Getting Experimental

I do believe I’ve found a new signature cocktail for fall, and I couldn’t be more excited to spread the word. Miss Mojito encountered this particular cocktail at Balliceaux, a Richmond restaurant with a truly creative menu. The charmingly-named Down the Rabbit Hole combines an unexpected mix of muddled blackberries, tequila, red wine, ginger liqueur and lime juice. The wine tempers the kick of the tequila, while the muddled fruit provides the perfect touch of sweetness. The end result is a ruby-red concoction that is as easy on the eyes as it is on the taste buds. Now it’s time to start experimenting with proportions. I’m thinking equal amounts of wine and tequila with a small handful of berries, a splash of ginger liqueur and the juice of half a lime.

As long as I’m experimenting with my cocktails, I figured it couldn’t hurt to do a bit of shoe experimentation, as well. And there’s no better way to experiment this fall than with one of the season’s most intriguing – but potentially most difficult to pull off – styles: the over-the-knee boot.

My top pick is by Frye, but I hate to shell out major cash for a shoe that qualifies as a trend. And the $500 Frye boot certainly qualifies as “major cash.” That’s why my top pick is this $120-pair by Naughty Monkey, available on Piperlime. I love the sculptural heel and slate gray color.

Miss Mojito wants to know: Is anyone else getting experimental with their shoes and cocktails this fall?

4 responses to “Getting Experimental

  1. I also tried on a beautiful pair of over-the-knee boots a few weeks ago, but similarly decided that the $420 investment wasn’t worth it, since I was already feeling a bit doubtful that I would be able to pull it off. At that price point, I figure you’ve got to have the confidence to OWN the look! With respect to cocktail experimentation, I have been mainly exploring some ‘classic’ cocktails that have fallen off of the Canadian cocktail menu. So lately it has been the Pink Lady, which I never (!) see on cocktail menus!

  2. Two things:

    (1) Over-the-knee boots are hot. What will you wear them with, Miss M? (Agree that no matter how spectacular, no reason to spend big bucks on this trendy shoe experiment.)

    (2) Muddled blackberries, tequila, red wine, ginger liqueur and lime juice — what an interesting combo. Other than sangria, I haven’t experimented with red wine in a cocktail. I like it! (Agree on the “Down the Rabbit Hole” name. Because I like whimsy too.)

  3. Oooh, just did some research on the Pink Lady, can’t wait to try it!

    I am sooo tempted to try the OTK boot. Might have to take the plunge!

  4. I just blogged about the Pink Lady, as that’s what I went as for Hallowe’en. The cocktail was really good, and the people I served it to really enjoyed it as well…the recipe is included for quick reference!

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