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Cheers To…12/10-12/14

Cheers To…12/10-12/14

See who’s getting the honor of a toast this week

As we head into the weekend after a long, drawn-out week, we’re ready to raise a glass to those who deserve it — and believe us, there are quite a few.

Cheers to… The New York Knicks, yet again. The Miami Heat, the Brooklyn Nets, and the Los Angeles Lakers, all in one week. How about we raise the whole bottle to you guys? [The Bleacher Report]

Cheers to… The Golden Globe nominations — Homeland! Les Misérables! Schmidt! Who’s placing bets on winners? [E!]

Cheers to… the end of the world as we know it, so let’s throw a huge party.

Cheers to… The release of The Hobbit, the long-awaited prequel to The Lord of the Rings — aka every nerd’s dream come true. [People]

Cheers to… Hugh Grant, dubbed the "Worst Guest Ever" on The Daily Show — what an honor.[ABC]

Cheers to… Harry Styles really pulling out all the stops for Taylor Swift — birthday cupcakes, bringing her home to mom, and a vacation in England. Taylor, here’s to lucky number 16? [The Daily Meal]

Cheers to… the coming together of the biggest names in music’s history — Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, The Rolling Stones, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, The Who — all for one cause that resulted in $30 million for Hurricane Sandy victims.[New Yorker]

Say cheers to Paczki Day with this local spirit

Paczki Day is Tuesday and this year Detroit City Distillery wants you to say cheers while enjoying them.

They stopped by Live In The D to talk about their limited edition Paczki Day Vodka, a delicious creation made with actual paczki from local favorite New Palace Bakery. Brand Ambassador Garrett Passiak talked to Jason and Tati about how the vodka is made and the best ways to drink it.

Passiak says the Paczki Vodka was first in created in 2017 when distiller Steve Orzechowski, decided to toss a dozen paczki from the legendary New Palace Bakery into a distiller. From that moment came Paczki Vodka, which, according Passiak, is best enjoyed chilled with an actual paczki on the side.

For people who like their vodka mixed, Passiak suggests trying out Detroit City Distillery’s mixed cocktails Polish Daisy, which is made with Paczki Vodka and vanilla, and Polish Bloody, which features Srodek’s signature horseradish sauce. Both will be on sale this Saturday (2/13) at Detroit City Distillery in Eastern Market. You can also use Paczki Vodka to make a Campau Comrade Cocktail (recipe below), a white Russian inspired treat.

Paczki Day Vodka is sold at liquor and grocery stores around metro Detroit. The list can be found at Detroit City Distillery’s website. They recommend you call before you head out as bottles are selling out quick!

Popular Martini Recipes

1. Caramel Apple Martini Recipe
1/ 1/2 oz. apple flavored vodka
1 oz. green apple liqueur
apple slice, for garnish
Caramel syrup, for garnish if desired

Mix ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Pour into glass. Garnish with a slice of apple. If desired, drizzle caramel syrup around the top edge of the glass.

2. Pineapple Vodka Martini
1 1/2 oz. pineapple juice
1 oz. vodka
1 oz. Cointreau (or triple-sec)
1/2 oz. lime juice
fresh pineapple wedges for garnish
Combine ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Pour into glass. Slide a pineapple wedge onto the rim of the glass.

3. Peach Martini Recipe
2 shots vanilla vodka
1 shot peach schnapps liqueur
1/2 shot lime juice
peach slice, for garnish

Combine ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Pour into glass. If peaches are in season, garnish with a peach slice.

4. Chocolate Martini Recipe
2 shots Godiva Milk Chocolate Liqueur (or substitute any chocolate liqueur)
1 shot Baileys Irish Cream
2 shots half & half
Chocolate kiss, for garnish if desired
Chocolate Syrup, for garnish if desired

Mix ingredients in a shaker half filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Pour into a glass. Garnish with a chocolate kiss. You can drizzle chocolate syrup on the rim of the glass. Chocolate lovers have made this one of the the most popular martinis.

