|The most exclusive happy hour in town -- YOUR BACKYARD - Photo by Wasabi Prime|
As a blogger, I periodically have the pleasure of previewing new cookbooks before they're out, sample new products, and trying out culinary gadgets. A fabulous perk. But I don't always accept the offers if it's not something I would use. I was flattered to hear from one of my favorite online shops, UncommonGoods -- they liked my blog, and they had some cool wine gadgets for me to check out. I've been a customer of UncommonGoods for many years -- it's been my go-to for unique birthday/holiday gifts for over a decade, just because they have such cool freakin' stuff! I like giving things with a story, and they're like your favorite boutique shop, full of hand-crafted items by artists and designers, and most of the pieces are made in the USA. I don't think that Chia Pet you've been trying to foist on others for the last two Xmases can make the same claim. I've had artist friends compete in UncommonGoods' Design Challenges, where creations are submitted for community critiques as well as a chance to become a product on their virtual shelves. And they're a small, indie business that truly gives a hoot -- they donate $1 with every purchase to one of several non-profits, which include advocate groups for the environment, women's rights, and literacy/education for children and families.
|My Wingman...er, Pup - Photo by Wasabi Prime |
|Chilling and aerating at the same time, and a bar tool to make MacGyver so jelly - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
Another funky gadget I especially liked was the Corkcicle Air, a funky wine aerator/chiller with a quick-freeze gel inside its dagger-like icicle shape. It didn't take long to freeze solid, maybe 30 minutes, and I popped it into a non-chilled bottle of wine. There's a hollow spout towards the upper part, where the wine pours through, so liquid further chills as it passes through part of the icicle, and aerates as it pours into the glass. It dropped the wine temperature down to a pleasant chill, maintaining its cool for a spell -- much like The Fonz. They should have called it The Fonzcicle.
|Bring the party outside - and watch BK practice her Parkour - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Wine (bottle) and cheese party! - Photo by Wasabi Prime|
|Cheers to wine-inspired soaps - Photo by Wasabi Prime|
But on to business -- a very easy, delicious wine spritzer that will totally make you 1970s Suburban Housewife/Mom Drunk:
3 oz chilled Lambrusco
2 oz seltzer water
1 oz mint simple syrup (fresh mint steeped in simple syrup, then strained)
1 oz fresh squeezed orange juice (or any sweet fruit juice of your choice)
Combine the Lambrusco, orange juice, and simple syrup in a glass, and top with seltzer and a sprig of mint for garnish. Allow the liquids to combine and get yo summer drank on.