Category: Cocktails

Lavender Grapefruit Martini

This Lavender Grapefruit Martini is a fresh and flavorful cocktail, just right for welcoming spring.

This Lavender Grapefruit Martini is a fresh and flavorful cocktail, just right for welcoming spring.

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With the approach of spring, my mind has been turning to all the fresh ingredients that come along with it.  Mind you, I have to look at a calendar to know that spring is approaching, as Houston was entirely without winter this year.  Regardless, the jasmine and azaleas blooming made me think of another, more edible flower: lavender.

Back when Liz lived in New York, there was a great bar just down the street from her apartment called Dove Parlour.  Sadly, it has since closed, but we think of it quite fondly.  It had this dark, almost speakeasy feel, and was the sort of place that felt entirely natural to order fancy cocktails and once, even absinthe.  Of course, they don’t make it with hallucinogenic wormwood anymore, so it’s not as fun, but I digress.  One of their signature cocktails was the “French Lavender,” and I might go so far as to call it Liz’s favorite cocktail in all of NYC.  So this is our homage to that drink: a lavender grapefruit martini.

This Lavender Grapefruit Martini is a fresh and flavorful cocktail, just right for welcoming spring.

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Apple Ginger Smash

This Apple Ginger Smash is the best cocktail to enjoy on a dark winter night!  Slightly spicy with warming applejack, it makes your average evening a little more special.This Apple Ginger Smash is the best cocktail to enjoy on a dark winter night! Slightly spicy with warming applejack, it makes your average evening a little more special.

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Moving right along with our New Year’s Resolutions, which include knocking back a few fancy cocktails (for our health!), here’s a delicious addition to your winter happy hour: an Apple Ginger Smash.

While my favorite fall cocktails lean towards cinnamon, which pairs beautifully with apple, winter makes me crave something a little different.  Something with a little deeper flavor.  Something with ginger and applejack!  This Apple Ginger Smash is the best cocktail to enjoy on a dark winter night! Slightly spicy with warming applejack, it makes your average evening a little more special.

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Crockpot Hot Chocolate

Crockpot Hot Chocolate is the easiest way to make a big batch of everyone’s favorite holiday drink.  Perfect for parties, or any time you want a super rich and creamy cup of chocolate.

Crockpot Hot Chocolate is the easiest way to make a big batch of everyone’s favorite holiday drink. Perfect for parties, or any time you want a super rich and creamy cup of chocolate.

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Now THIS is a hot chocolate to beat all hot chocolates.  Our recipe for Crockpot Hot Chocolate is serious business.  Well, as serious as you can be about chocolate.  Super thick and rich, it could be called “drinking chocolate” or “sipping chocolate,” but we went for the old-fashioned name.  Don’t be fooled.  This is as far from powdered drink mix as you can get.

Personally, I’ve been trying to think how to accurately describe this Crockpot Hot Chocolate — while keeping it clean on our family-friend blog.  So let’s just say if your friend takes a sip of this, you’re going to want to have what she’s having.

Crockpot Hot Chocolate is the easiest way to make a big batch of everyone’s favorite holiday drink. Perfect for parties, or any time you want a super rich and creamy cup of chocolate.

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Apple Cider Sangria with Cinnamon Bourbon

Apple Cider Sangria with Cinnamon Bourbon is the ultimate fall cocktail – easy to make and easy to sip during your favorite fall activities!Apple Cider Sangria with Cinnamon Bourbon is the ultimate fall cocktail – easy to make and easy to sip during your favorite fall activities!

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Ahhhh, football season!  You have returned once more to fill my Sundays with endless entertainment, my phone with fantasy updates, and my belly with delicious snacks and beverages.  And what better beverage to enjoy on a sunny weekend afternoon than Apple Cider Sangria?

Sure, beer has its place. But football and September and the scent of fresh apples just go together whoah.  Add a splash of cinnamon bourbon, a few herbs and spices, and you’ll hardly care if your team scores or not.  (Or at least the Apple Cider Sangria will take the sting out of losing.)Apple Cider Sangria with Cinnamon Bourbon is the ultimate fall cocktail – easy to make and easy to sip during your favorite fall activities!

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Peach Bourbon Cocktail – The “Peachy Keen”

Summers are perfect for a Peach Bourbon Cocktail.  An easy simple syrup, a dash of booze, and you’ll be feeling Peachy Keen!Summers are perfect for a Peach Bourbon Cocktail. An easy simple syrup, a dash of booze, and you'll be feeling Peachy Keen!

I love peaches.  Love ’em.  I can’t wait for the first batch to show up in the stores, and I mourn it when they disappear from the shelves.  And canned peaches just don’t cut it (aside from spiced peaches at Thanksgiving, but that’s a different story).  But sinking your teeth into a nice juicy peach in the middle of the summer is just a sublime experience.  I might even give it the edge over peach pie (but just barely).  However, sometimes you want to enjoy that great peach flavor as you sit and relax at the end of the day, and this peach bourbon cocktail gives you that without having to worry about where to throw the pit.

I call it the Peachy Keen.

Summers are perfect for a Peach Bourbon Cocktail. An easy simple syrup, a dash of booze, and you'll be feeling Peachy Keen!

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