Wolf of Wall Street: Million Dollar Martini

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In honour of the 86th Academy Awards, we’re serving the perfect recipe for an Oscar-themed party. Enjoy a Wolf of Wallstreet Million Dollar Martini  from the comfort of your own home.

Wolf of Wall Street: Million Dollar Martini
2 oz. Iceberg Vodka
1/2 oz. Dry Vermouth
Green olives

Shake well with ice. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with green olives (green for money of course!).

The Oscars telecast begins Sunday, March 2 at 7 p.m. We’re routing for you Leo!

Old Time Jamaican Lemonade

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Recipe courtesy Cook Like a Jamaican

Jamaican Lemonade Recipe
The Jamaican lemonade that I knew as a child is better described as limeade because we used limes instead of lemons. This recipe was created to taste like the “lemonade” I remember. We used wet sugar, which has a strong molasses flavour. To duplicate that flavour I added a few tablespoons of molasses. You may find this drink quite sweet, but that’s because you’re supposed to pour it over ice, which dilutes the flavour. If you prefer it less sweet, simply use less sugar.

Tip: slice 1 lime or lemon and put it in the jug with the lemonade for a beautiful presentation. This recipe also makes a wonderful mix for cocktails. Add some rum to a jug to make a quick punch.

Ingredients
8 cups cold water
8 juicy limes (you may need 1 or 2 more)
1 juicy lemon
2 cups brown sugar, packed
2 tbsp molasses

Directions
1. Juice enough limes and 1 lemon to make 1 cup of juice
2. Add brown sugar, juice and molasses to the water and stir until all the sugar has dissolved
3. Pour in a jug and refrigerate

Serves 8

On a Roll… Embarrassing

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At a recent party, tucked in the powder room, I found myself searching for gasp….toilet paper. Embarrassing.

How do you “hide” the extra rolls?  Send us your best ideas and you could be in Dabble Mag! 

I’ll Bring the Bubbly

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I am in charge of champagne for the New Year’s party I’m attending this year. I know all about the best glass to use (and it’s not the coup) and I know I’ll need at least 1 bottle for every five people (after all, there are other cocktails happening throughout the evening).

But which champagne shall I serve?

Personally, I’m a fan of Pol Roger’s Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill, but the price tag is a deterrent when you need to buy multiple bottles. I also love (and yes, it’s partly because it’s pink) Moet Rose Imperial.

Whatever you’re serving (and you will tell us, won’t you?) we hope this New Year’s is one to remember.

Cheers.

 

White Citrus Sangria

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Labour Day weekend marks the end of summer. Whether you’re spending time relaxing at home or having a big end-of-summer party, these cocktails made with Lipton Iced Tea will be sure to keep you and your guests cool and refreshed! What will you be doing this long weekend?

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hoursIngredients:
1 bottle Lipton ® diet green tea with citrus
1-3/4 cups white grape juice or white wine
1/4 cup orange juice
1 orange, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
1 lime, slicedDirections:
Combine Lipton ® 100% Natural Diet Green Tea with Citrus and juices in large pitcher. Stir in fruit. Chill at least 2 hours. Serve in ice-filled glasses.
4 servings

Entertain Me: Snowshoe Party

Snowshoeing is nearly as easy as walking, but oh, so much more fun say our conga-line trekkers. Follow their lead and celebrate winter with a snowshoe party. Grab your toque and earmuffs, then gather adventurous friends.

With a roaring fire and warm friends on hand there’s no need to fear the cold. To build a fire: Gather tinder such as dry needles, plants and grasses and place at bottom of fire pit. Add dry kindling such as small twigs and sticks. Finally, stack logs in the shape of a teepee. This way they’ll fall into the fire as it burns. With a solid arrangement in place light the fire. Always have a bucket of water (or snow) nearby. 

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Pre-party warm-ups
Fire up your guests’ anticipation with a pre-party loot bag. Plaid covered, fake fur earmuffs are a practical enticement.

Snowshoeing
A fast-growing sport, snowshoeing burns about 600 calories an hour, it’s easy to learn and relatively inexpensive.

Dinner by fire
The fire is roaring and dinner is served. Wrap salmon steaks, potatoes and green beans in heavy foil and cook over open flames.

Snowshoe Salmon

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 lemon, juiced (keep skins)
  • ½ onion, diced
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 6oz salmon, skinless
  • 1 sprig dill
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Melt butter in a small saucepan on medium heat and add onion and garlic. Once melted, add lemon juice and remove pan from heat.
  2. Cover salmon in oil and season with salt and pepper. Lay salmon on a piece of tin foil with lemon skins. Cut the sprig of dill in half and place half on each piece of salmon. Pour butter sauce over salmon, then wrap with tin foil.
  3. Place foil-wrapped salmon on a grill and place over open fire to cook, approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

Note: If an in-kitchen cooking experience is preferred, preheat oven to 350°F and bake for 10 to 15 minutes.

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Snowshoe Hot Toddy

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 oz white creme de cacao
  • 1 oz Chambord raspberry liqueur
  • 4 oz hot chocolate
  • 1 can whipped cream
  • Sprinkles (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a thermos, add creme de cacao, raspberry liqueur and hot chocolate. Shake well, pour into a glass and top with whipped cream. Add sprinkles for a festive touch.

