Fancy Prosecco Cointreau Ice Cubes, Recipe


When I think of Champaign, Prosecco or Rose` I can't help but want to channel my inner Lady GoLightly. Aka Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Call it cliché’ call it typical, I don’t mind. Back in the day I used to watch that movie so many times. If I can be really honest, probably every other day! Fantasizing about how amazing her life would be to just have for a day. Live in New York City, wear fabulous clothes, be an actress.  You know what I mean right?

The thing is when I grew up I finally figured out what she did in the “Powder Room” with those men each evening. I’ll let your imagination run away on that one. Some how the charm of her glamorous lifestyle, of chic clothing, fancy parties and her tiny apartment seemed to take my breath away. (Although, Currently speaking it doesn’t look like it was all that fabulous after all.)

This shoot wasn’t fully inspired by Audrey, but after staring at my screen editing I couldn’t help but think of the movie. Of her, Of the Scenes of fancy parties with great music, and of Course Paul Darling. (Insert British accent from his mistress) How can we forget him?

I am sure she would have been smart enough to make fancy ice cubs for her drinks as well, or maybe she couldn’t afford an extra bottle of Prosecco to make them? Either way, I have a wonderfully easy way to spice up your Prosecco, or to keep your glass chilled. And while your making them, maybe channel your inner Audrey, you know she is in there! 




Prosecco Ice Cubes, with Fresh Blueberries and Cointreau, Recipe

Ingredients and Materials:

-2 rubber ice cube trays, (I find these are the easiest to use, the ice cubes pop out really easy)

-1 bottle of Prosecco (Lamarco is a great one!)

- 1 bottle of Cointreau, orange liquor

-1 bunch of fresh BlackBerries, or any that is in season

- A tea towel to wrap the Bottle of Prosecco with when opening

Directions:

First make sure to chill your Prosecco in the fridge for at least an hour, to speed up the process you can throw it in the freezer. Just don’t forget it, I have totally done that before and ended up with ice of course.

Take the tea towel and wrap it around the chilled Prosecco, pull the top off straight up away from your face. Go slow! Unless you are a pro and use a saber. Grab your ice trays; fill them with the Prosecco leaving room for the Cointreau and berries. Then add in a splash (about ½ tablespoon) of Cointreau in each ice cub spot, and fill to top. If desired add in berries to each cube.  Freeze for a good 6-12 hours. (Depending on your Freezer. This also works if you choose to leave the berries out.

When serving the Prosecco, add in one or two ice cubes to your glass and enjoy!





Cheers Friends! 

-Nicole 




SPICY MARGARITA RECIPE || FOOD+LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER NICOLE LEE



I am totally obsessed with limes at the moment. Maybe it has something to do with their green color, and my gravitation towards it since everything is mostly brown here in Arizona. Since I had so many limes left over from my last project I was inspired not only to make good use of them, but there is something about the fact that it is still 100 degrees out side, which calls for a nice cold margarita. Right?

When I usually make my margaritas, I use Patron, and their Patron Orange Liquor. But I wanted to mix it up this time and try something new. This time I tried out OLMECA AlTOS 100% Agave Plata Tequila and it’s rated at 96 points. Let me tell you it’s amazing, so smooth! You have to try it out.  As well as Cointreau instead of the patron, the outcome is a refreshing heavenly cocktail that you keep coming back for more.


SPICY JALAPENO MARGARITAS :

For the recipe: this yields 2 margaritas ( double if making more, cut in half if making one at a time) 

You will need : 

  • 1 cocktail shaker
  • 2 cups of ice, 2 lowball glasses , (mason jars work wonders) 
  • 2 jalapeno's
  • 4 0z 100% clear Agave Tequila ( OLMECA ALTOS is what i would suggest!)
  • 1.5 oz Cointreau
  • 1-2 limes
  • Lime juice sqeezer
  • knife

METHOD : 

Slice the limes in half set aside. Slice the jalapeños into round quarters, its up to you how spicy you want your margarita, so add as many as you'd to your cocktail shaker. Then squeeze in 1 half of the lime juice, add in about 1 /2 cup of ice, and all of the tequila and cointreau. SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE! Place the rest of ice into the two glasses and pour the margarita over the ice and drink immediately. ENJOY! 

NoteIts up to you how much lime, or jalapeño you want your margarita to taste like, so your free to get creative and mix it up just the way you like!! 



 

CHEERS FRIENDS !! 

-Nicole

 

 

 

this Recipe was adapted from the lovley Bethenny Frankel's Skinnygirl Margarita : www.bethenny.com 

COINTREAU : http://us.cointreau.com/lasoiree/ 

OLMECA ALTOS TEQUILA : http://www.altostequila.com