Happy Hour

Whether you are meeting friends by zoom, or face-to-face in the backyard, you don’t have to settle for less than satisfying snacks and drinks. Scroll for some of my fun bar creations and get the recipes for easy, make-ahead “shareable” bites.

Thai Basil Julep

We are days away from the Kentucky Derby, and I’m putting a global twist on the classic signature drink. It’s refreshing and just a little bit different. In other words, it’s Comfort du Jour!

Smoked Maple Old Fashioned

“Friday Night” is one of the things that has helped us get through COVID lockdown, and this is what it tastes like at our house!

Chocolate-Covered Cherry Old Fashioned

This riff on a classic rocks drink replicates the decadent experience of a luxurious cordial cherry, combining the sweetness of cherry and the romance of Valentine’s Day chocolate with your favorite bourbon.

Buffalo Deviled Eggs with Bleu Cheese

For our downsized Super Bowl party, I channeled all the flavors of my beloved Buffalo wings into another comfort food classic, and in so doing, begged the question, which came first?

Dirty Martini Deviled Eggs

The savory flavors of a dirty martini are delicious in a chilled glass, so why wouldn’t they also be great in this two-bite appetizer? And that’s how we discovered a new favorite.

O, Bring Us a Figgy Bourbon!

Just in time for Christmas, I’m offering my cocktail interpretation of the figgy pudding, a traditional boozy Christmas treat that has been popular for centuries in the land of my father’s people. Enjoy!

My Dad’s Homemade Irish Creme

Here’s a little something that makes the holiday season complete at our house. My dad started the tradition of homemade Irish cream several years ago, and it’ll have you asking, “Bailey, who?”

Pom-Pom-Hattan (Thanksgiving Cocktail)

When we host Thanksgiving, we enjoy welcoming guests with a “signature” cocktail. This year’s drink has all the warmth of the season, with a double dose of pomegranate and a pretty but simple cinnamon swizzle garnish.

Spinach Balls with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

I’ve convinced my wonderful husband to do a guest post today, and he’s sharing one of my favorite all-time recipes. This one is on our Thanksgiving appetizer table every year!

Autumn at the Beach Sangria

I found a way to marry tropical beachy flavors with the warm spices of autumn in this sangria. It has nothing to do with Halloween, but it did help us scare away some of the troubles of 2020!

Rosemary’s Baby (a scary Halloween cocktail)

This fiery red cocktail has everything you need for a spooky Halloween drink—it’s full of smoke, earth, heat and funk. Mezcal is the devilishly addictive spirit in this one. Don’t let it give you nightmares!

My Favorite Candy Bar Cocktail

This Snickers-inspired cocktail is my grown up way of enjoying the candy I loved so much when I was a kid. It’s the first in my series of Halloween-themed cocktails coming at you this week.

Mr. Bones and the Harvest Moon

I’m putting a Comfort du Jour twist on a classic New York sour cocktail, bringing in rye, pears and smoked maple, all in celebration of this evening’s “Harvest Moon!”

Run for the Roses 2.0

For a Kentucky Derby held in September, I’ve revamped an old fashioned with a twist of rosemary and smoky pepper. And for the ladies, a Midsummer Solstice gin cocktail that has more roses than the Derby itself.

Basil Gin Gimlet

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. But when life gives you too much basil, make these easy summer cocktails!


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