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Welcome to Bourbon Street

New Orleans

There’s always a lively crowd on Bourbon Street.

If you’re mining for big personalities and unique characters, then Bourbon Street is pay dirt. From the sublime to the surreal and everything in between, the action (and the alcohol) never stops.

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Dabble Savvy

United Cab, which uses only licensed drivers, provides the most reliable ride in town.

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ABOVE This street performer has the blues.

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ABOVE A soleful jazz performance.

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Sweet Dreams Spritzer

1 oz Vodka
½oz Raspberry Liqueur
½oz Pomegranate Liqueur
2 oz white grape juice
4 oz Yellowglen Pink

Combine vodka, liqueurs and white grape juice with ice and shake well.

Strain into an 8 oz martini glass and top with Yellowglen Pink.

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Fave chick flicks

Need a Laugh: Bride Wars
Good Cry: The Notebook
Evil Boss: The Devil Wears Prada
Long Distance Love: The Holiday
Love Conquers All: My Best Friend’s Wedding

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Pre-show

Set the scene for a night of “no makeup” with an invitation assuring guests this is a “girl’s only”event. Be sure to add BYOP (bring your own pillow) to the invite. If budget allows, send a pre-party loot bag with cute slippers.

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Main Event

Let emotions guide the movie choice. Need a good cry? Steel Magnolias and Ghost are classics that never fail to stir up tears and, more recently, The Notebook. If it’s true romance you are craving, The Holiday is sure to leave the girls sighing. In Serendipity, two people find true romance when they least expect it.

Grab the popcorn, dim the lights and click PLAY.

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Sleep Tight

If you have a bed for every guest, great. Otherwise, consider a blow up mattress or even a padded camping surface to provide additional sleeping quarters. Sweet dreams.

What’s in Store at Quince

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Specializing in tabletop, kitchen and gift items, just try to leave Quince without making a purchase. Located between Canal and Jackson on Magazine Street in New Orleans, it’s the perfect stop before your next dinner party. Step inside and take a look at what Quince has in store.

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ABOVE: Vintage inspired linens, silverplate flatware, napkin rings, chef’s aprons, and now, a new line of printed paper products – such as pads of 50 printed paper placemats – are just a few of the items that Quince offers from the Cake Vintage line of merchandise.

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ABOVE: A fun & funky line of adult aprons, children’s aprons, dish towels, and tablecloths with a vintage inspired look.

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ABOVE: A gorgeous line of flatware and serving pieces, including cheese knives, spreaders, salad servers, and carving sets. They also sell the best butcher knives.

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ABOVE: Just about everything for the table and kitchen.

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ABOVE: Owner Kate Palmer followed her passion post-Katrina with the launch of Quince, a premier source for tabletop and event planning.

Entertain Me: Tailgate Party

“I may be a Deeva, but I loves me some baseball,” says Dabble’s Cocktail Deeva, Dee Brun.

I’ve played softball every year since I was three years old. That’s about 22 years if you’re counting, wink. The best part of any sporting event is hanging out with teammates after the game. A tailgate party takes your next sporting event from base hit to homerun.

INVITES—1ST BASE
Start with an outta-the-park invitation. How about an invite that looks like a sporting event ticket? They are easy to make on websites like Special Event Ticketing. Or, build anticipation, by sending a baseball to each invitee with party details written on the ball.

FOOD—2ND BASE
Baseball may be as American as apple pie, but for me it means hot dogs on the menu. Schneider’s hot dogs are always crowd pleasers, especially topped with mustard, ketchup and relish. The most important tool at the party is the grill. Coleman’s Paul Jr. Grill is large enough to feed all your guests in a quick time frame, and easy to transport. for drinks, think outside the same old beer case. Get creative with one of the new micro brews like Innis & Gunn or mix it up with a variety of killer coolers from Blackfly, we love the blueberry flavour.

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SETTING—3RD BASE
If you’re planning your tailgate party in a public park or outside a sports venue such as an arena, be sure to check city codes regarding alcohol and open grills. If there’s an actual game component, try and have the after party nearby or onsite, although a private backyard makes a great setting too.

HOME RUN
With invites, food and venue determined you’re nearly to home base. But let’s face it, a tailgate party needs…a tailgate. The bed of a bright red GMC pickup truck underscores the party theme and provides a generous surface for the food and bar. It also makes a great backdrop to photos

Dabble’tinis

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Meet the signature drink of our Dabble launch party, created by Cocktail Deeva, Dee Brun. Enjoy!

Ingredients

1 oz Skyy Vodka
2 oz White Grape Juice
Dash of orange bitters
1 ounce soda water
Fresh rosemary

Preparation

Muddle rosemary with vodka. Pour into shaker with all ingredients except soda. Shake well and strain into a martini glass, top with soda and garnish with a fresh sprig of rosemary.

To see photos from the Launch Party, visit: Dabble Launch Party, Issue 2 May/Jun 2011

Dabble Launch Party – March 24th

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Dabble Launch Party – March 24th