Looking for the perfect Cocktail to serve at your Spring and Easter Gatherings? Do you have Cabin Fever so bad that it has driven you to drink? Are you always looking for that one Cocktail that nobody else has heard of or too afraid to order? Well this little Gem is all for you! Cotton Tail Martini is all about Spring, all about fun, and all about delicious. You can make a pitcher or just one or two glasses and it will have the same wow factor every time that you make it! Cotton Candy and Champagne were just meant to be in the same glass.
Remember those little sponges that you used to get and they were a tiny square until you got them wet and they would grow? Well this Martini works in the opposite direction. As you pour the Champagne on the Cotton Candy it does this magic trick and disappears and quickly changes color.
I am in love with the Pretty Pink! Oh and the Coconut Rim just perfect! Once you have one of these you are going to be addicted and want to make them every Friday Night! Need another little piece to make this Martini even more Fun?!
Serve a Fun Marshmallow Treat as a Swizzle Stick! Happy Friday Everyone and please Drink Responsibly.
This is a Plaid and Paisley Kitchen original recipe
- 1 bottle of Dry Brute Champagne
- 1 container Cotton Candy
- flaked coconut
- green food coloring
- light corn syrup
- To tint your coconut add 5 drops green food coloring to a handful of coconut and mix till all is green
- run a bead of light corn syrup on a plate the size of the rim of your glass
- dip glass in the corn syrup then into the coconut to rim the glass with "green grass"
- place a healthy sized piece of Cotton Candy in the glass
- slowly pour the Champagne in
The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen 2012
Christmas is right around the corner! It is a hurried frenzy around my house to get all the cookies baked, the presents wrapped and mailed out. I have 4 different States to Mail to! That’s what happens when you are from nowhere and everywhere at the same time! I have NY, CT, TN, TX, oh and KS! That’s 5! That doesn’t even include all the states we have lived in and all the friends in California! I am getting tired just thinking about how much work I have left to do. I am beginning to bemoan my decision to make most of my gifts this year! In the long run I know it will all be worth it though! Just tonight I have made 2 more batches of cookies and another batch of gumdrops! Wait till you see those next week! One of the foodie gifts that I am giving is this Hot Chocolate Mix. You will see there is no powder in this mix. No cocoa, No instant chocolate milk, No Sanalac (that stuff freaks me out) No desicated freeze dried marshmallows! This is the creamiest. Chocolateyest. Yummiest. Hot Chocolate you will ever drink! It is the perfect gift when paired with adorable snowmen mugs!
There are White Chocolate Chips, Chocolate chocolate Chips, Real mini Marshmallows, mixed with Evaporated milk and real cream….. Oh Christmas Chocolate Dream!!! I used Mint Chocolate Chips and that was even better!! So grab the kiddies, overdress them in winter coats til they can’t move (think Ralphie in The Christmas Story) load them up in the car, go drive around singing Christmas Carols and look at all the lights in your area. Just remember to make a batch of this Hot Chocolate for all to drink on your Adventure!
Hot Chocolate Mix to Gift
This makes 4 8oz servings and can be easily doubled
- ingredients to package for gift:
- 3/4 cups White Chocolate Chips
- 1 1/2 Chocolate Chips (I used Mint Chocolate)
- 1 handful of mini marshmallows
- What they will need:
- 1 12oz can of Evaporated Milk
- 1 1/2 cups milk or cream
- On a gift tag print these directions:
- Combine all gift ingredients in a sauce pan
- add the Evaporated Milk, milk or Cream
- Cook over Low heat stirring frequently until all is melted and heated through
The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen 2012
Oh Autumn how we love thee! It is time for so much fun after we have barricaded ourselves in the grand relief of air conditioning, hiding from the blazing heat of summer! We lovingly throw open the windows let the fresh air in, sit on the porch during cool mornings and then warm as the sun rises throughout the day. We run and jump for joy at the gorgeous colors you make the tress, we happily pick apples and pumpkins and bake the most delicious desserts. We rejoice at the sound of the school bus as it pulls away with the kiddies all inside. And on Sunday’s we get ready and we cook, and we bake and then we go out and party in parking lots! Parking lots?! What?! Yes Tailgating that most cherished of pre game traditions is held in an ugly dirty crowded parking lot! Just once I would love to have it at Park or in the backyard where the scenery is so more pleasant to look at and sometimes smell.(depending on who is Tailgating next to you!)
I am sure you all know who Phyllis Hoffman is. She has the cutest and great party idea magazine that comes out once a Season. This Autumn she has a great section on Tailgating, that is where I got the idea for this cocktail. The picture shows a spread in the back of an SUV that is fit for the Queen when she is in residence at Balmoral! Of course there is a beautiful Plaid tablecloth in the photo so of course I am biased about this! But really this is how tailgating should be done. Maybe it would be too time consuming to go to a park and then make to the game on time. Ok I can see that. When you tailgate at the stadium you get there early and you don’t have to fight for a place to park or end up parking 1 mile away. I get that is the main reason for tailgating in the parking lot. So here is my proposal……
Let’s make this a 2 day event!!!!! On Saturday we have the great bang out party in the park and Sunday we go see the game! I mean we all love football right? So why should we just celebrate and have fun on one day of the weekend? When we can have 2?!!! I think that I have solved the problem. Hee Hee well maybe not so much as a problem as it is a way for me to have more time to play……
This Tea is quite strong and soooooooooo good. Can I say that again. Sooooooo good!! Make it and take in mason jars with lids and you have the perfect portable cocktail! Now this would also be good warmed up and taken in a Thermos. For the NorthEast football fans I am sure it is already getting quite Chilly!
This is a great portable cocktail or just to make for parties at home. I adapted this recipe from Phyllis Hoffman's Celebrate Autumn 2012
- 1 bottle of Sweet Tea Flavored Vodka
- 1 2 liter bottle of 7-up
- 1 can frozen lemonade concentrate thawed
- 1 can frozen orange juice concentrate thawed
- 4 cups of water with 5 teabags steeped in it (this will be very strong tasting tea)
- In a large pitcher combine the juice concentrates and the vodka
- then add the 7 up
- when all the fizz from the pop has calmed down
- add the tea steeped water
- gently mix so as not to make the 7up fizz over
- pour into mason jars filled with ice cover and take with you!
- You can also mix this in a dutch oven and put over medium low heat until desired temp has been reached
The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen 2012
1 can frozen pineapple juice concentrate thawed
1/2 liter bottle lemon lime soda (I use Diet)
1/2 carton pineapple-mango-banana juice
Mix together in a pitcher and serve over ice! If you are serving Adults only you can add 1 cup of your favorite rum!!!!