the recipe and let me know what you think! Xo, Lolita

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Recipe:

1 ounce (30 ml) vodka

0.35 ounce (10 ml) passion-fruit liqueur

0.35 ounce (10 ml) cranberry juice

0.35 ounce (10 ml) pineapple juice

Champagne

1 strawberry, for garnish

Directions: Place the vodka, passion-fruit liqueur, cranberry juice, and pineapple juice in a shaker and shake well. Strain the cocktail into a martini glass and top off with champagne. Garnish with the strawberry.

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Say Farewell to Summer with a Sangria Party!

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It’s September, which means summer is officially coming to an end.

While we all hate to see it go, it does just give us another reason to celebrate!

So why not celebrate the Lolita way, with a big sangria party!

I have a delicious sangria recipe (which uses my wine!) for you to try out:

 

Loltia’s Sparkling Summer Sangria

1 bottle Lolita’s Sparkling Aglianico (or your favorite sparkling wine)

1 cup coconut vodka (or to taste; can also use rum)

16 ounces mango juice

2 cups cranberry juice

1/2 cup each sliced strawberries, pineapple chunks, lemon and lime wheels, blueberries

Mix all ingredients and place in refrigerator overnight. Stir and serve. Serves 12.

 

The next question is: what do I serve with?

I have hosted quite a few sangria parties in the past. I like to make them laid back and casual, with lots of dancing of course! Because of this, I’ve had a few guests break some of my glasses.

To avoid breakage, I recommend acrylic pitchers and glasses for this event!

My acrylic pitchers are absolutely perfect for holding large amounts of sangria, and make it super easy to pour!

Acrylic Pitcher with Sangira

And don’t forget to get matching acrylic wine glasses! Coordination is key!

 

After you’ve picked out all the right drinking “accessories” it’s time to get cooking!

I have two favorite summer-time recipes, here they are:

 

Smoked Salmon Crudites with Herbed Cheese

36 small crudites wafers (available at a supermarket bakery or deli department)

Smoked salmon, cut into 36 1-inch squares

4 ounces cream cheese

1 tablespoon Greek seasoning (Cavender’s brand recommended)

Capers

36 thinly sliced red pepper slivers in 1-inch lengths

1. Mix seasoning and cream cheese.

2. Spread cream cheese over crudites.

3. Top with smoked salmon, capers, and red pepper slivers as garnish.

Serves 12

Steak with Blue Cheese Crumbles

30 Athens Fillo (Phyllo) Dough Mini Shells (available in the freezer section of supermarket)

2-pound flank steak

Crumbled blue cheese

Arugula sprigs

1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/2 cup olive oil

1. Marinate flank steak overnight in Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and olive oil.

2. Two hours before serving, defrost phyllo shells at room temperature and assemble on a platter.

3. Grill or broil steak 6 minutes per side or until center is pink. Slice across the grain in 1/3 inch slices, then slice again into 1-inch steak pieces.

4. Place one piece in each shell. Top with blue cheese crumbles and a sprig of arugula.

Can be served hot or cold. Serves 12

 

I would also suggest a salad and some fruit (maybe even a sorbet?) to keep things light!

Put together a playlist of summer-time hits to keep everyone is a fun, happy, summer mood! Enjoy dancing and laughing and having a great time saying good-bye to summer!

You might be having so much fun that you’ll forget the season is almost over!

Do you have a special sangria or summer recipe you’d like to share with me? I’d love to hear about it! Comment below and tell me! 🙂

Cheers!

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Skinny Piña Colada for a Hot Summer Day!

This recipe is perfect for a hot summer day! It’s really simple and low cal and tastes delicious! It’s one of my all-time favorites!

 

Skinny Piña Colada

1 oz Pineapple Juice

2oz Coconut Rum

Shake vigorously over ice. Top with soda water and enjoy!

This drink goes perfectly in our hand-painted Piña Colada Cocktail Glass!

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Cheers!

Perfect Summer Parties With Lolita!

With the start of summer comes the start of good weather, great friends, and awesome parties! So what better time to unleash your inner party planner? But with party planning comes stress… (trust me I know!) so why not lessen the work and increase the fun!! Here are some tips on how to throw a fabulous yet easy and laid back summer bash!

