~ Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 is National Orange Blossom Day!
The orange blossom is Florida’s state flower. National Orange Blossom Day celebrates the flower which is used in culinary dishes, desserts, teas and honey worldwide. They add a slight citrus flavor to any dish. This special day also celebrates the Orange Blossom Cocktail.
Here’s a fabulous Orange Blossom Cocktail recipe from Foodviva.com:
Makes one cocktail.
1 ounce London Dry Gin (vodka is also delicious in this cocktail)
1/3 ounce Grand Marnier or Cointreau
1 ounce fresh orange juice (I used blood orange juice)
1/3 ounce fresh lime juice (optional)
1 dash grenadine syrup (optional)
- Frost the glass rim and put it in freezer to chill.
- Fill cocktail shaker 2/3 full of ice. Add first 5 ingredients to the shaker and shake well.
- Strain and pour chilled mixed drink into chilled cocktail glass.
- Garnish with orange wedge and serve
I’ve always loved the way shadows play with wine glasses on a table.
My bubbly friend Cindy and I recently enjoyed a special event at Rockfish Restaurant in the Grandin Village, Roanoke, Virginia. Every third Thursday of the month they offer a flight of tapas paired with a wine flight. https://www.rockfishfood.com/
The first tapa we enjoyed was a goat cheese and cherry tart…puff pastry round topped with creamy mild goat cheese and fresh cherry compote. We savored every morsel, absolutely delicious paired with Miquel Pons Cava Brut NV.
One of my favorite Albariño wines is Lagar de Cervera. Please visit the Roanoker Magazine: https://theroanoker.com/blogs/behind/what-to-sip-this-summer-spanish-wine/ to find tasting notes and other fun facts about Spanish wines to enjoy sipping this summer.
Cherry Glazed Pork Belly
paired with Genio Español Monastrell Rosado
and for dessert…
Dark Chocolate Creamux with Szechuan Peppercorn Streusel paired with La Greña Rioja
We finished the evening by sharing a couple of appetizers…my favorite…Fried Green Tomatoes wrapped in Pimento Grit Cake with Comeback Sauce and Spicy Greens. Comeback Sauce is a spicy remoulade sauce ~ a Southern favorite!
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