The Art of Sabering a Champagne Bottle

Some celebrations just require that extra pop… Saber that Champagne Bottle! When a champagne bottle is struck at the right point with a sharp edge, the collar of the bottle will break-off with a clean cut and the cork still be completely surrounded by the glass. How does this work? A champagne bottle has roughly…

Watermelon Basil Vodka Slushies

Sometimes a vodka soda is just not going to cut it. Step up your cocktail game with this frozen concoction that reflects the flavors of a sunny, summer afternoon. Ingredients 1/2 Cup Vodka 1 Cup Simple Syrup Half a Watermelon, puréed 1 Lime, juice only 10 Basil leaves, chopped 4 Cups Ice Cut the watermelon into chunks, and place…

The Princess Glass

Because Every DIVA Should Have a Princess Glass This is Granny. As her first grandchild, and first girl… she had all brothers and all sons, we have developed a special bond over the years.  She is a very special lady, and our relationship means the world to me. This particular story takes place a couple…

Saketini

When splurging on a flavorful meal, it’s important not to neglect your beverage. While wine is always a good go-to, some dishes just require a different twist….like a twisted cucumber garnish in a sake cocktail. And well, why not add vodka? This Saketini is a fantastic match with Asian meals, such as  the Asian Sobo Noodles or…

The Classic Mimosa

So there is this restaurant that serves brunch every Sunday. The food is good. But why do people really go?? Perhaps it’s the $5 Bloody Mary’s. But really, it’s the Bottomless Mimosas. Literally. You’ll never know how many you actually had, because you will never see the bottom of your glass. While this particular mimosa…

Individual Patron Margaritas

So I recently had my big 30th Birthday. It truly was an incredible celebration as I was surrounded by so many of my amazing friends and family. Six of the DIVAs even flew down from Michigan & New York to Florida, in the middle of May mind you, to be with me. Pretty neat, huh?…

2007 Optima Zinfandel

I served my Not So Scary Paella for dinner the other night, and wanted to find a good bottle of red to serve that would compliment the spiciness of the dish. After discussing my options with my Dad, we landed on the Optima Zinfandel. I decanted it so it could open up properly before my…

St. Francis Cabernet Sauvignon

If you’re looking for a delicious cabernet sauvignon that is full in flavor, I highly recommend the St. Francis cab. It is one of my go-to wines for weekend dinners, and I’ve always had compliments on it from my guests. While the winery has it listed for $20/bottle, I have been able to find it…

Claiming Your Glass

Everyone has been there before. You’re at a party, and as much as you try to keep track of your glass, you inevitably place it amongst 4 other identical red wines. There’s that awkward moment where you try to see if you can recognize your lips on the rim, and then the person who is…

Drunken Watermelon

My former company had a team outing to a Kid Rock concert. It was a late summer, Michigan afternoon concert being held at an outdoor venue. We naturally were planning a tailgate, so I decided to make my first drunken watermelon. Refreshing & delicious… and potent! Drunken Watermelon Ingredients Whole Watermelon Vodka Funnel Kabob Stick,…

Red Sangria

What is nice about this version of sangria is that it does not contain any of the sweet liquors like most sangrias. The carbonation of the Izze Sparkling Water and San Pellegrino add a nice refreshing kick to the sweet red wine. And who doesn’t love a cocktail with fresh fruit? Ingredients Diced Fruit: 1…

Pretty-in-Pink Bubbles

Erin was pregnant with her first baby, a little DIVA!, so we decided to throw her a surprise baby shower. Lauren created several baby themed beverages for the event. Don’t worry – the future Mama stayed away from the concoctions! Ingredients for 1 Cocktail 1 ounces Raspberry Liquor, such as Chambord 4 ounces Champagne Splash…