New Year’s Eve Entertaining Special

This is hands down my favorite cocktail. I like to call it the Absolutely Fabulous because my favorite TV show is Ab Fab where the two relentless party broads Edi and Pats, are always drinking Boli Stolies- a mixture of Bollinger Champagne and Stolichnya Vodka.  I add a splash of pomegranate juice for flavor and color.  Serve in champagne flute or martini glass.

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Photo by: Pace - Absolutely Fabulous Cocktail

Serves 1 

Ingredients:
 

  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 3 oz. sparkling wine
  • 1 oz. pomegranate juice 
     

There are some great sustainable vodkas available on the market. Death’s Door Spirits is a Wisconsin- based company where all crops and ingredients used to make their spirits are herbicide and pesticide free and are sustainably grown on Washington Island in the Great Lakes region of the United States.   

Tru Vodka is organic and every time someone buys a bottle of TRU, the company plants a tree in the Central American rainforest.  TRU is offered in Pear and Vanilla flavors as well as Original.  Each tree can absorb up to 2 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere over its lifetime and produce enough oxygen for 500 people for a year!  

Mumm Napa is one of my favorite wineries in Norhern California.  The grounds are like a Tuscan paradise and their selections of sparkling wine are all fantastic.  I prefer the Brut Prestige because it's on the dryer side.  

Chandon is another great option and about the same price as Mumm.  Chandon was just awarded their organic certification- congrats!

Pom Wonderful is the closest to fresh squeezed juice you can get on the shelf and a little bit goes a long way. 
 


Photo by: Pace  - Almond Stuffed Dates with Orange Zest and Fleur de Sel

Serves 12 

Ingredients:

Ingredients:

  • 24 Medjool Dates
  • 24 almonds (about 5 oz.)
  • 1 orange, zest of
  • 1 Tbsp. Fleur de Sel  
     

Method:

With a small pairing knife make a small slit along the date to remove pit.  Replace pit with almond.  Mix together orange zest and Fleur de Sel and garnish on dates.  Fleur de Sel literally means “flower of salt” and is harvested on the coast of France in small batch production by local artisans.  Fleur de Sel is the top layer of salt on the surface of the water before it falls into the collecting pans on the bottom.  This is the most special salt and should primarily be used for garnish as you would fresh herbs. 

For more recipes by Pace, visit http://tasteofpace.blogspot.com/

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