Truffled Parmesan Popcorn

One of my favorite bar snacks are fries with truffle essence and parmesan cheese shavings. They’re so decadent and addictive – I’d probably eat ‘em every day if I could. This popcorn is my easy, low-cal version that you can enjoy any night of the week! I like to use a cheapo bottle of truffle oil for this recipe. Try using this brand or the one sold at Trader Joe’s for an affordable dose of serious indulgence.

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Winter Cocktailing

I thought I’d try something new this season and let you guys know where my head is at when it comes to cocktailing. There are so many amazing influences to focus on, but here are some of my favorites. You can look forward to a few recipe posts for each in the coming weeks…yum!

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Elderflower and Cucumber Cocktail

I love this simple cocktail around the holidays. It’s so pretty and refreshing – you can’t go wrong! If you’re having a holiday party this would be the perfect drink to make as a big punch for everyone to enjoy. Use a bunt or cake pan (something with decorative details is nice!) to freeze a block of ice the night before. Add it to a punch bowl with one or two bottles of champagne and enough cucumber vodka & St. Germain to your liking. You can eyeball the portions using the recipe below or make it weaker/stronger depending on the occasion. Slice some fresh mini cucumber coins and pierce them thru cocktail picks with a sprig of mint for a garnish. Use any leftover mint and toss them into the punch for some nice double-duty herb infusion & prettiness. I like to keep the mint in little bunches or bouquets so it’s easy for your guests to avoid scooping them into their glasses.

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Look at that gorgeous piece of glass sugar just begging to garnish your cocktail! It’s ultra creative and easy to make for a big match of martinis at your holiday party – what more could you ask for? What makes it even better is that you can use your favorite freshly squeezed juice to add some flavor (I used concord grape). Just make sure not to add more than what the recipe lists, otherwise the sugar won’t set properly.

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Earl Grey & Fig Sour

November 18, 2012

in Vodka

This is by far my favorite cocktail of the season! I’ve made it at least a dozen times over the past few weeks and it’s always perfect. I use a delicious fig spread by Dalmatia to achieve the best flavor possible. I’ve noted before that figs are not the easiest to use in cocktails because they can taste too earthy and have a very short shelf life. This spread has a great balance of the sweet and savory notes and you won’t have to worry about it going bad. (Also try it with a wedge of sharp cheese…so good!) If you can’t find this specific brand, try picking up some fig preserves from your local grocer.

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