5. Bourbon Martini Recipe
2 shots apple juice
1 shot of your favorite bourbon
1 teaspoon honey

Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Pour into glass. Enjoy!

6. Dry Martini Recipe
2 1/2 oz. dry gin
1/2 oz. dry vermouth
green olive, for garnish

Combine ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Stir gently. Pour into a glass. Garnish with a green olive for the classic dry martini.

7. Triple Sec Martini
1 shot Triple Sec (or Cointreau orange liqueur)
2 shots vodka
juice of 1 lime
2 splashes cranberry juice

Mix ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

8. Lemon Drop Martini Recipe
1 1/2 oz. vodka
1/2 oz. Cointreau (or triple sec)
1 t. superfine sugar
3/4 oz. lemon juice
sugar for garnish, if desired

Mix ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Pour into glass. Before making the martini: Run a lemon slice around the top rim of the glass. Dip the glass into sugar to coat the rim with sugar.

9. Tiramusu Martini Recipe
3 shots Vodka
4 shots Chocolate flavored Vodka
1/2 shot Amaretto
1/2 shot almond flavored liqueur
milk chocolate bar, room temperature
chocolate syrup, if desired
whipping cream, chocolate sprinkles
– if desired

1. Fill martini shaker half full of ice.
2. Add all ingredients to shaker. Shake until blended.
3. Pour into chilled martini glasses.
4. Garnish with chocolate curls. Cut curls from the chocolate bar with a potato peeler. As an alternative you can garnish with whipping cream and chocolate sprinkles.

Tip: If desired you can pour some chocolate syrup onto a plate. Lay martini glasses upside down to coat the rim with chocolate before putting drink into the glasses.

10. Pomegranate Martini Recipe
1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice
2 oz. vodka
1 oz. Cointreau (or triple sec)

Combine ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Pour into glass. If pomegranates are in season, add a tablespoon of fresh pomegranate fruit into the glass.

Suggestions for Making the Most Popular Martini Recipes

  • Chill your martini shaker and your glasses in the freezer before starting. In fact, chill all of the ingredients. This will help the drink stay cold longer.
  • Be sure to have extra ice on hand. If you are entertaining, martinis do require lots of ice.
  • If the martini includes Gin, you might want to stir the martini to keep the gin from becoming “bruised”.
  • Crushed ice works better than ice cubes in cooling the drink quickly.
  • Use top quality alcohol and fresh juices if possible.

Have you used any of these Popular Martini Recipes? If so, please tell us what you thought about the martini you made. We would love to hear from you below.

Organic White Wine

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52. Gerard Bertrand, Cigalus, Chardonnay-Viognier-Sauvignon Blanc, IGP Aude Hauterive, Languedoc, 2018, $49.99 (B)

53. Tablas, Esprit de Tablas Blanc, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Picpoul Blanc, 2016, $45 (B)(AW)

54. Gerard Bertrand, Château l’Hospitalet Grand Vin Blanc, Vermentino-Roussanne-Viognier-Bourboulenc, AOP La Clape, Languedoc, 2015 $16.99, (B)

55. Bonterra Organic Vineyards, Dry Muscat, Mendocino County, 2018, $16 (B) (V)

56. Winc!, The Independent Chardonnay, Carneros-Sonoma, California, 2017, $29 (V)

57. Koyle, Costa La Flor Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, San Antonio Valley, Chile, 2019 $16.99 (V)

