Friday, July 30, 2010

TVIF- Thank VODKA It's Friday!!

So it's Friday and Thank God it's Vodka...or something like that...

Here is my TVIF Cocktail...

Elderflower Breeze...

2 ounces Reyka Vodka
1 ounce Elderflower Cordial
2 ounces peach juice
2 ounces water (sparkling or flat)
2 ounces cucumber

Muddle well cucumber with cordial then add to a shaker filled with ice. Also add Vodka water & peach juice. Shake well and serve in a large Fabulous glass with ice...Garnish with a piece of fresh fruit and a Deevine Weekend...

Cheers








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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

FABULOUS Mojito...with flare!

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.

www.thepleasuresofthepalate.blogspot.com




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

Club soda

In a boston, muddle very well all ingredients but the rum. Once the rum is added, shake with cubed ice and strain over into a highball glass filled with crushed ice. Top off with soda. Garnish with a basil leaf and a strawberry slice.





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Saturday, July 24, 2010

IT's SO FLUFFY!!!!

So...lately when I get excited about something I have been screaming at the top of my lungs...

IT'S SO FLUFFY!!!! (from a movie..go figure ;)

And BOY am I excited...

This is my second year doing the Toronto Fall Home Show , I adore this show and always get excited but this year is extra special for me...Because I get to share it with FABULOUS friends...

My wonderful friend Tina ( @tinalovespinot) is the Fabulous'ness behind the Fall Home Show ( @HomeshowsTO )... and together we have come up with such an Amazing night for you!!!

We will be giving away loads of tickets to the show, so stay tuned

for all the Deevine
FUN!

So here's where the sharing part comes in...Mark your calendars!! Because....

FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY!!! ( sung a'la Dream Girls)

Friday October 1st - 2:30 pm

Myself and
The Supreme Diva Lisa a.k.a. @PARTYMUMMY ...will
be Mixing it up on the celebrity stage at The Toronto Fall Home Show... That's right you heard it here first! Breaking news...this is an event NOT TO BE MISSED!!!

And if this wasn't enough...I am so thrilled to announce that the Deelishes Sarah a.k.a. @LOVELAUGHSHOP ... a.k.a... Wall Candy Mummy from The Yummy Mummy Club ...will be interviewing the CRAZY FABULOUS design team of Colin & Justin who will be appearing LIVE at the Fall Home Show!!! SO EXCITED!!!

I will also have the Fabulous pleasure of giving
away some
Amazing Gifts from Hamilton Beach during all of my stage appearances at the show...

For more details be sure to check out the EVENTS page on my website or The Fall Home Show Site...

THERE'S MORE!! SAVE NOW...I have an amazing savings code - cocktail- of course...Buy you tickets on line & enter this code to save $4!!! Or just click here ........





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Friday, July 23, 2010

MY Milkshake Brings All the Boys to the Yard...


Cocktail Version-

Deeva Milkshake...

2 ounces Favourite Liq
3 big scoops ice cream
3 ounces milk
Whip cream
Something YUMMY to top it off...

Add all ingredients to mixing cup. Start on low and move to high. Blend until desired thickness. If it's too runny just add some more ice cream..cus that would be so terrible to do..lol

Cheers...


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MY DREAM DINNER PARTY MENU!!!

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

now...

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!!!


Cheers

Dee


Appetizer

Start with Blue Costello Cheese & Mango Chutney with a Classic Appleton Estate

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

2 oz. Appleton Estate Reserve

1 oz. Fresh lime juice

½ oz. Simple syrup

Shake and fine strain into cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist.


Main Course

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 JalapeƱo, 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

For pork:

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.


Appleton Estate Reserve

“Apple Cooler”

2 oz Appleton Estate Reserve

1 oz freshly pressed Fuji apple juice

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.


Dessert

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.


Appleton Estate Reserve “Medjool”

2 oz. Appleton Estate Reserve

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.

For Orange Syrup:

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.


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TVIF- Thank VODKA It's Friday!!


So today is an icky rainy day..(here at George Clooney's house anyway...) As a mom I love these days...I call them low maintenance...

I can put on a movie for the kids and enjoy my day GUILT free...After all it's raining, can't go to the park or for a walk...I can relax...

