Last night we had some friends over for a Christmas cocktail party. What better occasion to try a signature Oprah cocktail?
To welcome our guests in style, I wanted to make the O Fizz, an Olivier Cheng creation, for which you can find the recipe here or on page 43 of The Oprah Magazine Cookbook.
Chad, on the other hand, wanted to make Dark & Stormies (an Alison Mesrop concoction found on page 47 of the cookbook or online here). After a split-second argument about the virtue of one libation over the other, we decided to compromise–and make both!
The O Fizz was a pretty combination of bubbly, vodka, fresh lime juice, and sugar, splashed with cranberry juice, and topped with fresh mint and raspberries. It was a fun, sophisticated, girlie drink that’s definitely a make again. Think girlfriends for brunch and you get the idea.
However, the Dark & Stormies (a blend of ginger beer, fresh lime juice, and dark rum) were not a big hit. Most people didn’t like it–one of our friends couldn’t even finish his drink–but then again another guy absolutely loved it; proving once again that there’s something for everyone.
Well, thanks to those of you who came out last night. As always, it was great to spend time with our friends. And, based on last night’s performance, it seems that many of us are indeed in the holiday spirit. Merry Christmas!