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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Pink Drinks For Wedding Showers

Looking for a great signature drink for a wedding shower? Sutter Home has the perfect recipe! Girls' Night In! Thank you Sutter Home! And don't forget to serve Sutter Home's wines at your wedding as well.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

What Is This?

OK, here's the question, WHAT THE HECK IS IT? If you cheated and checked the link you know it's ice cubes. YES ice cubes! Pretty aren't they? If you're planning a punch that needs a punch of color try using these great ice cubes. Made by adding colored water to small balloons and freezing (oh, and don't forget to remove the balloon!) these great cubes will trick out your punch like you've never seen before.

BUT, (I know, there's always a but...) this is an extremely messy project. Visit this link for exact directions. Be aware these will change the color of your punch as they melt so a test run of the colors you want to combine would be a good idea. Also the directions given are to make them in the snow... so...if you're a June bride, you'd better get these done in January!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Use This Wedding Drink Calculator

Visit this site to help you figure out how much liquor you need to buy for your wedding.  The Wedding Party Drink Calculator.  See Mr. Sommelier calculate how much hard liquor you need, as well as soda and mixes, wine, and fruit garnish. Clever guy isn't he? This site lets you enter the type of party you are having, the types of liquor you want to serve, as well as the number of  guests and gives you the perfect shopping list. Not too much, not too little, but just right.  Why waste money on purchasing excessive items for the bar when you can use the drink calculator to help you purchase just the right amount.

Strawberry Lemonade Sparklers

Looking for a lemonade based drink? How about this great Lemonade Sparkler? Perfect for that picnic wedding or outdoor wedding, and especially for the bride who loves PINK! 

Valley and Co. Lifestyle's website is full of great party ideas, both food and DRINK! So try out their recipe. If you can take this much pink you're in business!

Recipe: Tower 23 Strawberry Lemonade Sparkler (recipe from link above)

2 oz. strawberry infused Svedka vodka | 2 oz. simple syrup | 2 oz. fresh lemon juice | Top with sparkling wine | Garnish with strawberries and mint

Monday, March 5, 2012

The Nonalcoholic Champagne-Like Toast

12NtM or 12 Noon to Midnight is a company started by two chefs who wanted food friendly but non-alcoholic to serve to their guests. The company makes two flavors, one a peach-like white and the other a sparkling dark pink. 

Photo courtesy of 12NtM Website

Light and refreshing but  not too sweet each glass has about half the calories of wine, a bonus to dieters everywhere.

Photo from 12NtM Website

But the real question is how do they taste and how do they stack up next to your favorite wine or champagne? The fizz is there in both. 

The 'white' has notes of peaches, apricots, white grapes and tea. It's sweet but a good match for your favorite green salad.  Perfect for serving with your salad course for your wedding or at your wedding shower.

Photo of cocktails from 12NtM on web page

The red, or Rouge, is drier but also just a bubbly. It offers notes of dark cherry and plum, almost like a light rosé. 

12NtM doesn't offer the complex taste of most wines but if you're looking for a fun to drink choice that you can serve wedding guests, 12NtM is a good choice. Fun for your guests to drink without cloying sweetness. Another option is to use them as a 'mixer' to create a non-alcoholic but refreshing and sophisticated wine-like cocktail. Find recipes for cocktails or food pairings here.

12NtM is available at your local Whole Foods or Wegman's.