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White Wine Spritzer with Basil and Orange

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Anyone who knows me well knows that wine is my drink of choice. When I’m out, I usually opt for a white wine — not because I don’t like red, in fact I LOVE red. But red wine gives me scary purple mouth, so it’s probably better I stick to white when I am in public.

Besides the fact that I love the taste of wine, I also like that it doesn’t leave me feeling full and bloated like beer can. Cocktails are delicious, but they usually contain lots of added simple syrups and juices, so I always know that wine is a safe and “healthier” choice.

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Have you guys heard of Black Box Wines?

Let me just stop you right there because I know what you might be thinking, but this is not your regular boxed wine. Trust me, I drank enough of that stuff in college to call myself an expert (not proud of that!), and Black Box Wines just don’t compare.

Black Box has won over 50 Gold Medals for quality, but they still cost 40% less than comparable bottled wines. PLUS, the boxes are so easily transportable, making them them perfect for summer outings (helloooo picnics!). The 3 liter box contains four 750 ml. bottles of wine, and I love that once you open the box, you don’t have to worry about drinking it right away. The wine stays fresh for up to 6 weeks (although let’s see if you can actually make it last that long 😉 ).

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Now for this white wine spritzer recipe!

I’ll be honest, I’ve never had much of an interest in spritzers because I used to think “Why the heck would I dilute wine?” but I was wrong. A good spritzer can be really, really refreshing – especially during the summer heat! When I’m drinking, I always try to have a glass of water in between each drink because it keeps me hydrated and prevents a hangover the next day.

Spritzers are a great way to enjoy wine, but the added club soda or sparkling water helps to keep you from getting too dehydrated at the same time.

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This White Wine Spritzer with Basil and Orange would be the perfect drink for any summer get-together, from bridal showers to summer BBQs. What screams summer more than fresh basil!?


White Wine Spritzer with Basil and Orange
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Serves: 1
  • 3 basil leaves, muddled or torn
  • Ice cubes
  • 4 oz. Pinot Grigio
  • 2 oz. club soda
  • ½ oz. fresh orange juice
  • Orange twist (for garnish)
  1. Place the basil at the bottom of a chilled glass. Add the ice cubes, then the Pinot Grigio, club soda, and orange juice to the glass. Garnish with an orange twist. Serve cold immediately.

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Life Lately

Memorial Day Weekend in Numbers

Hello! How was your long weekend? Mine was an absolute blast, filled with friends and delicious food.

I haven’t done a weekend in numbers post in awhile, so I thought it would be a fun way to round up the weekend.


2: Inches cut off my hair on Friday. I was in desperate need of a haircut and I feel so much better (and lighter!) now. Erin, my hair stylist, has the sweetest dog, Gracie, who she sometimes brings to the salon. Gracie recently stayed with us when Erin went out of town, so she was especially excited to see me on Friday, knowing that I would rub her belly nonstop.



3: Slices of Stella Barra Margherita Pizza I ate on Friday night. This was the perfect way to kick off the long weekend! Not pictured: a shared arugula salad, glasses of rose, and the MASSIVE chocolate chip cookie that Travis bought me after the meal. My tummy was quite content.



12: (approximate) number of times I told Travis to throw out this grey t-shirt over the years we’ve been dating. He’s had it since high school, but insisted on keeping it (despite the massive holes) because it was incredibly soft. Saturday morning he finally gave in to my wishes and agreed to get rid of it. He then proceeded to tear the shirt into shreds…which we both found way too amusing.


Any other ladies out there have to convince their guys to get rid of old clothing? What is it that makes them so darn attached?


2: Bottles of champagne consumed by four of us ladies during brunch on Saturday morning. We went to Courtyard Kitchen in Santa Monica (which I’ve mentioned plenty of times on the blog), and I finally took advantage of their BYOB option (no corkage fee!). We all loved our meals and we had SO MUCH FUN together!



20: Minutes waited in line to get into The Bungalow in Santa Monica after brunch. I’d say this was a record because sometimes it can take up to two hours! Personally, I could never wait that long to go anywhere, so I was glad our group decided to get there early to hop on line before the masses.

The Bungalow


1: Matcha Green Tea Latte made by me on Monday afternoon. It was my first time making one at home and it was a great afternoon pick-me-up.

Matcha Green Tea


1/4: Pound burger grilled on Monday evening. I ate my burger on a gluten-free bun with caramelized onions, homemade date ketchup and guacamole. We also enjoyed some charred broccoli and pinot noir on the side. What a perfect way to cap off such a fun weekend!



How was your MDW? Did you grill? Tell me one delicious thing you ate!