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Tuesday
Jul032012

summer party hints

sandra first, summer parties are usually casual and outdoors with plenty of room—so invite everyone! I have a neon ‘open’ sign that goes on the front deck so neighbors can take a break from their evening walk. Second, make guests feel welcome with icy cocktails, light small bites, comfortable chairs and lively conversation.
ashley retro cocktails and Bingo!
joyce micheladas: if you like beer and spicy food, it’s the best drink ever.  Tecate, Lime, Valencia hot sauce, a dash of Jugo Maggi (Mexican soy sauce) and salt on the rim and you’re good to go.
lauren grill—that is, someone grilling.  I’m not a cook, nor do I pretend to be, so I love when people offer to grill.  That smell is so intoxicating; nothing says summer like burning charcoal.  Some grilled shrimp and carne asada go great with lighter, juicy drinks.
sara music, music, music—I love making a mix specific to a party. When I go back and listen to it I can think of the good times that day. Always make sure to make room for an impromptu dance party. Roll up your rugs, put your breakables away and let the good times roll!
megan it’s gotta be outdoors—on a deck, at the beach or a park—to take advantage of the amazing but brief Chicago summers. Nothing’s better than having a cold one with friends outside in the summer—day or night.
april easy breezy is what it’s all about—fill one side of the kitchen sink with ice and use it as a bottle chiller and prep a small table as a bar so guests can serve themselves.
anna a lake and a floating raft… with beer tethered in the cool water…and we’re good for the day!
Friday
Apr272012

milan finale: buyer's favorites

Wednesday
Apr042012

recipe: elderflower champagne cocktail

1/2 jigger St. Germain Elderflower liquer
3/4 C Prosecco
mint garnish, optional

Directions:
1. In a small cocktail shaker, shake the elderflower liquer with ice to chill it.

2. Strain into a stemless flute, add Prosecco
et voila! The perfect Easter Brunch cocktail.

Monday
Apr022012

recipe: dipped chocolate cookie bites

This year, one of America’s favorite cookies—more than 7.5 billions Oreos are consumed every day—celebrates its 100th Birthday. Congratulations!

18 oz Oreo cookies
8 oz cream cheese
12 oz white chocolate chips
1 tbsp butter
double boiler or microwave

Directions:
1. Crush the package of cookies and set aside.

2. Mix the cream cheese in a mixer until fluffy, then add cookie crumbs and mix until well blended.

3. Roll the ‘dough’ into 1” balls, place on wax paper and freeze for 2 hours.

4. In a double boiler—or microwave on 50% power and stirring every 30 seconds—melt the butter and chocolate chips.

5. Dunk the balls in the warm chocolate, allow the shell to cool and enjoy!

Special thanks to anna, product manager’s assistant, for contributing.

Friday
Mar092012

recipe: lucky leprechaun

3 oz lemonade, or sour mix
1-1/2 oz vodka
1 oz limoncello
1/2 oz Jameson Irish Whiskey
1 tsp simple syrup
a squeeze of a lemon
a drop of green Crème de Menthe
garnish with good luck

Directions:
1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
2. Shake until it’s so cold you can’t hold onto the shaker—when it gets frosty on the outside.
3. Strain into a martini glass and garnish—with a four-leaf clover if you’ve got one.