A Los Angeles-based brunch and cocktail blog by Brielle Galekovic.

2 Altos Plata Libations to Celebrate With This Cinco De Mayo

Cinco De Mayo has to be one of my top favorite holidays. The main reason being that it’s all about tequila and I am SUCH a tequila girl! I recently discovered Altos Plata Tequila and couldn’t be more excited to create some classic Cinco De Mayo cocktails using it.

Altos Tequila Plata is made from 100% blue agave grown in the Los Altos highlands of Mexico. Complete with herbal notes of cooked agave, Plata is slightly citric and sweet with a fruity aroma. It's a classic tequila for the modern world.

Classic tequila with a twist? I am sooo into it. Here are two cocktails using Altos Plata that are not only perfect for Cinco De Mayo, but for all year round!

Crafted Paloma

Altos Crafted Paloma on The Gilded Bellini


  2 parts Altos Plata

  2 part Fresh Grapefruit Juice

 1 part Lemon Juice 

  ½ part Agave Syrup

  Pinch of Salt


   Frost the glass rim with salt and crushed pink peppercorns.

    Pour all the ingredients except the grapefruit juice into the glass.

 Mix using the ALTOS molinillo to dissolve the agave syrup.

  Fill the glass with ice and finish with the pink grapefruit juice.

  Garnish with half slice of pink grapefruit.

Tommy’s Margarita



   2 parts Altos Plata

    1 part Fresh Lime Juice

   ½ part Agave Syrup

    Lime Wedge for garnish


 Build up all the ingredients in a shaker with ice.

 Shake, and strain into an ice-filled cup. 

   Garnish with a lime slice on top.


Autumnal Sippers to Celebrate the Crisp Fall Season

I looooove a good fall cocktail. Something about the spices and “cozier” ingredients gets me so excited to really take in all the fall feels. I wanted to share with you guys two of my current favorites to ring in the new season - don’t worry, I’ll be sharing others but these two are definitely the ones you’ll want to sip the second you lay eyes on the photos! These two include FOS Greek Mastiha, a balanced sweet spirit that has pronounced notes of cucumber, pine, anise, and fresh herbs… yum! Whether you’re more of a pumpkin person or an apple admirer, I’m sure you won’t be able to decide on which one of these autumnal cocktails you prefer.


Pumpkin Patch Cocktail


1 oz. FOS Greek Mastiha

1 oz. Tequila Reposado

1 oz. Pumpkin Puree

.5 oz. Lemon Juice

Barspoon Maple Syrup


Add ingredients to shaker with ice

Shake vigorously

Strain into martini glass

Garnish with brown sugar rum and toasted cinnamon stick.


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1.5 oz. FOS Greek Mastiha

1 oz. Apple Cider

.5 oz. Lemon Juice

Barspoon of Honey

Dash Angostura Bitters


Add ingredients to a shaker with ice

Shake vigorously

Strain into coupe or rocks glass

Garnish with sliced apples, cinnamon stick, star anise, and/or lemon moons.


End of Summer Cocktails to Celebrate Labor Day with Friends

How have we already reached Labor Day?! I feel like it was just 4th of July. Well, I am totally a summer girl and I'm having a hard time accepting this, like I do every year. On the bright side, there's fresh and festive cocktails to be made to celebrate Labor Day and beyond with friends. Especially here in SoCal, it may be summer till November. LOL. Here are my 3 faves for celebrating with a group - total crowd pleasers!

Carrot Pineapple Punch

Carrot Pineapple Punch with NOLET's Gin


2 cups NOLET’S Silver Gin 

2 cups Carrot Juice 

2 cups Pineapple Juice 

1/2 cup Lemon Juice 

1 tsp. Fresh Grated Ginger 

2 cups Ginger Beer 


Mix all ingredients together in a punch bowl and stir gently. Add ice and garnish with edible flowers and citrus wheels. Make ahead: freeze an ice mold adding citrus fruit or edible flowers. Makes 8-10 cocktails.

Sweet Heat Margarita

Sweet Heat Margarita - The Gilded Bellini


2 oz Tanteo® Jalapeño Tequila

1 oz Fresh Lime Juice

¾ oz Agave Nectar

4-5 Raspberries

Tanteo Jalapeño Salt Rim


Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice

Shake well and strain into a salt-rimmed, ice-filled Rocks Glass

Garnish with a raspberry or jalapeño slice

Bushwick Punch

Smoke Tree Rosé - Bushwick Punch


4½ cups Smoke Tree Rosé

2 cups unsweetened black tea

¾ cup lemon juice

½ cup bourbon

½ cup raw cane sugar syrup

1 cup blueberries

1 lemon sliced


Fill a punch bowl with ice

Top with Smoke Tree Rosé, unsweetened black tea, lemon juice, bourbon and raw cane sugar syrup.

Stir to chill and combine ingredients

Top with lemon slices and blueberries