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Thirsty Thursday 3.17

18 Mar

In honor of St. Patty’s day, when everyone is Irish, why not have a unique Irish cocktail?? This is a yummy creamy, minty, cocktail you want to mix in a highball glass! Enjoy!

Irish Eyes – From About.com

Ingredients:

* 1 oz Irish whiskey
* 1/4 oz green crème de menthe
* 2 oz cream
* maraschino cherry for garnish

Preparation:

1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
2. Shake well.
3. Strain into an old-fashioned glass.
4. Garnish with the maraschino cherry.

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Thirsty Thursday! 2.17

17 Feb

At Occasions we believe that just like your wedding, favorite handbag, or shoes, nothing says YOU like your favorite libation…so we’re starting “Thirsty Thursdays,” highlighting different signature cocktails, wines, and champagnes. Use our ideas that we find for your signature cocktails for your wedding or event…or just use it for a Friday night. Whatever you decide, Cheers!!!!!

Since Lisa loves purple and anything mint julep (her mother is from the South), she wanted to share the recipe for a Blackberry Mint Julep from Martha Stewart.com. This is slushy, refreshing, and seasonal in the summer! Also perfect if your event theme colors involve purple…Enjoy!!

Ingredients

Serves 4

* 1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves
* 1 pint blackberries
* 6 tablespoons sugar
* 1/2 cup bourbon
* 4 cups small ice cubes
* 4 sprigs mint, for garnishing

Directions

1. Roughly chop 1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves.
2. Puree the mint, blackberries, and sugar in a blender. Press through a fine sieve into a bowl; discard seeds.
3. Rinse blender, then return puree to blender, and add bourbon and small ice cubes; blend until smooth. Divide mixture among 4 glasses. Garnish each with a mint sprig.

From Martha Stewart Living, July 2006

Recipe for Wedding Fun!

30 Sep

I absolutely love Fall!  There is something magical in the air that makes me feel good!  From the colors of the leaves to the smell of the air it doesn’t get any better.  Some of my favorite reminders of Autumn are carmel apples, apple picking, hay rides in the pumpkin patch and jumping through a jumbo pile of freshly raked fallen leaves!!  With this time of year the tempature dips and the cool beverages of summer become warm and cozy.

Many times these days bridal couples want a signature or speciality drink to serve to their guests.  I want to share with you a fantastic family recipe from my Lithuanian heritiage that can be served either warm or chilled and would be great to serve at a wedding or make in batches to put in bottles as favors to your guests.  Or better yet, why not have this beverage as the wedding toast for a fall wedding!!

The name of the drink is called Boilo.

Here is what you need:

1 quart 80 proof whisky.  (Wild Turkey is a great choice and they also have a honey flavored version)

2 oranges

1 lemon

1 tablespoon carraway seeds

1 cinamon stick

8 ounces of honey

3 tablespoons sugar

4 ounces water

Combine all ingredients including rinds heat for 20-30 minutes.  Ust the name of the beverage as your reminder to Boil -Low.  Get it?  Boilo!  Clever huh?

Afterwards you want to strain into the bottles.  Some sediment will be at the bottom but the flavor is very yummy.

One word of caution!!!  This beverage doesn’t have a strong alcohol flavor but it packs a big punch!

Enjoy this fun recipe!