Saturday, June 30, 2012

Fourth of July Cocktail

We love Fourth of July celebrations.  Who doesn't love outdoor parties, grilling, cocktails, and fireworks?  This year our drink of choice is from Guy Fieri of Food Network fame.  Guy created this red, white, and blue cocktail and we plan to enjoy it.

Guy Fieri's Fourth of July Cocktail

Fourth of July Cocktail


     1 ounce watermelon schnapps
     1 big splash cranberry juice
     1 very thin slice jalapeno or serrano pepper
     1 slice lemon
     1 slice lime
     1 1/2 ounces tequila
     1/4 ounce blue curacao
     1/2 ounce simple syrup
     Watermelon wedge, for garnish (optional)


Mix the schnapps and cranberry juice in a shaker; pour into an ice-filled glass.

Muddle the jalapeno pepper, lemon and lime slices, tequila, blue curacao and simple syrup (to make a batch, dissolve sugar in equal parts hot water and chill) in the shaker. Slowly strain into the glass over the red layer. Garnish with watermelon, if desired.

Recipe courtesy Guy Fieri for Food Network Magazine

Pinterest Party Food - July 4th

We are using Pinterest to get our party menu together...not necessarily recipes but individual serving ideas.  Who needs a big bowl of dip when you can have your own?  Here are a few of our favorites...

Caprese Salad Skewer via Pinterest
Mini Tacos and Margaritas via Pinterest
Crispy BLT Salmon Sliders via Pinterest
Veggies and Dip via Pinterest
Bloody Mary Shooters with Shrimp via Pinterest
We hope you have a great 4th!
Coco Lala

Friday, June 29, 2012

Chambord Raspberry Mojito

via Hostess with the Mostess

Hostess with the Mostess' Chambord Raspberry Mojito

2 oz rum
.5 oz Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur
6-8 fresh mint leaves
2 lime wedges
1/2 tsp sugar
club soda
Add sugar, mint leaves, lime wedges and a splash of club soda to a tall glass. Muddle until sugar is dissolved. Add ice to glass. Add rum and Chambord. Stir to mix. Top with a splash of soda.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

City Bike

We love the City Bike from C. Wonder.  You can choose from 4 colors and many accessories.  Ride in style this summer.

City Bike

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Hedge Row Studio

We love creating custom outdoor spaces...and at hedge row studio you can custom design your own umbrella.  Choose a pattern and a color to create your own unique umbrella.  You can have a sample sent to you to confirm your choices.  See our creation below...

hedge row studio

Monday, June 25, 2012

Style Spotlight - Madeline Weinrib


I was reading the latest issue of Elle Decor and saw an ad for Madeline Weinrib.  I loved her I went to her site and really fell in love.  Here are a few of my favorite pieces and styles. You can visit the Madeline Weinrib Atelier at ABC Carpet & Home or check out her site here. - Madeline Weinrib.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Lavender Champagne

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried lavender
  • 4 bottles (750 mL) dry Champagne or sparkling wine, chilled
  • Fresh lavender sprigs, for garnish
  1. Bring sugar and 1/2 cup water to a boil in a saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar. Stir in dried lavender. Remove from heat. Let cool completely. Strain out lavender. Refrigerate syrup until ready to serve (up to 1 month).
  2. Pour about 6 ounces Champagne and 1 1/2 teaspoons syrup into each flute. Garnish each with a lavender sprig.

Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Luxury Destination - Palazzo Margherita

We are a little obsessed with Francis Ford Coppola's Palazzo Margherita.  The luxury hotel is located in Bernalda, Italy and features custom suites, fine dining, a salon, and beautiful gardens.

Now we just need to enjoy his wine in Italy...

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Summer - Outdoor Rugs

Summer is almost officially here!  If you're like us and want to create a beautiful outdoor space without the expense of buying all new outdoor furniture...a new outdoor rug may be the solution.  Here are some of our favorite outdoor rugs..  You might even want to consider using one of these graphic and very durable rugs inside your home. 

Ballard Designs - Chevron Rug
Ballard Designs - Ikat Rug

Williams Sonoma - Maze Rug
West Elm - Wood Block Rug
Target - Stripe Rug

Monday, June 18, 2012

Million Dollar Property Monday

Tobin Clark Estate

$29,000,000 USD
Hillsborough, CA

In case you want to know what your $29 million will get you in California...

12 bedrooms, 12 full baths, 4 partial baths and 35,000 sq. ft.

Originally designed in 1930 by architect David Adler.

Very formal living room.

We love this fabulous front door.

This property has hosted numerous dignitaries including, Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, G.H.W Bush.

This is our first post here at Coco Lala.  We hope you enjoy what we have to share as much as we enjoy sharing it!