Champagne All Day!  Oops I should have said Rosé, it's your choice. Do you want to make a statement at your next "Girls Night In?" Cotton candy makes beautiful cocktails, not only is it tasty but perfect for a garden party, wedding, or any other special event. The cotton candy will dissolve when it hits the champagne, creating a sweet champagne cocktail. This is what I call a champagne bong! 

I Love a fun girls night in. The best part, I'm able to be creative with games, drinks and conversation topics. However, the drinks are my favorite, by now I'm sure you can tell I have a passion for a good crafted concoction. When my girls come over, I love to serve small individual drinks when possible. I found Mionetto Prosecco to be one of the best choices for a party. You're able to get a box of 12 for a very reasonable price. Depending on your glass size you should be able to enjoy two glasses of this beautiful bubbly. The Box offers a Brut as well as a Rosé.

Now for the cocktail, I know fresh cotton candy is not always easy to find, but I found Twirl Cotton Candy online. 

Twirl Cotton Candy, known for its light, fluffy, and flavor-filled twirls was created by Lauren Bazunu, also known as Toast from the Host . She wanted to share her childhood memory of this classic treat with those around her and give her clients another event experience unlike any other. Whether celebrating a milestone event or to fulfill a sweet tooth craving - Twirl Cotton Candy is the fix you didn't know you needed. 

"Cotton candy is a pure and simple treat, my goal is to have cotton candy grow up with me...hence the gourmet  flavors."

New flavors being crafted from scratch, Twirl Cotton Candy is known for their alcohol infused flavors. From lemon drop sour to tequila sunrise to the staple strawberry champagne.

I encourage everyone to support small businesses. 

Girls night would not be complete without a small shot of something. Generally, tequila but I wanted to switch it up a bit.  That's usually when the giggles begin and the party really starts pumping. I included a Spiced Rum Berry shot. Be careful a little goes a long way!

INGREDIENTS Cotton Candy Champagne:

  • 1 bottle of champagne, sparkling wine or rose champagne
  • cotton candy flavor of your choice 


1. Pour champagne into glasses about 2/3 full.  Do not fill to the top as you do not want the champagne to touch the cotton candy until people are ready to drink. I placed straws on each glass to ensure each of my friends could enjoy the experience as they arrived.

 iNGREDIENTs Spiced Rum Berry Shot

  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 3 cups of mixed berries
  • 2 cups spiced rum of  your choice


1.  In a medium pot add water, sugar, cinnamon stick, and cloves and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and add 2 cups of  fruit the mixture, allow it to simmer as you get ready for your guest (approximately 30-45 min)  Once its done, strain and set aside to cool.  Take your spices rum and pour in your mixture stir, mix well!  Use your favorite shot glasses and add a couple of berries to each glass. Before your guest arrive pour up the shots!

And there you have it. A perfect "Girls Night In"


Your Girlfriend Next Door

Cinq à Sept Friday | Virgo Alter Ego Cocktail


Hello Neighbors and Friends,

It's Virgo Season! Your two favorite Virgos have returned for fun, laughter, and of course a great cocktail that will get us the the happiest hours. So stay tuned and join the journey with us. If you're looking for a delicious cocktail to celebrate the season, look no further. The Alter Ego Cocktail, brings your happy side alive. It's delicious, tangy, and unique. The combination of flavors will tantalize your taste buds, and bring your good girl/boy or bad girl/boy come alive.

Alter Ego Cocktail:
2oz. Wild Turkey Bourbon Whiskey (Bourbon of your choice)
2oz. Raspberry Puree
3oz. Maple Ginger Simple Syrup Juice of 1large lemon
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (Use frozen Raspberries; Strain for a smoother texture.
(Use cheesecloth if available )
We used a Vitamix to mix all ingredients together. You may want to

Gaylord National Resort Cinq à Sept Out On The Town


Hello Neighbors,

This week we stepped away from "The Nook," and kept it classy at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. We played around outside, had some laughs and giggles, and of course a fab cocktail! Come along with Jamal and I as we catch up on our summer festivities, from the On The Run Tour, our vacations, and more.

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, is DC's only waterfront resort, where you'll find nightlife, events and shopping—plus access to national attractions.

World-class, four diamond Resort Hotel & Convention Center located on the banks of the Potomac River near Washington, DC. Gaylord National features a 19-story high, glass atrium with lush indoor gardens, award winning restaurants, a full-service luxury spa & salon and more. With 2,000 guest rooms and nearly 470,000 square feet of state of the art meeting space, Gaylord National is the perfect destination for a weekend getaway, your corporate meeting, wedding or other special event.

To Learn More about the National Harbor, visit the website here.  

Your Girlfriend Next Door, Andrea
Jamal Redman 

Cinq à Sept Friday Mexico Ocean Blue Cocktail


The Cocktail Bible: The Blues 

The Ocean in Mexico gives you beautiful hues of blues and greens and we've now put it in a glass. We're bringing the ocean to your straight from the Cocktail Bible... I hope you guys are ready. It only takes one! 

As you know we have talked the Cocktail Bible for weeks. Well here's your chance to own your own copy, and follow along with us as we share our weekly happy hour with our neighbors.

How to Enter:

*Please share a picture of your favorite happy hour cocktail by   hash tagging  #cinqaceptfriday via instagram @jamal_ratednext or @andreavsmoak

*Include a brief description of what's in your drink (we would like to make it on the follow Cinq à Sept Friday)

Contest Ends June 13, 2014 at midnight


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