pineapple infused vodka

You may recall my wonderful meal at Restaurant Nola in New Orleans. One of the many highlights was their Cosmo – made with their own Pineapple infused vodka. Since that fateful night in September, I have been wanting to make my own infused vodka. I decided it would be a perfect gift for family and friends this year – I wasn’t able to find any cool bottles so had to stick with the classic, but it’s what inside that counts, right?

The recipe is simple, quick and I promise that whoever is on the receiving end of this gift will be in cocktail heaven!

Put pineapple chunks (or strawberry, grapefruit, jalapeño, etc) into a jar and fill with vodka of choice. Refrigerate for at least 5 days and then drink on the rocks, in a cocktail or neat.

Happy New Year!

jam & mascarpone

The sweet take on my mushroom & parmesan pillows. By the way, in the future I will just use the phyllo cups. So much easier – and more room for filling! These sweet treats contained a dollop of mascarpone cheese and a dollop of Crofter’s Superfruit Spread – South American (Maqui & Passionfruit blended with Morello Cherries & Red Grapes). I’m not really a big “jam” person but this is not your average jelly. So flavorful and so different from anything I’ve tried before. It would be perfect on some crusty bread with goat cheese.

Unfortunately the fillings did not want to stay inside and burst a bit at the seams but no worries, it had no effect on the flavor and was delicious none-the-less!

Festive Pomegranate Champagne

Who says you can’t drink on Sundays? Well, actually Minnesota does – no alcohol sales on Sundays. So it requires a little planning ahead if your favorite way to spend Sunday is sipping wine and cooking like me!

This cocktail was actually consumed on Friday for our annual Pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving dinner (Ugly sweaters required) along with a large amount of Holiday food :)

Pomegranate Champagne

1 part Pama Pomegranate Liqour

3 parts champagne or sparkling wine

Pomegranate arils

 

brian’s juice bar – chicago

I have really been wishing there was a juice bar somewhat close to where I work. (sigh).  Since I started with the green monsters I have been dying to try a green juice. Yes, there are places to get juice in Minneapolis, but so far I haven’t found anything that is exactly convenient so I had had yet to try. While in Chicago (read about my awesome trip to karyn’s raw restaurant) there was a juice bar right around the corner from my hotel – at first glance I thought it was hopeless, but when I gave it a try and went in I knew it would work and so I took full advantage! Refrigerators FULL of fruits and veggies.
My absolute favorite? Apple, Kiwi, Cucumber and Parsley. Yes, it may sound a little odd to some, but it was so unbelievably refreshing, not overly sweet and all around amazing and I’m dying to have more of it. I picked up some Naked Juice Green Machine which I used to love but it just wasn’t the same and almost tasted too sweet.
I’m going to hunt down a juice bar and try to find my juicer for the Magic Bullet because I just can’t live without this juice…
Do you have a favorite juice combo when you go to a juice bar??