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St. Patrick's Day Cocktails

Instead of green beer for St. Patty's Day, try one of these green Midori Melon Liqueur cocktails!


Midori Cosmo

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Ingredients Per Cocktail

  • 3/4 oz Midori

  • 2 oz  citrus vodka

  • Splash of white cranberry juice

  • Berries or green fruit to garnish

Directions

  • Shake and strain into a chilled glass.
  • Add an optional curly lime peel garnish.

Midori Lagoon

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Ingredients

  • ½ part Midori

  • ¾ part classic golden rum

  • ½ part fresh orange juice

  • Curled lime peel to garnish

Instructions

  • Pour into a tall glass over ice


Midori Sour

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Ingredients

  • 1 part Midori

  • 4 parts sour mix

  • Garnish with melon balls

Directions

  • Serve in a rocks glass over ice

(photos and recipes from thenibble.com)


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Please tell me you are as big a fan as me of the Real Housewives TV shows?!  My favorite is Orange County, but unfortunately its season just ended.  My next favorite is New York.  And my favorite lady on the show is Bethenny Frankel

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On its premiere episode I saw Bethenny's Skinny Girl cocktails featured.  You may have heard of the Skinny Girl Margarita.  So I started exploring.  Turns out she has a book coming out called Naturally Thin on March 10.  She is a health food chef and I am so glad she wrote a book.  She has an awesome figure so I will be buying the book. 

More importantly, due out later is a book of Skinny Girl cocktail recipes!  I love my cocktails and would love them even more if they didn't pack on the pounds.  A date has not been released yet.  Until the book comes out I found that she has several recipes on Ehow.com.  Here is her Skinny Girl Margarita:

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If you want a SKM on the rocks, it's quite simple. Add ice to a rocks glass, add 2 oz. (a two count) of White Tequila, the juice of 4 lime wedges and a splash of triple sec, Grand Marnier or Cointreau. It's that easy!

If you want a frozen margarita, combine all the ingredients in a blender; just make sure that there is 2 oz. of tequila per serving and you're ready to go! Serve in a chilled glass; and if you'd like to garnish the glass, rim it with a lime and dip in salt or sugar or both
 
There are several other recipes on the site including a Low Cal Mojito. 
 
So who's your favorite lady on the show?  Who's your least favorite?  All I have to say is "Silex" has got to go!
 
(photos from bravotv.comand ehow.com)

Romantic Chocolate Cocktails

Enjoy these cocktails Valentine's Night or anytime you are in the mood for chocolatey goodness!

Chocolate Covered Raspberry

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raspberry vodka
vanilla vodka
light Creme de Coco
dark Creme de Coco
white chocolate liqueur (or cream)
fresh raspberries
chocolate syrup

Preparation:

  1. Add ice to mixer.
  2. Pour raspberry vodka (2 count).
  3. Pour vanilla vodka (1 count).
  4. Add both light and dark Creme de Coco (3 count).
  5. Add a good splash of white chocolate liqueur.
  6. Add small splash of raspberry liqueur.
  7. Shake.
  8. Drizzle chocolate syrup in martini glass.
  9. Drop 1-3 fresh raspberries in glass and add more chocolate syrup.
  10. Pour mixture in glass.

Brownie Cognac

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1 1/2 oz. Courvoisier® VSOP cognac
1 oz. amaretto
Dash of chocolate syrup

Preparation:

  1. Fill pint glass with ice.
  2. Add1 1/2 oz. cognac.
  3. Add 1 oz. of amaretto.
  4. Add a dash of chocolate syrup.
  5. Shake and pour into a chilled martini glass.

Candy Bar Inspired Martinis

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Almond Joy Martini

1 oz. Three Olives chocolate vodka
1 oz. Frangelica
1 oz. coconut rum

Shake together while chilling and pour.

Milky Way Martini

1 1/2 oz. Starbucks Cream Liqueur
1 oz. Three Olives chocolate vodka
1/2 oz. cream

(photos and recipes from fineliving.com)


 


Valentine's Night Cocktail

This cocktail caught my eye for its bright red coloring and this cool glass.  Then as I was reading that it is like a Sangria with cherries and gin I was in love for sure.  This drink would be great for anytime of year but would look lovely on Valentine's night whether for two or a group.  Enjoy!

