Concoctions, Creations and Cocktails

3 Glasses That We Cannot Keep In Stock!

There are some glasses are so popular they are tough to keep in stock...and there are others that are "sleeper" hits, taking us by surprise with their popularity. Last year we had a number of very popular glasses and a couple "sleepers". The 3 glasses below fit into one (or both) of those categories. We did not think that we would have them in stock again.

To our surprise we have been able to procure a small shipment of each and they are now in stock on Lolita Wine Glasses.com.

The Sugar Skulls Wine Glass has been so popular the manufacturer struggles to keep up with the demand. Perfect for Halloween and Dia Los Muertos, this glass features a "blinged out" male skull on one the front side with the matching female skull on the back. Coupled with the current "skull craze" trend, these glasses just flew off our shelves last holiday season.

The Horn of Plenty Wine Glass is super popular with those looking for unique Thanksgiving table glasses. We sold out very early in the Fall season and did not think we would see this glass again. With it's traditional harvest scene it is perfect for any Autumn table and will go fast again this year.

Finally, the Holiday Beauty Wine Glass is unique with it's dramatic design. I think the fact that this glass is not a "traditional" Christmas design made it even more popular during the late part of last year,. It gleams and sparkles with traditional holiday colors, making it ideal for the entire Winter season. There they are...the surprise "hits" of the 2015 holiday season, back in stock in very limited quantities. Did you miss them last year? Now is the time to snap them up for this year's holiday celebrations!

Sugar Skulls Wine Glass
Horn of Plenty WIne Glass
Holiday Beauty Wine Glass

Holiday Beauty Wine Glass

 

Celebrate National Chocolate Ice Cream Day With These Decadent Cocktail Recipes

National Chocolate Ice Cream Day I love chocolate ice cream...and there is no better way to celebrate National Chocolate Ice Cream day than with a cocktail concoction (or two) using this creamy frozen treat. Some call the cocktails below "adult milkshakes". I call them super yummy! Here is a list of links to 8 all time favorite chocolate ice cream cocktails. Grab a pint (or a half gallon) of chocolate ice cream at the grocery store and start mixing. Enjoy!    

Celebrate National Cognac Day on June 4

National Cognac Day - June 4 National Cognac Day is celebrated every year on June 4. Nobody seems to know when this day of recognition started, or by whom, but it is a marvelous reason to celebrate this exceptional spirit.

What is Cognac anyway?

Named after the town of Cognac in France, Cognac is a variety of brandy. It is produced in the wine-growing region surrounding the town from which it takes its name. To have the name "Cognac" it must be distilled from specific varietals of grapes, grown in the region, double-distilled in copper pot-stills, and aged in French Oak for a minimum of 2 years, and often much longer. Cognac was as popular through the end of the 1800's as vodka or gin is today! In fact, cognac was the original bar staple and it was hard for cognac producers to keep up with the demand.  If you look in older cocktail books, the number of brandy drinks equal or exceed the number of gin or vodka drinks. Cognac fell out of favor in the US during the mid 20th century, possibly because it was viewed as a "luxury" spirit and it was difficult to obtain during the World War eras. There are more than 200 cognac producers, however, more than 90% for the US market comes from only four producers: Courvoisier, Hennessy, Martell, and Rémy Martin

Understanding a Cognac bottle label...

  • V.S. ("very special") or ✯✯✯ (three stars) designates a blend in which the youngest brandy has been stored for at least two years in a cask.
  • V.S.O.P. ("very superior old pale") or "Reserve" designates a blend in which the youngest brandy is stored for at least four years in a cask.
  • XO ("extra old") or "Napoléon" designates a blend in which the youngest brandy is stored for at least six years. In 2016, the minimum storage age of the youngest brandy used in an XO blend will be set to ten years.

How to Drink Cognac...

  • The traditional way to drink a fine (V.S.O.P. or XO) Cognac is "neat" in a brandy snifter slightly warmed over a flame.
  • Any cocktail recipe that calls for Brandy as a major ingredient will be taken to a whole new level when you substitute Cognac. (Don't waste the XO Cognac on a mixed drink, however. XO is definitely a sipping spirit!)
  • Substitute Cognac for Whiskey in your favorite Whiskey based cocktail. You will be surprised how well it works and how the drink is transformed into a new taste sensation.
Try these 5 Essential Brandy Cocktails to get started on your Cognac exploration...and celebrate National Cognac Day!

Did You Know?...

