Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Tie One On Tuesday

 Image courtsey of Picnic by Ellie

It's the first of March which means that Mother Nature better step on it cause spring is just around the corner. My daffodils are already peaking their little heads up and the birds are getting a little frisky. I'm sure there are a few beverages I can dig up for you that will make you feel a little frisky too. WINK!

Remember those little birds that I was telling you about? Well this little bird packs a punch.

Yellow Bird
juice of half a lime
1 1/4 oz of orange juice
1 ounce light rum
1 ounce dark rum
1/4 oz Galliano
Squeeze the lime juice into a cocktail shaker with ice
Add the remaining ingredients
Shake well and strain into a Collins glass with crushed ice
Garnish with a cherry

I'm not sure why we think of mint when we think of March-maybe it's a green thing or maybe it's because we want fresh breath when we are smooching our honeys.

Mint Fizz
3/4 tsp sugar
3 fresh mint sprigs
1 oz fresh lime juice
2 oz vodka
Berries for garnish
Combine the sugar, mint, and lime juice. Muddle with a spoon.
Add ice to a drink shaker along with vodka.
Shake vigorously and strain into a flute.
Top the glass with champagne; garnish with a few fresh berries and a sprig of mint.

I really think that you need to have a huge party to celebrate the beginning of spring. You know, invite the birds, the bees, that cutie from across the hall.

Spiced Spring Punch
1 oz Spiced Rum
1 part Lillet Rouge
3/4 part fresh pink grapefruit juice
1/2 part Licor 43
1 part soda water
strawberries and fresh sage leaves to garnish
Combine ingredients in a large punch bowl over a large block of ice. Add garnish and allow for self service

Yummy! Three drinks for three different parties.Pull back those curtains, open the doors and let spring arrive! I refuse to let the chill and rain in the Pacific Northwest get me down-it's spring, no matter what the thermometer says! 

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