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Make Your Next Toast With the Hazel

Make Your Next Toast With the Hazel

How do you commemorate a special lady’s 90th birthday? If your her niece, Linda, you throw a fabulous ’40s-themed surprise birthday party chock full of friends and relatives. If you are me (read: the caterer), you create a special cocktail in Hazel’s honor. Since I am a huge fan of Bellini’s, and recently fell in love with rosemary simple syrup, I decided on a modified Bellini, using a crisp vihno verde in lieu of prosecco, and adding a touch of sophistication with the addition of rosemary simple syrup. Now, after we finished our Zumba lesson (no joke!), 90-year-old Hazel told me she loved her cocktail so much that she wants to whip up a pitcher for her girlfriends when she makes it back to Florida. I’ll drink to that, Hazel. I’ll drink to that. The Hazel Ingredients for Rosemary Simple Syrup: 1 cup sugar 1 cup water 4 fresh rosemary sprigs Directions for Rosemary Simple Syrup: 1. Stir together first 3 ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, and boil 1 minute or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and let stand 30 minutes. 2. Pour liquid through a wire-mesh strainer into…


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