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Flavor Fusion
New twists on fresh summer favorites

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Honeydew Granita
Spicy Island Grilled Pineapple

(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

Featured recipe: Piquant Peach Melba. Recipes for other dishes pictured are available at www.TABASCO.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.

Honeydew Granita

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

    1. Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium-low heat; cook until sugar is dissolved. Cool to room temperature.
    2. 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.

Makes 5 cups

Spicy Island Grilled Pineapple

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

    1. Preheat grill to high.
    2. Remove skin from pineapple; core and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices.
    3. 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.
    4. Grill pineapple slices 8 to 10 minutes, turning once until golden on both sides.
    5. Serving suggestions: Serve as a dessert with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Makes 4 servings

SOURCE: Godiva