Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Quickies Cocktail Challenge

I'm happy to announce the second joint Quickies: Morning, Noon and Night Cooking Challenge with Denise from Quickies on the Dinner Table.  After the success of our first challenge we knew we would be back again.

Quickies Cocktail Challenge

Now, I will step out of the way and allow Denise to explain everything to you all....

The prize will be a copy of my cookbook Quickies: Morning, Noon and Night. This is my first cookbook and I've written it with the aim of providing inspiration to anyone who's ever felt too tired, too uninspired to cook or has the pizza delivery number on speed dial.

I've tested and cooked every one of the 70 short, easy but sensational recipes in it countless times, over many years, so you know that they'll really work. I personally prepared and plated all the dishes in the book, which were then photographed by a professional photographer, in my apartment.

It's more than just a recipe book - there are sections for things like kitting out your kitchen, getting the most out of your kitchen tools, the quick easy way to measure baking ingredients without a scale, making fabulous coffee at home and a walk through of everything a beginner would need to know about wine and how to pair it successfully with your favourite foods. I could go on and on but if you've not seen it and are curious, why don't you take a detailed Quickies preview here instead? HERE

The Challenge

COMPOSE a cocktail, alcoholic or non-alcoholic, of your choice. It can be your unique twist on a classic cocktail like a Martini, a Lemon Drop, a Margarita or a concoction entirely of your own creation, making its debut here ;) Use any alcohol, liqueur, mixer, juice, garnish or ingredient you wish. What we're looking for is a delicious sounding and sexy cocktail - either with a sexy name, sexy or cheeky background story, or a sexy looking presentation, or best of all, ALL THREE!!! The entry which best exemplifies sex appeal, in a glass, wins!

An example is on page 124 of  Quickies: Morning, Noon and Night , "Firefly"

I mixed Campari, lime juice, cranberry juice, a touch sugar and soda water for a zippy little quencher with the bewitching grapefruit scent of the famous Italian brand of bitters. Why did I call it "Firefly"? After I had shaken it up and strained it into a martini glass, it struck me that the colour was very much like a shade of Clinique lipstick I used to wear all the time, which was marketed as "Firefly". I haven't worn it in years, but the colour always stuck in my mind because my husband went mad for it and once told me that if it were not for that very shade of lipstick, we might not be married today. Men ;)

Challenge Facts:

1. Neither Lazaro, nor I will be participating.

2. The winner will be unanimously chosen by Lazaro and I.

3. The challenge is open to everyone, worldwide.

Challenge Guidelines :

1. You must submit an alcoholic or non-alcoholic cocktail recipe, with a photo, as a post, on your blog.

2. Copy & Paste the Quickies cover image (contest photo shown above) onto your blog post that includes the cocktail you wish to submit.

3. If submitting an old blog post, just write a short, new post with the contest photo (Quickies Book Cover) included.

4. Email me a link to your post at quickieschallenge@gmail.com.

5. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY 12:00 AM September 24,2010, EST

6. On September 25, 2010 we will announce the winner & post a round-up of all the submitted cocktail recipes.

The Prize:
Winner gets a copy of Quickies: Morning, Noon and Night.

I hope you enjoy our Quickies Cocktail Challenge. Have fun and be creative. Please tell your readers that you intend to participate; they might like to join in the merriment!

That's it for now...till we exchange a few words again...Peace!


  1. A fun challenge! I haven't really made cocktails (my husband's in charge of wine & spirits of all kinds) but I may give it a try :)

  2. Hey Lazaro, sorry I missed so many of your posts! Looks like you and Denise are pursuing the fun, that's great! I won't be able to participate since I am so late in everything these days, but will be following the contest. That is a wonderful idea!

  3. Hi Lazaro
    Unfortunately I`ll have to give it a miss, I am starting my holiday.
    Wishing you the best ♥

  4. After spending the past four days drinking cocktails, I think it would be insane if I DIDN'T enter this! Time to put on my alcoholic drinking cap :P

  5. Very exciting contest! Hope to see some delicious thirst quencher taking part! Great!

    Lazaro A gift for you in my blog take some time to visit!

  6. Alright, I've got my wheels turnin'...I'll wait until noon to do a practice round!

  7. Another great challenge guys. I'll try to come up with something but no promises. I would love to win Denise's cookbook. It would definitely make a great Christmas gift as I already have one for myself. Yes, I'm think of the holidays already. Hey, at least I'm thinking of giving. Lol.

  8. this sounds like so much fun! Ill be juice-feasting by this time so hopefully i can come up with something fun! please post a reminder in Sept though! (guest post coming soon)

  9. Denise your cookbook sounds really awesome! I'd love to win it. My cocktails are never that sexy but I wonder if I can come up with something. we shall see!

  10. same here!
    ps right backatcha! thanks for the nice comments and the follow!

  11. Kudos for non-alcoholic cocktails. Will give it a shot. Thanks for another wonderful challenge Denise and Laz!

  12. Hi Laz

    Just wanted to say "THANK YOU" for your wonderful friendship and unfailing support. You're truly a friend and a gem :)

    Here's to loads of inspired entries and a very happy winner!!!

  13. Daisy - Thank you :) I would love to see your entry and you know, sexy is a state of mind...you might surprise yourself ;)

    Thank you everyone, for stopping by. We hope you will all help make this challenge as much a success as the first one was. Keep checking back at both our blogs, so you don't miss the deadline :) Reminders will be posted throughout the challenge period. Salut!!

  14. This sounds like so much fun! I think I have an idea of what I want to make! :)

  15. I am thinking this might be fun....Hmmmm.

  16. Sex appeal? Oh-oh? That is the main criteria, so I am in trouble - but, I do have a martini that I have concocted that I hope to enter... and it does have a fantastic "sexy" and alluring appeal... I hope I get this done. I need to double check the due date.

  17. I have a great idea, just sent you an email! Cheers!

  18. Oye... would love to include the martini I just did, but since it was for my column in Latina and I just posted it less than a week ago, I can't repost it... Let me know what to do... I think it'd be a great entry!!! :)

    Def. a sexalicious trago!

  19. What a fun challenge. I might join!

  20. OK, guys just published our entry...Fun party :)


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