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Cheers! The Tuscan

La Vie Piquant

La vie piquant—the spicy life!  Everyday is filled with “piquant” moments that are pleasantly stimulation of exciting to the mind.  Whether it is in the form of food, style, design, love, entertaining, or any other inspiring idea or tangible object, “it” should be celebrated!  Here I will be sharing with you simple, beautiful, realistic, doable, and truly re-creatable recipes, entertaining ideas, and home décor pizzazz that will help you interject a little bit of “piquant” into your life – after all, we only live once.  Join me in living la vie piquant!

Cheers! The Tuscan

Marc J. Sievers

On of my favorite movies is Under the Tuscan Sun!  I love watching  it and imagining myself cooking, eating, and drinking luscious food and wine on a blanket under a big tree. In this blissful Italian daydream I would need a cocktail.  And what better way to capture the essence of the countryside than with oranges, lemons, rosemary, and Amaretto, my creation The Tuscan!  This total crowd pleaser can be mixed in advance, stored in the refrigerator, and poured over ice to get the party started.  Cheers!


The Tuscan

Ingredients (serves 6)

  • Amaretto – ¾ cup
  • Vodka – ¾ cup
  • Grand Marnier® – Splash to taste
  • Rosemary – 3 sprigs
  • Lemonade – 2¼ cups
  • Orange – 3 large slices

Directions

  1. First, fill 6 double old fashioned glasses with ice.  Zest 6 large peels of orange.
  2. In a large cocktail shaker, muddle the leaves of 3 sprigs of rosemary and all the orange slices to a rough pulp.  Add ice to the cocktail shaker.
  3. Pour in the Amaretto, vodka, Grand Marnier®, and lemonade.  Top the shaker and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.  Remove the top and pour through a fine strainer evenly into each glass.
  4. Garnish each glass with ½ of a fresh rosemary sprig and one large orange peel.  Serve immediately.