Category Archives: Cocktails

Asheville Wine and Food Festival 2014 and a Blueberry Old Fashioned Celebrating Elixir

Asheville, North Carolina has become a weekend getaway destination for foodies far and near, year-round. The mere mention of Asheville will easily become a food-centric conversation.  The 2014 Asheville Wine and Food Festival is proof of that as the culmination … Continue reading

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Holiday Cocktail Served as Dessert

In a pinch for a dessert at Christmas time. How about something sparkly, dramatic, super easy brainless in fact, but oh so easy. I don’t know about you but I need easy at the Holidays. In theory, I can plan … Continue reading

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Autumn Cocktail with Roasted Butternut Squash-Infused Vodka and Book Review for Savory Cocktails by Greg Henry

An Autumn Cocktail made with butternut squash-infused vodka is just the thing to help us gleefully put the summer sandals away, get out our warm sweaters and turn on our ovens to roast butternut squash. The squash is not for … Continue reading

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Mini Root Beer Floats with an Adult Root Beer Float Option

The soda fountain theme continues with mini root beer floats that were just too cute for words. It was a birthday party and I wanted cute, because I knew a lot of kids would be there, but at the same … Continue reading

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Best Bloody Mary with Pickled Asparagus, Recipe from a Bartender

What makes a Bloody Mary best? They need to taste like food and jump a little. I got this recipe from a very sharp bartender who knew how to balance the briny,  salty, spicy elements with just enough citrus  to pull it … Continue reading

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White Sangria with Mango, Key Lime, Pineapple and Basil

I love Sangria especially white Sangria with tropical fruits like mango, key lime and pineapple. Our summers get hot and humid here and we need a reason to continue to love summer. Summery drinks like Sangria helps us enjoy the … Continue reading

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Strawberry Sangria with Lime and Basil

This is a happy post with a happy drink. It was for a party celebrating a neighbor’s little girl’s holy communion. Two years ago, we were invited to the same party, same house, different child.  That was the day Nashville … Continue reading

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Blackberry Sangria

My blackberry story continues. I can never do anything just a little bit. As I mentioned in this post featuring blackberry glazed watermelon, I have a lot of blackberries in my freezer. And, my obsessive compulsive gene has kicked in. … Continue reading

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Watermelon Sorbet and Watermelon Vodka Cocktail

It’s almost 100 degrees and company is coming. Dessert will not come from an oven. But, I know watermelon is welcome and I’m sharing two recipes with you. You cannot fail with watermelon in the hot summer. It’s the fruit … Continue reading

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Agavero, a Sipping Tequila for Erina

This is a toast to my friend Erin, whom I sadly left back in California when I moved to Nashville. She is of Scottish descent and she avidly supports her heritage, as kilts hang in her closet, and her son … Continue reading

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Sgroppino-Venetian Cocktail with Lemon, Strawberries, Prosecco

Today we visit Venice once again as we drink our way through a dessert accompaniment with  prosecco, a venetian sparkling wine made slushy with very lemony ice cream, and sweet strawberry puree. Prosecco is light, bubbly, fruity, wine not to … Continue reading

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