It’s that time of year! Phew! A whopping 95 degrees yesterday, and it’s only going to get hotter in my neck of the woods – or desert – should I say. The benefit of living in the valley of Los Angeles is the amazing mountain views and sunny mornings without the marine layer. The drawback is weather so hot in the summer you could fry an egg on the sidewalk.
Straight from Venice: An alternative to the Bellini – Try the Rossini! While the Bellini is a famous Italian drink comprised of prosecco and peach puree – the Rossini is another Venetian staple that is very similar in nature in that is uses prosecco but with strawberries.
This beautiful drink originated in Venice around the 1940’s from the infamous Harry’s Bar. While most Bellinis nowadays won’t always be pinkish in color, it was named the Bellini because it’s pinkish color reminded the creator of a pink toga in a painting by artist Giovanni Bellini.
Let’s face it. I’m no mixologist. I had never even heard of vanilla vodka until 3 months ago. I am terrible with liquor and am just really beginning to understand my way around wine. So when I was thinking of a possible cocktail named The Great Gatsby I knew someone, somewhere had to have already created it.
I have to admit that my original mix for this went awry when I couldn’t find lime sorbet. Can you believe it? NOBODY sells it in my area. Not even Whole Foods and they sell all the hard-to-find things (AKA “weird stuff”)! The original plan was to have a Champagne Mojito Float. But as life sometimes teaches us, the best detours are always the unexpected ones. 🙂
I am certainly no expert on cocktails. Given that I don’t drink liquor other than the occasional dirty martini (which is more olive juice than anything really), I am more than positive anyone reading this can shame me with some spectacular drink recipes. But if you’re like me and an exclusive wine drinker that wants something festive and less than three steps, you’ve found a new soul sister!
Although I mentioned this beverage in my “girly french inspired evening” post, I wanted to dedicate an entire post about it in the wine section. It is more than deserving of it’s own post because it is AHHHMAZING. Lillet (pronounced ”le lay”) is a french wine blend...