Thursday Night Nicoise Salad

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Allow all of your salad stars to shine on their own. Dress each component of your salad individually and pile onto a platter. Simple food is just so darn pretty. Make something like this whatever you have on hand!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Liquid Lust

Always in search of a new "wine cocktail", I was googling around online when I came across an intriguing recipe for a sangria-type cocktail named "Liquid Lust". Now, combining a flowery and blushy tequila with wine and fruit juice immediately sounded refreshing and delicious to moi', so I was quickly on the hunt for what has become my newest favorite late summer cocktail ingredient . . . drum roll please........ ROSANGEL. A reposado tequila from Gran Centenario, aged in port barrels and infused with hand-picked hibiscus flowers. OMG. C'mon now. I was never really a tequila girl amidst the mobs of Patron'-swillin'-party-animal-salt lickin'-lime suckin'-girls-gone-wild (like my friend Tammy, can't stop LOL) . . . I am a wine girl.

Since my new discovery, I think I might now be a wine and tequila girl. This fruity and floral luxury liquor is sure to be popping up in future KPK cocktails as a new favorite ingredient for years to come. Treat yourself to a bottle today by placing an order with Binny's Beverage Depot at 708.226.9902 (in Orland Park for locals).

On Rosangel's website, there are a few interesting recipes to try ... The recipe for "Rosangel Pink Sangria" is identical to the cocktail recipe I found on a different site under the name "Liquid Lust" and that's the name I like best...It's funny re-reading the recipe now because when I made it the first (and second) times (both last week)...... I apparently didn't notice the last ingredient, club soda, therefore, those first two pitchers were seriously powerful and I toned them down with more cranberry juice and orange juice than the recipe called for. Now, I understand. Duh. That was BEFORE a sample. LOL. None of my guest taste-testers seemed to mind. They loved it!

Liquid Lust

1/2 bottle of Rosangel
1/2 bottle of white wine (your choice- I used Pinot Grigio the first time & Sauvignon Blanc the second time)
1/2 cup white sugar*
1 ounce orange juice (if not fresh-squeezed, I love Tropicana with lots of pulp)
1 ounce cranberry juice (I like the "no-sugar added" Ocean Spray)
2 oranges, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
1 lime, sliced
1 bunch of grapes (I like red, purple and green)
1 apple, thinly sliced or cut into cubes (love Honeycrisp, Pink Lady or Granny Smith)
1/2 liter of club soda

Everyone into the pool..... all ingredients into a punch bowl or large pitcher. Stir until the sugar is melted. Taste-test. Use your judgment. Too boozy, add more juice, not boozy enough, add more booze. How hard is this? Want it more limey? Um. You get the picture. I love this combination. Play with it. Adjust it. Change it up. Make it your own. Serve it on the rocks with lots of fresh and beautiful fruit & maybe a sprig of something special : ).

*A note about sugar . . . Bar Sugar (aka Superfine Sugar, hmmm, hey, that could be a great nickname) is finer and dissolves quicker than regular sugar. OR, you can buy organic sugar (it's light brown) pretty much anywhere now and use that if it makes you feel better. Or.....for a lovely treat, try organic agave syrup. I'm really into it and have been using it to sweeten everything. I mean, what the heck do you think tequila is made from? Last note and KPK tip (you've read this here before ~ make a simple syrup by heating equal parts of sugar and water just to a simmer. Cool completely and store in the fridge to sweeten your life (and especially your sangria) easily without waiting for sugar to dissolve. That way, you can start drinking a few minutes sooner. LOL.

Drink Lust Today

(heck, ask Jimmy Carter! ~ he understands)

Katie's Passion Kitchen
Bringing Liquid Lust to YOUR Passion Kitchen

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