DINNER PARTY

  • 12 DAYS OF HOLIDAY COCKTAILS

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    Berry Berry Christmas

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    • 1 tbsp Lemon juice

    • 1 tablespoon simple syrup

    • 1.5 ounces Vodka

    -.5 ounce Cointreau

    – 4 ounces spaqrkling or soda water
    – ice

    Directions

    1. In a glass, combine blackberries, lemon juice, and simple syrup; lightly crush berries to release their juice. Add ice and vodka and Cointreau top with sparkling or soda water, garnish with berries.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Jack Frost

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    -1 ounce white grapejuice

    -1 ounce Blue Curacao

    -1 ounce vodka

    -1.5 cups ice

    -mint sprig

    -icing sugar

    Directions

    Add ice, juices and alcohol to blender and blend until smooth. Rim glass with icing sugar. Garnish with mint spring and peppermint stick. **Can also be made as a mocktail using blue juice and leaving out alcohol. **

     

     

     

     

    Criollo Coffee

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    Nothing to explain here…Pour and enjoy.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Tangerine Tingle

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    -2 ounces Gin

    -half fresh tangerine

    -1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice

    -1 tsp simple syrup

    -3 ounces sparkling water

    -ice

    Directions

    Muddle tangerine with a splash of gin and fresh lime juice. Strain into shaker and add the rest of gin, simple syrup and ice and shake well. Strain into martini glass and top with sparkling water.

     

     

     

     

    Cheery Cherry Holiday

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    Simple mint cherry infused vodka..Or use Gin or rum, you pick your poison.

    Keep in a jar in the fridge and use for anything. Add to a punch, serve on ice with tonic or soda water. Add to some orange juice for a Holiday Brunch..A must have for the holidays.

    Be sure to clean the berries and mint well before infusing them into the alcohol.

     

     

     

     

    Cherry Martini

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    • 2 ounces infused cherry mint vodka or chin

    -1 tsp fresh lime juice

    -2 ounces white cranberry juice

    -ice

    Directions

    Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into martini glass. You can rim glass with vanilla sugar for some extra bling.

     

     

     

    Ice Breaker Martini

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    1 ounce Vodka

    3 ounces prosecco

    1/2 ounce thyme infused simple syrup

    1 tsp fresh lemon juice

    ice

    Directions

    Add vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup to shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into glass and top with prosecco. Garnish with fresh berries and thyme sprig.

     

     

     

     

    Deck the Halls Cocktail

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    .5 ounces Cointreau

    1 blood orange juiced

    3 ounces white cranberry juice

    1 tsp simple syrup (optional)

    ice

    rosemary sprig

    Directions

    Add all ingredients to shaker filled with ice and shake well. Strain over glass filled with ice and garnish with ornage wedge and rosemary sprig.

     

    Sparkling Pom Pom

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    1 ounce Vodka

    .5 ounce Cointreau

    2 ounces pomegranate juice

    1 ounce white grape juice

    2 ounces prosecco or sparkling water

    1 lime

    ice

    Directions

    Add all ingredients except prosecco to a shaker filled with ice. Strain into a galss with ice and top with prosecco. Garnish with lime wheel.

     

     

    Bacon Caesar ( perfect for Christmas Day)

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    1. 8 oz Caesar Mix.. (walters all natural is my fave)
    2. 2 oz bacon vodka
    3. 1 oz pickle juice
    4. 1tbsp horseradish
    5. 3 dashes Worcestershire
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    6. 2 dashes Tabasco
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    7. 3 ½ tbsp. celery salt
    8. ½ tsp. black pepper
    9. ½ lime
    10. Bacon
Scallops
    Directions
    1. Mix Clamato juice, bacon vodka, pickle juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, celery salt, lime, and black pepper together.
    2. Shave fresh horseradish into your mix.
    3. Garnish with a bacon-wrapped scallop!
    To make the Bacon Vodka
    Ingredients
    1. 1 pound of bacon
    2. 40 of vodka
    Directions
    Cook the pound of bacon
    Let it cool and place in a large container.
    Add a 40 of vodka and leave in the fridge overnight
    Scoop off the extra fat and strain the mix into a bottle.

