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Watch: The Perfect Cocktail Party Pair

Marc J. Sievers

Hotel and restaurant bars can be a fabulous source of inspiration for entertaining at home.  And entertaining for two shouldn't be any less glamorous than for 10!  My Fried Blue Cheese Olives were inspired by a former menu staple at RL in Chicago, and fond memories of the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston helped me to create a simplified update on classic Amaretto Sour Martinis.  These are the perfect pair for a cocktail party just for two!  You can find both recipes in my cookbook Table for Two!

Truth be told, I love making cocktails at home but prefer not to be bothered with having to measure out a long list of ingredients and garnish with little drops and drizzles of things - I get bored way too fast for that!  My Amaretto Sour Martinis are so simple to make and can be made ahead of time and kept in a glass pitcher until you are ready to shake them over ice and serve them perfectly chilled.  

My Fried Blue Cheese Olives are almost as simple as the martinis and truly have that WOW! factor.  These are my go-to when I want to serve something warm with drinks.  You can't make them ahead of time, but they cook so quickly that you can make them just before your guest arrives - and then watch their face light up with excitement for such a delicious and perfect pairing!  

Series 5, Episode 2: The Perfect Cocktail Party Pair


Amaretto Sour Martinis 

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • Amaretto – 6 ounces (Disaronno® recommended)

  • Lime Juice – 2 ounces, freshly squeezed

  • Lemon Juice – 2 ounces, freshly squeezed

  • Honey – 1 tablespoon

  • Maraschino Cherries – for garnish

Directions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the amaretto, lime juice, lemon juice, honey, and a handful of ice. Shake until very cold, about 60 seconds (it is longer than you realize, but worth the work-out).

  2. Pour evenly into each martini glass.

  3. Serve immediately.


Fried Blue Cheese Olives

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • Canola Oil – 1½ cups

  • Egg – 1 extra-large, lightly beaten

  • Dried Breadcrumbs – ½ cup, plain

  • Blue Cheese Olives – 16, patted dry, at room temperature

Directions

  1. In a small sauce pan set over high heat, add the oil. Line a plate with a layer of paper towels. Set aside.

  2. Place the lightly beaten egg in a small, shallow bowl. In an additional small bowl, add the bread crumbs.

  3. Roll each olive through the egg, then through the breadcrumbs to evenly coat. Coat all of the olives and set aside together.

  4. Once the oil has reached 350 degrees F (use a candy thermometer to be accurate), and working in small batches, gently place the olives in the hot oil. Once golden brown, remove the olives with a small slotted spoon and place on the plate prepared with paper towel to drain.

  5. Allow to sit for 5 minutes before serving.

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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.

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Cheers: The Ricky!

Marc J. Sievers

Say cheers with this Italian stallion of a drink!

So much of what I create in the kitchen is sparked from memories, both adult and childhood. I remember my dad (Ricky) always loved amaretto! As a child in the 80's, I remember the amaretto came in a black velvet box with a shiny lid that had a big red rose on the top. I actually still have some of those boxes that my dad gave me because I thought they were so incredibly fancy! My dad has since passed and those boxes now hold cards, letters, pictures, his cologne, and other small mementos of his life. It's a bitter-sweet feeling to look inside those velvet boxes, but when I do, the aroma of his cologne makes me feel like he is right there with me!

I share this story with you because I want you to make this cocktail often, enjoy it for celebrations, and toast with love! I also hope that this inspires you to invent your own recipe for someone special! It's never too late to commemorate a loved one, whether passed or present! Love is the best ingredient, so use it generously!

Share your story of inspiration in the comments below, I would love to learn what who has touched your life, and why.  You never know when your words will inspire others!


Ingredients (serves 6)

  • Amaretto - 3 cups, divided, Disaronno® recommended

  • Grand Marnier® - 6 tablespoons. Divided

  • Orange Zest - For garnish

  • Orange Wedge - For garnish

Directions

  1. Fill 6 double old fashioned glasses with ice. Pour ½ cup of amaretto into each glass.

  2. Splash with 1 tablespoon of Grand Marnier®.

  3. Sprinkle with ½ teaspoon of orange zest and garnish with a fresh orange wedge.

Cheers!

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