White Hot Chocolate

White Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Vodka

A great way to warm up during the holiday season, this White Hot Chocolate hits the spot.     In thinking about Christmas, I always think of snow, but if this year’s weather is any indicator we won’t be having any! But, in the spirit of the holiday, I thought I would try out aRead more

The Pineapple Express Punch

The Pineapple Express Punch is named after the yearly weather phenomenon that tends to occur around the holidays out on the west coast with storms coming across the Pacific from Hawaii bringing the rainy season and cool weather.  This year, the Pineapple Express has wrecked havoc on California with heavy rain and nearly hurricane forceRead more

Celebrate Repeal Day 2014

Around our house, we are big fans of cocktails so the anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition on December 5, 1933 is a day to celebrate.  With Repeal Day falling on a Friday this year, we decided to have ourselves a nice celebration with a couple of classic Prohibition era cocktails. The first one weRead more

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 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