Friday, December 30, 2011

Martha's Champagne Cocktails

Stocked up on bubbly for New Year's Eve? Me too. I like to start about noon, just to be sure. Okay, I may need a nap or two to see me til midnight, but what can you do?

Martha Stewart has some great ideas on how to punch up your bubbly this year, to make your celebrations even sweeter. Cheers!

Blood Orange Mimosa
Holiday Party Foods 2003, Special Issue 2003
The blood-orange juice turns what would ordinarily be a mimosa into a lovely ruby-tinted cocktail.

    Serves 10 to 12

Ingredients

    2 1/4 cups freshly squeezed or frozen blood-orange juice
    2 750-ml bottles champagne, chilled

Directions

    Pour 3 tablespoons juice in each champagne flute. Fill flutes with champagne, and serve.


Sparkling Pear and Cranberry Cocktail
Body+Soul, November/December 2006
This cocktail is made with icy Moscato d'Asti, which is sweeter than champagne but much lighter than the rich dessert wine also made from Italian moscato grapes. Just the right medium for this fizzy drink, it adds flavor to the silky pear and tart cranberries.
  
    Serves 8

Ingredients

    2 tablespoons dry cranberries
    1/2 cup organic pear nectar
    32 ounces Moscato d'Asti wine
    8 small sprigs fresh rosemary

Directions

    Put cranberries in a small bowl; add 2 tablespoons warm water. Soak until cool, about 15 minutes. Drain, pat dry, and refrigerate until serving.
    Divide pear nectar evenly among eight tall champagne glasses. Add cranberries, and then gently pour the Moscato d'Asti into the glasses. Garnish each with a rosemary sprig.


Ginger Sparkler
Everyday Food, December 2008

    Yield Serves 8

Ingredients

    2 teaspoons finely grated peeled fresh ginger
    1/2 cup sugar
    1 bottle (750 ml) dry sparkling wine, such as Cava, Prosecco, or Champagne

Directions

    Set a fine-mesh sieve over a small bowl; set aside. In a small saucepan, boil ginger, sugar, and 1/4 cup water until syrupy, about 2 minutes. Pour through sieve into bowl, discarding solids. (To store syrup, refrigerate in an airtight container, up to 1 week.)
    Pour 1 tablespoon syrup into each of 8 tall glasses. Top with sparkling wine, and gently stir.


Click here for more great New Year's Eve cocktails from Martha Stewart!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Snowball Martini


A little somethin' to warm your heart...Happy Holidays from my home to yours. I hope you enjoy this Snowball Martini as much as I do.

2 oz White Creme De Cacao1 oz Peppermint Schnapps
1 oz cream
Candy Cane Cocktail Sugar

Moisten the rim of your cocktail glass with water, dip your glass into the cocktail sugar.

In a shaker, combine the creme de cacao, peppermint schnapps and cream.
Fill with ice and shake.
Strain into your sugar rimmed glass and enjoy.
Repeat as needed.

If you are unable to find the white (clear) creme de cacao....the just use chocolate liqueur and have yourself a dirty snowball.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas Manhattan

It's Christmas Eve and I am busting with excitement! And Rye...and Sweet Vermouth.........you get the idea.



It's so hard to wait for that cherry to soak up all the tasty vermouth and rye.



1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
2 ounces Rye whiskey
1 dash Angostura bitters

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.

I toast my friends and family and fellow cocktail enthusiasts - Merry Christmas!!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Toasted Marshmallow Amore

Happy Holidays to this concoction!




Toasted Marshmallow Amore. What a beautifully made cocktail! Unfortunately, I don’t know the exact measurements for all the liqueurs..so….it’s experimentation time! This will be fun figuring it all out.

You’ll need DiSarono Amaretto Liqueur shaken with Kahlua Coffee Liqueur, Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur, toasted marshmallow syrup and ice cream.

An Olive Garden Special……..must go back and analyze this a bit more. What we do in the name of research!

Cheers, baby!

A Cocktail Puppy Recipe Update from Joe Friday Thanks Joe ☺
Joe Friday said...

