Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday Cocktails - Dark Days from Bar Pilar

Last month, we escaped for a few days to visit Tom's daughter, Madison,  in Washington DC. Although we've been there several times, visiting Washington D.C. is always an awe inspiring trip. If you have never been, I would highly recommend the journey. There are endless things to see and do, starting with the Smithsonian museums and the incredible monuments. The city is fairly easy to navigate with public transportation and the occasional Uber. (confession - my feet get tired!)

On this trip, Madison took us to some of her favorite spots, including the Bar Pilar in the U Street area on 14th. Amazing cocktails, and tapas! (pics borrowed from their Facebook page)

The Bar Pilar was a fun discovery. This Hemingway themed restaurant, decorated with several large wall-mounted game fish, Cuban travel posters, and Hemingway literary pics, had a definite island vibe in the middle of a major metropolitan city. Happening spot for young trendy Washington D.C. professionals to hang out!

So of course, we had to have a Caribbean cocktail... mine was a "Dark Days" - absolutely delish. Nemo, our adorable waitress, was kind enough to give me the recipe after I took just one sip of yumminess.

Recipe for one drink:

  • 1.5 oz. Averna (Amaro)
  • 3/4 oz. Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey
  • 1/4 oz. Benedictine
  • 2 dashes of orange bitters
  • Orange Peel Garnish
Stir together in a pitcher filled with ice. Strain over the ice and serve in your favorite cocktail glass.  

Tom made these when we got home, and he served the drinks over one large ice cube and then added the orange peel garnish.  We needed an excuse to try out our new Cast of Crabs Double Old Fashioned Glasses... 

(p.s. Starfish Art can also be found in our store!) 

Trust me, these Bar Pilar Dark Days cocktails are a treat. 

Warning: The Dark Day Cocktail is a delish cocktail and can pack a powerful punch if you are not careful!

Have a great weekend!  

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Coastal Artist Anthony Morrow

Artist Anthony Morrow's work leaps off the page and envelops you in a world of wonder and color. Full of exuberance, his images come to life and portray everyday objects in an extraordinary splash of effervescent whimsy and beauty. When you view Anthony's coastal art interpretations, you can tell that the natural world is his muse!

Raised in Lumberton, New Jersey, Anthony Morrow always loved drawing and went on to receive his BFA in illustration from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.. He purchased his first Macintosh computer and began offering freelance design services to advertising agencies. He eventually owned and operated his own successful advertising agency. 

Confined to a small studio space, Anthony began producing digital paintings as a creative outlet. Eventually he mastered the new media and the result has been art, prints and posters of a unique, fanciful style of his own creation. 

Anthony derives most of his inspiration from nature, objects he finds, and great artists like Matisse, Gauguin and Cezanne. Using modern techniques with old-fashioned principles, and his graphic design background, Anthony Morrow has taken a new approach to color, proportion and overall presentation in his art.
We are super excited to show off these new coastal pieces, printed on real wood to appear slightly distressed. Beach home perfect, these color drenched wall art pieces are made to order and available in 3 different sizes.  We think it will be difficult for you to choose just one!
Can you tell that we are big fans of his style?

Thursday, May 11, 2017

7 Mother's Day Brunch Cocktail Ideas

A Mother's Day Brunch is the perfect time to enjoy these Spring floral themed cocktails All decked out -  pretty in pink!

1. Raspberry Pink Champagne Floats  (recipe found at

  • 2-3 scoops raspberry sorbet
  • 1 cup pink champagne/sparkling wine or cider for a non-alcoholic drink too.
  • fresh raspberries for garnish
  1. Place scoops of sorbet in large wine glass.
  2. Pour champagne over the sorbet.
  3. Top with raspberries.
  4. Allow to melt while you sip or eat with a spoon
2. Lady Rose Martinis (source- Jillian HarrisSo pretty and totally girly! Perfect for mom

  • 1/3 oz. Rose Syrup
  • 1 1/3 oz. Vodka
  • Pink Rose Petals
  • 1 oz Rose Water
  • 3 oz TONIC
  • 1 drop of pink food coloring

Shake on ice and pour into your fancy coupes or martini glasses, then garnish with rose petals.
3. Pink Strawberry Sangria (source - Simply Whisked, very cute blog!)

Easy Ingredients

  • 1 75-ml bottle pink moscato wine
  • 1/2 cup strawberry flavored vodka
  • 2 cups lemon-lime soda
  • 6 - 10 large strawberries, sliced

Mix it up!

  • In a large pitcher, combine the wine and vodka. Add strawberries and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Just before serving, add the lemon-lime soda.
  • Serve over ice.

  • Sugar (colored if you want) for glass rim
  • 1.5 oz. freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1.5 oz. grapefruit vodka
  • 2 oz. Polar Ruby Red Grapefruit Seltzer

5. Pink Lemonade Champagne (source)

  •  1 pink lemonade - concentrate in the freezer section - thawed
  • 1 bottle champagne - chilled
  • 1 cup vanilla vodka
  • sugar for rim
  •  ice cubes - optional
Super easy - Mix lemonade and vodka in a pitcher. Pour into gorgeous sugared glassware, then top off with the champagne (or sparkling wine)

6. Violet Gin and Tonic (source: Studio Bicyclette)

  • 2 oz gin
  • 4 oz tonic water
  • ½ oz violet liquer
  • ¼ tsp jam
  • Lime wedges, for juice and garnish

Add gin and violet liqueur to a glass filled with ice. Squeeze in juice of one lime wedge. Add tonic water and stir to combine. Mix in jam and garnish with lime wedges and garnish with edible flowers.

7. Rose Lemon Spritzer (source: Half Baked HarvestI especially like this one, because the recipe author included options for non-alcoholic and vegan guests.


  • 2 tablespoons rose water * optional
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2-2 ounces vodka omit to make a mocktail!
  • 1-2 tablespoon honey or to taste (use agave if vegan)
  • a few drops of blood orange or pomegranate juice for color (optional)
  • 3/4 cup sparkling water or more to taste
  • fresh roses for garnish (optional)
Combine all the rose water, fresh lemon juice, vodka, honey and blood orange or pomegranate juice (if using) in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake until combined and then strain into a glass. Pour in the sparkling water. Garnish with fresh roses. 


Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

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