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Recipes & Entertaining Ideas

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Pomegranate Cosmopolitans

Marc J. Sievers

When I think of making cocktails at home I get instantly overwhelmed with the amount of ingredients many specialty cocktails have.  I want to make drinks at home in under 3 minutes, and with less than 5 ingredients – like my Pomegranate Cosmopolitans!

 These fabulous libations are both a tiny bit tart and slightly sweet, a perfect combination for pre-dinner cocktails, or just a lazy Sunday afternoon at home.  The addition of Prosecco to top off each cocktail adds a bit of a bubbly-tingle, and makes them seem even more celebratory! 

 Cheers everyone!


Pomegranate Cosmopolitans

 Ingredients (makes two 10-ounce cocktails)

  • Pomegranate Juice – ½ cup

  • Triple Sec – ¼ cup

  • Vodka – ¾ cup

  • Lime – 1, juiced

  • Prosecco – 4 tablespoons, chilled, divided

Directions

  1. Start by combining the pomegranate juice, triple sec, vodka, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker.

  2. Fill with ice and shake for 30 to 45 seconds until nicely chilled.

  3. Pour into 2 martini glasses and top off each cocktail with 2 tablespoons of Prosecco.

Tip: You can make a big pitcher of these cosmos in advance and then keep it in the refrigerator.  Shake each cocktail over ice as needed – and remember to top of each cocktail with Prosecco!

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Raspberry Basil Cooler

Marc J. Sievers

The basil and raspberries at my local farmers market this morning looked too incredibly delicious to pass up!  Knowing that I had vodka, rum, Prosecco, and sparkling water at home, the idea of making a refreshing cocktail was the first to come to mind.  Typically, I only order mixed cocktails when I am out on the town—the ones I usually order are tedious with a drop of this, a splash of that, and don’t forget the twist!

At home, I try to create cocktails that I can shake-shake-shake in under two minutes, and that are not overly sweet.  I especially like to use fresh ingredients whenever possible and not rely on flavorings or other artificial ingredients (just more I have to have on hand, taking up space in my cabinet for that once-a-year use).

My Raspberry Basil Cooler is a drink you can interchange with whatever you have in your cabinet; vodka OR rum, lime OR lemon, Prosecco OR sparkling water, which makes it a flexible and easy go-to cocktail to entertain with since your guests can swap out whatever they would like. 

This refreshing drink is also fabulous without the use of spirits for a non-alcoholic variation.  Just substitute sparkling water for the rum and Prosecco and you’ll have a delicious “mocktail”! 

It’s cocktail time!


Raspberry Basil Cooler 

Ingredients (makes 1 cocktail, expand as needed)

  • White Rum – ¼ cup

  • Lime Juice – Half of a small lime

  • Extra Fine Sugar – 1 teaspoon

  • Basil – 5 small leaves, fresh

  • Raspberries – 8 whole berries

  • Prosecco – For finishing

Directions

  1. Place the raspberries, basil, lime juice, and sugar into a sturdy glass. Use a muddler or handle of a wooden spoon to smash the ingredients until the berries are broken up.

  2. Add the rum and stir for 20 seconds.

  3. Fill your desired serving glass with ice, pour the rum mixture over the ice, and top off the glass with Prosecco.

  4. Gently stir, taste, and toast!

Note:  This is a rustic cocktail that derives its natural flavor from the muddled berries and basil.  This includes the seeds, which remain in the glass as a pulp.  This is normal, and delicious to eat!

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Cheers! A Spooky Orange Creamsicle Martini

Marc J. Sievers

Don’t you just love Halloween:  Candy, costumes, and cocktails, OH MY!  In keeping with the spirit of All Hallows Eve my Spooky Orange Creamsicle Martini is festive with traditional orange and black colors and tastes like an old favorite childhood soda.

While I LOVE fun cocktails, I usually find that they are made with an overwhelming amount of specialty liquors and ingredients that I never seem to have on-hand in my bar.  This yummy cocktail has just 3 ingredients, all of which are easy to find.  In fact, you may even have them already.  So get mixin you little vixen!  Have a safe and spooktacular Halloween, BOO!


Spooky Orange Creamsicle Martini

Ingredients (makes 6  martini’s)

  • Whipped Cream Flavored Vodka – 1½ cups, chilled

  • Orange Soda – 3 cups, chilled

  • Heavy Cream – 6 tablespoons, cold, divided

  • Black Sanding Sugar – ¼ cup

Directions

  1. Lay a large piece of parchment paper down on the counter.

  2. Pour the sanding sugar onto a small plate. On another small plate pour just enough water to coat the bottom of the plate. Place the rim of a martini glass into the water then directly into the sanding sugar, gently rolling it to cover the rim.

  3. Place the coated rim onto the parchment paper and allow dry for 20 minutes.

  4. Do this with all the martini glasses.

  5. Pour the vodka and orange soda into a pitcher. Gently stir to combine.

  6. Fill each martini glass with enough liquid to come ¾ –inch below the sugared rim.

  7. Top each martini with 1 tablespoon of heavy whipping cream and gently stir to incorporate.

  8. Serve immediately.

Tip: Serve this martini all year long by changing out the black sugar for white or orange sugar!

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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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