Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Passionpolitan - A Cocktail Recipe from Sandra Lee

With Sandra Lee's announcement of her breast cancer diagnosis last week, I wanted to make a pink cocktail from her extensive library of drink recipes.  Last fall, I shared that I am a breast cancer survivor - 5/15/15 marks 2 years from the day that final drop of chemotherapy entered my body.  My first "clean" PET scan was in December 2013 and every scan since then has been clear.

I have been a fan of Sandra Lee for many years and while I know this is shocking news to her, I know she will fight hard and will get through this.  She is doing a great job of bringing awareness to the need for young women to ensure they are getting screened.

As I continue "Cocktail Month", I chose this Passionpolitan to make and share - mine didn't come out quite as pink as the photos on her website, but it was still delicious and ALL Sandra Lee! Lots of different alcohols in this mixture but it comes together beautifully.  After the first drink, we topped off the next one with some bubbly and named it The Forbbiden Punch.  This is a gorgeous drink, full of flavor, and perfect for the summer months.

Stay strong, Sandra Lee!  You've got this!!!

Makes 1 quart
Recipe from Sandra Lee

2 cups pineapple juice
2 cups cranberry juice
1/2 cup white tequila (Don Julio® Blanco, suggested)
1/2 cup vodka (Cîroc®, suggested)
1/2 cup passion fruit rum (Captain Morgan Parrott Bay® Passion Fruit, suggested)
1/2 cup gin (Tanqueray®, suggested)

Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher, serve over ice.  

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Pineapple Refresher

It’s week 3 of “Cocktail Month” and I am excited to share a concoction that is new to me – but is sure to be an ongoing favorite.  This Pineapple Refresher couldn’t be easier to make and excellent on the palate during these hot summer months! 

A friend of mine told me about this and I may be hooked!  I’m sure you could use any flavored vodka to make this drink – I even saw a strawberry lemonade vodka at the store that might just be impeccable as well! 

I used a pineapple vodka made by New Amsterdam that I purchased at my local Safeway.  Topped off with some carbonated water and garnished with a slice of pineapple, it is the perfect drink for summer.  

Seltzer water was my choice, you could certainly use a mineral water such as Perrier or San Pellegrino – I just try to stick with something that doesn’t have sodium.

Another new product I tried while making this drink are silicone ice cube trays that produce perfectly square 1-inch cubes.  These were super easy to get out of the tray and the cubes look great in the glass.  There are bigger 2-inch trays you can purchase, but those are more for whiskey on the rocks – allowing for a slower rate of melting.  The name of the trays I purchased is called Elbee Silicone Ice Tray – 15 cube set of 2 and I bought them through Amazon for a mere $8.99.  These will see plenty of use!

Enjoy this one while the temperatures are warm – I’m sure you will love it!  Hint:  It’s even better in a chilled glass.

Pineapple Refresher
Makes 1 cocktail
Ice Cubes 
1 ½ ounces Pineapple Vodka 
Carbonated Water 
Sliced pineapple, for garnish

Fill chilled rocks glass with ice cubes.  Add 1 ½ ounces of pineapple vodka.  Top with carbonated water, stir, garnish and serve immediately.  

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Fallergo White Wine

Welcome Back!  It’s week 2 of “Cocktail Month” for me and I’d like to share a wine I recently discovered while enjoying Wine Wednesday at Bar Viñedo in Queen Creek.  This is a delicious white to sip during the hot summer months as it is perfectly light and crisp. 

“Fallergo” is produced by an Italian winemaker, Gianni Gagliardo, and is a delicious dry white wine that has a bit of a sparkle to it.  I had to research this further and learned that this characteristic is called “frizzante”, which basically means that the Italians consider this to be slightly sparkling – but less effervescent than champagne.  For me, this provided that little extra touch to enhance how refreshing this wine was to drink.  This would make an ideal beverage to serve as an apéritif.

You can read more about this winemaker as well as the Fallergo on their website here - you will likely need to translate through Google, unless of course you are fluent in Italian.

To purchase this, make a visit to Bar Viñedo at the corner of Power and Rittenhouse in Queen Creek and inquire about it – you can even tell them that The Bubbly Hostess sent you!