Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
photo courtesy of Brides
- 2 oz Vodka
- 2 oz Grape Juice
- 2 oz Grapefruit Juice
- 1/4 oz simple syrup
Pour all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.Purple Cocktail
- 1 oz Southern Comfort® peach liqueur
- 1 oz Blue Curacao liqueur
- 1 oz blueberry liqueur
- 1 oz sloe gin
- 1 splash lime juice
- 1 splash sweet and sour mix
- 1 splash 7-Up®
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.Purple Midnight
- 1 oz silver tequila
- 1 oz Blue Curacao liqueur
- 4 - 6 oz cranberry juice
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
The alluring, banned alcoholic beverage that was banned in the US in 1912 is back. It was believed to be highly hallucinogenic. It was called the Green Fairy! Supposedly the Wormwood is what makes it addictive. Today I am featuring, Grande Absente, Absinthe Originale is one of the oldest traditional absinthe recipes. It is hand crafted in Provence like it was from 1860-1912. It is made exclusively with the highest quality spirits and select botanicals from the region, including a full measure of the legendary botanical Wormwood, also know as artemisia absinthium.
The Green Fairy
2 oz Absente
In a shaker filed with ice, mix Absente, GET 27 and a splash of lemon juice. Add a ½ teaspoon of sugar if you desire. Shake until the green fairy wakes up. Strain into martini glass and garnish by floating a lemon slice or drop in a twisted lemon peel.
The Absente Frappe
Pour ingrdients into a shaker full of ice. Shake until very cold, strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a cherry.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
- In the Middle Ages, invitations were written in calligraphy by monks, for the nobility.
- They were considered a luxury. Most people couldn't read or write
- Before then the town crier would announce to all the impending marriage.
- The envelope was usually sealed with a wax impression of the host's coat of arms.
- The printing press was invented in 1447 by Gutenberg.
- In 1642, the invention of metal plate engraving printing brought wedding invitation printing to the middle class.
- Engraving is done by handwriting on metal in reverse and then printing on the paper.
- Tissue paper was put on top of the invitation to prevent smudging, in case you were wondering what to do with it.
- Each guests name was also engraved on the invitation.
- During the 17th century people started announcing their weddings in the paper.
- Lithography was introduced in 1798. This method uses chemicals to produce an image.
- Lithography made it possible to mass-produce wedding invitations.
- During the Victorian times invitations were made by lithography or handwritten.
- They also usually sent them out only about two weeks before the event, instead of the six to eight weeks now.
- The invitations were delivered by foot or horseback. The post service wasn't reliable.
- The invitation was put into two envelopes since the outer envelope could be soiled en route.
- The outer envelope was thrown away by the butler before it reached the guest.
- The inner one was presented to the invited guest clean and pretty. It is the one without a seal.
- The wording is from the nobility and society mavens.
- Traditional invitation wording is the most formal of English, from Victorian times.
- For ceremonies taking place in a house of worship, use request the honour of your presence.
- For ceremonies taking place in a non-religious setting should say, request the pleasure of your company.
- Traditionally, invitations are written in black ink on white or cream paper.
- They were printed in a script font.
- Using titles for everybody on the invitation makes it formal.
- If you are getting married in an untraditional way you can be a lot more creative with the wording.
- The names on your wedding invitations should be the same as on your birth certificate.
- In 1973, the US Postal service started issuing their LOVE stamp.
- You can now order personalized stamps through the USPS at Stamps.com, Zazzle or a few other companies.
- You can have the post office hand stamp the invitation.
- It is not proper to put no gifts, the gift registry or give to a charity instead of gifts on the invitation, no matter what kind of wedding you are having.
- Today's letterpress invitations are made on antique machines.
- According to Wedding Paper Divas, the top invitation trends for 2009 are birds, peacock feathers, flowers, dandelions, and branches.
Monday, April 6, 2009
~That's my Husband in there, 2007~
Since there is a drink for just about anything, how some about Easter Drinks?
- 1 1/2 oz Dark Creme de Cacao
- 1/2 oz Vodka
- 1 tsp Chocolate Syrup
- 1 tsp Cherry Brandy
Pour the crème de cacao and vodka into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Shake and strain into an rocks glass filled with ice. Slowly float the chocolate syrup and cherry brandy on top.
- 1 oz blue curaçao
- 1 oz white crème de cacao
Pour the blue curaçao and crème de cacao over ice cubes in rocks glass filled with ice. Slowly float the half-and-half on top.
Honey Bunny Cocktail
- 2 oz carrot juice
- 1 oz orange juice
- 1 dash grenadine syrup
Honey Bunny courtesy of 1001 Cocktail Recipies.