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 to the colorful journal of Marissa Berrini, creative director, artist and curator living in Los Angeles. Launched in 2010, Marissa's online journal tells of adventures with her husband Sam, their fur kids, the occasional cocktail creation and lots of conversations with inspiring people. This blog serves to celebrate tiny victories, inspiration for those times you're stuck in a rut and bring together a community that wants more than a perfectly curated feed of eye candy. Sometimes you just got to throw it out there and see where it goes!

#HappyHourClub 01 / Put A Freixenet Cava Ring (Pop) On It!

#HappyHourClub 01 / Put A Freixenet Cava Ring (Pop) On It!

#HappyHourClub Day 01 / Put A Freixenet Cava Ring (Pop) On It!

#HappyHourClub Day 01 / Put A Freixenet Cava Ring (Pop) On It!

Welcome to 30 days of #happyhourclub! Starting today I'll be sharing with you some fun cocktails inspired by LA, obscure holidays and pop culture. My favorite part about this series? I'm inviting you to join in on the fun! All you have to do is tag your happy hour/cocktail photos on instagram with the hashtag: #happyhourclub. This will automatically enter you into the competition for the grand prize of having your cocktail featured at next month's #happyhourclub meet up in LA hosted at my photography studio located within The Unique Space. You'll be center stage even if you can't attend the event. I'll have you on blast via social media, blog post and introduce the #happyhourclub crew to your special libation. Have questions? Comment below or feel free to hit me up on instagram. Now let's get this party started with a drink worthy of Queen B.

#HappyHourClub Day 01: Put A Freixenet Cava Blueberry Ring (Pop) On It

Beyoncé said it best, PUT A RING ON IT, so in honor of Bey, I'm kicking off the first day of #happyhourclub with her and Blue Ivy in mind. It just so happens that September is National Blueberry Popsicle month and that got me thinking of yogurt ring pops. Luckily Tovolo makes great Popsicle molds that helped manifest this crazy idea into reality. So I got out my goat milk yogurt from Trader Joe's, whipped up some blueberry syrup and created a kid-friendly Ring Popsicle—perfect for super moms everywhere as this Popsicle is sans alcohol. In order to get fancy and channel our inner Sasha Fierce, it's only natural to add champagne. While my budget doesn't allow Dom or Cristal at the moment, I went with Freixenet Cava. Next, pop that bottle, take your giant size ring pop and dip it into your champagne coupe (use a wide rim glass so you can dunk without any awkwardness). Now you and your mini me can cool off in style.

Want to make this bubbly treat?

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 or 2 bottles of Champagne or Cava depending upon how many guests you’ll have
  • Wide rim glasses called champagne coupes for dipping
  • Goat Milk Yogurt (I prefer Trader Joe’s brand)
  • Blueberries
  • White Sugar or Agave syrup (great substitute)
  • Water
  • 1 Organic Lemon

I love this Blueberry Syrup recipe from Simple Bites: How to Make Your Own Blueberry Syrup. Just be mindful of the time and heat it takes the make the syrup. I’ve tried this recipe with agave syrup and white sugar so feel free to substitute. It tends to be slightly sweeter with the agave.

For the Popsicles:
Spoon the goat milk (or coconut milk) yogurt into the tovolo popsicle molds and drizzle in your cold blueberry syrup. I like to layer mine so you get some great marbling effects. Let the Popsicles freeze for at least 24 hours. To loosen the molds run warm water over them. This will help make it easy to slide the ring pops out and hopefully limit the breakage on your creations. For presentation: I like to sit the Popsicles on a bowl of ice to help keep them cool. Up your game by using a beautiful vintage bowl.

Next, pop your bottle of champagne and pour into a wide rim glass. Trust me, you don’t want any skinny mini glasses here. Now you’re set to dip and get fancy.

Cocktail place card designed by Letterfullysweet

Special thank you to KC Cooper Sears for helping me make these crazy pops!

#HappyHourClub 02 / Queen of Hearts

#HappyHourClub 02 / Queen of Hearts

Get Ready for 30 Days of #HappyHourClub + The Instagram Challenge!

Get Ready for 30 Days of #HappyHourClub + The Instagram Challenge!