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!

Lolita Sangria

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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Give Your Skin A Refresher!

Summer can take a serious toll on our skin.

A lot of us are exercising outdoors more, going to the beach, and just spending more time outdoors in the sun in general!

Summer is now coming to a close, and I always like to refresh after each season!

This is a super easy and yummy-smelling scrub that my friend shared with me. I love it!!

It’s the perfect pick-me-up for your skin.

 

Lolita’s Lime Scrub

Two limes

1/2 cup brown sugar

4 tablespoons coconut oil (I LOVE coconut oil! So good for your skin!)

1. Squeeze limes. Combine the juice with the brown sugar until it is free of lumps.

2. Add oil 1 tablespoon at a time to thicken.

3. While in the shower, apply it all over your body in circles. When done, rinse, and enjoy your “new” skin!

We all have our own beauty tips and tricks. This scrub is one of mine. What’s one of yours? Comment and tell me! I’d love to add it to my beauty recipe book!

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!

End of Summer Treats

The end of the summer is here! That can be hard for everyone…getting the kids back in school, no more beach days or hanging by the pool.

But this is the time of year to really enjoy vegetables!
August and September are prime harvest months for the most delicious veggies,
Especially oh-so-delish Silver Queen corn and Better Boy tomatoes.

I LOVE the following 2 recipes using these great late summer vegetables (If you have a local farmers market, now is the time to get some superb tomatoes and corn!)

YOU GOTTA TRY THIS….MEXICAN STREET CORN!!

I was in Austin, TX and visited a fantastic tex-mex place called La Cabenas. For the first time ever, I had Mexican street corn. If you’ve never tried this, poor you! It is quite frankly one of the most delicious things I’ve ever eaten. I loved it so much, I recreated the treat at home! I am not a big corn eater because of the starch, but once in awhile it is such a treat. This is an awesome appetizer or side for any meal!

MEXICAN STREET CORN RECIPELolita's Mexican Street Corn recipe

4-6 Fresh ears of corn
Butter
Light Mayonnaise
2/3 cup Feta Cheese, crumbled fine
1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese
Chili Powder
Lime wedges

Set out 2 loaf pans. Melt 1 stick of butter and pour into one of the loaf pans. In the other loaf pan, put your cheese.

Roll each corn cob in the butter, then roast or grill until there is nice browning on each side of the corn.
Using a basting brush, “paint” on a coat of mayonnaise on each ear of corn.

Then, roll each corn cob in the cheese. Sprinkle each with Chili Powder. Serve with a lime wedge.

CAPRESE SALAD RECIPE

Using your best balsamic vinegar, fresh buffalo mozzarella and basil You can create  this wonderful end of summer salad!Lolita's Caprese Salad

1 cup sliced Buffalo Mozarella
High quality balsamic-the thicker, the better (can find at most gourmet shops)
Olive oil
Sea Salt
Fresh Ground pepper
Fresh Basil
I ripe tomato, home grown if possible

This is all you need. Layer balsamic, olive oil, cheese slices, tomatoes then cheese again, interspersing basil leaves as you go.  Done!  How easy is that??