Sangria Cocktail Kiwi Passionfruit

Friday Happy Hour Cocktail: Kiwi Passion Fruit Sangria

Kiwi Passion Fruit Sangria

For this Friday evening’s cocktail hour, (ok, so it was more like 3 hours) some friends and I enjoyed some fresh fruity Sangria. I wanted to try something a little different from the traditional, you know, go bohemian with it, and decided on this passion fruit kiwi recipe. I was not able to find plain passion fruit juice, so I opted for apple, passion mango and pineapple juices. The oranges I found at the grocery store looked like little ruby grapefruits when I cut into them. They were sweet and delicious oranges though. I plan to get some more of them and make something, not sure what yet. Got any suggestions? (read more)

MelindaFriday Happy Hour Cocktail: Kiwi Passion Fruit Sangria
Cosmopolitan Hotel Lobby Las Vegas. BohemianCottage

Travel Diary, Las Vegas

Cosmopolitan Hotel Lobby Las Vegas. BohemianCottage

The stunning lobby in the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas

When you first walk into the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, your senses are at once bombarded in that oh so stimulating way that only Las Vegas can deliver. The sights with the video pillars constantly changing to the music and the smells of cigars and perfume and what is that smell? Sniff sniff…is that money? 

Las Vegas City View

The view was incredible from my room!

I recently returned from a trip to Las Vegas.. While there I stayed at the very glamorous Cosmopolitan Hotel. The room I stayed in had a balcony, which is unusual for a Las Vegas hotel room. Talk about chic and stylish! The decor was not your run of the mill boring hotel for sure. Details abounded with Fornasetti wallpaper adorning the closet, iridescent tiling on the bathroom shower, down pillows on the settee…  There were books published by Phaidon Press for reading and the room even included 2 TV’s (which was overkill for me since I don’t really ever watch) and a kitchenette with stocked minibar and a microwave.   (read more)

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Raspberry Key Lime Margarita

Blanco Tequila

I tried the Espolon Blanca Tequila for this Margarita

Friday and Saturday evenings I’m typically ready for a cocktail to help relax and to celebrate the week. I have recently been reaching for a glass of wine or a beer, but both of those lovely choices do not lend much room for creativity behind the metaphorical bar. I also thought it would be fun to start a regular section of the blog for cocktail recipes. Viola! Here is the first one, a colorful and fresh raspberry and key lime margarita!

With some trial and error (imagine the face you give when you suck on a lemon…opps)  I think I have something that is not only delicious in its fully intoxicating version, but its mocktail version is a nice alternative for kids and non-drinkers too. (read more)

MelindaRaspberry Key Lime Margarita