Tuesday, July 30, 2013

July 21, 2013 - Vodka & Butterfingers

Yes, you read that correctly.  It was Jennifer's nephew, Nick's, 21st birthday, and that was what he requested.  Can you really make a meal centered around vodka and a candy bar?  Who are you kidding?  Us?  Of course we can!

Cocktail - Butterscotch Amaretto Martini

Vodka (obviously), butterscotch schnapps, amaretto, seltzer.  Lovely!  Nice and rich cocktail that wasn't too sweet.  And yes, there's a Butterfinger dropped in there!

Appetizer - Steak Bites with Bloody Mary Dipping Sauce


And what's the most common ingredient in a Bloody Mary?  You got it!  Vodka!  These were really tasty - the sauce reminded us of a cocktail sauce for shrimp because of the horseradish in it.  It was great with the steak and I'm sure would be great with other items.

Entree - Penne alla Vodka


You didn't really thing we'd make a vodka themed meal without my absolute favorite dish in the world, did you??  I found this recipe from a friend, and I must say its pretty delicious!  We followed it to a T and it was fabulous.  I do have to advise - follow the recipe!  I really feel that the sauteeing the pasta in butter, then adding the parmesan, then the sauce is somehow the secret to its success!

Entree Wine - 2009 Numanthia Termes

This Spanish red was vibrant and fruity with a great deep cherry color.  It had fresh fruity notes intertwined with a little tobacco and spice but was smooth on the palate with a clean finish.  A very nice red.

Dessert - Butterfinger Cheesecake Bites with a Butterfinger Martini


Yup.  Uh huh.  We made a cheesecake out of Butterfingers! And a dessert martini that tasted exactly like Butterfinger as well!  We followed the above recipe except replacing the candy bar type and then crushed candy bar around for presentation.  we followed the martini recipe exactly and served in shot glasses.  Fantastic dessert!  Fantastic cocktail!

So overall, a successful 21st birthday that had fun flavors and great company!  Happy birthday, Nick!  See you all next time.

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