Christmas cookie-tini for the holidays

20121224-235348.jpgFor the holidays, I decided to share a little holiday drink I made up for the occasion. I had some cookie dough vodka in stock and it is one of one liquors that are difficult to mix. But this holiday lends itself especially well to sipping, milky drinks — especially since you have to leave Santa some milk and cookies.

Give Santa a little something special with this Christmas Cookie Martini.
1 oz Pinnacle Cookie Dough Vodka
1 oz half and half, or in my case Coffeemate French Vanilla Creamer
1/2 oz Butterscotch Schnapps
1 Cinnamon stick

Shake all ingredients in a shaker and garnish with a mini candy cane.

Cheers. Enjoy.

TasteBuds 2012, Year in Review

As the broth for our Christmas Eve Cioppino simmers, we sit on the couch reminiscing over the past year. The TasteBuds have now celebrated 19 wine exchanges and already have #20 ready to announce. Here are the highlights of 2012 from the PghTasteBuds

  • Hosting Wine Exchanges throughout the year and making new friends. over the year we held dinners #14-19 at Abay Restaurant, Piccolo Forno, James Street Gastropub, Solstice, Arpino Trattoria and Cornerstone Restaurant and Bar.
  • Launching Pittsburgh Restaurant Week. January 2012 saw the revival of Pittsburgh Restaurant Week with great support, which resulted in a second Summer 2012 celebration in August. Winter 2013 is right around the corner. There were PghTasteBud appearances on KDKA-TV and radio commercials on KISS-FM. The TasteBuds are passionate about the program and attribute the success to a lot of hard wrk, but also wonderful support from fellow bloggers.
  • Best Meal of 2012. Lola Bistro on the Northside opened in the second half of 2012 and knocked the socks off PghTasteBudA. Review coming soon!
  • TasteBud Travels to Milwaukee and Seattle. The two trips that peaked the TasteBuds foodie interests, like cheesy surprises like the Mars Cheese Castle and a unique-find Russian pastry from Pike’s Place Market

For any items that don’t have full reviews, expect more posts over the holiday season as we close the book on 2012 and look forward to 2013. Cheers to everyone who comes to the wine dinners and reads our blog. We look forward to continuing forward and welcoming any recommendations folks would like to suggest to make the TasteBuds even more fun for everyone.

Corkcicle, a perfect gift for the Pittsburgh TasteBuds

The All New CORKCICLE.  For Perfect Wine.Recently, I received a wonderful Christmas gift which I had read about, but not seen in the stores – the CORKCICLE, As Seen On The Today Show. Perfect Wine, Every Time..

This little gift claims to be the optimal solution for wine drinkers, who want to keep their wine at drinking temperature.

So, for those of us who don’t have an at-home ice bucket, this is a cool little solution will keep my white wines cool without having to add ice to the glass and dilute the wine – or deal running back to the wine fridge to refill the glass.  Now our wine bottle can join us in the family room as we watch Christmas movies and enjoy the holiday season.

Thanks to our great friend who gifted this to us this year.  I’ve already put it to good use!