Cocktails

The Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned

Fall the Old Fashioned Way 🍂 🍁 Fall is a great time for classic cocktails—summer coolers are a thing of the past, winter warmers are around the corner and autumnal cocktails, like Rusty Nails and Rob Roys, are just right for the season. A great way to transition from tall summery drinks like a Gin […]

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  September 29, 2017   1 comment
The Jermyn Street Irregular Cocktail

The Jermyn Street Irregular Cocktail

  There is a classic construct for the perfect cocktail—some citrus for acidity and sourness, a liqueur for sweetness and flavor and a spirit for the body of the drink. This works perfectly for drinks like the Margarita (lime juice, triple sec and tequila) and the Sidecar (lemon juice, Cointreau and brandy). You can ramp […]

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  December 1, 2016   No comments

Peachy Old Fashioned

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]The Old Fashioned cocktail is one of the oldest cocktails around—hence the name—and has had many iterations over the years but basically must have spirits, sugar, bitters and water.  The Old Fashioned we know today, that most manly of drinks beloved of Don Draper, uses American whiskey (usually rye) and comes complete with a […]

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  August 6, 2015   No comments
The Orange Grove Cocktail

The Orange Grove Cocktail

To see my home in Pasadena; Home where grass is greener Where honeybees Hum melodies And orange trees scent the breeze.                                 –Al Jolson Pasadena, California, is home to the Rose Parade, the California Institute of Technology, Julia Child (yes, really) and—at one time—groves of orange trees.  The groves are long gone, but they gave […]

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  March 5, 2015   1 comment
Wise Men Cocktail

Wise Men Cocktail

My passion is cooking–I like a cocktail as much as the next gal, but I live in the kitchen, not behind the bar.  For years, I have relied upon my husband–a mixologist par excellence–to ghostwrite my blogs about cocktails.  Well, now he can step into the light and you can meet my longest-standing guest blogger, my husband […]

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  December 3, 2014   2 comments

The Diamond Dog Cocktail

David Bowie was David Bowie is the artist that has been a huge influence in my life. He taught me a lot of things, mainly to be myself. It never occurred to me to imagine life with a finite body of his work. I have been a major David Bowie fan since the ’70s. I even […]

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  September 26, 2014   2 comments

Pink Gin Two Ways

And now a word (or two) from Eric Miller! Pink Gin Two Ways Diana Vreeland once said that “hot pink is the navy blue of India.” That may be fine for the world of high fashion. When it comes to drinking, though, I would change it to say that “pink is hot in the Navy, […]

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  August 12, 2014   1 comment

Pink Lady

Today, this post is brought to you by my marvelous husband Eric and yes, I got to drink it!  These are the perks people! I met a gin-soaked barroom queen in Memphis…. Whenever I hear this classic Rolling Stones song, I wonder who Mick and Keith had in mind when they wrote about the gin-soaked […]

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  March 21, 2014   4 comments

Campari Cocktail, or how to live La Dolce Vita

And now a word from my in-house cocktail concocter husband Eric…. Campari, whether you love it or hate it (or love to hate it), is one of the great classic European aperitifs. Campari is bittersweet (agrodulce, in Italian) with a brilliant ruby red color and most well know as one of the ingredients in a […]

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  January 30, 2014   No comments

The Royal Cuppa

“All One Wants For Christmas….” As the year winds down and Christmas fast approaches, even hardworking monarchs earn the right to kick off their shoes (court pumps, Rayne, British size 4) and unwind with a favorite tipple. Up Sandringham way, as the Windsors settle into their Christmas Eve fun, that tipple would be a glass […]

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  December 24, 2013   5 comments