58. Bonterra, Viognier, Mendocino County, California, 2018 $16 (AW)

59. Tenuta Gorghi, Tondi Coste a Preola, Grillo, Sicilia, 2019, $15

60. Turley Estate Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, 2018 $28

61. Baglio Di Pianetto, Ficiligno Insolia, Santa Cristina Gela, Sicily, 2018 $17

62. Peteglia, DOC Montecucco, Vermentino, Vermentino, Toscana, Italia, 2018, $25

63. Medlock Ames, Sauvignon Blanc, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, 2018, $29

64. Els Nanos Blanc del Coster, Chardonnay, Garnacha Blanca, Macabeo, D.O. Conca de Barberà, 2018, $14

65. Caruso Minini, Grillo, Marsala, Province of Trapani, 2018, $16

66. Tonnino, Grillo, Sicily and Sardina, Italy, 2018, $17

67. La Cappuccina, Basaltik, Sauvignon, Veneto, 2018, $19

68. Baglio Di Pianetto, Catarratto, Santa Cristina Gela, Sicily, 2018 $16

69. ColleMassari Melacce Montecucco Vermentino DOC 2018, $22

70. Medlock Ames, Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, 2018, $34

71. Villa Creek, Fiano, Adelaida District, Paso Robles CA, 2017, $60

72. Fidora, Tenuta Civranetta, Pinot Grigio, DOC Veneto, 2017, $15 

73. La Cappuccina, Soave Garganega, Veneto, 2018, $15

74. Villa Creek, Roussanne, Willow Creek District, Paso Robles CA, 2017 $60

75. Grgich Hills Estate, Chardonnay, Napa Valley, 2016, $43 

76. Albet I Noya, 𠇌uriós”, Xarel-lo, Penedès DO, Spain, 2018, $13

77. Sella & Mosca Le Arenarie, Sauvignon Blanc, Alghero DOC, Sardinia, Italy, 2018, $18

12 Valentine’s Day Cocktail Recipes

Make this a Valentine’s Day to remember with one of the dozen mood-setting cocktails below:

1) Love Under The Bridge

2 oz. Peach vodka
½ oz. Lemon juice
½ oz. Simple syrup
1 oz. Cranberry juice
1 Strawberry
3 Basil leaves
Top off with rosé Champagne

Muddle strawberry and basil leaves. Add other ingredients except Champagne and shake with ice until chilled. Double strain, top with Champagne and garnish with a strawberry and a mint leaf.

The mixologists at The Rye Bar at Rosewood Washington D.C., created this recipe.

2) My Sherry Amor

2 oz. Novo Fogo Barrel-Aged cachaça
1 oz. Oloroso sherry honey (mix 2 parts honey, 1 part sherry)
Dash Scrappy’s chocolate bitters
Dash Angostura bitters

Stir and strain into a rocks glass, then express the oils of an orange peel over the drink.

The mixologists at Novo Fogo created this recipe.

3) Tickled Pink

¾ part Elit vodka
½ part Cranberry syrup
¼ part Lemon juice
2 dashes Orange bitters
Champagne or sparkling wine

Combine first 4 ingredients and shake with ice and strain into coupe or flute. Top with bubbles and add an orange twist.

Ashtin Berry, bartender at Ace Hotel Nola in New Orleans, created this recipe.

4) Heartbreak Hotline

1 ½ oz. Azzurre vodka
½ oz. Triple sec
½ oz. Pom pomegranate juice
¾ oz. Fresh lime juice
¾ oz. Simple syrup (1:1)

Combine ingredients and shake. Strain into a Martini glass and garnish with an orange twist

The mixologists at Azzurre created this recipe.

5) Cupid’s Hope

1 ½ parts Reyka vodka
1 part Lemon juice
¾ part Rosemary syrup*
2 parts Pear juice

Build all ingredients into Hurricane glass over crushed ice and swizzle & garnish with stalk Rosemary or dried pear.

*For Rosemary syrup: Combine equal parts water and sugar. Let cool. Blanch the rosemary for about 30 seconds. Pat dry and remove the leaves. Place the sugar, water and blanched rosemary leave into a blender. Blend to a consist texture. Fine strain and bottle.

The mixologists at Reyka created this recipe.

6) Boyfriend Material

6) 1 oz. Beefeater London Dry gin
½ oz. Del Maguey Vida mezcal
½ oz. Ancho Reyes chile liqueur
½ oz. Aperol
¾ oz. Fresh lime juice
½ oz. Honey syrup

Combine all ingredients to a cocktail tin and shake. Double strain into a coupe, and garnish with togarashi Japanese spice mix.

Dan Casto, bartender at Double Dragon in Portland, OR, created this recipe.

