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March 21, 2014


To kick off a festive mood of fun in the sun – there is no better mix than lime juice and tequila.  And while I don’t believe it’s possible to get “sick of” (“sick on” maybe) margaritas, it is always nice to mix it up.

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Fresh Paloma

  • 1/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon simple syrup
  • 1/4 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup club soda
  1. Rim a highball glass with grapefruit juice and kosher salt.
  2. Mix grapefruit juice, lime juice and simple syrup in the glass.
  3. Stir in tequila.
  4. Add ice then top with club soda.

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Blossom Breeze

March 7, 2014

IMG_7194 This past weekend, I had one of the tastiest drinks of my life – the Blossom Breeze.


Considering one of my most popular posts is my Cucumber Mint Vodka Cocktail, I figured hitting up the bartender for his secret recipe was a necessity… here you go!


Blossom Breeze

  • 2 oz Square One Cucumber vodka
  • 3/4 oz St. Germain Elderflower liqueur
  • 3/4 oz lime juice
  • 1/4 oz simple syrup
  • Soda Water
  • Edible flower blooms
  1. Shake vodka, Elderflower liqueur, lime juice and simple syrup in an ice filled shaker.
  2. Strain into an ice filled glass and top with soda water.
  3. Stir and garnish with edible flowers (or a slice of cucumber).

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Go Red!

February 7, 2014


Happy National Wear Red Day!  The 1st Friday each February is a special day dedicated to bringing attention to the #1 killer of women – heart disease.  Click here to learn more about the Go Red Movement and National Wear Red Day.



It only felt natural to create a red colored cocktail, and with oranges being good for heart health…. I felt this was the way to go!


The “Heart” Stuff (like the Hard Stuff… get it?!)

Serves 3-4

  • 3 blood oranges
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 4 oz vodka
  1. Juice citrus.
  2. Rim glass with lime juice then sugar (with a dash of salt added), if you desire.
  3. Shake juice, simple syrup, and vodka in an ice filled cocktail shaker.
  4. Strain into glasses and enjoy… you’re helping your heart! (kind of 🙂 )

*Inspired by Nerds & Nomsense 




Bourbon and Blood Orange Smash

January 31, 2014


So I’m not a big beer drinker and I don’t think sipping on a super fruity cocktail is going to fly for the big game this Sunday, so I wanted to whip up something that is football friendly yet tastes yummy enough for the ladies… here we go!

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Bourbon and Orange Smash

Serves 4 – Adapted from Real Simple

  • Zest of 1 orange, peeled into strips
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons bitters
  • 12 oz fresh squeezed orange juice (I threw in a couple blood oranges)
  • 12 oz club soda (1 can)
  • 6 oz bourbon
  1. In a large pitcher, muddle orange zest, sugar and bitters with a wooden spoon.
  2. Add orange juice, club soda and bourbon.
  3. Stir and serve!


* Feel free to make the drink up to 6 hours in advance – just withhold the club soda, and add right before serving!




Lavender Lemonade Martini

January 24, 2014


Lavender is a tricky herb to infuse because it can turn into this horrible “cough-drop” taste… so I tend to be weary about ordering anything with it.  Luckily after going to The Grove in SF and trying their refreshing lavender lemonade my faith in this refreshing drink was renewed!

IMG_5075 Inspiration hit me again when I was at the farmer’s market and came across some lavender bunches being sold.  I have a bunch of lavender infused drinks pinned (follow me on Pintrest here!) but they often call for “culinary lavender,” which frankly, was confusing to me.  I searched for it at the grocery store (it isn’t in the spices section? or the vegetable aisle…), and had almost given up on ever finding it, when I decided to ask the nice couple working the farmers market.  They educated me, that basically recipes are just saying not to use potpourri lavender, and that any lavender you pick up at a farmers market should do the trick!  Phew 🙂


So naturally Fun Drink Friday wouldn’t be so, without an elevated beverage… so I introduce to you – the Lavender Lemonade Martini.

Lavender Lemonade Martini

  • 1.5 oz Lavender Lemonade (you can use this recipe or pick up some pre-made concoctions at a farmers market or specialty store)
  • 2 oz Vodka

Combine vodka and lemonade in a shaker with ice.  Shake until icy and strain into a martini glass.  Bottoms up!