“A Change Is Gonna Come!”
Plan for good changes for sure! One of the changes that has occurred, I had my “about me” picture to the right here updated. The picture was actually taken by my six year old niece, and really portrays me and my silly personality! The other changes will come in time, no need to share all the fun all at once!
Last weekend our dear friends were here from Tucson, Arizona. You remember how we celebrated a birthday with Grilled Strawberry Upside-Down Cake? We also celebrated her birthday with two very different cocktails. I will be sharing part two of the cocktail fun in a few days!
This cocktail is my friends favorite, they really love the flavors that come from this drink. Creme de Cassis (blackberry liquor) was new to hubby and I, BUT will be used again VERY soon. To remember how to say Cassis was the joke of the weekend, it is pronounced KREM de cah-CEASE. For some reason hubby and I for the life of us, could not say the word correctly. 🙂
You can find recipes for Ballet Russe all over the internet. There are many differences to the recipe. Some have sugar added or simple syrup, and some do not add any sugar at all. Some recipes add lemon, while others add lime. We decided to add both lemon and lime to our recipe. Like most anything, you can make this drink work to your taste.
10 minPrep Time
10 minTotal Time
To make simple syrup - In small sauce pot, 1 cup sugar and one cup water, cook down until the sugar completely dissolves. Once sugar water is made, let completely cool. You can make the sugar water a day or two in advance, and store in the refrigerator.
In large pitcher - add ice, creme de cassis, vodka, limes, lemon, and simple syrup, mix well. Pour drink into each glass without the ice, to prevent drink from getting watered down.
I am an extreme audiobook addict, and listen to everything. I travel for my job, so the audiobooks keep me entertained. I recently became a HUGE fan of author J.R. Ward, and her series called The Black Dagger Brotherhood. The series is a vampire romance, with some violence thrown into the mix. One of the characters LOVES Grey Goose vodka. I have been wanting to try this brand of vodka, so for this drink we enjoyed Grey Goose. It is really a delicious vodka, and works perfectly with the cocktail.
In the same series, another character loves Herradura Tequila, so my next mission is to try that lovely top shelf tequila! It is amazing how books can influence our senses! Is there a book you have read that made you want to try a specific alcoholic beverage, or a specific food?
The drink was served with raspberries, but of course would be lovely also served with blackberries. This drink is refreshing and would be wonderful during the hot summer months, or perfect for any party!
What is your favorite brand of vodka?
Have your tried Creme de Cassis?