Category Archives: Cocktails

Fourth of July

I love everything that Independence Day stands for: reaffirming your commitment to freedom, Fourth of Julyliberty and the freedom of choice. What a beautiful concept.

As I celebrate everything else in life, I celebrate this wonderful holiday with the fs: food, friends and family.

I have compiled together all of my favorite recipes to make your Independence Day gathering that much easier. You can find all of my recipes on Pinterest.

What about decorating? I like to keep it very simple when it comes to cookout decorations. Leave out huge bowls filled with raspberries, blueberries and whipped cream. This will run the center of the table and place the desserts and appetizers at the center on top of cake stands of varying sizes. This keeps the gathering communal because it forces everyone towards the food, then they can sit down and make some new friends. Also, this makes cleanup so easy because you don’t have to worry about pulling up the decorations and putting them away. I am a huge fan of simplistic beauty.

Regardless of what you make, who you spend the day with or what you do; please remember one thing. We are so fortunate to live in a country where we have so many rights that have been fought for and preserved by countless men and women. Remember to thank a veteran for their service. Happy Independence Day!

 

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Father’s Day Brunch Ideas

Best Dad!Father’s day is right around the corner! Are you excited?? I always say that everyone goes all out for Mother’s Day but what about our dad’s? They deserve as much love and attention, so let’s try to make this Father’s Day the best yet!

Brunch out at a nice restaurant is always nice but I find that on holidays like this, everything is booked, solid. Also, do you really want to fight the crowds (love the traffic) to wait in line for 30-60 minutes for a reservation you made for sub-par food? On crazy days like this, restaurants are trying to push out orders so fast that sometimes the quality of food isn’t as great. Not only that, but you are stuck listening to kids cry, it is so loud you can’t hear yourself think and you feel rushed so the next person can be seated for their reservation. YIKES!

Why not avoid this all together and take dad and mom out the night before and then spend Sunday at home? Plan a great family brunch/bbq and serve dad his favorite foods. Lucky for you, I have compiled together a list of my favorite dishes for dad! Visit my Pinterest Page to see all of the recipes that I have compiled for this special day!

Now that the meal is planned, what about dad’s gift? If you still haven’t found dad the perfect gift, no worries! I done the leg work for you already and compiled together a list of great gift ideas any dad would love.

Coffee Liquor

I love coffee liquor but it is hard to find one that is low-carb so I make my own! I also like to give this out as a present for my friends and family during the holiday season.

Coffee LiquorIngredients
2 cups ground coffee
2 cups Grain Alcohol, 190 proof alcohol or 151 proof (You can also use run for a deeper caramel flavor)
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons stevia or the equivalence of 1/4 cup of sugar substitute or sugar. Brown sugar tastes amazing in this!

Directions

Place the ground coffee and alcohol in a bottle and set aside in the refrigerator for 12-24 hours. Strain the ground coffee out and add the stevia and vanilla extract.

Thanksgiving Tips

ThanksgivingHere are a few tips to make this holiday a bit easier on you and your loved ones.

1.) BRINE is the new black
Brine your turkey for a minimum of 12 hours to a maximum of 72 hours. Submerge the turkey in these ingredients for a flavorful and moist bird.
1 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 gallon vegetable stock
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 tablespoon dried rosemary
1 tablespoon dried sage
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 1/2 teaspoons allspice berries
1 gallon ice water

Submerge the turkey in the liquid and keep refrigerated. I like to use  a very large food safe plastic bag.

2.) Feed the crowd
To keep the crowds happy (let’s face it, sometimes it takes  a bit longer than we expected to cook the bird and sides), have a few appetizers on hand. My favorites include the Artichoke Spinach Dip and Canapé au Coloré.

3.) Hydrate the crowd
I like to make a few adult beverages and the virgin versions to keep the day flowing nicely. Just make sure you keep the kiddy drinks separate so no accidents occur.  My favorites include the Dreamsicle and Raspberry Nectar.

4.) PREP, PREP, PREP & PREP
Prepare the sides and desserts the day before. You don’t not want to be spending the whole day cooking and cleaning. Make anything and everything ahead of time and all you have to do is throw it in the oven or finish it off.

5.) Ask for help
There is nothing wrong with asking friends and family to bring a side or dessert. Also, have them pitch in when you need it. You are a super hero but even they need help from time to time.

6.) Remember what Thanksgiving is all about
Thanksgiving is about family and friends. Don’t get stressed, enjoy every moment. No one will notice if you forgot a garnish or if the rolls didn’t come out until after everything was served. Just breathe and enjoy!

Raspberry Nectar

Raspberry NectarWhen throwing a party, I like to make fruity drinks that everyone (well, everyone over the age of 21) can enjoy. This is my go to recipe for my friends and family.

Ingredients
3 pints raspberries
1/2 cup sugar
3 cups vodka
1 cup Chambord (raspberry liquor)
3 quarts raspberry juice

1/4 cup lime juice

Directions

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and mix together, you will have to do this in several batches. Allow it to chill the refrigerator up to 4 hours before the party. Serve over ice.

This recipe yields drinks for 20 people.

Creamsicle Martini

Creamsicle MartiniHappy Creamsicle Day! Yeah, its an actual day dedicated to the delicious combination of cream and orange. I have an adult take on this childhood favorite.

This makes one delicious drink, not mae for sharing so make enough for everyone.

Ingredients
1 ounce vanilla vodka (I prefer Grey Goose ‘La Vanille’)
1 ounce orange flavored vodka (I prefer Grey Goose L’Orange)
Drop of triple sec
2 ounces orange juice
1 ounce half and half or cream
Orange zest or orange slice for garnish

Directions
Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously with ice.

Pour into a martini glass and garnish.