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May 16, 2011 05:00 ET

Flavor Fusion With Godiva

New Twists on Fresh Summer Favorites

MISSION, KS--(Marketwire - May 16, 2011) - (Family Features) Freshen up summer entertaining with some new flavor combinations that put a twist on traditional favorites and add the perfect touch when hosting an evening of dessert and drinks with friends.

In these dessert recipes, familiar peaches, berries, honeydew and pineapple get an unexpected little kick with a dash of hot sauce for a delightfully sweet and spicy flavor fusion.

If you're looking for the ideal drink pairing for these delicious desserts, fruit and chocolate are always a winning combination. Godiva Chocolate Infused Vodka, a perfect combination of rich chocolate and smooth vodka, is the essential ingredient to create delightful cocktails to serve at any special occasion. New York-based mixologist Elayne Duke has created four drinks that are sure to become entertaining favorites.

"Godiva's new Chocolate Infused Vodkas add rich chocolate notes to any cocktail and mix well with a wide variety of flavors," said Duke. "They're also smooth and delicious on their own, and can even be enjoyed over ice for an easy aperitif that's simply chocolate perfection in a glass."

For more fresh flavor ideas, visit www.drinkgodiva.com.

Glassware Tips for Your Party

  • To help guests keep track of their drinks, buy or make some fun wine glass charms for stemmed glasses.
  • To add a touch of style to your party, serve your drinks in an array of eclectic glassware. Serving glasses in a variety of shapes and sizes will provide the unique touch you might be missing.
  • Don't stop there: try serving your desserts in some fun cocktail glasses as well. Serve the Piquant Peach Melba in a margarita glass, or the Honeydew Granita in a martini glass.
  • To encourage your guests to drink responsibly, prominently display a pitcher of water with an assortment of colored tumblers to ensure a glass of refreshing water is never out of reach. Always have plenty of delicious snacks.

Godiva Chocolate Pomegranate Twist

Yield: 1 drink; drink contains 1.5 fluid ounces of alcohol
1 1/2ounces Godiva Chocolate or Chocolate Raspberry Infused Vodka
3/4ounces pomegranate juice

Combine Chocolate or Chocolate Raspberry Infused vodka and pomegranate juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

Shake well and strain into a martini glass.

Godiva Chocolate à l'Orange

Yield: 1 drink; drink contains 2 fluid ounces of alcohol
3/4ounces Godiva Chocolate Infused Vodka
3/4ounces Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
1/4ounces Grand Marnier Orange twist for garnish

Combine Chocolate Infused Vodka, Chocolate Liqueur, and Grand Marnier in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

Shake well and strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with an orange twist.

Godiva Coco Razzle Tea

Yield: 1 drink; drink contains 1.5 fluid ounces of alcohol
1 1/2ounces Godiva Chocolate Raspberry Infused Vodka
3ounces iced tea
3to 4 lemon wedges for garnish

Combine Chocolate Raspberry Infused Vodka and iced tea in a cocktail shaker with ice.

Shake well and strain into a highball glass over ice. Garnish with lemon wedges.

Godiva Midnight Martini

Yield: 1 drink; drink contains 1.5 fluid ounces of alcohol
1 1/2ounces Godiva Chocolate Infused Vodka
Strawberry wedge for garnish

Pour Chocolate Infused Vodka into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

Shake well and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a strawberry wedge.

Piquant Peach Melba

Makes 6 servings
1pint raspberries
1tablespoon sugar
3/4teaspoon original Tabasco brand pepper sauce, divided
4peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced
3tablespoons fresh-squeezed orange juice
1teaspoon grated orange peel
1cup blackberries or blueberries

Press 1/2 pint raspberries through fine sieve to remove seeds. Combine this raspberry purée, sugar and 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce. Set aside.

Combine peaches, orange juice, orange peel and remaining 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce in large bowl; toss to mix well.

Toss peach mixture with puréed raspberry mixture. Stir in remaining raspberries and blackberries.

Honeydew Granita

Makes 5 cups
3/4cup sugar
3/4cup water
4cups honeydew melon chunks
1tablespoon Tabasco brand green jalapeño pepper sauce
1tablespoon lime juice
1teaspoon grated lime peel

Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium-low heat; cook until sugar is dissolved. Cool to room temperature.

Purée melon chunks until smooth in a food processor or blender. Stir in Tabasco sauce, lime juice, lime peel and sugar mixture. Pour mixture into a shallow pan. Freeze 4 to 5 hours, stirring occasionally, until mixture is frozen, granular and slightly slushy.

Spicy Island Grilled Pineapple

Makes 4 servings
1large ripe pineapple
1tablespoon fresh-squeezed lime juice
1teaspoon original Tabasco brand pepper sauce
1/2cup granulated sugar
1/2teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat grill to high.

Remove skin from pineapple; core and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices.

Combine lime juice and Tabasco sauce in small bowl. Combine sugar and cinnamon in shallow bowl. Brush both sides of pineapple with Tabasco mixture; dip into cinnamon-sugar mixture to coat well.

Grill pineapple slices 8 to 10 minutes, turning once until golden on both sides.

Serving suggestions: Serve as a dessert with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

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