Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Scary Good Cocktails for the 'American Horror Story' Finale Tomorrow

As the ladies of the American Horror Story coven prepare to face the test of the Seven Wonders, the rest of the world anxiously awaits to see who will reign Supreme.
Eager to see if the coven and its secrets will be saved?  Curious if the age-old Voodoo vs. witchcraft battle is over once and for all?  Dying to know who will be declared the next supreme?
Tune in to the finale tomorrow (Wednesday, January 29th) and bid our favorite witches farewell, with a cocktail in hand, of course. These bewitching recipes are perfect for toasting to another fabulous season, no magic spell or witchcraft required –
·         Fiona’s Filthy Martini
·         The French Quarter
·         Strawberry Supreme
·         The Seven Wonders

Fiona’s Filthy Martini
Channel your inner diva with this extra dirty take on the classic

  • 2 parts Skinnygirl Bare Naked Vodka
  • 2 parts olive juice
  • Splash of dry vermouth
  • Fresh olives to garnish

1)      Shake ingredients with ice.
2)      Pour into a martini glass and garnish with fresh olives.

The French Quarter
This updated twist on the French 75 was Fiona and Marie Laveau’s cocktail of choice for toasting their alliance

·         1 part Skinnygirl Prosecco
·         1 part gin
·         1/3 part superfine sugar
·         ½ part lemon juice
·         Lemon twist for garnish (optional)

1)      Combine gin, sugar, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
2)      Shake vigorously and strain into a flute glass.
3)      Top with Skinnygirl Prosecco.
4)      Garnish with a twist of lemon (optional)

Strawberry Supreme
Raise a glass to the newest supreme with this strawberry champagne concoction

·         2/3 part Sauza Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
·         1/3 part DeKuyper Strawberry Patch Schnapps Liqueur
·         1 part frozen limeade
·         1 part sparkling wine
·         1 part water
·         Handful of strawberries (optional)

1)      Combine all ingredients in a pitcher with ice.
2)      Add fresh sliced strawberries (optional).
3)      Stir.
4)      Pour  and enjoy!
*Serves 8

The Seven Wonders

·         2 parts of Sauza Blue 100% Agave Silver Tequila
·         8 parts cranberry juice
·         4 parts orange juice
·         2 oranges
·         1 part orange liqueur
·         2 tbsp. sugar
·         Orange twist for garnish

1)      Zest the orange onto a small plate. Combine with the two tablespoons of sugar.
2)      In a shaker, combine the sugar and orange zest mixture with the cranberry juice, orange juice, Sauza Tequila, orange liqueur, and the juice from the two oranges.
3)      Pour and garnish with an orange twist.

*Serves 2

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Skinnygirl Sparkling Margarita coming soon?

This Sunday, during their #LetsDrinkToThat Golden Globes Twitter Party, Skinnygirl Cocktails tweeted this picture of a pedicure next to what seems to be a Sparkling Margarita bottle! SOUNDS DELICIOUS!

Lisa Rinna, Jax Taylor, Catt Sadler, Jes Macallan, & Laura Carmichael Enjoy Skinnygirl Cocktails at Beauty Bar in LA

Over the weekend, Skinnygirl® Cocktails served up its newest wine offerings at the Beauty Bar event, which took place at Privé Salon in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 10 and Saturday, Jan. 11. Celebrities, including Jes Macallan, Jax Taylor, Lisa Rinna, Catt Sadler, and Laura Carmichael, toasted to awards season with the new wines and some signature sips.      

Actress Lisa Rinna kicked off awards season with Skinnygirl™ Chardonnay, one of the newest wine offerings from Skinnygirl® Cocktails, while enjoying a day of glam at Privé Salon in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 10. (Bret Hartman/Invision for Skinnygirl® Cocktails/AP Images)

TV host Catt Sadler discovered Skinnygirl™ Chardonnay, one of the newest wine offerings from Skinnygirl® Cocktails, while enjoying a day of glam at Privé Salon in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 10. (Bret Hartman/Invision for Skinnygirl® Cocktails/AP Images)

Actress Laura Carmichael enjoyed Skinnygirl™ Prosecco, the new limited-edition offering from Skinnygirl® Cocktails, while getting ready for her red carpet weekend at Privé Salon in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 10. (Bret Hartman/Invision for Skinnygirl® Cocktails/AP Images)

 Actress Jes Macallan discovers Skinnygirl™ Chardonnay, one of the newest wine offerings from Skinnygirl® Cocktails, while enjoying a day of glam at Privé Salon, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Bret Hartman/Invision for Skinnygirl® Cocktails/AP Images)

