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Margarita Jello Shots in Lime Wedges for Cinco de Mayo

By April 21, 2017 Cocktails, Dinner Party, food, General, Party Ideas, Recipies
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Whenever there is an occasion that calls for margaritas, I am all in. Cinco de Mayo is an occasion that is worthy of margaritas! With the holiday quickly approaching, I thought it would be fun to plan a party with the girls. May 5th falls on a Friday this year, making it the perfect night for a little get together. I will be serving up plenty of my pretty Margarita Jello Shots in lime wedges. Scroll down for the recipe.

tease me tequila

I found this wonderful hand crafted blanco tequila at my local liquor store in Florida. The name is Tease Me and it features an image of a mermaid on the label. Whenever possible, I like to use ingredients from local vendors. However, you may use whatever tequila you like. Blanco (or silver) is the best tequila for this recipe because it is clear and won’t give your jello shots a funny yellow/brown color that you might get from a gold tequila.

Ingredients
2 Packets of Unflavored Gelatin
1 1/2 Cups of Simply Limeade (or any brand of limeade you prefer)
1/2 Cup of Blanco (silver) Tequila
5 Limes
2 TBL of granulated sugar

Directions
Cut limes in half and scoop out the insides. Sprinkle a little granulated sugar inside each lime. Heat the limeade in a pan over medium heat and stir in the packets of gelatin slowly until they dissolve. Add the limeade and gelatin mixture to a pourable container. Pour in tequila. Stir until combined. Place lime halves into a muffin tin to keep them upright. Pour in the liquid until each half is full and refrigerate for 4 hours or until set. Slice into slices right before serving.

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Sunday Morning Brunch: Cranberry Lime Mimosa

By February 26, 2017 breakfast, Cocktails, General, mimosa, Party Ideas, Recipies, Sunday morning brunch ideas
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What is better to serve with my breakfast sliders than my cranberry lime mimosas made with prosecco. If you are not familiar with prosecco, it is an sparkling wine similar to champagne, but is made in Italy. Recently I read an article that drinking prosecco is good for your health. So bottoms up! …in moderation of course.

You might enjoy reading this article for more information on prosecco. 11 Things You Didn’t Know About Prosecco.

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Ingredients Cranberry Lime Mimosa
Prosecco
Cranberry Juice
Sliced Lime

Directions for Cranberry Lime Mimosa
The directions are simple. Pour the bubbly. Splash some cranberry juice. Garnish with a lime. Enjoy!

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The Perfect Wine Pairing with New England Clam Chowder

By February 22, 2017 Cocktails, Dinner Party, Party Ideas, Recipies, wine
white wine pairing with new england clam chowder

Above photo courtesy of Frank “The Bald Guy” Donnino www.mybaldphotographer.com

Have you ever wondered what wines pair well with a hearty bowl of New England clam chowder? As you may already know, I am partial to the reds when it comes to wine. While a nice red will pair perfectly with a Manhattan chowder, it’s best to look to lighter styles of wine to compliment a cream- or broth-based chowder. That is why I consulted with the experts on perfect pairings. Best of all, these wines are in the $15 to $20 range.

Ashley, who is a wine expert at Wegman’s in Massachusetts, has suggested Decoy’s Sauvignon Blanc as her number one choice for this dish. According to the winemaker’s notes “This inviting wine combines bright citrus aromas with richer layers of kiwi and honeysuckle. On the palate, a perfectly balanced mouthfeel underscores pure flavors of Key lime, orange zest and Honeycrisp apple, all of which carry through to a long and lively finish.”

If you feel that a Sauvignon Blanc is a little to light for your taste, perhaps you would like a medium bodied white like a Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Gavi or Riesling, as Charles from wine.com suggests. If you prefer to place your order for wine online, wine.com has a wonderful pairing guide to help you choose the very best wines for your dish. Here is the link >> www.wine.com/v6/aboutwine/pairingfoodwithwine.aspx

Chateau Ste Michelle’s 2014 Chardonnay wine pairing with New England clam chowder

If there is an award winning white wine in my book, it will have to be Chateau Ste Michelle’s 2014 Chardonnay. While I am not one for Chardonnay, the first time I tasted this at a wine tasting with some dear friends on Federal Hill in Rhode Island, I fell in love and bought a whole case. This fresh, soft style of Chardonnay is an appealing, food-friendly white wine. It displays a bright apple and sweet citrus fruit character with subtle spice and oak nuances. It is sure to be a hit at your next dinner party.

If you are looking for a wonderful New England clam chowder recipe, look no further. I love to cook and this is my very favorite recipe that I have cultivated and perfected over the years. To try my chowder recipe CLICK HERE.

