Seven Magic Mountain, near Las Vegas.  Photos taken on Google Pixel 2

Seven Magic Mountain, near Las Vegas. Photos taken on Google Pixel 2

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to the colorful journal of Marissa Berrini, creative director, traveler, artist, and curator living in Los Angeles. Launched back in 2010, as Bourbon and Goose, Marissa's blog serves to be an inspiration for those times we’re stuck in a rut and help expand our community to dive deeper beyond the eye candy and more into the soul all while discovering self-worth, love, being present in the moment and creating the life you were meant to live.

#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)
  • ¼ 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