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!

Cheers!

Peach Melba and Bourbon Smoothie

Peach Melba and Bourbon Cocktail August 29, 2014

If you saw the Progressive Dinner Party (we’re calling it Progressive Eats) that I did with friends the other day you would have noticed that I made a Peach Melba Pavlova; a dessert that is layers of baked meringue, whipping cream and fruit; in this instance peaches and raspberries. Peaches and raspberries are just meant […]

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Sparkling Strawberry Sorbet

Sparkling Strawberry Sorbet August 22, 2014

Sometimes a girl just needs something quick. The phrase I might often use is ‘quick and dirty’ but nothing dirty about these. White sparkling wine with a strawberry sorbet. One of my favorite things. The sorbet is easy and an even be done without an ice cream maker but if you’re not in the mood? […]

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The Gimlet Cocktail

The Gimlet Cocktail August 15, 2014

As much as I really love making cocktails, especially when friends are coming over, I would be lying if I told you that I bought special fruit and spent a lot of time mixing up something unique on an everyday basis. I like the ‘occasional’ cocktail when I’m here by myself but even then I […]

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Favorite Summer Cocktails

Favorite Summer Cocktails August 8, 2014

I had some friends over to my home to bake with me on Tuesday; specifically to bake pies with me. Sandy was the more experienced pie baker so for her it was THE perfect pie crust; Ansh was here to make her first pastry crust pie. No novice to baking or cooking but pies were […]

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Texas Bourbon Punch With Pink Grapefruit and Mint

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I hope you didn’t miss my Inaugural Progressive Eats event; a new series I’m spearheading with a group of food blogging friends. We’re bringing back Progressive Dinners but in a virtual way so each month between the dozen of us we’ll have a host who chooses a theme and prepares the main course and then […]

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Cherry Mint Margaritas

Cherry Mint Margaritas July 25, 2014

I usually try to make the cocktails I do for Friday Cocktails ahead of time. Ideally a week ahead of time but the last few months I’ve been swamped with new house stuff; both indoors and outdoors and I’m lagging behind; I feel lucky to get a cocktail done on Wednesday or Thursday for a […]

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Orange Creamsicle Cocktail

Orange Creamsicle Cocktail July 18, 2014

Every afternoon about 2pm I can hear the sound in the distance. It starts as a faint tinkle that you might confuse with the wind chimes across the street but it doesn’t take long to realize it’s a sound from my childhood heralding the ice cream man. I hadn’t heard that sound in years and […]

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Blackberry Smash with Garrison Brothers Bourbon Whiskey

Blackberry Smash with Garrison Brothers Bourbon Whiskey July 11, 2014

I am regularly invited to come to an event in Denver to meet a restaurant owner or a cookbook author and most recently was invited to meet the owner of Garrison Brothers, a Texas Bourbon Whiskey distillery. While I enjoy these excursions; they are timely, even more so since I’ve moved 30 minutes further South […]

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Watermelon Margarita

Watermelon Margarita July 4, 2014

This Watermelon Margarita cocktail is pretty perfect for July 4th isn’t it? All red, white and blue. Even if the blue are some blueberries nowhere to be seen in the recipe; I had to do it for the holiday that celebrates the Independence of these United States from England two-hundred and thirty-eight years ago today. […]

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Summer Solstice Collins

Summer Solstice Collins June 20, 2014

The Summer Solstice marks the onset of summer, at the time of the longest day, this year on June 21 in the northern hemisphere. Even though the feeling of summer has already been present across the US for several weeks (with some really unusual cold stuff going on though) it doesn’t really start until Saturday […]

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Lemon Basil Margarita

Lemon Basil Margarita June 6, 2014

It’s no tightly kept secret that I love margaritas. LOVE them. Something about the bite of tequila combined with citrus and some sweet and salty elements altogether make for one of my favorite cocktails. I have been making this margarita for years and it will probably always be my favorite but it’s not something that […]

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Double Lemon Drop Cocktail with Ole Smoky Lemon Drop Moonshine

Double Lemon Drop Cocktail with Ole Smoky Lemon Drop Moonshine May 30, 2014

The Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery is located in the heart of Tennessee moonshine country in Gatlinburg, TN in the Smoky Mountains that separate Tennessee and North Carolina. Heralded as Tennessee’s first legal moonshine distillery they offer free tours, complimentary tastings, and products for sale. I have relatives in Tennessee and a daughter now living in […]

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The Bramble Cocktail – Gin, Blackberry and Lemon

The Bramble Cocktail - Gin, Blackberry and Lemon May 23, 2014

The Bramble cocktail is a gin-based drinkl that has apparently disappeared from the radar of many bartenders and home cocktail afficionados alike, which is a shame because it’s a fabulous drink when blackberries are in season. The herbaceous tones of the gin combined with tart lemon and blackberries, softened and sweetened a bit with simple […]

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Vodka, Limoncello and Prosecco Sangria with Raspberries

Vodka, Limoncello and Prosecco Sangria with Raspberries May 16, 2014

For all the combinations of wine, liquors and liqueurs that I love I’ve never been particularly fond of Red Wine Sangria. I think I’ve had some that’s had a wine that was too heavy or the entire batch was too heavily spiced. Then one day several years ago I discovered a recipe by Bobby Flay […]

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Sparkling Raspberry and Lime Sherbet Float For Girls’ Night In With Trop50 #GirlsNightIn

Sparkling Raspberry and Lime Sherbet Float May 13, 2014

Summer and ice cream; they are meant to be together aren’t they? For me the quintessential treat during the summer is an ice cream float; that creamy, fizzy combination that is reminiscent of summer days of my childhood when my dad would bring home a gallon jug of soda and some vanilla ice cream and […]

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