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Happy Kentucky Derby Weekend! In honor of the Derby, this week’s CheBelleCose Cocktail is named after my favorite part of the races- the hats! So sit back, relax and while you watch the races, enjoy a Floppy Hat!
- 2 ounces of Firefly Sweet Tea vodka
- 1 ounce of lemon juice
- 4-6 muddled raspberries,
- splash of sparkling wine
Muddle rasberries in the bottom of a chilled champagne flute. Add 1 oz lemon juice and 2 oz of sweet tea vodka. Stir.
Top with sparkling wine.
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To round out the day of (unexpected) Royal Wedding posts, I’ve decided to make this week’s CheBelleCose cocktail a supposed favorite of the royal couple! So sit back, oggle over the images that will undoubtedly play over and over-and over again this weekend, and enjoy a Royal Passion (formerly the less glamorous ‘Crack Baby.)
1 part Vodka
1 part Passion Fruit Puree
Splash of Champagne
Muddle puree and vodka together and pour into a champagne flute. Top with a champagne floater!
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Happy Good Friday, everyone! This week’s Che Belle Cose cocktail is a nod to Easter and all things Spring- here’s hoping you enjoy a delicious cocktail this weekend while surrounded by family and friends!
Pear Lemon Fizz
1 oz Pear Vodka
1 oz Lemon Verbena Simple Syrup ( 2:2:1 sugar:water:lemon verbena leaves)
1 oz fresh lemon juice
Champagne, for topping off (~1/2 cup)
1 fresh Lemon Verbena leaf, for topping
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add vodka, syrup, and lemon juice. Shake, and then strain into a glass. Top off with Champagne. Garnish with lemon verbena.
There’s nothing more festive than champagne, and to celebrate our engagement, I’ve chosen a deliciously decadent champagne drink for this week’s Che Belle Cose Cocktail.
"Simply the Best" Strawberry Champagne Cocktail
1/2 cup fresh strawberries
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp sugar
champagne or sparkling wine
Wash and hull the strawberries. Put all the strawberries, except one, in a blender. Add vanilla, lemon juice, and sugar, and puree. Pour into a champagne flute half-way (more or less to taste). Top with champagne or sparkling wine, and stir gently. Slide the remaining strawberry onto edge of the glass. Cheers!
Happy Friday, everyone! And this week’s Che Belle Cose cocktail hails from the mixologists at Boqueria in New York, or at least, the closest interpretation I could come up with to their delicious fall cocktail. The mixologists at this tapas restaurant create a new sangria every week- from apple to lavender to honey to chile, these drinks are certainly out of the box. Here is my interpretation of their not-too-sweet fall pumpkin ale sangria:
6 oz pumpkin ale
2 oz lemon juice
2 oz brandy
2 oz triple sec
Mix lemon juice, brandy, triple sec and fruits (apples, lemon slices etc.) together. Slowly add in pumpkin ale, so as to not flatten the beer. Pour over a glass of ice.
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Cocktail of the Week: Paloma Blanca
After a long work week in Vegas, it was time for a weekend of fun! Diablo Cantina's a kitchy little bar on the street outside the Monte Carlo, and this was the perfect drink to kick off the weekend.
2 oz. 901 Silver Tequila
2 oz. Grapefruit Juice
1/2 oz. Lime Juice
2 oz. Club Soda
Serve over ice in a highball glass, and garnish with lime.