April 3, 2009

Crazy Friday...

So sorry for the delay in posting! What began as a routine pediatrician visit this morning evolved into a full-day excursion to the local children's hospital for x-rays and ultra-sound testing. Needless to say, no friday morning dance fest for us...

Thankfully, all is well and the little guy is in tip-top shape (whew!) Let's finish off this Friday with a toast to good health, good docs and a stress-free, fun weekend!

Here are a few cocktail recipes from the queen of delicious concotions, Rachel Ray. I hope that you'll be able to enjoy one this weekend in the company of good friends.

Sparkling Sangria

Recipe by Rachael Ray
Serves 4
  • 1/4 cup orange flavored liqueur (such as Triple Sec or Grand Marnier)
  • 1/4 cup almond liqueur (such as Amaretto)
  • 12 strawberries, sliced
  • 1 pint raspberries
  • 1 bottle Spanish sparkling wine (such as Frexinet Cordon Negro)
  • 4 seedless grapes

Combine liqueurs and fruit in the bottom of a medium pitcher and lightly muddle. Fill pitcher with sparkling wine. Place a single grape in the bottom of each glass. The yeast on the grape skin will help retain some fizz in your drink. Spoon a bit of muddled berry from the pitcher into each Champagne glass then pour in the liquid. Serve immediately. Cheers!

Margarita Slushes

Recipe by Rachael Ray
Serves 2

  • 1 lime, juiced, plus 2 lime slices, for garnish
  • 2 scoops lemon sorbet
  • 4 scoops lime sherbet
  • 4 shots tequila
  • 1/2 shot Triple Sec or other orange liqueur

Place all ingredients in blender and process on high. Pour into glasses and garnish with a round slice of lime.