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Blood Orange Martini

In Recipes on October 9, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Yield: 1 cocktail

3 ounces vodka

1/2 ounce triple sec or flavored orange liqueur

2 ounces blood orange juice

2 blood orange slices


Pour vodka, triple sec, and blood orange juice over ice in a shaker.  Shake well.  Serve in a chilled martini glass and garnish with blood orange slices.


Dark and Stormy

In Recipes on October 9, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Yield: 1 drink

2 ounces Gosling’s or Myers’s dark rum

5 ounces ginger beer

Lime wedge


Pour rum over ice in a highball glass.  Fill to the top with ginger beer.  Garnish with a lime.

Vodka Infusions

In Features on May 19, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Forget buying flavored vodka off the shelf.  Get creative and make your own vodka infusions! It’s easy, budget-friendly and makes great cocktails or as ice-cold shots for a dinner toast! Here are some combination I like, but anything goes, try some of your own.

Vodka Infusion Recipes

Start with 4 cups of premium vodka.

Raspberry-Orange 12 ounces (3/4 pound) crushed raspberries; 12 ounces (3/4 pound) oranges, unpeeled and sliced.

Cucumber-Mint 16 ounces (1 pound) cucumber, sliced; 12-15 mint leaves.

Lemongrass-Grapefruit 2 stalks lemongrass, crushed; 12 ounces (3/4 pound) ruby-red grapefruit, unpeeled and sliced.

Pepper Medley 1 serrano pepper, stemmed and sliced; 1/2 jalapeno pepper, stemmed and sliced; 1/4 habanero pepper, stemmed and sliced.

To Make the Infusions

Combine the flavorings and vodka in a jar or empty vodka bottle.  Close the container tightly and let stand at room temperature for 1-2 weeks.  The more mild combinations like Cucumber-Mint will need a little more time than the powerful Pepper Medley. Strain the vodka and discard any solids.  If there are any small solids left in the vodka strain again through a coffee filter.  Store in the refrigerator in an air-tight container.  The infused vodka will last for up to three months.

Cucumber Martini

In Recipes on April 13, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Yield: 1 cocktail

2 oz. vodka (Grey Goose)

1/4 oz. Lemon Juice

2 slices Cucumber

3 pieces Mint

1/2 oz. Sugar Syrup



Muddle mint and a cucumber slice in a cocktail shaker. Add liquids and ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a slice of cucumber and a fresh mint sprig.


Tip of the Day: Champagne Toasts

In Tips on March 3, 2011 at 10:50 am

There is something wonderful about starting an evening with a Champagne toast.  It’s fun, festive and puts everyone in the celebratory mood – even all you are celebrating is being together.

Even if you don’t want to splurge for Dom Perignon Rose you can raise a glass of bubbly in an affordable way.  Two great alternatives to Champagne are Cava (sparkler for Spain) or Prosecco (bubbles from Italy).

Here are some of my favorites:

Cristalino Brut Cava NV, $9.99

Marques de Gelida Brut Exclusive Reserva Cava, $12.99

NV Zardetto Prosecco Brut, $13.99

NV Althea – Prosecco di Valdobbiadene, $16.99

Classic New Orleans Hurricane

In Recipes on March 1, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Yield: 10

Hurricane’s are classic New Orleans Mardi Gras cocktails.  They might look tame with their inviting pink hue, but be warned they will knock you down just like a real hurricane!  Make these in large batches and serve guests out of a pitcher.  It will save on time and space!

10 oz white rum

10 oz Jamaican Dark rum

10 oz Bacardi 151 rum

30 oz orange juice

30 oz pineapple juice

5 oz Grenadine syrup


Combine all ingredients and mix well.  Serve in large glasses over crushed ice with an orange slice as garnish.

Cranberry Cosmo Punch

In Recipes on February 2, 2011 at 11:46 am

This is a great recipe and open to interpretation.  Feel free to play with the ingredients – add some orange or lemon juice.

4 parts citrus vodka

4 parts sparkling water

2 parts triple sec or Cointreau

2 parts cranberry juice

1 part fresh lime juice


Mix everything together in a pitcher.  Add sparkling water as needed.  Serve with slices of limes.

Queen of Hearts Sangria

In Recipes on February 2, 2011 at 11:37 am

Yield: 12 servings

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

1 cup brandy

1 cup Cointreau

1 -2 cups sparkling water

1-2 cups orange juice

2 bottles dry red wine

3 cups red grapes

2 apples, diced

2 oranges, sliced

3 limes, sliced


Mix brandy, Cointreau, sparkling water, orange juice and wine together in a large pitcher. Add in fruit and stir well.  Serve.

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