     

     

    Holiday Sangria (not just for summer!)

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    3 ounces Cointreau or Brandy

    2 Granny Smith apple

    1 orange

    1 heaping Cup Fresh cranberries

    1(large) Bottle Pinot grigio

    2 cups white grape juice

    1 cup peach juice

    2 sprigs rosemary

    2 cinnamon sticks

    Directions (best prepared the day before)

    Add wine , alcohol  and juices to large vessel. Wash fruit well, slice apples and oranges and add to sangria. Add rosemary and cinnamon sticks.

     

     

     

    Berry Festive Shot

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    white cranberry juice

    raspberry liqueur

    cointreau

    frozen berries your choice

    Directions

    Fill shot glass half full with cranberry juice, add raspberry liqueur to 3/4 full. Add a frozen berry then top with Cointreau.

     

     

     

    At any holiday party be sure to always have FABOOSH non alcoholic options for your guests and a safe way for everyone to get back home.Happy Holidays! Party Safe! Cheers

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  • ALCOHOL MYTHBUSTERS

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: beer, christmas, cocktail deeva, cocktaildeeva, cocktails, coffee, deflate the elephant, dinner party, drink, drinking and driving, entertaining, Holiday, home, lcbo, lifestyles, mixologist, mixology, mocktails, Party, Tips, what not to do

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    “I can drink way more beer before I am drunk.”
    “I have a super high tolerance for alcohol.”
    “I drink only white wine, it’s light and has less alcohol.”

    In my , far too many to mention, years of working with and writing about alcohol and parties. I am sure I have heard every reason why someone can “drink more” and still be “ok” to drive. I have also heard at least 500 ways you can INSTANTLY sober up so you can drive home.

    The truth of the matter is, none of these reasons or ways are true. People tend to forget that feeling “OK” to drive has absolutely nothing to do with, well “Feeling”.

    How many times have you heard this one…

    “Hey Bob you ok to drive?”
    “Ya no worries I feel fine…”

    Quite frankly, Bob is clueless. That is unless Bob has a super power and can feel what his blood alcohol level is.

    dreamstime_12040223Here are some facts about BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration)
    (from http://www.mto.gov.on.ca)

    In Ontario and the rest of Canada, the maximum legal BAC for fully licensed drivers is 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood (0.08). Driving with BAC in excess of 0.08 is a criminal offence. BAC levels are affected by many factors, including:

    • How fast you drink. Alcohol consumed quickly will result in a higher BAC than when consumed over a long period of time.
    • Gender. Women generally have less water and more body fat per pound of body weight than men. Alcohol does not go into fat cells as easily as other cells, so more alcohol remains in the blood of women.
    • Body weight. The more you weigh, the more water is present in your body. This water dilutes the alcohol and lowers the BAC.
    Amount of food in your stomach. Absorption is slowed if you’ve had something to eat.

    A NOTE HERE…at just 0.05 BAC a persons vision may already be affected.
    How much can I drink before I reach the 0.05 BAC limit?

    The number of drinks consumed is a poor measure of BAC because of the many factors affecting your body’s ability to digest alcohol, such as weight, body fat, and how long ago and how much you ate. Factors like tiredness and your mood can also make a difference in how alcohol affects your driving ability.
    Here are a few things to keep in mind and keep you and those you love safe.

    A glass of wine white or red, a bottle of beer, and a shot of whiskey or other distilled spirits all contain equivalent amounts of alcohol and are the same to a Breathalyzer. A standard drink is:
    • A 12-ounce bottle or can of regular beer
    • A 5-ounce glass of wine
    • A one and 1/2 ounce of 80 proof distilled spirits (either straight or in a mixed drink)
    And for all those “How to get sober Quick” ideas…

    Drinking coffee, sweating it out or a cold shower will NOT help a drunk person sober up. Only TIME can sober up a person. Alcohol leaves almost everyones body at a rate of about .015 percent of blood alcohol content (BAC) per hour.
    So someone with a BAC of .015 can be sober in an hour while someone with a BAC of .15 would need 10 hours to sober up. This is true no matter your sex, age or weight.

