The Lumière – A Gin Cocktail

The Lumiere Cocktail - a combination of gin, green chartreuse and St Germain Elderflower liqueur #cocktail #cocktails #gin

A great cocktail that we have fallen in love with, the Lumiere. A classic combination.     While attending the recent Grand Opening of Spirit World I purchased a bottle of St. Germain, a French elderflower liqueur that I have always had mixed in cocktails as a complementary spirit to add a bit of sweetnessRead more

Apple Cider Sidecar – A Brandy Cocktail

The apple cider sidecar, with brandy, apple cider, cointreau, fresh lemon and bitters.

A perfect fall cocktail, but great for anytime of year with the fresh grapefruit juice, this Apple Cider Sidecar is wonderful!     Our children are obsessed with apple cider, so needless to say, we have a lot of it in our house. Conveniently, we just happen to live near a whole bunch of orchardsRead more

Apple Cider Manhattan – A Whiskey Cocktail

Apple Cider Manhattan - A whiskey Cocktail

Apple Cider is one of our favorite parts of fall, and it is great combined in this twist on the classic cocktail! We love Manhattan cocktail variations like this Apple Cider Manhattan!     Every year we take a trip down to Nebraska City to one of of our local orchards where we meet theRead more

Watermelon Strawberry Smash

The hot days of summer are perfect for growing watermelons, and with our summer finally getting enough sustained heat to ripen the local watermelons it was time to bust out the watermelon cocktails. I experimented with a couple of different combinations before I settled in on one I liked, which combined watermelon, strawberries, basil andRead more

The English Affair

This cocktail is a spin on Brett Elser’s  London’s First Love Affair, which was the winning entry for the Southern region of the Broker’s Gin Bowler’s Cup cocktail contest.  Since I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand (oregat syrup) I decided to change things up a bit and modify the recipe.   Refreshingly sweet withRead more

Honey Blackberry Shrub – A Bourbon Cocktail

Honey Blackberry Whiskey Shrub Cocktail with clear ice. Blackberries and mint garnish.

A summery Honey Blackberry Shrub Cocktail that is refreshing for hot weather!     The summery weather had made us spend lots of time outside by our pool! Obviously any cocktail we can make without taking away pool time is a win for us.  We looked for some good drinks to serve by the poolRead more

The Last Word – A Gin and Chartreuse Cocktail

The Last Word Cocktail in a tall coupe glass with a jigger and bottles of gin, green chartreuse and maraschino liqueur.

 Nice and boozy, this classic cocktail, The Last Word, makes the most of the flavors of Chartreuse and Luxardo! Cheers!     Recently we bought a bottle of Chartreuse, a herbal liqueur distilled by Carthusian Monks of France that contains 130 herbs plants and flowers.  I had been seeing a number of amazing looking andRead more

Spiked Strawberry Punch

One of the best parts of spring is the fresh strawberries that start appearing in the stores and markets.   We found a nice flat of fresh strawberries and put our mind to finding some new ways to enjoy the strawberries.  A classic way to enjoy fruit is in a cocktail, and fresh strawberries can makeRead more