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December 16, 2009

tray 'o drinks

We hosted a work party at our house Monday night.  There were about 25 people here, including kids, and I think it was a smashing hit.  Everybody chatted, drank and ate and left feeling full of Christmas cheer.

One of our party tricks is to offer a tray of pre-made drinks right in the front porch, after people have taken off their coats.  We chill the glasses in the freezer first.  Who doesn’t like a frosty glass?

  • Eggnog with spiced rum and nutmeg sprinkled on top
  • Cream martini – Starbucks cream liqueur and espresso vodka with a splash of cream
  • Limoncello martini – Limoncello with sprite
  • Red wine

I was shocked that it was the Limoncello martini that was the big hit, not the cream one.  Mike was mixing those like crazy in the kitchen.

It was a potluck event, and folks brought either an appetizer or sweets.  Someone asked:  why don’t you assign dishes? And then someone wise told me – that’s the joy of potLUCK.  Get it?  You leave the dishes up to LUCK and what you get is what you get.

We had a cheese tray of blue cheese, brie, manchego and calabrese cheese from the Italian Centre.  The favourite off that tray was brie.  And Ella whipped up these super easy appetizers that were quickly consumed.

Roll together sliced proscuitto, provolone and a leaf of basil.  Secure with a toothpick. As pictured below:

proscuitto, provolone, basil appetizer

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Bellavino permalink
    December 17, 2009 7:10 am

    Ooohhh! I dont know which drink I would have taken off that tray – they all sound so perfect!

  2. December 17, 2009 9:04 pm

    Who wouldn’t want to have a few of those. I’d be in on the Limoncello as well..I mean, Danny DeVito does it justice!

  3. December 18, 2009 9:16 am

    Ha, yes limoncello seems to have quite the celebrity following…

    My favourite cocktail is still amaretto sour. Not sure what celebrity endorses that!

  4. December 18, 2009 1:09 pm

    I am impressed with what you ended up with at your potluck. Those drinks look great.

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