Monday, March 28, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
A Tickled Pink cocktail ... made with X Rated Fusion Liqueur, a blend of premium French vodka, blood oranges from Provence and mangoes and passion fruit from Brazil (available at our local ABC store).
The recipe is quite easy, one part X Rated Fusion liqueur mixed with 2 parts Champagne or Prosecco served in a flute! I'm positive we're going to have a great time and lots of laughs!
Here's a link to the X Rated Fusion site (it's safe): http://xratedfusion.com. There are recipes on for other cocktails on their site.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Gathering the key ingredients
Monday, December 20, 2010
I was flipping through the December issue of Family Circle magazine while getting my hair done (there were no People magazines available) and thought I would try this. The ingredients are easy to find and pomegranates are in season.
(photo and recipe courtesy of Family Circle Magazine)
1 1/2 cups pear nectar
1/2 cup pomegranate juice
2 cups chilled seltzer or prosecco
Pomegranate seeds for garnishing (optional)
1. In a large pitcher, stir together pear nectar, pomegranate juice and seltzer or prosecco. Place pomegranate sees in bottom of 4 glasses (if using).
2. Divide cocktail among glasses; serve.
Serves 4. Takes 10 minutes to make.
Pear nectar and pomegranate juice can be found in the same place as apple juice and sparkling cider in our local Harris Teeter grocery stores.
Looking for some other cool holiday cocktails? Here's a few that look interesting ...
Have a great holiday!
Thursday, December 9, 2010
I tried to find it online on the Observer's site but gave up after 10 minutes. Luckily, I still had the printed copy (see, it's good for something) which led me to the original source, an article from House Beautiful magazine which actually lists 101 Do's and Don'ts for hosting/attending a party. Even better! I've looked through the list and here's my top 10 Party Do's and Don'ts (in no particular order).
1. Loosen Up: "Have a stiff drink before anyone arrives. If you are having fun, everyone will have fun." -- Miles Redd, designer (Tip #5)
2. Charm the Host: "Don't come to a party empty-handed." -- Jayne Michaels, designer (Tip # 8)
3. Don't Recipe Search on Party Day: "Don't try a new recipe at a party." -- Tricia Foley, designer/author (Tip # 9)
4. Don't Delay Dinner for Tardy Guests: "Don't wait for late guests. People resent being hungry." -- Issac Mizrahi, fashion designer (Tip # 16)
5. Prep Ahead: "Get everything ready the day before." -- Suzanne Kasler, designer (Tip # 47)
6. Have Drinks Ready: "Have beverages visible from the moment guests step in the door." -- Matt and Ted Lees, chefs/cookbook authors (Tip # 51)
7. Play with the Centerpiece: "Flowers are overused as centerpieces. Use seasonal fruit, a tureen, or an interesting sculptural centerpiece instead." -- Christopher Spitzmiller, ceramic designer (Tip # 13)
8. Follow the One-Bite Rule: "Keep hors d'oeuvres to one bite. No one wants to talk or kiss with a mouthful." -- Larry Laslo, designer (Tip # 18)
9. Keep Champagne on Hand: "You should always have a cold bottle of bubbly stashed in your refrigerator in case friends drop by, and a bottle of something sparkly for non-drinkers." -- Christopher Hirsheimer, Co-founder, Canal House Cooking (Tip # 28)
10. Make Extra Food: "Don't be stingy with food and beverages. Like my old grandma used to say 'I'd rather have lots of leftovers than have someone leave my party hungry.'" -- Frank Fontana, designer, TV personality
Of course, I always follow #9 ... but not for company ... in case I have a bad (or good) day at work.
Check out the full article and browse House Beautiful's website for other great ideas. Have a great holiday!
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Althought John poured four awesome wines, he was the big hit of the afteroon in his elf outfit which consisted of Santa hat, turtleneck sweater, suspenders, festive boxers and tights. The only thing missing was pointy elf-shoes. Maybe Santa will bring him some this Christmas!
Thanks for being a great wine rep and an even better sport, John!