    REMEMBER … You can still have an over the limit BAC THE MORNING AFTER the party! Ride checks know this and are out working the roads at ALL hours of the day and night. Give yourself the proper amount of time to sober up!

    To put it quite simply…If you plan on driving…forget all the math, science and biology mumbo jumbo you just read…Just DON’T DRINK…easy peasy!

    Cheers and have a FABOOSH HOLIDAY SEASON!!

    Party Safe xo

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  • EATING WELL WITH CANOLA

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: baking, bloggers, celebrity chef, christmas, cocktail deeva, cooking, dinner party, entertaining, fabulous, family, giveaway, Holiday, home, lifestyles, Party, recipe, recipes, review, social media, Tips, Toronto

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    Over the past few months Canola Eat Well for Life has been traveling across Canada cooking up a storm from coast to coast. I had the great pleasure of hosting the grand finale at Olde Bridge Place in my kitchen with some amazing people and an FABOOSH baker.

    Cook book author Charmain Christie known as The Messy Baker joined us to give us the 101 on baking with Canola.

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    We set on a an afternoon journey of baking 6 amazing recipes all using Canola…

    The Messy Baker used the Canola in these recipes like you would any other oils or butters. No fancy changes had to be made and the finished products were just FABOOSH. Not to mention that Canola is a good fat. Love the ‘Fat Chart’ they provide on their site. They also have a very handy Canola Oil baking conversion chart...Which is great when you avoid doing math at all costs like myself.

    Here is a fun chart I now have posted in my pantry for easy use.

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    The day was filled with tips, tricks and so much knowledge. Both about baking and Canola itself. One of my faves came from The Messy Baker herself.

    “If you’re baking with sticky ingredients like honey or molasses, measure the canola first, but don’t scrape it all out. It will grease the measuring cup so that the sticky ingredient slides right out.”

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    So simple right! This will save me so much frustration and RE-washing of measuring cups. I knew Canola was a healthy choice in my cooking but had no idea it was versatile in baking.

    Another thing I learned that day is that not all Canola is created equal. Just like many oils and fine wines there are different grades of Canola and we had the pleasure of baking with some Pristine Gourmet Canola that is a pure virgin oil. This oil has a more robust flavour and is a favourite for chefs. It has the lowest saturated fats of all oils and can be used in raw or cooked recipes.

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    And what is a party without GAMES…

    I love learning new things and today was all about the “Canola Crush”..Which is a simple as it sounds. You crush the Canola seeds and VOILA..You have oil. And we could not have asked for a more picturesque place to do it than on the front lawn of Olde Bridge Place on the banks of the Grand River by the Kissing Bridge.

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    Look at this crew of freshly inspired Canola bakers… HUGE thanks to Canola Eat Well and Charmian Christie The Messy Baker…We are all ready to head into the holiday season inspired to make delicious and healthier treats for our loved ones.

    This would not be a proper baking post without sharing some screen licking worthy pictures of our finished products…

    Cranberry Pistachio Baklava

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    Chocolate Chip and Walnut Cookies ( better than my moms but don’t tell her)

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    Poppy Seed Bars with Citrus Icing

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    You can find all the recipes along with so many more both cooking and baking on the Canola Eat Well website. They have a great section right now featuring Holiday baking from Coast to Coast.

    Happy Holidays and Happy Baking to you and yours.. CHEERS

    The Messy Bakers book makes a fabulous Holiday or Hostess gift!!

    AND YOU CAN WIN A COPY!!

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    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    *The wonderful Photography by Jeffrey Chan courtesy of Canola Eat Well.

    *This is a sponsored post and I was the host of the event.