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Drink Recipe: Madrina Inspired Night Changes

March 23, 2016
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On Sunday, I was invited to an interactive cocktail event with the residents of Instrata at the Ashton Uptown at Madrina in Highland Park.  Expert mixologist and bar manager Jarrod Taylor walked us through how to make three of Madrina’s popular cocktails (one being “Night Changes”).  It was such a fun experience and something I have never done before.  Madrina was so accommodating (they were closed at the time and opened a special section of the bar just for us).

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I sat with Toi Cunningham, Instrata at The Ashton Uptown’s events director, and learned a little more about the property and the many lifestyle and community-building events that Instrata’s residents can participate in each month.  These types of events are not unusual at all for their residents.  I love how they collaborate with local businesses and restaurants to build community among their residents.  After reading about Instrata’s amenity-rich rental properties (specifically the Ashton Uptown in Dallas), it sounds like they don’t even have to leave their building to have a great time and build community (they have their own personal trainer that leads fitness classes, a beautiful infinity pool, private screening room and more).  

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During the demonstration, Jarrod showed us how they make their Old Fashioned, See You Again, and Night Changes (Check out their drink menu for these and many others).  We were able to try all three, and today, I want to share my own twist on Madrina’s Night Changes with you.  In moderation, this is actually a “healthy” cocktail.  I hope you love it!

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Ingredients:

1 shot (1.5 oz.) Vodka (or Brandy- I use vodka because clear drinks are typically “better” for you, and this one is organic)

3/4 oz. Fresh squeezed organic lemon  (or use Santa Cruz Organic Lemon Juice )

3/4 oz. Simple syrup (I make my own: equal parts sugar and water.  Bring to a boil until all sugar is dissolved.  Let cool.  Put rest in airtight container and save in fridge)

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Sparkling wine or Champagne

(Optional) Lemon peel for garnish

Steps:

  1. Juice lemon (or pour Santa Cruz lemon juice) in shaker
  2. Add vodka, simple syrup, and ice to shakerlove you more too north dallas blogger plano lifestyle blogger foodie healthy drink recipe night changes Madrina Instrata Lifestyle Residences Ashton Uptown
  3. Shake, Shake, Shake
  4. Strain into glasslove you more too north dallas blogger plano lifestyle blogger foodie healthy drink recipe night changes Madrina Instrata Lifestyle Residences Ashton Uptown
  5. Top with sparkling wine/champagnelove you more too north dallas blogger plano lifestyle blogger foodie healthy drink recipe night changes Madrina Instrata Lifestyle Residences Ashton Uptown
  6. Garnish with lemon twist (I couldn’t find my peeler and wasn’t able to make the twist, but it tasted delicious anyways)

There you have it…Night Changes.  It is refreshing, bubbly, and crisp.  Feel free to double/triple/quadruple the recipe if you are having several people over.  You can always make a batch of the drink in a pitcher and add the champagne/sparkling wine just before serving.

If you liked this, you should check out Madrina during happy hour (TuesdayFriday 4-6:30) for half price food and drinks.  Their version is even better (and made with pear brandy- yum!).

Also, if you live in Dallas, New York, Los Angeles or Washington D.C. and are looking for a luxury rental property with a ton of amenities check out Instrata Lifestyle Residences.  They are also pet friendly and several of the buildings have their own pet grooming stations and outdoor pet areas.

Where will you drink Nigh Changes?  I’m thinking out by the pool this summer. Leave me a comment and let me know!

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  • Heather @ Simply Save March 23, 2016 at 6:45 am

    Mmm these sounds so good and beautiful presentation too!

    • Jessica March 23, 2016 at 8:56 am

      Thanks, girl! It really is super refreshing.

  • Kayla March 23, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    What a fun event!!! Pinned this to my recipe board! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Jessica March 23, 2016 at 10:02 pm

      Absolutely! Thank you! It was fun and the drink is so good!

  • Caroline harries March 23, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Get in my belly. This is right down my alley and sounds so good!!! Yum

    • Jessica March 23, 2016 at 10:03 pm

      Haha. Thank you. It is so good (vodka+champagne/sparkling wine…YUM!). 🙂

  • Neely (@Neelykins) March 23, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    This sounds delightful!

    • Jessica March 23, 2016 at 10:03 pm

      You should try it. It’s great! I can’t wait to drink it in the summer.

  • Klauss March 24, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Ohmy 🙂 Vodka and champagne, incredibly cool combination. In my country this cocktail called “Northern lights”. Cheers 🙂

    • Jessica April 19, 2016 at 2:06 pm

      I love that name for it better!

  • Ruthie Ridley March 24, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    Gosh… this looks incredible. I could use one right about now!! Amazing!!r

    • Jessica March 24, 2016 at 8:04 pm

      It really is super refreshing! I am ready for summer. 🙂

  • Stacy March 24, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    This sounds simple, refreshing and easy! That’s all it takes to sell me on trying a new cocktail! Thanks for sharing!

    • Jessica March 25, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      Haha. Right? It is super simple and even more delicious. I like drinking complicated drinks at restaurants but loathe making them in real life. 🙂

  • Lilies + Lambs March 24, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    Yummmm sounds + looks delish!

    • Jessica March 25, 2016 at 4:04 pm

      Thanks, girl! Hope you try it and love it. 🙂

  • Denita March 25, 2016 at 12:42 am

    The drink looks delicious. However, that shaker! SWOON!

    • Jessica March 25, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      Thanks! The shaker is from West Elm. I have seen them at lots of other places (I am sure Amazon has it). It’s called a “Mason Jar Shaker”. Complicated, I know. 😉

  • Bobbi from Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen March 25, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    MMmmmm this sounds sooo good. I have a girls weekend coming up so I think this needs to happen 🙂

    • Jessica March 25, 2016 at 4:07 pm

      Yes! Perfect for a girls weekend! 🙂 Maybe add some strawberries? 🙂

  • Rachel @ Myurbanoven March 26, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Sounds like a super fun event. I love anything with fresh lemon juice. And the mason jar shaker was super cute!

    • Jessica March 27, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      Thanks, girl. It was fun. I love lemon too. 🙂