gin cocktail

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 […]

gin martini

Empress Gin Martini

In the 50s, a gin martini was what mom and dad sipped before dinner with the family, but not a lot has changed since then. Considered an iconic cocktail, a simple gin martini is one of the world’s most famous drinks. With its clean, bracing taste, there is no mystery to the martini, and all […]

golden berry gin and tonic

Golden Berry Gin And Tonic

Ever have a golden berry? My guess is it’s unlikely. For those unfamiliar, golden berries are also known as Inca berry, Peruvian ground cherry, poha berry, goldenberry, husk cherry, and cape gooseberry.  Golden berries are small, bright, orange-colored fruits closely related to the tomatillo. Like tomatillos, golden berries are wrapped in a papery husk called […]

Gin Rickey

Gin Rickey With Raspberry Essence

This is a Gin Rickey, and I’m calling it my “Fall transition cocktail“. Even if you have not tried one, a Gin Rickey (also known as a Lime Rickey) is a classic drink. Simple and refreshing, a traditional “Rickey” is simply gin (or bourbon), mixed with lime juice and carbonated water. Little or no sugar is […]

horned melon Tom Collins

Horned Melon Tom Collins

A horned melon is not your typical-looking fruit. Also called a kiwano melon, African horned cucumber, jelly melon, hedged gourde, melano, and blowfish fruit, the horned melon is native to Southern Africa and grows mainly in dry semi-arid places such as the Kalahari Desert. This fruit was later introduced to other areas of Africa, Australia, New Zealand more recently, the US. The […]

Bee's Knees Cocktail

Bee’s Knees Cocktail

Have you ever heard of a bee’s knees cocktail? I sure hadn’t, but I’m very glad I found it. The phrase “Bees Knees” has been around since the 1920s and was often used to describe something “of excellence” or that was considered to be “the best“. Bee’s Knees, the cocktail, is traditionally a gin-based “sour” […]

Spring cleanse cocktail

A Spring Cleanse Cocktail

If you liked my cucumber-tequila cooler, you may enjoy this refreshing spring cleanse cocktail. Spring cleaning isn’t just for closets. Spring is the season of rejuvenation and renewal. Plants, vegetables, and flowers begin to grow.  Spring comes around just as we are all reaching our wits’ end.  When we can’t take the long, cold days […]

pear gin fizz

Spiced Pear Gin Fizz

This beauty is a spiced pear gin fizz, and it is delicious.  Flavorful and lovely to look at, yet very different from my apple gin fizz cocktail I posted about not that long ago, I found this recipe on Jelly Toast, a blog by another foodie/photographer, Emily Caruso.  I just had to try it.  If […]

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