Friday, July 30, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
So I love my job...this is not new news to anyone who knows me...I have a good gig.
I receive so many fabulous recipes and cocktail ideas all the time, and I thank you for every single one...
This time however I received some simply DEEVINE recipes and picture from a fantastic woman in Venezuela...
I here I am to Venezuela what David Hasselhoff is to Germany...;)
This lovely woman is Enriqueta and she has an amazing blog herself that she has just begun and is so worth following.
When she sent me these recipes and pictures I just had to share them. They are amazing, fresh and exactly what I want in a Libation!
I hope you check out Enriqueta's blog and enjoy the Fabulou'ness that is this Cocktail!
Strawberry & Basil Mojito
This is, by far, the best mojito I ever had. Not only does this cocktail combine three ingredients that I definitely love: Ron de Venezuela, my home country, strawberries, one of my favorite non tropical fruits, and basil, an herb that I could not live without. But it’s how the ingredients work together: fresh
strawberries give this mojito its kind of guava bright pink color, while the hints of basil flavor and aroma surprise the palate and nose, making it the perfect gourmet drink for spring and summer.
For taking the chance to make rum and strawberry work so well with basil, I’m going to tell you about Charlotte Voisey, the mixologist who created this superb drink. Convinced as I am, that it’s time for us drinkers and writers to honor mixologists and bartenders, because they are the ones making every hour a happy one, I’m honoring Charlotte.
She’s a super talented mixologist from London, who now lives in New York City, after working in Barcelona (Spain) and Buenos Aires (Argentina). In NYC, she manages the bar at Kenmare in Soho and she’s also William Grant & Sons USA mixologist, representing Hendrick’s gin.
Here is my Selecto and Splenda version of Charlotte Voisey’s Strawberry & Basil Mojito. Salud!
Strawberry and Basil Mojito
1½ shots of rum Santa Teresa Selecto
4 teaspoons of Splenda
2 strawberries halved
6-8 leaves of basil
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
So I was sent this Summer menu by Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum. Now normally I would give the once over and see if I
could change it to Vodka...But when I read through this Deevine menu...I couldn't possibly change a thing.
I am going to make this e
ntire menu and when I do I promise to blab all about it...
But just in case I massacre the food I had to share it with you
If any of you make any of these please send your comments and pics...I am excited to have some friends over and have a dinner party!!!
Start with Blue Costello Cheese & Mango Chutney with a Classic
Reserve Daiquiri. The rich, smooth cheese, dusky spices and deep tropical dried fruits are balanced with the acidity of the classic Appleton Estate Reserve Daiquiri. Your guests are bound to ask for more.
Blue Costello Cheese & Mango Chutney
1 lb. Green mango flesh, seeds removed
2.5 oz. Dates
2 oz. Raisins
¾ oz. Fresh peeled ginger root
5 oz. White wine vinegar
3 Cloves garlic
2 oz. Salt
2 tsp. Masala powder
Pinch Ground cinnamon
Cut mangos into slices, sprinkle with salt and wrap in a cloth. Rinse and pat dry before use. Let dry for 2 hours to draw out water in the mangos. Finely slice dates and ginger. Peel garlic and crush. Heat vinegar, stir in sugar until dissolved. Add garlic, salt, cinnamon and masala powder and cook on high for 7 minutes. Lower heat, add fruit and simmer for 30 minutes, stir often. Cool before serving. Serve with toasted sourdough bread.
Reserve Classic Daiquiri
1 oz. Fresh lime juice
½ oz. Simple syrup
Shake and fine strain into cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist.
For the main course, wow your guests with a Jerk Pork, Mango Salsa & Appleton Estate Reserve “Apple Cooler.” They’ll never believe your culinary abilities.
Jerk Pork, Mango Salsa
For the salsa:
1 cup Fresh mango, diced
1 cup Ripe seeded tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1 Serrano chili, seeded and veins removed, finely diced
1 Jalapeño, seeded and veins removed, finely diced
1 tbsp. Fresh pressed lime juice
½ cup Red onion, finely diced
1 tsp. Garlic powder
½ tsp. Sea salt
½ tsp. Fresh cracked black pepper
1 tbsp. Smoked paprika
½ cup Cilantro, finely chopped
1 tbsp. Fresh mint
Mix all ingredients (excluding mint) and refrigerate overnight to allow flavor to develop. Chop and stir in mint before serving
1 (6 to 9 lbs) Pork picnic shoulder roast
6 to 8 Cloves garlic
2 Bunches scallions, finely chopped
1 tbsp. Ground thyme or 3 tbsp fresh time leaves
½ cup Group allspice berries
½ cup Packed brown sugar
1 tsp. Ground cinnamon
½ tsp. Ground nutmeg
2 tsp. Kosher salt
½ tsp. Fresh cracked black pepper
2 tbsp. Soy sauce
In food processer blend onions, allspice, garlic, brown sugar, chilies, thyme, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, pepper and soy sauce. Coat pork with spice marinade and refrigerate for at least 1 day. Preheat oven to 450˚F. Place meat in baking dish and bake for 30 minutes. Lower heat to 300˚F and bake further for 3 hours. Let roast sit for 30 minutes before carving.
