My Signature Drink & Birthday Party

Amazing Bar Outside

Amazing Bar Outside

Today is my birthday and I could not be more excited to celebrate with my family and friends! Last weekend, my mom threw me a wonderful party at our home with my friends. She made it it a culinary masterpiece with several small courses and drinks to go along with each course. She also created a signature drink for me called the “Nana Kwinki,” which will be the featured recipe in the post today. It’s called the Nana Kwinki because when I was a toddler I couldn’t pronounce my name and called myself Nana Kwinki (my name’s a tough one!). Here are a few snapshots from the party and the recipe for the Nana Kwinki!

Chalkboard with the Drink Specials

Chalkboard with the Drink Specials

My friends and me fooling around behind the bar

My friends and me fooling around behind the bar

Now for the Nana Kwinki…

"Nana Kwinki" Ingredients

“Nana Kwinki” Ingredients

What you’ll need:

Grapefruit Juice

Vodka (can be raspberry or strawberry flavored)

Strawberries and Raspberries

Simple Syrup (here’s an easy homemade version)

Lemon Juice

Mint

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What to do to make three- four drinks:

Pour a cup of grapefruit juice, a squeeze of lemon juice, 3 shots of vodka and 2 shots of simple syrup into a drink shaker and add a few ice cubes. Shake the drink shaker. Fill three- four glasses with ice cubes. Pour drink out of the drink shaker into glasses and garnish with strawberries, raspberries and mint.

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Asparagus and Proscuitto as the first course

Asparagus and Proscuitto as the first course

Caprese Crostini

Caprese Crostini

Butternut Squash Soup Shots

Butternut Squash Soup Shots

The most AMAZING Swedish Meatballs

The most AMAZING Swedish Meatballs

It was an amazing party with a fabulous signature drink! Hope you enjoy. This weekend I am going wine tasting with some Canadian family flying into town. There will be a blog post next week recounting it all!

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