Preggatini Party™ and Book Signing – L.A.

March 15, 2009

There is so much to learn when writing a book. Writing the book proposal, finding the right literary agent, teaming with the best publisher for your project… and then actually writing the manuscript are all important things to navigate. But, the real challenge is what to do once that book is a living breathing entitiy. (ok, it doesn’t breathe, but its my baby nonetheless) But then the question arises, its finally here, now what?

Well, in the land of The Liquid Muse, getting that little bundle of paper and ink into my hot little hands only meant one thing… promote, promote, promote! I did my first book signing at the Sutter Home Winery tasting room in Napa. That was so cool, and even some people who had seen my appearance on KRON 4, TV in San Francisco drove up to get an autographed book. How amazing is that?!

My next book signing took place in Los Angeles, and there was no better place to hold such a party than at my favorite bar store in the whole wide world, Bar Keeper. Joe and Anna Keeper were incredibly generous and gave me the run of the place, and even came in to open it up on their day off. Talk about friendship and support.

I admit that I was a little

nervous when I first announced my book signing party. Some people had warned me not to get my hopes up for a big turn out, so I wouldn’t be disappointed. I sent out the emails, and nervously hoped that I could wrangle at least 20 friends to come. Low-and-behold, by the time I had over 80 RSVP’s I was thrilled, excited – and immediately quadrupled my drink and appetizer plans.

The whole of Bar

Keeper was packed! I moved to L.A. in 1993, and I was truly touched to see so many friends and colleagues from the last 16 years coming in to clink (nonalcoholic) glasses, pick up copies of my book, and show their general support. Talk about a warm-and-fuzzy feeling.

Tray passed hors d’oeuvres and Sparkling Pomegranate

Snowflake Preggatinis™ circulated around the room,

and everyone seemed to have a good time. Laughter, chatting, mingling and happiness filled the store and the back patio, as I sent a prayer of gratitude for the good fortune to have such wonderful people in my life.

It is important to keep learning more about my business, and writing, and promoting my little projects – but the most important

thing I keep learning through this process is that I am a truly lucky person to have such wonderful people who are there to celebrate the little triumphs.

Cheers to you all!

Event Photo Credit: Paul Cantillon

Preggatinis™ Now on Kindle

March 14, 2009

Take your Preggatini Bar with you when you’re away from home with the new Kindle edition!

“The Insider” TV Host Victoria Recano’s Preggatini Party™

February 16, 2009

I was honored to serve Preggatinis(TM) at Victoria Recano‘s fancy schmancy Hollywood baby shower at Ketchup, organized by the Hot Moms Club, last Saturday. Not only is Victoria a lovely and glowing mom-to-be but she loved the drinks. (Yay!)

In this photo she is toasting the cameras with the Yankee Doodle Candy mocktail. This drink has freshly juiced pineapple (I juiced them that morning!) as well as mango juice, a squeeze of lime and Fre(R) alcohol-removed sparkling wine. A swirl of grenadine gives the drink a layered effect… and in case you’re wondering… the glass is rimmed with Pop Rocks(R) candy, which snap, crackle and pop with every sip.

Other Preggatinis(TM) Victoria loved were the Kingston Krush made with ONE coconut water and acai juice (found in the CelebriBaby chapter of the book) and the Preggie Provence featuring a homemade lavender syrup, organic lemonade and DRY lavender soda.

Guests were also treated to single serving sized samples of ONE coconut water in their goodie bags as well as a copy of “Preggatinis: Mixology for the Mom-to-Be” and a jigger from The Liquid Muse. I’m including all three recipes here so you can make your baby shower a Preggatini Party(TM) too!

Kingston Krush (Martini Glass)
As featured in “Preggatinis: Mixology for the mom-to-be” by Natalie Bovis-Nelsen, The Liquid Muse
2 1/2 ounces ONE coconut water
1 1/2 ounces ONE açai juice
1/4 ounce lime juice
3/4 ounce red fruit simple syrup
1/2 teaspoon coconut flakes

Rim glass with coconut flakes. Pour all liquid ingredients into a mixing glass, shake with ice, then strain into a cocktail glass. Sprinkle with coconut flakes.

