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Meeting someone’s entire family for the first time can be a bit nerve racking, especially when it is around a family holiday like Easter and you are only 18 years old. But there is nothing to set someone more at ease than the charming gap-toothed (think Lauren Hutton), twinkling-eyed (akin to Paul Newman) smile of the family legend, known as “Papa”, handing you a ‘virgin’ version of his signature holiday drink. (Or maybe it wasn’t sans-alcohol but it’s now too many years later to make a fuss- the tradition behind the cocktail was in itself something that set smiles across the room -or at least I thought it was the tradition, it may have just been the buzz of the alcohol.)

A special drink, about a special family that welcomed me into their home more than half a lifetime ago. And today I welcome you, as member of my cyber-family, to share this recipe, the first I’ve published on my blog taken directly from my cook book ‘Taste This’.

Cin Cin.

Vodka Fizz


1 oz vodka
1 oz triple sec or Contreau
1 cup frozen peaches
1/2 cup ice cubes or crushed ice
1/2 cup 7-Up
2 cups half-and-half
1 TBS sugar
1 egg
nutmeg, dash


Put all of the ingredients in a blender and mix until frothy.

Pour into a clear glass and top with a dash of nutmeg.

Serves 4-6

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