These popular liqueurs are made with Cognac! Grand Marnier: made from cognac and distilled essence of bitter orange Pineau des Charentes: a sweet apéritif, composed of eau-de-vie and grape must, made in the Charente region Domaine De Canton: cognac based ginger liqueur Chambord Liqueur: made from cognac infused with black and red raspberries and Madagascar vanilla  

May 2016 Glass of the Month - "Love My Dog" Wine Glass

Rejoice dog lovers everywhere! One of the most frequent questions we have received is "Does Lolita have a glass with a dog theme?".  We are now able to reply with an enthusiastic "Yes"! The "Love My Dog" wine glass was created for folks who just adore their canine "fur babies" and is the most popular in the Spring 2016 Lolita® collection so far. A bright red leash swirls around the glass which is covered with adorable doggies paw prints, quips and quotes. Adorned with blue crystals on the stem and multi-colored crystals sprinkled on the bowl and base, this glass is sure to be a favorite addition to your glass collection. Just look at these details and fall in love with this glass! [ezcol_1half] [caption id="attachment_113" align="aligncenter" width="150"]Love my Dog Wine Glass Front View Love my Dog Wine Glass Front View[/caption] [/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end] [caption id="attachment_111" align="aligncenter" width="150"]Love my Dog Wine Glass Back View Love my Dog Wine Glass Back View[/caption] [/ezcol_1half_end] [ezcol_1half] [caption id="attachment_110" align="aligncenter" width="150"]Love My Dog Wine Glass Side View Love My Dog Wine Glass Side View[/caption] [/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end] [caption id="attachment_112" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Love My Dog Wine Glass Base Love My Dog Wine Glass Base[/caption] [/ezcol_1half_end]

Why You Should Register on a Store's Website

Register Image... Have you ever shopped online and reached the point during the purchasing process that you are asked if you want to "register" for an account? A customer registration option is no longer new in the e-commerce world, but a lot of customers are still unsure about using this store feature. What does it mean exactly?...and why would I want to register? Is the information I enter during registration going to be safe, secure and kept private?...especially if I opt to add a credit card number to keep on file??? Good questions! Let me address the security concerns first...

Fraud and Identity Theft...

As a general rule whenever shopping online, make sure that the store processes information and transactions in a secured and encrypted manner. All stores that uses encryption technology should display some sort of indicator on their site. At Lolita Wine Glasses.com, we display the secure transaction button on our shopping cart page (below) Encryption Seal Stores that process credit cards as an accepted form of payment should also be required to go through an audit procedure once a year to certify that they are in compliance with all credit card security rules and privacy protection laws. At Lolita Wine Glasses.com we display our compliance badge in the footer of all of our web pages.  It includes a clickable link to the 3rd party auditors that perform the audit for our credit card processor and gives up to date information on security compliance for our store. Credit Card compliance badge If you shop on a site that does not display such badges, it does not necessarily mean that they are not operating in a secured environment, but if they are they SHOULD display the proof! I would call the merchant to make sure. Better safe than sorry! Okay...that settled, if you know that the site is secured and uses encryption, it is safe to put your personal information, including your credit card number in a registered account without worrying that it could be "stolen" or used fraudulently.

Benefits to Registering?

  1. Super easy to keep track of your orders. (Comes in very handy when you are trying to remember what glass you sent Cousin Sue on her last birthday!)
  2. Simple log in to check the status of your order and track the package once shipped.
  3. Automatically fills in your billing and shipping information to save you time during that next order! (This can be changed at either the account level or for each order if necessary!)
  4. As a registered customer, many sites give you extra perks! (We are working on a fabulous rewards program for Lolita Wine Glasses.com which will roll out soon. Stay Tuned!)
  5. Many sites let you register using your existing online logins. We offer Facebook, Google, Yahoo and AOL as existing user ID sign-in options. Very handy not having to remember yet another log-in!
Bottom line... does not hurt to register for an account with a reputable online merchant and may actually work to your benefit!  Give it a try...  

