Monday, April 20, 2009

Thank You!

Dear fabulous Frans of Jen (and other intrepid readers)-

Welcome to my blog! So glad to see you all, and hope that you’ll be checking in, signing up for the feed, recommending me to your pals, and commenting to your hearts delight.

The cocktail votes are in, and thanks to all of you, I won by 800 votes!!! In true classic form, they have scheduled the judging on June 3, when I will be unavoidably out of the country, but luckily they are allowing me to send a proxy, so I’m still in the running for the grand prize. (Even more sadly, Jen will be in the middle of her tour and cannot be my substitute!) I will let you all know how it shakes out then, but in the meantime I just wanted to extend my most heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you who voted, I am deeply grateful.

Towards that end, I will be posting the story promised to you in installments once or twice a week between now and when the contest is over and the winner chosen….so be sure to come back to see how everything turns out!

[For those of you who have no idea what the heck I am talking about, a couple of months ago I entered a cocktail recipe contest where the top three online vote-getters got to be in the running to win 5K. My BFF Jen Lancaster posted my need for votes on her blog and her Frans (Friends/Fans) stepped right up to the plate to put me over the top...]

I promised to post a story I was writing about my entering recipe contests in general on this blog as a reward for everyone voting, and will be launching that endeavor later this week...

Stay tuned!

In the meantime, here is the yummy cocktail:


1 oz Mionetto Brut
1 oz premium vodka
1 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz pineapple juice

For rim of glass:
1 T lemon juice
1 T sugar in the raw
1 t grains of paradise, ground

For Float:
1 T Mionetto Brut

Fill shaker with ice, and shake all ingredients well.

Dip rim of martini glass in lemon juice and then in the combined sugar and grains of paradise.
Strain cocktail into glass and float 1 T Mionetto Brut on the top for extra fizz.


  1. Woohoo!! Way to go!! I voted from a few different accounts, so I'm glad to hear you won! I am so looking forward to serving this at our first bbq this summer!!

  2. I wandered over from Jen's blog and wanted to say, you are FABULOUS! I just read all your past work and am delighted that Jen has introduced you. Count me in as a regular moving forward.

  3. This is a fantastic truly deserved to win! And bonus?? We get to read a new blog! I'm glad Jen introduced us!

  4. Found out you were blogging from Jen. I just started my blog yesterday. Looking forward to being another daily read.

    I'm so happy to see your drink kicked ass! Hopefully your proxy will represent it well and you will take home the grand prize.

  5. I did come over thru Jen and a while back I did vote for your drink!!! That's so awesome that you make it to the next step for the grand prize!!..

    I find you very delightful and am following you now.

  6. Every vote counts! Looking forward to reading your stories.

  7. Stacy -

    I met the Mionetto rep at the Cincinnati International Wine Festival a few months ago. I told her I had voted and she even knew your name. I was blown away! And jealous that you are an actual "Friend of Jen Lancaster", and not just a wannabe, like me!

    Jealously yours, Cindy From Cincinnati

  8. You guys are so cute! So glad to have you here...I was with Jen yesterday and told her that I was totally abducting all her Frans! She just smiled and said "Yeah, they're pretty awesome aren't they?".

    And yeah. You totally are.