I mean I could get all crafty and creative and "Grow" their brains...but quite frankly...I had a killer week and I am tired...So I am going to give them a little "DISNEY'FICATION" after all, this is a key part to their imagination...

So please save your "Oh here are some great rainy day educational things to do with your kids" emails...this Mama has earned a movie day ;)


TVIF- After you have enjoy a wonderful movie filled rainy day..enjoy this FABULOUS cocktail...


Cheers

"Guilt Free...almost" Collins

1 ounce Vodka
1 ounce Blue Curacao
1/4 ounce Limoncello
3 ounces bottle Orangina
ice
Add Vodka, Blue Curacao & Limoncello to shaker and shake really well with ice. Pour into a large glass filled with ice and top with Or
angina...

Be sure to go easy with the Limoncello as it is very strong and can take o
ver the flavour of your drink...

As you know I am all about using what you have, and I opened the fridge and just happened to have Orangina...If you don't, not to worry..Orange Juice, cranberry juice, pineapple juice...these will all work just as well...

Use what you have and have fun...

After all, it's a Cocktail...supposed to be fun!






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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wordless Wednesday...


(photo credit www.clbuchananphotography.ca )
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Saturday, July 17, 2010

One Hell Of A DEAL!

There is nothing I like better than a good deal...well maybe Vodka, or George Clooney and shoes...Oh a Good Deal On Vodka and Shoes..now that is a little piece of Heaven...

I digress...

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...






GIRLS

8 Shorts
9 Shirts
2 Skirts
3 Pants

BOYS

11 shorts
9 Shirts
2 Pants
1 hat

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!!

dee@cocktaildeeva.com

DEAL OR NO DEAL Daiquiri

1 1/2 ounces malibu run
1/2 ounce White cream de cacao
2 ounces pineapple juice
2 ounces peach juice
2 cups ice

Add all ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth...Garnish with some Dark Chocolate Shavings and a Pineapple Wedge...

There is nothing I like better that a good deal...well Vodka...& George Clooney...& and good deal on Shoes would be the BOMB!!!



Cheers

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Friday, July 16, 2010

TVIF- Thank VODKA It's Friday!!

Todays TVIF is a Fun BUBBLE GUM VODKA SNOW CONE!!

So fun and simple...Great for summer parties!!!

Cheers




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)


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www.hamiltonbeach.ca


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Thursday, July 15, 2010

BLEND IT LIKE BECKHAM!!!

So...I love me a good blender...and I love me a good blender drink...

Here is a FABULOUS Raspberry & Mango Daiquiri....






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
dried mango
fresh blueberries

Cheers

www.cocktaildeeva.com

www.hamiltonbeach.ca
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

My 1st WORDLESS WEDNESDAY...Cheers





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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Just me...LOVING that I have a Vagina...




My whole life I have loved having a Vagina...well except when penicillin was involved, but we will save that for the medical blogs.

I am speaking to the whole LOVE of being a W.O.M.A.N!

Women of all ages amaze me everyday...from world leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, stay at home moms, my FABULOUS friends, strangers, my daughters and including the lady at my grocery store who always has a smile and a kind word.

We are all amazing...Having a Vagina ROCKS!

I was reminded of this once again today by two amazing women, Kim MacGregor, founder of www.ibelieveshesamazing.com and Erica Ehm, publisher, www.yummymummyclub.ca . I received my Yummy Mummy newsletter and found this amazing video. It was the best mail I got all day...

Thank you Kim and Erica for making me smile and laugh through my tears. Thank you for making me think to thank the FABULOUS women in my life more often, especially my girlfriends...

By the way Kathleen..I love you and had a BLAST at the movies the other night..and Laurie...you complete me...I love you more than Vodka...;)

So ladies...wear your Vagina's proudly!! (not literally please..that's young Hollywood's job...) And pass this on to women you love, or need to thank or just say hi to!!

Be sure to visit www.ibelieveshesamazing.com and join the movement!!!




I Heart My Hoolie ... Cosmo

2 oz. Citrus Vodka
1 oz. Banana liqueur
1 oz. Midori
2 tsp Mandarin juice
1 oz. lemonade

Garnish with fresh mandarins and a hearty helping of..."I am woman her me roar!!"

Cheers!

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