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GEORGIA PEACH AND BASIL BOURBON SLUSHIES

GEORGIA PEACH AND BASIL BOURBON SLUSHIES Ingredients 12 mint leaves 3 fresh Georgia peaches, sliced and frozen overnight Juice from 1/2 a lemon .5 cup simple syrup 1 cup black tea bourbon Instructions Slice peaches and freeze overnight (you can use packaged frozen peaches for easy preparation). In a food processor, add frozen peach slices, mint leaves, lemon juice, simple syrup and bourbon and blend, adding ice until a slushy consistency forms. Scoop slush into glasses and garnish with basil and peaches. Serve immediately. – Courtesy of Celebrity Caterer Andrea Correale, founder and president of Elegant Affairs Catering....

5 Spring Aperitifs To Kick Off Seasonal Celebrations

BRIGHT CITRUS, FRESH HERBS AND EVEN STALKY VEGETABLES GO INTO THESE DRINKS THAT GIVE WINTER THE HEAVE HO. Just like the return to Daylight Saving Time gives us a much-welcomed extra hour of sunshine, these drinks turn up the light. Enough with brooding and boozy; we are craving these refreshingly aromatic, irresistible cocktails to throw back during the golden hour. BUTTERFLY EFFECT Recipe courtesy of Tyler Plymale, Mixologist, Hen Quarter All of the drinks at this sophisticated Southern cuisine-focused restaurant and lounge in Dublin, Ohio are named after tunes, and the spring menu in particular drinks like a playlist of a story about love and love lost, Plymale says. This sip is an ode to the Travis Scott song about the phenomenon of how small decisions and changes in one place can have large effects elsewhere. “It’s very refreshing and has a great mouthfeel,” he says. “Genmaicha rice tea syrup gives the cocktail a very unique flavor and balances well with the Crème de Violette. Lavender bitters offer floral notes that pair great with the chamomile-infused gin. 1 ½ oz dry gin ¾ oz genmaicha rice tea syrup (instructions follow) 1 oz lemon juice ¼ oz Crème de Violette 2 dashes lavender bitters 1 egg white garnish: Lavender flowers, dehydrated lemon zest and a spritz of Crème de Violette Add all ingredients except garnish to a cocktail shaker and shake without ice until frothy. Add ice to the shaker and shake again until well-chilled. Double-strain into a coupe glass, spritz with the Crème de Violette and garnish with the lavender flowers and dehydrated lemon zest. For the genmaicha rice...

Delicious St. Patrick’s Day Recipes from Celebrity Chefs & Restaurateurs

St. Patrick’s Day is always a jolly holiday to celebrate. To inspire you to expand your horizons and try your luck at whipping up gourmet Irish recipes today, here are a few delicious St. Patrick’s Day recipes from celebrity chefs, restaurateurs, and caterers. From decadent drinks to sumptuous desserts, here are some incredible St. Patrick’s Day recipes that you’ll definitely want to devour today. Prohibition Savannah is a nod to the classic 1920’s speakeasy, featuring craft cocktails and vintage decor, and a menu designed by Executive Chef Greg Garrison. The Savannah Historic District restaurant opened up last year from Irish Restaurateurs James Welsh and Ray Burns. It set the world record for most Irish coffees sold in one day, 2,223, last year as a fundraiser for a local firefighter’s fund. To help you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, here’s their hit St. Patrick’s Day recipe that’s as good as a pot of gold. St. Patrick’s Day Recipe: “Gran Rosta” Irish Coffee (Serves 1) Ingredients: Freshly whipped heavy cream, for topping (recipe below) Popcorn powder, for topping (recipe below) 1 1/4 oz. Teeling Single Grain Irish whiskey 1/2 oz. Demerara syrup (2:1 ratio of Demerara sugar to water) 4 oz. freshly brewed Sumatra coffee Instructions for the whipped cream: Before creating the drink, make whipped cream by pouring one cup of heavy cream (cream must be at least36 percent fat) into a metal bowl or stand mixer. Using either the mixer on medium speed or a hand whisk, whip the cream until it has only slightly thickened and soft peaks have formed, about six to seven minutes (you want the cream to pour easily into the glass). Store the whipped cream in the...

Cheers To Spring!