One of my favorite tips to help make your summer party planning easier is to keep an impromptu outdoor party kit hidden on a closet shelf or in the back of your pantry! Have your kit contain things like candles, an outdoor MP3 player and of course a complete set of my Ooops-A-Daisy Acrylic wine glasses, tray, napkins, martinis… that way you can just pull out what you need whenever you need it! You will not believe how many times you will pull out this kit! You can even add things to it over time to add to the fun. Here are some examples of what to keep in your kit!

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Any yummy smelling candles with a cute holder are perfect for a summer gathering. Also add some flowers to your party space to make a fresh atmosphere… they will remind your party guests that it is summer!

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My Ooops-A-Daisy Acrylic Wine Duo Part Set Ultimate is the perfect party starter. Just pull it out of your kit and set it up! It automatically creates a fun yet relaxing atmosphere for the summer bash!

I have also worked with some companies to bring you other great tips and party ideas to have a stress-free time! Take a look.

Skinny Cow WoCavé

Men have their man cave, right? Well now thanks to Skinny Cow, women can have that too! Make your own heavenly space, a WoCavé, where the men are scarce and you can get together with all the ladies or just relax by yourself. Choose a room and make it your WoCavé by setting up a fabulous rug, a comfy couch you can stretch out on, and a cooler to keep your drinks and your Skinny Cow Ice Cream cold! Decorate with your favorite room accessories such as flowers, artwork, candles etc. You can make it a girly and bright atmosphere or a dark and luxurious one, it’s whatever you prefer! Also…don’t forget the snugly blankets and your favorite chick flicks!

Here’s an example of a rug I would set up for my WoCavé!Image

Don’t forget a soft and cozy blanket to snuggle with in your WoCavé!

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And of course don’t forget to stock up the cooler with your favorite Skinny Cow treats! This ice cream has always been a favorite of mine because their products are tasty and are low in fat! They’ve also added some new products this year including new flavors of low-fat ice cream and ice cream candy bars!

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So, grab that blanket, some wine in my festive and sassy girl time glasses, your girlfriends, and of course some Skinny Cow Ice cream for a relaxing time in your WoCavé!

Next up are some tips on how to feed your hungry party guests at any type of summer soiree you plan to have without spending much money or any time cooking!

When you are hosting a party, you don’t want to spend your whole evening at the stove or the grill. I love those easy to pick up delicious finger foods that are crowd pleasers. Arby’s new King’s Hawaiian sandwiches fit the bill, folks! There are two new sandwiches only around for a short time, they have 1/3 more roast beef than their Classic Roast Beef Sandwich—and are served on a slightly sweet KING’S HAWAIIAN bun; and the Roast Beef & Swiss version is topped with Swiss cheese, crunchy and fresh pickles and creamy Dijon. Now that’s freshly sliced paradise!

Set your Arby’s Kings Hawaiian Roast Beef sandwiches on a cutely decorated table that screams summer and paradise! Of course, the sandwiches will have your guests’ taste buds in paradise—but add even more to this feeling with decorations! Set the table with flowers, my fun tableware, and a lovely tablecloth along with the Arby’s Kings Hawaiian Roast Beef sandwiches!

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Now for the last tip:

At any summer party you have, there’s going to be warm weather. It’s important to stay hydrated (and that doesn’t mean with cocktails or wine!) Keep everyone hydrated with clean and crisp tasting water. I love using PUR Water Filtration Systems to provide clean water! Their filters remove contaminants others would leave behind.

This Advanced Faucet Water Filter is actually 10x more powerful than any other leading pitcher and this 7-Cup Pitcher is 2x more powerful. Think bottled water is better? EH! That’s wrong. Contaminants can actually leach in from the plastic of the bottled water and it’s much more expensive. By switching to filtered water you can be sure your water is clean and you will save up to $1,000 per year! Set up your PUR Water pitchers on your fun decorated table to make sure everyone has a good time in the warm weather!

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Don’t forget these tips when planning your next summer bash! Keep your party kit handy at all costs, set up your WocavĂ©, serve the Arby’s KINGS HAWAIIAN Roast Beef Sandwiches to your hungry party guests, and make sure they stay hydrated with clean and fresh water from PUR water filtration! You’ll be sure to have an amazing summer bash and a relaxing WocavĂ© with these ideas and tips. Cheers!

