Rethinking the Gin & Tonic

Rethinking the Gin & Tonic

If you're still drinking your Gin & Tonic in a highball glass, it may be time for an upgrade.

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Dead of Summer (Meurto de Verano)

Dead of Summer (Meurto de Verano)

When I think summer, I think backyard barbeques. And what's a barbeque without corn on the cobb? Whilst brainstorming a corn cocktail I immediately thought to use Mezcal. I'm sure it'd also be great with Tequila, but I really wanted to utilize the smokiness of Mezcal. 

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Milk Washed Last Word ("A Mother's Word")

Milk Washed Last Word ("A Mother's Word")

A while back I decided to play around with freezing edible flowers under ice. You've probably seen this on the web and Instagram, but I had never done this myself.  I created my floral ice balls by placing edible flowers in an ice ball mold, then filling the mold with water. The results were so beautiful I couldn't wait to add my flower ice ball to a cocktail. But what cocktail?

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Hemingway Daiquiri

A few years ago my husband and I decided to spend Christmas in Key West. It was the best decision we ever made. It was the perfect trip. We smoked cigars by the water. We spent an entire afternoon fishing. We watched sunset after sunset. 

Key West has become our happy place. Reminiscing about that week has almost become a form of meditation. We take deep breaths and recall how we impressed our boat captain with our mad fishing skills. We think back to sunsets in Mallory Square, the hilarious Cat Guy, the sound of the waves crashing outside our hotel room. 

If Key West is our happy place, the Hemingway Daiquiri is our happy drink. Less sweet than the traditional daiquiri, the Hemingway Daiquiri substitutes the simple syrup with grapefruit juice and maraschino liqueur. It was invented at the El Floridita Bar in Havana, Cuba. And named after the bar’s most famous patron.

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HEMINGWAY DAIQUIRI

2 ounces light Rum
.5 ounce Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur .75 ounce Grapefruit Juice .5 ounce Lime Juice
Shake with ice.
Strain into a cocktail glass.
Enjoy!

Cocktails on a Budget

Cocktails on a Budget

I recently ran into an Instagram follower who made the comment “I wish I had the money to make the cocktails you make.” Let me let you in on a little secret of mine. I’m a low budget boozer.

Cocktails can be expensive! It’s part of the reason I don’t go out as much as when I first started. When I make cocktails at home, I try to stick to a few budget saving rules:

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Whiskey and I are on a Break

Whiskey and I are on a Break

This post is sponsored by Bacardi Añejo Cuatro. The thoughts and recipe are my own.

I’ve always thought of myself as a whiskey girl. I've never been shy about it. But I feel that it's time for me to start seeing other spirits. And I’m starting with Rum.

I admit that I've never truly given rum a chance. In the past, whenever I’ve thought to make a rum cocktail my mind immediately went to a mojito or daiquiri. But I’ve decided that if I’m going to truly accept Rum into my life, I need to break with tradition. 

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Winter Negroni

Winter Negroni

Don't mind me. I'm just sitting here still waiting for our first real snow storm. Until then, I'm stocking up on winter cocktail recipes. I have my favorite Chartreuse Hot Chocolate and Hot Toddy recipes. Now, it's time for a classic twist.

The Negroni is one of my favorite cocktails that I don't have a lot. I'm afraid that if I order it all the time, I'll grow tired of it and it'll stop being a favorite. Recently I decided to revisit my old friend and it was just as good as the first time. But I always associate the Negroni with spring. Possibly because of its use of gin and it's bright flavor. So, I felt it was time to "winterize" my Negroni.

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The Cocktail That Can Cure the Common Cold

The Cocktail That Can Cure the Common Cold

Ah, the common cold. According to the CDC, the average adult can expect to have 2-3 colds a year. Lasting an average of 7-10 days, it can feel like it can take forever to recover. You could wander the medicine aisle looking for a cure-all, or you can kick that cold with the help of a simple cocktail.

The Hot Toddy is as easy as it gets. Whiskey, honey, and lemon are combined with boiling water for the ultimate comfort drink.

You may have heard that the Toddy can serve as a cold remedy. There's actually some truth to this old wives’ tale. The three major elements of the Hot Toddy each have healing properties.

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Amarula Cream, A Taste of Africa

Amarula Cream, A Taste of Africa

Every now and then I come across a product that is not only good tasting but also good for the soul. So is the case when I got the chance to try Amarula Cream

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