This weekend I am planning a dinner party. This has me thinking about cleaning the house, planning the menu, and most importantly ----preparing the bar. Wine is usually my drink of choice, but every once in a while I love a really good cocktail.
Every home bar should have at least a bottle of:
|These are great--love all the fun flavors!|
|I love these Rums--made in New Orleans on Frenchmen's Street|
Triple Sec or your favorite Orange Liqueur
All of these are essential in making just about any kind of cocktail imaginable.
You can also add bottles of :
( I am not recommending any of the above brands, just giving a few examples--well, maybe I am recommending the rum!!)
Just in case, I've put you in the mood for a good cocktail.
Give this one a try.
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups water
Combine and bring to a boil. Allow to thicken. Will make 2 cups simple syrup.
2 cups simple syrup
2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup blackberries, muddled and strained
3 cup water
Place blackberries in a pitcher and muddle.
Strain blackberries and place back into the pitcher. Add simple syrup, lemon juice, and water.
Now, you could stop here--this is really good lemonade. But, what fun is that! So go for it--try this fabulous martini.
Blackberry Lemonade Martini
1/2 cup blackberry lemonade
1.5 ounces vodka
1 ounce Grand Marnier
In a shaker, over ice combine all ingredients and shake vigorously until combined. Pour into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a lemon slice or blackberries.