Southside Cocktail

Summer is almost here and with it, a whole array of warm weather cocktails!  My husband, the family mixologist, has his  favorites, many of which are inspired by time we have spent back east–which is at its best in the summer  (okay, maybe August in Manhattan isn’t so great…).  He never orders a Mount Gay and […]

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  May 21, 2012   No comments

A Hot Cocktail!

A few weeks ago I was on the East coast with my daughter, Zoe, visiting some of the colleges she is considering for next year.  One night, we stayed with our good friends, Leslie and Mark in Hartford, Connecticut.  Leslie is a wonderful chef and has written three cookbooks – Simply Shrimp, Salmon, and (Fish) Steaks, Simply […]

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  April 27, 2012   2 comments

Hurricane, New Orleans Style

The hurricane is an extremely sweet alcoholic drink made with fruit juice, syrup or grenadine and rum. It is one of many popular drinks served in New Orleans. e creation of this passion-colored relative of a Daiquiri drink is credited to Pat O’Brien. He is reported to have invented the Hurricane in the 1940s in New Orleans. Rumors say he needed to get […]

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  February 17, 2012   No comments

New York Giants vs New England Patriots

Super bowl 2012 is imminent. You must serve these cocktails to your guests to find out what team they are rooting for. Super Bowl XLVI Cocktails New York Cocktail vs Cape Cod                   New York Cocktail 2 oz blended whiskey 1 oz lemon juice 1 tsp superfine sugar […]

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  February 3, 2012   No comments

Bloody Mary

The Grenadier What a surprise! January 1st is National Bloody Mary Day! (Yes, I know it’s a day late…)  Bloody Mary is a ghost or witch featured in English folklore. She is said to appear in a mirror when her name is called three times or sometimes more while in a dark room, depending upon […]

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  January 2, 2012   No comments

Harvey Wallbanger

November 8th is National Harvey Wallbanger Day! Harvey Wallbanger Day, a cocktail made with the Italian herbal liqueur Galliano (more formally, Liquore Galliano L’Autentico) plus vodka and orange juice (think Screwdriver with Galliano). Galliano liqueur was created in 1896 and named after an Italian war hero, Giuseppe Galliano. It’s flavored with anise, cinnamon, coriander, ginger, juniper, lavender, musk […]

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  November 8, 2011   No comments

The Rosecot Martini

To quote the good folks at the Cocktail Chronicles, “Apricot brandy takes on strange and intriguing new characteristics when you use it in small doses against something herbal.” Well, my husband must have taken this to heart when he offered to make me a cocktail and then heads out the back door….  Uh, honey, the liquor […]

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  October 25, 2011   1 comment

Tom Collins

“Have you seen Tom Collins?”  In 1874, people in New York, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere in the United States would start a conversation with “Have you seen Tom Collins?” After the listener predictably reacts by explaining that they did not know a Tom Collins, the speaker would assert that Tom Collins was talking about the listener […]

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  October 13, 2011   No comments

Alabama Slammer

Back in the day… Here is a cocktail we used to drink back in the day.  First created at the University of Alabama in 1975, the Alabama Slammer is a potent, yet fruity cocktail. There is also an Alabama Slammer shooter, which is similar but skips the vodka and orange juice. Alabama Slammer Serves 1 1/2 oz amaretto […]

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  August 26, 2011   No comments