February 10th, 2009
Last Saturday night was the Evening of Hope Gala held at Seattle’s Fairmont Hotel….. the theme? ….Pillow Fight Against Homelessness. Put on by the Seattle Hotel Association this event benifited the Plymouth Housing Group.
Evening attire mixed with swanky pajamas and loungewear and a great time was had by all.
Jeffery Ahia and Kent Beech looking faboo!
JJ McKay always Dashing with me sipping a libation.
Sitcking with the theme I created the signiture cocktails for the reception. The Pink Fir Slipper made with Douglas fir infused Cruzan rum, lemon and cranberry.
Pink Fir Slipper (recipe follows)
For those who like their drinks a bit “less pink” we also stirred up Luxuary Lounge Manhattans made with the newly released (ri)1 rye, Nocello walnut liqueur and red vermouth – garnished with an Italian Amarena cherry.
Pink Fir Slipper
Makes 1 cocktail
1 1/2 ounce Cruzan Light Rum infused with Douglas Fir (recipe follows)
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
3/4 ounce cranberry juice
Garnish: cranberry and a tiny piece of douglas fir
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Measure in the infused Cruzan Rum, lemon juice, simple syrup and cranberry juice. Cap and shake. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a floating cranberry and piece of douglas fir.
Cruzan Light Rum infused with Douglas Fir
1 (5- to 6-inch) sprig fresh-picked Douglas fir branch, rinsed
1 bottle (750 ml) Cruzan Light Rum
Put the fir branch into the rum bottle, cap, and let sit 24 hours. (Do not let it infuse for more than 24 hours.) Remove the branch and discard. The infused rum can be stored at room temperature for up to one year.
Tips: If fresh Douglas fir is not available in your area, then you can substitute a Douglas-fir tea bag available at Dish D’Lish Ballard. If using the tea, add the contents of the tea bag to the gin, let infuse, and then strain the gin through a very fine strainer. The infused gin also makes a good martini. Recipe (c) 2009 Kathy Casey
Luxury Lounge Manhattan
Makes 1 cocktail
2 oz (rī)1
1/2 oz sweet red vermouth
1/2 oz Nocello liqueur
Garnish: Amarena Italian cherry on a pick
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Measure in the (rī)1, sweet red vermouth and Nocello liqueur. Cap and shake. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with an Amarena Italian cherry on a pick. Recipe (c) 2009 Kathy Casey