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cocktail: The Tropical Getaway

Okay I’m going to come clean – I made this cocktail WEEKS ago and totally forgot to post the recipe. At the time that I made it I was craving a vacation somewhere exotic but my bank account wouldn’t allow it, so I settled for the drink version of a getaways.

Welcome to the most tropical-tasting thing you’ve ever tasted.

what you need:

  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 cup juiced blood orange
  • 1 egg white
  • 4.5 oz white rum (3 shots)
  • ice
  • dash of nutmeg

the how-to:

step one: add all ingredients to cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 20 seconds

step two: remove ice from shaker with a spoon and dry shake for about a minute more

step three: pour into 2 glasses and serve




























*A note on garnishes: When I make a fruity cocktail I like be extra with my garnishes. For this drink I used a “pineapple leaf” and a dehydrated blood orange (it’s homemade!) since these are the 2 juice ingredients in the drink. As a rule of thumb I always garnish based on what ingredients I used.

Bookmark this recipe, because it’s going to be your summer staple once you try it. Do you have any cocktail requests? Any ingredients that you’d like to see me experiment with? Let me know in the comments!


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Essie Does Summer turned 1 on 1st July! #YASSS. What started out as a ‘boredom project’  flourished to become a blog (now website!) that I have grown to love so much. It literally keeps me sane when I’m tried of reading about quantum mechanics and amino acids.IMG_1

Forget what you’ve heard; any reason is a good reason to throw a party. When I realized that the anniversary of my DIY blog coincided with the 4th of July weekend, I couldn’t think of any other way to celebrate than with a rooftop brunch party. I knew I wanted whatever party I was hosting to reflect the vibe of Essie Does Summer – chic, summery and bright.

I kept the food to small bites and hors d’oeuvres to cut down cost and to give my guests the opportunity to taste many different things. Of course, my world famous (I wish) mini chicken and waffles made an appearance and were gone within seconds.

The party theme was floral and summery and I pretty much went overboard with that; even down to the floral ice cubes in the champagne bucket! Of course, my favorite color, gold, made an appearance as well.

The Photo Booth was a hit and my trusted selfie stick came in handy. I was nervous before that people wouldn’t use the props but I can safely say that they were definitely overused in the pictures.



It was a beautiful day and the turnout was great. What was supposed to be a brunch party ended up going on until 7pm! My BFF Jake (aka the champagne angel) was so helpful during the setup and I think I might have a new intern now ha! It was all what you might call; on fleek.

My guests enjoyed themselves and I got so much positive feedback following the brunch, including a ‘How To Plan a Summer Brunch’ feature in Ayiba Magazine!


Are you throwing a summer party? I want to hear about your party ideas!