7) Sweet & Spicy Chocolate Margarita

1 oz. Soltado Spicy Añejo tequila
½ oz. Cointreau
1 oz. Chocolate syrup
½ oz. Heavy cream
½ oz. Cinnamon syrup

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake for 1 minute, strain into a martini glass, drizzled with chocolate syrup. Garnish with cocoa powder.

Kourtney Wenke of Butapub in Rochester, NY, created this recipe.

8) Livin’ in Sin

1 oz. Juniperus gin
½ oz. Ancho-infused Bluebird vodka
¾ oz. Maple syrup
½ oz. Lemon juice
2 drops Fee Brothers Cranberry bitters
2 drops Absinthe
1 Egg white

Combine ingredients and reverse dry shake. Strain into Nick & Nora glass and garnish with cranberry bitters.

Matt Giarratano, beverage manager at The Bar at Bluebird Distilling in Phoenixville, PA, created this recipe.

9) A Rose Story

2 parts Hendrick’s gin
1 part Rose petal jam
½ part Lemon juice
½ part Sugar syrup
1 part Cranberry juice
1 part Egg white

Combine ingredients and double shake. Strain into coup glass and garnish with rose petals and spray of orange bitters and rose waters.

Hendrick’s gin ambassador Erik Andersson created this recipe.

10) Bubbles and Roses

¾ oz. Vodka
¾ oz. Lillet Blanc
¾ oz. Combier Pamplemousse liqueur
Chandon Brut Rosé sparkling wine
Dash of grenadine

Combine vodka, Lillet Blanc, Pamplemousse, and a dash of grenadine in a cocktail shaker. Shake for around 10 seconds and strain into a Champagne flute. Fill the flute the rest of the way with sparkling wine. Garnish with a lemon and orange twist.

Geoffrey Rich, bar manager of the RingSide Grill in Portland, OR, created this recipe.

11) The Guilty Husband

1 ¼ oz. Rose- and almond-infused Grey Goose vodka*
⅓ oz. Crème de Cacao Blanc
⅓ oz. Rose liqueur
Rosé Champagne or prosecco

Combine the first3 ingredients in a mixing glass and stir. Strain into a flute and top with Champagne.

*Infuse 1 bottle with 4 large tablespoons of dried rose pedals. Add in 8 drops of organic almond essence. Strain the rose pedals after 1-2 days or to taste.

The mixologists at Grey Goose created this recipe.

12) Killer in Red

¾ oz. Campari
¾ oz. Cinzano 1757 Bianco
½ oz. Grand Marnier
¾ oz. Chamomile gin
Drop of rose essence

Pour all the ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice and stir with a bar spoon. Strain the cocktail into a chilled coupe. Finish with a drop of rose essential oil and serve.

The mixologists at Campari this recipe.

Melissa Dowling is editor of Cheers magazine. Top photo courtesy of The Kinzie Hotel in Chicago.

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SDSU baseball falls twice to Oral Roberts

BROOKINGS, S.D. (SDSU) -- South Dakota State opened its final series of the regular season with two losses against Oral Roberts by scores of 11-8 and 4-3 Thursday afternoon at Erv Huether Field.

The Jacks fell to 12-30 overall and 7-19 in Summit League play while the Golden Eagles improved to 28-19 and 19-5 in conference play.

Eye on KELOLAND: Solving South Dakota’s need for behavioral analysts

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) -- A new graduate-level program will be offered at the University of South Dakota this fall for those interested in helping people with developmental disabilities.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four children in the United States has one or more developmental disabilities. And 1 in 54 children have been identified with autism spectrum disorder. Lifescape CEO Steve Watkins says that they are seeing a demand for services that can better help these children.

Avera breaks ground on Kirby Place addition, expanding long-term patient and family lodging

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) -- Avera broke ground on Kirby Place at the Walsh Family Village in Sioux Falls on Thursday.

