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bourbon maple smash

Bourbon Maple Smash

As the days grow shorter and the air turns brisk, there’s nothing quite like a bourbon maple smash to warm the soul. This delightful cocktail marries the rich, caramel notes of bourbon with the velvety sweetness of pure maple syrup, creating a symphony of flavors that dance on the palate. What is a Smash? Smashes […]

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. […]

rosé wine slushy

Rosé Wine Slushy

This beauty is a rosé wine slushy, a social media darling known more playfully as a “Frosé“. This fun, prep-ahead wine cocktail is made by blending and freezing fresh fruit, rosé wine, and sweetener is an absolute winner. These refreshing grown-up slushies come together in minutes and are perfect for warm summer days. There are […]

grapefruit-lemon soda mocktail

Grapefruit-Lemon Soda Mocktail

For as much as I love fruit, I have never loved grapefruit.  I’ve always wanted to, but it’s been a struggle.  When I was a little kid I thought that eating a halved, sectioned grapefruit, lightly sprinkled with sugar and topped with a maraschino cherry served with breakfast was considered an elegant side.  I never […]

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 […]

Ovaltine froth

Ovaltine Froth

Close friends introduced my family to a special place in Hawaii we have come to adore. It was during our first visit there, years ago, that their signature kid “drink” won my children’s hearts, as we were told it would. The specialty frozen drink was simply called, “Ovaltine froth“. Ovaltine, for those unfamiliar (or too young…), […]

matcha smoothie bowl

Dairy-Free Tropical Matcha Smoothie Bowl

This matcha smoothie bowl is the recipe you should be making all summer long on repeat. The tropical flavors of pineapple and banana blended with almond milk and matcha ignite feelings of relaxation and good health. What is Matcha? In Japanese, the word “Matcha” is the combination of “ma“, meaning rubbed or ground,  and “cha“, […]

Ruby cocktail

Ruby Cocktail

This Ruby cocktail is a drink made with many things I adore. I am also rather intrigued by it. While learning about it, I found several food and drink websites that claim this “fruit-centric drink”, which is at times referred to simply a “Ruby”, is made with vodka, Aperol, Saint Germain liqueur and ruby grapefruit, and […]

pear-thyme prosecco cocktail

Pear-Thyme Prosecco Cocktail

This simple drink oozes elegance. There is no fancy name, no long story behind it, and no unusual ingredients, but this pear-thyme Prosecco cocktail is a tasty one and a fun seasonal cocktail for the cooler months. I have always been a fan of bubbles.  The trend of serving sparkling wines and campaigns with any […]

blueberry papaya smoothie bowl

Blueberry Papaya Smoothie Bowl

I remember when smoothie bowls became a thing. And I’ll admit it, I didn’t fully get them at first, but now I do. Smoothie bowls are often confused with açaí bowls, but they are not the same, in fact, they are completely different in origin. And to clarify, traditional smoothies, made of pureed fruit mixtures […]

strawberry-plum walnut smoothie

Strawberry-Plum Walnut Smoothie

Note: “By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by California Walnuts and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.” Here is a new summer smoothie I can’t seem to get enough of these days. This is my strawberry-plum walnut smoothie and it is […]

peaches and cream smoothie

Peaches And Cream Smoothie

It sure feels like summer takes forever to arrive. The tease of spring can be overwhelming. But then, one day, before you know it, it’s in full force. The sun is bright, the trees lush and the air is warm and encompassing. For me, summer brings a sense of calmness. Life is slower, easier, and […]

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 […]

Irish coffee

Irish Coffee

One of Europe’s earliest distilled beverages, the first record of Irish whiskey dates back to 1405, around 90 years before it was first recorded in Scotland. That little tidbit I find fascinating. After a brief period of decline during the 20th century, Irish whiskey is now the fastest growing spirit in the world and what […]

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