blood orange cocktails that will knock your socks off!

I’ve gotten many requests to share the coveted recipe for Blood Orange Cosmos.  My dear friend Bart Miller graciously said that I could share it with you!  I warn you though, do not drink and drive after indulging in this delicious concoction…

Let me start off by saying that I had no idea what a blood orange was and had certainly never seen one before.  The outside, though a bit rosier, looks just like any orange. But cut it open and that’s where the similarities end.  My first batch had a mix of different colors…

The Little Glass House
Inside a blood orange

Then my friends at Mate Gallery brought me these…

Blood Orange Cocktails
What’s a girl to do when friends bring you a basket of blood oranges??
Blood Orange Cocktails
Every one of these were this deep wine color, and no, they did not stamp every one with the Mate Gallery logo! 🙂

Here you go…

Bart’s Sensational Blood Orange Cosmos


  • 2 cups vodka
  • 1 cup orange liqueur (I use Cointreau)
  • 1 ½  cups blood orange juice
  • ½ cup lime juice

My friend Bart, simply combines all of the above ingredients, pours it into a plastic Tupperware type container, and then freezes the entire concoction into an icy delicious treat! When ready to serve, use a spoon to break up the ice a bit and pour into chilled martini glasses. This is perfect for a warm evening just go slow!

Still, I had tons of delicious blood oranges left! Since I was having friends over for taco Tuesday, I decided to try something with tequilaThe following recipe I found in Food & Wine magazine. Chef Dean Fearing created this drink which is a best seller at his wife Lynae’s popular Dallas restaurant Shinsei. “The sweet-tart blood orange flavor intensifies the margarita-ness of it. ”

Blood Orange Margaritas


  • 1 quart fresh blood orange juice
  • 1 ½ cups fresh lime juice
  • 1 ½ cups Cointreau
  • 3 ½ cups silver tequila
  • Kosher salt


  1. In a large pitcher, mix the blood orange juice with the lime juice, Cointreau and silver tequila.  Refrigerate until chilled, at least 30 minutes.
  2. Spread a small mound of salt on a small plate.  Moisten the outer rim of 12 martini glasses with the orange wedge, then dip the rims into the salt to lightly coat.
  3. Add ice to the pitcher and stir well, then strain into the prepared glasses.  Garnish each margarita with a blood orange slice and a sage sprig and serve.  (I omitted this step but had some blood orange slices in the pitcher)

These were perfect for Taco Night at The Little Glass House! Enjoy!!

Blood Orange Cocktails
Taco night and Blood Orange Margaritas are a perfect combo!



And the new mattress winner is…


Loom and Leaf by Saatva.  Those of you who follow my blog or Instagram account, know that during a recent renovation, our garage flooded. That wouldn’t have been too bad if our entire bedroom wasn’t being stored in it.  The mattress took the brunt of the deluge, turning it into a giant, smelly, five hundred pound sponge. Continue reading

my bathroom renovation adventure

After putting in new hardwood floors 2 years ago, I definitely wasn’t anxious for another renovation, but I finally bit the bullet and started planning my  new bathroom.  After I sorted out what I wanted to do, I reached out to my friend John Henderson of Apex Building & Restoration. He and his family recently moved to the Santa Barbara area and besides radon mitigation, he also does construction, plumbing, and electric.  He’s a very handy guy to know!

The bathroom is not large (just under 5′ x 10′), but I wanted to make better use of the space.  It currently had a large tub, which with the drought in California, is not something I ever use (we have 2 other bathtubs in our home). My priorities were a large walk in shower, a skylight, plank walls, and a large vanity with drawers for lots of storage. Continue reading

what’s in and what’s out in 2017 (and should we care?)

After a 2 week holiday hiatus from my blog, I’m ready to jump back in.  Happy New Year to you all!  With the New Year comes the inevitable lists of trends for what we should be buying and what we should be ditching.  First off, let me start by saying that I only buy things I love…if they happen to be a trend, great, if not, that’s ok too.

Secondly, who exactly decides what’s in and what’s out?  I recently read an article on my domaine with just such a list.  For fun,  I thought I’d run through it and see where my house stood in the world of designer trends for 2017. Continue reading

merry merry to all

As 2016 comes to a close, I would have to say it has had its ups and downs but all in all its been a good year and I am grateful for that. I am looking forward to Christmas with my husband and daughter.  Then I’m flying back to CT for a few days and then on to Florida to visit with my parents and sisters. I am blessed to have both of my parents healthy and energetic and I am lucky enough to be able to visit them several times a year. Continue reading