Celebrate July 4th with Cocktails and Festive Appetizers

July 4th is one of my favorite holidays…lots of sunshine, shorts and flip flops and casual picnic food + fun festive cocktails! I love a red white and blue cocktail on Independence Day! Enjoy my recipe for a Strawberry Basil Cocktail made with Crescent Simples Strawberry Basil Cocktail Syrup. It’s local! Made in Richmond, Virginia. […]

Sangria! Peachy Rosé, Strawberry Blackberry, Peach Mango

Summertime is sangria time! To serve these fanciful sangrias, purchase a sangria pitcher. Why? Traditional sangria pitchers have a pinched lip so that the fruit does not plop into the glass and splash sangria all over your countertop. In the south of Spain Sangria is often called Zurracapote or abbreviated as Zurra. Zurra is made […]

Lemon Mojito + Lots Of Ways To Refresh With Lemon This Summer

Looks like it’s going to be very hot this summer, so let’s get refreshed! I always like to have a pitcher of homemade lemonade in my refrigerator during the hot weather. My surprise ingredient in my lemonade – lime juice! Here’s a trick to easily incorporate lemon zest and juice into your recipes – freeze […]

Strawberry Shrub Cocktails – A Blast From the Past

If you enjoy cocktails that are not cloyingly sweet, you are going to love a shrub cocktail! Shrubs are made with three simple ingredients – fruit, vinegar and sugar. My favorite shrub is strawberry. Shrub cocktails and mocktails were popular in the 19th century before refrigeration was readily available. Vinegar was poured over fruit to […]

Memorial Day Cocktails

Looking forward to sunny skies on Memorial Day! Enjoy these refreshing cocktails over this holiday weekend. Wishing you a happy and healthy Memorial Day!

Summer Cocktails – Not Your Grandma’s Lemonade

Summertime is the BEST time to enjoy fruity fun cocktails! One of my favorites is “Not Your Grandma’s Lemonade”. My friend John shared the recipe with me when we sat on his big wraparound porch enjoying a summer breeze, sipping on his fabulous lemonade cocktails. I can’t wait to share the recipe with you and […]

Secret Ingredients for Fabulous Cocktails

If you are going to make cocktails properly, then think of it as a marriage. You should not enter into it lightly. My advice is to choose the best quality ingredients for your cocktail, following a classic recipe. Once you’ve mastered the classic recipe then you can add embellishments. Always sip and savor. Frosted Rim […]

Celebrate The Kentucky Derby With Fun Frolicking Cocktails

I love the Kentucky Derby! The hats! The food! The horses! And especially the cocktails. Please join me in making fun frolicking cocktails for the big day. Here’s some of my favorite Derby Day cocktail recipes including some with the magical combination of summer flavors – lemonade, fresh mint, bourbon and cherries. Woodford Reserve Bourbon […]

Pretty In Pink Sparkling Cocktails

Pink sparkling cocktails are always a refreshing treat! I am so happy to share my favorite pink bubbly cocktails with you and a mocktail too… I love Lemon Drop Martinis! My Pink Lemon Drop is the perfect cocktail to serve at a Bridal Shower, Mother’s Day or spring brunch celebration.