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!

The Halloween Express – Rum, Espresso, Maple Syrup and Half and Half

The Halloween Express - Rum, Espresso, Maple Syrup and Half and Half October 17, 2014

OK, naming drinks is not my forte but I thought it appropriate to make a play on words on this night when we have to keep our mojo going far longer than we might normally want to. Yes there is espresso, in fact this Halloween Express has rum, espresso, maple syrup (YUM!) and half and […]

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Boiled Cider Syrup and a Ciderhouse Whiskey Cocktail

Boiled Cider Syrup and a Ciderhouse Cocktail October 10, 2014

In certain parts of apple country, most notably western New England and along the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a long-favored tradition was the making of boiled cider. From the colonial period until the 1920s, wherever orchards proliferated, this syrup was a pantry staple, a general-purpose sweetener that cooks reached for in the […]

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Denver Broncos Orange Shandy

Denver Broncos Orange Shandy September 19, 2014

Have you ever heard of a Shandy? It’s a cocktail that is a combination of beer and lemonade and it’s never really appealed to me. Probably due to that beer part since I’m not much of a beer drinker. Still, when Hornitas crafted a cocktail just for our Denver Broncos, I was tempted and took […]

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Smoretini – A Childhood Favorite Revisited as an Adult Beverage!

S'mores Martini September 12, 2014

When I first considered including a cocktail every Friday for a series I had no idea what to expect but it’s become a tradition and one I love. Some days are more difficult to bring that drink to fruition and today was one of those days. Schedules and timelines coincided and I was without a […]

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Bourbon and Apple Cider Cocktail

Bourbon and Apple Cider Cocktail September 5, 2014

It’s been almost three years since I started doing a cocktail each and every Friday and I’ve been pretty determined to keep on task. I’ve had nights when it was midnight before a post was completed and/or got myself up at the crack of dawn to do the same but today? Busted. Blame it on […]

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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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