Picture this..It is a hot summer day and you are sitting on your deck, enjoying the sights and sounds of the backyard. The sun is out, the flowers are blooming and the birds are chirping. This call for a beverage. The Classic Canadian Beverage – the Caesar.
As the story goes, the caesar (which for our friends south of the Canadian border is similar to your Bloody Mary cocktail), was invented in Calgary Alberta by restaurant manager/bartender Walter Chell. Walter thought it was a good idea to combine the flavours of a favourite pasta dish – Spaghetti alle vangole and make a cocktail. He mixed clam and tomato juice with vodka, worcestershire sauce and spices. Spices can be anything that adds that little kick. Some use tabasco sauce, or horseradish or hot sauce. The cocktail was poured into a glass of which the rim was dusted with celery salt.
If you are an avid watcher of the Food Network, you may have watched a program called CHOPPED. This is where chefs get a basket of mystery items that they must use in their recipe. Hmm. Can we do this with cocktails instead? Well, yes you can. Here are the tips on How to Host a Chopped Cocktail Party.
Recently we had a virtual cocktail party with friends from near and far that could not get together in person and decided to play an adult drinking game. This would also work very well at a non-virtual cocktail party or even an adult birthday party. You could even incorporate non-alcoholic beverages into this game if you so desire. It is very adaptable. Either alcoholic or not, this is a great and fun way to have an interactive cocktail party.
Who knows, you may even create the next best cocktail trend.
Every once in a while the universe has a way of saying it might be time to slow down. Some times it is a gentle nudge and other times it is a full on slap you in the face kinda way. When you have that time, movies seem to be the comfort for many. And now with so many movies streaming online, you can watch them in the comfort of your own home. But maybe you still want the movie theatre snacks. How about a Movie Night Charcuterie Board. Like a wine and cheese board (although that would still be top on my list), but with movie snacks instead.
Charcuterie boards are made up of a variety of different foods, all on one plate or board. Charcuterie is the art of prepping and assembling cured meats. The word originates from France and is translated to Pork Butcher Shop. But today we use the word loosely and we can assemble anything on a board or plate to eat and make it a charcuterie.