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The Grand Smash

The Grand Smash

This is probably one of the best 3-ingredient cocktails you will ever have … and cool part?  It’s under 150 calories.  It’s the “Grand Smash”.  It’s based on a Pre-Prohibition cocktail called the Smash, originally made with brandy, lemon, sugar and mint.  This version uses Grand Marnier (in the brandy family, but is cognac-based and […]

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Steamroller

Steamroller Ginger Beer

So, the other day I was doing some drink development and reached over to my bin of bitters & syrups and … it was gone.  The entire bin.  Vanished.  I was racking my brain … would my husband have moved them?  I looked in a few other places, but no luck.  I had taken a […]

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Dr. Woodford Bell

I was recently hired by OMNI Hotels & Resorts to develop some local “homegrown” cocktails. They hired several regional mixologists — Adam Seger (Chicago / Mid-West), Duggan McDonnell (West Coast), Christy Pope (Northeast), Freddy Diaz (Miami, Florida) and myself (Texas) to develop cocktails inspired by their own regional flavors and ingredients.  Being a native Texan, […]

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Blood Orange Pisco Sour

I LOVE using Blood Oranges in cocktails.  I love the color, I love the flavor, I love the aroma – everything about them, except for how short a season they have. Here as a great drink you can make with one of the SKYY INFUSIONS flavors – Blood Orange – they just came out with […]

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REDBOOK August … Baby Food … in a cocktail?

This month’s REDBOOK cocktail, “The Slightly Sloshed Slushie” (originally called the “Picky Eater Pear Martini”) includes baby food, believe it or not.  “Baby food, seriously?”, you might ask?  YES!  Just a few years ago, the only baby food you could buy was that over-processed, preservative-laden stuff that sits in the grocery store aisle for years.  […]

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4th of July

We had the in-laws over for the 4th. Great time. I was going to make some True Blue Sparklers,  but decided to make a Sangria instead – something I can easily scale up and make a batch of.  (4th of July + In-Laws = a lot of booze.)  Cantaloupes are in season, so I made a […]

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Aspen Food & Wine 2011

If you’ve never been to Aspen Food & Wine … here are reasons NOT to go to: 1. You don’t really like to eat or drink. 2. You are on a diet and plan on sticking to it. 3. You don’t own stretchy pants or a loose-fitting dress.  4.  You hate fun.  5. Paying the […]

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True Blue Sparkler

A fun and festive cocktail for this July 4th weekend.  The “True Blue Sparkler”! Handful of Driscoll’s blueberries (about 10) 10 mint leaves 1 oz lime juice 1 oz simple syrup * 2 oz premium vodka 1 oz IZZE Sparkling Blackberry soda Crushed or shaved ice ** Directions: In a tall glass, muddle the blueberries, […]

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Spank me like a sprig of mint

Anytime I am garnishing a drink with mint or any herb for that matter – thyme, basil, tarragon, I give it a good spank, literally.  I place it in the flattest part of my palm and with my other hand, give it a good spank.  This releases a lot of additional aroma that you can […]

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The Perfect Mojito … Every Time.

I recently wrote a book, 101 Mojitos & Other Muddled Drinks.  Filled with lots of delicious riffs on the Mojito as well as Caipirinhas, Smashes, Cobblers, etc.  If you want to see more recipes (I’ll be posting a few from the book on this blog), check it out.  This particular post is all about getting […]

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