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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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Kentucky Bourbon Mule

A Kentucky Bourbon Mule combines the best parts of a Moscow mule (tart and spicy juices!) with the depth of bourbon and freshness of mint.  A Kentucky Bourbon Mule combines the best parts of a Moscow mule (tart and spicy juices!) with the depth of bourbon and freshness of mint.

Hello readers!

As I mentioned in our last post, the weather here in Houston has been downright beastly.  Conditions that make you hesitate before you venture somewhere that isn’t air conditioned.  Unless it’s outside to grab a handful of mint to make these delightful Kentucky Bourbon Mules!

My introduction to the mule (albeit the Moscow variety) came at my sister’s wedding.  It was their signature cocktail, and while I’d seen the drink on various menus, I’d never ordered one as I’m not too much of vodka drinker.  Well that was my mistake.  They were great!  The tartness of the lime, the spiciness of the ginger beer, and of course, the inhibition neutralizing vodka, come together for one refreshing beverage.  (I even danced.)

But the Kentucky bourbon mule came later…

A Kentucky Bourbon Mule combines the best parts of a Moscow mule (tart and spicy juices!) with the depth of bourbon and freshness of mint.

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