Caribbean Old Fashioned

When searching for inspiration for cocktails often the best places to find it is cocktail lists at the bar at a nice restaurant. Even if I’m drinking wine I’ll often browse the menu and take some pictures just in case I want to make one at home. [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…]

Tipsy Cake with Mascarpone Topping

In the summer of 2014 we took a trip to Nashville to visit with family. Knowing how much we love to eat Mark and Peggy J ensured that we tried lots of local fare including the landmark Loveless Cafe. [Read more…]

Chocolate-Rum Flourless Cake

Happy 4th Birthday to Riegl Palate! For the last two birthdays I’ve posted a chocolate flourless cake so I thought I’d keep that tradition going. While I can’t celebrate with all of you in person I can share a deliciously yummy recipe with you. [Read more…]

Planter’s Punch

Last winter we had the pleasure of escaping the cold for a few days in sunny Florida. While many people bring home memories we like to also bring home recipes to recall those fun and relaxing times.  [Read more…]

Iced Tea Rum Punch

Adding coffee to a cocktail seems pretty mainstream to me (think “Kahlúa and Cream”) but for some reason adding a tea does not. The first time I recall having tea in a cocktail was at my sister Sarah S’s bachelorette party in Boston – it was a fancy hotel cocktail served straight up in a martini glass. Sadly I recall none of the other ingredients as it was about 11 years ago (and also not the first stop of the night). [Read more…]

Strawberry-Mint Syrup

I am very excited about the start of the outdoor local farmers market season. When they open that means that we get access to lots of wonderful locally produced fruit and vegetables (along with meats, cheese, baked goods and so much more). [Read more…]

Hemingway Daiquiri

Hemingway or Fitzgerald? We are a split house when it comes to their respective writing but we both agreed that this is a tasty drink. Hemingway is known for heading from his home in Key West, Florida to Havana, Cuba on a regular basis and while there enjoying a daiquiri (or two or three) at El Floridita. [Read more…]

Lemongrass-Mint Mojito

Years ago my sister, Sarah S, went on a sailing trip in the Caribbean. It was from this trip that we learned of two things – the wonders of a drink called a Mojito and of the indispensable kitchen tool knows as a muddler. If I recall correctly they packed mint for the trip to ensure they had ingredients to make Mojitos.  [Read more…]

Gluten-Free Date Nut Bread

This is a recipe that I have made for years using regular all-purpose flour. I thought that it would hold up well using gluten-free flour so I tried it with Cup4Cup gluten-free flour (created by Lena Kwak, a chef at Thomas Keller’s French Laundry Restaurant in Napa, CA). [Read more…]