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!


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 […]


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 […]


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. […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Raspberry, Limoncello and Prosecco Cooler

Raspberry, Limoncello and Prosecco Cooler May 9, 2014

I first made and posted this Raspberry, Limoncello and Prosecco Cooler a couple of years ago and had a burning desire to bring it out of archives for more than one reason. First I love it and made it last night and was reminded that it had been awhile and really wanted more readers to enjoy […]


Honey Peach Mint Julep

Honey Peach Mint Julep May 2, 2014

Last year I made this Sparkling Blackberry Mint Julep for the running of the Kentucky Derby and it was life changing (well, in a cocktail sort of way!). Adding fruit to a Mint Julep seems so perfect I have to wonder why the original purveyor of this quintessential Southern cocktail didn’t do it. As much […]


The El Diablo Cocktail with Porton’s Pisco

The El Diablo Cocktail with Porton's Pisco April 25, 2014

I recall those days when the mere mention of the word tequila made me grimace. I found it to be the most unappealing liquor possible. Harsh was the word I would have used to describe it and all these many years later I now know why. Most restaurants, unless they charge you an arm and […]


The Paloma Cocktail and an Event to Kickoff #DineOutDenver

The Paloma Cocktail - Tequila, Lime and Grapefruit Juice April 4, 2014

Despite our American bent for thinking the Margarita is the treasured drink of Mexico, the truth is that the paloma (Spanish for “dove”) more closely fits that bill. It is a tequila-based cocktail that is served on the rocks and is most commonly prepared by mixing tequila and lime with a Mexican grapefruit-flavored soda called […]


Raspberry Daiquiri – A Classic Revisited

Raspberry Daiquiri - The Classic Daiquiri is Revisited March 28, 2014

When I received the revised and expanded second edition of the book ‘Market Fresh Mixology‘ by Bridget Albert and Mary Barranco from the publisher, I was totally enthused with finding something to make and share with you. I love using fresh, seasonal ingredients in my cocktails and this book seemed right in line with that […]


Sweet Citrus Fizz Welcomes Spring!

Sweet Citrus Fizz March 21, 2014

Spring has sprung right? Who cares if the first day of spring saw blizzard like conditions in Colorado for a bit. Spring meant it was short lived, the sun came out in the afternoon and all of the snow disappeared by the next day. Whoo Hoo!! So I thought this would be a great cocktail […]