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.

Summer Tomato Water Martini

This super-simple twist adds a bright, fresh, summery flair to an otherwise classic martini cocktail, and I have found myself slicing up tomatoes just so I can make another one.

Sunset Margarita

This is a fun and flavorful twist on a classic tequila cocktail, plus a super-simple technique for making a “sinker” in the bottom of your glass.

My Favorite Martini

I promised a friend I’d meet her with a martini on the backside of Dry January. This is my twist on the classic cocktail, and the personal reason martinis hold a special place in my Happy Hour routine.

Bloody Mary Shrimp Cocktail

As mild or zesty as you want it to be, this is a simple way to elevate the “old school” appetizer for modern holiday entertaining.

Hot Artichoke-Cheddar Dip

In my crazy fun catering days, we had so many holiday orders for this delicious dip, we made enough to fill a bathtub. But this scaled-down, slightly modified version is perfect for a small gathering at home.

Long Live the King! (a bourbon cocktail)

Most people come home from vacation with souvenirs, but I come home with recipes! This cocktail is my version of a drink my husband and I enjoyed during our end-of-summer trip through New Jersey.

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?

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