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Watermelon Basil Sweet Tea

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Right now I can’t cook to save my life. It is just not possible. There are those moments in life when the wheels just come off and you free fall Don Draper style off the high rise. That’s where I am. That’s what my life feels like right now. I’ve tried to ‘pretty it up’ and put lip stick on a pig, but at the end of the day, it is still lip stick on a pig. Nothing more. Continue reading ‘Watermelon Basil Sweet Tea’

An Easter Tradition

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