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  • 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

    IMG_3333– 2 ounces pineapple juice

    -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)

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    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

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    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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  • HAPPY HOSTESS 2015 EDITION

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: beer, christmas, cocktail deeva, cocktails, coffee, cooking, drink, entertaining, fabulous, family, Holiday, home, lifestyles, mixologist, mixology, Party, recipe, recipes, shoes, social media, Stiegl, Tips, Toronto, trend hunter, trends, twitter, Uncategorized, wine

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    IT’S PARTY SEASON…!!! Well in my world it is always party season but this is the season to the Hostess with the Most’ess…

    It is also the season to bring those wonderful hostesses a special little something to thank them for their FABOOSH hospitality…

    Here are what two of my FAVE Hosts have to say about the art of gift giving…

    The Fab Mindy Lockhart , a.k.a…The Gracious Girl…gave me her take on the holiday hostess gift…

     “A hostess gift is a token of gratitude for the invite & all of the work your host/hostess has put into the event. Keep in mind that it is not a Thank-you for the event itself. Etiquette tells us that we follow-up with a Thank-you after the event & that should be sent in the same manner as the invite was extended. For paper invites a paper Thank-You, email invites and email thank you and so on.” 

    I also asked the ever Fabulous design duo Colin and Justin their thoughts on giving hostess gifts…

    “When you think of all the effort your hostess is putting in to make sure you have a fabulous evening, it’s nice to take along a cute wee present. It doesn’t have to be a big deal, maybe some homemade cookies, a scented candle (a candjhome.com, candle of course!) or a lovely jar of home made jam. Just something to show you’ve thought of them and all their efforts to make you feel at home. We sometimes take a swag bag with perfume samples, candy and a lottery scratch card or two. It’s fun to be the gifter instead of the giftee!”

    Here is my list of my FAVE FABOOSH Hostess Gifts for 2015…

     

    Be sure to check out some passed lists for more FABOOSH gift Ideas.. Happy Hostess…

    1. For your Cocktail and Film Loving HostGone with the Gin by Tim Federle

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    “Perfect gift for film buffs and a terrific twist on movie nights, Gone with the Gin is the ultimate cocktail book for die-hard silver screen aficionados who prefer to be shaken, not stirred. Included within are 50 delicious drinks—paired with winking commentary on history’s most quotable films—plus an all-star lineup of drinking games, movie-themed munchies, and illustrations throughout.”

    This book adds a fun new twist on cocktail books and film books in one. The recipes are smart , easy and most entertaining to read. FAB value at 18.99$ on Amazon.ca

    2. Bailey’s Vanilla Cinnamon

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    It is rare that I enjoy a flavored anything. I have to say, I like this Bailey’s better than the original . This has now become a staple in my Saturday morning coffee.

    1. BEER!

    Well not just any beer…

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    Put together a basket or 6 pack of fab unique craft beers. Or beers from other parts of the world for your host to enjoy. It is always fun to try new things and so many people will not be as adventurous when buying for themselves.

    Check out McClelland Imports for some more FAB beer suggestions. Also if you are in ST Jacobs be sure to check out Block Three brewing and the Elora Brewing company in Elora Ontario. Be sure to google craft brewers in your local area to see what you have available to you.

    1. Criollo Liquor

    This has made my list before and is back…Always a crowd pleaser!

    Criollo_312-400x794Available in Salted Caramel, Chocolate Raspberry Truffle and the new Bourbon Dark Chocolate. Check out their website for FAB recipes.

    1. A little something Special… Strawberry Champagne Lollipops from Barneys New York

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    These are a whimsical gift that mat seem useless and silly…But really, don’t we all need a little more indulgence in our lives these days. AND… I promise you no one will bring the same gift as you.

    1. Again for your cocktail enthusiast … BITTERS!

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    I love the selection from The Bittered Sling…however there are many widely available and at a really great price point for a hostess gift….

    Like 66 Gilead Distillery Bitters available at BYOB Cocktail Emporium.

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    1. For a little Luxury… I adore Pelle Soap Stones

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    Soap Stones are handcrafted glycerin soap intended for both use and display. Consisting of all natural, vegetable-based soap ingredients, the Soap Stones are made and faceted by hand in a Brooklyn studio.

    1. Headed to a holiday kids party… I got ya covered… I am in love with these Hair ties and hair bands made by a young lady named Story…

    10275923_10154861147835076_4257456129882445401_nStory chooses different charities to donate portions of her profits too..can you say.. TAKE MY MONEY!! For more info and to order email info@clippo.ca …Delivery is included!

    If you are headed to my house for a party these top my gift list..just saying…

    1. If you are pinching your dollar and Scents… (see what I did there…)

    Belle Soy candles available at chapters are the perfect gift for you happy hostess.

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    1. For the avid reader I am loving Reading Sox..also available at Chapters.. I don’t think I would ever take them off.

