Cocktail Eats

Love Potion #9 Creamy Strawberry Tart

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CMSC Spirits is releasing a new spirit in May — Love Potion #9. They sent over a little sample, which inspired me to create a new dessert. The tropical-fruit-flavored liqueur is made with sugar cane alcohol (instead of grain alcohol), which made me think strawberry tart!

It’s a light and refreshing dessert, with the mascarpone adding creaminess without turning the dish into something heavy or sticky-sweet. Oh, and it’s super easy!

 

Ingredients

8 oz mascarpone … Read more

Creamy Artichoke Dip

This artichoke dip is so good! It’s by no means health food, but it fits right in with any Super Bowl Sunday snack menu. Serve it with tortilla chips, potato chips or a good loaf of crusty bread.

Ingredients

    1 ½ cups chopped artichoke hearts (frozen and thawed or from a can, drained)
    6 oz. cream cheese
    ¼ cup mayonnaise
    ¼ cup sour cream
    1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    ¼ tsp salt
    ¼ tsp pepper
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Slow Cooker Super Bowl Chili

Whether you’re a Steelers or Cards fan, chili is a tasty way to tame your hunger so you can focus on yelling at the screen and second guessing the coach.

Ingredients

    2 lbs ground beef
    2 16 oz cans kidney beans, drained
    2 14 oz cans tomatoes, chopped
    1 white onion
    1 red bell pepper
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    3 tbs chili powder
    1 tsp black pepper
    1 tsp coarse salt
    1 tsp parsley
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Leftover Turkey Vodka Marinara

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I had so much turkey left over after Thanksgiving that I froze a great deal of it for use in future recipes.

Of all my leftover turkey cooking adventures, this simple recipe is my favorite one so far.

If you managed to escape Thanksgiving and Christmas without mountains of leftover turkey, you can use chicken or vegetables instead.

This is one of those sauces that actually tastes much better after sitting in the fridge overnight.… Read more

Grapefruit Campari Sorbet

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Chef Jamie Oliver created this refreshing granita as an easy, light and elegant dessert. Yummy!

Ingredients

1 & 3/4 pints fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, strained

    14 oz superfine sugar
    7 oz Campari
    Juice of 2 lemons
    Juice of 2 oranges

Instructions

Whisk together the grapefruit juice and sugar. Add the Campari, lemon and orange juices. Freeze in an ice cream maker, or in a metal container for a granita texture.

Photo & recipe courtesy Campari.… Read more

Campari Poached Pears with Raspberry Sauce

Recently arrived from the folks at Campari, a perfect end to any holiday party. Created by chef Nancy Verde Barr.

Ingredients

2 cups cranberry-raspberry juice drink
1 ¼ cups sugar
1/2 cup Campari
3 3xl-inch strips orange peel (orange part only)
6 Bosc pears (each about 7 ounces)
1 lemon, cut in half
1 10-ounce package frozen raspberries in syrup, thawed
4 tablespoons orange liqueur
2 tablespoons red currant jelly
1 cup mascarpone cheese (about … Read more

Boozy Pumpkin Desserts for Thanksgiving

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Looking around for Thanksgiving dessert inspiration, I found some mouth-watering pumpkin desserts that incorporate a wee bit of booze.

    Pumpkin pie with brandy
    Bourbon pumpkin cheesecake
    Pumpkin cake with whiskey whipped cream
    Pumpkin rum cake with brown sugar icing
    Pumpkin mousse parfaits (pictured)

Photo by azcentral.com.

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Maker’s Mark Bourbon Chocolates

The Maker’s Mark folks are at it again with the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. We got a box of Maker’s Mark Bourbon Chocolates at Christmas and have never had a better liquor-soaked confection. They mix bourbon with a creme filling so the liquor taste is smooth and doesn’t squirt out like other liquor filled chocolates I’ve had.

To help celebrate Valentine’s Day, Maker’s Mark sent along a few love poems to include with a box:… Read more

Spicy Olives

This appetizer is a quick, easy and tasty way to spice up your cocktail party. These olives make a nice nibbler and a wonderful accompaniment to a vodka or gin martini. Instead of adding olives to the drink, serve these alongside.

Ingredients

2 cups green or black pitted olives (not canned ones, get the fancy imported olives. We like Kalamatas.)
Chili powder to taste (1 – 3 tsp. depending on desired heat)

Instructions

Drain olives … Read more

Deviled Eggs

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As we ease into the Holidays, I though it would make sense to share some classic Hors d’Oeuvres for all those parties. The first and one of my favorites of all time – The Deviled Egg.

Why are they Deviled? These treats date back to Roman time – WOW, but the term “deviled” dates back to the 19th century when most spicy dished were refered to as “deviled”, The eggs, it seems, get their name … Read more

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