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Red Blossom and Raspberry Brie

08-Feb-2007

 

This post also appears on The Spirit World

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and it’s time to start planning your celebration!  And those celebrations can have many forms. If you are not celebrating with the love of your life, take a minute to remember all the special people who have been and will continue to be in your life – we all have someone worth celebrating! So this week’s Happy Hour at Home works for cocktails for two or for a group – it’s all up to you!

Red is the color of the holiday and this drink celebrates in style. Not only is the drink red but raspberries in February are such a treat. And, since the raspberries end up being mashed, you can easily substitute frozen in this drink.

Red Blossom

  • Ice cubes
  • 1 1/2 oz Gin
  • 1/2 oz peach liqueur
  • 3 Tbsp pureed or mashed raspberries
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • Raspberry for garnish

Fill a shaker with ice. Add all ingredients except the garnish. Shake vigorously, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a fresh raspberry.

Since this drink is very fruity I though what might be nice is something simple that echoes the raspberry flavors. So let’s make a warmed Brie topped with caramel.

Carameled Brie

A small round of Brie (8 oz) is perfect or even a wedge will work.
 
Place on a heatproof dish. Heat in a 350F oven until just getting soft – about 15 minutes. With a wedge you want to be extra careful to make sure the Brie doesn’t start melting all over the place.
 
If you are lucky enough to have a shop near you that stocks gourmet caramel sauces you may be able to find one that is raspberry flavored. I’ve seen several brands in several places. If not, you can make your own by gently heating about 1/4 cup of caramel (on the stove or in the microwave for just a few seconds) and then adding 2 – 3 teaspoons of raspberry syrup. Or instead of flavoring the caramel itself you can garnish the finished dish with raspberries.
 
Serve the warm Brie with slices of baguette, crackers or sliced apples.

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