If you're still drinking your Gin & Tonic in a highball glass, it may be time for an upgrade.Read More
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?Read More
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.Read More
Whether it's the end of a long hard day or the cap on a fun night out, nightcap drinks are there to calm the soul and lull you to slumber. Often the lone cocktail of the evening, I prefer my nightcap to be spirit forward and robust. Here I give you my three favorite classic cocktails for capping off the night.
Think Manhattan but with scotch.
Fitting name for a nightcap cocktail.
REMEMBER THE MAINE
Spring can not get here quick enough. To give Mother Nature a little push, I decided to focus on light and herbaceous cocktails for spring.Read More
Ah, summertime in the city. There’s nothing like being surrounded by hot concrete in a congested city. Everyone sweating unapologetically. Inevitably, some wise soul will utter that classic line “it’s not the heat it’s the humidity.”Read More
One of the first cocktails I learned to make was the Negroni. My husband insisted on it. He'd gone to a new neighborhood bar and fell in love with the bitter sweetness of the Negroni.
Since then we've had many variations. Campari is always a constant, but your choice of gin and sweet vermouth can seem to create a new drink every time. After trying so many different combinations I've narrowed it down to my absolute favorite.
Is there anything more reminiscent of childhood than a Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwich?
I loved that sweet and sticky goodness betwixt two pillows of fresh white bread. I'd eat the edges off first because Mom refused to cut them. She didn't buy that bread just to throw part of it away. I'd delay gratification and eat along the outside until all that was left was that perfect pocket of ooey gooey Peanut Butter and Grape Jelly (always grape!). This was the beginning of my pursuit for the perfect bite.Read More
Congratulations! You survived another (obligatory holiday) Valentine's Day.
For once hubby and I got Valentine's Day right. Rather than feel the pressure to purchase gifts that neither of us need (or want), we spent the weekend celebrating our first loves - food and booze. We unapologetically stuffed our faces at one of our favorite restaurants, then followed it up by spending way too much money on spirits we've only dreamed of trying. It was awesome!
Of course having been brainwashed by society's idea of romance, I felt we should do at least one romantic thing this weekend. So I made us some cocktails and we cuddled up on the couch and watched Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday. For most of my adult life I have seen references to this classic love story and felt left out. I managed to check Breakfast at Tiffany's off my movie bucket list a few weeks ago, so Roman Holiday seemed like the next obvious choice. In all I'm glad I got to watch Roman Holiday. When it was over I turned to hubby and said "I don't get it."
Now, I get the plot line. Royalty is bored with their privileged lifestyle and runs away to experience real living. I get that. What I don't get is what's so freaking romantic about it. Maybe there's a glitch somewhere in my girl software. I was hoping for tears and to have my heart feel like it was going to explode. I didn't get that. I also couldn't get past the age difference between Audrey and Gregory. He's like 13 years her junior! No, you can keep your Roman Holiday. As hubby proclaimed "I like Knotting Hill better."
I'm not surprised that hubby and I didn't swoon over their love affair. We've never really been the romantic types. Our first Valentine's day he treated me to flowers, homemade gifts and a beautiful card that he wrote the most touching message in. I did nothing. I suggested we spend the evening on my couch watching King of Queens reruns. (A show that we realized later neither of us liked.)
Then there was the Valentine's Day that I made him fortune cookies with personalized messages inside. He didn't realize there were actual messages inside and ate a handful still stuffed with paper.
And we're both still trying to forget the Valentine's Day I ruined because I was mortified he hadn't proposed. Audrey would have been proud of the cries and thrashing I put on that night. Man I'm glad those days are gone.
Once we got over the need to live up to everyone else's idea of romance, we've been much happier. You can keep your flowers and sexy under-things. Give me a fully stocked home bar and food cooked in real butter instead. That's what I call real love.