Mandarin Champagne Splash

This is a great start to Valentine’s Day.

mandarin-splash

 

4 oz. Sparkling wine or champagne
2 tbsp. Mandarin orange juice (from a can of Mandarin oranges)
5-6 Mandarin orange pieces, canned

 

Add the Mandarin juice to a champagne flue. Then spoon in the oranges, Next top off with a heavy pour of sparkling wine or champagne. Serve immediately.

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National Margarita Day

Some of these “13 Margarita Recipes That Have Us Dreaming of Warmer Weather” look yummy.  If you try them, let us know if they taste as good as they look. The last margarita I made was in 2012 for my anniversary.  Below is a recipe for a Champagne Margarita if you would like to give it a try.

 

Grated zest from 1 lime
1 c. fresh lime juice
½ c. Contreau or orange liquor
½ c. silver tequila
Superfine sugar, if needed for added sweetness
1 lime, cut in half, for serving
Coarse (Kosher) salt, for serving
1 bottle Champagne or other sparkling wine

 

 

In a pitcher, combine lime zest, lime juice, Contreau, tequila and sugar. Cover and refrigerate until old, at least 1 hour. Just before serving, strain the mixture to remove the zest and pour enough salt into a saucer to cover the bottom. Rub a lime half over the rim of each champagne glass and upend into the salt to crust it lightly. Pout about 3 ounces of the tequila mixture into each glass, fill the rest of the way with Champagne or sparkling wine and hand to one of your lucky guests.

Note: If serving all at once, just pour champagne or sparkling wine directly into pitcher with lime mixture and serve in prepared glasses.

 

natl_margarita_day** Today is National Margarita Day! Send a free Margarita Day eCard to friends and family! The margarita cocktail – a famous concoction of tequila, Cointreau or Triple Sec, and lime juice – has been around since the 1940s. Every bartender in the world has put a unique spin on this classic, but no one knows who created the original.

Dozens of people claim that they invented the margarita, including a bartender named Willie from Mexico City. He said that in 1934 he created and named the drink for his friend Marguerite Hemery. Another popular legend is that Carlos “Danny” Herrera developed the drink at his restaurant in Tijuana in 1938. He invented it for Marjorie King, a customer who was allergic to all hard alcohol except tequila, and didn’t like its sour taste. Another story is that the Dallas socialite Margarita Sames mixed up the drink in 1948 for a house full of guests. One of them was Tommy Hilton who later added the drink to the bar menu at his hotels.

While the true identity of the tequila master may never be known, the margarita will go down in history as one of the most popular mixed drinks of all time. To celebrate National Margarita Day, invite some friends over and enjoy a pitcher of homemade margaritas!

 

 

** http://www.punchbowl.com/holidays/national-margarita-day

Oyster Delight

Valentine H'Orduevers (2)

 

 

This year I have decided to make an appetizer to share with My Valentine, Mac.  It is very easy and can be made the day before so you can start your Valentine’s Day with a sexy snack with champagne.  We had it with a Gran Spumante.  Give it a try and enjoy the day with your loved one.

 

 

 

Oyster Delight (1)16 oz. Cream cheese, at room temperature
3 – 3.75 oz. cans smoked oysters, chopped
4 green onions, chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
Worcestershire sauce, to taste
Hot sauce, to taste
½ c. Macadamia nuts
1 bunch parsley

 

 

 

 

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Combine cream cheese, oysters, onions, juice, Worcestershire & hot sauce. Place nuts & parsley in food processor. Process until chopped & well combined – you may need to add lemon juice to make it smooth. Combine nut & parsley mixture into oyster mixture.

 

 

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This is better if made the day before so flavors can mingle. Serve with crackers and/or cut vegetables.

New Year’s Eve

On the last day of 2012, we will be staying home. Usually we have some champagne and watch the ball drop in Time Squares on the television. This year we will be watching movies and having wine. What are your plans for this evening? No matter what you do – have a fun and safe New Year’s Eve.

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* New Year’s Eve, which is on December 31, is the last day of the year in the United States. It is a major social observance and many parties are held, particularly in the evening.

New Year’s Eve is a major social holiday for many people in the United States. Many people hold parties at home or attend special celebrations, where alcohol, such as wine and champagne, may be consumed to celebrate the upcoming New Year. In many cities, large scale public events are held. These often attract thousands of people.

A particularly striking aspect of the New Year’s Eve festivities is the ball drop in Times Square in Manhattan, New York City. The ball is made of crystal and electric lights and is placed on top of a pole, which is 77 feet, or 23 meters, high. At one minute before midnight on December 31, the ball is lowered slowly down the pole. It comes to rest at the bottom of the pole at exactly midnight. The event is shown on television across the United States and around the world. The event has been held every year since 1907, except during World War II.

