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  • 12 DAYS OF HOLIDAY COCKTAILS

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: christmas, cocktail deeva, cocktaildeeva, cocktails, coffee, D.I.Y, decorate, deflate the elephant, dinner party, drink, drinking and driving, entertaining, fabulous, gin, Holiday, home, lifestyles, mixologist, mixology, mocktails, Party, recipe, recipes, rum, signature cocktails, Tips, vodka, wine

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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
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    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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  • MY BARTESIAN JOURNEY…

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: bloggers, cocktail deeva, cocktaildeeva, cocktails, dinner party, drink, entertaining, fabulous, gin, girls nite out, home, humour, lcbo, lifestyles, mixologist, mixology, mocktails, Party, recipe, recipes, restaurant, restaurants, review, rum, signature cocktails, social media, Tips, trend hunter, trends, twitter, vodka

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    Over the past 8 years I have had the pleasure of working on some amazingly cool and fun projects. I have worked with incredible brands, celebrities and in many different places all over the world…As many people tell me… I have a pretty cool gig…

    This past spring I received a call from an unlikely source. A couple of engineers from the University of Waterloo wanted to talk to me.

    Ummm…do they know that I don’t do MATH?

    Turns out this odd voicemail has turned into one of the funnest (it’s a word)…Most creative projects I have every had the opportunity to work on.

    Co- Founders Bryan and Jason were a world away in China with an idea, an ugly prototype and the dream of creating a single serve cocktail machine… There was only one problem…

    They had no idea how to create a delicious cocktail…

    I don’t do Math and they didn’t do Cocktails…

    After many 4 am texting, email and skype sessions…At this time we had never actually met and they were a ‘day away’ in China with sketchy internet so it made for some fun brainstorming sessions…..Along with the lovely Nadia our flavor development guru…we have created something FABOOSH and unique.

    Combining the world of technology (the ‘Math’ doers) with the world of Mixology we created Bartesian… The Ultimate Cocktail Machine…

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    Bartesian is a single serve cocktail machine that makes a fresh, FABOOSH tasting cocktail every time…

     

    For the record..I did A LOT of MATH…

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    Nadia and myself worked in the Lab for weeks, measuring, mixing, tasting, tweaking, perfecting the flavor profiles for these cocktails…

    It was a tough job but somebody had to do it. Let’s just say that we were very popular with her co-workers …It was not hard to find tasting volunteers…

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    In the end…We created 6 FABOOSH Bartesian cocktails…all of which I am proud to put my name on and would serve to any of my guests. If you know anything about me or what I do…If they tasted like ASS..I would have no part of it.

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    It was really important that each cocktail tasted fresh and “REAL” every time. We used all fresh juices, the capsules are NOT powder. We sourced all natural flavors and premium bitters. Don’t believe me? Come on over and we can do a blind taste test…We may have to do it several times to make sure we get it right and it’s always more accurate with Disco music playing in the background…

     

    Just ask Amy one of our many taste testers…

     

    If you want to know more about this FABOOSH new project I am a part of..feel free to email me or comment below. Check out Bartesian on Kickstarter !!  You will find all the information there along with some more really cool videos and how to become a backer…

    HUGE CONGRATS to the amazing Bartesian Team… Everyone , math doers and cocktail doers alike are so very excited and proud of everyone for all their hard work..

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  • THE SOCIAL HOST

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    This past summer my neighbor was over served at a local pub, went home, fell down the stairs and died. It was a horrible, senseless and preventable tragedy that tore a family apart.

    So when RIDE Checks asked me to be a part of their campaign this year…Just like not dhttp://www.cocktaildeeva.com/wp-admin/post-new.phprinking and driving…it was a NO BRAINER.

    Over serving at restaurants and bars happens all too often. Bar owners, servers and bartenders all want to make the customer happy. Let’s face it, telling someone they have had too much to drink is uncomfortable at best. Also let’s not forget the money making aspect of this.

    In 1972 the Supreme Court of Canada decided there was a “special relationship” between a bar and it’s patrons because: as stated on Canada Safety Council.org

    “The bar “invites” the patron to use its premises to buy and drink alcohol. There is a duty or responsibility on the bar to ensure that there is no “foreseeable” harm that occurs to the patron because of what the bar does (serving alcohol to a patron when he is visibly intoxicated and then ejecting him) and what it fails to do (take preventative steps – offer a ride or call a taxi or police).”
    Establishments now have a “Duty of Care” for it’s patrons.

    So what happens when you invite people into your home to consume alcohol? Do you as, the host, have a ‘duty of care’? Does your home or office party fall under the ‘special relationship law’?

    What exactly is a ‘socialhost?”

    A definition could include anyone who: as per Canada Safety Council.org
    1. is not selling or supplying alcohol for profit;
    2. is not an employer, or any position in which he or she has a unique relationship with his or her guests; and
    is serving alcohol or condoning the service/consumption of alcohol on premises over which he or she has control.

    Then there is the whole B.Y.O.B issue. Are you liable if people bring their own booze?
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    Unfortunately there is no exact answer. This whole area is as grey as it gets. However there have been many people successfully sued and found liable as a ‘social host’.

    The real question is, how can you protect yourself this holiday season and really have your guests “Party Safe”?

    Here are my tips for being a responsible Social Host…

    As the host, don’t over serve yourself. Limit your alcohol consumption throughout the party in order to pay closer attention to your guests.

    Avoid a self serve bar. I am all for hiring a bartender for the evening who has alcohol training.

    Have MANY non-alcoholic selections. Create a signature Mocktail Punch for the evening.

    Say hi and bye! This one is SO important. Greet all your guests to get a feel for if they have already been drinking. Say bye to EVERY single person that leaves your home to gauge how they are acting and see if maybe they need a alternate ride home.

    Have a spare bed or a couch.

    Only TIME will sober someone up. Not coffee or a slice of pizza or cold shower. It’s all about how much alcohol is in the blood stream.

    One last thing to remember…If you have a guest that you feel is intoxicated and they refuse to take a taxi and insist on driving. You MUST call the police. It may seem dramatic but it is your ‘Duty of Care’ to do so. Imagine how dramatic an accident would be.

    For more great Party Safe ideas and to learn more about RIDE Checks check out their website www.ridechecks.com 

    You can also find them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter…

    For more information on who, how and when you are liable as a ‘Social Host’ be sure to check out www.canadasafetycouncil.org/traffic-safety/social-host-liability

     

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS and #PartySafe
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