Cocktails

glasses

Watermelon Punch

We always eat half of a watermelon and the rest seemingly never gets touched. This drink was created as an attempted solution to this problem, and turned out to be a refreshing success!

Madison Bikini Party cocktail

Madison Bikini Party Cocktail

This drink is a sophisticated summer soiree in a glass. Concocted with vodka, coconut water, pineapple juice and basil, it’s completely refreshing and bikini friendly.

bellini

Peach Bellini

This refreshing sparkler is a delicious way to use up some of those peaches and toast these lazy, hazy days of summer.

Jamie Oliver fish and chips

Val’s Got a Crush: UK Love Affair

Ok, you get it. I have a minor obsession with all things of the UK variety. As the grand finale to Brit Week, here’s a bangers and mash-up of my favorites.

garden apron

Summer Designer Soiree

I’m looking forward to joining the fun this afternoon at Adesso’s Summer Designer Soiree. I’m excited to share my new apron line for the first time and will be mixing-up my Cara Cara Cocktails for guests and friends.

best ice cream maker

Tools & Tips: Ice Cream Maker

If you have a garden, fruit trees or a stocked farmers market, it’s great to have the ability to churn fresh produce into something special.

Mad Men Don Draper

Classic Cocktails: Mad Men Style

The return of Mad Men Sunday night is the perfect excuse to get out of your nightly lounge wear (yoga pants and waffle tee for this girl) shimmy into a shift, kitten heels, put on a strand of pearls and enjoy a night with Sterling, Cooper, Draper & Pryce.

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Cupid Comes Early: Gifts for the Bar

Inspired by some recent finds and the upcoming return of Mad Men, I’m planning to outfit my own Don Draper this Valentine’s Day with some great old school bar items.

gin cocktail with bottle

Gin & Bear It

Mix a harvest of bright, succulent limes with our Indian summer heat wave and you have the perfect excuse for a good old gin cocktail. Mine is aptly named Sisters’ Gin Gimlet.