Across the United States a range of cities and towns hold their own versions of the ball drop. A variety of objects are lowered or raised during the last minute of the year. The objects are usually linked to an aspect of local history or industry. Examples of objects ‘dropped’ or raised in this way include a variety of live and modeled domestic and wild animals, fruit, vegetables, automobiles, industrial machinery, a giant replica of a peach (Atlanta, Georgia), an acorn made of brass and weighing 900 pounds (Raleigh, North Carolina) and ping pong balls (Strasburg, Pennsylvania).

In both the Gregorian calendar, currently used in the United States, and the Julian calendar, which was used until 1752 in the British colonies, the last day of the year is December 31. In Europe, the mid-winter period was traditionally associated with feasting and parties. In the early years of the American colonies and within the United States, this type of celebration was often frowned upon, particularly by religious communities.

Around the start of the 1900s, New Year’s Eve celebrations in America started to appear. The first Ball drop in Times Square was held in 1907. Around the same time, special events to welcome the New Year started to be organized on January 1.

* http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/new-year-eve

Wedding Anniversary

Yesterday was my wedding anniversary. No I’m not joking. Actually no one showed up at our wedding because it was April Fools Day. We found two witnesses and have been happily married ever since.

Money’s a little tight so we didn’t do anything spectacular but a good meal and a glass of champagne was a good way to celebrate. We had steak, swordfish (it was on sale) and German potato salad for dinner. I made Champagne Margaritas to drink while preparing dinner. Everything was yummy.

German potato salad is very simple to make. Take some potatoes, peel them and cube them. Throw them into a large pot of salted water and boil until tender. Also boil a couple of eggs in a smaller pot of water. After a low boil for 2 minutes, remove eggs from heat and run under cold water until cool enough to peel. After peeling cut into small pieces and set aside until potatoes are done. When potatoes are tender drain off the water and keep in same pot. Add hard boiled cut-up eggs and Italian salad dressing. Pour as much Italian dressing as you need to make the salad moist. I enjoy this salad warm so it is ready as soon as you complete it. Refrigerate leftover salad.

Champagne Margarita

Grated zest from 1 lime
1 c. fresh lime juice
½ c. Contreau or orange liquor
½ c. silver tequila
Superfine sugar, if needed for added sweetness
1 lime, cut in half, for serving
Coarse (Kosher) salt, for serving
1 bottle Champagne or other sparkling wine

In a pitcher, combine lime zest, lime juice, Contreau, tequila and sugar. Cover and refrigerate until old, at least 1 hour. Just before serving, strain the mixture to remove the zest and pour enough salt into a saucer to cover the bottom. Rub a lime half over the rim of each champagne glass and upend into the salt to crust it lightly. Pout about 3 ounces of the tequila mixture into each glass, fill the rest of the way with Champagne or sparkling wine and hand to one of your lucky guests.


Note: If serving all at once, just pour champagne or sparkling wine directly into pitcher with lime mixture and serve in prepared glasses.

Sesame Shrimp Hearts & Lady in Red

Sesame Shrimp Hearts

1 lb. Large shrimp, peeled & deveined
10 tbsp. Butter, divided
1 tbsp. Grated fresh ginger
4 tsp. Fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp. Orange juice
¼ tsp. Salt
½ tsp. Ground black pepper
2 tbsp. Sesame seeds, toasted
1/3 c. strawberry jelly
2 tsp. White wine vinegar
1 tsp. Hot pepper sauce
1 medium avocaco, peeled & sliced

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Slice down back of shrimp, almost completely through with small knife. Gently spread and flatten. Arrange shrimp cut-side up on lightly greased baking sheet; set aside.

 Melt 6 tablespoons butter in 1-quart saucepan over medium heat, then stir in ginger, citrus juices, salt & pepper. Evenly spoon sauce over shrimp then sprinkler with sesame seeds. Bake 5 minutes or until shrimp turns pink.

 Meanwhile, heat remaining 4 tablespoons butter, jelly, vinegar and hot pepper sauce in 1-quart saucepan over medim-low heat, stirring frequently until jelly is melted. Strain, if desired. Arrange shrimp in heart shapes on sliced avocado and drizzle with sauce to serve.

Lady in Red

Combine 3 oz. chilled Ruby Red Grapefruit juice and 2 oz. well chilled Cook’s champagne in champagne flutes. Enjoy!!