I am addicted to cocktail napkins. Usually I keep my addiction quietly in check, but this week the floodgates opened. It started innocently enough with a little trip to Home Goods on Tuesday in search of supplies to make Limoncello (more on that fun project coming soon). I was doing so well and not even seeking them out, but they were thrust in my face while waiting in the notoriously slow Home Goods checkout corral lined with pear scented sparkly candles and athletic socks and organic coffee and…whimsical cocktail napkins. I had a lot of time to contemplate my selection. On Wednesday, I hit kitchen mecca Sur La Table and wound up with a couple more packs (at full price, ugh, what a sucker), and then finally today I “bought my last pack, I SWEAR” with a little something from quirky discounter Tuesday Morning. That’s six packs in one week, in case you’re keeping score and now possibly wondering, “Gee, when’s the big party?” The answer is, “I don’t know.” Does one need a party to buy multiple packs of cocktail napkins?
I would show the napkins to you, but I like to surprise our guests with my colorful whimsy. Instead, I will share two actual cocktail recipes, courtesy of my friend Beth, the official Hostess with the Mostess. Beth founded Sipp, her own organic beverage company. Her products are phenomenal and have received numerous awards and accolades from the beverage industry, celebrities like Tori Spelling, and little old me.
I have had both of these cocktails, and warning — they go down easy! Sipp is expanding their distribution, so hopefully you will able to get your hands on some soon. Of course you can substitute if necessary, but it is worth it to use the best products you can manage to find. Cheers!
Posmo Berry Sparkler
4 oz. organic pomegranate juice
1 oz. fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. organic agave nectar
1 oz. SIPP – Mojo Berry
In a shaker add ice, vodka, pomegranate and lime juice with agave nectar. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain into a highball glass with ice. Top off with SIPP and garnish with a thin lime wheel. Enjoy!
4-5 leaves of fresh basil
1 oz. fresh lime juice
1 oz. SIPP – Ginger Blossom
In a shaker muddle basil slightly with a muddling stick. Add ice, vodka and lime juice. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Top off with SIPP and garnish with a thin cucumber wheel. Enjoy!