Libations

Eggnog Hot Chocolate

Eggnog Hot ChocolateEvery year, I start seeing eggnog at the grocery store shortly before Halloween, and I have to stop myself from buying it immediately because I always end up drinking one little glass of it and then the rest of it goes bad. I love eggnog. It tastes like Christmas. But I only like it in small doses.

This year I made it until last week before I caved and bought a small bottle of eggnog. Luckily we had a few friends over last weekend and, with the help of a little rum, we were able to put a decent dent in it. But I still had about a quarter of the bottle left today, so I decided to invent a warm holiday cocktail. I call it Eggnog Hot Chocolate, and a quick Google search reveals that no, I did not actually invent this. But this recipe is my own, as far as I know. And it’s wicked tasty. More

Chocolate Hazelnut Martini

Chocolate Hazelnut Martini

Chocolate Hazelnut Martini

It’s Friday! Time for cocktails! What’s your poison?

My poison is usually red wine. Or champagne. Preferably champagne. Cocktails? I don’t drink them too often, but when I do, my go-to is a vodka gimlet. I make mine with equal parts Tito’s vodka and Rose’s lime juice (I have no idea if that’s legit, but that’s how I like ’em).  But every once in a while I like to experiment with something different, and today I got it into my head that I’d like to try my hand at some kind of chocolate martini. I had the afternoon off, so off to the liquor store I went . . . More

Spiked Iced Passion Tea

Spiked Iced Passion Tea

As an incurable introvert, I quite enjoy the prospect of a Sunday at home with no obligations. I use the time to sleep in a little, linger in bed with a cup of coffee while I read and catch up on Postsecret, tend to the things I’ve been putting off all week like laundry and calling my mother—and of course, partake in an afternoon cocktail. Today I took inventory of my bar and pantry and came up with what I call a Spiked Iced Passion Tea. Indeed, as Dorothy Parker suggested, with a little ingenuity, you can bring the party to you. More

Muddled Raspberry Vodka Gimlet

Muddled Raspberry Vodka Gimlet

My go-to cocktail is a vodka gimlet. It’s simple, classic, and yes, I most definitely nabbed it from Mad Men‘s Betty Draper. Now, this may offend purists, but last night I decided to shake things up and add a little more flavor to my poison. I had raspberries on hand, and the result—I call it a Muddled Raspberry Vodka Gimlet—was pretty sensational, and perfect for these breezy early summer evenings we’ve been having. More

Cranberry Margaritas

cranberry margaritasNormally I’m a classic margarita kind of gal. On the rocks, salt on the rim. But every now and then I get in the mood for a splash of something different.

I must confess, I only recently started making my margaritas with fresh lime juice instead of that sickly, syrupy, pre-made mix stuff, but now that I’ve mastered the art of making them from scratch, I’ll never go back. A basic margarita is pretty simple: tequila, triple sec, and lime juice. More

Derby Day Cocktail: Black-Eyed Susan

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAShopping for a colossal hat and jetting off to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby has long been on my bucket list. I don’t follow horse racing in any capacity, but I do watch the Derby on TV every year, if for no other reason than to soak up the culture and ambiance à la distance.

But there’s no reason why those of us not fortunate enough to attend the race in person can’t celebrate on our own. This year I decided to get in the spirit by stirring up a couple of cocktails. More