Since we can’t go out with co-workers for happy hour or celebrate with friends on the weekends, it’s the perfect time to learn how to recreate some of your favorite drinks at home. Kristina Vanni joins us with techniques and recipes to turn virtual parties into a hit! To try out some of Kristina’s ideas for yourself, check out the recipes below: Finnish Gin Fizz 1 cup water 1 cup sugar 8 sprigs fresh rosemary 1/4 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice 1 tablespoon lime juice 1 can Finnish Long Drink Grapefruit slices and fresh rosemary, for garnish In a small saucepan, heat rosemary sprigs, water and granulated sugar over medium-high heat. Bring mixture to a boil and stir until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, cover and steep for 30 minutes. Remove rosemary sprigs and store in the refrigerator until ready to use. Can be made ahead of time. To make the Finnish Gin Fizz cocktail, combine the grapefruit juice, lime juice and 1 tablespoon of the rosemary simple syrup in a shaker filled with ice. Strain into a glass, filled with ice. Top with the Finnish Long Drink and give one final stir to combine. Garnish with a grapefruit slice and rosemary sprig. Crostini with Tomato, Basil and Goat Cheese 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil 1 tablespoon olive oil Baguette, cut into 16 slices 3 large garlic cloves, peeled and cut in half lengthwise 1/4 cup olive oil 3 ounces goat cheese In a bowl, combine the tomatoes, basil, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Let the mixture stand at room temperature for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Arrange the bread slices in a single layer on a baking sheet. Rub the garlic halves over one side of the bread and brush lightly with the remaining olive oil. Bake until golden brown and crispy, about 5 minutes. Spread each toast with goat cheese and top with a spoonful of the tomato mixture. White Wine Mojito 1 750 mL bottle of white wine (chilled) 2 cups sparkling lemonade (chilled) 3 limes (2 juiced, one for garnish) 1 cup of fresh mint Mix the wine and sparkling lemonade in a large pitcher. Juice two limes and add to the wine and lemonade. Mince 3/4 cups of fresh mint and add to the pitcher. Mix well. Thinly slice the remaining lime to garnish glass rims and add a sprig of mint leaves just before serving. Serve over ice. Harvey Wallbanger Cake For Cake: 1 box (15.25 ounces) orange or yellow cake mix 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix 4 eggs 1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice 1/4 cup Galliano liqueur 1/4 cup vodka 1 teaspoon orange extract For Glaze: 1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar 1 Tablespoon orange juice 1 Tablespoon Galliano 1 teaspoon vodka Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a Bundt pan; set aside. In large bowl of electric mixer, combine cake mix, dry pudding mix, eggs, oil, orange juice, Galliano, vodka, and orange extract. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds, then at medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour into prepared Bundt pan. Bake for 33 to 36 minutes or until a tester inserted comes out clean. Cool cake in pan for 15 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool 15 minutes. While cake is cooling, prepare glaze by combining all glaze ingredients until well blended. Drizzle over cake while still slightly warm. Let cake cool completely. For best flavor prepare a day or two ahead, covered, to blend flavors. Sparkling French Martini 1 ounce vodka 1/2 ounce Chambord 1/2 ounce pineapple juice Ice 1 ounce sparkling wine Garnish: Fresh raspberries Measure the vodka, Chambord and pineapple juice into a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake. Strain it into a martini glass and top with the sparkling wine. Garnish with fresh raspberries.
