Anatomy of a Dinner Party: a day in the life of a hospitalityaholic

It’s Almost Halloween – Cocktail Time!

Written by Patti on October 21st, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

Our friend Lindsay, from Midori, sent me this spooktacular recipe for a fun cocktail that not only tastes terrific, but is perfect for your gatherings on October 31st.

Midori Melon Eye-Tini
By Rob Husted of Florida
1 ¼ parts Midori Melon liqueur
¾ parts SKYY Infusions Citrus
½ part Finest Call Agave Syrup
2 parts of Canada Dry Green Tea Ginger Ale
2 parts Finest Call Sweet & Sour Mix
3 Orange Wedges
2 Fresh Ripped Basil Leaves
Strawberry Sundae Syrup

Procedure: In a shaker glass combine Midori Melon liqueur, SKYY infusions Citrus, Finest Call Agave Syrup, 3 Orange Wedges and 2 Fresh Ripped Basil Leaves. Muddle ingredients together. Add ice and Finest Call Sweet & Sour Mix. Shake for 10 seconds. Add Canada Dry Green Tea Ginger Ale and roll drink back and forth between your mixing tin and shaker glass. Strain into a chilled martini glass drizzled with Strawberry Sundae Syrup to give an effect of a bloodshot eye.

Garnish: Chilled red seedless grape at bottom of glass (To look like an eyeball) and spanked Basil leaf floated on top of cocktail for aroma.

Now, I’m not sure what a spanked basil leaf is, but it made me giggle. But doesn’t it look super cool?

And from over in luxeland at The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta, my wonderful friend Sandra Ryder clued me in on this fabulous cocktail that Lumen will be highlighting in December – sneak peak! I know you all will love it. It tastes like pecan pie! Yum! If you haven’t been to Lumen, their lobby bar, you must treat yourself and visit. It is the poshest place in the city!

Pecan Pie Martini

Offered in Lumen, the lobby bar during the month of December. It is smooth, creamy and slightly sweet.

1 oz Captain Morgan spiced rum
3/4 oz Castries peanut liqueur
1/2 oz Amaretto liqueur
1/2 oz Godiva Chocolate liqueur
1/2 oz Godiva Caramel liqueur
1 oz cream

Shake all ingredients with ice and pour through a fine strain into a chilled martini glass rimmed with sweet toasted spicy pecan crust*

Garnish with candied pecan

* For the crust, crush spicy pecans mix with brown sugar syrup

You have your cocktail and now it’s time to relax. Need something amusing to watch? Come check out the episode of Dirty Dishes, where I guest star with my friends Barry & Cory. Do you remember the day we filmed this? It was shot and beautifully edited by my buddy Richard Tomas, photographer extraordinaire, who is also shooting my headshots tonight ( you know, in case the Food Network comes calling!)

Let me hear your favorite cocktail ideas for the season.

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Dirty Dishes – starring ME!


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