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Great Finds: Retro Ice Crusher

In Great Finds on October 12, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Drinks always taste better over crushed ice. Whether it’s a coke or a cocktail, finely crushed ice adds that extra “yum” factor to beverages. Even if you don’t have an ice machine in your freezer door you can make your own crushed ice at home.  It’s easy, and the retro design of this guy makes for a cool statement piece, even in small kitchens.

With a design inspired by the 1950’s, this manual ice crusher makes both coarse and fine crushed ice. It’s not only great for drinks and cocktails, but for creating ice beds for vegetables or seafood. The slick chrome finish makes it totally appropriate on a bar or cocktail table at a party. Even cooler, it comes with a funky ice scooper for easy use!

Retro Ice Crusher by Frieling USA,, $65.00


Tip of the Day: Fruit-Filled Juice Cubes

In Tips on April 11, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Ditch plain water in your ice-cube trays and try filling with juice like orange, cranberry, pomegranate, etc.  Drop a few small pieces of fruit in with the juice and freeze. Serve one or two fruit-filled juice cubes in a glass with cold vodka, champagne, prosecco or whatever liquor you like. As the ice melts it will flavor the drink and add a wonderful touch of color. The result is a beautiful and fun presentation that makes a festive and easy drink for parties.  Happy partying!

5 Classic Cocktails You Need to Know How to Make

In Features on March 18, 2011 at 3:22 pm

As mixology becomes increasingly popular there are some many new drinks and combinations to try.  However, the classics haven’t fallen out of fashion.  These 5 cocktails might be old but they are still good!  If you can master making these guys, you’ll be able to experiment on your own to make a million fun variations.


Makes 1 drink

1/4 cup fresh juice (orange, pomegranate, passion fruit, blood orange)

1/2 cup Champagne or sparkling wine (like Prosecco or Cava)

Pour the juice into a champagne flute and top off with Champagne.  Serve with fruit wedge.

For a variation – Use white peach juice to make a Bellini.  Or try combining two or three juices with the Champagne for a mix fruit flavor.  You could even try some variations with flavored liquor like St. Germain (elderflower liquor) or Creme de Cassis.


Makes 1 drink

1 1/2 ounces (1 jigger) dry gin or vodka

2 teaspoons dry vermouth


Lemon, lime or olive for garnish

Pour the gin or vodka and vermouth into a shaker with ice.  Shake vigorously.  Strain the liquor into a chilled martini glass and garnish.

Quick tip – The key to a good martini is not only good liquor but a well chilled glass.  Speed up the chilling process, put ice and cold water into the martini glass while you are making the martini.  Pour our before you strain the martini.

Bloody Mary

Makes 1 drinks

1 1/2 ounces (1 jigger) good vodka

1/2 cup tomato juice

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce (or to taste)

1 shake of Tabasco (or to taste)


1 celery stalk

1 lemon wedge

Combine vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire, and Tabasco in a shaker.  Add 1 cup of ice.  Shake vigorously.  Pour into a glass with the ice.  Garnish with celery and lemon.  Add salt and pepper of desired.

Spice it up– For another twist, add a shrimp cocktail to the bloody mary or a piece of bacon.  You can really create a whole meal out of one of these guys.


Makes 1 drink

1 1/2 ounces (1 jigger) good citrus vodka

2 tablespoons triple sec

2 tablespoons Rose’s lime juice or fresh squeezed

3 tablespoons cranberry juice



Combine vodka, triple sec, lime juice, cranberry and 1 cup of ice in a shaker.  Shake vigorously.  Strain into a chilled martini glass.  Garnish with the lime.


Margarita on the Rocks

Makes 1 drink

Salt for the rim (optional)

1 1/2 ounces (1 jigger) good tequila (100% agave)

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon Cointreau



Rub a lime wedge along the rim of your glass.  Pour salt on a small plate and dip the moistened glass rim into the salt.  Pour tequila, lime and Cointreau in a shaker with ice.  Pour into the salt-rimmed glass and serve right away.

A different way – This is probably one of the most versatile drinks out there.  To make this frozen, simply combine all the ingredients in a blender with lots of ice.  To try adding a little simple syrup for a sweeter flavor or swapping out the lime juice for peach, grapefruit or mango.

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