Diet cosmo anyone?

A couple weeks ago my husband met the most adorable mix of Chihuahua and Shih Tzu…  and for two weeks he (the husband) has been making the saddest puppy face begging me “I want Scruffy”.  “My Birthday is coming”… “Scruffy Scruffy Scruffy”… Anyone who met a whiny 5-year-old knows the drill.

So, instead I gave him another thing he’s been asking about but I refused to deliver… A huge party!  All the neighbors and friends made their way to our kitchen, and you could not hear yourself talking how loud and fun it was.  

Here is the Russian way to party: eat as much as you can, wash it all down with vodka, sing and dance.  Repeat as many times as you can + 5.  Now, I know it’s mission impossible to make Americans do the singing and dancing; so we just focused on eating and drinking.

The guests started gathering about an hour before the dinner to find snacks waiting on the table: cheese and salami, freshly baked bread, nuts, grapes, and olives.

 A separate stand was set for a self-service bar.  My BFF Alma helped making this amazing hibiscus cosmopolitan.  I found the recipe in a magazine long ago, and wanted to try it ever since (from Jennifer Trainer’s “Caribbean Cocktails”).  On the plus side, Alma also pointed out that in her native Mexico, hibiscus tea is a famous diet drink (like green tea here).  Now, how could you possibly stop drinking this delicious cosmo after discovering that!?

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HIBISCUS COSMOPOLITAN

INGREDIENTS:For hibiscus tea:

  • 6 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers
  • 1/3 cup super fine sugar

For cosmopolitan:

  • 1 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1/3 cup of super fine sugar
  • Lemon juice from 3 lemons
  • Lime juice from 6 limes
  • 3 tbs fresh orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons Cointreau or other orange-flavored liqueur
  • Ice cubes

DIRECTIONS:

The tea could be made in advance and kept in the fridge.  Pour boiling water over the tea and let brew for about 1 hour.  Strain and discard the flowers. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Whisk all cosmopolitan ingredients till sugar is dissolved.

Transfer mixture to an ice-filled cocktail shaker, and shake well; strain into martini glasses. Garnish with a twisted orange peel.

By the way, apparently it’s super easy to make a curl with an orange peel.  Just cut a straight line out and roll it with your fingers into a spring.  Who would have guessed, but it will stay this way!

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