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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.




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!


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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.



Pineapple Mint Juleps

June 27, 2014


I wanted to put a tropical spin on an American favorite for 4th of July festivities – Pineapple Mint Juleps.  This pitcher drink is perfect to whip up for your BBQ’s next week!


Pineapple Mint Juleps

  • 2 cups bourbon
  • 1 cup pineapple puree
  • 3/4 cup mint simple syrup
  • 1-2 cups club soda (depending on preference)
  1. Combine ingredients in a large pitcher and gently stir.
  2. Serve over crushed ice.
  3. Garnish with mint and enjoy!

Pineapple Puree

  • 1 pineapple, cubed
  • 3 tablespoons mint simple syrup
  1. Puree pineapple in a food processor and drizzle in simple syrup until combined.

Mint Simple Syrup 

  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large bunch of mint
  1. Mix mint leaves in boiling water and sugar until sugar dissolves.
  2. Let steep for 5-10 minutes, then strain leaves.








Berry Mint Cooler

June 20, 2014


I had some extra raspberries, strawberries and blueberries that I wasn’t going to be able to consume in time, so I covered them in vodka and let sit in the fridge for a few days.  After straining them I was left with the most gorgeously pink vodka and couldn’t wait to put together a refreshing poolside cocktail!



Berry Mint Cooler

  • 3-4 oz berry infused vodka
  • 5 sprigs of mint
  • Club soda
  • Juice of one lemon or lime
  1. Muddle mint in the glass and top with crushed ice
  2. Add vodka and lemon/lime juice
  3. Stir and top with club soda
  4. Stir and garnish with mint and top with more ice