Stylish Entertaining

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LoCal Cocktails

 Happy New Year!

 
It's that time of year when we're all trying to shed a few holiday pounds, but still trying to enjoy life.
 
On that note, I am here to tell you that yes you can enjoy your cocktails! Let me share my colorful local cocktails that will have you having a healthier happy hour!
 
A few things to remember before you go about mixing it up:
 
 Mind the juices, they tend to have a high sugar content, so use a splash or two.
 Mixers also are high in sugar, as are nectars, which I love, so again just use a splash, a little flavor goes along way!
 and fresh, fresh,fresh, always try to find and use fresh ingredients, limes, lemons, oranges, basil, mint etc, all lend great flavor to cocktails with little calories. 
 
Also, when you're out at a bar or fine drinking establishment, order smart, a gin with a splash of flavored seltzer, or juice, a vodka and diet red bull( sure to keep you dancing the night away), or cut the sugar in your wine by ordering a spritzer, all good choices, and your jeans will thank you for it. 
 
 
 
I start with vodka, a great spirit to mix with, as it generally has 65 calories per every 1 ounce. I just love these grapefruit basil martinis, so colorful, fruity, and fresh, whats not to like?
 
Grapefruit Martini
 
2 oz. vodka
2 oz. freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice 
4 basil leaves
1/2 oz. lemon juice 
 
In a glass muddle the basil and grapefruit juice. Transfer to cocktail shaker, add vodka, lemon juice, and 1 cup ice. Mix it up!
Strain into martini glass, garnish with basil leaf, and serve.
 
 
The next cocktail, a raspberry gimlet, is full of sweet raspberries and citrus tang. Substitute the raspberries for blueberries or blackberries, or strawberries.
 
Raspberry Gimlet 
2 oz. gin
1/2 oz. faux simple syrup
6 raspberries 
6 mint leaves
seltzer to top
In a glass muddle raspberries and 4 mint leaves. Add gin and simple syrup. Add ice and top with seltzer, garnish with mint, and serve.
 
Faux Simple Syrup
Combine 2 packets Splenda sugar substitute with 1 oz. water, mix well.
 
And alas, we can't forget the trendy Mojito, who says we can't be stylish sippers?
 
Mojito
 
2oz. light rum
1 oz. simple syrup
2 oz. seltzer to top
4 lime slices, 2 more for garnish
4 mint leaves, 2 more for garnish
 
 
 
In a glass, muddle together 4 lime slices, 4 mint leaves, and 1 oz. faux simple syrup. Add ice, rum, and seltzer. Enjoy! 


Red Rose Centerpiece

 Red Rose Centerpiece

 
Modern, festive, and oh so stylish, this globe of lush red roses makes a chic accent for the holidays. Low on effort and high on impact. Make one for the centerpiece, or several to flank the mantel corners or sofa tables, or group a bunch in different sizes to a tablescape tres chic!
 
Scatter votive candles down the table or mantel for instant glow. To be budget friendly, red or white carnations make a divine alternative.
 
 
 
 
 
You'll Need:
 
1 block of oasis foam
4 dozen red roses
knife
sissors or floral snips
candle pedestal for base
 
 
To Make:
 
Soak floral foam until completely wet. It will turn a darker shade of green and be heavier.
Cut the block in half , and then with the knife, cut the foam into a ball shape.
Using the snips or sissors, cut the roses to about 3-inches in length. Start with a rose at the top 
point, and begin working out from there. Be sure the blooms are touching each other to create a lush full look.
 
When ball is covered with roses, place it on a candle pedestal or other footed display piece.


Red Sky Cocktails

 Red Sky Cocktail

Fruity fresh and brightly colored, this is a holiday must mix! Taken out of my latest cocktail book, It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere, it is a tangy combination of Chambord , vodka, and pomegranate juice. It is sure to kick the holiday season off in high style and turn any holiday blues to red!

 Please the crowds and serve this chic cocktial by the pitcherful, or in a decorative drinks dispenser--always a great way to free you up to enjoy the soiree!

 

 

 

To Make:

Recipe from It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere

 

Red Sky

serves 4

8 oz. chilled vodka

4 oz. Chambord 

4 oz. pomegranate juice

2 oz. fresh lime juice

twists of lime for garnish

 

Pour ingredients into a pitcher filled halfway with ice. Mix and let chill for a few minutes. Strain into glasses. Garnish with lime twist and serve. Cheers!


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