Cocktail Hour: La Paloma

A Feteful Life: La Paloma

This week’s tasty beverage is actually a mocktail. My daughter and I both drink a lot of what is known in our house as “fizzy water.” We go through several cases a week, but sometimes I like to mix a little something else in and we both LOVED this timely mocktail. I have fond memories of eating grapefruit for breakfast all winter long as a little girl. And while I can never seem to replicate my mother’s stellar grapefruit pre-scoring and cutting skills, I was excited to be able to share a special seasonal drink with my daughter that reminded me of my childhood. And it’s incredibly easy to make.

La Paloma {from WHOLE9LIFE}

juice of 1/2 ruby grapefruit
1/2 of a lime, juiced
sparkling water

squeeze juices into a glass
top with ice & sparkling water

Cocktail Hour: Ginger Sparkler


Happy Thursday!!! Thursday means it’s almost the weekend, and around AFL, that means we start thinking about cocktails (or mocktails). You know we’ll celebrate for any reason — the fact that it’s cocktail hour is enough in and of itself — BUT we are celebrating something special this Thursday: the {almost finished} and totally successful first week of A Feteful Life! And that not only calls for a cocktail, but a sparkling cocktail. So, we bring you the Ginger Sparkler. This is sweet, fizzy and fabulous. With a good bite from the ginger, to boot. And while we are busy toasting each other to a great first blog week, we’d also like to toast all of you for helping us have a sparkling start.

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Ginger Sparkler {from Martha Stewart}


2 teaspoons finely grated peeled fresh ginger
1/2 cup sugar
1 bottle (750 ml) dry sparkling wine, such as Cava, Proseecco, or Champagne


Step 1: set a fine-mesh sieve over a small bowl; set aside. In a small saucepan, boil ginger, sugar, and 1/4 cup water until syrupy, about 2 minutes. Pour through sieve into bowl, discarding solids. (To store syrup, refrigerate in an airtight  container, up to 1 week).

Step 2: Pour 1 tablespoon syrup into each of 8 tall glasses. Top with sparkling wine, and gently stir.