Kirby Place will house 14 guest rooms, connecting two of the three existing buildings at Walsh Family Village. Once completed, there will be two facilities: Kirby Place and Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Cheers! Get Cooking With 12 Beer Inspired Recipes

Every week we pull together some great Canadian recipes from food bloggers around the web featuring one main ingredient or dish. Say "cheers" with these 12 beer inspired recipes (and here's 12 more!)

We love beer here at FBC - we have a whole team of beer writers who showcase Canada's flourishing Craft Beer Scene 3 times a month. But what about cooking with beer? It's becoming more and more popular and there are so many creative ways to get inspired - from cocktails to veggies, stews, breads and yes, even dessert. Here are some of our current favourite beer inspired recipes. And be sure to check out 12 more of our favourite beer recipes!

So cheers! It's 5 0'clock somewhere!

Sour cherries have a short season. If you can't find fresh ones, use quick-frozen or canned sour cherries.

In this pie, fresh Bing cherries combine with dried tart cherries, preserved Morello cherries, and whole spices to create a deep red, intensely flavored pie.

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14 Champagne Cocktails to Cheers the First Day of Summer

Today is the first official day of summer. Before you finalize your beach trips and plan your attack for the commandments of summer cooking, let’s raise a glass to the next three months. On the longest day of the year, we propose a toast to the hot days to come. Something sparkly is definitely in order.

1. Elderflower Champagne Cocktail from The Kitchn

This four-ingredient cocktail makes a great pitcher drink. It’s extra sparkly due to the Champagne and club soda. Don’t skip out on adding fresh fruit! If you can’t find strawberries, another berry substitute is just fine.

2. Blackberry Thyme Champagne Cocktail from Style Me Pretty

For this cocktail you need to make a blackberry simple syrup first, and then top with Champagne and a sprig of thyme.

3. Strawberry Lime Champagne Cocktail from Savory Nothings

This three-ingredient cocktail involves smashed strawberries, lime, and Champagne. It sounds super simple and refreshing — something you could easily make after a long day at work.

4. Plum and Thyme Champagne Cocktail from My Diary of Us

I love that the base of this cocktail involves a homemade thyme simple syrup, which provides a little earthiness to cut through all that sugar.

5. Strawberry Champagne Mojito from The Suburban Soapbox

This rum and Champagne-based cocktail is a great pitcher drink contender. The fresh strawberries and mint in this thing are so pretty.

6. Cucumber Mint Sparkler from Domesticate Me

I think we can all agree that cucumber and mint is the most refreshing combination of all time. If you’re going to chase the sun this summer, you’re going to need all the energy you can get.

7. Grapefruit Sage Champagne Cocktail from Little Peanut

This might seem like more of a winter cocktail, but honestly Champagne drinks shouldn’t have a season.

8. Sparkling Grapefruit Watermelon Sangria from Whitney Bond

You might not be able to tell in the photo above, but Whitney Bond turned her watermelon cubes into hearts. Pretty adorable.

9. Mimosa Sangria from Pretty Plain Janes

How on earth am I just hearing about mimosa sangria? It’s brilliant! You only need four ingredients: Champagne (duh), orange juice, fresh blueberries, and peach schnapps.

10. Raspberry Sparklers from The Sugar Hit

This recipe uses frozen raspberries because it’s intended as a New Year’s Eve cocktail, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use fresh raspberries when they are in season.

11. Blackberry Mint Mimosa from Bright-Eyed Baker

Try this twist on the classic cocktail for summer brunches. This recipe combines blackberry juice, sugar, simple syrup, mint, and Champagne.

12. Champagne Margarita from 40 Aprons

A traditional margarita gets a sparkly upgrade with a Champagne float. It’s the best of both worlds!

13. Watermelon Champagne from Lauren Kelp

This simple cocktail sounds so refreshing. All you need is watermelon juice, Champagne, and a spring of mint (if you want). Pour it into a Champagne flute if you want, or use a nice coupe glass.

14. Bourbon and Honey French 75 from Bourbon and Honey

This smart version of the French 75 uses a homemade honey syrup as the base, and then you simply add bourbon and orange juice to the classic recipe.

Watch the video: Cheers to You! Part 12 (October 2021).