Browsing Tag

happy hour


Garden Party Cocktail

August 1, 2014


I was visiting CVR, when one of our favorite bartenders – Carlos, suggested I whip up this little number for the blog… enjoy!


Garden Party Cocktail

  • 6 Sprigs Basil
  • 1/2 Lime Juice
  • 2 1/2 oz Gin
  • 1/2 oz Elderflower Liqueur
  1. Muddle basil for 30 seconds (don’t be afraid to put in some elbow grease!)
  2. Add lime juice and muddle a little more.
  3. Add ice,  gin and liqueur to shaker and shake until outside of shaker is frosty.
  4. Double strain with a fine mesh sieve into a glass and enjoy!






Note: As many of my cocktails go… this is meant to be served up (in a martini glass), but for an extra refreshing spin, serve on the rocks and top (generously) with club soda (as pictured).



The “See Ya Later”

May 30, 2014


I whipped up this little number with some leftover grapefruits from my Farm Fresh to You box (use code WHIT1117 for $10 off!) and was pleasantly surprised by the positive feedback! This turned into the drink of choice for Memorial Day Weekend… we highly recommend it for your next pool day!


“See Ya Later” Grapefruit Cocktail

  • Juice of 2 Grapefruits
  • Juice of 2 Limes
  • 2 cups Vodka
  • 1/2 cup Elderflower Liqueur (St. Germain)
  • Club Soda (optional)

This recipe doesn’t get any easier… Simply mix all of the above ingredients (except the club soda) and serve over ice.  Top with club soda if you don’t like your drinks as strong… but be careful… this one sneaks up on you!






April Showers

April 18, 2014

Looking for a delicious drink to whip up for your next Spring Soirée? Enjoy this cucumber/lemon concoction that is sure to delight any guest!


April Showers

  • 1.5 Cucumber infused vodka
  • 1 fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau
  • 1/4-1/2 oz agave nectar
  • 10 mint leaves
  1. Tear mint leaves in half and place in cocktail shaker with lemon juice and agave.
  2. Muddle ingredients.
  3. Add vodka, Cointreau and ice to shaker.
  4. Shake well and strain into a low ball glass.
  5. Add 1 large ice cube and top with soda.




The Bee’s Knees

April 11, 2014


I’m all about classic cocktails, and I find it the easier the better when it comes to creating drinks for entertaining.  With my Meyer lemon tree in full “fruit mode”, I wanted to whip something up that I could add to my “party drink” repertoire.


A cocktail with a fun name never hurt either…

IMG_7758 IMG_7782 IMG_7768

The Bee’s Knees 

  • 2 oz gin (I used Hendrick’s for a cucumber infused kick!)
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 1 oz honey syrup (1 oz honey + 1 oz hot water)
  1. Mix above ingredients in an ice filled shaker.
  2. Strain into lowball glass and enjoy!
  3. Garnish with an orange slice or halved kumquats.

IMG_7760 IMG_7771 IMG_7794 IMG_7796


Skinny Chi Cocktail

April 4, 2014


A Chi Chi is a popular Hawaiian cocktail… but with cream of coconut, vanilla ice cream and blue curaçao the calories really add up.  Luckily one of my favorite restaurants – Honu, has created a low calorie and equally delicious option!


Skinny Chi

  • 1.5 oz coconut vodka
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 2 oz coconut water
  • .5 fresh lime sour
  • .5 oz Malibu Black
  • fresh pineapple
  1. Muddle pineapple in the bottom of a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add pineapple juice, coconut water, lime sour and coconut vodka to shaker.
  3. Add ice and shake vigorously.
  4. Strain into ice filled glass and top with Malibu Black floater.