Fresh Blackberry Martini

This cocktail is perfect for a day of rest and relaxation. Fresh blackberries are perfectly highlighted by dry vermouth and gin. Don’t forget your limes! Try these light and easy Tapas recipes perfect for a lazy weekend. Serves 1 INGREDIENTS: 4-5 blackberries 1 oz fresh lime juice 1 sugar cube (1 tbsp sugar) 3/4 oz dry…

Cham-Pear Cocktail

This delicious combination of champagne and pear vodka is a perfect pre-dinner cocktail to get the party started. But be sure you aren’t lifting any heavy machinery or getting behind the wheel, as this aperitif is sure to get you “loosey-goosey” after a serving or two. Serve this cocktail alongside these other pear-inspired recipes. Makes…

Lubbock Chilton

This is a West Texas gem. Most bars or restaurants I’ve been to in Houston, Austin, or other neighboring cities, have never heard of this refreshing cocktail. Good thing lemons and club soda are a staple in my home. And since Houston temperatures stay over 75 degrees for 9 out of 12 months, I can enjoy…

Quickie Cosmo

The days of Carrie Bradshaw have come and gone, but to every devoted Sex and the City fan, she lives on in our chic heart of hearts. I still love a good cosmopolitan martini, but carrying around an unsecured martini glass while doing dishes or drafting new recipes on my laptop is not safe or feasible. This…

Texas Mule

Beer? Good. Vodka? Great. Grapefruit and mint? Perfect. This fun, refreshing play on a Moscow mule can be enjoyed anytime of the year. For those who are unaware, grapefruit is the state fruit of Texas. Thus, it seemed only appropriate that this version was named after the Lone Star State. I love to sip on…

Apple-Cider Bourbon

This refreshing cocktail is perfect to sip on while relaxing on your front porch or is a great ice-breaker at your next house party. It’s so tasty and easy to make. Serve it with this Game Day Menu to get the crowd going. Makes 1 (see below for batch recipe) INGREDIENTS: 2 oz bourbon 4 oz apple-cider…

Irish Old Fashioned

I’m a whiskey girl. Most bartender’s I’ve come across have made their way to their own go-to brand of whiskey or bourbon. I found mine in the wonderful city of Dublin, Ireland. I was fortunate enough to tour the distillery and taste this perfection from the source. Jameson is not only my go-to whiskey, it’s…

Snake Bite & Priest’s Collar

Mixing beers is a tale as old as the first bartender’s time on earth. I used to work at a draft house that sold over 100 beers on tap. I would mix and match brews every shift and insist everyone try whatever new, “amazing” revelation  I had concocted. But, as history shows, the masses prefer the tried and true…

Citrus Brandy Cooler

You don’t see brandy around during the hotter months. It’s usually found in holiday glazes, flambéed desserts, and sifter sitting in dark cigar rooms. But I’ve never been one to follow the rules, so I’m bringing out this saucy liquor to shake things up at my Seaside Picnic. Makes 1 INGREDIENTS: 2 oz brandy 1 small…

Fresh Watermelon Margarita

The watermelon peak season is almost over!! So before we say goodbye, let’s celebrate the Summer’s model fruit with this light, refreshing and absolutely delicious cocktail. Fresh crushed watermelon is the highlight of this party so make sure your pick is perfectly ripe. Enjoy this margarita alongside Coconut-Breaded Chicken, and give a proper ¡Adios! to the dog…

Summer Basil Spritzer

To call a cocktail a spritzer, you need two basic ingredients; wine and club soda/sparkling water. It’s that easy. And you can combine your favorite fruits and mixers to make this your own special recipe. This spritzer combines fresh honeydew melon, lime, and basil to create an instant feeling of ‘Summer by the beach’ with…

Lemongrass Caipirinha

Lemongrass and club soda brighten this delicious Brazilian cocktail and can be enjoyed while relaxing at home, or while out enjoying these remaining hot Summer days. It’s similar to a mojito cocktail, but utilizes the Brazilian rum, cachaҫa, which has a more intense flavor the commonly used light rum. It’s a perfect complement to Lemongrass…