Yankee Doodle Candy Cocktail (champagne flute)
1 package pop rocks
1 1/2 ounces mango juice
1 1/2 ounces pineapple juice
1/2 ounce lime juice
1/4 ounce grenadine
1 ounce Fre® Alcohol-Removed Brut sparkling wine

Rim the champagne flute with pop rocks. Set aside. Pour juices into an ice-filled cocktail shaker, shake vigorously, then gently strain into the champagne flute. Slowly add the Fre Brut so it doesn’t fizz up over the rim of the glass. Last, slowly pour in the grenadine, allowing it to settle at the bottom of the glass, creating a layered effect.

Preggie Provençe (Rocks or Wine Glass)
As featured in “Preggatinis: Mixology for the mom-to-be” by Natalie Bovis-Nelsen, The Liquid Muse
2-3 white grapes, halved
3/4 ounce homemade lavender-rosemary syrup
1/2 ounce lemon juice
2 ounces lemonade
1 1/2 ounces DRY Soda® Lavender
1 lemon wheel
1 sprig of rosemary

Muddle cut grapes in the bottom of a mixing glass. Add lemon juice, lemonade and lavender-rosemary syrup then shake well, with ice. Strain into an ice filled glass. Top with lavender soda and garnish with a lemon wheel and sprig of rosemary.

©2008. All recipes are property of Natalie Bovis-Nelsen, of The Liquid Muse, LLC. They may not be printed, sold, or otherwise used without written permission from Natalie Bovis-Nelsen.

TV Host Victoria Recano's Preggatini Party

February 15, 2009

I was honored to serve Preggatinis™  at Victoria Recano‘s fancy schmancy Hollywood baby shower at Ketchup, organized by the Hot Moms Club, last Saturday. Not only is Victoria a lovely and glowing mom-to-be but she loved the drinks. (Yay!)

In this photo she is toasting the cameras with the Yankee Doodle Candy mocktail. This drink has freshly juiced pineapple (I juiced them that morning!) as well as mango juice, a squeeze of lime and Fre(R) alcohol-removed sparkling wine. A swirl of grenadine gives the drink a layered effect… and in case you’re wondering… the glass is rimmed with Pop Rocks(R) candy, which snap, crackle and pop with every sip.

Other Preggatini™  Victoria loved were the Kingston Krush made with ONE coconut water and acai juice (found in the CelebriBaby chapter of the book) and the Preggie Provence featuring a homemade lavender syrup, organic lemonade and DRY lavender soda.

Guests were also treated to single serving sized samples of ONE coconut water in their goodie bags as well as a copy of “Preggatinis: Mixology for the Mom-to-Be” and a jigger from The Liquid Muse. I’m including all three recipes here so you can make your baby shower a Preggatini Party(TM) too!

Kingston Krush (Martini Glass)
As featured in “Preggatinis: Mixology for the mom-to-be” by Natalie Bovis-Nelsen, The Liquid Muse
2 1/2 ounces ONE coconut water
1 1/2 ounces ONE açai juice
1/4 ounce lime juice
3/4 ounce red fruit simple syrup
1/2 teaspoon coconut flakes

Rim glass with coconut flakes. Pour all liquid ingredients into a mixing glass, shake with ice, then strain into a cocktail glass. Sprinkle with coconut flakes.

Yankee Doodle Candy Cocktail (champagne flute)
1 package pop rocks
1 1/2 ounces mango juice
1 1/2 ounces pineapple juice
1/2 ounce lime juice
1/4 ounce grenadine
1 ounce Fre® Alcohol-Removed Brut sparkling wine

Rim the champagne flute with pop rocks. Set aside. Pour juices into an ice-filled cocktail shaker, shake vigorously, then gently strain into the champagne flute. Slowly add the Fre Brut so it doesn’t fizz up over the rim of the glass. Last, slowly pour in the grenadine, allowing it to settle at the bottom of the glass, creating a layered effect.