Grapefruit Margarita Recipe

Grapefruit Margarita   This beautiful photo and the recipe below are from the Gimme Some Oven blog. One of my favorites... A light and refreshing twist on the Classic Margarita, this is the perfect Spring Margarita for celebrating Cinco de Mayo in modern style! I think this cocktail would be perfect for Spring Luncheons, Bridal Showers, Weddings, Girl's Weekends... See step-by-step instructions with beautiful photography at Gimme Some Oven.  
Grapefruit Margarita
Recipe Type: Cocktail
Cuisine: Cocktail
Author: Ali - Gimme Some Oven
Prep time:
Total time:
This Grapefruit Margarita recipe is delicious and oh-so-refreshing when made with fresh grapefruit juice.
Ingredients
  • 2 ounces freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces tequila, silver or reposado
  • 3/4 ounce Cointreau (or any orange liqueur)
  • 3/4 ounce freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • agave nectar for sweetening, to taste
  • ice
  • optional: lime wedge and salt for rimming the glass
Instructions
  1. If you would like salt-rimmed glasses, begin by running a lime wedge (the juicy part) around the top rim of a glass. Fill a shallow bowl with salt, and dip the rim in the salt until it is covered with your desired amount of salt. Set aside.
  2. Add grapefruit juice, tequila, lime juice and Cointreau to a cocktail shaker, and shake or stir until combined. Taste, and if you would like it to be sweeter (most people do!), stir in a half teaspoon of agave, and then repeat as needed until the mix reaches your desired level of sweetness.
  3. Fill glass with ice. Pour in the margarita mixture over the rocks. Serve immediately, garnished with an extra lime or grapefruit wedge if desired.
Speaking of Weddings... take a look at the Wedding Collection of Lolita® glasses. Get this cocktail's ingredients delivered to you... Patron Silver Tequila 750ml - $55.99 from: Mora's Fine Wine & Spirits

Lolita® Wedding Glasses

Wedding Season is on the horizon. This video post showcases some of the current Wedding glasses available from Lolita Wine Glasses.com. From Brides to wedding cakes, Mother of the Bride to Maid of Honor...we have a glass for your special day. Be sure to visit our website to see all of the wedding themes glassware!

 

Teacher's Time Out Wine Glass - Perfect for National Teachers Day!

Did you know that National Teachers Appreciation Day is on May 3? Personally, I don't think teachers get the recognition they deserve. The impact a great teacher has on a student's life is immeasurable.  I can recall my "favorite" teachers throughout school. The list is different now that I am a "grown up"...I liked the "nice" teachers when I was a kid (of course!) Now I realize how valuable the "tough" teachers were to my educational and ethical growth. With budget cuts, changing societal norms, overcrowded classrooms and legislation, teaching must be increasingly challenging as each year passes. Time to give credit to those who work with our kids day in and day out...and NOT just on one day a year! The Teacher's Time Out Wine Glass by Lolita® was created in honor of all our teachers. Whimsical teacher themed images and sayings are painted on this fun glass. Not just for wine drinking teachers, this cheery glass can be used for any favorite beverage...

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TIP: Need more Teacher Appreciation gift ideas?  Top Notch Gift Shop has some great teacher themed gifts!

The English Rose Recipe

English-Rose   This sweet-tart gin cocktail features both strawberries and rhubarb for a unique taste of spring. Shaking with an egg white creates a delicate foam on top... a delightful touch. This can be served equally well in a martini glass, a wine glass or a champagne glass.
The English Rose
Recipe Type: Gin
Cuisine: Cocktails
Author: Robert Ferrara
Serves: 1 drink
This sweet-tart gin cocktail features both strawberries and rhubarb for a unique taste of spring. Shaking with an egg white creates a delicate foam on top... a delightful touch.
Ingredients
  • 2 Strawberries
  • 1.5 oz Plymouth Gin
  • 1 oz Dolin Blanc Vermouth
  • .5 oz Rhubarb syrup* (see recipe i this post).
  • .5 oz Fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Small egg white
  • 3 drops Bittermens Burlesque Bitters
Instructions
  1. In a shaker, muddle the strawberries.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and shake without ice.
  3. Fill with ice and shake again for 20 seconds.
  4. Double-strain into a chilled coupe glass.
 
Rhubarb Syrup
Recipe Type: Flavoring
Cuisine: Cocktails
Author: Robert Ferrara
Ingredients
  • lb Rhubarb, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 cup Sugar
Instructions
  1. Add the rhubarb and water to a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat.
  2. Add the sugar and cook, stirring, until it dissolves.
  3. Remove from the heat and let cool.
  4. Strain, and store in the refrigerator.
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April 2016 Glass of the Month - Spring Bling Wine Glass

Spring is definitely in the air during April. Imagine sitting on your porch or deck...enjoying a warm Spring breeze...listening to the birds as they tend to their nests...admiring the beautiful spring blooms. Imagine sipping your favorite wine from the vibrant Spring Bling Super Bling Wine Glass. With the bright flowers painted on this glass and the sparkle of crystals in the sun, you can't help but smile! Spring Bling Super Bling Wine Glass