Flip and Flop Into Spring!

Have you flipped into a pool or flopped onto a beach lately?

If not, it’s time to start considering a way to do so to help us beat this seemingly endless winter. So, vacation is clearly on the mind!

As the weather becomes more and more gorgeous, surrounded by sweet azaleas and newly blossomed green grass, feel it between your toes (with wine and food in your mouth) with outdoor entertaining at its best with my FUN acrylic tableware!!

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Not only is it dishwasher safe, it is so festive and no need to decorate in any other way. Perfect for the pool, beach, and backyard, even in the kitchen it will liven up a rainy day. Get the whole collection!!

Pick a sunny day to celebrate the oncoming warm days. Or, if it happens to be raining on the day you picked, you can still celebrate in your kitchen!

Throw a casual get together with yummy appetizers, fresh decorations, and of course refreshing drinks! This party can be only your closest friends, or it can have a large guest list! It’s up to you!

Atmosphere:

Whether your party space is indoors or outdoors, decorate with some fresh flowers of your choice to further show that spring is in full bloom! Set flower arrangements on tables, around food… you name it!

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Another nice way to embellish the “flower theme,” is to decorate with flower garland! You can either do it yourself or buy it! Here is a nice example:

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Set up tables with pretty, bright, and fun tablecloths.  Have an appetizer table and a drink table so that way guests can easily snack and get drinks at their pleasure.ImageImage

It is really your choice on the type of serve ware you provide, but our Oops-A-Daisy tableware would be perfect for the occasion.

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As far as food and drinks go, make sure there are fun appetizers and light refreshments so party-goers can stay cool during the first warm days they will be experiencing since last year, unless you live in Florida of course… but do not worry the following recipes will still have the same effect! Mangoes, limes, oranges, pineapples and strawberries are all in season during spring! Use those delicious fruits to your advantage and include them in your party appetizer and drink menu!

Mango Salsa
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Ingredients

The directions for the following recipe can be found on chefinyou.com

  • 1 large ripe yet firm mango
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced into small pieces
  • 1 medium Jalapeno, seeded and diced into small pieces (if you can take the heat, add the seeds to the salsa)
  • 1 small red onion, diced finely, about 1/4 cup – 1/2 cup depending on sharpness
  • 1 -2 tbsp lemon/lime juice ( +/- depending on your taste )
  • Salt to taste
  • Little sugar to sprinkle if your mangoes are not sweet enough
  • Few sprigs of cilantro, chopped
  • Few mint leaves (optional)

Serve with your favorite tortilla chips!

Spinach Strawberry Salad
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The directions for the following recipe can be found on cedarcirclefarm.org

Ingredients

  • 8 cups mixed greens (spinach, arugula, and lettuce; mixed, cleaned, and spin-dried)
  • 8 T goat cheese crumbled
  • 4-8 baby Portobello mushrooms sliced thin
  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries leaned, capped and sliced thin
  • 4 T balsamic vinegar
  • 2 T oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Chicken and Bacon Shish Kabobs
The directions for the following recipe can be found on food.com
Ingredients

  • ÂĽ cup soy sauce
  • ÂĽ cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 10 large mushrooms, cut in half
  • 2 green onions
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, filets cut into chunks
  • ½ lb sliced thick cut bacon, cut in half
  • 8 oz of pineapple chunks

Hydrangea Cupcakes
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The directions for the following recipe can be found on glorioustreats.com

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 Âľ cups all purpose flour
  • Âľ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

Pineapple Upside-down Cake Cocktail
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The directions for the following recipe can be found at allrecipes.com

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup pineapple juice, chilled
  • 1/3 cup vanilla flavored vodka
  • 1 dash grenadine syrup
  • 2 pineapple wedges
  • 2 maraschino cherries

Strawberry Sangria
The directions for the following recipe can be found at wine.about.com
Ingredients

  • 1 bottle of Rose Wine
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 ½ cups strawberry lemonade
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries

Activity:
A fun activity for the ladies might be to decorate your own pair of flip flops! Set out pairs of cheap flip flops, glitter, mini fake flowers, beads, and whatever you feel the ladies might want to wear on their feet!