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Victoria’s Recipe Box – Nutty Lemon Lime Rumba Cocktail

By February 20, 2017 Cocktails, Dinner Party, General, Party Ideas
Captain Morgans Rum Cocktail Nutty Lemon Lime Rumba

 

If you’re looking for a refreshing cocktail for your weekend party, this Nutty Lemon Lime Rumba is one to try. Inspired by my dear friend Leslie, you will love how the lemon and lime aids compliment the coconut flavor of the coconut rum perfectly.

I like this spiked lemon/limeade cocktail because it uses fresh citrus fruits, which is a great alternative to the sugary sour mix. If you don’t want to squeeze lemons and limes to make the simple syrup recipe, a quick and easy route is to combine equal parts lemon and lime-ade. It saves time for when you are in a crunch.

Ingredients
5 lemons
5 limes
5 1/4 cups water
simple syrup to taste
Captain Morgan’s Parrot Bay Coconut Rum

Juice the lemons and limes. In a small saucepan combine the sugar and 1 1/4 cups of water. Heat and stir until the sugar has completely dissolved into a simple syrup. In a large pitcher combine juiced lemons and limes, simple syrup, and remaining water. Chill the lemon lime aid for about 45 minutes (or longer).

Place ice, 1 1/2 oz of coconut rum and 2 1/2 oz of lemon lime aid in a Boston Shaker. Shake and strain into a serving glass with ice. Garnish with fruit and serv.

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Brunch and Bubbly – DIY Mimosa Bar Ideas

By February 12, 2017 Brunch and Bubbly, Cocktails, General, Party Ideas
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Read on for bridal shower ideas and 3 delicious mimosa recipes to serve at your next brunch and bubbly.

The time has come to start preparing for your bridal shower. It’s always a little bit hard deciding on a theme when pulling together an elegant and yet seamless event. Luckily I’ve collected some fresh inspiration from a few things I found across the web and I can’t wait to share them with you all. Bridal showers are all about new beginnings, and I have to say this roundup of favorites is like a breath of fresh air. Here we go…

Bring on the Mimosas! A brunch and bubbly is not complete without a mimosa bar. Why not set up a make-your-own mimosa or Bellini bar. Your guests will ooooh and awww over it.

Here is what you will need to set up your mimosa bar in less than 10 minutes.

1. Pour juices into clear carafes. An assortment of 3 is all you need. For my recent brunch and bubbly I offered orange mango, pineapple guava, and cranberry juices.

2. Pop the bubbly. Chilled prosecco and/or champagne are good choices. Ménage à trois’ prosecco is my favorite. For non-alcohol choices include chilled Pellegrino. To keep them cold, fill an ice bucket with ice and place the bottles inside.

3. Offer fruit slices as a garnish. I selected strawberries, pineapple and sliced kiwi fruit to compliment my juice choices.

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I have included an added splash just for you. Three of my most favorite mimosa recipes.

TRADITIONAL MIMOSA WITH A TWIST
Rachael Ray is well known for her cooking show on The Food Network. And I have to say, her mimosa recipe is one of the best that I have tasted.

Ingredients
8 punches orange juice
Dry Champagne
2 ounces Triple Sec or other orange liqueur
4 curls orange peel

Directions
I never thought of this, but it makes total sense. Rinse and chill champagne flutes in freezer to frost. Pour 2 ounces of orange juice into each flute. Fill almost to the rim with champagne. Top each glass with a splash of Triple Sec and garnish with a curl of orange peel. Recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray.

raspberry cream mimosa

These raspberry cream mimosa’s are as good as they look

RASPBERRY CREAM MIMOSA ANYBODY?
I am LOVING this mimosa, created by Debbie and Julie of Cooks with Cocktails.

Ingredients
1 bag frozen raspberries
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup half and half cream
1 bottle of sparkling wine or champagne
Raspberries rolled in sugar for garnish, or just plain raspberries

Directions
Thaw frozen raspberries in a small pot over medium heat. Once they get soupy, add the sugar to taste and stir until it completely dissolves.

Puree the raspberries and pour them through a sieve to get rid of the seeds. Let the mixture cool.

When it is cool, add the cream and mix. Add the raspberry cream mixture to a container and freeze for 4 hours or overnight.

When you are ready to assemble your drinks. Add a table spoon or two of frozen raspberry cream into a glass. Then pour the sparkling wine over to the top and drop in a fresh raspberry or two for garnish.

Serves  4

VICTORIA’S SEXY NON-ALCOHOLIC MIMOSA
The ingredients are simple. It is the presentation that makes this cocktail sexy.

Ingredients
Peligrino
Pineapple Guava Juice
Sliced Pineapple For Garnish

Directions
Fill a champagne flute almost to the top with Peligrino. Add a splash of juice and garnish with pineapple.

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