    3/4 oz Kahula
    3/4 oz Ameretto
    3/4 oz Bailey's
    1-1/4 oz Toasted Marshmallow Syrup
    2 oz Ice Cream

    I asked the bartender for the recipe! I also suggested it be part of the unlimited Soup, Salad and Breadsticks menu! :)
    Cheers!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Spiced Daiquiri

Perfect for chilly Autumn evenings or even cold Winter nights, this Spiced Daiquiri inspired by my review of Denizen Rum is one of my new favorite cocktails.  It's spicy and toasty and it packs a major punch!
Spiced Daiquiri
adapted from Marshall Altier of NYC's Jaybird
yield: 2 cocktails

4 oz. Rum (such as Denizen)
1½ oz. Fall Spiced Syrup see below
¾ oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
freshly grated nutmeg/cinnamon stick, to garnish

Place rum, spiced syrup, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into glass. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg &/or cinnamon stick.


Fall Spiced Syrup

½ c. sugar
½ c. water
big pinch each of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, & allspice
3 whole cloves

Place everything in a small saucepan over medium heat and stir until sugar is dissolved and mixture just comes to a boil. Turn off heat and let sit until cool. Strain through a fine sieve (lined w/ cheesecloth, if you like). Store in fridge.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

It's Okay, We Still Have ReRuns. And Booze.

And drinking games to get us through the season!

Have you noticed how long these "mid-winter breaks" in the TV line-up are getting? Resourceful Cocktail Puppies can queue up past episodes of their favourite shows for a little fun at the bar.

This drinking game is from Zap2it.com and features one of my favourite shows - Supernatural!

Time to cozy up with those Winchester Boys for a little fun, if you know what I mean. 

Heather and I will be at the bar drinking with our favourite monster-fighters.

Care to join us?

Cue up some past episodes of Supernatural and drink to the coming apocalypse. 

Which apocalypse is up to you.

 Cheers to you!

Drink!

Drink every time Dean drinks.

Drink every time the Winchester Brothers have a serious discussion that ends with Sam lying and Dean pretending to believe him.

Drink every time you hear AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, Blue Oyster Cult, or Deep Purple. Dean's ringtone counts.

Drink every time you see a tattoo.

Drink every time Bobby says "idjit."

Drink every time Castiel doesn't get the joke.

Drink every time Sam gets choked.

Drink every time Dean gets thrown across a room.

Drink every time someone loses a weapon.

Drink every time a female character dies.

Drink every time Sam and Dean refer to each other by name, even when there's no one else in the room. 

Click here for more TV drinking games.

We trust you know your limits. 

Ready?

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Bananarama

Could any girl who grew up in the 80's, watched the Karate Kid over and over and over again, and dreamed daily of Ralph Macchio while singing Cruel Summer resist making this drink?  Yeah.  I didn't think so.
Bananarama
adapted from 400 Blender Cocktails
makes 2

2 bananas
2-4 Tbs. freshly squeezed lime juice
1/4 c. confectioners' sugar
4 oz. white, amber, or dark rum
6 ice cubes

Blend everything in the blender on high speed.  (Start with the lesser amount of lime juice and add more to taste.)  Pour into glass and serve.  I garnished with a few banana slices.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Tequila!


Of course this has never happened to me..... okay, maybe up to the exotic dances stage... but I'll never tell!


Borrowed, with love, from George Takei's Facebook page.

Bottoms up!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Hanging on to Summer with Pina Coladas

It's November and so yeah...we're meant to start feeling the cooler temperatures. But sometimes you just aren't ready to wave goodbye to warm breezes. Try and hang on to the season by imbibing tropical drinks. Can't hurt!

This pina colada was so thick you could have eaten it with a spoon.



There is, evidently, a big difference between Coco Lopez's Cream of Coconut and Coconut milk. Yes....that's a no-brainer just reading it but.....you don't realize just how big a difference until you prepare a pina colada with the cream. Wow.

Recipe:
2 ounces Coco Lopez ® Cream of Coconut
2 Ounces pineapple juice
1½ ounces Myers Platinum white
1 cup of ice

Instructions anyone can follow. Mix in blender until smooth.

Frozen goodness.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Maker's 46™ Latte

Thanks to Maker's Mark for submitting this delicious holiday coffee cocktail to get us in the mood! 

