Delicioso Night In
Do you ever go out with friends, end up spending a small fortune on drinks, and then not even be able to chat over the noise of a crowded room and the loud music? Sometimes it’s more fun and relaxing to schedule a night in instead of a night out!
That’s where Kahlua comes in! They want to help inspire connections and conversations through “Delicioso Nights In.” Plan a night in once a month and connect with friends, couples, colleagues or your significant other over delicious conversation. What can be better than that, you ask? How about an all expense paid trip to Mexico!
Celebrity Chef and Food Network star Aaron Sanchez joined the mission and will prepare the ultimate Delicioso Night In for one lucky winner and three friends in New York before they are all whisked away to Veracruz, Mexico, the home of Kahlua. You can join the movement and enter to win on Facebook!
I had the pleasure of meeting Aaron this week at his restaurant “Centrico” in New York City. The food was fantastico and Aaron couldn’t have been nicer!
“As a busy chef and soon-to-be father of two, truly treasured moments for me are the ones I experience at home, bringing my Mexican heritage to the table while entertaining for friends and loved ones over great conversation. There are so many ways to enjoy a ‘Delicioso Night In.” Sweeten the evening by simply inviting your guests into the kitchen for some creative collaboration to help bring the menu to life. This will allow for plenty of conversation starters while cooking and dining on your culinary creations.”
I sampled this array of Aaron’s dishes at Centrico, and he also offered suggestions for Mexican-inspired entertaining tips at home for a night in:
· “You don’t have to be a chemist to create memorable aromatics for your next evening of entertaining at home. Let robust spices (think cloves, canela – the real cinnamon – cardamom and black pepper) help set the mood with the help of a standard frying pan. Toast the spices just to their smoking point, and the room will fill with an inviting – and delicious – bouquet.”
· “When prepping for a perfect evening, pairings are a fun way to turn any meal into a special occasion and spice up the fun. Plan three courses and pair each with a small cocktail; use one base spirit in three different ways. Keep in mind when choosing your menu to pick a spirit that embodies the flavors you are working with; for example, Kahlúa will bring out beautiful notes of vanilla that pair nicely with complex and robust dishes that involve such flavors as molé.”
· “Ready for an intimate night at home? Feeding someone can be a loving, playful proposition, especially sans fork. In Mexico, where my family is from, we love to entertain with botanas – small bites – that incorporate foods indigenous to the region like seafood and black beans. Reconnect with your partner over a selection of botanas like plantains, garnachas (a small fried masa, or dough, topped with pork or chicken), mushrooms or fresh-cut fruit.”
I was also inspired by the variety of drinks that can be prepared with Kahlua. We all know and love Kahlua and Cream, but there are so many more inspiring options! My personal favorites were the Kahlua and Ginger Ale (you know I am a sucker for anything ginger…) as well as the Kahlua Espresso Martini.
1 part Kahlua
1 part Ginger Ale
Plenty of ice
Fill a tall glass with ice. Pour the ingredients in order.
1 1/2 parts Kahlua
1 part vodka
1 part fresh brewed Espresso
Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass.
“Muchas gracias” to Aaron for a great experience at Centrico and “buena suerte” to everyone who enters the Mexico contest!
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