I’ve joined-up with a bunch of fun gals (mommyslittlemonsterblake.com) to help celebrate the end of summer. The premise is;
Your blogging Tribe is visiting you for ONE NIGHT out on the town. Write a post with a pre-game drink recipe (alcoholic or non) and tell us where you’d take your blogging friends for a good time!”
I learned about it by being a regular reader of vinobaby, if you haven’t checked-out her blog go and do it now…I’ll wait.
Did you go? Good. She’s a hoot isn’t she?
Now onto my perfect night. I too like to stay in when the girls are around-noone has to worry about driving there’s always extra beds here and belgium waffles for breakfast the next day with lots of espresso and bacon.
Clear the house of all boys and babies and let the chatting fly.
We’ll start off in the kitchen (doesn’t everyone?) for a platter of spiced nuts and olives. We’ll also have breadstickes wrapped in prosciutto and then get into the hooch.
Now a number of my friends are going to be blessed with some lovely new beeboos in the next little bit of time so I want to have a drink that is great for both the mom-to-be (and to-be-again’s) and those of us who are not abstaining. When I was pregnant and afterwards I really didn’t like the sickly sweet drinks that seemed to be available for those not drinking so I came up with this treat.
Start with a pitcher that has six limes that have been quartered, two VERY large handfuls of fresh mint and 3/4 cup of sugar and beat them with a rolling pin (I’ve got a little muddling pin here but don’t go and buy anything special) until the lime juice has come out and you can smell the mint very strongly.
Do this again in a separate pitcher for those that aren’t drinking alcohol. Top the whole pitcher with sparkling water. Serve in a pretty glass with lots of ice and garnish with more lime and mint.
For those who are going to imbibe add a bottle (26 oz. of rum-I like the white)-remember, noone is driving anywhere.
Pour two oz. of this lovely mixture into a glass filled with ice and top with sparkling water. Garnish with more mint and wedges of lime.
With our drinks in hand we’d go outside and sit beside our wood-burning pizza oven, all the construction would be done and my yard would no longer be filled with a variety of ugly things.
I would put Miles Davis on the outside speakers and pass around chocolate sea salt truffles. If it was chilly we’d switch drinks to a really good port and have cozy throws to wrap-up with.
We would have the outside screen set-up for a movie (by then “The Help” would be out on DVD) but we’d never get around to watching it. We’d be too busy having one of those epic talks that only good friends can have. You know, the type that when you haven’t even seen the person for a long while you just seem to pick-up where you left off.
Come to think of it. I think that I’ll get ahold of some girlfriends and do exactly this.
Ms Bibi said:
What time should I be there? Sounds like a perfect evening….something I can really use right now.
How about 7 ? :))
You had me at mojitos and chocolate sea salt truffles. Thanks for joining us!
Thanks for the idea-this was a ball to play with. Plus I HAD to make mojitos. Ahhhhh…
The Mrs said:
I know we joke about this all the time, but seriously – when are we going to drink mojitos together on your patio?How about next August?
August or earlier sounds great 🙂
Sounds divine. The talk about prosciutto and sea salt truffles is making me salivate! And would you believe this Florida girl has never had a proper mojito? I'm ready. I might have to go up North to enjoy some port — as much as I LOVE it, there's only about 3 months a year it's cold enough to drink it down here.Sounds like a fab night. We'd make sure it was a 'hoot' ;~)
The food, the drinks, the girl talk…I'm in.
Ooooo I was hoping someone would post a mojito recipe! Yummmmmy. Thanks for joining us!
Great food, yummy drinks, girl talk… outdoor pizza oven… man, it's like I'm dreaming!
The mojitos look refreshing, the truffles dangerous(ly good), but really, you had me at the epic talk. A group of great women, cocktails, comfort, and great conversation is a perfect rejuevenating night! :>
Ok, you bunch are too much fun. I'm now wanting to make this happen. Badly.
Dana @ ReallyWWWThinking? said:
Awww…now I miss my best friend. She's coming to visit Labor Day Weekend, so maybe I can make her a pitcher of Mojito mocktails! Thanks!