September 2011

SEPTEMBER 2011: High Spirtis - The Art of Celebration

Author: Krissy Cantelupe

Has it really been five years since CH2 appeared on the scene? I can’t believe how fast time passes. From Wine Talk to the newly renamed High Spirits (I love that name), I have had a fantastic time writing each month. Since we are celebrating five years of the magazine, I have decided to dedicate this article to the art of celebration with a fun cocktail, a great wine, and an anniversary punch that can be served with or without alcohol. I also wanted to say thank you to everyone at the magazine and create a cocktail just for you: the CH2- tini!

IN HONOR OF CH2’S FIFTH BIRTHDAY, LET’S BEGIN WITH THIS:

Birthday Cake Martini
1 oz. Pinnacle Cake flavored vodka
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 oz. Godiva Chocolate Liquor
1/2oz. half and half
Whipped cream
Rainbow sprinkles

Shake Pinnacle Cake vodka, vanilla extract, Godiva liquor, and half-and-half with ice in shaker. Pour into a large shot or martini glass. Spray with a large dollop of whipped cream and garnish with rainbow sprinkles. Light a candle, sing “Happy Birthday” and enjoy!

IF YOU DON’T WANT TO CALL IT A BIRTHDAY, CALL IT AN ANNIVERSARY. HERE’S A GREAT PARTY RECIPE FOR THOSE WHO LOVE BOURBON:

Anniversary Punch
1 bottle Bulleit Bourbon (750oz)
3 cups cranberry juice cocktail (24 oz.)
1 quart 7-UP or Sprite
1 bottle of Korbel Extra Dry Champagne
1/4 cup maraschino cherry juice
2 lemons and 2 oranges, sliced

Pre-chill all ingredients for three hours before party. In large punch bowl, combine the Bulleit Bourbon, cranberry juice, 7-UP, and cherry juice. Stir, then add the Korbel. Float lemon and orange slices on the surface of the punch bowl. Serve over ice.

*This recipe can also be made non-alcoholic. Do not use the Bourbon and instead of Korbel Extra Dry Champagne, use a sparkling white grape juice, available at most grocery stores.

MANY CELEBRATIONS NEED A REALLY GREAT BOTTLE OF WINE. I AM A HUGE CHAMPAGNES/SPARKLING WINE FAN, SO I CELEBRATE ALL THE TIME. BUT FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT ENJOY A SPARKLER, HOW ABOUT SOMETHING RED AND DELICIOUS, YET AFFORDABLE?

Lyeth Fleur de Lyeth Proprietary Blend
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Malbec, the Fleur de Lyeth is a silky, yet robust red blend. The Lyeth family of wines was founded in 1981 after Chip Lyeth spent most of the 70s in Bordeaux. They have been blending Bordeaux varietals from the very start. This proprietary blend has a nose of bright cherry and dark plums. The wine has luscious flavors of strawberry and Bing cherry with a hint of oak in the background. With a medium body, even tannins and a beautiful finish, this wine pairs well with anything from grilled meats to roasted poultry and heartier seafood fare. The best part is that the wine retails for under $15.

AND FINALLY, I CREATED A COCKTAIL FOR ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE CH2 HAPPEN EACH MONTH. I WANTED TO BE CREATIVE, YET SOMETHING REFRESHING SINCE IT IS STILL HOT AND HUMID. SO I DECIDED ON A VARIATION OF THE TRADITIONAL COSMO…AND IT’S CLEAR, SO YOU CAN WEAR WHITE!

The CH2-tini
2 oz. Ketel One Oranje
2 oz. white cranberry juice
1 oz. seltzer or soda water
2 squeezes of fresh lime
Lime twist for garnish

In a martini shaker, shake the Ketel One Oranje and white cranberry juice until well chilled. Add the two squeezes of fresh lime and shake again. Pour into a martini glass and finish with the seltzer. Garnish with a lime twist.

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