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Valentine’s Day Airplane Cocktails

 

Who doesn’t dream of a romantic getaway for Valentine’s Day?  A tropical locale, with a glistening, diamond studded beach and crystal blue water, I can feel the warm sun on my face and the sand between my toes.  Oh yeah, and my wonderful fiance by my side.  But first, you have to get there and why not start the celebration at 30,000 feet?  I recently attended Altitude Summit in Palm Springs and received the cutest traveling cocktail kit from Alaska Airlines (one of the amazing Alt Summit sponsors).  I thought it would be fun to share three delicious cocktails that you can make with the awesome beverage menu provided onboard from Alaska Airlines, and adding just a few items to your traveling cocktail kit.

The Elderflower Champagne Cocktail Kit (you can find it here), includes Elderflower Syrup, cocktail spoon, jigger, napkin and carrying tin.  This kit came with everything you need for a French 75 and I added a little twist!

French 75

For each Elderflower French 75 cocktail you will need

1 Carry On “The Champagne Cocktail” Kit

2 oz Gin (can be purchased on board)

1 packet True Lemon

1/2 oz Elderflower Syrup

Chilled Prosecco (can be purchased on board)

Ice

Add one packet True Lemon to your cocktail glass with 2 oz Gin and 1/2 oz Elderflower syrup and dissolve. Add ice if desired and pour in chilled Prosecco, which is now available on your Alaska Airlines flight, how exciting, and stir with your cocktail spoon.

To make your onboard date extra special add some of your favorite candies, like these Champagne Bubbles from Sugarfina. Nothing says Valentine’s Day like candy and champagne, right?!

If you’d prefer a non-alcoholic version, you can omit the Gin and replace the Prosecco with Sprite!

The next cocktail is my FAVORITE!  I love mojitos and this would be my choice for celebrating a romantic vacation. You can use the same cocktail kit from the Elderflower French 75. You will just need to add a packet of True Limeade Black Cherry mix and if you can swing it, a few sprigs of fresh mint.

For each Black Cherry Mojito you will need

1 Carry On Cocktail Kit

1/2 packet True Limeade Black Cherry drink mix

2 sprigs fresh mint

3 oz Sprite (available on board)

1 oz Rum (can be purchased on board)

Ice

Add 1/2 packet True Limeade, mint leaves and 1 oz rum to your cocktail glass and muddle with your cocktail spoon.  Add ice and top with Sprite.

Mojitos are so refreshing and I absolutely love this black cherry version.

You can make a non-alcoholic version by omitting the rum and if you’d like a sugar free version, ask for sparkling water instead of Sprite.

I just returned from a week in Palm Springs and it was like stepping back in time. It was whimsy and romantic and so magical.  I thought about travel back then and had to add an Old Fashion for the romantic at heart.

For the Old Fashion you will need

1 Carry On Cocktail Kit (they have an Old Fashion version, you can find it here)

3 oz Bourbon (available for purchase on board)

1 Sugar Cube

2 dashes Bitters (you can purchase a 2ml dram for your bitters and fits perfectly in your kit)

Ice

Black Cherry garnish, optional

Add one sugar cube and bitters to your cocktail glasses and let sit for a minute.  Crush sugar cube with your cocktail spoon, add ice and bourbon. Stir and enjoy with a piece of delicious dark chocolate and a kiss from your sweetheart.

I don’t think a date gets any more romantic then sharing a special cocktail and a delicious sweet treat while flying through the clouds.

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Seattle, Washington – 48 Hours – Day 1

 

Oh Seattle, how you pull at my heart. Having the chance to live there, on a boat (yes, on a boat) with my best friend and her new baby was one of the best times of my entire life.  I fell in love with this city.  I hadn’t been back for a visit in quite a long time and jumped at the chance to plan a trip.  I was especially excited about this one, because I got to bring Shane with me and share all of my favorite spots.  We had just a little more than two days to soak in the city and fill up on our share of caffeine (and we sure did drink A LOT of coffee).

Stay Pineapple

Trip Highlights

Where: Seattle, Washington
How Long: 48 Hours
Flight: Frontier Airlines
Hotel: Hotel Five, Pineapple Hospitality
Booking Agent: Expedia $584.18

We decided to try out Frontier Airlines for this trip, the tickets were really inexpensive, especially for a Phoenix to Seattle trip (we typically expect to pay around $170 one way, per person for this trip), we found a really great deal on Frontier and paid around $100.00 round trip for each of us.  This is pretty much unheard of, so I jumped at the chance. Keep in mind that Frontier does charge for both checked and carry on bags, so you’ll want to make sure you add this to the price of your trip before booking.  It can be an unpleasant shock while waiting to get your boarding pass, but is easily avoidable if you remember that they do charge for all your luggage (minus one personal item per person). The plane was very clean, it did not come with the “perks” of flying a more expensive airline, like complimentary drinks and that bag of peanuts you stick in your purse for later, but you can bring your own.  Also, unless you’re a really tall person I would save your money on the “roomier” seats (a $40 extra). The staff was pleasant and the flight was on time, that’s all that really mattered to us.

We stayed at Hotel Five in the Belltown neighborhood of Seattle.  This is one of the #staypineapple boutique hotels and is AMAZING!!! The rooms are super cozy, you get your own fluffy duvet, free slippers to take home and a robe to relax in while you’re hanging out in your room.  There’s also, yup, there’s more, free bicycles to use when the weather is nice, Max’s Restaurant is right downstairs and serves delicious breakfast until 12:00pm, Top Pot Doughnuts is just around the corner and your right in the middle of all the Seattle landmarks. The best part about staying here though was the Cupcake Happy Hour, let’s just say this hotel had me a complimentary cupcakes.

We took a quick nap after our early morning flight and headed out to explore.  Shane wanted to go to Pike Place Market, if you’ve never been I highly recommend it, but try and avoid the market on the weekends, because it’s packed!  Also, if you’re a Starbucks fan (we’re not, but if you are) I would say don’t waste your time standing in line at the Original Starbucks.  The inside looks exactly the same as the others stores around the city and the merchandise is also the same. So for saving time, especially on a short trip like we were on, grab a photo out in front and enjoy the rest of the market. There’s also a ton of other local coffee shops that are just amazing and serve some of the best coffee you’ll ever have.

While at the market, we drooled over the piroshky at Piroshky Piroshky.  If you’re an Anthony Bourdain fan you may have seen him visit on his No Reservations trip.  The Smoked Salmon Pate is my absolute favorite, but you can’t go wrong with delicious meat or a sweat treat wrapped in their flaky, buttery crust. There amazing and I want one right now.

We grabbed some fresh fruit to snack on before dinner and of course totally had to visit the famous gum wall.  I was surprised to see that most of the gum had been cleaned off since my last visit, but the tradition of sticking a piece to the the walls on Post Alley was still going strong.  It’s gross and I’d totally bring some hand sanitizer with you, but it’s a must see/do, especially if it’s your first trip.

Dinner was Ahh-mazing!  We splurged at Elliot’s Oyster House and enjoyed this gorgeous Celebration Platter, the Elliot Bay Oysters were my favorite here.  This is definitely a place you’ll spend a little extra, but it’s totally worth it if you plan for it. After dinner we walked around a little bit more, but decided to head back to the hotel early, since we would have a long day of sightseeing tomorrow.  Look for Day 2 of our Seattle trip, there will be more cupcakes, donuts, and the Space Needle!

 

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