Maker's 46™ Latte
by Gary Anza, Chef, Bistro 33

Recipe:


    1 part Maker’s 46™ Bourbon
    2 tablespoons fresh finely ground espresso
    4 parts spring water
    3 parts + 1 ounce organic whole milk
    1/2 cup ice cubes
    1/2 part vanilla vodka
    1 rock candy swizzle stick
    Fresh ground nutmeg

Prepare espresso in stove-top espresso maker. Bring 3 parts milk in a small saucepan or Turkish coffee pot to boil. Mix espresso and milk in coffee mug. Add Maker's 46™ Bourbon. Pour vanilla vodka foam* over espresso milk mixture. Add swizzle stick and pinch of nutmeg. Stir and enjoy.

*Vanilla vodka foam

Add vanilla vodka and 1 part milk to small shaker with ice. Shake vigorously until frothy.

Extra Notes:

Chef Gary recommends this as an after-dinner indulgence or brunch accompaniment. The vanilla vodka pairs well with the natural vanilla notes in the Maker’s 46™ Bourbon, and the rich espresso flavor is a perfect match for its smoky undertones.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Little Bastard!

When you come across the name of a drink called Little Bastard, you just have to try it!



1 oz. Barcardi Rum (We used Myers)
1 oz. Orange Juice
1/2 oz. Pineapple Juice
7-Up

Shake with ice and strain into a highball glass and fill with 7-Up.

That's the recipe. Simple stuff, right?! We enjoyed this on an island vacation last week. Didn't have a highball glass at the condo we rented.....so we used a large glass in the cabinet. Worked fine!

Little Bastard - recipe courtesy of Mixology.



A fine vacation or Halloween toddy.

Bottoms up, Mates!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Love Bison

Since I recently received a couple of bottles of Bison Grass Vodka to play with, I've been testing out all kinds of combinations.  This one is on the docket to make as soon as I pick up some pink peppercorns.  All dreamy and warm, wouldn't you agree?
The Love Bison
yield: 1 cocktail

Muddle: 
½ spoon pink peppercorns
2 lemon wedges
½ oz honey

Add:
1 oz. pomegranate juice
2 oz. Bison Grass Vodka

Shake over ice and strain into a martini glass.

*photo & recipe courtesty Bison Grass Vodka

Monday, October 24, 2011

Meet Natalie MacLean!



Meet Bestselling Author Natalie MacLean in Toronto or Niagara for the Launch of her New Wine Book!  

Join Natalie MacLean for an unforgettable evening of wine, laughter and story-telling to celebrate the launch of her second wine book, Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World's Best Bargain Wines.

Natalie will be hosting a multi-course gourmet dinner and matching wines at Grano Restaurant in Toronto and hosting a wine tasting in Niagara:

Niagara-Grimsby: November 22

Author Series & Wine Tasting Tickets: http://tktwb.tw/NiagaraWine

Toronto Grano Restaurant: November 23

Multi-Course Wine Dinner Tickets:             416-361-0032       or ben@benmcnallybooks.com
Info: http://bit.ly/GranoDinner

Named the World’s Best Drink Writer at the World food Media Awards, the Canadian journalist and sommelier Natalie is just back from a whirlwind trip to uncover the world’s best bargain wines and share them with you.

She’ll also share stories about fascinating winemakers and gorgeous, remote vineyards with her quirky humour and insider smarts that made her first book, Red, White and Drunk All Over, the only wine book ever to get on the national bestseller list. The Globe & Mail also named it one of the best books of the year.

Space is limited for these exclusive events. Reserve your tickets online now. Your ticket price includes a personally signed copy of Natalie’s new book, Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World's Best Bargain Wine plus a multi-course meal with wine in Toronto or wine tasting in Niagara. Following the session, you can purchase additional copies of the book as holiday gifts and Natalie will sign them. Natalie's tour will include 14 cities across Canada: http://bit.ly/Unquenchable

For more information about the book and an amusing video trailer about it, please visit www.nataliemaclean.com/book

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Pumpkin Mudslides

From Spryte's Kitchen...

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Pumpkin Mudslide

It's finally fall! My favorite season! Hmmm... maybe my favorite season is winter... I'm not sure, I just know that I love fall! Gone are the hot humid sweaty sticky days of summer and they're replaced with cool days, cooler nights, leaves changing color and the smell of fireplaces burning in the evening.

