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Cheers to Spring! Cocktails to Celebrate the Season

Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 05:04 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

Spring is finally in full swing, and there are plenty of reasons to celebrate. Warmer weather, longer days, shorter hemlines, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, the Kentucky Derby… just to name a few. And what better way to properly ring in spring than with a refreshing seasonal cocktail?

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Whether you’re hosting a springtime soirée or just need a reason to raise a glass, here are a few of my favorite fresh and vibrant cocktail recipes to sip this season. Cheers!
 
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Mango Almond Parfaits

Sunday, March 7, 2010 at 08:03 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

At the peak of ripeness, there aren’t many fruits that can top a succulent, juicy mango. These light, refreshing parfaits are inspired by the bright flavors of a fresh Mango Lassi cocktail that I mixed up during a recent Indian cooking class. If you like mangoes, then you will absolutely love this cool, creamy dessert.

Mango Almond Parfait Recipe (serves 4)

  • 3 large ripe mangoes
  • ¾ tsp almond extract
  • 1 ½ TBSP Grand Marnier orange liquor
  • 1 TBSP fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup light cream
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 ½ TBSP cornstarch
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 tsp confectioners sugar
  • Sliced almonds (optional)
  • To make the mango parfaits, peel one mango and cut the fruit away from the pit; purée the flesh in a food processor until smooth and pass through a strainer to remove any of the fibrous parts and into a large bowl. Stir in the almond extract, orange liquor and lemon juice, then cover and place in refrigerator.

    Heat the light cream and granulated sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Dissolve the cornstarch into 3 TBSP water, then add to the saucepan when small bubbles start forming around the edges of the cream. Cook, stirring constantly, about 2-3 minutes or until the cream mixture thickens and forms a custard. Strain the custard to remove any lumps and then cool completely.

    Using a hand beater or mixer, whip the heavy cream and confectioners sugar  until you get light, fluffy whipped cream. Once thoroughly cooled, combine the custard with the mango purée. Fold in the whipped cream and cover; refrigerate the entire mixture for an hour.

    Dice the 2 remaining mangoes into 1/2-inch bits. Start with a small amount of diced mango and almond slices on the bottom of each parfait glass and then build the parfait up by alternating and repeating layers of the mango cream mixture with more diced mango and sliced almonds. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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