We can’t believe how quickly summer crept up on us. This was the first official week and WOW it was a hot one! Looks like it’s time for some refreshing cocktails to cool us down a bit. Whether you are a vodka or rum drinker we have a selection of two amazing cocktail recipes for you to try.
One of our favorite vodka drinks is the “L.A. Story”. This cocktail is our definition of California living. Cool, beachy and fresh with quenching tastes of cucumber and celery. Lightly sweetened with a twist of lime to balance all of these flavors.
2 oz. Vodka
½ oz. Celery
1 ½ part Cucumber
½ oz. Lime Juice
1 oz. Simple Syrup
To prepare this cocktail it is important to have the freshest ingredients. That is why the Haute Chef kitchen always uses local and seasonal produce. The first step in this recipe is to juice the amount of celery and cucumber that the recipe calls for. This can either be purchased at your local juicery or it can be made at home. Then measure out 2 oz. of your favorite Vodka and add this to the cocktail shaker. We prefer to use the Absolute Elix Vodka for the L.A. Story. Now that you have the freshly prepared juices you can add these next with a squeeze of a lime. To top it off you want to then measure out ¾ part simple syrup to the shaker for just the right amount of sweetness. Add ice and shake it up! Pour into a stylish glass and garnish with freshly sliced cucumber. Last but not least take a sip and enjoy. 😉
For our next signature summer cocktail, we have a Brazil inspired drink named an “Evening in Bahia”. If you haven’t been to Bahia it might need to be your next vacation spot. Beautiful beaches and the turquoise ocean surrounding it’s shores, it might be the perfect spot to be sipping on this drink.
½ oz. Simple Syrup
1 ½ oz. Rum
¾ oz. Campari
1 ½ oz. Pineapple Juice
½ oz. Lime Juice
Dehydrated Pineapple Garnish
First you want to add ice to the shaker or mixing glass. Pour in the simple syrup, your choice of rum, the Campari, the freshly juiced pineapple and lime. If you haven’t tried Campari before it is an alcoholic liqueur and bitter, obtained from the infusion of herbs and fruit. Shake for about 30 seconds and strain into glass. The “Evening in Bahia” is so tasty with it’s first few sips of the frothy flavors of pineapple, lime, and the bitters. Lastly you want to garnish this cocktail with a piece of dehydrated pineapple. This not only looks beautiful but it is a tasty treat to save for the end!
Let Haute Chefs LA deliver food and style to your Thanksgiving table this year – view our menu HERE
As always, we offer only organic, sustainably raised Turkeys, classic American comfort side dishes as well as unique creations that reflect how Angelenos are eating NOW. LA is truly the epicenter of new food movements and offers inspiration for creative new flavors. We are loving the Eastern Mediterranean influences that are trending and you will find them in our signature ‘Mezze’ starter along with other menu items. We are keeping desserts classic. What’s Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie, right?
In the end, we like to keep things simple and always remind ourselves why we love this crazy food business. We believe the best things in life happen at the table and are happy to be able to share them with you this Thanksgiving.
If you’d like to create the ultimate Thanksgiving table, add floral styling from Adele at Life’s Lookin Good for a beautiful pinterest-worthy table scape.
‘What the Chung?’ by Jamie Chung Launch at the Revolve Malibu House
photos from whatthechung.com
We first met the beautiful Jamie Chung on the set of ‘Grown Ups’ when I was ‘on location’ with one of my clients that starred in the movie. So, when we were chosen to create easy, low-key and light bites for the launch of her awesome lifestyle site, “what the chung” – we knew exactly what she’d like.
easy, casual bites
We served up vegan rolls, chicken satay and mini kobe beef sliders along with fresh crudites for her and her friends to graze and be able to grab and go cruise around the beautiful beach front house and mingle. It was meant to be casual, just like the beach itself.
As Coachella approaches, our phones start ringing with last-minute catering requests for parties, private chef needs and even drop-off schedules. When we got a call from the Daft Punk team to staff, cater and have an on-site chef team for Daft themselves, their entourage and their daily guests – we were thrilled. They’re French, so they know a thing or two about food.
Their visit out to Coachella was to be kept a secret, so we couldn’t share what we were doing before it was released, of course. Haute Chefs was the chosen luxury chef team in charge of crafting three main farm-to-table meals a day for what was about 20-30 people a day along with healthy snacks and even customized pressed juices (which they LOVED). Always, professional and creative, our team was at the Palm Springs estate daily at 7:30 a.m. armed with all the freshest ingredients to make unique, delicious meals for Thomas, Guy-Manuel, their record label team and chosen close friends. Our nights would end well into the wee hours. I guess you can say we were ‘up all night to get lucky’ – lucky for the opportunity to work with them and the fact that they loved all we did, all week long.
Chef JeffreyNimer, the founder and owner of Haute Chefs, has marched in as the culinary consultant to invigorate Vibrato Grill & Jazz Club. Jeffrey Nimer of Haute Chefs Los Angeles (www.hautechefsla.com) has once again created another culinary chef-d’oeuvre. As founder of Social Culinaire (www.socialculinaire.com), a Facebook for foodies, Chef Nimer is making lasting impressions from the white, sandy beaches of Miami Beach, to the star-studded movie sets of Hollywood’s finest.