It just makes me want to inhale deeply, close my eyes and say "ahhhhhhh".

My sister, Jeannie has a cocktail for every occasion. She made Pumpkin Mudslides this weekend... what sounds more perfect for fall than a Pumpkin Mudslide?

Pumpkin Mudslide

Equal parts:
Pumpkin Spice Schnapps or Fulton's Harvest Pumpkin Pie Cream Liqueur
Kaluha
Vanilla Vodka
Splash of milk (however much or little as you like)

Shake with ice and enjoy!!

The first one I tried had Pumpkin Spice Schnapps.

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The second one had Fulton's Harvest Pumpkin Pie Cream Liqueur.

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These are both wicked good!! But if you make it with Fulton's Harvest Pumpkin Pie Cream Liqueur, it really does taste just like pumpkin pie!

I highly recommend you give this a try in the very near future!!

Happy Fall!!

Thanks Spryte, for allowing us to reprint this delicious fall cocktail! 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Pomegranate Smash!

Thanks, Maker's Mark, for submitting this delicious Pomegranate Smash! Perfect fall cocktail.

Pomegranate Smash


RECIPE:

2 parts Maker’s 46™
1 part POM Wonderful® Pomegranate Juice
½ part honey
½ part fresh squeezed lemon juice
Garnish with pomegranate seeds

Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Pour over ice into a rocks glass.


For more delicious recipes from Maker's Mark, click here.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Blackberry-Bourbon Julep from Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain Cookbook

Bobby has included a few delicious cocktails in his much anticipated new cookbook, including his signature Blackberry-Bourbon Julep. Cheers!
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Blackberry-Bourbon Julep
From Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain Cookbook


Each year on the first Saturday of May, you will find me at Churchill Downs, drink in hand, cheering the horses to victory at the Kentucky Derby. The derby is the first jewel in the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred horseracing and is a magical event steeped in tradition. One of those traditions and the drink in my hand mentioned above is the Mint Julep—bourbon, mint, and sugar served in an ice-frosted silver julep cup. My version of this drink may not be traditional, but it is definitely a winner. - Bobby Flay, Bar Americain

Serves 4
1 1⁄4 cups fresh blackberries, plus more for garnish
1⁄4 cup superfine sugar
1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup plus 4 tablespoons bourbon
1 big bunch of fresh mint leaves, plus whole sprigs for garnish
Shaved or crushed ice
Club soda, chilled

1. Mash together the blackberries, sugar, and vanilla in a small bowl and let macerate at room temperature until juicy, about 20 minutes. Strain the mixture through a sieve into a bowl, pressing against the solids with a rubber spatula to extract as much juice as possible. Discard the seeds.

2. Put about 2 tablespoons of the blackberry liquid and 1 tablespoon of the bourbon into a silver mint julep cup, add 8 mint leaves, and muddle together.

3. Add shaved ice until the cup is half full. Insert a sprig of mint and then pack in more ice to about 1 inch over the top of the cup. Pour 1⁄4 cup of the bourbon over the ice, add a splash of club soda, and garnish with several big sprigs of mint. Garnish with whole blackberries, if desired.

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 three times to make 4 drinks. Serve immediately.


Excerpted from Bobby Flay's Bar Americain Cookbook by Bobby Flay with Stephanie Banyas and Sally Jackson Copyright © 2011 by Boy Meets Grill, Inc. Photographs Copyright © 2011 by Ben Fink. Excerpted by permission of Clarkson Potter, a division of Random House of Canada Limited. All rights reserved.


Sunday, September 25, 2011

CSI:Miami Drinking Game!

Okay, ready for the season premiere of CSI:Miami?

Get your drinks ready, we're playing the CSI:Miami drinking game!

CSI Miami Drinking Game
from drinkiwiki.com

Take a swig when..

