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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Care for a martini with Cleopatra and Nefertiti? Then Philly's the place!

Cleopatra is one of the most famous pharaohs of them all, and Nefertiti has the well-deserved reputation of being the most beautiful woman in all of Egypt.
So when a new exhibition, Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt, had its premiere at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia in June 2010, the owner of Frog Commissary Catering, Steve Poses, decided to invent two drinks to be served at the new pop-up bar/resto at The Franklin Institute, Cleo’s Portico, in honor of these two famous women.
Poses, who has catered more than 15,000 events and served more than 15 million guests, cares passionately about home entertaining. 
Moving from Yonkers, NY to Philadephia University in 1968, he read The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs, and was inspired to build communities through restraurants.
He has shared his philosophy of home entertaining so that you can benefit from it, too:
Steve Poses
Here’s the single most important part of my philosophy: Home entertaining is about creating a sense of welcome, warmth and hospitality for your guests. It’s not about how good the food is or how beautifully the table is set. It’s not the culinary Olympics or Iron Chef meets Main Street. It’s about human connection and good conversation. Whatever you do to welcome friends and family into your home is good enough. So relax. Plan. Make an effort. Care. But just do it.
And now for the two drinks he invented to honor the two queens.
The Cleopolitan is simple: vodka and Goldwasser, with Goldwasser-soaked watermelon cubes topped with gold dust.
And for the Nefertini, you mix raspberry vodka, Chambord and pomegranate topped with prosecco and a rosemary sprig.
And then drink a toast to the two queens of ancient Egypt.

PS Our friend April (that's her, on the left in the sparkly photo) made a few changes to the Nefertini for us, and the result is worthy of the queen!

Her recipe - for 4 people - is 6 oz raspberry vodka, 6 oz plain vodka, 1 oz cointreau (more if you want a sweeter Nefertini), 1 1/2 oz of lemon or lime juice, and 5 oz of pomegranate juice.

A wonderful concoction, built on the foundation of Steve Poses' creation!

April & Carly sparkling

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