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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

It's My Birthday... Party Time!

Whoo Hoo! It’s my birthday and I am in a par-tay mood. It’s only Wednesday, but I’m not letting that stop me. I’m getting the weekend rolling early and I want all you out there to celebrate with me. I’ve got a couple of recipes for cocktail faves that always put me in a festive mood so you can drink a toast with me. These babies are great for birthday parties, holiday parties and really anytime you want a delicious drink.

I love presents, both giving and receiving, so guess what? I’m going to give away a free download of one of my short stories two lucky celebrants, one from here and one from my publisher’s blog, Amber Heat. Best of all, it’s winners’ choice. If you’re selected, you get to pick which one of my short stories you’d like. You can choose from Michael’s Keeper, Dream On or Love Haight.

The rules are simple, all you have to do is leave a comment (birthday wishes are nicest, of course. *wink,wink*) and I will draw the names of two people. The names of the lucky recipients will be posted at midnight, Central Time tonight both here and at Amber Heat.

My birthday is not the only reason I’m in such a festive mood. Check this out… Maxie Briscoe: Werewolf received an amazing 4 Heart review at The Romance Studio. The reviewer, Michele, says “The sex scenes are intense, violent, unpredictable and creative. The chemistry between Maxie, Noah and Damien is explosive.” Wow! That made my day even more special. You can read the rest of Michele’s awesome review here.

Now, let’s roll out those drinks, shall we?. One of my favorites is a pomegranate martini. Here’s a wicked good recipe from Martini Recipe.net

Pomegranate Martini


1 oz vodka (or citrus vodka, if you have it)
1/2 oz Cointreau orange liqueur
3 oz pomegranate juice*
chopped ice
1/4 teaspoon lemon juice, for garnish
lemon slice, for garnish
sugar, for garnish


Wet the rim of the cocktail glass with the lemon juice.
Place sugar in a saucer and dip the rim of the cocktail glass into the saucer, to produce a ring of sugar stuck to the lemon juice as a decorative rim around the glass.
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
Add ice so that the shaker is about a third full (ice plus ingredients).
Shake for 20 seconds.
Strain into a cocktail glass.
Squeeze a couple of drops from the lemon slice into the glass, then garnish the side of the cocktail glass with the slice of lemon.

Another fave is Emeril’s Poinsettia Cocktail from Foodnetwork.com

Poinsettia Cocktails


1/4 cup vodka
1/4 cup Champagne
1/2 cup cranberry juice
Crushed ice
2 strips orange zest, each about 1/4-inch wide and 2 inches long


Combine the vodka, Champagne and juice in a large-stemmed red wine glass. Add crushed ice and stir until the mixture is well chilled. Twist the orange strips over the glass, drop them in, and serve.

Oh man, I want to mix these babies right now and start my celebration early. Trust me when I say these are awesome drinks. I also love a good mimosa and anything with tequila. I also love a good beer, something dark and strong. Hey Imaginarians, do you have a fave cocktail or other alcohol concoction you'd love to share with yours truly? I'd love to try 'em.

Thanks for coming out and helping me celebrate today. You all rock!


  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, dear Melissa! :) You know what? Today's my dad's birthday as well, which means a double celebration for me. Ha-ha! :)

    I wish you all the happiness in the world! Continue to be yourself because you are a great person - sweet, nice and likable! ;)

  2. Thank you so much, Nebular!! I'm so happy we connected. You are such a wonderful new friend. Peace and blessings to you and a huge Happy Birthday to your dad.

  3. No way! I don't believe this, no wonder we get on so damn well, we share the same Birthday, mines 15th (15/12/1981).
    Thats blown me over that has, whats the odds! Happy Birthday,some good drinks for me to do now ha ha

  4. Oh my God! Happy, Happy birthday to you. This is too cool. You're right, it's no wonder we got on right away. These drinks are delicious, so if you get a chance. I'll drink a toast to you tonight. :)

  5. Well I toast a pomigranate Martini to you. To us, to our Birthday, and to the start of a very nice blogger friendship!

    (Still can't believe it ha ha)

  6. Happy birthday, Melissa! Have a smashing one. I think the stars have aligned with your blog readers today: Dempsey shares your b/day; mine's tomorrow, the 16th!


  7. Belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Melissa!

    Congrats on the stellar Maxie review. It's well-deserved.

    The drinks looks great and I plan to try both tonight.:)

  8. Here, here Dempsey! I toasted you with a poinsettia cocktail. I happened to have some champagne. :)

  9. Rob, Happy Birthday!!! We Sagittarians are a cool lot, aren't we? I had poinsettia cocktails last night so tonight, I'll hoist a pomegranate martini in your honor.

  10. Sloane, thank you for coming by. I love hearing from you. You will absolutely love these drinks.

  11. Happy [belated] Birthday, Melissa! May the next year find you healthy and happy. I didn't see a post that yesterday was your birthday until just now. DUH. :( I'm sorry I missed your day. I hope it was a good one.


  12. Birthday wishes are always welcome, KC.:) Thanks for dropping by. I had a quite a nice b-day yesterday. The real festivities begin this weekend.

  13. Happy belated B-day Melissa :) Hope you got lots of great and super sexy presents and that the present will keep on coming this Christmas as well :)

  14. Thank you Dezmond! It's great to have you here at The Imaginarium.

  15. Happy birthday dude! Hope you had a really great time. Nice! I am also planning my birthday party in a nice event space. I haven’t really finalized on what I’m going to do. I have plenty of time and thanks to you, a little idea what I am going to do.


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