  •     David Caruso delivers a ridiculously dramatic line, most often directly before the theme song
  •     Any known cliche is quoted or misquoted by any character
  •     The medical examiner talks to a corpse
  •     Delco juts his jaw in anger
  •     The first time (per outfit) any character is wearing white pants
  •     David Caruso turns his head from left to right (or vice-versa) without lifting his chin
  •     Anytime the camera zooms inside someone's body
  •     Any completely ridiculous use of technology aka "air DNA", unrealistic GPS use, etc.
  •     David Caruso is overly paternal to a victim (extra drink if he calls them "son")
  •     A CSI agent has knowledge that is key and coincidental yet, out of their believable realm of knowledge. i.e knowing from a shoe imprint that the shoe is no longer in production- or how to speak Chinese-or where some mud is from based upon a photograph etc:
  •     Horatio is referred to as "H"
  •     Anyone completely admits to a crime after less than 3 questions from a CSI. (bonus drink for being without a lawyer)
  •     Gratuitous bikini shot (extra swig if it's on a boat)
  •     Horatio puts on or takes off his sunglasses
  •     Horatio cleans his sunglasses
  •     Team member runs from exploding meth lab/car/whatever.
  •     Team does slow-motion Jerry Bruckheimer walk down beach.
  •     Delco and Wolfe have one of their "macho" tiffs.
  •     A team member's relative is in danger. (If relative dies, drink whole beverage.)
  •     Horatio gives business card to victim and says, "If you ever need anything, I want you to call me." (If victim is a recently orphaned child, drink whole beverage.)
  •     Horatio shows them FBI guys a thing or two 'cause he's just too darn cool for school. (If the FBI thanks Horatio and he still insists on acting like a smarmy jerk, drink whole beverage.)
  •     Anytime Horatio refers to Ryan as "Mr. Wolfe".

Chug an entire drink when..

  •     Horatio is able to deliver a complete line with his head entirely upright
  •     Whenever there is a montage of forensic science set to music with no dialogue
  •     Team member is suspect in case.
  •     A main character dies. (That means someone featured in the opening credits of the show.) 
 Happy Watching!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Strawberry Mint Mojito

TIFF is almost wrapped up for this year, and a good time was had by all!

My daughter went to see Madonna's debut of W.E., a story of a woman in 1998 who is infatuated with the 1930s marriage of King Edward VIII and American divorcée Wallis Simpson.

She was able to catch a glimpse of Madonna live and was impressed with how gracious she was. (Unlike the bizarre reports of her making people look at the wall.. - do you remember when the news reported facts instead of gossip?)

All this excitement calls for a drink, does it not? Before we Canadians get into our fall and winter fare, we need to celebrate the end of summer for as long as possible.
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Strawberry Mint Mojito

This refreshing and sweet cocktail is perfect for a summer day, bridal shower or late weekend brunch.

From CaliforniaStrawberries.com
Source: www.minced.wordpress.com

Ingredients

1 1/2 tablespoons mint-infused simple syrup
3 large strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced
5 fresh mint leaves, more for garnish
1.5 ounces (3 tablespoons) white rum
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/4 cup club soda
Mint-infused simple syrup:
1 cup water
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup tightly packed fresh mint leaves

Preparation

In a small bowl or glass, muddle the simple syrup, strawberries, and fresh mint leaves until just fragrant. Add a handful of ice to an old-fashioned glass. Pour the strawberry mixture over the ice. Pour in the white rum and lime juice. Add the club soda. Gently stir the drink. Garnish with a sprig of mint and serve immediately.

Syrup: In a small saucepan, combine water and sugar and bring to the boil. Stir constantly until sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and pour syrup over mint leaves. Infuse for 20 minutes. Strain and discard mint and store syrup in the refrigerator.

Makes 1 drink


Saturday, September 3, 2011

Achievers Enjoy Russians...The Black and White Variety

I’m an achiever ….that’s right. So is my husband and son. A house of achievers. What on earth am I blathering about now…..well, we are fans of the movie The Big Lebowski.



Actually, pretty much anything written by the Coen Brothers – love their movies. One thing you can count on seeing repeatedly in The Big Lebowski is a Caucasian, firmly plugged into The Dude’s hand, his mustache dripping with the White Russian’s creamy goodness every sip he takes. We watched it again a few nights back and, as usual, howled through the scenes, throwing back a couple of white and a couple of black Russians.


[being forced into a limousine]
The Dude: Hey, careful, man, there's a beverage here!



White Russian (also called a Caucasian): 2 parts vodka, 1 part coffee liqueur (such as Kahlúa) and 1 part cream. Served with ice in a low ball glass.

