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Old Fashioned

December 19, 2014


My go-to drink for the past few months has been an Old Fashioned, so I was a little surprised to see I’ve never posted about it on the blog!  I know this is a classic, but it is a must have for your cocktail line-up this winter season.



Old Fashioned 

  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 orange wheel
  • 1 Maraschino cherry (I use Luxardo)
  • 1 splash club soda
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • Garnish: 1 orange wheel and 1 cherry
  1. Muddle bitters, sugar, fruit and soda in an old fashioned glass.
  2. Remove orange rind and add bourbon.
  3. Fill with ice and garnish with a fresh orange wedge and cherry.





G&T with Finger Lime

December 12, 2014


My CSA box just introduced me to the seriously intriguing “finger lime.” These little beauties are also appropriately named “caviar limes” because of the little beads they produce.  They can be used as a fun garnish on anything  you’d use lime juice in, and I love using them as a fun addition in cocktails (naturally).


While a gin and tonic is not a revolutionary cocktail, when made with the following ingredients, it… well…. is.  So next time you want to be a G&T purist be sure to stock your bar cart with the following:

Gin & Tonic with Finger Lime

  • 3 oz Bloom Gin
  • 4 oz Fever Tree Tonic Water
  • Pearls from 1 Finger Lime (no idea of that’s the terminology… you get the point!)
  1. Fill a glass with ice and top with finger lime pearls, gin and tonic water.
  2. Gently stir and enjoy!



** I was reading that making tonic water ice cubes is a great addition to perfecting this drink (definitely giving that a try this season!



***Also, adding a squeeze of lime juice in lieu of finger lime is just as tasty!



***During the summer season we love to use grapefruit wedges and edible flowers to spruce up our G&T’s (an idea we swooped from Coqueta). During the winter months when the citrus is harder to come by, I went with a Pomelo instead.




Gin and (Pomegranate) Juice

November 21, 2014


No food is prettier to me than a pomegranate, so when the season presents itself, I like to use them on EVERYTHING. Salads, main dishes, on crostinis, and of course… in cocktails.  Here is one of my favorite concoctions right now.



Gin and (Pomegranate) Juice

  • 1.5 oz Pomegranate Juice
  • 1.5 oz Gin
  • Grapefruit Soda
  • Wedge of Lemon or Lime
  1. Add juice and gin to an ice filled low-ball glass.
  2. Stir and top with grapefruit soda.
  3. Add a squeeze of lime juice and stir until combined.
  4. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and enjoy!




While I do love a cocktail that requires infused simple syrups, muddled herbs and super fun takes on classics – this easy (low mess) cocktail is great for entertaining this holiday season!







Sour Cherry Cider Sip

November 14, 2014


Now that fall is in the (80 degree) air I am swapping watermelon for butternut squash, swim suits for sweaters, and vodka for bourbon.  My family loves sour cherry syrup (perfect for mixing with club soda and lime for a refreshing sipper), so when I came across a bottle of it, I knew I had to swoop it up (it can be hard to find).  I mixed it with a favorite of my fall-ish libations and here is what we came up with!


Sour Cherry Cider Sip 

  • 1 1/2 oz whiskey
  • 1/2 oz sour cherry syrup
  • ~1/4 cup cider
  1. Pour whiskey in a low ball glass over ice.
  2. Add sour cherry syrup.
  3. Top with cider and stir.

You know how I love a cocktail with minimal clean-up… and this one hits the spot! Delicious, refreshing, seasonal and still a little bubbly from the cider – perfection!


Step 1


Step 2


 Step 3


PS. if you aren’t able to find any syrup at your local artisan store (or Cost Plus or Home Goods), you can make your own!


Cherry Simple Syrup 

  • 8 oz cherries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  1. Place ingredients in a sauce pan and stir over medium heat.
  2. Cover and lift lid only to stir occasionally.
  3. Once cherries soften (and are easily “mashable”), allow to cook 5 more minutes and then cool.
  4. Store cherries and syrup in an airtight container.

*For this recipe you can include both cherries and syrup in the cocktail.  Otherwise feel free to strain them.



Cucumber Press

October 24, 2014


Anyone who has dined with my husband and I, will never know what I am going to order and will ALWAYS know what J will order.  In honor of the soon to be birthday boy, I am sharing his favorite (and only) cocktail – the vodka press.  This was my first ever “Fun Drink Friday” post, but in honor of “Fall Back Friday” I thought I’d update the pictures (sans flash… ouff) and give everyone a reminder of this amazingly refreshing drink.


Vodka Press with Muddled Cucumber

  • 1 inch of cucumber, sliced
  • 2 oz vodka
  • 4 oz club soda
  • Sprite
  1. Muddle cucumber slices in the bottom of a cocktail shaker until juices are released.
  2. Add vodka, ice and shake.
  3. Strain into an ice filled glass and add club soda.
  4. Top with a splash of Sprite.
  5. Stir and cheers to J’s birthday!




This cocktail is also great on its own (without cucumber) or try subbing different fruit in place of the cucumber.  Our favorites? Blueberries, strawberries or peaches… but it’s really hard to go wrong!



PS We’ve yet to find someone who doesn’t like this drink… vodka lover or not…. so definitely try it if you haven’t (and your 21+ of course!)