Sparkling ICE, Naughty List, Cocktail, Christmas Cocktail

The ‘Naughty List’ Cocktail

He’s written his list. He’s checked it twice. Unfortunately for you, you haven’t been very nice. You’ll need a stiff drink, for that is quite clear. So sip on this cocktail, then you’ll be full of cheer. Alright, enough with the rhyming. The ‘Naughty List’ Cocktail is a black cherry gin sour for all the bad boys and girls in the world. You know who you are, so stop acting coy and start taking notes. I have teamed up with Sparkling ICE to bring you this drink to help ease your naughty woes… The ‘Naughty List’ Cocktail INGREDIENTS: 1 bottle …

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Autumn Bloom Gin Cocktail

  As you walk to your front door, the cool breeze picks up and throws crispy leaves about you like confetti at a killer party. The air is filled with the smell of smoke and apple pies fresh out of the oven. You get in your warm house, start unwrapping yourself of knit ware, and decide it is the perfect moment for a cocktail by the fire. The problem is, you don’t know what to mix up. Well my friends, I have the perfect concoction for such a day. Gin, ginger beer, spiced rum, and apple juice. Bookmark this one, …

Chambord, Raspberry, Brain Hemorrhage, Cocktail, Halloween

Halloween Mix: Raspberry Brain Hemorrhage

Since Halloween falls on a Tuesday this year, this weekend is where the parties are at. And if you happen to find yourself hosting your favorite guys and ghouls, then you’ll want to offer up a signature cocktail to rival all others. Earlier this month, I gave you a kicking recipe for Pineapple Vodka Spiked Jello Brain. Make that for the festivities and serve it up with this delightfully disgusting drink: The Raspberry Brain Hemorrhage. This libation is my whimsical take on a shot I had back in my grad school days at a Halloween party. Traditionally it is made …

Rosé, cocktail, wine, barefoot wine

Apple Rosé Cider with Barefoot Wine

Rosé is traditionally thought of as a light summer wine. And while I am all for tipping back a glass on a hot summer’s day, I am all for enjoying the libation year-round. It truly is a lovely drink to sip during every season. If you’re still a little skeptical and don’t want to shake up too many vineyard feathers, then might I suggest an Autumn themed rosé cocktail? Apple Rosé Cider featuring Barefoot Wine, to be exact! My lovely friends at Barefoot wine sent me a fabulous bottle of their Rosé and some fun instructions on how to enjoy it during …

peony vodka, cocktail, royale cocktail

The Peony Royale Cocktail with Peony Vodka

Besides food and drink items, I have a very short list of ‘favorites’. Two things that are permanent features of said ‘favorites list’ are peonies and upstate New York. Peonies are the most fabulous flower on earth… don’t argue with me, their fabulosity has been scientifically proven. Upstate New York is stunningly gorgeous and one of the best places in America. I know this because I used to live on the East Coast and every weekend I could be found traversing the scenic roads of that gorgeous land. So, when I was asked if I would like to sample and …

chambord, cocktail, recipe, margarita

‘Just Because Day’ with Chambord

Did you know that today, August 27th, is “Just Because Day”? It is a day to embrace the little pleasures in life, for no reason at all. Eat dessert before dinner; sing loudly into a hairbrush to Queen; binge watch Outlander while eating a pint of ice cream. Personally, this sounds awfully like everyday to me, but hey I’ll take this opportunity to celebrate regardless. One of the best ways to observe the holiday is with a decadent cocktail. Lucky for us, my friends at Chambord have sent me some fun cocktails to share with you. There’s no better day …

Eclipse, Cocktail, Mixology, Beer

Total Eclipse Cocktail

The eclipse is upon us, my friends! We are hours away from welcoming an unique cosmic event and it is time to get prepared. Eclipse glasses? Check! Prime viewing location acquired? Check! Cameras at the ready? Check! All that is left is what you will be drinking when the forces align. I have concocted an equally rare, but delightful drink recipe that pairs perfectly with the mysteries of the universe: the Total Eclipse Cocktail. Total Eclipse Cocktail INGREDIENTS 1/2 glass of stout (I suggest Yeti Imperial Stout or Guinness) 0.5 ounces of anise liqueur Champagne 1 anise star DIRECTIONS Pour …

fresca, stoli vodka, vodka cocktail

Smoky Pineapple Fresca with Stoli Crushed

I recently moved to Houston, Texas from the East Coast and quickly learned that the Lone Star State has an abundance of two natural resources: southern hospitality and heat. The locals’ idea of a “cold” winter’s day is a semi-cloudy February afternoon when the mercury reluctantly dips down into the 70s. I’m melting down here, people! Personally, I find the worst part about the sweltering weather is entertaining company during the summer. If we’re going to be having a backyard BBQ in Satan’s armpit, then I need to make sure my refreshing drink game is on point. So when I …