01 September 2014

Frozen POM Orange and Tequila Cocktail and Top 10 Party Tips

I recently made Fresh Blackberry and Apple Slushies in my Optimum 9400. They were so indulgent and such fun to drink, the thought of making some alcoholic slushies was in my mind. Wouldn't they be great to serve at a party? So I set to work and came up with these Frozen POM Orange Tequila Cocktails.

Oh my! I must encourage you to try them, they were delicious. Dangerously so. They weren't overly sweet, but the sweetness they did have needed salty nibbles, so I served the cocktails with Wonderful Roasted Salted Pistachios. Mmmmmm, they worked so well together. Happy Days!

Just in case you haven't heard of POM, it is a wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice in the kookiest bottle. Great for adding to smoothies and cocktails, without all the faff of trying to juice pomegrante seeds.

Oh and my tip for drinking these luscious cocktails? Fat straws!

Top 10 Party Tips 

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  1. Make a list. In fact make at least 10 lists and tick things off as you go You can't be too organised.
  2. Give yourself time to do a Spring clean in the house before the party, you'll be more relaxed inviting guests into a clean and tidy house. Also be prepared for spills during the party and buy stain removal products, just in case.
  3. Buy some fresh flowers the day before the party and place in vases around the house.
  4. Prepare as much as you can in advance. Have plenty of party food made and sitting in the fridge or the freezer ready to be heated and served on the day.
  5. Make sure your party food is small and easy to pick up when holding a drink. You are looking for bite-sized pieces.
  6. Prepare a drinks area, with drinks, glasses, a bucket of ice and slices of citrus fruit for garnish.
  7. Put together some mix CDs or playlists on your MP3 player ahead of the party, so no one spends the party trying to find
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    music. Start off with upbeat numbers, then slow them down as the evening goes on.
  8. Give yourself an hour to get ready, if you don't you could be answering the door all sweaty in your lounging-about-the-house clothes.
  9. Aim to be ready for your guests a good half hour before they are due to arrive. This means you won't be running round like an idiot with high stress levels and you'll be ready to calmly greet that early guest. There's always one!
  10. Relax and enjoy!
Now you're ready for your guests to arrive you need some cocktails:

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Frozen POM Orange Tequila Cocktails
An alcoholic tequila slushie with fresh orange and pomegranate juice. Perfect to sip with friends.
  • 150ml (3 shots) tequila
  • 100ml (2 shots) cointreau (or other orange liqueur)
  • 100ml (2 shots) POM pomegranate juice
  • 2 large oranges
  • lots of (I used half a bag) ice cubes
1. Juice the oranges.2. In a blender, add all the ingredients and whizz until you have a slushie texture.notes: If you don't have a power blender like mine, do not add the ice as it will burn out the motor.3. Serve with a salty nibble and enjoy!
Total time:
Yield: Makes 6-8 cocktails

Here are a few more mocktails and cocktails to get your party started:


Disclosure: I developed this recipe for POM and featured Wonderful Pistachios. I was not required to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.

31 August 2014

Using those Bookmarked Recipes

It's time to congratulate some rather fabulous food bloggers who did something most of us rarely get around to doing, Using those bookmarked recipes we are so excited about when we saved them then instantly forgot about.

 Bookmarked Recipes #37

Recipe #1

Cestini di Bruschette 

Chef: Lucia
Blog: Tortadirose
Location: Italy

Recipe bookmarked from: Laurel Evans cookbook

Recipe #2

Lentil and Carrot Tabbouleh 

Chef: Jane
Blog: Onions and Paper
Location: UK

Recipe bookmarked from: Cherrapeno


Recipe #3

Broccoli Chickpea Cakes 

Chef: Shaheen
Blog: Allotment 2 Kitchen
Location: Wales

Recipe bookmarked from: Dine In Not Out


Recipe #4

Roasted Creole Cauliflower 

Chef: Janet
Blog: The Taste Space
Location: Canada

Recipe bookmarked from: Super Healthy Snacks and Treats


Recipe #5

Cabbage and Egg Noodle Kugel 

Chef: Lisa
Blog: Lisa's Kitchen
Location: Canada

Recipe bookmarked from: Cooking Inspired.

Recipe #6

Falafel Footballs 

Chef: Laura
Blog: Knead Whine
Location: England

Recipe bookmarked from: Cbeebies - I Can Cook

Recipe #7

Dal Makhani 

Chef: Laura
Blog: Knead Whine
Location: England

Recipe bookmarked from: An Edible Mosaic

Recipe #8

Lemon Herb Pasta 

Chef: Laura
Blog: Knead Whine
Location: England

Recipe bookmarked from: Delia Smith

Recipe #9

Courgette Chocolate Chip Muffins 

Chef: Laura
Blog: I'd Much Rather Bake Than
Location: England

Recipe bookmarked from: Sally's Baking Addiction


Recipe #10

Elderflower Gin Drizzle Cake 

Chef: Jen
Blog: Blue Kitchen Bakes
Location: England

Recipe bookmarked from: Pudding Lane Blog

Recipe #11

Chocolate Chip and Cola Muffins 

Chef: Johanna
Blog: Green Gourmet Giraffe
Location: Australia

Recipe bookmarked from: Not Quite Nigella

Recipe #12

Kalhua and Courgette Brownie Bar 

Chef: Lou
Blog: Rainbow Chard
Location: England

Recipe bookmarked from: Allotment 2 Kitchen

Recipe #13

Spiced Pumpkin Cream Swiss Roll 

Chef: Ros
Blog: The More Than Occasional Baker
Location: England

Recipe bookmarked from: The Hummingbird Bakery Home Sweet Home

Recipe #14

Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cornflake Cookies  

Chef: Ros
Blog: The More Than Occasional Baker
Location: England

Recipe bookmarked from: The Lass in the Apron

Recipe #15

Chocolate Chip Avocado Cookies 

Chef: Choclette
Blog: Chocolate Log Blog
Location: England

Recipe bookmarked from: Food Faith Fitness

Recipe #16

Raw Cinnamon Spice Ice Cream Cake 

Chef: Janet
Blog: The Taste Space
Location: Canada

Recipe bookmarked from: The Vegan 8

Recipe #17

Chocolate Rasberry Brownies 

Chef: Lou
Blog: Rainbow Chard

Recipe bookmarked from: Allotment 2 Kitchen

Recipe #18

Plum and Walnut Pizza 

Blog: Chocolate Log Blog

Recipe bookmarked from: Peaches Please

Recipe #19

Rhubarb Ice Cream (no churn) 

Chef: Kate
Blog: Gluten Free Alchemist
Location: England

Recipe bookmarked from: The Baking Beauties

Recipe #20

Raw Cocoa Nut Butter Cups 

Chef: Lisa
Blog: Lisa's Kitchen
Location: Canada

Recipe bookmarked from: Rawsome Vegan Baking

Recipe #21

Curry Cashew Savoury Granola 

Chef: Janet
Blog: The Taste Space
Location: Canada

Recipe bookmarked from: OATrageous Oatmeals

September Bookmarked Recipes is now open for business.
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