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Proseco Cocktail

I made this cocktail for a dinner party C.K. and I threw this past Saturday. We had a great bottle of Proseco to start as it was a celebratory dinner. Our close friends Tara and Jay are getting married next September. I’m a bridesmaid and Jay asked C.K. to be the best man. It’s a decision I’m sure he’s already rethinking. Directly after C.K. accepted the honor, he began goading Tara about how he would dye Jay blue for the wedding. Jay wouldn’t look bad as a smurf though.

We also enjoyed this lovely proseco cocktail from Martha Stewart Living. It tastes like a variation of White Sangria. Here’s how to make it.

1 peach, diced

1/2 lb. strawberries, diced

3 tablespoons sugar

3/4 cup of vodka

bunch of basil, chopped up

1 bottle of Proseco, Italian sparkling wine

In the bottom of a pitcher add all the ingredients except the Proseco. With a wooden spoon, mash up the fruit well and leave it in the fridge to marinate. When you’re ready to serve it, add the bottle of Proseco and mix well.

Also on the menu…

Shrimp Cocktail

Salad with carrots, dried cherries, bleu cheese, balsamic vinagrette (Tara made it. I think it had nuts too.)

Filet Mignon with Bernaise sauce

Brussel Sprouts with Pine Nuts

Baked Potatoes

Cupcakes from Lulu in Scarsdale. (Very nice!)


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Watermelon Basil Margaritas

I didn’t take a picture of these although I should have. They were delicious though. The basil is an interesting twist, I think. Here’s a roundabout approximation sort of kind of recipe. I don’t do real measurements.

2 parts tequila

1 part triple sec

2 parts watermelon juice*

1 punch of basil, chopped up

watermelon “ice cubes”**

lime juice


In the bottom of each glass (I used double old-fashioned glasses), put some basil and add some sugar. Use the back of a spoon to bruise the herbs and mix in the sugar (like you would if you were making a mojito). Add some watermelon ice cubes to the glasses. In a shaker, combine tequila, watermelon juice, triple sec, and a splash of lime with ice. Shake it up and pour into the glasses. Then stir the drinks so that the basil on the bottom of the glass gets mixed into the whole drink. You can garnish with a sprig of basil or a lime wedge.

*I bought four separate quarters of watermelon to make these drinks. That makes a lot of margaritas. But it was for a party, so I would rather have too much than too little. I suppose you can also buy one very large watermelon. To make the juice, I cut the watermelon into manageable pieces then pureed those pieces in a food processor. Then I took the puree and put it through a collider lined with a cheese cloth. I ended up squeezing out the cheese cloth to get the extra juice. This part of the drink is pretty labor-intensive. But they’re worth it. I swear!

** To make the watermelon ice cubes, take one quarter of the watermelon and use a melon baller to make small watermelon balls. Place the watermelon balls on a baking sheet and freeze. After about an hour in the freezer, cover the baking sheet with plastic wrap. Once the watermelon balls are frozen, you can transfer them to a ziplock bag. These watermelon balls serve as the ice cubes in the drinks. They soak up the tequila and taste great when you’re finish drinking your margarita.

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