Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Click below to listen to Chefs Jackie and Jeff talk about these recipes and tips:

The holidays may be over, but this festive cocktail recipe is good anytime you're entertaining.


Courtesy of Chef Jackie Olden © 2011

1 can of frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
2 cans of water
1 can of Bourbon
3 tablespoons of sugar

Mix well and store in the fridge. Shake it well before serving and garnish with a slice of orange and maraschino cherries on a pic for color.

Substitute vodka or gin for the bourbon to shake things up!


Have good background music, not too loud, so conversations aren't an effort.

Make a point of introducing your guests to each other. You must like them, or you wouldn't have invited them. You have every reason to expect your guests will like each other too, but they may not be a gregarious as you.

Since you know your guests, let them know things they share in common with other guests. Conversations start easily when there's common ground.

Always have plenty of food to serve your guests when you serve alcohol. Don't be afraid of fried finger foods. There's a reason cocktail lounges serve these things. It helps process alcohol through the body.

Don't be afraid to tell a guest when it's time to switch to coffee. If they resist, tell them how much you care about them and hope to invite them to your next great party. It'll send the subtle messages that you want them safe, but you want them to behave!

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