Pooltime Lime

So, last week I decided I’d leave my toes in Fear or Desire orange.  But, I wanted a change of pace from the bright summer colors I’ve been drawn to lately.  I needed something darker…

So last week’s mani was Essie Sexy Divide.  And I’d forgotten how much I love this one.  It really is a stunner in the sunlight.  I got lots of compliments on it.  I seem to recall this being my NYE color a few years ago.  Still love it.

But, Sunday rolled around and it was time for a polish change.  So, I dug through my stash, which Eric recently helped me organize when we were going through our bathroom organization project.

I’ve got my polish mostly divided up into Summer and Winter colors.  And after dipping into the dark side, it was time for something bright.  And when I decided on a great summer color – I definitely went bright!

That is OPI Pooltime Lime.  And it now graces both my fingers and my toes.  I’m not entirely sure I’m sold on this one.  I don’t mind the brightness of it, since that’s what I was going for, but it’s rather sheer.  I still have VNL after three coats.  And the color tends more toward the yellow than what I would consider “lime”.  So I’ve redubbed this Pooltime Keylime.  It’s definitely a summery pop of color though!

But now I’m thinking I need a mojito to go with my manicure…


Sunday Night Cocktail – Margarita


Sunday night again and time to decide what cocktail I’d like to try. Eric was making fajitas and black beans for dinner, so I thought a good margarita was in order.

Cadillac Margarita

2 oz. tequila
3/4 oz. Grand Marnier
1 1/4 oz. Rose’s Lime Juice
1 lime wedge
Salt to taste
1 lime slice

Shake tequila, Grand Marnier, and Rose’s Lime Juice well with ice. Rub outside rim of deep-saucer champagne glass with lime wedge and dip in salt. Strain contents of shaker into salt-rimmed glass. Garnish with lime slice.

Margaritas and Fajitas

And let me tell you – those fajitas were damn good with the margaritas. Mmmm!


Sunday Night Cocktail – Devil’s Tail and Prince Edward

Prince Edward and Devils Tail

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a Sunday Night Cocktail. And since it’s almost the weekend again, I thought it was a good way to ring in a Thursday. Today I’ve got two for the price of one for you. First up is the Prince Edward, which was Eric’s drink. He enjoyed this one, and it allowed us to again use some of that Lillet that he’d purchased for the sole purpose of making a Vesper. Here’s the recipe for a Prince Edward…

Prince Edward

1 3/4 oz. Scotch
1/2 oz Lillet
1/4 oz. Drambuie
1 slice coctail orange in syrup

Shake Scotch, Lillet and Drambuie well with ice.
Strain over rocks into pre-chilled old-fashioned glass.
Garnish with orange slice.

Of course, you know me with the garnishes. So, no orange slice here. But Eric enjoyed his cocktail, nonetheless.

Devils Tail

Now, for me we whipped up a Devil’s Tail. And of course, I was thrilled when it turned out pink!

Devil’s Tail

1 1/2 oz golden rum
1 oz vodka
1/2 oz lime juice
1/4 oz grenadine
1/4 oz apricot liqueur
1/3 cup crushed ice
lime peel

Blend rum, vodka, line juice, grenadine, apricot liqueur and ice at low speed for 10 to 15 seconds. Pour into pre-chilled deep-saucer champagne glass. Twist lime peel over drink and drop into glass.

Powerfully pleasant rather than pugnacious.

As you can see, we went with a martini glass rather than a saucer champagne glass. Although I do dearly wish I had some of those. Anyway, although I had very high hopes for this drink, it was way too strong for me. I probably would have also enjoyed it more had I not had an allergic reaction to it, which involved my throat closing up. Nice. So, I won’t be going back for another one of these any time soon.

But, the evening was supplemented with great food. Eric made grilled pizzas, which is one of my favorite things. He even made a dessert pizza for us to share (his half had banana slices on it).


That’s my pizza on the left. It had sauce, onions, fresh basil from the garden, chicken, roasted garlic and cheese. It was soooo good. I think Eric’s also had banana peppers and roasted red peppers.


