May 28th, 2010

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Bolognese Cookoff! With Guest Cocktail!

Man, it’s been a busy week with a dearth of updates. Not because there’s nothing to say, but because I’ve been doing so much stuff!

A few months ago, my old high school friends Jo and Amy (Yeah, I should have been named Meg or Beth) emailed me to ask if I wanted to judge a bolognese cookoff between the two of them and Jo’s dad, Ian.

I said sure, as long as my mom could judge, too (my parents are friends with Jo’s parents, even though they didn’t actually become friends until after we graduated from high school). My mom, in turn, invited everyone up to the house in Connecticut.

The bolognese cookoff quickly became a mini-event. Jo’s husband Erik and I are both amateur bartenders and decided to each make an Italian-themed cocktail for the event. I also made dessert, and my mother made homemade pasta dough, which Jo’s dad, Ian, turned into delicious homemade noodles.

Sadly, Amy was sick and couldn’t make it, even though she was the only one encouraging smack talk via email. But she did send her sauce along to try.

Ian won the cookoff, but of course his sauce is the only one I didn’t take pictures of actually on the noodles.

First come cocktails, then come pics.

1) Erik’s Artichoke-Cherry Punch

Erik's Artichoke-Cherry Punch

This is totally my first ever guest cocktail! Erik uses slightly different measurements than I do so I am keeping his drink according to his own recipe:

Ingredients for 1 cocktail:
1 wedge blood orange or regular orange for garnish
2/3 jigger Cynar
1/2 jigger Maraschino
1/4 jigger Grappa
5-6 oz unsweetened fresh lemonade

Mix Cynar, Maraschino, & Grappa in highball glass over ice
Add lemonade
Add orange wedge

Erik is also looking for suggestions for a better name than “Artichoke-Cherry Punch” if you have one you would like to recommend.

2) Hibiscus Negroni

Hibiscus Negroni

Ingredients for 2 cocktails:
4 oz gin (I used Bombay Sapphire)
2 oz red vermouth (I used Punt E Mes)
2 oz Campari
2 oz hibiscus syrup*
2 canned hibiscus blossoms
2 slices of orange

Mix all ingredients but hibiscus blossoms in a pitcher over ice
Place hibiscus blossoms in the bottom of two chilled old fashioned glasses
Add liquor
Garnish with orange

Next, massive massive photos of delicious food! Click on the cut to see!

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