Black Russian: 2 parts vodka, 1 part coffee liqueur Served with ice in a low ball glass. (Just leave out the cream)

*We actually use half-n-half

This movie is obviously not for everyone….we all have different tastes, and I know the F-Bomb offends some. If that’s the case, take a pass on the movie but by all means, mix up a nice Caucasian sometime and relax. Don’t worry about the calories because …you just can’t when you make a few of these.



The Dude: Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man.

If you'd like to read more Lewbowski related info check me out at Squirrel Head Manor.

Cheers!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Watermelon Mango Rum Punch

Looking for a great end-of-season party punch? Try this Watermelon Mango Rum Punch, courtesy of Watermelon.org!

Watermelon Mango Rum Punch

Ingredients

8 cups watermelon puree
4 cups mango juice or puree
4 cups cran-raspberry juice
2 cups rum
1/2 cup cherry schnapps
1 serving ice

Instructions

Chill all liquid ingredients and when ready to serve mix together and serve over ice.

Servings

Serves 8.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Win Tix to TIFF! Courtesy of California Strawberries.


When's the last time your produce took you out on the town? I thought so.

The world famous Toronto International Film Festival is just around the corner and California Strawberries has a pair of gala tickets for one lucky Puppies reader!

People who want to win tickets should:
Be at least 18 years old.
Be able to get themselves to the events (ie: live in or near Toronto).
Email me at livinginthekitchenwithpuppies AT hotmail DOT com (subject line - TIFF) or leave a comment on Cocktail Puppy stating their desire to win tickets!
* Contest closes Monday, August 29th.
* Winner will find out which film they are receiving tickets to on September 2, 2011.


Film info:
* Gala tickets are high profile film screenings at Roy Thomson Hall each evening at 6:30pm and 9:30pm and matinees on weekends during the Festival. Usually, the actors and talent are present to introduce the film and on the red carpet beforehand, but this can not be confirmed
* Opening Night will be on Sept. 9th and closing on Sept. 18th. Non-gala films are spread out amongst various theatres – there are also some great high profile films at Ryerson, VSR at Elgin, Winter Garden and various other theatres.

Excited? Me too. 

What shall we do while we're waiting? Drink!



Strawberry Muddle Cocktail
Recipe and image courtesy of the California Strawberry Commission

Have you muddled yet? This trendy technique for blending drinks creates perfectly juicy and flavorful cocktails that will delight your guests.

Ingredients

2 large or 3 small fresh California strawberries, stemmed
1/2-1 tablespoon simple syrup
2 slices lemon
6 ounces prosecco
Crushed ice
Mint leaf

Directions

In a glass, muddle strawberries to a fine pulp. Add simple syrup to taste. Place lemon slices on top of strawberries and punch out the centers, leaving rinds in glass. Gently pour in prosecco; do not stir. Layer top of glass with ice; garnish with mint.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information Per Serving: 178 calories; 0 g fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 1 mg sodium; 14 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; g protein

Makes 1 cocktail

Update:
TIFF Winner!
We had a surprising amount of local entries for TIFF tickets and the winner, chosen by random.org, is Erika K! Congratulations Erika!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Martha's DIY Raffia Cocktail Set!

Raffia Cocktail Set
Martha Stewart Living, June 2008

Mini raffia pom-poms atop bamboo skewers create a stir. Bright-green raffia wrapped around the pitcher provides more texture.

Cocktail Set How-To

1. Make the drink stirrers: Using a pom-pom maker and raffia, make a pom-pom (ours are 1 1/2 inches in diameter). Wrap center with floral wire, twisting wire with pliers to secure. Trim wire to 1/2 inch. Repeat to make more pom-poms, using raffia in different colors.

2. Using white floral tape, attach trimmed wire from each pom-pom to a bamboo skewer. Trim each skewer to desired length.

3. Decorate the pitcher: Cut 2 pieces of double-sided tape (3 inches each). Place halfway down side of pitcher, on opposite sides. Wrap raffia around pitcher and over tape, forming a wide band.


..Now, where did I leave my pom-pom maker....?

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Mexican Restaurant Margaritas

Mexican Restaurant Margaritas

Searching for different margarita recipes we stumbled upon one we like very much. It was in the comment section of All Recipes...go figure. Someone had posted a comment about these amazing margaritas they enjoyed at a local Mexican restaurant so we figured...why not try them.




