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Party at the Big House

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Before the new year we went to the annual holiday party given by Calvin and Steve at their fabulous loft. It is always a wonderful time and we always meet the most fun people. This year’s guests included a designer for Kate Spade from New York and a former news anchor. Fun!

The Big House's Big Tree

This past year the loft played host to the cast of The Vampire Diaries, where they filmed for a few weeks.
Come on in for more Big House Fun

Still Feeling Drinky!

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Good Morning Darlings!

Halloween is almost here and even more fun than the candy, are the spooktastic drinks you can conjure up. Our old friend Lindsay sent us this from way up in New York City. And in honor of our dear friends Calvin and Steve, who are hosting the hot undead crew of the Vampire Diaries as they film in their downtown loft, I thought this drink was quite appropriate.

Take it away, Lindsay!

This Halloween leave a lasting mark on guests with a chic fang-tastic cocktail! Inspired by the recent vampire craze, renowned New York City Mixologist Jonathan Pogash channels the flavors and trends of the season combining festive ingredients and the alluring flavors of Corzo Tequila to elevate the entertaining experience.

Entice guests with the thrilling flavors in the Corzo Bite, a vampire inspired blood orange cocktail. Highlights include:

· Festive Colorings: Reminiscent of the crimson shades of blood

· “Bloody” Ingredients: A bloody illusion is created with ripe blood oranges and home-made red grenadine

· Bite Garnish: The strawberry syrup garnish on the glass creates and tasty vampire bite effect


1 1/2 parts Corzo Silver Tequila

1/2 parts Campari

1 part fresh blood orange juice

1/4 parts blood (aka home-made grenadine) **

2 parts Jarritos Tamarindo Soda

Process: Build all ingredients into a highball glass filled with ice. Add the “blood” at the end.

Garnish: blood orange wheel and strawberry syrup

** Home-made grenadine: Add equal parts white sugar and POM pomegranate juice together and dissolve sugar over high on stove-top. When dissolved, add several drops of orange flower water, simmer on low heat for 10 mins., chill, and serve.

** If blood oranges are not available, use a slice of regular orange that is soaking in “blood” as a garnish.

Corzo Tequila’s unique double aging, triple distillation process creates an unparalleled taste and smoothness in this cocktail.

Thanks, Lindsay!

Tomorrow we will be mixing up some trouble with absinthe (just for you, Chioke!), so stay tuned.

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Warren Zevon – Werewolves of London

Lofty Aspirations

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Good Morning, Darlings!

Eric and I were most fortunate to be invited by our sweet Clint to a party at his swell friends Calvin and Steve’s loft in Castleberry Hill last night.  This loft was really something and I can’t wait to share the photos with you. Everything in the loft was huge – the Christmas tree, the disco ball, the giant nutcracker – all remarkable.  But I do believe my favorite spot was the section of First Class airline seating in their foyer – who has a foyer big enough for a section of an airplane???  Why, Calvin and Steve, that’s who!  Take a look:
Holiday Fun Photos After The Fold