NEW! DIY Wedding and Bridal Shower Recipes Series from the Weekend Table Blog: Parmesan Risotto with Artichokes

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Julie Du Pont is back with another amazing recipe for your DIY menu! Since fall and winter are all about creamy goodness and comfort food, a delicious risotto is definitely something to make for your party guests. It’s easy to make, but guests don’t tend to make risotto or themselves….so you get extra points for gourmet flare, and it’s budget-friendly and a fantastic side to serve with so many different kinds of dishes.

Here is the recipe for Parmesan Risotto with Artichokes, from The Weekend Table blog: http://weekendtable.com/2012/12/26/parmesan-risotto-with-artichokes/.

Explore this blog! Julie has fabulous gluten-free recipes, and I just love her writing style!

 

Cruzan Rum Drinks Making Fall Fabulous!

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Rum’s not just for summer! I’m a Cruzan Rum Collector, and we keep our rum drinks going year-round here during the many occasions when we’re entertaining friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, and wedding groups. I love Cruzan’s “Don’t Hurry” campaign– so perfect for this time of year when the clock seems to be speeding up, the holidays are approaching, and for brides, wedding stress is a very real aggravation. A nice rum drink, hot or cold, is very welcome right now. From my friends at Cruzan Rum:

Master mixologist, Jesse Card, has created three deliciously seasonal cocktails made with the Cruzan Distiller’s Collection, a line of super-premium, blended aged rums that features Cruzan® Estate Diamond® Dark Rum and the new Cruzan® Estate Diamond® Light Rum, along with the popular Cruzan® Single Barrel Rum. Staying true to the spirit of The Don’t Hurry, Cruzan Rum doesn’t rush the aging process, which is why their rums are so amazingly good. It’s all in good taste.

Cruzan® Fig Pie 

Cruzan Fig Pie Get Into the Seasonal Spirit With The Cruzan Rum Distiller’s Collection

Ingredients

  • 2 parts Cruzan® Estate Diamond® Dark Rum
  • ¾ parts Orange Juice
  • ¼ parts 1:1 Brown Sugar Syrup (1 part brown sugar, 1 part water)
  • 1 tablespoon Fig Chutney

Method

  1. Combine all ingredients over ice in a shaker
  2. Shake hard for 15 seconds, double strain into a chilled coupe glass
  3. Garnish with grated nutmeg & skewered fig

Cruzan® Winter Break

Cruzan Winter Break Get Into the Seasonal Spirit With The Cruzan Rum Distiller’s Collection

Ingredients

  • 2 parts Cruzan® Estate Diamond® Light Rum
  • 1 parts Pineapple Juice
  • ¼ parts 2:1 Muscovado Syrup (combine 2 parts Muscovado sugar, 1 part water)
  • 5 parts Hot Peppermint Tea

Method

  1. Combine rum, pineapple juice and Muscovado syrup in a toddy glass and stir
  2. Slowly add tea to the glass and garnish with fresh grated cinnamon and stick

Cruzan® Sidecar

Cruzan Sidecar Get Into the Seasonal Spirit With The Cruzan Rum Distiller’s Collection

Ingredients

  • 2 parts Cruzan® Single Barrel Rum
  • 1 part DeKuyper® Triple Sec Liqueur
  • A splash of Lemon Juice

Method

  1. Combine ingredients and shake with ice in a mixing glass until chilled
  2. Pour into a cocktail glass (a sugar-rim garnish is optional

About Cruzan Rum Distiller’s Collection

Cruzan Distillers Collection Bottles Get Into the Seasonal Spirit With The Cruzan Rum Distiller’s Collection

All three products in the Distiller’s Collection are available nationwide. Cruzan Estate Diamond Light Rum and Estate Diamond Dark Rum have a suggested retail price of $19.99 per 750ml bottle, and Cruzan Single Barrel Rum features a suggested retail price of $29.99 per 750ml bottle. The Distiller’s Collection joins the Cruzan portfolio of rums that include Cruzan Aged Light Rum, Cruzan Aged Dark Rum, Cruzan Black Strap Rum, Cruzan 151 Proof Rum, Cruzan 9 Spiced Rum and 13 flavored rums infused with natural flavors, such as vanilla, key lime, passion fruit, coconut, mango and strawberry.
For more delicious recipes, please visit http://cruzanrum.com/rum-recipes

Fab Find! Little Black Dress Vodkas

I love these kicky vodka flavors so much, I included Little Black Dress Vodka in my recent roundup of the Best Bridal Party Gifts on BridalGuide! The flavors are fabulous, with just a touch of blueberry pomegranate, black cherry vanilla, and pineapple honey, and the site has some fab recipes that you can use for your pre-wedding parties, the wedding itself, or the after-party! And of course, your bachelorette party gets tasty with recipes like the Black Cherry Latte, Pineapple Honey Mojito, Blueberry Fresh Smash, Blueberry Lemonade and More. Here’s a recipe from their site:

Little Black Dress Fresh Squeeze (220 calories)

1 1/2 oz Little Black Dress Classic Vodka

Splash of Cointreau

3 oz cranberry juice

1/2 oz agave nectar

1/2 oz fresh squeezed lime juice

In a shaker filled with ice, add ingredients, roll to mix and pour into a rocks glass. Garnish with a lime twist.

Check out www.lbdvodka.com for more recipes and great ideas on their blog! This is one fun and festive drink collection, for your own bar, entertaining and as gifts!