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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 17 / The LA RIVER (Blackberry + Sweet Plum Sangria)

#HappyHourClub 17 / The LA RIVER (Blackberry + Sweet Plum Sangria)

#HappyHourClub 17 / The LA RIVER (Blackberry + Sweet Plum Sangria)

I really wanted to create a cocktail after the Los Angeles River and after pondering for days about it, I realized a sangria would be the best fit. Behold a blackberry and sweet plum sangria I've dubbed: The LA RIVER. Ingredients

  • 1 750 ml bottle of white wine (I used a Pinot Grigio)
  • ΒΌ cup sugar
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 pint blackberries + 3 sweet plums
  • Mint
  • Splash of apple brandy

For this sangria, I chose blackberries and sweet plums because they were ripe and ready to go. A happy surprise as it completed the apple brand and pinot grigio quite nicely. Start with only a quarter cup of sugar if you prefer your drink tart. If you like it sweet add in more sugar to taste. I also like it with agave syrup instead of sugar.

#HappyHourClub 18 / Red Rice Ale from Hitachino Nest

#HappyHourClub 18 / Red Rice Ale from Hitachino Nest

#HappyHourClub 16 / American Legion Classic: Rum + Coke

#HappyHourClub 16 / American Legion Classic: Rum + Coke