Winter Entertaining at Home #2 – Nostalgic Game Day

Who doesn’t love Dominoes, Monopoly, 1980s Trivial Pursuit, or the Game of Life? Nostalgic games are perfect for any group of friends or family including older kids. The beauty of this type of get-together is that everyone already knows each other as well as the rules of the games to be played. A Nostalgic Game […]

Watermelon Julep

Ingredients: 2 ounces of your favorite bourbon 1/3 cup cubed watermelon 1 ounce simple syrup Fresh mint leaves Club soda Crushed ice To Make:  In a large glass, muddle watermelon with a handful of mint leaves and syrup. Fill with crushed ice. Stir in bourbon, then top off with club soda. Stir well and enjoy. […]

Bloody Mary Shrimp Cocktail

Ingredients: 16 jumbo shrimp (peeled, deveined, and cooked) 1 can crushed tomatoes, chunky (28 oz) 1 lemon, juiced 2 tablespoons horseradish 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 2 teaspoons Tabasco, or other hot sauce 6 ounces cold vodka Celery ribs, washed and cut Salt and pepper To Make:  Mix together all ingredients except for shrimp and celery. […]

Citrus Cocktail Onions

Ingredients: 1 pound pearl onions, peeled (fresh, or thawed from frozen) 1 1/2 cups water 1 1/2 cups white vinegar 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon coriander seed 1/4 teaspoon juniper berries 1/4 teaspoon white peppercorn zest of one lime and one lemon 1 tablespoon kosher salt 1/2 cup dry white vermouth To Make:  Set aside the onions […]

Tomato Margarita

Ingredients: 1 large beefsteak tomato 1 cup good quality tequila Agave nectar or simple syrup Lime juice Salt To Make:  Cut the tomato into large chunks and add to a blender with the tequila. Pulse a few times until the whole mix is pulpy. Strain through a very fine mesh sieve and let rest abour […]

Jalapeno Margarita

Ingredients: 2 cups tequila 1 cup Cointreau or other orange liqueur 1 cup fresh lime juice 1 jalapeno, seeds and stem removed To Make:  Fill a pitcher with ice. Add tequila, liqueur, lime juice, and jalapeno to a blender and pulse until finely chopped. Add to pitcher. Serve in salt- or sugar-rimmed glasses, depending on […]

Spiced Chocolate Cocktail

Ingredients: 1 ounce dark chocolate liqueur 1 1/2 ounces tequila 1 ounce coffee liqueur Whipped cream To Make: Add the liqueurs and tequila to a shaker, fill with ice, and shake well. Strain into a glass and top with a dollop of whipped cream

Grapefruit Sour

Ingredients: 1 1/2 ounces bourbon 1 ounce grapefruit juice 1/2 ounce lime juice 1/2 ounce simple syrup To Make: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake well. Strain into your favorite glass and garnish.

Champagne Punch

Ingredients 2 bottles of Champagne, or sparkling wine 1/2 cup Grand Marnier 1/2 cup Triple Sec 1/2 cup Cognac 1 1/3 cups lemon juice 1/2 cup orange juice 1 cup superfine sugar Orange and Lemon slices for garnish To Make: Combine the juices, the liqueurs, and sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add the […]