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TGIF: Candy Land For Adults December 3, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Vegetarian Recipes.
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As a child, one of my  favorite games was Candy Land ~ I loved Chutes and Ladders too, but Candy Land with its lollipops, candy canes,  and gingerbread men really appealed to my sense of taste in games.

Not long ago, BFF and I enjoyed a Candy Land experience for adults.


Get your mind out of the gutter . . .

Our Candy Land  experience involved a Candy Shoppe Tasting at the Beachhouse restaurant, sponsored by Three Olives Vodka.

In lieu of standard vodka drinks, the Candy Shoppe Tasting included:  Root Beer Float Martinis, Bubblilicious Martinis, Gummy Bear Cosmos, and Chocolate Covered Cherries.

If you want to expand your bar-tending prowess from Rye and Gingers, and Rum and Cokes, to some real “Candy is Dandy, but Liquor is Quicker” drinks, here are the Recipes for this sweet quartet to try out at your next Holiday Gathering:

Root Beer Float Martini:  1.25 oz. Root Beer Vodka; 2 oz. Root Beer; 1 oz. Vanilla Ice Cream or Half & Half.

Verdict:  Summer in a Glass!

Bubblilicious Martini:  1.25 oz. Bubble Vodka; 2 oz. Sprite; 1 oz. Strawberry Puree.

Verdict:  The only thing missing was a Bazooka Joe comic hanging off the stem of the glass!

Gummy Bear Cosmo: 1.25 oz. Mango Vodka; .75 oz. Black Raspberry liqueur; 1 oz. Cranberry Juice; splash of Sour Mix.

Verdict:  Perfect for wading through the next WEbook Poetry Vote!

Chocolate Covered Cherry:  1 oz. Cherry Vodka; 1 oz. Chocolate Vodka; .75 oz. Godiva Chocolate liqueur; splash of Cherry juice.

Verdict:  Mmm . . . with a cherry on top!

During the tasting, I talked to the Rep for Three Olives Vodka and suggested that the brand’s name seemed at variance with many of its offerings since none of the drinks we tasted would have benefited from the addition of olives.  In fact, each would have been rendered distinctly unpalatable if olives of any persuasion had popped into the mix.  He agreed.

Due to the expanding product line, the name will soon be Three Oh! Vodka.

Oh, how sweet it is!

Weekend Theme: Christmas Diamante December 3, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in People, Poetry.
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The Weekend Theme at View From The Side is Religious Holidays

A timely theme given the recent advent of Advent.

We decorated for the Holidays today, listening to Yuletide Carols as we unpacked and displayed cherished Santas, reindeer, table top Christmas trees, and wreaths.   

While I love the symbols of the season,  it is the enduring gifts of this time of year that I treasure most ~ Peace, Hope, Love, and Joy!

Here’s a simple Diamante Diamond to ring in the season:


Joyous, Festive

Sharing, Caring, Giving

Wreaths, Carols, Presents, Peace 

Accepting, Loving, Forgiving

Compassionate, Kind


May we all delight in the Peace, Hope, Love, and Joy of this Festive Season, whether we celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or the Winter Solstice!

Related posts:  Joy To The World * Ho~Ho~Ho! Merry Christmas! * 10 Holiday Classics + 2 Year Round Faves * Experiential Gifts * Gifts of Hope