February is a wonderful month.
Not only is is the month of love, but it's the month of my birthday.
I'm usually not one to attract attention to myself, and I don't see birthdays as an opportunity for presents or gifts (they're the same thing aren't they...) but I see it as an opportunity to get my friends out of their hectic schedules and celebrate some good times together. Because truthfully, birthdays would not be as fun if there was no one to celebrate with.
So for my birthday celebration last week I decided to host my party with a special drink.
The French 75 cocktail. A silent, but deadly drink.
A great veteran of the ski industry told me about this drink. He said they used to make it when they went on house boating trips and described it as a panty flyer (hehe panties). Now having worked at a ski resort, I can only imagined what that meant. A good time. It truly evolved my party into "a panty flyin' " themed party.
The way he explained the drink sold me on the idea, "2 bottles of champagne, a 40 oz of gin, lots of ice, splash of lime cordial, a bunch of mint, stand back and watch the show".
So since my last recipe was a long and somewhat labour intensive process I thought it would only be fair if I made my Valentine's recipe a short and simple one (the pecan rolo pretzels), and of course, one that is sure to get you some lovin' (French 75).
Pecan Rolo Pretzels
Makes however many you want
- Rolo Chocolates
- mini pretzels
- Roast the pecans in the oven at 350 F for 2.5 minutes, not long at all as they continue to toast even when you take them out of the oven (roasting is optional).
- With your oven still at 350 F, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and place pretzels onto the paper. Center a rolo piece on top of the pretzel. Stick this in the oven for 2-3 minutes, again not long at all, you don't want to necessarily melt the Rolos but make them soft.
- As soon as you take them squish the Rolo down with a toasted pecan, let it cool before you take the pretzel off the parchment paper. Place them in the fridge to cool if you can't wait... or even let it sit outside if it's cold enough.
Recipe from Grandma Stevely
Makes a big punch bowl
- 40 oz of gin
- 2 bottles of champagne
- lots of ice
- 3 or 4 oz of lime cordial (free pour it)
- handful of fresh mint
- cut up strawberries (to make it innocent and pretty)
- Combine all these ingredients into a bowl.
- Stand back and watch the show.
Recipe from Chevy