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    1. I love me a good Caesar and it all comes down to the Mix.. and my go to is Walter’s All Natural Mix …  Small batch with NO Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), artificial colors, and Glucose / Fructose (high fructose corn syrup) …Makes drinking healthy..right?

    walter_trio1Grab a gift basket and add a jar of Matt and Steve’s Extreme Bean for the perfect Caesar experience…A gift any host would love!

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    Finally my FAVE gift to give…

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    Unicef has 14 Survival Gifts available all under $20 These are more than just gifts, they are small miracles. You can send things like bed nets, anti-malaria drugs or pencils for a school. Simply buy your hostess one of these little miracles and you can send her an e-card or their is even a printable card you can take to the party with you…I gaurantee it will be the best holiday gift and one your hostess will never forget..

     

    What is your favorite hostess gift to give or receive…?? I am always looking for FABOOSH ideas…CHEERS!

    Happy Holidays to you and yours.

     

  • GREAT AMERICAN WHISKEY TRAIL…WASHINGTON EDITION

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: beer, bloggers, cocktail deeva, cocktails, recipe, recipes, restaurant, restaurants, review, signature cocktails, social media, Tips, trends, wine

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    I don’t often write about Whiskey. Not sure why, possibly because it is something I have not developed an appreciation for.  I do however write about travel so when I had the opportunity with the American Distilled Spirits Council to learn more about American Whiskey and visit the places where it is made…How could I say no!

    The new hot travel trend right now is Distillery Travel …Wineries have long been hot travel destinations, but with the rise of the cocktail culture people are flocking to see where there favorite spirits and beers are made. Just ask Forbes who posted this great article on “The top 10 American Whiskey Distilleries to Tour Now…”

    First stop…

    Washington DC!

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    I head to George Washington Distillery at Mount Vernon to see how they made whiskey back in 1797.

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    Over time this distillery fell into disrepair and was closed. That is until 2005, with a two year rebuild. Including an archaeological dig to uncover actual artifacts and the historic placement of the distillery back in 1797, it once again open it’s doors in 2007. Walking through the buildings and the grounds you would think this place has been standing and untouched since 1797. The rebuild is AMAZING and the fact they still make the whiskey the same way they did in 1797 is more so.

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    I even got to mash up some mash myself, not an easy job.

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    The amazing people at Mount Vernon not only rebuilt the historic distillery, they rebuilt the “Gristmill”.

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    Mount Vernon’s master miller, Steve Bashore, describes the 18th century milling process used by Washington in his gristmill on his plantation.

    There is something very different about doing a spirits tasting when you are in the place where they make it. All your senses are alert, you now know the process, the ingredients, the history. It is unlike any other tasting you will experience guaranteed.

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    Every few months Mount Vernon produces a small batch of whiskey from this historic one of a kind distillery. Needless to say it is in very high demand. So much so they have created a “Whiskey Notification List”…So if you are interested in tasting some of that history you need to sign up!

    You can read 10 fun facts about this amazing distillery here.

     

    If you have made your way to George Washington’s distillery you are absolutely not aloud to leave until you visit Mount Vernon itself and it’s incredible grounds.

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    I learned so much about the history of this amazing space and the amazing women who saved it.  

    I have never been a history buff, hell I am not even American. However, there is always something very special special going on at this place that is sure to fascinate anyone no matter your interest. Not to mention the killer views off the back lawn.

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    When your tours are done and your head is about to explode with all the amazing sights and learning it is time to EAT!

    Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant is the perfect end to the perfect day. The menu us vast, well priced and appointed and offers everything from braised lamb, roast duck to shrimp and grits.

    And my favorite part…I got to wash it all down with Mount Vernon’s own beer!

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    The only thing wrong with this visit to Mount Vernon, was that I wanted more time to explore it! I can not wait to plan a Washing trip with my family and go back and spend more time in this amazing space.

    To find out more about Mount Vernon and George Washington’s Distillery be sure to check out their website. It is full of amazing history, videos, trip planners and of course beautiful pictures. From amazing wine festivals one of a kind artifacts to being able to trick or treat at the mansion on Halloween. There is something for everyone.

    If you are a spirits enthusiast like me, shake on over to the Distilled Spirits Council of Americas website and check the amazing things they are doing to preserve the history of spirit making in the United States and the American Whiskey trail.

    When planning your next vacation be sure to do some research and see what is made in the area you are visiting. You will me amazed and the unique tours you will find. It is always a good thing to think outside the bottle.

    Cheers happy travels.

    On a Whiskey side note. After all that is the main reason I was there. I happen to find a whiskey I really enjoyed during our tastings.

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    Wigle Craft  Whiskey is an American whiskey that was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. However it has a great Canadian connection as the idea for it came about during a family visit to the Shaw festival in Niagara on the Lake back in 2010.

    This grain to bottle distillery produces amazing flavored whiskeys using organic grains and also a selection of deevine organic bitters perfect for any cocktail. They also get my vote for the prettiest labels.

    Be sure to check them out and read their story here…

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    Here is my Fave Whiskey recipe from the Wigle Whiskey recipe page…

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    Cheers and Party Safe…