A festive cocktail paired with some tasty appetizers, family or friends and a little cookie decorating are the perfect way to enjoy the holiday.
Living in Portland, you are in no shortage of a really good cocktail (or food, according to the new Washington Post article). So, I typically opt for wine at the house and wait to have a good mixed drink when I'm out.
NW Local Appetizer Spread
New Cascadia baguette
King Harvest hummus
And a mix of Oregon and Washington cheeses
Rosemary + Pear Sparklers
makes about 6 cocktails
Gin (or Vodka if you prefer)
1 1/2 oz of lemon juice
5 sprigs of rosemary
To make the puree:
In a blender, add in...
Peeled and sliced pears
1 1/2 teaspoon of fresh rosemary
1 1/2 oz of fresh lemon juice
Puree well and set aside or pour in a glass.
To prepare the drinks...
Fill a martini shaker with ice.
Pour in 1 1/2 oz of gin and 1 1/2 oz of the pear puree
Add 1 tsp of maple syrup (more if you like it sweeter)
and shake well!
Take either a martini class or a whiskey glass and pour in glass, leaving about a half an inch for prosecco.
Pour in prosecco and stir in gently.
Place one sprig of rosemary in the drink for a garnish and enjoy :)
Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday!