Friday Cocktails

Welcome to Friday Cocktails! Each week I’ll make, photograph and provide recipes for favorite cocktails I love as well as specialty drinks and foods from local establishments. Let me know if you have a favorite you would like to see included and I’ll see what I can do!


Black-Eyed Susan Cocktail from The Preakness

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Everyone associates mint juleps and the Kentucky Derby, but with the Preakness race coming up this weekend I thought it was time to also share ‘the’ signature cocktail for these stakes too, the Black-Eyed Susan Cocktail. The Black-Eyed Susan is billed as the “Official Drink of the Preakness.” It does seem that the term ‘official’ […]


Boozy Salted Caramel Shake

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I am occasionally the lucky recipient of an invitation to visit a local restaurant and try some of their menu items. Obviously not at all in the same way a food critic would sample dishes but as a guest. Their hopes are that I will enjoy a meal and share it with my readers and […]


Margarita Pound Cake

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Anyone who knows me at all knows how much I love margaritas; as a matter of fact my whole journey into the art of cocktail making started with this Margarita and it was life changing, well, in the sense that a cocktail can in fact change your life! I had certainly had enough margaritas over […]


Muscovado and Vanilla Bean Mint Julep

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I had great plans for a Mint Julep this year that included strawberries. I’ve been making a new version of Mint Julep each year for the past couple of years in honor of The Kentucky Derby and the ones with some added fruit have been spectacular. And then a new book arrived and those plans […]


Summer Campari Cocktail

Summer Campari Cocktail April 24, 2015

One thing I never have to worry about is running out of ideas for cocktails each week. I’ve got more ideas than I have time to develop them but even so, sometimes I let a brand give me a hand. When the good people of Campari wanted to work with me and feature their apertif […]


Baileys Salted Caramel and Espresso Baked Doughnuts

Baileys Salted Caramel and Espresso Baked Doughnuts April 17, 2015

Please don’t yell. I know, I know; it’s cocktail day. But I was stuck in the middle of a dilemma. Where you are it might be sunny and bright and you’re seeing the bounty and beauty of spring. Where I am? Well, yesterday when I started thinking about a cocktail for today, it was snowing. […]


Orange Marmalade Margarita

Orange Marmalade Margarita April 10, 2015

Go on, share all your photos of flowers and tree bursting with blooms. I don’t care. Much. I’m buying blooms so I don’t travel down some rabbit hole of seasonal depression. Sometimes I want to literally sob when I see how gorgeous it is everywhere but Denver. I did not know our seasons would be […]


Strawberry Basil Margarita

Strawberry Basil Margarita March 27, 2015

I know better but I’ve done it again. Eager to have spring start and not content to just buy some basil at the grocery store, I decided to purchase a couple of plants last week and put them into pots and harvest their leaves instead. Then it snowed and night temperatures fell into the 20’s […]


Spiked Bulletproof Coffee

Spiked Bulletproof Coffee March 20, 2015

Have you heard about the craze over coffee with butter in it? It’s a new fad and you know I’m not all that keen on fads. But I was curious so did a bit of research and this is part of a diet? Really? Well son of a gun this warm cocktail kicks that fad […]


Guinness Float with Irish Cream Ice Cream

Guinness Float March 13, 2015

Ready to get your Irish on? Here’s a fun twist that will liven up any party! If you’ve never had a Guinness Float well, I was with you until the other day. It’s been something I’ve wanted to try but still had a bit of trepidation about mixing beer, chocolate and ice cream. I’m not […]


The Perfect Cosmopolitan – A Classic Cocktail

The Perfect Cosmopolitan March 6, 2015

One of the first references to the Cosmopolitan is a gin, Cointreau, lemon, and raspberry syrup mix that was published in 1934 in the Pioneers of Mixing at Elite Bars 1903-1933. In the 1970’s, the Cosmopolitan that we know today is credited to a South Beach bartender named Cheryl Cook although as is typical with […]


Thin Mint Julep

Thin Mint Julep February 27, 2015

It’s Girl Scout Cookie Time! Not that this news is surprising to anyone I’m sure; it is their time of year to swarm. I do wish the Girl Sprouts (my personal term of endearment) would give us a pin that says, ‘I bought’ much like those we get during an election that say ‘I voted.’ […]


Orange Sunshine Martini

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Seriously this habit of posting late is getting to be a a true habit, good or bad I’m not sure. I just had a moment one day of not wanting to finish a blog post at 9:30pm and that’s how it started. Photos and entire post were postponed for the next morning but then other […]


Spiked Chocolate Espresso Shots

Spiked Chocolate Espresso Shots February 13, 2015

I spotted this recipe on the blog Sidewalk Shoes the other day that is so familiar to me and yet…I’ve never shared it here. Of course that should be no surprise, I would have to be churning out 10 recipes a day to share all that I have in my repertoire so sometimes it’s nice […]


Robert De Niro’s Vodka Martini with a Twist

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My friend Bob and I were sitting around the other day and I was wondering what cocktail to make for Friday Cocktails when he suggested I make his favorite, this Vodka Martini with a Twist. Not being one to upset my pal Bobby, I obliged and was glad I did. I’m not a huge fan […]