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Firms hired to run a partisan audit of the 2020 election for Senate Republicans in Arizona said Tuesday that data was not destroyed, reversing earlier allegations that election officials in the state's most populated county eliminated evidence. The claim of deleted databases was amplified by former President Donald Trump and his supporters, who believe conspiracy theories about election irregularities. Ben Cotton, founder of a computer forensics firm working on the audit, told key senators that he had recovered all data.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have formally liquidated one of their sole-remaining British companies, marking the final nail in the coffin for Sussex Royal. Documents filed with Companies House revealed that MWX Trading confirmed on May 5 that it was winding up and a liquidator was appointed on May 14. The couple established the company in August 2019, naming their lawyer, Gerrard Tyrrell, as its secretary and Natalie Campbell, who worked for their charitable foundation Sussex Royal, as director. They registered it at Companies House and used the business to apply for trademarks. Ms Campbell and Mr Tyrrell were later replaced by James Holt, the couple’s former head of communications who was recently appointed executive director of their Archewell Foundation and is relocating to the US. The Duke and Duchess are also in the process of liquidating the company formerly known as Sussex Royal, The Telegraph understands. When the couple announced they were stepping back from their roles as working members of the Royal family they were told they could no longer use the name, and so changed it last July to MWX Foundation. Despite reports suggesting that MWX stood for Markle Windsor or Mountbatten Windsor, using the X from Sussex, sources claimed the name was just created from random letters and had no special significance. Sussex Royal was announced with much fanfare in July 2019, shortly after it was confirmed that the Sussexes were breaking away from the Royal Foundation, the charitable vehicle they had shared with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Company accounts revealed last year that it had £99,000 in the bank and would cost £16,000 to wind down. They also showed that the charity was owed £200,000 from an unidentified source. Accounts for the MWX Foundation, of which the Duke remains sole director, reveal that the £200,000 has now been repaid. The moves to formally wind up both companies come as the Sussexes continue to sign lucrative deals with business partners in the US via their new US-based Archewell Foundation, most recently announcing a partnership with consumer goods giant Proctor & Gamble.
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Albert Watkins, the attorney for Jacob Chansley (perhaps better known as "QAnon Shaman"), spoke on the record with Talking Points Memo about his client's alleged role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. In the interview, published by TPM on Tuesday, Watkins used shockingly offensive language in an attempt to defend Chansley's alleged actions, saying Chansley has Asperger's syndrome, and asserting that other participants in the riot have intellectual disabilities that were to blame. "These are people with brain damage," he said. He also claimed they were subjected to what he described as the most powerful propaganda campaign since Adolf Hitler's. Read the full, graphic passage from the TPM story below. I spoke to the "QAnon Shaman" Jacob Chansley's attorney, Albert Watkins, for this story. Here's what he had to say... https://t.co/6gZ2jzPvSh pic.twitter.com/b4w62dYvLN — Matt Shuham (@mattshuham) May 18, 2021 More stories from theweek.comThe threat of civil war didn't end with the Trump presidency7 scathingly funny cartoons about Liz Cheney's ousterMcConnell expresses 'surprising' openness to Jan. 6 commission
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Back in February, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the Biden administration considered the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which will transport natural gas from Russia to Germany, "a bad deal" that "exposes Ukraine and Central Europe" to Moscow and "goes against Europe's own stated energy and security goals." Similarly, during his confirmation hearing, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he is "determined to do whatever we can to prevent" the completion of the controversial pipeline. But on Tuesday, Axios reported the Biden administration is set to waive sanctions on the company overseeing its construction, as well its CEO, Matthias Warnig, who is considered a "crony" of Russian President Vladimir Putin. That doesn't mean President Biden now supports Nord Stream 2 — on the contrary, the White House reportedly still hopes it doesn't go into use — but it does suggest his administration feels sanctions are ultimately a bigger risk than safeguard. Per Axios, sources close to the situation said that Biden officials have determined sanctioning the German-end users of the gas is the only way to stop construction, 95 percent of which is already complete, at this point. The administration simply doesn't want to jeopardize its relationship with Berlin over the pipeline. The waivers reportedly could be lifted, and sanctions reinstated, at any moment, so administration sources told Axios the looming threat should still give Washington leverage in the situation. Read more at Axios. More stories from theweek.comThe threat of civil war didn't end with the Trump presidency7 scathingly funny cartoons about Liz Cheney's ousterMcConnell expresses 'surprising' openness to Jan. 6 commission
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Predictions that the Taliban will quickly overrun Afghan government forces and conquer Kabul once U.S. and coalition forces have fully withdrawn are unduly pessimistic, Washington's special envoy to Afghanistan said Tuesday. “I personally believe that the statements that their forces will disintegrate and the Talibs will take over in short order are mistaken,” Zalmay Khalilzad told the House Foreign Affairs Committee, whose members expressed deep worry that President Joe Biden's decision to fully withdraw by September will lead to chaos and intensified civil war.
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