Thursday, January 16, 2014

NFL Playoff Party Sunday...

it could be said I'm a constant worrier,

worrying about little details, especially when it comes to
giving a little party...like this one on Sunday, when the NFL playoff games take place.

I'm a diehard New England fan, 
but I love Peyton Manning too.
so, a difficult situation, I'll just say may the best team win.

I need a bit of advice on food to serve.
mainly because we are all heading over to the
local Tex-Mex joint after the 1st game, just because we
always do this on Sunday evening.

the game is between lunch & dinner.

tell me, please, what I should serve my 10 guests.
seriously, I'm clueless right now.

except that we will have Texas Margarita's
and the fabulous drink below, which is a serious pain 
to make, but is so festive...
the New Orleans-made famous
RAMOS GIN FIZZ

Ramos Gin Fizz

Epicurious  | February 2009
by Eben Freeman, of Tailor Restaurant in New York City
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Ramos Gin Fizz recipe

photo by Elizabeth Perrin
yield
Makes 1 serving
This version of the classic New Orleans cocktail was created by Eben Freeman, bartender of Tailor restaurant in New York City.

ingredients

  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) gin
  • 1 dash (3 to 4 drops) orange blossom water*
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) half-and-half
  • 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) simple syrup
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) seltzer

preparation

*Also called orange flower water; available in liquor stores and in the specialty foods section of some supermarkets.
In large cocktail shaker, combine gin, orange blossom water, egg white, half-and-half, lemon juice, lime juice, and simple syrup. Shake vigorously for 25 seconds. Add ice and shake for 30 seconds more.
Strain mixture into 8-ounce glass. Slowly pour soda water down inside edge of shaker to loosen remaining froth. Gently ease soda water/froth mix onto drink and serve. 
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