Articles Tagged: Cocktail Entertaining

Wine on a Budget – Volume One

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This week represents our foray into the wine business. One of the questions that we receive most from people is how to buy good wine that doesn’t break the bank. To satisfy user demand, we have been working on a weekly series on “Wine on a Budget.”

The local grocery store can be an amazing place to purchase wine on a budget (we have only lived in states with relatively liberal alcohol laws so I … Read more

La Estrella

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This is the time of year before summer  gives us the kind of good weather that makes for lazy afternoons on the deck or at a backyard barbecue. For laid-back sipping, I like this refreshing and light cocktail that’s like margarita’s mellow cousin.

I used the beautiful Rio Star red grapefruits that are available right now, along with fresh lime, mint, tequila and triple sec. Estrella means star in Spanish, so I gave the drink … Read more

Bourbon Balls

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Bourbon is magic, and bless Kentucky for giving it to us!

This Southern treat takes less than 30 minutes to whip up and is perfect for a whole host of occasions — Kentucky Derby, Christmas, Wednesday nights…

The bourbon flavor deepens over time, so leftovers (if there are any!) aren’t a problem. They keep for 12-15 days if stored in an airtight container.

Ingredients

1 cup crushed vanilla wafers
1 cup chopped pecans
2 tablespoons … Read more

Cinco de Mayo Food and Drinks

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Happy Cinco de Mayo! Here’s a quick and easy guide to everything you need to know to have a tasty holiday, Drink of the Week style. Enjoy!

    Not exactly sure what you’re celebrating? Here’s a brief primer on Cinco de Mayo.
     
    Margaritas are an essential part of the party. Here’s a classic Margarita recipe, plus a few variations.
     
    Try these twists: Arizona Margarita made with prickly pear, Piña Perfection Margarita with pineapple juice and Blood

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Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

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Chocolate-covered strawberries are the perfect romantic treat for Valentine’s Day. They pair well with Champagne and sparkling wine. They look pretty on the plate. However, they are actually inexpensive and easy to make.

When pairing this with champagne, you can’t go wrong. But if you’re looking for a nuanced pairing, keep in mind that you want the Champagne or sparkling wine to be as sweet as the chocolate. “Brut” has the least sugar, which would … Read more

6 Ways to Upgrade Your Bar

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Party season’s over, it’s time to re-stock

By Chris Koch

This article originally appeared in TheSpir.it

It’s not your fault, you tried very hard: armfuls of Charles Shaw, a case of Cava from World Market, a few bottles of the Captain for your party’s signature cocktail. Just 24 hours ago you felt well stocked, defended, a discount beverage moat dug deep around your liquor cabinet. It just simply wasn’t enough.

The marauders are gone now. … Read more

New Year’s Eve Party Recipes

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If you’re ringing in the coming year at home with a few friends, here are some cocktail and appetizer recipes to help you start the New Year right.

Champagne Cocktails

The original Champagne Cocktail
Shrinking Violet Champagne Cocktail
Godiva Royale
New Year’s Swanky Toast
Sparkling Rye Cocktail

Appetizers

Gorgonzola Bites
Pico de Gallo
Bruschetta
Shrimp Cocktail
Spanish Albondigas
Champagne-Mushroom Crostini with Chevre

Photo by D Sharon Pruitt.… Read more

How to Make Great Cocktails at Home

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There are a few basic rules to follow when tending bar. However, though basic these rules must not be compromised, Ever!

    Premium Liquor
    ALWAYS USE PREMIUM SPIRITS. It is impossible to stress the importance of using premium liquor when mixing drinks.
    Ice
    Your drink can only be as good as the ingredients that you use. Make fresh ice or buy fresh ice. Don’t use ice that has been sitting in your freezer for the past

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Memorial Day Cocktails & Entertaining

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Memorial Day celebrates those who have served our country, so please take a moment and raise a glass. The long weekend also marks the beginning of the summer holiday season. We’ve collected a few fun cocktail, food and history related links to help you get your summer season started right.

    10 Things to Remember about Memorial Day
    AmazingRibs.com Craig “Meathead” Goldwyn is the Oracle of the grill. This site is about more than just ribs,

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Spanish Albondigas

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This recipe for Spanish-style meatballs packs a lot of flavor into a very small package. They’re perfect for cocktail parties. Tapas, small plates, hors d’oeuvres… whatever you want to call them, appetizers are my favorite kind of food! You can use the ground meat of your choice, but I recommend mixing lamb and beef for a rich, exotic flavor.

Ingredients

    ¼ lb ground lamb
    ½ lb ground beef
    ¾ cup dry bread crumbs
    1 egg

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