luxardo maraschino liqueur

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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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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The Staggering Physician

I try to be a "to each his own" type of person. I try not to judge what others are drinking. I try.  But I fail miserably.

Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a booze snob. And lately I've been judging my hubby's drink of choice; Dr. Pepper with brandy, maraschino liqueur and a Luxardo cherry. He created this drink after discovering that brandy was the only spirit left on our bar. While he enjoys it, I argue that he can't appreciate the maraschino liqueur when it's drowning in soda. And does he have to use my cocktail cherries. Those babies are like $20 a jar! 

A healthy marriage is one built on compromise. So as a compromise, I decided to elevate his drink.

My thought was that I could reduce the Dr. Pepper into a syrup. To my surprise, after an hour of simmering, the soda did reduce but not to the syrupy, sugary liquid I had pictured. I allowed 2 cups of Dr. Pepper to simmer down to 1 cup. This resulted in a thin "syrup" (if I can call it that) with an herbal flavor and a faint sweetness.

I kept all the same ingredients as hubby's drink with a touch of lemon. Without the carbonation I can appreciate why hubby likes the combination. The maraschino liqueur compliments the Dr. Pepper well. And, somehow, I don't have a problem adding one of my sacred Luxardo cherries to this cocktail. Since hubby came up with the original recipe, I thought it'd be fitting that he got to name it.

The Staggering Physician by Cocktail Crafty

The Staggering Physician

1.5 oz Brandy

.75 oz Dr. Pepper Reduction

.5 oz Maraschino Liqueur

.25 oz Lemon Juice

Stir with ice.

Garnish with cherry and lemon twist.

Dr. Pepper Reduction

2 cups Dr. Pepper

Allow to simmer on medium heat for 45-60 minutes.


The next time hubby introduces me to one of his improvisations I won't judge. Instead I'll look at it as an opportunity for us to create something wonderful together. Kind of like our marriage.


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