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Family Friendly Mocktails to match your Holiday MealThe Mayflower serves 4 8oz. Cranberry juice 8oz. Sparkling red grape juice 8oz. lemon-lime soda Pour all ingredients into a pitcher filled half-way with ice. Serve immediately. Appletastic Mocktail Serves 4 16oz. Apple cider 8 oz. Gingerale Dash of cherry juice Pour all ingredients in a pitcher filled half-way with ice. Stir well and serve. Pilgrim Sparkler Serves 4 16oz. Sparkling white grape juice 8 oz. Pineapple juice dash of freshly squeezed lemon juice Pour pineapple and lemon juice in a pitcher filled with ice. Let chill at least 10 minutes. Strain or remove ice cubes and add sparkling white grape juice. Serve immediately.
Halloween CocktailsBoo! Are you Ghost Hosting? Entertaining Trick-or-Treaters and their bigger goblins? Take a look at these fun and easy cocktails and pick your poison! Bloody Red Martini Vampires everywhere would kill for a sip of this tasty temptation, complete with bloody rim! Serves 4 80z. vodka 4 oz. triple sec 4 oz. pomegranate juice 20z. freshly squeezed lime juice ice Mix ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Strain into glasses. For Bloody Rims: In a shallow dish, mix 2 tablespoons light corn syrup, I tablespoon lemon extract, and 1 drop red food coloring. Turn glasses over and swirl the rims to coat the edges. Turn glasses up right and set aside to let bloody rims dry. Witches Brew Stir up a sinister batch of these colorful cocktails, they'll be no skeletons in closet after one or two! 8oz. Gin 2 oz. limoncello 20z. peach liqueur 20z. passionfruit nectar ice In a cocktail pitcher filled half-way with ice mix all ingredients, pour into glasses and serve.
Lights, Camera, Oscar! There’s still time to create your own glamorous Hollywood-inspired Oscar night at home for this weekend’s 83rd Academy Awards, with tasty cocktails, and an easy but divine meal, all for your guests’ viewing pleasure. Add a few stylish decorations and you’re sure to top the ballot for best host along with Anne Hathaway and James Franco.
Invite your Social Network over and open the curtain for a night of fun and partying Hollywood style. The key to a winning night? Making everyone relaxed to take in the big show.
Signature Cocktail: No event would be complete with out a signature cocktail. My Chocolate Martini, aka “The Black Swantini,” is delectable, easy to whip up, and has a dark and light side, just like Natalie Portman’s character in the film. It’s a winner for sure!
8 oz. Absolut Vanilla vodka
4 oz. Kahula
Chocolate shavings for garnish
Raw sugar crystals for garnish
Pour vodka and Kahula into a cocktail shaker, fill with ice and mix well. Wet rims of glasses and dip in sugar. Strain shaker evenly among glasses. Garnish with chocolate shavings.
Menu: Mini Crabcakes with Cajun dip, Beef Tenderloin, Fruited Wild Rice, Mixed greens with champagne mustard vinagrette, Chocolate Mousse Flutes, Fresh berries and Cookies will do the trick. Serve the food buffet-style, so guests can help themselves at commercial time. Most of the menu can be ordered in advance or picked up day of from your local market. I also make buckets of cheesy popcorn beforehand to put out on a snack tray with bowls of candy favorites like chocolate covered raisins, Sweedish fish, and non-pareils. This is a favorite with the Toy Storycrowd, Yum!
Invitations: Send out an e-mail invitation with attachments of some of the Best Picture nominees. Be sure to include the time, dress (I love “Red Carpet Relaxed” which means anything with sequins) and a ballot that they can print and fill out before-hand.
Décor: Go for a bit of glam with sparkles. Gold statues can be found at party stores, pick up a bunch and place them around for accents. This black and white setting tablescape takes a cue from old Hollywood and is suited for our Black Swan dancers or royalty like the divine Colin Firth. Add some feathers and send it twirling or mini gold tiaras fit for a King’s Speech.
Music: Download the soundtracks for the nominated movies and make a playlist to go from cocktails to coffee.
Ballots and Hollywood trivia: During the commercials, have trivia questions ready for the crowd, I had fun here with equations and data from The Social Network, (good luck my friends) fun prizes that are always welcome, a bottle of champagne or gift certificates to the local movie theater or a disc with the evenings playlist are all great choices.
Most of all, relax and enjoy, and you’ll feel like a star.