By Michael Goldstein
By Dennis Romero
By Sarah Fenske
By Matthew Mullins
By Patrick Range McDonald
By LA Weekly
By Dennis Romero
By Simone Wilson
When I saw Red Bull sorbet in the ice cream case at Lickety Split on Hollywood Boulevard, I immediately thought of punch. Just the word “punch,” a communal beverage with gobs of sherbet floating in carbonated high-fructose corn syrup, took me back to the world of junior-high dances with its bowls of greasy Lay’s potato chips and sweaty palms on the small of my back. But Red Bull sorbet makes an awesome adult punch because, I don’t know about you, but there comes a point in the evening where I start to feel my mortality and a little Red Bull becomes necessary if I’m to keep the partying going. Mixed with vodka and some ginger ale, the frozen Red Bull punch, or Velvet Matador as we’ve come to know it, keeps everyone suspended in that perfect state — buzzed and energized! After all, New Year’s parties don’t get started until midnight. And forgive me, I’m no Martha Stewart — I’d rather be on the dance floor than fixing drinks, so the idea of my guests ladling their own Velvet Matadors as they see fit makes me pleased as . . .
Estefania (a nickname I got while traveling in Cuba) was born of sheer resourcefulness one late night when the only booze left in the house was a bottle of peach vodka that came from who knows where. The concoction I mixed together easily could have turned out more cloying than a Fuzzy Navel, but the flavors (and planets) aligned in a cocktail that is refreshing, fruity and exotic . . . and did I mention it’s healthy? You can actually stave off a cold while you booze it up. The lemon-ginger echinacea juice I get at Trader Joe’s has a spicy heat that perfectly cuts the sweetness of the peach; Vitamin Water is for color and a snap of tartness (and Vitamin C!); seltzer adds a fizzy finish. The basil is a twist on the Mojito’s mint, but let’s face it, mostly it’s to impress your guests.
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