Now, allow your party guests to sit back, relax and enjoy the springtime! P.S. Wearing flip-flops are a requirement!!

Cocktails: Bahama Mama Style!

When I began this crazy business 10 years ago, I started with designing my collectible martini glasses with the martini recipe (the taste, ingredients, name) as the inspiration. Now, I have decided to explore the general cocktail category with a new “cocktail glass” shape, the Love My Cocktail Collection by Lolita…the cocktail recipe inspiring the design with the recipe on the bottom!

With six fun and tasty “designs”, such as Pina Colada and Bahama Mama, these new cocktail glasses are sure to meet the needs of cocktail lovers everywhere. I even have restaurants ordering them like crazy to serve and sell drinks in, and since they have just hit the shelves, you fans will have to get first dibs here on my website.

As an aside, I have come up with a liberating idea for a cocktail party, which celebrates the “Bahama Mama” in each of us ladies (gents, you will have to wait for another cocktail, but you can enjoy the scenery!) Warm weather please embrace us!

Invites
Here is a link to an invitation I LOVE….

Atmosphere
Tables can be draped with fun summery colors. I recommend a color palette of chartreuse, yellow, tangerine and turquoise.  Grass skirts around each table complete the look! I like low clear bowls of water with blue food coloring with floating candles, adding blue water to the scene enhances that Caribbean feeling. Get cheap, colorful flip-flops and scatter them around all the tables (in the Bahamas, flip-flops are the footwear of choice!)

Add beachballs, hula hoops surfboards and create your own Tiki Hut table as the bar Girls…wear a white t-shirt or tank top. Provide a pareo for each girlfriend!  Guys wear your shorts or best beachwear.  Add games like limbo to the scene!!  Serve delicious Bahama Mama Cocktails! Have a flower for each girl’s hair! Fly away and laugh as Carribean music and warm breezes caress the senses. And of course, have a bunch of Bahama Mama cocktail glasses available for your guests!

Signature Drink
THE BAHAMA MAMA
1/4 oz Coffee Liqueur
1/2 oz Dark Rum
1/2 oz Coconut Liqueur
1/4 oz 151 Proof Rum
Juice from 1/2 Lemon
Fill with Pineapple Juice

Menu Suggestions
CONCH SALAD
1 c. raw conch meat, diced small
1/4 c. celery, diced
1/4 c. onion, diced
Hot pepper and salt to taste
1/2 c. cucumber, diced
2/3 c. tomatoes, diced
1/3 c. lemon juice

In a salad bowl, combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly. Cover bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Mix again before serving.

COCONUT SHRIMP
1 lb. lg. shrimp, shelled with tails intact
1 extra lg. egg
6 tbsp. milk
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 c. all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
4 oz. (1 1/3 c.) unsweetened shredded coconut
Vegetable oil for frying

Butterfly shrimp by cutting along curved back almost through other side. Open each shrimp like a book and remove intestinal vein. Rinse gently under cold running water. Whisk the egg, milk and sugar in mixing bowl until smooth. Gradually whisk in flour and salt, then continue whisking constantly until batter is perfectly smooth. Let stand 30 minutes. Spread coconut in a thin layer on baking sheet. Hold one shrimp by tail and dip in batter, making sure batter coats all surfaces. Wipe shrimp against rim of bowl to remove excess batter and place on coconut. Repeat with remaining shrimp. Turn each shrimp in coconut to lightly coat and place on wire rack to allow coating to set. Pour enough oil into large deep skillet to measure 1 inch. Heat over medium high heat until end of shrimp dipped in oil sizzles at once. Add half the shrimp to skillet and fry, turning once, until shrimp are cooked through and coating is deep golden brown, about 2 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer shrimp to paper towels to drain briefly. Fry remaining shrimp in same manner. Serve hot as an appetizer.