Reality star Jax Taylor and a friend headed straight for the bar to try Skinnygirl™ Chardonnay, one of the newest wine offerings from Skinnygirl® Cocktails, at Privé Salon, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Bret Hartman/Invision for Skinnygirl® Cocktails/AP Images)

Friday, January 10, 2014

Golden Globes Twitter Party with Bethenny Frankel

The glitz and glamour of Awards Season is officially here! Oh Hell Yes! recently shared some unique entertaining tips and star-studded cocktail recipes to make your at-home Golden Globes viewing party award worthy! As a follow up, Skinnygirl Cocktails invited us to weigh in on celebs, fashion, and of course cocktails – during a nationwide, red carpet debate as part of the brand’s #LetsDrinkToThat Twitter Party.
The ultimate Golden Globes social viewing party will feature special guest Bethenny Frankel, who will live tweet using the hashtag #LetsDrinkToThat throughout the Golden Globes on January 12. To add to the evening’s excitement, for every Twitter Party participant, Skinnygirl® Cocktails will donate $100 (up to $50,000) to Dress for Success, the brand’s long-standing charity partner.

During the party, fans can share their thoughts on:
-          Favorite red carpet trends
-          Golden Globes dream dates
-          Cocktails that make the night special

To join the fun, follow and tweet at the Twitter handle @Skinnygirl - and use the hashtag #LetsDrinkToThat during the Golden Globes.  The Twitter Party will start at 7 p.m. EST / 4 p.m. PST. To be donation eligible, RSVP here: http://clvr.li/skinnygirlrc.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Roll out the Red Carpet & Celebrate the Golden Globes with Skinnygirl® Cocktails

Celebrate awards season with an award-worthy Golden Globes at-home viewing party featuring Skinnygirl® Cocktails! 

Follow these entertaining tips from original Skinnygirl herself Bethenny Frankel to add some star power to your event—
·         Skinnygirl® Cocktails are the perfect accessory for awards season, so unveil your own signature cocktails at the party.  Name cocktails after nominated movies like Outer Space SpritzerMagnificent Mary Pop, The Prosperous Predator or Danger on the Horizon —recipes ideas are below. 
·         For an instant A-list effect, have a friend stand at the door and make sure guests are “on the list.”
·         Print out nominee ballots beforehand so guests can guess the winners—offer prizes for most correct guesses.
·         For some red carpet fun, encourage your guests to go glam and dress in their finest.  Take a vote to determine who wins Best Dressed.  

For some movie menu magic, impress your guests with these easy to prepare appetizers by celebrity caterer Mary Giuliani of Mary Giuliani Catering and Events paired with Skinnygirl® Cocktails’ newest wine offerings.  At only 100 calories per serving, these new varietals offer a guilt-free way to enjoy wine—
·         Pair Skinnygirl™ Prosecco with Deconstructed Pizza Skewers – this appetizer complements the delicate and fruity flavor of this seasonal, sparkling wine. 
·         Pair Skinnygirl™ Pinot Grigio with Skinny Pigs in a Blanket with Maple Dijon to bring out the wine’s rich, crisp flavors.
·         Pair Skinnygirl™ Chardonnay with Mini Crostini with Fava Bean Puree, Mint & Pecorino to balance the natural grape sweetness and rich finish of the wine. 
·         Pair Skinnygirl™ Cabernet Sauvignon with Lamb Meatballs with Aromatic Spices and Mango Chutney to match the wine’s bright aromas of dark berries. 

Cocktail Recipes
Outer Space Spritzer
2 parts of Skinnygirl™ Prosecco
2 parts limeade
Lime wheels for garnish (optional)
Sweetener (optional)

Add all ingredients into a stemless wine glass. Enjoy!

Magnificent Mary Pop
3 parts Skinnygirl™ Prosecco
2 parts peach puree

Place ingredients in blender and blend on high until smooth.  Pour into a flute glass and enjoy!

The Prosperous Predator
1 ½ parts Skinnygirl™ Cucumber Vodka
3 parts soda water
Cucumber wheel for garnish

Combine ingredients over ice and garnish with a cucumber wheel.

Danger on the Horizon
1 part Skinnygirl™ Cucumber Vodka
1 part DeKuyper® Pucker® Sour Apple Schnapps
Squeeze of fresh lime
2 parts seltzer
Lime wedge for garnish

Shake ingredients vigorously in a cocktail shaker. Pour into cocktail glass over ice with a lime wedge for garnish.

