Bay Breeze (cocktail)

Bay Breeze (cocktail) A delicious summer cocktail from the Ultimate Bar Book by Mittie Hellmich (pg. 253) · 2 oz light rum ·         3 oz cranberry juice ·         1 oz pineapple juice Pour ingredients into an ice-filled highball glass and stir.

Gin and Tonic (cocktail)

A Good Ole’ Gin and Tonic To me, this is the perfect summer cocktail.  It’s refreshing and can be mixed strong or light without much effect on the taste.  You can easily make it short or tall without having to do any confusing conversion calculations. Basic Recipe – short 1 oz GinLime WedgeIceTonic Water Fill... Continue Reading →

Juniper Royal (cocktail)

We were gifted a couple tiny bottles of presecco over the holidays, so I decided a bubbly drink was in order. From page 188 of our Ultimat Bar Book, I bring you the Juniper Royale. 2 oz Gin1 oz Orange Juice1 oz Cranberry Juice (I used Cran-Rasp)Dash of grenadine6 oz bottle of chilled bubbly Shake... Continue Reading →

Cousin Collins (cocktail)

Cousin Collins (Cocktail) It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a literary cocktail, so I purused my Gin Austen cocktail book and picked this one! A cocktail based on Pride & Prejudice’s undesirable and pompous character, the Bennets’ cousin Collins. First looking to marry Jane, then Elizabeth, and finally settling on Elizabeth’s friend, he was annoying... Continue Reading →

Mint Julep (cocktail)

Mint Julep It’s spring and the mint is coming up.  But because the temps are still a little chilly, it’s nice to have a drink that feels light but is still a little warming.  A nice mint julep fits the bill. Ingredients: 2 oz bourbon 2 tsp simple syrup 3-4 mint leaves In a Rocks... Continue Reading →

Spring Fling (cocktail)

Spring Fling I was in the mood for a light, fruity cocktail.  I looked at the contents of my refrigerator and my bar and this is what I made...I call it a Spring Fling. I love it because it can easily be altered to create other variations. Chambord (raspberry liquer) Sparkling Wine Fresh Raspberries In... Continue Reading →

Daiquiri (cocktail)

Daiquiri (The Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book, pg 57) When I hear ‘daiquiri’, my mind immediately goes to strawberries. A strawberry daiquiri made in the spring with fresh strawberries - delish, but that's a different post!  A straight up, standard daiquiri looks a little different! 2oz white rum 3/4oz lime juice 3/4oz simple syrup Add... Continue Reading →

Pink Martini (cocktail)

Pink Martini One of my favorite winter cocktails (I don’t know why I consider it a winter cocktail, but I do).  In my house, they are just called Pink Things. You’ll notice a similarity to a Cosmo, but the proportions are different.  It’s boozy, delicious and makes the perfect Valentine’s Day cocktail! (the recipe below... Continue Reading →

Brandy Alexander (cocktail)

Brandy Alexander This is one of my favorite dessert-y drinks.  It’s best enjoyed on a cold winter evening, while settled in with a good book... next to a fire, if possible. 1 part Brandy 1 part Half and Half 1 part Creme de cacao Shake it with some ice and strain into the glass of... Continue Reading →

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