I love the sweetness and tartness of ruby red grapefruit juice. Combined with St-Germain (elderflower liqueur) and vodka, you have a winning cocktail sure to please. You can serve it “martini style” or over ice. Both are refreshing and sure to be a hit at your next gathering. My recipe allows you to easily prepare based on the size of your guest list.
1 part vodka (I prefer Kettle One)
1 part St-Germain elderflower liqueur
2 parts ruby red grapefruit juice (freshly squeezed if in season)
raspberries for garnish (optional)
mint leaves for garnish (optional)
Over Ice Method
Add vodka, St-Germain, and grapefruit juice in a glass pitcher.
Fill your favorite cocktail glass with ice cubes (to the top).
Pour mixture into the glsss.
Add a raspberry and mint leave for garnish.
Serve and enjoy!
Fill a cocktail shaker to the rim with ice cubes.
Add vodka, St-Germain, and grapefruit juice.
Place the cap on the shaker and shake vigorously.
Pour into a martini glass and garnish with raspberry and mint leave.
Serve and enjoy!
YIELDS 12 SERVINGS
Roasted Grapes Crostini
Roasted Grapes Crostini caramelizes sweet grapes with a light balsamic dressing before nestling them on a savory bed of ricotta and crisp, buttery toast. This is one appetizer to remember!
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15 min: Cook Time
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BBQ Chicken Flatbread
Need an easy appetizer for a party? Try this one. It’s always a crowd-pleaser.
2 flatbreads (sold at specialty stores and some grocery stores)
1/4 cup shredded chicken breast
2-4 T. BBQ sauce (I like Trader Joe’s Bold and Smokey Kansas City Style)
5-8 sprigs of fresh cilantro
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
3-4 thin slices of a small red onion (peeled)
Place the flatbread on a cookie sheet and place in a 350 degree oven for 2-3 minutes.
Remove from oven and spread a thin layer of bbq sauce on the flatbread.
Add shredded chicken and red onion slices.
Add a thin layer of mozzarella cheese.
Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and edges of bread are lightly browned.
Remove from oven and add fresh cilantro leaves.
Slice and place on a serving dish and serve immediately. Enjoy!
PSST! Shred the chicken from a leftover piece of grilled chicken breast from the night before or cut from a roasted chicken from the deli section of most grocery stores. If you can’t find flatbread, you can use a lavosh bread instead.
Key Lime Pie
This creamy dreamy pie is a favorite in our family. We always look forward to Aunt SheShe treating us to this delightful and refreshing goodness. The tartness from the key limes and the sweetness of the crust makes a perfect combination. It just might become a family favorite for you too!
Makes one 9-inch pie serving 6 to 8
1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
2/3 cup fresh squeezed Key juice or regular lime juice. (If using bottled, look for Nellie & Joe’s brand—(Ralph’s carries it.)
3 large egg yolks
1 ½ teaspoons grated lime zest (about 2 limes)
2 tablespoons sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup chilled whipping cream (in a small carton from Trader Joe’s)
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Key limes for garnish, sliced thinly (optional)
For crust: Preheat oven to 350. Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar and salt in medium bowl to blend. Add melted butter and stir to coat well. Press crust into 9-inch glass pie dish. Bake 5 to 8 minutes until crust is set and golden brown. Cool.
For filling: In stand mixer fitted with wire whisk or using a hand-held mixer, beat egg yolks and lime zest for 5 minutes until very fluffy. Add sugar, salt, and condensed milk and beat for 3 or 4 minutes more. Lower mixer speed and gradually add lime juice and beat just until combined. Pour mixture into cooled crust. Bake 10-15 minutes (varies by oven), or until filling is set in center. Refrigerate uncovered until cold, then cover and chill at least 6 hours or overnight.
For topping: Using electric mixer, beat all ingredients in large bowl until soft peaks form. Spread over pie and garnish with Key lime slices, if desired. (Can be refrigerated several hours ahead, or even overnight.)
Creds to Cynthia Worth who originally adapted the recipe from Bon Appetit 1/07 and Food Network and shared with Aunt SheShe (aka Sheila Downs).
Fresh and light, this Goat Cheese with Lemon and Rosemary is an easy and tasty appetizer you can serve in both in the summer and winter. I first enjoyed this when my sister served this before a holiday meal. Bring it to a potluck or a party. Your guests will Ooo and Ahh!
The secret is fresh rosemary. I have it growing in my garden and I love the aroma as well as the flavor it brings to so many dishes.
Goat Cheese with Lemon, Garlic and Rosemary
1 5 oz. log of goat cheese
zest of one lemon
1/8- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 large clove of garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
salt to taste
Mix all ingredients but the goat cheese together. Place the goat cheese on a small dish with a lip and pour the mixture over the cheese. Marinate for 4 hours to allow the flavors to mingle. Sprinkle with a little more rosemary to taste and garnish with a sprig. Serve with water crackers. Enjoy!
Silk Pie Parfait Shots
This light and chocolatey treat is great for dinner parties. It has just 8 ingredients and takes just 5 steps. This can be made up to a day ahead which makes party planning easy.
- 1 1/4 cups Honey Maid graham cracker crumbs
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 5 T butter, melted
- MIX all ingredients until well blended.
- PRESS a heaping spoon full of crust mixture into 12 small liquor or dessert glasses.
- 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
- 2 large egg yolks
- 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
- WHISK together evaporated milk and egg yolks in medium saucepan. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is very hot and thickens slightly; do not boil. Remove from heat; stir in morsels until completely melted and mixture is smooth.
- POUR or spoon into the glasses on top of the crust; refrigerate 3 hours or until firm.
- Whipped cream
- 1/4 cup chopped nuts
- TOP with whipped cream and sprinkle with nuts just before serving.