Appetizer Recipes

Deconstructed Pizza Skewers, Roasted Tomato, Smoked Tofu, Basil Aioli
Basil aioli
3/4 cup lite mayonnaise
1/3 cup basil leaves
1/4 cup baby arugula leaves
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 ½ teaspoons minced garlic
1 tablespoons grated parmesan
Salt & pepper to taste
1 half-pint container of red or yellow grape tomatoes
1 package semi or firm smoked tofu

In a pan add a teaspoon of olive oil on med heat. Add the tomatoes and stir to lightly cook and blister the skin slightly. Remove and cool down.  Cut the tofu into approx. ½ inch cubes.  With a skewer poke through the side of a tomato then with the tofu, dot the tops with the basil aioli.

Skinny Pigs in a Blanket with Maple Dijon
1 pound chicken and apple sausage 
4 tablespoons Maple Dijon mustard in a squeeze bottle
2 sheets puff pastry thawed in refrigerator
2 whole eggs for egg wash
2 tablespoons white sesame seeds

Preheat oven to 350.  Place the chicken sausage in a small baking pan to keep the links straight and pack in snug to avoid curling while they cook. Bake for about 12-15 minutes until the sausage is cooked through and set. Remove from the oven and cool down.  This preparation can be done a day in advance. 

Place a sheet of puff pastry on a lightly flour-dusted cutting board. Cut the ends off the chicken sausage and line in a single layer across the edge of the pastry.  Squeeze a thin line of mustard along the edge of the sausage onto the pastry. 

Roll the dough over the sausage and egg wash the seam where the pastry will reach the other side to seal the dough together. Repeat with the remaining links, and refrigerate or freeze until ready to bake. 
Once chilled, cut the pigs into approx. 1 inch pieces and place on a paper-lined sheet tray. Brush the tops with egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake for approx. 20 minutes rotating the tray halfway through.  Place on serving tray and dot the top with Maple Dijon. 

Maple Dijon
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon maple syrup

Mix together in a bowl and store in a squeeze bottle. 

*makes 24 – 30 pieces

Mini Crostini with Fava Bean Puree, Mint & Pecorino
1 pound fava beans in the pod or frozen shelled 
1/2 cup olive oil 
1 garlic clove, peeled and chopped 
1 - 2 teaspoons chopped fresh mint
1/2 cup water and ice
24 toasted crostini bread slices (approximately) 
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon salt
Shaved pecorino for garnish

In a small pot, boil water with a tablespoon of salt and bring to a boil. Have a bowl on the side filled with ice cubes and water to plunge the cooked favas into to stop the cooking process.

Place the shelled favas into the boiling water and cook for about 2-3 minutes. Strain the favas out of the pot and plunge into the ice bath.  Pinch the favas out of its outer skin exposing the edible center and set aside. 

Place the favas and garlic clove into a blender with a 1/4 of cup of the water and turn on high to puree. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil to make a smooth paste. Adjust with additional water if needed to get the correct consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Set aside in an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use. When ready to assemble, thinly slice the mint leaves and fold into the fava puree. Spread onto the crostini and garnish with shaved pecorino

Lamb Meatballs with Aromatic Spices and Mango Chutney
1 pound lean ground lamb
1 cup chopped parsley
4-5 scallions finely chopped mostly green part
1-egg lightly beaten
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 garlic cloves finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon Zataar spice
1 teaspoon ground coriander
Sriracha sauce to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
About 2 oz. olive oil for baking

In a large bowl, combine the meat with all the other ingredients and knead well.  Season lightly with salt, pepper and sriracha. Prepare a tester by rolling a small amount into a ball and sauté in a pan with a dash of canola oil or bake in the oven until cooked through. Let it cool for a minute then taste to adjust the seasoning.

Use a small scooper or tablespoon and scoop out small portions onto a paper lined tray. Once all scooped, hand roll each portion into small shaped balls. Rub the meatballs lightly with olive oil to coat and bake at 350 degrees until lightly golden and cooked through for approx. 20 minutes. Remove to cool down.

Mango Chutney
8-10 oz jar of mango chutney
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon coriander seeds (lightly toasted in oven, then coarsely crushed or a coffee grinder works well too)
1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 dash Sriracha Hot Sauce or to taste

Mix all ingredients well in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

With these tips from Skinnygirl Cocktails, you’ll make your at home viewing party an A-list event!