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Tom Collins

December 20, 2013

Gin Tom Collins

With the influx of Meyer lemons at my disposal, they have taken center stage in my cooking (can you tell? Lemon Bars, Petrale Sole in Lemon Sauce, Kale Salad with Meyer Lemon Dressing…) AND bar-tending.

Tom Collins

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz Meyer lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 1 tsp of Marashino or Luxardo Cherry syrup 
  • 1 Luxardo Cherry
  • 1 orange slice 

Mix gin, juice and syrup in an ice filled cocktail shaker.  Strain into an ice filled glass and stir in some cherry syrup and garnish with a cherry and orange slice!

Cocktail Pour Marashino syrup will result in a more pink colored drink, but the Luxardo syrup is just as a tasty!


Cocktail Shaker


Ginger Jalapeno Margarita

September 13, 2013

Ginger MargaritaI love infused syrups and I love margaritas… so this past weekend I thought… why not mix the two?!?  I had some ginger syrup and thought that mixing it with some homemade jalapeno tequila could be just the thing… and it was!  Refreshing with a fun kick!

Jalapeno Margarita

Ginger Jalapeno Margarita

  • 3 oz premium infused tequila
  • 2 oz lime juice (I also added a little squeeze of orange juice)
  • 1 oz ginger simple syrup

Shake in an ice filled shaker and enjoy once chilled!

You can try this with any type of infused syrup or tequila… what are some other fun ideas!?

Ginger Jalapeno Margarita


Pimm’s Cup

June 21, 2013

Pimm's Cup

Now this is where I am kicking myself for not being more tech savvy, because this post calls for a video tutorial.  Why you ask?  Because today’s guest blogger is none other than my English pal Craig Hughes aka he has an English accent and therefore would make a pretty awesome narrator for this post. He is going to teach us how to make the famous English drink – Pimm’s… it is the most refreshing drink and is the perfect thing to whip up for your summer parties… so grab a pitcher, Pimm’s, and let’s get mixing! By the way, Craig originally was claiming this was a TOP Secret family recipe and couldn’t be coaxed into sharing it… but a couple glasses of Pimm’s later and he spilled the secret!

PS Don’t forget to read this with your best accent 🙂  Take it away Craig!

Pimms Cup

I have absolutely no clue about quantities… But I make it as follows:

  1. I put in enough ice to fill 1/3 of the pitcher.
  2. I tend to put about 1/2 a bottle of Pimm’s in there (that takes up 1/3 of the pitcher covering all of the ice).
  3. I then put in a bunch of fruit  (I use: 6 strawberries – the number of my position at rugby, an orange that is cut into 1/8’s, a lemon cut into 1/8’s, half a cucumber – sliced, a handful of mint leaves).
  4. Then, fill that bad boy up with Sprite.
  5. Now here’s the key move in this whole process:  Stir slowly for 32 seconds (not a second less or more).
  6. I’d then leave in the fridge for 30 mins so that the concoction can fuse together (I’d personally recommend watching cricket or rugby at this point whilst discussing the royal family).
  7. Now it’s time to serve.  I’d recommend putting ice in each glass before pouring.  I also would cut up more fruit that was not used originally in the pitcher and place that in the glasses (sometimes you don’t get a piece of every fruit you want when you pour… we don’t want to leave anyone disappointed).
  8. Grab your best mate, clink those glasses, say ‘Tally Hoeeee’ and you are away!

Orange You Excited to Try This?

February 6, 2013

I am a HUGE fan of seasonal produce and when I saw this amazing recipe by Small Kitchen Chronicles for a Blood Orange Salad I knew I had to try it.

All it takes is:

– 2 Blood Oranges (peeled, pith and ends removed, sliced)

– 1 Navel Orange (peeled, pith and ends removed, sliced)

– 2 Tablespoons chopped Red Onion

– 1 Oz crumbled Goat Cheese

– 2 Tablespoons roughly chopped Raw Pistachios

– 12 julienned Mint Leaves

Arrange everything in a pretty way and top with a dressing of 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, 2 teaspoons of extra-virgin olive oil and salt/pepper.





It’s seriously addictive… I finished the whole thing.  MAKE IT!