Indulge: A Classy St. Patty’s Day

Everyone likes to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a little differently (if they celebrate it at all!). We’ve seen all out revelry and bar-hopping, big Irish family potlucks, downing that glass of Guinness, or just simply adding that hint of green to an outfit to avoid getting pinched.

At CLD, we like to keep things on the classy side, so here are two fun St. Patrick’s inspired  indulgences to get the evening of the 17th started:

Britannia

So this is not 100% Irish, but it features and celebrates the best of everything: Whiskey from Ireland, Scotch from Scotland, and Pimm’s from England. Combined with some lime juice, agave and shaken vigorously, this cocktail is surprisingly smooth… but it could still easily leave you with the “Irish Flu” in the morning You have been warned!

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1.5 oz Irish Whiskey

0.5 oz Single Malt Scotch

0.5 oz Pimm’s Liqueur

0.75 oz freshly squeezed lime juice

1 oz agave syrup

Orange peel for garnish

Chill a martini glass or coupe in the freezer. Add all liquid ingredients to a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously, for at least 15 seconds. Pour into chilled glass and garnish with twisted orange peel.

Banana Kicker Milkshake

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Think milkshakes are just for kids? Of course not! Especially when whiskey is in the mix!

2.5 oz Irish Whiskey

1 oz milk

2 big scoops vanilla ice cream

1 banana (chopped and frozen if possible)

Green food coloring (totally optionally, but makes it festive!)

Add all liquid ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth, but still thick. Enjoy!

We hope all of our readers have a fun (and safe!) St. Patrick’s Day wherever, and however, you like to celebrate!

Indulge: Super Bowl Sunday!

Weddings may be CLD’s forte, but even we love to mix it up with other events. Case in point: Super Bowl Sunday is just around the corner and CLD is definitely celebrating!

Hopefully your invites have already been sent, but we have a few great ideas if you are in need of last-minute inspiration. Football parties are traditionally on the more casual side, but that doesn’t mean that the food cannot be delicious! One way to satisfy a wide variety of tastes (and food allergies or diet preferences)? A small buffet that allows your guests to customize their treats.

A taco bar is easy to assemble: have a few large bowls of sautéed veggies with spices and different meats, then put out the assorted condiments alongside. Be sure to have the basics, like sour cream, a few salsas, some chunky guacamole, lime wedges, cilantro and black beans. Have both corn and flour tortilla taco shells for everyone to enjoy.

Another cool option? Pizza bar. To save time, order in a few large plain pies and ask them to be cooked slightly underdone and pre-sliced. Have out small bowls of a wide variety of toppings. Feel free to go beyond basic pepperoni and veggies, and maybe try prosciutto, pear wedges, gorgonzola crumbles or sundried tomatoes. Guests can assemble their own slices and you can finish them off in your oven for about 2-4 minutes at 400 degrees.

Finally, no CLD event would be complete without some original cocktails! We do not have any team allegiances here (as the Titans nor the Eagles made it this year), so we’ve come up with tasty treats for both teams.

Bucking Bronco

1 oz Pendleton Whisky

1 oz Fireball Cinnamon Whisky

0.5 oz lemon juice

1 oz soda water

Garnish with  lemon wedges!

Seattle Not-So-Skinny Vanilla Latte

3 oz cold coffee

1 oz half and half

1.5 oz Kahula or coffee liqueur

0.5 oz Vanilla vodka

These can be assembled ahead of time in individual mason jars and stored in the fridge. When guests arrive, put the jars out in a basket next to an ice bucket. Everyone can throw a few ice cubes into their drink of choice, then shake away and enjoy!

Pre-measure ingredients into individual mason jars.

Pre-measure ingredients into individual mason jars.

Shake them up and enjoy!

Shake them up and enjoy!

No matter which team wins, CLD hopes all of our readers have a fabulous and safe Super Bowl Sunday!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! Whether you are hosting a feast in your own home or traveling out to family and friends, no Thanksgiving would be complete without some custom cocktails! How else would we survive this holiday??

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This is one spicy and potent martini! The combination of spiced rum and cinnamon is sure to warm you right up.  Be sure to visit our Facebook page for instructions on making your own homemade pear vodka!

¾ oz pear vodka 

¾ oz spiced rum

¾ oz Amaretto (or other almond liqueur)

¾ oz vanilla vodka

1 oz pear nectar or juice**

pinch of ground cinnamon

Put all ingredients into an ice filled shaker and shake away. Pour into a chilled martini glass and enjoy.

*If you made home-made pear vodka, keep the pear you used for your infusion. Puree that pear and freeze it for a great substitution for pear nectar.

Autumn Apple

DSC_0221Recipe courtesy of Chef Paco Solano, Executive Chef & Owner of Solano’s Bistro in La Quinta, CA. Another libation with a cinnamon kick! This is Chef Solano’s take on an autumn mojito.

2 oz Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey

3 tbs diced apple (any variety works or substitute with 1.5 oz of apple juice)

¾ oz lemon juice

¾ oz honey or simple syrup

5 mint leaves

Club soda

In a shaker, muddle the whiskey, apple, lemon, syrup and mint leaves. Fill shaker with ice and shake away. Pour contents into an ice filled Collins glass and top with soda. Garnish with apple slices and mint.

Pumpkin Pie Martini

Thanksgiving isn’t complete without pumpkin pie! If you don’t have time to whip up a whole pie, these martinis can be made in a flash and are just as delicious.

1 tbs pumpkin puree

1 oz vanilla vodka

½ oz spiced rum

½ oz maple syrup

1 oz heavy cream

Pumpkin pie spice

Vanilla sugar or crushed graham crackers

Wet the edges of a martini glass and dip the rim in either vanilla sugar or crushed graham crackers. Put glass in freezer to chill while making martini.

Combine the puree, vodka, rum, syrup, heavy cream and a few sprinkles of pumpkin pie spice in a shaker with a few ice cubes. Really shake the contents with the ice to make the cream super frothy. Pour the mixture into the chilled martini glass. Put a final shake of pumpkin pie spice on the top of the martini.

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Please enjoy these cocktails responsibly (no matter what crazy relative you are seated next to!). From all of us at CLD, no matter where you are or whom you are celebrating with, we hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving!