Spring Cocktails

May 15, 2011 at 9:57 am 1 comment

I love any opportunity to get dressed up, especially with a little direction and style advice from my Italian friend Miriam or my more fashionable sister! I can make myself presentable on most occasions, but appreciate the girly advice when it comes to shoes, make up and accessories for fancier affairs. Last night, my friend Miriam hosted another of her fabulous cocktail parties – at which a dress is mandatory. (She has been known to pull friends into her closet and magically transform them with some article of clothing that was in hiding.) This time, she made a pre-emptive strike on my plain student wardrobe by giving me a bag of hand-me-downs, in which was a fantastic aqua dress. It was a perfect fit, and my favorite color! How could I say no? ;)

The spring cocktail party was so much fun! Despite having a random assortment of friend groups, everyone was able to mingle over food and drinks. Miriam is an excellent cook and made some great hors d’ouvres of herbed ricotta dip, cheese platters, crostini with goat cheese and prosciutto, and pears with arugula and prosciutto. She also had some great new Trader Joe’s finds – my personal favorite were cassava chips! Not only can she cook, but she is also an excellent bartender. She always chooses two themed drinks for her parties, and the theme was fruity and light for our lovely spring affair. She pulled me into the kitchen where we mixed up batches of Grapefruit Cosmopolitans and Raspberry Martinis, and discussed plans for my trip to visit her in Italy this summer! My roommate from college and I will be in Italy for about a week after we visit another friend in Bosnia and Croatia. It looks like we will get a chance to see Venice, Bologna (where Miriam is from), Cinque Terre, and Florence while we are there. I am too excited to even begin to express it in words!



We taste-tested both drinks before offering them around to everyone – just had to make sure they were safe! Miriam used frozen mashed raspberries to give the martini a muddled effect, and the jam added just enough sweetness to make the drink really pop. The grapefruit cosmo was my personal favorite – a light, citrusy, and perfect spring drink. Both were nice and fruity and not too strong. Definitely give these drinks a try for your end-of-the-semester or start of summer parties!
Question: What is your favorite spring/summer drink?


Grapefruit Cosmo

Adapted from Real Simple 

1 1/2 oz vodka

1/2 oz triple sec

1/2 cup grapefruit juice

1 tsp lime juice

Splash Prosecco

Mix all ingredients, except Prosecco, together in a shaker with ice. Strain into a martini glass, top with Prosecco and serve.


Raspberry Martini

Adapted from Real Simple

1 tsp raspberry jam

1 tsp mashed raspberries (can be frozen or fresh)

4 oz cranberry juice

1 1/2 oz vodka

Mix all ingredients together in a shaker over ice. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a raspberry.


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  • 1. Jen's Mom  |  May 16, 2011 at 7:50 am

    I love the dress! Drinks on the patio when you get home!


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