Scaling the Heights of Arizona’s Treats
When I think of Arizona, I think of Sedona’s red-rock buttes and its array of sandstone formations. I remember being there and seeing how they appeared to glow in brilliant oranges and reds when illuminated by the rising or setting sun.
Know what else is inviting, with its brilliant oranges and reds? This Frozen Brandy Old Fashioned. Not only do the colors mirror the beauty of Arizona and the gorgeous desert sunrises and sunsets, you and your girlfriends will love ‘em!
Frozen Brandy Old Fashioned
Ingredients for 12 | Multiply by degree of thirst, divide by number of girlfriends!
Overnight (6-8 hours)
- 6 cups water
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups brandy
- 1 can (12 ounces) frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
- 1/4 cup maraschino cherry juice
- 1/4 cup bitters
- 1/4 cup lemon-lime soda, chilled
- Maraschino cherries and orange wedges (if desired)
In a large saucepan, bring water and sugar to a boil. Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved.
Stir in brandy, orange juice concentrate, juice and bitters.
Pour into a 3 quart freezer container. Freeze overnight, or until set.
For each serving, scoop 3/4 cup slush into a rocks glass. Pour lemon-lime soda into the glass. Garnish with maraschino cherry and orange wedges if desired.
1 serving: 246 calories, 0 grams fat, 0 grams cholesterol, 9 milligrams sodium, 38 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram protein.
- The Hudson, Sedona | If you’re looking for an upscale yet casual local neighborhood restaurant with chef-driven food, great cocktails and wine, and a fun atmosphere for MyGirlfriendship™ gatherings, you’ve found it. The motif is industrial chic with an open dining room, central bar, lounge, and as the picture shows, the best deck in town.
The menu combines sophisticated comfort food with genuine hospitality in a relaxed urban atmosphere at an exceptional value.
We recommend the White Marble Farm Pork Chops. It’s two, 7 ounce chops, port wine demi-glacé, whipped potatoes, and seasonal vegetables. It’s just the choice for a casual eating out with the girls. Served with a bottle of Ace Hard Cider and we’re satisfied!
- Brix, Flagstaff | If you and the girls happen to be in Flagstaff, stop for a meal at Brix. It serves seasonal, farm focused, contemporary American cuisine. All food is prepared with fresh ingredients sourced from the local farmers and ranchers of Northern Arizona and the Four Corners region.
A fun choice to share with girlfriends is Brix charcuterie and cheese board, a highlight of their expansive menu. My friend ordered a white wine, Régis Minet, Pouilly Fumé and raved about the pairing for the rest of the night.
Me? Yep. I paired it with my usual tequila.