Orange Spiced Pumpkin Martini

Orange Spiced Pumpkin Martini

Since it’s officially Fall, I wanted share a cocktail recipe using Voga Italian Wine, featuring autumn flavors. This Orange Spiced Pumpkin Martini is fabulous this time of year to celebrate the season, perfect for parties or cocktails with friends. You can serve this as a cocktail with appetizers or even for dessert. If you are looking for other fall cocktail pairings, just think about seasonal ingredients. I love gin with pears and apples, bourbon with quince, honey with just about anything and experiment with herbs such as sage, rosemary, thyme and cranberries.

Celebrate Mardi Gras: Healthy Hurricane

Mardi Gras 2011 is this Tuesday, March 8.  Mardi Gras, “Fat Tuesday”, is the last day of the Carnival season as it always falls the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. The Hurricane is a fruit-colored relative of the “daiquiri”, and it’s credited to New Orleans tavern owner Pat O’Brien. In the 1940s, he created the fruity concoction and served it in hurricane-lamp-shaped glasses to give away to sailors. The drink caught on, and it has been a mainstay in the French Quarter in New Orleans ever since. My version of the Healthy Hurricane is filled with fresh fruit juices, making it perfect for kids to enjoy. If you want an alcoholic version, see the note about how much rum to add.