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Fresh Fruit Champagne Cocktails

Brunch Cocktails remixed.


I love the idea of a brunch cocktail bar, but a champagne cocktail bar is even better.  Fresh fruit pureed and served in mason jars – the perfect mix-in for your favorite sparkling wine on a hot summer day. These don’t taste like your average Bellini or Mimosa- they’re much lighter and still slightly tart. The champagne is the star of the show, flecked with the fruit.

I served these this past weekend, and everyone had a lot of fun mixing up their own drinks and watching the champagne foam turn strawberry and raspberry colored. This isn’t really a “recipe” per se, but here’s what I did.

Fresh Fruit Champagne Cocktails

I pureed a package of strawberries, a package of raspberries and juiced two oranges. I didn’t strain the berries, but I did slightly strain the orange juice. Each yielded about 1/3 – 1/2 of a small mason jar. With about one – two teaspoons per drink, this was just about enough to cover two bottles of champagne. I set the mason jars out with a teaspoon in each and my champagne bar was ready for my guests to mix up their own delicious fresh fruit champagne cocktails.

Happy Entertaining (& Drinking!)

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Triple Potato Baked Home Fries

Yum.

The only word coming out of your mouth will be yum (or some sound that resembles that) when you taste these potatoes. They come out crispy on the outside and soft and creamy on the inside. Since they’re baked, they’re a little healthier than fried potatoes and you don’t have to stand there watching them the whole time.

I introduced these on Saturday for brunch and they were so amazing. Served with a chipotle crab dip quiche (coming soon!) and a side of mixed greens, it made for an easy and delicious brunch party. Make these for your next party (or a smaller portion just for yourself!) and you’ll be getting some serious compliments.

Triple Potato Baked Home Fries

Serves 6

1 Large Sweet Potato

2 Large Red Potatoes

2 Large White Potatoes

1/2 Large Onion

1 & 1/2 cup Diced Pepper ( I used red and yellow)

Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Oil

Preheat your oven to 425°F

Cut your potatoes into even sized cubes, right into a large pot of water. Bring the potatoes to a boil, and let boil for about a minute or two. Remove the potatoes from the pot and drop them into a large bowl of cold water. After a minute, drain the potatoes into a large bowl and toss with a couple tablespoons oil, sprinkling with salt, freshly ground pepper and garlic powder. Spray a baking sheet with pam/olive oil, and move your potatoes to the baking sheet. Bake for 30 – 45 minutes, until crispy.

While your potatoes are baking, heat a tablespoon of olive or grape seed oil in pan on medium low heat. Dice your pepper, and cut your onion into thin, medium sized strips. Add the onion to the pan, and stirring occasionly, cook for about 25- 30 minutes, or until just browned. At that time, add the pepper, season with salt and pepper and cook for about another 10 minutes until browning and tender.

Once your potatoes are done, transfer to a serving dish and toss with your onions and peppers.

Serve warm.

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Dirty Martini Shooters

These are dirty.

Deliciously dirty.

Vodka and olives are basically the perfect drink combination. Unfortunately, I always find the concoction too strong in full martini form. Whenever I think I can do it, I get half way through and have to give up. Which I guess, could be a good thing sometimes?

Either way, I do like the initial vodka and olive taste. Which brings me to my next point. Why do a shot of straight vodka when you can do a dirty martini shot chased with an olive? I know you’re shaking your head in agreement.

Break these babies out at your next cocktail party and people will be all like “wow, that person is classy.” Then again, reality television has taught me that someone only says that when they aren’t actually classy. Maybe you should find new friends and save these for yourself.

P.S. If you’re in the camp of “martinis are meant to be sipped,” let me tell you, these can totally be sipped!  This is also a great way to serve miniature martinis to a large group at a party.

Dirty Martini Shooters

(per 2-2.5 oz shooter)

2 tbsp (1 oz) vodka

1 tbsp (1/2 oz) olive juice

1/2 tbsp (1/4 oz) vermouth

1 skewered olive on top

Combine liquid ingredients with ice in a shaker. Do your best bartender impression. Pour into chilled shot glasses and top with your skewered olive.

Imbibe and be happy.

xo

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