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.
With the flavors of an Old Fashioned, and the fizziness of Champagne, this Louisville-based cocktail will be a lovely option for a Kentucky Derby watch party.
Let the good times roll with this strong rye whiskey drink that is the official cocktail of New Orleans!
My Big Fat Olive Martini
A pro bartender technique puts a luscious twist on this classic cocktail, just in time for New Year’s Eve. Cheers!
Blackbeard’s Comeuppance – a smoked cocktail for Halloween
This smoked rum old fashioned is a fun twist on a classic, inspired by the infamous pirate whose spirit, some claim, still haunts the waters off the North Carolina coast.
Dubonnet & Gin (a cocktail for the Queen)
I spent a royal amount of time tramping around town to find the necessary ingredients for the Queen’s favorite daily cocktail. Was it worth it? Taste and see. 🙂
Pompatus of Love
True, peaches don’t grow on shrubs, but this delightful bourbon cocktail gets most of its personality from a peach “shrub” that’s so easy to make, I’m wondering why I never tried it before.
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.
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.
Zero-Proof Sangria (for Dry January)
Loaded up with fruit, spices and a few surprise ingredients, this beautiful sangria has plenty of flavor, but no alcohol, making it perfect for Dry January!
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.
Smoked Maple Cranhattan (a holiday signature cocktail)
Smoky-sweet bourbon and a tangy spiced cranberry syrup celebrate the warmth of the season in my official 2021 holiday signature cocktail!
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.
Oz-mopolitan – a “wicked” fun cocktail for Halloween!
In the spirit of Halloween, I’ve thrown some special effects onto a classic, Prohibition-era cocktail, and renamed it in honor of the spectacular musical that inspired me!
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