Preggie Provençe (Rocks or Wine Glass)
As featured in “Preggatinis: Mixology for the mom-to-be” by Natalie Bovis-Nelsen, The Liquid Muse
2-3 white grapes, halved
3/4 ounce homemade lavender-rosemary syrup
1/2 ounce lemon juice
2 ounces lemonade
1 1/2 ounces DRY Soda® Lavender
1 lemon wheel
1 sprig of rosemary

Muddle cut grapes in the bottom of a mixing glass. Add lemon juice, lemonade and lavender-rosemary syrup then shake well, with ice. Strain into an ice filled glass. Top with lavender soda and garnish with a lemon wheel and sprig of rosemary.

©2008. All recipes are property of Natalie Bovis-Nelsen, of The Liquid Muse, LLC. They may not be printed, sold, or otherwise used without written permission from Natalie Bovis-Nelsen.
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Valentine’s Day Preggatini™: The Love Triangle

February 14, 2009

You may never have considered celebrating Valentine’s Day as a threesome, until now. “You + me + baby makes three” gives a whole new interpretation to a love triangle.

1 1/2 ounces white cranberry juice
3/4 ounce strawberry flavored syrup
3 ounces Fre(R) alcohol-removed sparkling wine
2-3 drops Fee’s grapefruit bitters* (optional)
heart-shaped lollipop

Pour white cranberry juice, strawberry syrup and bitters into a champagne flute. Top with alcohol-removed sparkling wine (or club soda). Garnish with a heart-shaped lollipop.

The Family Man(R) Serves Dads Preggatinis™!

February 9, 2009

Gregory Keer aka: The Family Man invited me to share some Valentine’s Day advice with dads-to-be. I was excited to give his readers some pointers on “tending” to their wives needs’ in the name of romance… Every preggie party girl needs her own Preggatini-tender, after all.

If your guy could use a few pointers, get him to sign up for the Family Man newsletter. After all, even the best of men can use a little friendly advice from time to time.

Preggatinis™ Under Examination

February 8, 2009

If you like to stay on top of the food scene in Los Angeles, you surely take a peek at LA Food Examiner, penned by columnist Dee Long. She covers all sorts of insider tips from around our fair city, and today she decided to include a review of Preggatinis! Read below to find out her thoughts:

LA Food Examiner: Preggatinis offers healthy refreshment for expectant moms

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Are You Multi-Functional?

February 3, 2009

Vital Action Performance Water burst on the scene late last summer touting itself as a multi-functional beverage. Equipped with herbal-based supplements such to boost Energy (Panax ginseng), Stamina (Arginine), Immunity (Echinacea) and Recovery (N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine), it also claims to have 100% of recommended daily intake of B3, B5, B6, B12, otherwise known as the “feel good” vitamins.

VAPW comes in a rainbow of fruit flavors (cherry, tropical, strawberry, etc.) and has only 45 calories per serving. Although bright, not-so-natural colors aren’t usually my first choice, this vitamin-enhanced water actually tastes pretty good. It is not sweet or tart but rather refreshing and lightly flavored making it a good take-along for hikes, the gym, road trips, picnics or pack lunches, or any combination thereof… keeping you functioning at optimum level.

Are You Multi-Functional?

February 2, 2009

Vital Action Performance Water burst on the scene late last summer touting itself as a multi-functional beverage. Equipped with herbal-based supplements such to boost Energy (Panax ginseng), Stamina (Arginine), Immunity (Echinacea) and Recovery (N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine), it also claims to have 100% of recommended daily intake of B3, B5, B6, B12, otherwise known as the “feel good” vitamins.

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On the GoGo

January 30, 2009
It is costing me $12.95 to write this blog post. But, the novelty of blogging from 38,000 feet on an American Airlines flight between NYC and LA is worth it. (We’re currently somewhere over upstate New York.)

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