April 13, 2017

Pouring a Proper Drink

I have been converted to a snob when it comes to a mixed drink.  My husband (Lex), who happens to be a cocktail epicurean, among many other little hobbies that tend to benefit moi, makes some of the best concoctions I have tasted.  He experiments, as I happily play the guinea pig, with all different types of spirits and potions.  He frequents speakeasies around the country and learns new tricks which he then brings home.  Like the last time, when he arrived at the front door with a block of ice…a perfect clear cube made on a Cleinbell machine (used by ice sculptors for its clarity).  “It’s all about the presentation and the quality of ingredients”, he says.  The ice sits in a glass, almost invisible, letting the cocktail be the queen of the night.  

So, what is Lex concocting for Easter? And what are some of his (and my) favorite drinks?  


This is the perfect inspiration of what my Easter Champagne Bar will look like.  But with summer around the corner, I foresee ‘pimping my champagne’ quite a bit.   Lex actually went on Etsy and bought a vintage champagne tin tub, which he will fill with a magnum of Billecart Salmon Brut Rose, but honestly you can ‘pimp a prosecco’ too.  Lex said he will add fresh squeezed orange juice and cranberry juice.  You can even prep the champagne coupes with skewers of fruit, making it easy for your guests.  Just lay it all out, so that you can enjoy yourself too.  

photo via Hunted Interiors


A twist on a the typical sidecar with the added egg white and one of my favorite drinks.  Careful ladies! Goes down too easy…hence the name! 

Cocktails Concoctions

What you’ll need: 


  • 1 egg white
  • 3/4 ounce fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces Remy Martin V.S.O.P. Cognac
  • 3/4 ounce Grand Marnier
  • 1/2 ounce Simple Syrup (optional)
  • Splash of club soda
  • Combine egg white and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker.  Shake vigorously 20-30 times
  • Add cognac, grand marnier, and optional simple syrup. Fill with ice and shake another 20 times
  • Strain into a cocktail glass.  Add a splash of club soda and garnish.


A bit more boozy, but oh so delicious.  Sweet and slightly bitter, it will definitely make you smile…a lot! 

Cocktails Concoctions

What you’ll need: 

  • 2 ounces High West Rye
  • 1 ounce Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.  Shake vigorously 20-30 times
  • Strain into a cocktail glass.  
  • Garnish with 2 skewered Luxardo Cherries


Ahh, how I love a good tequila !  Lex adds this spicy rim to the glass, which is basically chili powder and salt flakes.  Always on a quest for the best, Casamigos is perfect for cocktails.  

Cocktails Concoctions

What you’ll need: 

  • 2 ounces Casamigos Tequila
  • .75 ounce Cointreau 
  • .75 ounces fresh lime juice 
  • dash of agave syrup
  • Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.  Shake vigorously 20-30 times
  • Have a glass ready rimmed with salt and/or chili powder
  • Strain into a cocktail glass.  
  • Garnish with a slice of lime 

Enjoy these concoctions and if you like what you read, share this post!



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I'm Ana-Maria. A New Canaan mom devoted to beauty and family: a passionate stylist, a lover of home decor, a lifestyle blogger. Welcome to my space! I hope this blog inspires you to explore a new you. Feel free to leave a comment or follow me on social media.
    • Susan
    • April 14, 2017

    Loved today’s blog! Well-written, looks luscious. We’ll be right over. Mom and Dad

    1. Reply

      I can’t wait! Thank you both.

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