summer cocktail

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 and is an absolute winner. These refreshing grown-up slushies come together in minutes and are perfect for warm summer days. There […]

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 […]

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 […]

raspberry-lime vodka cooler

Raspberry-Lime Vodka Cooler

This raspberry-lime vodka cooler was my first COVID holiday cocktail creation. I developed this lovely drink on Memorial Day when my family and I were stuck inside social distancing with blazing hot temperatures outside. With its fruity, tart notes and effervescent bubbles, it was the perfect warm-weather cocktail for sipping on. This simple new favorite […]

cherry sake and soda

Cherry Sake And Soda

Celebrate the good right now. Cherry season is among us! I’m in California, for me that means April through June. Cherries are something I have always loved, but I’m referring to the fresh ones. In fairness to cherries, the neon ones found in your Shirley Temples as a kid don’t count. Truthfully, cherries are one […]

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 […]

honey mango gin and tonic

Honey Mango Gin And Tonic

Like clothing, spirits can be trendy. Right now, gin is in. So while I enjoy a traditional gin and tonic, I also appreciate something a bit more playful and fruity in the warmer months. Meet my honey mango gin and tonic, this simple beauty is a keeper. The Story of Gin Gin itself has been […]

Old Cuban

Old Cuban Cocktail

If you’ve never had one, Old Cuban is a cocktail similar to a mojito or French 75, but better. The Old Cuban is a cocktail created by Mixologist Audrey Saunders at the Pegu Club in New York City. Typically made with a dark rum instead of a white rum (as used in a classic mojito), an […]

Passione Arrabbiata cocktail

Passione Arrabbiata Cocktail

Passione Arrabbiata is the name of a cocktail from a NYC restaurant called Costata. Made with a chili-infused Cazadores reposado tequila, this drink peeked my interest from the moment I read about it. While I love the heat a chili-infused cocktail can offer (such as in my jalapeño tequila gimlet), what intrigued me so much about […]

frozen strawberry daiquiri

Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri

Confession, I love a great frozen strawberry daiquiri. A treat for sure, but at the right time, on a hot day in the summer or on a white sandy beach somewhere tropical, there is truly nothing better. Refreshing, fruity, and easy on the eyes, I feel relaxed just holding this indulgent old timer in my […]

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 […]

Mango Margarita

Mango Margarita

Unbeknownst to me, National Margarita Day is February 22nd. Seems like an odd time you ask me. Margaritas exemplify Summer, long sunny days, and warm relaxing evenings. So with that, I think a post about mango margaritas just in time for Memorial Day is the perfect way to ring in the Summer season. Margaritas are […]

meyer lemon Sidecar

Meyer Lemon Sidecar

My husband introduced me to Sidecars a few years ago. Something new and not too sweet was an easy sell. I liked the idea of having a drink served “up” instead of over ice. I also loved the look of an elegant martini glass. After one sip, I was hooked. But they are strong. I […]

raspberry vodka lemonade

Raspberry Vodka Lemonade Cooler

I love Fridays in the summer, and I also love cocktails. To me, nothing says summer like lemonade. Sweet deliciousness. Raspberries are also a sign of warm weather and are glorious right now. In celebration of the carefree summer months I love, I developed this fun raspberry vodka lemonade cooler with fresh summer berries. Sweet, yet […]

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