He also made a “white” pizza that had grilled chicken, roasted garlic, olive oil and cheese on it. This one was my favorite I think.


So other than the cocktail fail for me, it was a fabulous evening. And so tasty!


Sunday Night Cocktail – Mumsicle


I’ve been remiss with posting the Sunday Night Cocktail (aka what’s in the liquor cabinet?), so I thought I’d rectify that right now. This is one we’d never heard of, but we had all the ingredients, so why not. Allow me to present the Mumsicle. I surfed around the web but didn’t find any tidbits of information on the Mumsicle, other than just recipes. So, who knows how this drink got its name.


1 1/2 oz dark rum
1 1/2 oz bourbon
1 dash bitters
1 maraschino cherry

Stir rum, bourbon and bitters well with ice. Strain into pre-chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with maraschino cherry.

The night before the Mumsicle experience, Eric made a fabulous stirfry dinner and salads with ginger dressing. The wine was excellent as well, but I don’t recall what it was. I love the nights that we get to have dinner together. It’s such a treat.


On a completely unrelated note, my 5K training is going well and I am making great progress. I think I will be more than ready for the 5K next month. Also, my trainer is starting a new team to train for another 5K in October, and she asked me specifically to be a part of her new team. I’m excited about this and I think it will be good for me. I’m also taking advantage of the WW eTools for the first time. So far, so good. I like that it thinks for you! I won’t be able to weigh in this week due to them being closed on the 4th. So, hopefully I will see a big difference next week. AND I am making really good progress at school. I should be set to take my final for the class I’m in now next week and then I just have two classes left. I should definitely be able to get finished by the holidays (Thanksgiving), maybe even by the fall. That would be fantastic! I am so ready to be done with school and back to enjoying dinner with Eric on a regular basis.


Sunday Night Cocktail – White Russian

White Russians

There’s something about a White Russian that brings me back to my college years. Somewhere in between shots of Jager and Tequila Sunrises that my buddy Felipe made for me, the White Russian holds a special place in my heart. And every so often at a bar I’ll see someone order one and then I get nostalgic and wax poetic about life in the gool ol’ days when my jeans were covered in charcoal from my drawing class and the soundtrack to Henry & June was in my cd player while I smoked and wrote and lived my artist’s life.

Ah, White Russian.

1 1/2 oz vodka
3/4 oz Kahlua
3/4 oz cream

Pour the vodka and Kahlua into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice.

Gently top with the cream.


Sunday Night Cocktail – Mojito


I do love a good mojito. For our first anniversary, we went to San Antonio and one night after dinner went to a bar that specialized in mojitos. So, each time we mix up a couple I am reminded of that wonderful weekend. And a few years ago when I saw these cigar band mojito glasses, I just had to scoop them up. I think I may have gotten an early start on my drink before I could even take this photo.

So, for the classic mojito here you go…


Muddle 12 fresh minto leaves and 1/2 a lime
Cover with 2 Tbsp simple syrup or 4 tsp sugar, top with ice
Add 1 1/2 oz of rum and top with club soda
Stir well and garnish with a lime wedge

Ropa Villeja

And to go with the rum loveliness, Eric made his famous Ropa Vieja. It is muy fabuloso! We accompanied it with brown rice and an avocado and tomato salad. So yummy! This is by far one of my favorite meals. Some homemade plaintain chips would have been a perfect addition as well. We sometimes pair the Ropa Vieja with Cumin-scented black beans, which is also amazing. Ok, now I’m getting hungry. Is it 5 o’clock?


Sunday Night Cocktail – Hpnotiq Blue Breeze


Eric is not so much a fan of the fruity, umbrella-laden cocktail. So, when I mix up a batch of anything requiring coconut rum and sunscreen…I drink alone. I’ve been rather remiss at researching what we’ll be drinking prior to six o’clock on Sunday night. I’ll have to rectify that situation. Because really, we’re gonna have to break out the good stuff (and by good, I mean unusual) soon. But, in order to do that, I will have to prepare. There will be recipe research and shopping and all that good stuff. Rather than what is currently happening, which is this…

Eric: The burgers will be coming off the grill in about five minutes.