For Two Servings:

1/2 cup tequila
1/4 cup Roses Lime Juice
1/4 cup orange liqueur (we used Patron Citronage)
1/4 cup lemon lime soda such as Sprite or 7-up

Put all BUT the soda in a shaker with some ice. Shake it!
Then stir in the soda.....no mess that way.

For the second margarita we used the same recipe as above except substituted Grand Marnier. Yes......the best one of the lot was with that Grand Marnier.



Don't wait to enjoy one of these at your local Mexican joint....try 'em at home.

Bottoms up.



Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Vermouth Cocktail



Vermouth Cocktail

A few nights ago my husband/bartender and co-conspirator asked if I’d like an aperitif before dinner. That’s Fancy Pants language for before-dinner-drink. (Hey…I’m not from the sophisticated cosmopolitan part of Philadelphia (I'm south of Philly!)and I do live in the rural south now). Either way, I enjoy tipping a glass back.


I’m also always willing to wet my whistle and enjoy some appies……this led me to try my first Vermouth Cocktail. An aperitif is served before the meal to stimulate appetite.

You'll need.......

1 part sweet Vermouth
1 part dry Vermouth
2 dashes of orange bitters




Add ingredients to a mixing glass of ice and stir for a few seconds. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass.

It’s a lovely start for a meal to come. Sit back and enjoy some toasted baguette, olives, whatever suits you.




Bottoms up!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Blueberry Mojito from BC Blueberries!


Sit Back, Relax with a Blueberry Mojito

 
Loaded with whole fresh blueberries, this super-cool mojito starts with muddled blueberries, lime juice and mint leaves, topped off with a bit of rum and a splash of soda. 

Carry a tray of tall, refreshing Blueberry Mojitos out to your friends poolside or show off your bartender skills and make them to order!

Remember this option when you have designated drivers in the crowd: leave out the rum.  Very cool.

Find more easy, delicious blueberry recipes at www.bcblueberry.com.

Blueberry Mojito

     1 cup (250 mL) fresh mint leaves

 1 tablespoon (15 mL) fresh lime juice

 1 teaspoon (5 mL) sugar

 4 tablespoons (65 mL) fresh blueberries, divided

 1/2 cup (125 mL) lemonade

 Splash soda

 1 ounce (30 mL) light rum

 1/2 ounce (15 mL) dark rum

 Mint sprig and lime slice for garnish

In a tall 16-ounce (500 mL) glass, add mint leaves, lime juice and sugar; mash the ingredients with the back of a spoon or a "muddler" until fragrant.  Add 2 tablespoons (30 mL) of the blueberries and mash until juicy.  Fill the glass three-quarters with ice.  Add lemonade until the glass is two-thirds full.  Add splash of soda, light rum and remaining blueberries; stir.  Slowly pour dark rum into the drink so it floats on top.  Garnish with a sprig of mint and slice of lime; serve immediately.

YIELD: 1 portion

Friday, July 29, 2011

Bartender Tricks

What talent! If I could sever limes into wedges with a fan and get them to fly into a glass...I would be proud! Check out these talented bartenders.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

My Patio Pleasure & French Lick in a Glass

Laziness could be called the mother of invention. It’s hot, we are home for the evening (with dinner prep started) and we wanted a cocktail. Then you discover you are out of a few ingredients ….Run back out or improvise? What do you think?

This first drink could be called a French Lick if you did not add the Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum. But I think the bartender did well with the addition. It distracted me so much that I forgot an ingredient in a dish I was preparing. *(Don’t chop and drink...dangerous combo)



1 ½ oz. Captain Morgan Parrot Bay Coconut Rum
1 ½ oz. Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
Fill the rest of the glass with pineapple juice
Splash of grenadine


Next, using only the Captain Morgan Parrot Bay Coconut Rum and cranberry juice we would have a cocktail called My Pleasure. Well I can tell you, by modifying with spiced rum and pineapple…it was certainly my pleasure to be the taste tester.


We’ll call this one My Patio Pleasure!



1 ½ oz. Captain Morgan Parrot Bay Coconut Rum
1 ½ oz. Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
Equal parts pineapple juice and cranberry juice




I liked both.....but the cranberry addition was probably my favorite. Okay...I'll have two more of the same! Bartender?!