It’s been a crazy winter in the U.S., but spring is in the air. A time for planting and enjoying fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as lighter, sweeter cocktails. Celebrity Caterer Andrea Correale, founder and president of Elegant Affairs comes to our rescue yet again, with a bevy of libations perfect for celebrating the season. We love her contributions. They’re always filled with fun and flair, which comes easy for Andrea as a celebrity event producer and caterer to stars like Brooke Shields, Mariah Cary, Jimmy Fallon and Liam Neeson. Now you can be the star of your own spring celebration with these light and refreshing cocktails. Remember to enjoy responsibly!   Lemon Basil Margarita Lemon Basil Margarita.   Ingredients 1-1/2 ounces tequila 1 ounce triple sec 1 ounce fresh lemon juice 1/2 ounce simple syrup 3 basil leaves, for garnish 1/2 sugar/1/2 salt mixture, for rim Lemon rind, for garnish Basil leaf, for garnish Directions Coat glass rim with sugar and salt mixture. Shake all liquid ingredients in a shaker. Pour over ice. Garnish with lemon rind and basil leaf.   Georgia Peach and Basil Bourbon Slushy Georgia Peach and Basil Bourbon Slushy. Ingredients 12 mint leaves 3 fresh Georgia peaches, sliced and frozen overnight Juice from 1/2 of a lemon 1/2 cup simple syrup 1 cup Black Tea Bourbon Directions Slice peaches and freeze overnight (can use packaged frozen peaches for easy preparation. In a food processor, add frozen peach slices, mint leaves, lemon juice, simple syrup and bourbon and blend, adding ice until a slushy consistency forms. Scoop slush into glasses and garnish with basil and peaches....

Wolfgang Puck’s Spago-Style Smoked Salmon Pizza

Delightful individual upscale pizzas, created in the Wolfgang Puck style, are sure to delight the guests at your Oscar® watch party! These were created by Andrea Correale, celebrity caterer, and founder and President of Elegant Affairs. For more than 20 years, she’s produced high-profile events for a variety of stars and musicians. Ingredients 4 medium mounds of pizza dough of your choice 5 ounces Smoked salmon 5 tablespoons black caviar 7 tablespoons sour cream 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon chives, diced 4 red onion slices, thin Preparation Preheat oven to 475 degrees F. Put a pizza stone inside. Take 2 teaspoons chives and mix into pizza dough. Using a rolling pin, roll out dough into 4 circles, about 8-10 inches in diameter each. On a lightly floured board, place each of the pizzas. Brush top of each with olive oil. Place each pizza onto the pizza stone and bake 10 minutes until golden brown. It may take you 2 or 3 turns to do this to all 4 pizzas. Once golden brown, transfer pizza to a plate and spread out 1/4 of the sour cream on each. Next, spread one slice of red onion on each, add the pieces of salmon on top, followed by the caviar. Sprinkle each pizza with the remaining chives. Original Article...

13 Ways to Save on Your Super Bowl LIII Party

Few things are as American as the Super Bowl. In fact, it’s surprising the Monday after the game isn’t a national holiday! This year the big game is happening on Sunday, February 3, when the Los Angeles Rams will face off against the New England Patriots. Whether you’re a die-hard football fan or just in the mood to throw a party, you can host a fun fete for Super Bowl LIII without spending a fortune. Here’s how to do it. Hit Up the Dollar Store Stock up on napkins, plates, cups, aluminum pans, and decorations. “If you want decorations, Dollar Tree stores are loaded with football theme decorations,” says Tom Nathaniel, who runs the personal finance blog LushDollar.com. “You should be able to decorate for less than $10.” SEE ALSO: 6 Best Buys for February — It’s More Than Presidents’ Day Deals! Buy in Bulk With bulk purchasing, you’ll typically pay a lower price per unit than you would when buying in limited quantities. So if you’re going to throw a big party, consider buying in bulk at Costco, Walmart, or BJ’s Wholesale Club. And don’t forget online retailers like Amazon, too. Just remember to compare prices to make sure you’re saving money on each unit, and stick to items you’re actually going to use. Get Help From Grocery Apps When buying Super Bowl party food, you can save money with the help of free apps like Ibotta and Checkout 51. “Both of these apps offer discounts on certain products at grocery stores,” says Marc Andre, personal finance blogger at VitalDollar.com. “Some of the offers (especially with Ibotta) will allow you to buy multiples of the same product...

Hot Cocktails To Keep You Warm This Winter

As temperatures drop, the best way to stay warm is to grab yourself a blanket, a hot drink, and sit by the fireplace. Andrea Correale, founder and president of Elegant Affairs, has crafted up three cocktail recipes that will be sure to keep you cozy, even on the frostiest days of a New York winter. Don’t miss a beat! Click HERE to become a BELLA Insider! Correale’s creative cocktails have received several awards, and they have been served to dozens of celebrities including Mariah Carey, Billy Joel, Jimmy Fallon, and Liam Neeson, to name a few. With her recipes, you can feel like an A-lister in the comfort of your own home. Below you will find complete recipes and instructions for her three tastiest drinks to make the cold weather more enjoyable. Spiked Cinnamon Chai Lattes Ingredients: 2 tbs powdered sugar 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon chili powder 3 oz. hot coffee 2 oz. chocolate vodka 1 oz. Kahlua 1 oz. Baileys Splash of milk Whipped cream, for serving Instructions: 1. In your favorite coffee mug, stir together the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and chili powder. 2. Add in the hot coffee, vodka, Kahlua and Baileys and stir until dissolved. 3. Stir in milk. 4. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon.     Cranberry Mulled Wine Ingredients: 1 ½ cups cranberry juice cocktail 1/2 cup sugar 2-4 cinnamon sticks 2-3 pieces of star anise 3-4 cups of any dry red wine 1/2 cup fresh cranberries Instructions: 1. In a saucepan, combine the cranberry juice cocktail, sugar, cinnamon sticks and star anise. 2. Simmer...

