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Friday, February 12, 2010

Happy Valentine's Weekend!!

As we kick off the romantic weekend, here's a brief but heartfelt toast from me to you: May your Valentine's Day be wonderful and may you feel the love of good friends and family all year long. :)

For anyone who knows me or has visited my blog at all in the past year, you know I'm a big coffee fan. Well, I got ahold of a great new Starbucks VIA™ Ready Brew recipe and it's on my list of fun things to try out this weekend (along with NovelWhore's Hot Toddy). It's called "The VIAtini" (!!!) and I can't wait to taste it! Being that my characters in Friday Mornings at Nine are not only avid coffee drinkers but also go to a party where appletinis are all the rage...well, I know they'd love this recipe. I just wish I would've known about this drink combination sooner or I would've written it into the story!!

So, to share the Starbucks love, here's the delicious concoction below, along with a link for more VIA™ cocktails, should you wish to experiment, too!

VIAtini

1 1/2 ounces vodka
1 1/2 ounces Starbucks VIA™ (prepared, cold)
3/4 ounce Amaretto
1/2 ounce Irish cream

Combine all ingredients in a shaker, shake well and strain into martini glass. Garnish with a cherry.

Enjoy, my friends, and Happy Hearts Day!!

p.s. Anyone else watching the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics tonight?? Can't wait for the figure skating to start this week...

9 comments:

novelwhore said...

Ohhh Marilyn that is a tasty sounding martini - seems like the obvious choice for my Via I received in the mail from a thoughtful friend that I have been saving for a special occasion! Also, thanks for linking to my hot toddy recipe - hope you enjoy it as much as I have, repeatedly, throughout this snowy winter.

Cheers!

Nancy J. Parra said...

Yes, this sounds fabulous! and a great thing to drink while watching the Olympics. Hugs to you and I hope you have a fabulous, romantic weekend. cheers!

Edie Ramer said...

I'm not sure if I'll watch the opening ceremonies. We have a couple DVDs from the library and might watch one. Tomorrow we're going to a show and out to eat. We plan to see "Crazy Heart" with Jeff Bridges. :)

Pamela Cayne said...

I may have to try this with chai tea instead...

And I think we're going to pass on the opening ceremonies. I want to get some cleaning and organizing done before the spring gets too crazy!

P.S. Edie--I've heard amazing things about Crazy Heart. Hope you enjoy!

Marilyn Brant said...

LOL, Lydia~should I be worried that I'm feeling this level of excitement over new alcoholic combinations?! I know I definitely need some of that hot toddy on this cold day :).

Nancy~I love getting to sit back and watch everyone in the Olympics be so athletic--hee! Maybe I'll go to the gym today and imagine myself in Vancouver...

Edie~Oooh, I've heard great things about "Crazy Heart," too! Hope you enjoy it!!

Pamela~I see no reason why chai tea can't be a perfect substitute: a Chaitini! ;)

Have a fabulous weekend, everyone!!! <3

Robin said...

Happy Valentine's Day, Marilyn! I hope you have a beautiful day!

We missed the Opening Ceremonies last night, but I'm looking forward to many of the sports!

Kwana said...

Yum. Happy Valentine's day!

L.A. Mitchell said...

Sounds yummy, Marilyn :)

I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day today!!

Marilyn Brant said...

Robin, Kwana and L.A.~thanks so much for stopping by, ladies! Hope this weekend brought you your favorite kind of Valentine's treats ;).