Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A Box Full of Cocktails, and Andrew's Birthday

One of my favorite blogs these days is Mint Love Social Club. Natalie is an amazing crafter, party-thrower, and a connoisseur of the cocktail. About a month ago, she had a giveaway on her blog for one month of a Julibox. I had no idea what a Julibox was, but when I looked it up, I was definitely intrigued. Julibox is like Birchbox, or a wine-of-the-month club, but instead of getting cosmetics, or wine, you get cocktails! Yep, that's right... a box full of cocktails. The lovely people at Julibox hand craft two different cocktails a month and send their patrons small bottles of the alcohol and mixers, and include a recipe and anything else one would need to craft their creations.
Andrew and I have made it a point in the last few months to try higher end cocktails and to keep different types of alcohol in the house so we can craft our own drinks.
This is our little bar

We try to keep it stocked with things that we like, and also try new brands at the same time. 
So, needless to say, I entered the giveaway, and about 3 days later, received an email saying that I had won the Julibox! (I never win anything, so woohoo for me!)
It took a few weeks, but yesterday evening, Andrew came home from Crossfit and there it was! It ended up being perfect timing because yesterday was his BIRTHDAY! Hooray for a box 'o cocktails as a birthday gift!

 It was packaged so beautifully, that I didn't want to even open it all the way (yeah right)

 The recipes came in an envelope with a wax seal. 

Our kit came with two different Vodka drinks: one rye-based and one wheat-based.
The Daisy Rose came with Belvedere (rye-based), Royal Rose Rose Simple Syrup and instructions to add lime and grapefruit juices. 

The Polish Mule, related to the Moscow Mule, came with Ketel One (wheat-based), Regatta Ginger Beer, and instructions to add lime juice. 

We haven't tried them yet, but will definitely be enjoying them tonight!
Thanks Mint Love Social Club, and Julibox!

 Yesterday also happened to be Andrew's 28th Birthday! And since I was working until 8:00, he made his own birthday dinner. (No complaints here... He's a great cook)
He made his (and my) favorite Paella with shrimp, scallops, and spicy Andouille sausage. It was amazing, as usual. The only bad thing about Paella is that the WHOLE house smells like it for.days. I lit like 3 candles this morning.

After dinner, we met some friends for drinks and dessert. 

Cupcakes from Frosted, Paella, a box of cocktails, and a new watch... Happy Birthday Andrew!

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