This year’s Grammy Awards show is sure to bring out some of our favorite musicians in style and give us plenty of tunes to please our ears. Whether you’re couch dancing or cutting a rug on the living room floor, these cocktails and snack suggestions will rock the party.
To go with the anticipated tribute to Prince at this year’s show, we offer this cocktail inspired by him.
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2 parts Sailor Jerry rum
1 tsp. fig paste
1 tsp. condensed milk
4 parts cold brewed coffee
In a shaker tin, combine all ingredients. Hard shake and double strain over fresh ice. Serve immediately.
1.5 oz. Casa Noble Anejo tequila
.5 oz. Branca Mentha (We used crème de menthe for our version in the photo, which gave the cocktail a taste similar to a chocolate cherry mint candy.)
.5 oz. cherry liqueur (Luxardo works well)
.5 oz. Orgeat (Almond Syrup)
.5 oz. milk or cream chocolate bitters (Fee Brothers Is Good) Luxardo Preserved Maraschino Cherries
Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake well. Pour into a tall glass and place a cherry or two on top.
Pair a Cream or a Maravillas with blue cheese or brie on toast.
Ruffino’s Bubbles Over Bass
3 parts chilled Ruffino Prosecco
1 ½ part apple cider
1 part ginger liqueur
Combine ingredients into a flute. Lightly stir and garnish with a lemon peel.
Pair this cocktail with Mexican Wedding cookies or Russian Teacake cookies.
Betty Crocker Russian Teacakes
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
½ cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup finely chopped nuts
¼ teaspoon salt
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Mix butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, and the vanilla in large bowl. Stir in flour, nuts, and salt until dough holds together. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set but not brown. Remove from cookie sheet. Cool slightly on a wire rack. Roll warm cookies in powdered sugar; cool on wire rack. Roll in powdered sugar again.
Svedka’s Sweet Song
1½ parts Svedka Vodka
1 part coffee liqueur
¼ cup vanilla ice cream
½ cup crushed ice
dollop whipped cream
Combine ingredients except whipped cream and melted chocolate in a blender and blend for 20 seconds. Treat a sundae glass with melted chocolate drizzle, and dump blend in glass. Garnish and dust with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Striped straw optional.
It would be a fun touch to serve Svedka’s Sweet Touch with pieces of waffle cones dipped in chocolate.
Raspberry Tea Tini
1 ¾ oz. Van Gogh Raspberry Vodka
1 oz. sweet iced tea
¼ oz. fresh lemon juice
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
Dutch Caramel Vodka Bites
Created by Dawn Belisle, Delights by Dawn
1 12 oz. package of vanilla wafers
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 1/2 Tbsp. light corn syrup
1/2 cup Van Gogh Dutch Caramel vodka
7 oz. melting chocolate (dark or milk)
Put wafers in a food processor and process until fine. If you don’t have a food processor put wafers in a sealable gallon food bag and use a rolling pin to crush until fine. Place wafer crumbs in a bowl and add confectioners’ sugar, corn syrup and Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka. Mix until well until combined. Using a small cookie scoop or a heaping tablespoon, scoop the dough and roll into a 1 inch bite-sized ball.
Melt the chocolate and then dip the bites into the chocolate until covered entirely. Place dipped bites on a wax sheet of paper to harden. To decorate, add sprinkles or colored sugar before the chocolate coating hardens. Store the Dutch Caramel Vodka Bites in an airtight container. Bites are best when made ahead of time and stored for 1 to 3 days to allow all the flavors to meld before serving.
Kim Crawford’s Perfect Pitch
1.5 oz. Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
1 oz. Svedka Vanilla
1 oz. matcha tea syrup (1 part brewed matcha tea combine with 1 part white sugar until dissolved. Cool before using and store refrigerated.)
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1/2 oz. lime juice
1 oz. egg white
1 oz. cream Soda
Combine all ingredients in a shaker without ice and shake dry. Then add ice and shake again. Strain into a highball glass and pour soda in a careful stream toward the center of the glass. The head of the drink will rise above the glass lip just slightly when it is ready.
Something savory fits best with the Perfect Pitch so toast up a pan of breaded mozzarella sticks and jalapeño poppers. Serve them with your favorite dipping sauce like ranch dressing or marinara sauce.
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