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Mezcal margarita

Mezcal Margarita

Have you heard of mezcal?  Mezcal was predicted to be one of the biggest food trends of 2018, yet despite it’s popularity, many still have not tired it.  Mezcal, which means “oven-cooked agave“, is known for it’s distinct smoky flavor, which is unlike any other spirt, but mezcal is actually much more than just that. […]

Blue Lagoon Cocktail

Blue Lagoon Cocktail

It’s believed that the Blue Lagoon cocktail was created by Andy MacElhone, the son of famed bartender Harry MacElhone, at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris in the 1960s or early 1970s. So, despite what most think, the drink predates the 1980 coming-of-age film, starring Brook Shields, of the same name. Retro cocktails, as they’re […]

Tommy Gun cocktail

Tommy Gun Cocktail

Is called a Tommy Gun cocktail. This recipe is a slightly adapted version of San Francisco Mixologist Jacques Bezuindenhout’s brilliant signature creation which I’ve long admired. In my version, this sour, which references the iconic firearm wielded by Prohibition-era gangsters, gets its zing from a little ginger liquor, and a punch from a generous pour of […]

Toronha cocktail

Toronha Cocktail

The margarita is undoubtedly the most popular tequila cocktail the world over, followed by the Paloma. The Toromha cocktail is a close cousin of the margarita and is believed to have been invented by the Tequila Tezon company. The “Toronha” name comes from “toronja” (the Spanish word for grapefruit) and takes the extra ‘h’ from the […]

Saint Germain cocktail

Saint Germain Cocktail

Meet my new favorite summer drink, a Saint Germain cocktail. A blend of St. Germain, (pronounced san-jer-man), white wine, and club soda, think wine spritzer, but better. Light, effervescent, and refreshing, this is a cocktail I have been sipping on all summer long. And the best part about this time of year, you can bend the rules […]

paper plane

Paper Plane

This beauty is called a Paper Plain. Chances are, you’ve never heard of this cocktail before. This is a pandemic favorite of my husband. And It is not lost on me that this drink has “plane” in the title, something we haven’t been able to step foot on in some time. Life can be ironic […]

The Last Word

The Last Word

The Last Word is a cocktail, but I’m willing to bet you’ve probably never heard of it. I must admit, I love the name and I think it’s an appropriate cocktail to celebrate Mother’s Day. Truthfully speaking, as a mom, I don’t always get the last word in, but I strive for it. Although The […]

blueberry-basil vodka gimlet

Blueberry-Basil Vodka Gimlet

It remains unlear if a Gimlet was named after a British Admiral ship doctor named Sir Thomas Desmond Gimlette or for a tool called a “gimlet” that is used to tap barrels of alcohol aroard 19th-century British navel vessels.  What is widely known is that scurvy (caused by a lack of vitamin C) could bring down a ship […]

gin and grapefruit

Gin And Grapefruit

Tart, citrusy, and boozy is what I was going for with this gin and grapefruit cocktail. And let’s be honest, it’s needed right now. Strip it down and you have a gin and tonic base but the fresh pink grapefruit juice, lemon, and mint elevate this classic drink to a whole new playing field and […]

hibiscus rum punch

Hibiscus Rum Punch

Winter does not have to mean boring in the cocktail department. Nor must it mean bourbon or brandy. Modern cocktails have evolved away from the more traditional brown spirit drinks paving the way for lots of other wonderful options. Meet my hibiscus rum punch; sultry, sexy, and loaded with fruity flavor. My rum hibiscus punch […]

pomegranate-rum punch

Pomegranate-Rum Punch

This lovely cocktail is my pomegranate-rum punch and it may be just what you need to celebrate New Years in-style. Punch was actually invented as a beer alternative in the 17th century by men working the ships for the British East India Company. These men were serious drinkers, drinking as many as 10 pints of […]

coquito

Puerto Rican Coquito

This coquito recipe is dedicated to my sister. My sister has taught me too many things over the years. Just two years my senior, we have always been close. As a kid, I looked up to my sister in awe and worship. To me, she was perfect. Smart, witty, stylish, and thoughtful in ways that […]

Fall smash cocktail

Fall Smash Cocktail

Put down the pumpkin and back away. The Fall season offers so much more than pumpkin bread and Halloween jack-o-lanterns. The cooler months bring lovely changing colors, shorter days, cozy nights and rich flavorful cocktails that warm your body from the toes up. While I lean slightly toward the lighter, fruity, less sweet cocktails generally, […]

Mezcal Blackberry Smash

Sometimes you just need something different. Meet different. It’s called a Mezcal smash and this beauty is a lightly adapted cocktail from Half Baked Harvests’ Black Widow Smash. Like Tieghan said (and I agree) fresh blackberries muddled with herbs, citrus, and mezcal are the perfect cocktail for Halloween and all the many cool nights before […]

Gin + grapefruit cocktail

Gin + Grapefruit Cocktail

Sometimes you just need something that’s uncomplicated. This is that. But don’t get me wrong, there is no sacrifice to flavor just because it’s simple. This gin + grapefruit cocktail is simple and straightforward in method, but vibrant and memorable in taste. Absent of any soda, this pint-size beverage is fruity and spicy with just […]

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