Saturday, November 26, 2011

3 Great Drinks for Breakfast for Dinner ... or Brunch!

Refreshing Beverages of the Week
The great thing about breakfast for dinner is that it's usually after 5:00. Have a drink!

The Perfect Bloody Mary Mix

3 Tbsp dijon mustard
3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp prepared horseradish
2 Tbsp hot sauce (like Tabasco)
2.5 oz lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
1.5 oz lime juice (about 2 limes)
2 Tbsp olive brine
1 tsp celery seed
2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
2 tsp kosher or sea salt
64 oz tomato vegetable juice (V8)

Mix everything together and add more heat if you are inclined to. Mix with as much or as little vodka as you want.

Pink Bellinis

2 large ripe peaches
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 cup small ice cubes
1 750 ml bottle pink champagne

Drop the peach into a small sauce pan of boiling water and blanch for 2 minutes, put in ice water bath and carefully peel off skin. Cut in half and remove pit. Now puree in a blender with lemon and orange juice. Add the champagne and ice and blend til frothy. Pour into 8 chilled champagne flutes.

Lillet Martinis

This recipe makes 2 big drinks.

1 1/4 cup vodka
1/4 cup Lillet Blanc
4 large strips orange zest

The best way to do this is prepare it ahead. Combine Lillet and vodka and add 2 strips of orange zest and put in freezer. When ready to serve, combine chilled yummy liquid into chilled martini glass and add 2 fresh orange zest strips.