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Mai Tai CocktailWell, my 40th birthday is just around the corner which means that so is my 40th birthday party.  My husband, who is not nearly as passionate about parties as I am, agreed to me planning a big blow-out for my 40th birthday party.  It is, in essence, his gift to me;)

As the days get closer (we’re celebrating August 13-15th), I find myself constantly looking in my planning folder for little things to do – this is how a party planner gets and stays excited about a party you see?

So, here’s the low down:  we’re renting out a small hotel/b&b in palm springs called the Palm Springs Rendezvous, inviting 20 of our friends and having a great party on Saturday night. 

This past week, I ordered and picked up the alcohol, but not before deciding on 3, yes 3 signature cocktails:  Black Cherry Lemonade, The Classic Mai Tai and a Tequila Cosmo Martini.  Here are the deelicious details:

Shauna’s Signature Cocktail Recipes for 40th Birthday Bash
The Mai Tai
Crushed ice
1 oz Dark rum
1 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Orange Curacao
1/4 oz Simple Syrup
1/2 oz Orgeat / Almond Syrup 
Pour each rum into the shaker filled with ice.
Add lime juice, Curacao, Simple Syrup, and Almond Syrup.
Shake vigorously and strain into a double old-fashioned glass.
Garnish with mint & attractive fruit of your choice. 
Black Cherry Lemonade 
1 part Stirrings Lemon Drop Martini Mixer
1 1/2 parts Smirnoff Black Cherry
1 part Stirrings Bitter Lemon Cocktail Soda
Layer ingredients in a glass. Stir gently.
Tequila Cosmo Martini
1 1/2 oz Nacional® silver tequila
1 oz triple sec
1 ozfresh lime juice
1 oz cranberry juice
1 splash lime juice
Shake tequila, triple sec, fresh lime juice and cranberry juice together with ice in a cocktail shaker. 
Strain into a whiskey sour glass and squeeze a further wedge of lime on top.
Discard lime, and serve.
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