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Gin-ger Fizz

January 17, 2014

Cucumber Gin Fizz

After whipping up some “homemade ginger ale” kits for Christmas gifts, I had a little extra syrup and wanted to put it to good use!


Gin-ger Fizz

  • 1 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Ginger Simple Syrup
  • 1 oz Lime Juice
  • 2-3 inches of peeled cucumber

Muddle cucumber in a cocktail shaker (you really want to release the juices). Add lime juice, gin and simple syrup.  Shake thoroughly until chilled through.  Strain into an low ball glass and top with club soda and an XL ice cube.




Christmas Mojito

December 13, 2013

Cranberry Mojito Cocktail2

I realized that the majority of my cocktails lately have been cider/apple based and I decided it was time to give it a mix-up. How do you take a summer fun drink and turn it into something holiday appropriate?  Introduce the cranberry.

I am usually a little weary of cranberries… the tartness is usually a bit much for me, but when used to flavor a simple syrup (ie sweet), it was the perfect addition.  Plus cranberries and mint pose a striking resemblance to holly!

Cranberry Christmas Mojito

  • 2 oz Cranberry Simple Syrup (add a single layer of cranberries to simmer in the pot you are using)
  • 2 oz White Rum
  • 3 oz Club Soda
  • Handful of Mint Leaves
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime
  1. Muddle lime juice and mint leaves in a glass.
  2. Add simple syrup and rum. Stir.
  3. Fill with ice and top with club soda
  4. Garnish with additional cranberries and mint.

Cranberry Mojito



November 29, 2013


I was looking for some fun cocktails to kick off our Thanksgiving meal (isn’t cooking more fun with a cocktail!?)… and came across quite the line-up of fun libations.  BUT tequila? In a autumn cocktail?  I was intrigued and had to try it… I introduce to you… the Manzarita (“manzana” is apple in Spanish).

Apple Tequila


  • 2 oz blanco tequila
  • 3/4 oz elderflower liqueur
  • 1 1/2 oz apple juice or cider
  • 1/2 lemon, quartered
  • pinch of ground cinnamon
  1. Muddle lemon and cinnamon in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add ice, tequila, elderflower liqueur, and apple juice and shake well.
  3. Strain into an ice filled glass and top with a dash of cinnamon.

I was blown away with how much I enjoyed this… and a little tequila never hurt anyone at a family gathering (some of you may welcome it more than others 🙂 ). Cheers!

Fall Tequila Cocktail


Spooky Cider

November 1, 2013

Apple Cider Bourbon Cocktail

Looking for a quick and easy autumn cocktail? Or the perfect concoction to mix up for your next fall party? Look no further!

Giant Ice Cube

Spooky Cider

  • 2.5 oz of bourbon
  • 6 oz apple cider
  • 0.5 oz fresh lemon juice
  • Grated ginger

Place all ingredients in an ice filled cocktail shaker and give it a few good shakes… strain into a low ball glass and add a large ice cube.

This is also a great pitcher drink to whip up for a party!

Apple Ginger Lemon Cider

Spooky Cider (Pitcher Quantities )

  • 3 cups bourbon
  • 1 1/3 cup apple cider
  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • Grated ginger

Mix in a pitcher and refrigerate for at least an hour.

Bourbon Cider