Cocktail Friday: “Friday on Ice” and Bell Pepper Bites

by Tokyo Terrace on August 1, 2009

This Friday evening has been lovely. Time spent with my wonderful parents, sister and husband sitting outside in unseasonally cool weather was the perfect end to the week.

To celebrate TGIF, we enjoyed happy hour on my parents’ deck. The timing was perfect since today is Cocktail Friday at Tokyo Terrace!

Friday on Ice is a cocktail inspired by a traditional Cuban cocktail. This cocktail combines freshly squeezed lime juice, rum, honey and triple sec. The light, citrusy flavors meld together with the honey to create a luxurious end to a long week.

Accompanying the Friday on Ice cocktail is a simple appetizer that takes a very short amount of time to make. Simply cut bell peppers (any color) into bite sized chunks, top with shredded cheese (I used chipotle-cheddar) and drizzle with cilantro vinegrette. These miniature appetizers have a sweet, crunchy, goey appeal that doesn’t pack in numerous calories. So tasty!

I hope you’re last Friday of July is spent with laughter and fun. Enjoy!

Friday on Ice

Makes 1 serving

Ice

2 oz. Rum

1 oz. Triple sec

Juice of 1/2 a lime

1/2 teaspoon of honey

In a cocktail glass, combine the honey, rum and triple sec. Stir together until the honey is well incorporated. Add the lime juice and ice. Stir to combine. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Bell Pepper Bites with Chipotle Cheddar and Cilantro Vinagrette

4 assorted bell peppers, cut into bite sized pieces

1 cup shredded chipotle cheddar cheese (or other cheese)

1/3 cup chopped cilantro

2 T olive oil

1 teaspoon rice vinegar

Salt and pepper to taste

Place the bell pepper pieces on a baking pan covered in foil. Top with cheese. Place under the broiler for 5 minutes or until cheese is golden brown and bubbly. Arrange on a platter.

Combine the cilantro, olive oil, vinegar and salt and pepper. Drizzle over the peppers and serve along with crackers or bread.

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  • thewhitesintokyo

    Cocktail: Slightly sweet & tart, delicious.

    Red Pepper Bites: Fresh, flavorful, yummy.

    Photographs: Colorful, vibrant, well-done

    The Cook: Beautiful, talented, EXCELLENT!

    Love you,
    Brad

  • thewhitesintokyo

    Cocktail: Slightly sweet & tart, delicious.

    Red Pepper Bites: Fresh, flavorful, yummy.

    Photographs: Colorful, vibrant, well-done

    The Cook: Beautiful, talented, EXCELLENT!

    Love you,
    Brad

  • vicariousmom

    Happy times. Good food. Great cocktail. Can life get any better.

  • http://foodnetworkmusings.blogspot.com/ Sue

    I really like the way you cut the peppers to be like little scoopers. I generally don’t like baked and stuffed peppers, but you’ve found a way to make them really appealing. Great job.

  • vicariousmom

    Happy times. Good food. Great cocktail. Can life get any better.

  • http://foodnetworkmusings.blogspot.com/ Sue

    I really like the way you cut the peppers to be like little scoopers. I generally don’t like baked and stuffed peppers, but you’ve found a way to make them really appealing. Great job.

  • Aunt J in Hendersonville

    Ohhh…wish I could have stopped by…
    Love rum drinks, love peppers, love you
    (all of you).
    Beautiful post!

  • Aunt J in Hendersonville

    Ohhh…wish I could have stopped by…
    Love rum drinks, love peppers, love you
    (all of you).
    Beautiful post!

  • http://eclatdujour.blogspot.com/ Alissa

    I saw this cocktail and thought of you… eventually you might run out of ideas. Right? ;~)

    http://www.designcrushblog.com/2009/07/on-rocks-peachtree-punch.html

  • http://eclatdujour.blogspot.com Alissa

    I saw this cocktail and thought of you… eventually you might run out of ideas. Right? ;~)

    http://www.designcrushblog.com/2009/07/on-rocks-peachtree-punch.html

  • jonnyjonnyuk

    These sound so simple but gorgeous. Thanks:)

  • jonnyjonnyuk

    These sound so simple but gorgeous. Thanks:)

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