Thirsty Thursday: The Southern Beauty summer cocktail

What is more refreshing in summertime – watermelon, limeade or rum?

Well, thanks to this sweet summer recipe from Elizabeth Scokin of Haute Hostess, you don’t have to choose just one.

Her cocktail, The Southern Beauty contains all of these refreshing ingredients in one sensational summer cocktail – plus a surprising hint of mint.

The Southern Beauty - Haute Hostess's Elizabeth Scokin's sensational summer cocktail!

The Southern Beauty
My Haute Hostess cocktail recipe for summer parties al fresco

1 watermelon
1 large can of frozen limeade
handful of mint
crushed ice
light rum

Scoop out the inside of a watermelon and put pulp in lg ziplocs
Freeze overnight

In a blender put in one bag watermelon, 1/2 can of limeade,
handful of fresh mint, 1 cup of rum, 2 cups crushed ice.
Blend. Serve in martini glasses with sprig of mint.
Gorgeous cocktail. Great for a Non-alcoholic drink too without rum~

Try it out and check out her fab site, Haute Hostess, for some divine ideas for hostess gifts this summer!
I’m partial to the Missoni-style (light Missoni print lined with purple satin) Margherita apron. So if you’re visiting me, I’m not saying you should get it for me… I’m just saying I wouldn’t mind.

Haute Hostess Margherita Apron - a light Missoni knit with purple satin lining - perfect for summer entertaining




BF Asks: What’s your sensational summer cocktail? Share it with me and you might have your summer cocktail recipe featured on BeautyFrosting’s Thirsty Thursday!


Thirsty Thursday: Andrew Lane 2009 Merlot, Sonoma County

Last Saturday, I went for an afternoon matinee showing of A Place Beyond The Pines. Well, as I was about to encounter both Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper, I thought a glass of wine was in order.

I told Alex D at The Landmark Wine Bar what I was looking for – something big & juicy and not too thin – and he didn’t hesitate at all before he suggested the Andrew Lane 2009 Merlot, Sonoma County.


Thirsty Thursday: Andrew Lane 2009 Merlot, Sonoma County

It was perfect! Alex D knows his wines!

With dark fruit and french oak, this wine drinks more like a Cabernet than a Merlot – and I mean that in the best possible way!




BF Asks: What’s wine would you choose before seeing a Bradley Cooper & Ryan Gosling movie?



Thirsty Thursday: The Blackberry Bunny champagne cocktail

For my Classic Southern Easter Dinner this past Sunday, I wasn’t sure how I could top my Blackberry Patch Punch from last year’s fête.

But then it hit me! A champagne cocktail with the same blackberry sweet-tart taste was the perfect pre-dinner cocktail. Hence, The Blackberry Bunny was born!

Now, here it is for you to enjoy at your next spring or summer soiree!

Introducing...The Blackberry Bunny!

The Blackberry Bunny ( by BeautyFrosting)

3 ounces Chilled Champagne

1 ounce G.E. Massenez Creme de Mûre (Blackberry Liqueur)

1 ounce Chilled Trader Joe’s Blackberry Patch Juice

Combine in glass and garnish with a blackberry and mint sprig.

Sip and enjoy.

Thirsty Thursday: Coconut Vanilla Bellini

Cheers to our first Thirsty Thursday of 2013!

To kick off the year, I can’t wait to try this delicious, delicate and darling cocktail!


What you need:
– 1 bottle of prosecco
– 16 ounces of a coconut juice blend or coconut pureed nectar

For the sugared rims:
– 1/4 cup white sanding sugar
– 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
– 1 vanilla bean

– To prepare the sugared rims, combine sanding sugar, granulated sugar, the scraped seeds of the vanilla bean and the vanilla bean pod in a large bowl and mix. You can do this a few days ahead of time if desired.
– Coat the rims of 8 champagne flutes in something sticky and sweet, such as leftover frosting or marshmallow fluff.
– To make the cocktails, pour 2 ounces of the coconut juice blend or puree into the bottom of the flute. Fill the remaining space with prosecco and stir with a long spoon to mix.
– Serve immediately!

Thirsty Thursday: The Brooklyn Beauty Champagne Cocktail

Perfect for a ladies lunch, a bridal shower or an anytime cocktail, you will feel beautiful sipping your very own Brooklyn Beauty Champagne Cocktail!

Courtesy of Crepes of Wrath

St. Germain liqueur (my fave!), champagne and lemon juice make up this beauty of a cocktail! It’s strong and delicious with a zingy kick! Don’t forget the lemon rind as a gorgeous garnish!


2 pieces lemon rind
5 ounces gin
2 ounces St. Germain
1 1/2 ounces lemon juice
1/2 to 2/3 cup Prosecco or Champagne (for topping off)
2 pieces curled lemon rind or lemon wheels (for garnish)

1. Using a vegetable peeler or a knife, peel off 2 pieces of lemon rind, doing your best to get as little pith on the rind as possible. Twist rind over glasses, then wipe the rind around the inside of glass. If twists remain intact, use as garnish, or cut two new pieces and twist around fingers. Alternatively, use sliced lemon wheels.
2. In a shaker, combine gin, St. Germain, and lemon juice. Fill with ice and shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds. Strain into glasses and top off with Prosecco or Champagne.
3. Garnish with a lemon twist or wheel and serve.

Recipe courtesy of Crepes of Wrath via FabFitFun