1 oz freshly pressed
¼ oz Ginger liqueur
½ oz fresh pressed lemon juice
¼ oz simple syrup
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker fill with cubed ice. Stir and Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with orange zest.
Lastly, finish off your exquisite three course meal with Ginger Ice Cream in a Chocolate Cup & Appleton Estate Reserve “Medjool.” The cool but warming gingerbread ice cream and lingering coca and spices combine with the decadent date-infused Appleton Estate Reserve for a long leisurely taste sensation. Your guests will never want to leave this comfort zone.
Ginger Ice Cream in a Chocolate Cup
2 Vanilla pods
¼ oz. Fresh pressed ginger juice (from stem)
1/5 oz. Fresh pressed galangal juice (from stem)
1 pinch Ground nutmeg
16 oz. Heavy cream
3 oz. Granulated sugar
3 Egg yolks
10 Frozen gingerbread cookies
24 Molded Valrhona chocolate Cups
Halve vanilla pods and scrape out seeds. Add pods and nutmeg to cream and bring to a boil, add sugar, stir and dissolve. Whisk egg yolks in a large bowl then strain cream onto them, stirring constantly. Strain out vanilla pods and whisk in vanilla seeds. Place in an ice cream machine until almost set. Pause machine. Add broken gingerbread pieces and stir through. Continue using ice cream machine until fully set. Serve in molded Valrhona chocolate cups.
2 Medjool dates, seeded and chopped
¾ oz. Carpano Antica Formula sweet vermouth
½ oz. Fresh pressed lemon juice
¼ oz. Homemade orange syrup
Muddle dates in the base of cocktail shaker. Add remaining ingredients. Shake and strain into cocktail glass and garnish with orange zest.
4 Large unwaxed oranges
1 Cinnamon stick
1 Whole star anise1 Small unwaxed lemon
10 oz. Granulated sugar
10 oz. Cold water
Strip zest from oranges and lemon. Place zest in a saucepan with sugar, cinnamon, star anise and cold water. Bring to boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Strain solids and drizzle into cocktail.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Saturday, July 17, 2010
A good deal on kids clothes gets this girl GIDDY!!! With 4 kids that grow like weeds...because the law says I have to feed them...
We grow out of a lot of clothes around here quickly..and with the kids being so far apart in age, hand me downs don't work...
So today I hit the mother load!!! I was skipping out to my car!!
I received an email from a friend with a coupon giving me 20% off at The Children's Place. Now I get a lot of these from my friends and usually don't pay them much attention. However on this on it states it is good ON TOP of the already 50% off sale clothes...So that's like...70% off...yup that's right...CocktailDeeva & Math whiz...
So I was skeptical to say the list and went into the store to ask...YES...the girl said YES..So I said, let's go thru this 1 more time...All the sale stuff is another 50% OFF THE LOWEST TICKED PRICE!! and then...I GET 20% OFF ON TOP OF THAT..again she said YES...and I said...SLAP MY ASS IT'S CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!
So here's how I did...
Grand total of all the items at REGULAR price...
The GRAND total that I had to pay... $174.19
Total savings!!! $ 493.64
If you have children and live close to one of these stores I Highly recommend a visit...I purchased all the clothes a size or 2 larger for next season, packed them away and can't wait to pull them all out next year! What a treat!!
You know what this means...MORE SHOE MONEY FOR MAMA!!!
The extra 20% off ends Sunday June 18...But if you are going and want a copy just email me and I will be happy to forward it to you!! Cheers to a FABULOUS Deal!!
DEAL OR NO DEAL Daiquiri
1 1/2 ounces malibu run
1/2 ounce White cream de cacao
Friday, July 16, 2010
So fun and simple...Great for summer parties!!!
Bubble'Licious Snow Cone
2 ounces 3 Olives Bubble Gum Vodka
2 cups shaved ice
juice from 1 lime/lemon (lemonade or fruit juice will also work great)
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Ravishing Raspberry & Mango Daiquiri
2 ounces Sobieski Vodka
1/2 ounce Raspberry Liq
4 ounces lemon juice
1 1/2 cups of ice
1/4 cup thawed Raspberries
1/4 cup thawed Mango
3 tbs sugar
1 tbs icing sugar