Fred the Hot Tranny Mess

Yes, today I share the magic potion that is Fred the Hot Tranny Mess.

Perfect for your Cinco de Mayo fiestas!

You will need:Cointreau

Tequila (decent, not sucky)

Cointreau (or other orange liquor)

fresh squeezed lime juice

cranberry juice cocktail

a Brut Rose Sparkling wine (nothing super fancy)

Fill shaker with ice.

Add 2 shots tequila and 1 shot Cointreau.

Squeeze the juice of one small lime into a bowl and remove seeds. Add lime juice.

Add splash of cranberry cocktail.

Cover shaker and shake vigorously.

Strain into glass with ice.

Top with a splash or two of Brut Rose and stir gently.

Makes 2 Freds.


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Serving up Sangria tonight @ Young Adults w/ Cancer Hootenany

Got Tumors? Cancer doesn’t have to suck while your in the prime of your life. Join Kairol Rosenthal, author of Everything Changes: The Insiders Guide to Cancer in your 20’s and 30’s for a book signing at Women & Children First tonight in Andersonville. Also on hand will be Jonny Imerman of Imerman’s Angels, Matthew Zachary of The Stupid Cancer Show and ME serving up Sangria and talking about my funny little cancer blog: Chemo and Vino.

August 12
Women & Children First Bookstore
5233 N. Clark Street
Sponsored by i[2]y

Here’s my Sangria recipe:

2 750 ml bottles cheap, but not sucky, dry white wine

1.5 c brandy

1 c sweetened lemonade  (I like Neuman’s Own)

10 oz frozen peaches

10 oz frozen raspberries

sparkling water and/or sugar to taste

Steep the fruit in the brandy and lemonade in the fridge for a few hours if possible.  Combine chilled wine and brandy. Taste and sweeten if necessary. Ladle into glasses and add a splash of sparkling water to each cup just before serving.

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Diva Wine Tweets

Those of you who are addicted to your crackberrys can now read my brief (but amusing IMHO) wine “tweets” on twitter. Follow me @chicagowinediva and get the lastest on good stuff that I’m eating and drinking – often in real time! You too can know exactly when I’ve been overserved by a fine dining establishment or my own friends, which I may well regret soon enough. In the meantime, enjoy! 

Full disclosure, you may get a few cancer related tweets here and there, but they are generally even more amusing than my wine musings, so don’t be freaked out. If the whole C-Dog thing is news to you and you want to get my story – check out my funny little cancer blog. Chemo and Vino: Breakfast of Champions. I’m really doing pretty darned well, but if you want to send me nice thoughts or cash feel free.



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I’m part of the Chicagosphere

Hey! I got a shout out on my recent Gapers Block review of Great Sea on new website Chicago Now. You read it here first!

Now, if only my tummy felt better….

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Great Sea = Great Chow


Holy Jebus! I just ate the best Wonton Soup of my life. This was accompanied by some life changing chicken wings and some unusually light and fluffy shrimp fried rice.

I should probably forewarn you that this post will not involve wine at all. I’ve been having tummy issues and when my favorite internal organ isn’t happy, neither am I.  The one food I am able to consume, no matter how miserable my guts are, is Wonton Soup. I am convinced it has powerful healing properties. My latest slurp of this medicinal goodness was simply amazing. Hence, I felt compelled to share. Likewise, I always know when I am truly sick when wine doesn’t sound good. So, something is seriously awry in my belly, and rest assured I will take this up with my docs. But enough about my GI track…

wonton_soupGet thee to Great Sea restaurant post haste. This joint has some sublime Chinese chow. Now, I have no idea if its authentic or regional or anything like that. I just know its good. Upon first glance at the menu, its nothin special. Just your usual Chinese take out fare. But lordy lordy, the execution of these dishes really sets this place apart.

Take for example, this Wonton soup.(Apologies all around for the crappy quality of my phone pics.) Its lightly salty, chicken-ish broth is nice, but its all the added goodies that blew my mind. Wide chinese noodles, tiny shrimp, greens, and wispy threads of egg are in generous quantity. Even the mushroom slices had real texture. Now, there are no dumplings in here per say, but who needs em when you have all the ingredients in tastier form swimming in the bowl?

Oh, and I bet you have an opinion on chicken wings. Really, who doesn’t? The Spicy Sweet Chicken wings here will blow your mind. First off, they are trimmed and fried to make a lolipop is crispy chicken form. The sticky glaze is sweet and spicy as advertised and plentful, which makes for a nice drizzle on a side of white rice.wings Not only are these little treats unbelieveably tasty, but way less messy than you average wings or drummies. The trimmed bone as handle keeps your fingers free of sauce. Next TV viewing party I host, I’m totally ordering up a ton of these. Start angling for your invites now, or hustle to Albany Park for your own.

Great Sea

3254 W Lawrence Ave
(between Sawyer Ave & Spaulding Ave)
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 478-9129

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Your opinion please?

Should i have separate twitter/facebook pages for Winediva and cancer stuff? Click on the link below to weigh in or leave a comment here. #twtpoll

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getting rowdy with Revelette Rose and Steve Cochran on WGN radio TODAY at 5pm

etiq_reveletteHey Kids!

As many of you have mentioned, I’ve been somewhat truant from Steve’s show lately. Totally, my bad. I’ll be on TODAY at 5pm (or round abouts that time) to chat about roses for summer quaffing and any boozy concerns you may have for the holiday. Cocktails, food pairings, brewski: I’ll do my best.

To my right (insert Vanna White gesture here) you will see the label for today’s tasty treat. A DRY…let me say that again…DRY…pink wine from southern France that is delish with a variety of casual outdoor fare. Slurp this up with grilled chicken, burgers, pig roast – whatever you have goin on for Memorial Day. (If you are roasting a whole pig, please invite me. Chances are good that I’ll bring wine that doesn’t suck.)

For those who want to know, the wine is made primarily from a grape called grenache and vinified by the saignee method. Unlike most producers, owner and producer Peter Fischer grows these grapes expressly for rose production. And greenies can feel good that his wines are certified organic, with many of his practices adhering to biodynamic standards.

You should be able to find a bottle (or a case!) at most Binny’s & Sam’s locations as well as In Fine Spirits and a few other boutiquey shops. Price is about $13.

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