Mango Lassi

My paternal grandmother would travel north each summer bringing with her a box of Florida fruits. I have fond childhood memories of sliced mangoes served atop vanilla ice cream for dessert. In an effort to hold onto summer just a bit longer I’m sharing a simple recipe for a mango lassi. [Read more…]

Rosé Aperol Spritz

My parents recently returned from Italy where they enjoyed a few Aperol Spritzs along with the sights. They thoughtfully texted pictures of their drinks to us – a strong desire to photograph food/drinks must run in the family. [Read more…]

Paloma Cocktail

If I were to ask you what fruit juice is best paired with tequila you’d most likely say “lime.” In America that may be the answer but in Mexico, the home of tequila, the go-to fruit juice is grapefruit. [Read more…]

Nutty Irish Coffee

I’ve always loved coffee-flavored things (like ice cream) but have never been a coffee drinker. I figured that if I could make it through college without coffee, I could make it through the rest of my life. However there is always an exception to every rule and in this case it’s Irish Coffee. [Read more…]

Basil-Lime Margarita

Each spring I plant a variety of herbs. I start with small plants that I’ve picked up at local nurseries. Except for basil – this I grow from seed. This year’s harvest was one of the best I’ve ever had. My basil plants were about three feet tall with large wonderful leaves. [Read more…]

Dark Rum and Tonic

A dark rum and tonic to me means summer. For as long as I can remember it’s been the drink of choice in my family. In fact it was my first “go-to” cocktail. [Read more…]

Strawberry Mint Julep

There’s no rule that you can only have Mint Juleps in early May. This variation celebrates some of the best that early summer has to offer. It pairs three ingredients that work well together – strawberries, mint and bourbon. [Read more…]

Vodka and St. Germain “Mojito”

I must admit that I’m addicted to podcasts. It’s like having a radio station that only plays things that interest you all the time. While listening to my absolute favorite, The Splendid Table (“the show for people who love to eat” on NPR that is also available as a podcast), I heard about Awesome Etiquette, a podcast from Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning of the Emily Post Institute. [Read more…]

Earl Grey Tea Gin and Tonic

I had a “parking lot” NPR moment last week. On my way to work I heard the start of a piece with Julian Fellowes of Downton Abbey fame about his new serial novel Belgravia and stayed in the car until it finished. From an historical perspective I learned many things but my favorite was that what we know as a proper English tea didn’t come about until 1841 (much later than I would have thought). [Read more…]

Dublin Mule

This is a simple take on the popular Moscow Mule and more appropriate for the upcoming holiday. Instead of using vodka, substitute your favorite Irish whiskey. Irish whiskey was traditionally made in copper stills so serving this drink in a copper mug is a nod to its history. [Read more…]