Cherry Gin-gria

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Ingredients

  • Ice cubes
  • 2 ounces cherry syrup(recommended: Giammona)
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 5 to 6 ounces club soda
  • 1 ounce red wine
  • Maraschino cherries
  • Fresh or frozen raspberries

Directions

Fill a tall glass with ice cubes. Pour in the cherry syrup and the gin; stir to mix together. Lighten the drink with a generous splash of soda. Float a layer of red wine on top by pouring it over the back of a wide, flat spoon. (Don't worry if it doesn't float; it tastes great either way.) Drop a few maraschino cherries and raspberries into the glass. Drink.


(photo and recipe from foodnetwork.com)


New Year's Day Brunch

I love serving brunch.  I love the time of day and the food for a brunch is always good and easy.  Oh and of course the mimosas!  Here are a couple of ideas for a New Year's Day Brunch...

A Sparkling Centerpiece

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These sugared lemons were created by taking artificial lemons and spraying them with adhesive then rolling them in clear glitter.  Use a few leftover silver Christmas ornaments for even more shine.  Omit the silver balls and you've got a great centerpiece for Easter also!  I'm thinking of creating this centerpiece for my table for everyday use.    Martha also tells you how to create the leaves here.

For the main dish I would serve this fabulous breakfast casserole:

You will need:

2 lbs sausage

1 can golden mushroom soup

1 cup of shredded cheddar

1/2 to 1 cup of milk

8 eggs

2 cans of crescent rolls

Cook your sausage, drain and set aside.  Set crescent rolls out for 20 minutes to be at room temp.  Spray 9 x 13 baking dish with Pam.  Combine eggs, soup, milk and salt and pepper to taste in a separate bowl.  Line baking dish with one can of crescent rolls (unroll into a sheet, not triangles).  Top with 1/2 of your sausage and 1/2 cheese, then 1/2 of your egg mixture.  Layer the other can of crescent rolls and repeat as before.  Bake at 350 degrees for one hour.

This was served at my bridal brunch and I also served it at a baby shower brunch I threw.  It is always a big hit!

For your drink, here is a spin on the traditional mimosa:

Grapefruit Mimosa

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Use equal parts champagne and pink grapefruit juice instead of orange juice for this beautifully colored cocktail.

Cheers to the new year!

(photos from marthastewart.com)


New Year's Eve Party Inspiration

I will be at a cabin in the mountains for New Year's Eve so I stole some ideas to share with you from marthastewart.com for your New Year's Eve celebrations. 

What's old is new again...

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Why not pass out your champagne with numbered glasses to get your guests even more excited about the last ten seconds of 2008!  Here they used adhesive numbers from a craft store.

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I love using items that you already have to decorate with, like these clocks to keep up with the time for the countdown.  Or these gold and clear ornaments from Christmas (below).

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Use a cake stand and group different shaped champagne flutes filled with sparkly Christmas ornaments left over from your decorations this year for an easy and "bubbly" centerpiece.  Use any colors you like, silver, gold, white and clear, etc.  You could even use pink to resemble pink champagne or a champagne cocktail.

And to toast...

Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail

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Ingredients

  • 4 ounces Champagne
  • 1/2 teaspoon store bought pomegranate juice
  • 1 teaspoon cassis

Directions

 Pour Champagne into flute, add pomegranate juice and cassis.


Come back tomorrow for my ideas on a New Year's Day Brunch!  I have a breakfast casserole recipe you will go back to time and time again.

(photos from marthastewart.com and foodnetwork.com)


My New Favorite Cocktail

Kir Royale

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Ingredients

Serves 6

  • 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) creme de cassis (I've had this with Chambord also)
  • 1 bottle Champagne or other sparkling white wine
  • 6 strips tangerine or orange zest, for garnish

Directions

  1. Just before serving, pour 1 tablespoon creme de cassis into each glass. Fill with Champagne, and garnish with zest

(photo and recipe courtesy of marthastewart.com)


It's 5 O'clock Somewhere...

Here is a minty treat with a kick for you to enjoy this weekend...

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Ingredients

  • 1 shot vanilla rum
  • 1 shot white chocolate liqueur (recommended: Godiva)
  • 1 shot peppermint schnapps
  • Candy cane, garnish

Directions

Add all liquid ingredients to cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into martini glass. Garnish with candy cane

(photo and recipe courtesy of foodnetwork.com)