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!


The Firecracker – Watermelon, Lime and Cucumber Cocktail

June 26, 2015

I seem to be running late with cocktails on a regular basis; where my typical habit is to make them a couple of days ahead of time (and believe me I can only WISH I was a week ahead), lately Friday morning rolls around and I’ve yet to make a cocktail for Friday Cocktails. I […]


Grey Goose VX Martini Exceptionnelle

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Did you know today is National Martini Day? I did not until recently but I’ve got a cocktail worth celebrating with so how could I even think of missing this day (even if a bit late). The martini’s rich American history is deserving of a toast – the cocktail dates back to the 1860s but […]


Jack Honey Sweetened Blackberry Tea

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Last week when I had to post a cocktail for the Belmont stakes, I promised today would be a sweetened tea with bourbon concoction honoring my pal Lana from the South (not south Denver, nope…GEORGIA!). I knew I wanted to combine sweet tea with some Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Liqueur. If not familiar with this […]


The Belmont Jewel – Signature Cocktail for the Belmont Stakes

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My plans for today’s cocktail with tea and bourbon were made to honor the South and my friend Lana from Georgia while she recuperates from back surgery. However, I totally spaced that the Belmont Stakes is tomorrow and while I might not bet on the horses, I have a stake in this one on a […]


The Pucker Up

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I admit it; I have way too many adult beverages in this house. My name is on a list and that list ultimately provides me with a lot of samples of booze. I love making cocktails and I’m not sure I could do what I love every week without the resources made available to me […]


Apricot Margarita

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Margarita. My absolute favorite cocktail. Reposado tequila, orange liqueur, fresh lime juice. The three basics. From there I wish I had the time to make every single variety possible. So far? I haven’t made one I don’t like even if the Jalapeno one was a bit of a stretch from my more usual fruit forward […]


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 […]