LOBSTER SLIDERS
1 freshly cooked lobster, about 2 lb. total (about 1/2 lb. meat)
2 Tbs. mayonnaise
2 Tbs. crème fraîche
2 Tbs. finely chopped celery
1 Tbs. minced shallot
2 cornichons, finely chopped
1 1/2 tsp. minced fresh tarragon
1/2 tsp. grated lemon zest
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 Tbs. unsalted butter, at room temperature
8 mini brioche rolls, split
1 small head Bibb lettuce

To remove the lobster meat, twist off the claws from the body. Using a lobster cracker or mallet, break the shell on each claw and remove the meat. Using a large, sharp knife, cut the lobster in half lengthwise from the head to the tail. Discard the black vein that runs the length of the body, and discard the small sand sac at the base of the head. Remove the meat from the body and tail. Twist off the small legs where they join the body to check for other chunks of meat. Chop the lobster meat into 1/2-inch pieces.

In a bowl, combine the lobster meat, mayonnaise, crème fraîche, celery, shallot, cornichons, tarragon and lemon zest. Stir gently to blend and season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Heat a large fry pan over medium heat. Butter the cut side of each roll. Place the rolls, buttered side down, in the pan and toast until lightly golden, about 1 minute. Transfer the rolls to a work surface and spoon about 3 Tbs. lobster mixture on the bottom half of each roll. Add a few lettuce leaves. Top with the remaining roll halves, secure with a toothpick if you like and serve immediately. Serves 8.

MANGO CHICKEN SKEWERS

6 Tbs. olive oil
ÂĽ cup fresh lime juice
1 tsp. chili powder
½ tsp. cayenne pepper
½ tsp. salt
1 Tbs. sugar
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 1-inch cubes
3 ripe but firm mangoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch cubes Bell peppers, optional

In a large bowl, mix together the spices, and lime juice. Immerse the chicken and mangoes in the mixture and marinate for 2-4 hours, covered, in the refrigerator. Prepare a hot grill, line the grill with a strip of foil on one end to prevent the bottom of the skewers from burning. Take the skewers and alternately place pieces of chicken, mango and peppers. Arrange the skewers evenly on the grill. Turn them once while cooking and cook until cooked through and nicely charred. 6-10 minutes. Remove from grill and serve immediately.

PLAYLIST
Tiny Bubbles-Don Ho
Mexico-Jimmy Buffett
Three Little Birds-Bob Marley
Take Me to Paradise-Miguel Migs
Mas Que Nada- Sergio Mendes
South of the Border- Frank Sinatra
Girl-Beck
Summer Love- Justin Timberlake
Salsa Mania-Don Diego y Su Orquestra Tropica
Stir It up- Bob Marley
Good People-Jack Johnson
Cheeseburger in Paradise- Jimmy Buffett
Summer-India.Arie
She’s Royal-Tarrus Riley
Amore -Santana with Macy Gray
Red, Red Wine-UB40
Brown Eyed Girl-Van Morrison

Take a Walk on the Wild Side!

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When I designed my first “animal print” glass 10 years ago, I had no idea that I would still be designing fab animal print patterns for my products. Also, I find it amazing that it is not a trend at this point, but a staple in every woman’s wardrobe and home dĂ©cor!  I just read in a high design home dĂ©cor magazine that every room should have “something black and something animal”. Makes sense to me. The patterns and looks of animal prints bring us a bit back to nature. The tone on tone color palettes are great with almost any other palette…And that brings up another topic…

Find the wild woman in you! Yes, it is okay to be a little crazy, a little sexy, without wearing it on your sleeve or collapsing in a drunken haze with an eye mask, or purring to your significant other in a cat costume!

So, this season, accessorize yourself with my purr-fect accessories for that impromptu girls’ night in.

I have a variety of items on my site that can become “basics” in your home repoirtoire…my favorites are obviously my animal print glasses, but I am actually LOVING the safari looks of my acrylic ware and paper accessories to match. Move into spring with a fun set of animal print acrylic wine glasses, paper chip bowls, plates, and cocktail napkins!  Not only will it help you create a sophisticated look when people walk in at a moments notice, you might just enjoy that feeling of feline, just for a moment. I can already hear you roar!

It’s also nice to be able to throw things away after a party instead of all the washing. And, the acrylic wine glasses are dishwasher safe (top rack). What could be more effortless? Join the safari, with wine in hand.