Beer may be a great American product, but maybe this 4th of July, you want something a little classier to accompany your cookout. Try this champagne cocktail, which gets it’s pink hue from a dash of crème de cassis, and a fruity kick from triple sec infused berries.
- 2 cups mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries)
- Juice of one lemon
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup triple sec or Cointreau
- Crème de cassis (a blackcurrent liqueur)
- In a medium-sized bowl, mix berries with lemon, sugar, and triple sec. Cover and let sit in the fridge for at least two hours; the longer, the more flavorful the berry.
- After berries have marinated, strain the juice (you can save it to add a splash to your drink if you like), and spread berries on a baking sheet. Freeze until hard, usually one hour.
- Fill glass with champagne, then add a dash of cassis. Don’t mix the beverage, but let the liqueur settle in the bottom of the glass. Add a handful of the frozen berries to keep cold.
- Feel patriotic, if you must.
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With the beautiful weather these days, I’ve been keeping cool by wearing cute summer dresses and staying barefoot as long as possible. I’ve also been making use of my ice maker and blender to stay cool. Smoothies, iced tea, you name it and I’ve made it (or plan to!). Nothing beats sitting down with a cold drink, a fun book, and the afternoon passing by. But wait, don’t forget the coaster! Nobody likes excess moisture, especially your wood furniture. Whether you have a valuable antique or a cheap Craigslist find, your furniture is supposed to last. Quite unlike the fast fashion scene we’ve been experiencing, it’s hard to buy and then throw away your furniture after a season or two. So that’s why we’ve got to take care of it to keep it in shipshape. Take a look at the set of slate coasters from Crate and Barrel. You can keep track of the owners of each drink by writing your name on the coaster with a piece of chalk. Another favorite are the pinecone shaped coasters made out of durable vinyl. Take a look at the slideshow for more! Keep reading »
The 4th of July is rapidly approaching and I’ve been busy figuring out how I’m going to go to all the barbecue parties and picnics I said I’d go to! (I mean, how could I say no to juicy burgers, grilled veggies and cold drinks with all my friends and family?) Anyway, I know I have plenty of capable people who can work the grill as well as Bobby Flay so I can definitely count on a delicious meal. They’ve got the grill and the charcoal ready, but the last time I went to an outdoor grilling party, I noticed that all their tools have seen better days. I’m looking to replace their ratty and singed oven mitts with a suede bbq grilling mitt instead. There are some things that they didn’t know they need too like the magic seasoning sheets that lay on the perfect flavor. For more outdoor entertaining tools that will make your 4th of July (and beyond!) tastier, check out the slideshow! Keep reading »
We here at The Frisky live for celeb gossip, chocolate, and your comments. What can we say? You bitches crack us up! In honor of you, our smart, sexy, and incisive readers, who aren’t afraid to talk smack on the Internet, we’re giving away prizes! Each week we’ll award you awesome chatty Cathy’s a little something special. This week, five winners will receive Mario Badescu Facial Spray. Without further adieu, the lucky winner of this week’s Gift For Gab. Keep reading »
Christian Audigier, purveyor of all things rhinestone-encrusted and hideously illustrated, is planning to show at Spring 2010 Fashion Week in Paris this Fall. This is the guy who designs for the likes of Ed Hardy, usually shows his creations at L.A. or Miami Swim Fashion Week, and likely clothed the greasy dudes who were grinding all up on you at the club last weekend. So while designers like Christian Lacroix struggle with bankruptcy, Christian Audigier is zeroing in on their legitimate fashion turf with his truly illegitimate “designs.” This makes us kind of sad. [The Cut] Keep reading »
Lebanese national Raffi Nernekian was arrested in Dubai for wearing a Marc Jacobs-designed T-shirt promoting skin cancer awareness with a nude photo of Victoria Beckham. Although all of Posh’s important lady parts were hidden by the “Protect the Skin You’re In” slogan, Nernekian reportedly got into an argument with a local over the shirt. After the argument he left to change his shirt, only to find the police waiting when he returned. He was jailed for a month for “offending public decency.” Although Dubai is a tourist destination even for folks like Paris Hilton (who has recently been searching for a new BFF there), visitors are advised to review the country’s moral and social code before partying it up — or getting dressed. [NY Daily News] Keep reading »
Conventional beauty wisdom tells you to never, ever use a bar of soap on your face. Now meet Wonderbar, a product that throws all of that out the window. The face soap is made from Austrian Heilmoor, a clay created over 3,000 years ago, which has a detoxing effect on your skin. Work up a lather on your face, let it sit for a minute or two, and notice how your skin instantly tightens. The other benefits read a bit like a miracle product: Clear acne! Deep cleansing! Smoothing! Lightens pigmentation! And now yours for the low, low, price of…free! If you win one in this week’s giveaway. Otherwise… [$40, Wonderbar.com]
We’re giving away three Wonderbars, but you have to work if you want to win. The best commenter for this coming week—from today, Friday, July 3 through Thursday, July 9—will be awarded with one. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules. Keep reading »
After Princess Fancypants washes her hair with white truffle oil shampoo and slathers Creme de la Mer between her toes, she sits before her vanity and pouts. Still, something is not right. Shall she polish her skin with Beluga caviar? Clean her ears with the sharpest emerald she can find? No. It is her hair. Her hair simply isn’t right.
Aha! Then she remembers. She opens a small drawer and takes out a bottle of Oribe 24K gold pomade ($49 for 1.7 oz). Its web site says it is “excellent for use on pleasure craft [or] in convertibles” and, wouldn’t you know? That’s exactly where she is headed. At last, she is ready to go. [Oribe 24K Gold Pomade] Keep reading »
After spending about six months in London one thing was clear, the go to summer drink was Pimm’s and Lemonade whether you were at the boat races or the beach. Here are just a few of my favorite summer cocktail concoctions for the perfect lazy summer afternoon.
Pimm’s & Lemonade
Best for: Watching the Oxford-Cambridge boat race or sailing in the hamptons
How to make it: 1/4 Pimm’s No. 1
Some mint leaves, lots of ice and some fruit for fun
Best for: late night christmas light laden backyard bbqs (we’re giving you a fun white wine alternative)
How to make it: 1 bottle of white wine (riesling, or some equally delicious sweet white wine)
1/2 cup peach schnapps
1/2 cup soda (anything citrus based like sprite)
fruit (mangoes, peaches, pineapple)
Best for: kicking back in a rocking chair or swaying in a hammock
How to make it: 1/3 Dark Rum
1/3 Orange Juice
1/3 Pineapple Juice
some Lime Juice and Grenadine
Best for: anywhere and everywhere
How to make it: 1/2 cup rum
two tbsp. sugar
three tbsp. limejuice
crushed ice and mint leaves
We left out some classic favorites like Margaritas, Pina Coladas and Long Island Iced Teas but we’re hoping these for will help kick you off. Keep reading »
This is one haircut you’d hope your boyfriend never gets. Especially if there are eyes in the back of his head. [Likecool.com] Keep reading »