8 Surprising Mistakes You’re Making When Setting Your Holiday Table

Roasting an 18-pound bird or massive standing rib roast, making gravy from scratch, and then getting all the sides to the table before they’re ice -cold—these are the magic tricks of the holiday season. But setting the table? That’s a no-brainer. In fact, it’s usually a chore you assign to kids. Still, it’s not quite the cinch it appears to be. If you’re not careful, you could end up creating chaos and leaving your guests with a bad taste in their mouths—and we don’t mean Aunt Edna’s boiled Brussels sprouts. So why not focus on making every little detail right? One important takeaway from entertaining and organizing pros: Tackle the table well ahead of time. “Setting it at least a couple of days in advance is an easy way to check off a box on your to-do list, so you can concentrate on the task without worrying about something burning on the stove,” says celebrity caterer Andrea Correale, founder of Elegant Affairs. Ready to dig in? Chew on these mistakes you should avoid at all costs when setting your table for guests. 1. Enormous flower arrangements—or flowers at all Photo by Chango & Co. “There’s usually no room for flowers on the Thanksgiving table,” says Julie Corracio, the organizing pro at Reawaken Your Brilliance. Plus, an overly large arrangement blocks guests’ view, causing neck strain as they try to see around the mums. Can’t live without posies? “Put them on the buffet,” she says. 2. Insisting on family-style serving As with flowers, there’s really no room at the table for family-style serving. “It creates too much confusion,” Correale cautions. Instead, put the dinner plates on a side buffet or the kitchen island, along with...

11 Sweet And Scary Treats To Make This Halloween

Candy might be the treat of choice for most on Halloween, but for those planning on throwing a spooky party this year, some other sugary or savory treats should definitely be on the menu. While some guests may be looking for something to add to their sugar rush, others might be after something to balance out the sweet stuff. And of course, everyone’s going to be looking for something that brings the spooky feel to the snack table. In order to make all the ghouls and goblins haunting your party happy, check out these 11 recipes for the ultimate in Halloween party treats. Ghost S’mores Dip: This dip is a perfect treat because it combines the best part of summer s’mores with the theme of Halloween. Serve with graham crackers for the complete effect. Graveyard Chicken Enchilada Dip: For those seeking a savory treat that provides plenty of spooky flavors underneath the surface, this is the way to go. Jack O’Lantern Brownies: Get the thrill of Jack O’Lanterns at your party—without the hassle of time-consuming carvings. Jack Skellington Oreo Pops: Anyone who likes to think of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” as a Halloween movie will appreciate the time and effort you put into these nightmarish treats. Mini Macaroni and Cheese Muffins This savory treat, compliments of Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs, will be a spooktacular addition to a Halloween party. This savory treat is perfect for Halloween. Photo: Andrea Correale, Elegant Affairs Ingredients: 1 package elbow pasta 2 tbsp. butter, divided 3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 1 cup milk 2 eggs, beaten 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs 1/4 tsp. paprika Salt and pepper, to taste How To Make: Preheat oven to...

Adult Beverage Roundup: Halloween Style!

Halloween is the perfect holiday to play with your food—and beverages! There are lots of creative options when it comes to cocktails for fall and especially Halloween. Here are a few of our favorites. Remember, to enjoy responsibly. If you’re lit brighter than the Halloween decorations, you better be at home or have a designated driver! CÎROC Black Raspberry Bramble The Bramble. Photo: CÎROC. Not only the perfect mix and mask of flavors, but doubles as a great centerpiece for your Halloween event. Mixed with lime juice, simple syrup and blackberries, it’s wickedly delicious. Ingredients 1.5 ounces CÎROC Black Raspberry 0.5 ounces lime juice 0.5 ounces simple syrup 3 blackberries Directions Muddle blackberries in a rocks glass. Add crushed ice. Add rest of ingredients in a shaker with one ice cube only. Strain into the rocks glass and garnish with a fresh blackberry. Black Smash Black Smash. Photo: CÎROC. A grueling Halloween hazard. Refreshing and subtly sweet, the bloody concoction is mixed with lemon juice, simple syrup, mint leaves, and blackberries for a combination that will definitely impress. Ingredients 2 ounces CÎROC Black Raspberry 0.5 ounces lemon juice 0.5 ounces simple syrup 4 mint leaves 5 blackberries Directions Add all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well. Double strain into a rocks glass and garnish with fresh raspberries. Preparada The Preparada. Photo: CÎROC. Mixed with splashed black raspberry, Chamoy, lime juice grenadine, and amber beer, it’s wickedly beautiful. Rimmed with chili, salt and smoked paprika, it’s not for the faint of heart! Ingredients 1.5 ounces CÎROC Black Raspberry 0.5 ounce Chamoy 0.5 ounce lime juice 0.5 ounce grenadine...



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