Me: Ok, what are we going to drink tonight?

Eric: I don’t know.

Me: Let’s see what’s near the front of the cabinet/fridge/memory banks.

Me: How about [fill in the blank with above-mentioned fruity drink].

Eric: I’ll just have water.

So, here you go, the Hpnotiq Blue Breeze.

2 oz Hpnotiq
1 oz coconut rum
Splash of pineapple juice

Pour ingredients over ice, stir and garnish with a lemon or orange twist*.

*As you can probably tell, I am not so big on the garnish. Note to self: planning ahead might help.

Another week, another cocktail…cheers!


Sunday Night Cocktail – Manhattan


Another week, another cocktail! I was suffering from migraines two weekends ago and so I abstained from the liquor this time. Eric was forced to drink alone, so I learned how to make his favorite (for now) drink, the Manhattan.

Wikipedia states of the Manhattan that “It has been called a drinking man’s cocktail—strong, urbane, and simple. It has also been called the ‘king of cocktails.'” Typically made with Whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters it is served either straight up or over ice in a lowball (or old-fashioned)glass and garnished with a Maraschino cherry with a stem. Wikipedia also mentions that “A popular history suggests that the drink originated at the Manhattan Club in New York City in the early 1870s”.

Eric’s Manhattan consisted of three parts Glenlivet 12 year old Single Malt Whisky to one part Martini & Rossi Sweet Vermouth and a dash of bitters. He took his over ice with two cherries. Using Scotch Whiskey technically makes this a Rob Roy, but nonetheless, he ordered a Manhattan and I was happy to make it for him.


Sunday Night Cocktail – Vesper

Over the weekend, Eric and I decided to watch the latest James Bond film, Quantum of Solace. As a preface to seeing the new film, we watched Casino Royale again as well. I am a huge fan of the James Bond films, and after being so inspired I decided to institute the Sunday Night Cocktail. Eric and I have an extensive liquor cabinet at home and very rarely plumb its depths. As Sunday nights seem to be our at home date night, I felt that it was a perfect opportunity to try out a new cocktail each week. Of course, this week’s inspiration came from Bond himself, the Vesper. Here’s a little backstory from Wikipedia…
“The drink was popularized in the novel Casino Royale (1953) when ordered by its inventor, secret agent James Bond (Agent 007), to commemorate his strong feelings for its namesake, Vesper Lynd. Although there have been a teleplay and two films based on this book, the signature cocktail was only mentioned twice in the recent Casino Royale (2006 Film): when he ordered it at the poker table and several others followed suit, and when Bond states that he named the drink the Vesper, because once he tasted it, it was all he wanted to drink. The cocktail is also mentioned by its ingredients in Quantum of Solace, but Bond does not refer to it by name.

Because these movies were set in the present-day but Kina Lillet has not been available since the early 1980s, its mention in the recipe in these movies is anachronistic.”
Eric purchased the required Lillet Blanc for making the drink back in 2006, when Esquire printed an updated version of the drink. Wikipedia, indicates that the Esquire recipe is slightly off, due to the recipe having been given in measures not ounces. So, here is the Esquire recipe with the required tweaks:
Shake (if you must) with plenty of cracked ice. [Mix] 4 1/2 oz Tanqueray gin, 1 1/2 oz 100-proof Stolichnaya vodka, 3/4 oz Lillet Blanc, 1/8 teaspoon (or less) quinine powder or, in desperation, 2 dashes of bitters. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and twist a large swatch of thin-cut lemon peel over the top.

We lacked the lemon peel garnish, but otherwise the cocktail is an accurate representation. I am not a huge fan of martinis to begin with, but the Vesper wasn’t bad.

Bond laughed. “When I’m…er…concentrating,” he explained, “I never have more than one drink before dinner. But I do like that one to be large and very strong and very cold and very well-made. I hate small portions of anything, particularly when they taste bad. This drink’s my own invention. I’m going to patent it when I can think of a good name.”

-Ian Fleming, Casino Royale